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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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 ...
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Any ideas on reducing lag in terrain generation?

Ok so here's the deal. I've written an isometric engine that generates terrain based on camera values using 2D perlin noise. I planned on doing 3D but first I need to work out the lag issues I'm ...
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How can I change this isometric engine to make it so that you could distinguish between blocks that are on different planes?

I have been working on an isometric minecraft-esque game engine for a strategy game I plan on making. As you can see, it really needs some sort of shading. It is difficult to distinguish between ...
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Merging adjacent cubes into large ones

I am currently working on a basic minecraft like game. I have a list of coordinates using which i render instances of a cube model. To optimize my rendering, i need to merge similar adjacent cubes ...
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Are there any preexisting maps for a Minecraft-like level I could use in my engine?

I am working on a tiny cube-based engine like Minecraft. I was wondering if there is a way for me to get large blocky terrain in a text format that I can use for rendering on my engine? I don't want ...
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What are the pros and cons of these voxel data file formats?

.VXL .VOX .KVX .KV6 .V3A .V3B I am trying to decide whether it's worth going with any of the above, or some other, or if I should roll my own. The deciding factors in order of importance are: ...
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What are the time-efficiency characteristics of these voxel data structures?

Real-time, high-resolution voxel raycasters tend to use one of the following optimising data structures in order to achieve interactive frame rates. What are the pros and cons to these, and what other ...
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How can I implement voxel-based lighting with occlusion in a Minecraft-style game?

I am using C# and XNA. My current algorithm for lighting is a recursive method. However, it is expensive, to the point where one 8x128x8 chunk calculated every 5 seconds. Are there other lighting ...
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Triangulating a bunch of squares

I have a set of squares (pixels coming in from an image) that i want to triangulate. Example problem I narrowed my choices down to 2 possible routes: A, breaking the squares into lager rectangles, ...
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Raycasting problem

I have a problem with my raycasting. I have 8 cubes, that define the first level of an octree (Eg. they create bigger cube). I need to raycast them and "render" each cube. If I have only one cube, ...
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For voxel rendering, what is more efficient: pre-made VBO or a geometry shader?

Given a fairly static voxel array, what is more efficient: using the CPU to pre-generate a VBO to render the voxel faces (ignoring more advanced forms of rendering like marching cubes for now) or ...
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Which data structure should be used to represent voxel terrain?

According to the Wikipedia page about voxels, "[...] the position of a voxel is inferred based upon its position relative to other voxels (i.e., its position in the data structure that makes up a ...
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Path planning for volumes in games

How would you path plan a volume for a game? For example a 1 km cube with tunnels and caverns. Also the terrain is destructible. You have walking and flying modes. I would separate it into phases. ...
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How are voxel terrain engines made?

A few days ago I found something called voxel terrains and I think that they're pretty cool. But I don't know anything generating them. Do you model it in your modeling software or use something like ...
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I'm a single developer making a game made of blocks. Can I make 3d characters made of blocks without looking like Minecraft?

I would like to differentiate the look as much as I can but yet it has to be within the limits of what is reasonable for a single programmer can do. I have alot of ideas that would make the game ...