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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Tips for density terrain function (using Marching cube) [duplicate]

I've just implemented the marching cube algorithm and tried it out with some different functions for the density, and I think it's working! Ex) density = -v.y + sin(-v.x) + sin(-v.z) But I can't ...
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How to create more vertexes from within a shader in OpenGL?

when rendering voxels in octrees, the only information necessary is the current octree-level, -position and colour/texture. But one has to send eight vertices to the rendering pipeline in order to ...
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Rasterizing parametric solids in Minecraft voxel space

I'm trying to render giant procedurally generated trees in Minecraft. I have code that generates a tree model and represents it parametrically as a collection of cones and spheres using vectors and ...
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How do I find voxels along a ray?

I am making a voxel engine, and I want to make it possible to create and destroy voxels with the mouse. I use C++ and OpenGL, so C++ examples would be best. So far, I have the camera position and ...
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Loading chunks of the terrain relative to the player's position

I'm making a small voxel-based multiplayer WebGL game with a Node.JS server which handles player positions and sends terrain chunk data to the clients. This is an example of how I'm currently sending ...
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Voxel Lighting in Unity3D

I'm working on a Voxel project in Unity3D for fun and learning. I've been reading up on how this is done and have implemented a simple Voxel map in my project. My question is about the lighting. I've ...
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When would you use an octree in a voxel Engine?

I've been reading about Octrees, and I understand how they work (or at least I think I do). However, I can't figure out why you would use octrees instead of a simple multidimensional array. In my ...
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Storing attributes in static geometry

I have a Minecraft like world where I statically create one instance of each tile type, and then place it around the world. However, I don't know how to actually change individual attributes for each ...
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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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Managing Voxel Data

I've been programming in C++ as a hobby for about 4 months now, and I've really loved creating stuff using voxels. I wrote a "game" (More of just a personal challenge, as I really only did the ...
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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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Color bleed on voxel edges when using anti-aliasing

My Minecraft-like game uses a texture containing four block IDs in each pixel (RGBA). These IDs are used in the shader to determine what color each whole block should be. I'm having an issue with ...
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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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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 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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Texturing Custom Meshes/Terrain?

Here's the scenario: I procedurally generate terrain on the fly, creating an isosurface which is an overlay on top of a scalar field of data points. These underlying data points are basically voxel ...
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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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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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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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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?
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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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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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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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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 ...