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comment XNA Diffuse Shader Issue. Edge lighting problem. Image Attached
Looks to me like some of your normals are probably pointing backwards. Remember that the cross product is anticommutative, which means that if you swap the two vectors your applying it to you'll get a negated result.
Apr
18
comment What dimensions should you use for a perspective projection frustum?
@MarkIngram That's the nature of 3D rendering. Games typically allow the player to adjust the FOV, because the most comfortable FOV depends on the size of their display and their distance from it. The comfortable FOV for a smaller or further away display will give a smaller view of the game world, simply because the player is effectively looking through a smaller window into that world. You could do the maths to ensure that all objects are placed within the frustum, but that means that a smaller FOV will squash the objects together.
Apr
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comment What dimensions should you use for a perspective projection frustum?
@MarkIngram You can place them anywhere, but they will only be seen within a vertical FOV of 45 degrees and between 1 unit and 100 units away from the camera. You need to choose your units however you like them. If the units are meters, then the frustum will cover 100 meters. Where you place your objects depends on where you want them to appear in the viewport (and how far away).
Sep
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comment do games use multiple threads to play music?
Some games will, some games won't. I know I've noticed more often than not that when a game freezes the music just stutters.
Aug
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comment Game Trailer Reference other Games
Trademark law varies per country but generally says that it's fine to use a trademark to identify products as those of the proprietor as long as you aren't attempting to confuse or deceive anybody. To be safe, you can place a ™ character next to the names and state at some point in your trailer "Pokémon is a registered trademark of Nintendo Co., Ltd.", for example. Of course, your safest bet is to speak to a lawyer in your country.
Aug
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comment Why don't we use the whole color depth for normal maps?
@danijar It's because the values in the normal vector can range from -1 to +1. If -1 maps to 0, and +1 maps to 255, then 0 maps to 128. So (0, 0, 1) maps to (128, 128, 255).
Aug
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comment Why don't we use the whole color depth for normal maps?
@danijar The full color depth may very well be used by a surface. It would be a very, very bumpy surface. It's just that almost all realistic surfaces are almost flat. Yes, those harsh values are not commonly used in normal maps, but if you took them away, you wouldn't be able to represent every set of normals.
Aug
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comment Why don't we use the whole color depth for normal maps?
@danijar What do you mean by blank? There's no such thing as a blank normal. A normal is always pointing in some direction. When the normal is pointing directly away from the surface (i.e. all normals in a flat surface), you get the color (128, 128, 255), which is the light blue you're probably referring to. It's half way between full blue (0, 0, 255) and white (255, 255, 255). See the corners of this image for an example.
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comment Why is it possible to encounter a texture coordinate greater than 1 or less than 0
@sepideh Of course. OpenGL uses whatever values you give it. If you give it values in the range 0 to 1, you will never get anything else.
Aug
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answered Why don't we use the whole color depth for normal maps?
Aug
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comment Why is it possible to encounter a texture coordinate greater than 1 or less than 0
@sepideh What does "not a run-time possible event" mean? It's perfectly fine to change your code in the comment to have glTexCoord2f(0, 2); for example. This has a very specific well-defined meaning in both code and when the program is running. If you see this, the programmer has intentionally done it because it gives the result they want.
Aug
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comment Move a player in the opposite direction they are looking
@thedeadlybutter If you have a camera direction vector (x,y,z), the opposite direction is (-x, -y, -z).
Aug
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comment Move a player in the opposite direction they are looking
Is it a first person game?
Aug
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awarded  Yearling
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answered Can't get indices with VBO working
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comment Can't get indices with VBO working
vboBufferId = indicesBuffer; - is that really supposed to be vboBufferId? Not something like indicesBufferId?
Aug
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answered How would one draw many objects using the same VBO