VOlumetric piXEL (volumetric picture element). An approach to world construction that uses small, uniform volumetric elements as opposed to the larger, non-uniform polyhedra most commonly found in contemporary games.

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Grids and vertices

I have no idea what this is even called or even to start searching how to solve this problem. So figured I would post here for any information at all. Specially looking for already known solutions to ...
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Producing a smooth mesh from density cloud and marching cubes

Based on my results from this question I decided to build myself a 3D noise map containing float values in place of my existing boolean point values. The effect I'm trying to produce is something like ...
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Understanding marching cubes and voxel data relationships

in case it matters i'm doing all this in unity with C# ... I think I missed something or maybe don't understand the logic correctly. I have an existing voxel engine that looks very "minecrafty" at ...
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Cave generation with Perlin worms

I'm currently trying to generate a Minecraft like voxel terrain with 3D Simplex Noise and also want to implement caves. I found the method of Perlin Worms in this thread, which generates really nice ...
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How to texture a surface generated by marching cubes algorithm?

I'm working on a voxel game, and I have some problems with texturing. I have read the related questions on this stack exchange, but they seem adressing a generic problem (using triplanar texturing), ...
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How to solve artifacts caused by vertex lighting in my voxel engine?

My current lighting system bakes the light amount based on ray-tracing from the light source to the 8 corners of the block (so per-vertex) and the distance to the light on the blocks. It works ...
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Does this UV mapping method look ok? [closed]

i'm having a spot of trouble trying to get my voxels textures in the right place. I am using a very simple mechanism that assumes all sides of any given block are always individually specified (i'll ...
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Draw 60,000 cubic with DrawUserPrimitives on xna with only 20 fps-buffer problem?

I'm working on a minecraft style games on xna. I know it is not easy to draw a lot of cube with a good ratio of fps. I use the method "DrawUserPrimitive" with a buffer to draw a floor 250X250 cubes. ...
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Voxel engine artifacts

There are white little dots between blocks at random places, mainly at very near blocks. They disappear when I move the mouse and change the view direction. I use Vertex Arrays with ...
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Determining if removal of a voxel will break up a group

I have the following situation: I have a 3d grid of voxels (on/off, the max size is probably 128x128x128). I know in advance that inside the grid, all the voxels that are turned on are interconnected, ...
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Voxel terrain engine [closed]

Is there some voxel frameworks or extensions for game engines like Unity? I really need a system to dynamically generate voxel ruinable terrains.
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Algorithm to see if two voxels are interconnected

I'm looking for a good algorithms for the following problem: Given a 3D grid of voxels (which may be either empty or filled), if I pick two non-adjacent voxels, I want to know if they are connected to ...
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Making efficeint voxel engines using “chunks”

Concept I'm currently looking in to how voxel engines work with a view to possibly making one myself. I see a lot of stuff like this ... ...
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Where and how to smooth a voxel-based terrain surface?

I want to smooth the blocky terrain in a Minecraft-like world. The smoothing affects visual appearance and physics but not the logic of placing and picking blocks. I have my mathematical formula to ...
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Choosing a correct collisionshape for a voxel engine

I am building a voxel engine on Ogre with bullet as a physics engine. I separated my blocks into chunks to help batch together render calls. At the moment, each chunk's physics is handled by a ...
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How can I extend btCollisionAlgorithm to enable collision with a voxel terrain?

I am using Bullet, and am attempting to make a collision algorithm that generates contact points off of a cube-based terrain along with the appropriate collision response. I also plan to extend this ...
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Need physics algorithm for modeling ceiling collapse in voxel-based game

I'm looking for algorithms on how to model the physics of cave-ins/collapses for a game idea I am working on. The game allows the player to extensively mine 3D voxel-based asteroids, and I want areas ...
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Cast ray to select block in voxel game

I am developing a game with a Minecraft-like terrain made out of blocks. Since basic rendering and chunk loading is done now, I want to implement block selecting. Therefore I need to find out what ...
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Curious Transparent Holes Render Artifact

So I'm trying to implement "smooth" terrain in my block engine by giving each surface block a heightmap. Basically, what I do to generate these "heightmaps" for each block is I generate the heights ...
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Smooth Voxel Terrain

As a personal project, I'm trying to make a terrain generator that will create terrain looking something like the Castle Story smooth terrain. If you haven't seen it before, here: So as you can ...
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Octrees and Vertex Buffer Objects

As many others I want to code a game with a voxel based terrain. The data is represented by voxels which are rendered using triangles. I head of two different approaches and want to combine them. ...
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Square game map rendered as sphere

For a hobby project of mine I have created a finite voxel world (similar to Minecraft), but as I said, mine is finite. When you reach the edge of it, you are sent to the other side. That is all ...
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Rendering different materials in a voxel terrain

Each voxel datapoint in my terrain model is made up of two properties: density and material type. Each is stored as an unsigned integer value (but the density is interpreted as a decimal value ...
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“Marching cubes” voxel terrain - triplanar texturing with depth?

I am currently working on a voxel terrain that uses the marching cubes algorithm for polygonizing the scalar field of voxels. I am using a triplanar texturing shader for texturing. say I have a grass ...
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Should I always be checking every neighbor when building voxel meshes?

I've been playing around with Unity3d, seeing if I can make a voxel-based engine out of it (a la Castle Story, or Minecraft). I've dynamically built a mesh from a volume of cubes, and now I'm ...
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Finding cubes in frustum

Working with an infinite set of cubes, is there a way of detecting which cubes exist within a frustum? Most frustum culling seems to work along the lines of running through all objects and seeing if ...
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Rotating voxels in 3d space amongst the x axis

I have a very simple voxel engine and so far it works based on coordinates, e.g. x, y, z. I was wondering if there is a formula for rotating groups of voxels/coordinates from the x axis(e.g. [0, 1, ...
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Creating a navmesh from a voxel terrain

My world is represented by a 3D density field, where a positive density means solid ground and a negative (or zero) density means air. How can I generate a navmesh from that voxel data, with surfaces ...
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How to handle a Block World like Minecraft

I want to write a simple game with a block world like in Minecraft. My theoretical question is what is the best way to handle this block informations during playing. My first Idea was a huge array but ...
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Voxel terrain rendering with marching cubes

I was working on making procedurally generated terrain using normal cubish voxels (like minecraft) But then I read about marching cubes and decided to convert to using those. I managed to create a ...
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3D Texture Mapping (Atlas)

This is a pretty simple question. If I was to use multiple images in a single texture for a 3D cube, how would I go about re-using each vertex (having 8 total vs 24)? With a single buffer of 8 ...
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Efficient visualization of a large voxelized volume

Lets consider a large voxelized volume stored in an oct-tree or any other convenient structure. This volume represents, for instance, a landscape, where each block is either empty (air), or it has an ...
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C# XNA: Effecient mesh building algorithm for voxel based terrain (“top” outside layer only, non-destructible)

To put this bluntly, for non-destructible/non-constructible voxel style terrain, are generated meshes handled much better than instancing? Is there another method to achieve millions of visible quad ...
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Method for procedurally creating spawn points

I have a world made of floating islands that are procedurally generated. I would like to spawn enemies or the player in logical-non-falling-into-space spawn points. Ideas on how to accomplish this? ...
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Optimized rendering of a cube mesh world

I want to render a cube-mesh (a.k.a. Minecraft-style) world. If I render each existing cube it will eat up FPS pretty quickly. How can I optimize it? I understand that the point is to not render ...
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How do I implement a Bullet Physics CollisionObject that represents my cube like terrain?

I've successfully integrated the Bullet Physics library into my entity/component system. Entities can collide with each other. Now I need to enable them to collide with the terrain, which is finite ...
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Minecraft style XNA game collision?

I've been trying to get this working for ages now, I can detect if there's a solid block at any place on the map and I can check how far something is inside of it, but I don't understand how to fix ...
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Skewed: a rotating camera in a simple CPU-based voxel raycaster/raytracer

TL;DR — in my first simple software voxel raycaster, I cannot get camera rotations to work, seemingly correct matrices notwithstanding. The result is skewed: like a flat rendering, correctly rotated, ...
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How do I clear up artifacts between aligned faces when using AA in XNA 4.0?

I'm working on a graphics engine that lets you walk around a world that is made up of cubes (voxel engine) and I'm having some difficulties getting the results I want. I'm not the best at 3D ...
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How does Minecraft compute lighting for it's non-block objects?

I was wondering how the creator of Minecraft went about lighting the objects (player and pickaxe) based on the lighting level around the player. I have implemented the ability to light the blocks ...
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3D Procedural Planet Generation [closed]

I was looking for some inspration for my Voxel based game I am writting and came across this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rL8zDgTlXso. I would like to know how to go about (or preferably source ...
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Performace problems with Voxel Engine

well, I am creating a voxel engine in C# and XNA and many posts I have posted on this site have been due to performace issues, many people suggested using a profiler to help me out. I have, and ...
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Sparse Voxel Octrees which parts on GPU or CPU?

I'm currently doing research into building my own voxel engine and found a lot of articles mentioning SVOs as the best mechanism. I just wanted to know that I understood the algorithm correctly, ...
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Dealing with occlusion in an isometric sandbox game

Imagine a 3D sandbox game like Minecraft with third-person isometric graphics. If the camera only moves in two dimensions, and doesn't rotate, then a large portion of the world will always be occluded ...
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Large Blob of landmass in Minecraft Terrain Engine in XNA

I am creating a Minecraft Terrain engine in XNA, and want to create a large blob/cluster of blocks, in a random sort of blob thing, shaped somewhat like the stuff under the Volume Rendering heading on ...
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How can I improve rendering speeds of a Voxel/Minecraft type game?

I'm writing my own clone of Minecraft (also written in Java). It works great right now. With a viewing distance of 40 meters I can easily hit 60 FPS on my MacBook Pro 8,1. (Intel i5 + Intel HD ...
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Collision Detection problems in Voxel Engine (XNA)

I am creating a minecraft like terrain engine in XNA and have had some collision problems for quite some time. I have checked and changed my code based on other peoples collision code and I still have ...
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Weird block selector selection (to floor or not to floor)?

Well, I am creating a Minecraft like engine in XNA, and since I first implemented the block selector (the cube that allows you to select blocks in 3D space) it has always been very inaccurate. Here is ...
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What kind of hardware would be required to render an Earth sized minecraft like map?

I have been thinking about this problem. Is it possible with current technology to create a 1:1 replica of the earth in voxel based game? What's the best data structure to store this giant map? Which ...
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How can I generate floating land masses for a Minecraft-like engine?

I am creating a Minecraft-like engine in XNA. What I want to do is create floating islands similar to the one shown in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqHVOEPQK5g&feature=related ...