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# Questions tagged [3d]

3D refers to three dimensional space where coordinates are represented with X, Y and Z values.

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### Fitting a cap for a hollow object in blender

I have a thin-walled hollow object that I made by extruding a closed path that formed an outline. So the objecft is like a hollow pipe with a 1mm-thick wall (but the cross-section isn't a simple ...
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### Checking for collisions on a 3D heightmap

I have a 3D heightmap drawn using OpenGL (which isn't important). It's represented by a 2D array of height data. To draw this I go through the array using each point as a vertex. Three vertices are ...
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### How to convert .max files to .egg on linux

I am very new to 3d graphics and game engines and panda3d and python. I followed few panda3d tutorials and now I want to test them with few new models. High majority of 3d models in the internet are ...
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### In 3D camera math, calculate what Z depth is pixel unity for a given FOV

I am working in iOS and OpenGL ES 2.0. Through trial and error I've figured out a frustum to where at a specific z depth pixels drawn are 1 to 1 with my source textures. So 1 pixel in my texture is ...
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### OpenGL ES 2.0 gluUnProject

I've spent more time than I should trying to get my ray picking program working. I'm pretty convinced my math is solid with respect to line plane intersection, but I believe the problem lies with the ...
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### Move and rotate one object to another C++ [3D]

I have two object, need attach 'TWO OBJECT' to 'ONE OBJECT'. I have vectors 'angle' 'origin' of ONE and TWO objects. I tried do "TWOOBJECT.origin += ONE.origin - ONE.oldorigin", this just attach ...
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### What's the newest trend / method for terrain rendering? [closed]

The last time I checked in on terrain rendering, ROAM was the new hotness. Yes, that was a long time ago. I liked ROAM a lot, though, because it was extremely simple to program, and gave pretty ...
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### What makes a game look “good”? [closed]

I am working on a 3D space game using OpenGL and C++ and I am planning to focus on giving the game modern, eye-catching graphics, but the more I think of it the more I realise I don't really know what ...
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### How to programatically retarget animations from one skeleton to another?

I'm trying to write code to transfer animations that were designed for one skeleton to look correct on another skeleton. The source animations consist only of rotations except for translations on the ...
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### What are 3D textures?

Google has failed me, I could not find anything informative. So perhaps GameDev can :). What are 3D textures? When are they used? Performance costs? How are they stored? I have many vague ideas, but ...
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### How to merge two objects in Blender

What I've Done I created a Cube object with Subdivision Surface modifier in order to model a spehere. I created a cuboid object looking like a angled, longish baton. What I Want to Do I want to ...
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### Are there any open source or free 3D modelling/animation tools that are widely used by indie game developers? [closed]

I have tried out Blender and Milkshape 3D, but my question is mainly asking if there is any 3D animation/modelling software that is open source, free, or has an indie license available that is widely ...
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### Where do I start if I want to independently learn game graphic design? [closed]

I want to learn how to create custom graphics, not use freely available resources. But I have been looking around for articles or tutorials on how to start with 2D game design in general, and I can't ...
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### Are there 3D projections other than orthographic and perspective? [closed]

The question is pretty much in the title. Are there notable 3D projections other than orthographic and perspective that could be used in a 3D system such as OpenGL? In particular, are there any that ...
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### Where to start when building a 3D terrain editor? [closed]

I'm looking to build (for start) a simple tool, that could raise, lower, smooth and texture the terrain. So, what are the things I have to go through in order to make such terrain editor? And maybe ...
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### What's the difference between mesh and a model?

Which one is created first? For example if a team worked on a graphical asset of a car, what would be a model and what would be a mesh of the car?
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### How can people recognize what engine a game uses, based off its graphics?

With many games, you can say "oh, that's the Unreal Engine, for sure", or "this was made with an upgraded Rockstar Advanced Engine". We can often recognize the engine used for a game just by looking ...
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### Is C++ “still” preferred in game development? [closed]

I am a 2D Game Programmer.Some programming languages which I am good at are C,Java ,C#. I also know Actionscript 2.0,3.0 and some javascript. I'm interested in learning 3D Game programming. So far ...
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### Triangle-triangle continuous collision detection

I am making a 3D game engine and I use continuous collision detection. I am using Sphere-Trees to cull primitive collision checks to a minimum. However, I'd like to perform continuous triangle-to-...
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### Implementing Positional Sound

I am trying to put 3Dish audio in a game I'm developing, and I'm unsure how to do positional sound. I want to be able to adjust the volume of the audio's channels depending on how far it is and the ...
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### Where to start? (3D Modeling) [closed]

I'm looking for a good resource to start learning 3d modeling. I'm looking for something that starts with the basics (e.g. terminology; what are quads, triangles etc.) before/while going into the ...
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### How can I create a stretchy, breakable pizza cheese material?

I want to create realistic pizza and allow user interact with it. What I want: What I created: I created model of the pizza (8 pieces) in Blender, then imported it into Unity. The piece of pizza ...
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### OpenGL ES 2.0 Point Sprites Size

I am trying to draw point sprites in OpenGL ES 2.0, but all my points end up with a size of 1 pixel...even when I set gl_PointSize to a high value in my vertex shader. How can I make my point sprites ...
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### Resources of realistic water simulation?

I want to study water simulation, with a a demo with source code which using physically-based methods(Eulerian approaches or Lagrangian approaches). How can I get some examples?
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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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### Geometry System of Populous: The Beginning [closed]

I want to to develop a game like Populous: The Beginning with my friend. But we could not find out what type of geometry they have used for the world. We know that - all tiles have the same size - ...
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### 3D Camera Rotation

Please, forgive me, but I need help and I've been stuck on this for a few weeks now, I'm making no progress and everywhere I go and I see a different answer, everything I try doesn't work. I've had ...
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### Prevent players from wallhacking in an online FPS?

Why do we still complain about wallhackers in multiplayer first-person shooters? Isn't it possible to perform occlusion culling for all players server-side? For example, send player xyz information ...
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### Starting programming in 3D with C++ [closed]

EDIT: There aren't sufficient enough tutorials for what I'm trying to do in Python, so I'm going to take my time and slowly build up my skills in C++. It's hard to trip and not land in a book of C++ ...
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### Fixed-Function vs Shaders: Which for beginner?

I'm currently going to college for computer science. Although I do plan on utilizing an existing engine at some point to create a small game, my aim right now is towards learning the fundamentals: ...
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### What are the pros/cons of using a 3d engine for 2d games? [closed]

What pros or cons should a beginner be aware of when deciding between a 2d game engine (like Slick2D/Flixel/FlashPunk) and a 3d engine (like Unity) for 2d game development? I am just getting started ...
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### How to properly implement alpha blending in a complex 3D scene?

I know this question might sound a bit easy to answer but It's driving me crazy. There are too many possible situations that a good alpha blending mechanism should handle, and for each Algorithm I can ...
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### Boat passing under a bridge in a 2D tile based RTS

I'm writing a 2D tile based RTS. And I want to add a 'pseudo 3D' feature to it - bridges over the rivers. I havent't start any coding yet, just trying to think how it fits the collision detection ...
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### How to calculate a 3x3 rotation matrix from 2 direction vectors?

I've got 2 direction vectors, for the X axis and the Y axis of the object. How do I calculate the rotation matrix of the object using these?
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### Is the “impossible object” possible in computer graphics?

This may be a silly question but I want to know the answer to it. I saw this thing called the "impossible object", while they're many different images of this online, it's suppost to be impossible ...
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### How to resolve penetration of two colliding bodies

I've implemented simple 3D game physics engine. I already have decent collision detection in place, now I'm trying to figure out the collision response part. I'm using impulse based method to ...
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### Tiling perlin noise seamlessly, but without repeating to generate an infinite 3D world

I have been working on a 3D game in java using LWJGL for a while now. I am trying to make procedurally generated infinite 3D terrain that is generated around the player. So far I have: 3D terrain ...
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### Why / how does XNA's right-handed coordinate system effect anything if you can specify near/far Z values?

I am told repeatedly that XNA Game Studio uses a right-handed coordinate system, and I understand the difference between a right-handed and left-handed coordinate system. But given that you can use a ...
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### How to rotate directional billboard particle sprites toward the direction the particle is moving

Behavior: With the following texture I get a weird behavior when I try to rotate my particles in the direction they are moving. Essentially, the quad seems to rotate, but just barely so that when ...
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### Graphics Pipeline, how exactly it works and how graphics card interprets it?

I've looked at this Wikipedia's link, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graphics_pipeline, but the article lacks in-depth explanation. The only thing, I suppose, I understand and can expand upon, is, ...
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### Turning to face mouse

Given three points on the same Y plane; A ship A point along the ships heading A mouse cursor How can I find which direction and angle the mouse cursor is from the ships heading? I have a limited ...
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### What technologies are required for 3D game development? [closed]

I want to make a racing game like Need for speed. And I want to start from very start. Please tell me the skills, technologies that one should posses while making it. I am beginner in game ...
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### Can the solar system be accurately represented in 3d space using doubles (or longs)?

I would like know to how to best manage coordinates in a 3D game whose aim is to realistically model the entire solar system, yet be able to handle the smallest movements in a "ship" (ie: perhaps we ...
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### How to gain accurate results with Painter's algorithm?

A while ago I asked how to determine when a face is overlapping another. The advice was to use a Z-buffer. However, I cannot use a Z-buffer in my current project and hence I would like to use the ...
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### How to get translation from view matrix

How can I retrieve the camera's world-space position from its view matrix? The only answers I've seen to this question suggest the translation is in the last row/col but this wouldn't work since the ...
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### Data Structure (or algorithm) for fast distance-based entity lookups

For example, your game has 100 enemies (on different teams) running around and their AI wants to inspect the nearby entities to see which it should attack. What is a fast way to organize those ...
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### Render 3d object to 2d surface (embedded system)

i am working on an embedded system of a sort, and in some free time i would like to test its drawing capabilities. System in question is ARM Cortex M3 microcontroller attached to EasyMX Stellaris ...
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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), ...