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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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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Storing a block world

I've gotten a basic Minecraft clone working (thanks to gamedev.stackexchange's help! ^_^), but know I have no idea how to save the file. Minecraft itself uses a naive list of block ids as far as I ...
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Overlapping Vertex in DynamicVertexBuffer draw priority?

I am creating a voxel game, and I have recently run into an issue. My world is drawn by a DynamicVertexBuffer, which just consists of vertices for the blocks themselves. On top of that, I switch ...
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Mapping a 3D texture to a standard hollow-hull 3D model

I have 3D models which are typical hollow hulls. If such a model also had a 3D volumetric/voxel texture map then given a point P inside such a model, I'd like to be able to find its uvw coordinates ...
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Creating a queue for BeginInvoke method - loading chunks

I have a voxel game similar to Minecraft. I have a funciton PushLoadedChunks(Direction) that pushes all of the loaded chunks forward, backward, left, right. This is done with ...
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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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Looking through transparent voxels doesn't show other blocks

In my voxel game, looking through the transparent water blocks can sometimes cause blocks in other chunks not to show. The water is in its own VBO, and the face facing the other chunk (in the ...
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How can I optimise a Minecraft-esque voxel world?

I found Minecraft's marvelous large worlds extremely slow to navigate, even with a quad core and meaty graphics card. I assume Minecraft's slowness comes from: Java, as spatial partitioning and ...
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Actual use of sparse voxel octrees in a game engine

Looking for different ways to speed up my simple voxel system reducing the number of voxels and generated triangles, I stumbled upon these sparse voxel octrees. Now, I read a lot about it: how do they ...
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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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How do I get realistic sliding contact between objects in a voxel grid?

I have a 3D grid of voxels in my game. Entities walk around with simple physics that represents them as an axis aligned bounding box with velocity, mass and acceleration. The way I'm doing collision ...
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Finding break in voxel grid (3D array)

I am working at dynamic voxel engine in Unity (something like Space Engineers) where player can create object from voxels, push them, damage and split in to other object. I store all data in 3D ...
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Methods to remove horizontal world slices of voxels in a 3D voxel world

I've recently been working on a hobby voxel world recently. I'm currently interested in ideas or solutions which would enable me to basically step up and down the Y-axis 1 horizontal block slice at ...
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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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Voxel Engine in XNA - Block as Class Renders, Block as Struct Doesn't

Edit: I almost forgot to mention - when I place NEW blocks they render, but nothing triggers the originals to render (I have a button assigned to recalculate/redraw for every block surrounding (and ...
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Marching Cubes Chunks

i'm doing some voxel based game, where i want to have voxel planets. i decided to use the marching cubes algorithm, and i successfully created a planet (even with noise) with the following density ...
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Voxel (Marching Cubes) Terrain Creation / Terrain Editing

im working on a voxel based game in unity. the terrain(sphere-->planet) should be out of voxels and at first i built a minecraft like voxel plugin for unity. this means that i had a sphere out of ...
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How to make natural looking voxel

I'm developing a voxel game, but I think I use the wrong technique. I currently use flat tiles, to make blocks, and I think theres a better and more efficient way. I have seen a voxel game, which ...
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How can I build Minecraft-style light propagation without recursive functions?

This question is more about expanding on an answer posted for an old but similar question. Part of the answer says this: You simply fill the sunlight from the top to the bottom, every layer is ...
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Unity: Combine two UVs by alpha

I'm currently creating a voxel game like Minecraft. To display the damage of blocks, I want to combine the alpha channel of one part of my texture map with the actual texture (like Minecraft does), ...
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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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Marching cubes leaving holes in the mesh

Hi I'm trying to reproduce GPU Gems 3 chapter 1 (Generating Complex Procedural Terrains Using the GPU) and so far I managed the basics... Now I'm betting some strange output. I started with the ...
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AABB swept collision response with voxel world

I followed this tutorial: link and I was able to make it work with 3d voxel world collisions. But the problem I have is with collision response. I want to make player slide against the wall if he is ...
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OpenGL Occlusion Culling - flickering problems

I have implemented occlusion culling in my app and I think why the problem is happening but I am not sure how to solve it. My scene is divided in different chunks (voxels) and I am rendering each ...
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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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Rendering a Voxelized Mesh [closed]

I've been reading many papers about how to voxelize meshes using different GPU techniques, but I've ran into a problem that I'm not sure how to solve properly. I understand the process of how to ...
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Voxel sparse octrees for indirect illumination

I don't understand the use of voxel sparse octrees for indirect illumination calculations. First of all, what exactly is happing? We're rendering the scene as usual with diffuse lighting. In the ...
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Voxel engine/vertexes: how to add more and more different textures during game runtime and change some of the blocks' faces?

It's difficult to ask this, but I'll try. The thing is: I asked before somethings about creating ramps and blocks with vertexes. [I'm using C#/XNA.] Explanation: now I got a chunk that has blocks ...
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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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Ambient occlusion of cubes, a specific case

After much fiddling around and thinking I've got my AO working on my game engine as intended; except one specific case. When a block is nestled between others on two sides, but the corner block is ...
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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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Can someone explain dual contouring?

I've been trying to understand voxel rendering and have been looking at dual contouring (DC). So far I understand this much: Run a density function for a set of grid points (i.e noise function) ...
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Building a chunk w/ blocks: making ramps. How to detect if blocks are making “stairs” (like in a mountain) and should be turned into ramps?

My question is quite simple, but the answer may be not. I am studying and making a voxel engine, generating block vertices around its center position with TriangleList primitive at C#/XNA. The ...
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Minecraft - like lighting engine

So I was looking on how to create a minecraft - like lighting engine and I found the following post: How can I implement lighting in a voxel engine? The answer to it was incredible and perfectly ...
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How to load stacking chunks on the fly?

I'm currently working on an infinite world, mostly inspired by minecraft. A Chunk consists of 16x16x16 blocks. A block(cube) is 1x1x1. This runs very smoothly with a ViewRange of 12 Chunks (12x16) ...
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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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How do Raymarch shaders work?

I have been looking at shaders found here shadertoy.com and most of the cool ones have noise and raymarch in common. I do not understand the source code at all but I really want to. How do these ...
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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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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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HLSL - Voxel texturing

I'm currently trying to develop a Voxel Engine using Direct3D 9 and C++. To keep the memory usage low, i'm only passing the position, the orientation and the offset of the current voxels texture in ...
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Top-Down Octree Generation of Procedural Terrain

I'm trying to implement a voxel-based terrain generation system in Unity3d (C#). I have successfully implemented a uniform 3d grid system, and have extracted the isosurface out using Marching Cubes ...
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Can you specify which VBO/EBO to use with glDrawElements?

I'm creating a voxel-like game. I'm not sure if I am using VBO/EBO's correctly. I am creating a new VBO & EBO for every chunk. This is done once, but chunks call a render function in every block ...
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Multithreading issues - Frame skips [closed]

So I am trying to multithread a Voxel engine in C# made with Sharpdx and I am having a few issues: This is the class I have : #region using System.Collections.Concurrent; using ...
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Creating a voxel chunk with a VBO - How to translate the coordinates of each block and add it to the VBO chunk?

I'm trying to make a voxel engine similar to minecraft as a little learning experience and a way to learn some opengl. I have created a chunk class and I want to put all of the vertices for the whole ...
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Alternatives to voxel-based terrain

Are there any alternatives to voxel based terrains? Such terrain should be fully destructable, allow for arches, overhangs, preserve sharp features where needed and keep consistent topology. ...
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Find the next cell in a grid from a point and direction

I'm trying to solve a very simple problem but I'm unable to come-up with an efficient solution so far. What I'm really trying to do is voxelize triangles in a three dimensional environment but I'll ...
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Why haven't graphics cards been designed for voxel rendering?

I stumbled across the following article on Wikipedia regarding voxels that says: One such problem cited by Carmack is the lack of graphics cards designed specifically for such rendering requiring ...
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How to retrieve a cube collision by faces

I work for a while on a minecraft game (voxel). I am front a problem for a long time about the collision detection. I want recover the cubes collision from my highlighted black's cube like on the ...
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How calculate a new node after cutting a node into an octree

I'm working on a small XNA game, voxel-based like minecraft. I've recently faced a problem in how to delete a node (cube) from an octree and re-calculate the new octree afterward. I have already ...
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Can I optimize my voxel meshing regardless of different textured blocks?

At the moment, I mesh every voxel in my terrain data to a block with 4 vertices for each face. This makes assigning texture coordinates of my texture atlas very easy, since I can just pick the desired ...