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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When storing voxels in chunks, how do I access them at the world level?

I'm not looking for how to store the voxels data wise, I'm looking for the theory. Currently, my voxel engine has no global list of tiles. Each chunk has it's own list, and it's hard to do things like ...
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How to determine if a 3D voxel-based room is sealed, efficiently

I've been having some issues with efficiently determining if large rooms are sealed in a voxel-based 3D rooms. I'm at a point where I have tried my hardest to solve the problem without asking for ...
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Problems with 3D Array for Voxel Data

I'm trying to implement a voxel engine in C++ using OpenGL, and I've been working on the rendering of the world. In order to render, I have a 3D array of uint16's that hold that id of the block at the ...
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calculating occlusion in cube voxel engine

This is more a conceptional (approach) question then the search for an implemented solution, since I was unable to find proper hints via google or similar. The problem is as follows: Given you have ...
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Hardware instancing for voxel engine

i just did the tutorial on Hardware Instancing from this source: http://www.float4x4.net/index.php/2011/07/hardware-instancing-for-pc-in-xna-4-with-textures/. Somewhere between 900.000 and 1.000.000 ...
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How does collapsable structures in a voxel based game like Ace of Spades/Build and Shoot work? [duplicate]

I know that once all the cubes that are connected are destroyed, the unconnected blocks collapse. How do you find out the unconnected blocks? edit 1: How would you determine the collapsible object if ...
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Controlling Constantly Running AIs

So, I'm not really sure where to start with this question. Feel free to tell me I'm stupid and Off Topic but I'd also like you to tell me why. So, the maps in the game I am designing will consist of ...
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What is the proper name for a 2D voxel?

I know pixel might be right, but pixel means something different, especially if a "2D voxel" isn't exactly one pixel (it isn't, in my game). I've also heard "texel," but that seems to refer to a ...
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Store voxel type data in XML or Java classes?

So, I want it to be very easy to create all the entities of my game and for other people to come in and do the same. I was thinking I could just let the users/myself create an XML sheet the stores all ...
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What GPU culling techniques are appropriate for voxel spheres other than octrees? [closed]

I'm creating a dynamic smooth-voxel based world in the shape of a sphere. Right now my current approach is to spherize a cube, generate voxel terrain on each of the six patches, and then use octrees ...
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Constructing a Planetoid Cube World?

This is sort of a multidisciplinary question, so I'm asking it here rather than on one of the other Stack Exchange sites. I've been toying with the idea of making a game that's a mix between ...
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Marching Cubes Terrain [closed]

For the past week I've been researching the Marching Cubes algorithm. I hope to use this for Terrain as it would allow the creation of destruction of terrain. After looking at source code and reading ...
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Visual artifacts on long distance on plane

I'm making a voxel game in XNA, and have filthy visual artifacts on long distances. I use 2048*2048 atlases. I'm already using mipmaps and 16x anisotropic filtering. I've read this blog post, but ...
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Voxel Performance

So Im trying to make a minecraft style voxel game to learn OpenGL, but Im running into performance issues. I found this thread : http://stackoverflow.com/questions/4995652/3d-occlusion-culling where ...
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Best way to read expandable voxel world (hashmap) such as in Minecraft

I'm building a 3D multiplayer Roguelike-style engine (tile and turn-based) and I'd like to make the worlds virtually "infinite", similar to what you would see in Minecraft. I'm storing data in a ...
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How to texture voxel terrain without triplanar texturing?

How can a voxel terrain (marching cubes) be textured without triplanar mapping ? The goal being to have more artistic freedom. I think, I could unwrap the mesh while extracting the isosurface then ...
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What are the benefits of using a game engine for a voxel game?

I'm learning and developing a Minecraft like game. I've seen many games being made without a game engine, so I'm worried using a game engine will end up having performance issues. If I was ...
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How should I setup my minecraft-like world rendering for the best performance?

I want to know what technique will give me most fps in game. I have minecraft-like world and I need to display it. Now I have only one cube, created as VBO and if i need to display cube I just display ...
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Generating a grid of cubes in 3D space [closed]

I am trying to generate a grid of cubes in 3D space and It aint workin... All im doing is for looping YXZ (in that order) (nested for loops) then im doing cubes[x][y][z] = ... (new Location(x,y,z)) ...
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How to flatten out terrain and make better caves with Perlin noise

I'm currently using Perlin noise to generate a terrain. This is my actual attempt to create caves. I do get some sort of cave structures but they are small and are always close to the edges of the ...
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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 ...