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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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 ...
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How to improve Minecraft-esque voxel world performance?

After playing Minecraft I marveled a bit at its large worlds but at the same time I found them extremely slow to navigate, even with a quad core and meaty graphics card. Now I assume Minecraft is ...
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Working with lots of cubes. Improving performance?

Edit: To sum the question up, I have a voxel based world (Minecraft style (Thanks Communist Duck)) which is suffering from poor performance. I am not positive on the source but would like any possible ...
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Voxel heightmap terrain editor

I've recently been experimenting with a simple Voxel-based 3d engine (think Minecraft) which uses heightmaps to define terrain in the following format: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heightmap Does ...
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Is a voxel engine appropriate for a Minecraft-like game?

Why does Minecraft use polygons to draw the world terrain instead of voxels? Would a voxel based rendering engine be appropriate for a fully destructible game world built out of cubes like Minecraft? ...
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How to store 2D tile-map

I want to create a 2D map composed of small tiles, that should look like voxels (eg. this just from side). I think I can make a structure like Voxel2D, that have int X, Y and some Color, and every ...
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Collision detection of convex shapes on voxel terrain

I have some standard convex shapes (cubes, capsules) on a voxel terrain. It is very easy to detect single vertex collisions. However, it becomes computationally expensive when many vertices are ...
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Free voxel editor? [closed]

Does anyone know of a good free voxel editor and/or voxel-to-mesh converter?
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Is Unlimited Detail real?

Many aspects of Unlimited Details Unlimited Detail Technology seems dubious to me, even the introductory paragraph (because of the usage of the word unlimited): Unlimited Detail is a new ...
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Optimizing a mesh for voxel cube landscapes

Playing around with creating minecraftish/lego world landscapes in Unity 3D (procedurally generated voxel landscapes with cubes), I'm finding that the meshes created for these landscapes take up a LOT ...
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What are some good resources for building a voxel engine? [closed]

What are some good resources (tutorials, code, papers, etc.) for learning about voxel rendering?