Questions tagged [directx]

DirectX is a set of multimedia APIs from Microsoft aimed primarily at game developers. Popular APIs within the DirectX collection include Direct3D, XInput, and XAudio.

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How do I create particles that react to the player and enemies?

I'm currently making a game with my own game engine which I've written in C++ and I'm using the most recent directx SDK. The game is a top down space shooter (with a pretty interesting twist) and I'...
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Should I continue studying OpenGL or just switch to DirectX to give me a better chance of landing a job in the game industry? [closed]

I've been learning graphics programming for some time now using OpenGL and Linux. I'm pretty familiar with most of the concepts, but I would really like to further my knowledge and eventually pursue a ...
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game story event programming

I have developed a game engine in c/c++ and DirectX. I have a tile engine for the maps, animated player/npc sprites, talking to the npc, menus, and level changing but there is no game, it just feels ...
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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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How to get PS3/Xbox 360 experience without having access to Dev kits?

I am a budding game programmer trying to get into the industry programming for PS3, Xbox 360. The main problem I see is the need to demonstrate my skills to a potential employer, but without access ...
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How many active shaders at one frame in the game should I typically use? 5 or more like 100?

How many shaders are usually active, at the same time in one scene, in modern games? I know that multiple shaders are being used, with the games switching between them in each frame, and it's common ...
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For 2D games, is there any reason NOT to use a 3D API like Direct3D or OpenGL?

I've been out of hobby Game Development for quite a while now. Back when I did it, most people used Direct Draw to create 2D games. By the time I stopped people were saying OpenGL or Direct3D with ...
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Modern Shader Book? [closed]

I'm interested in learning about Shaders: What are they, when/for what would I use them, and how to use them. (Specifically I'm interested in Water and Bloom effects, but I know close to 0 about ...
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3D theory before graphics APIs? [closed]

I'm a software engineer and I'm hoping to move my career towards game development. I'm reading a book right now on 2D using C++/DirectX. When I get into 3D I know I want to do it correctly. For ...
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Why do pixel shaders not let us read directly from the framebuffer or the depth buffer?

Letting me sample the framebuffer or the depthbuffer in the pixel shader would be an extremely useful feature. Even just being able to know the depth or the color of whatever is behind the current ...
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Fastest way to render lines with AA, varying thickness in DirectX

So I'm doing some DirectX development, using SharpDX under .NET to be exact (but DirectX/C++ API solutions are applicable). I'm looking for the fastest way to render lines in an orthogonal projection (...
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Coding for a really, really high-resolution display array

I've been tasked with building a real time "full screen" demo to run on a 5x2 array of 60+ inch LED TVs: or, in other words, a 20 megapixel display. We've got a machine built that can run a single ...
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How to deal with D3DX .dll hell?

There's a large number of versions of the D3DX dll, from each SDK update, each version having a unique name (list of D3DX dll names). All-too-often, people have versions missing. So even though they ...
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How do I query available video memory using DirectX?

How do you query the amount of VRAM available when using DirectX?
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Why would you use software rendering over hardware rendering, today?

As opposed to CPU or software rendering I assume? Wouldn't generally all current rendering be GPU based, seeing as you would be using OpenGL or Direct X? Could someone give me some info here, can't ...
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What are screen space derivatives and when would I use them?

I see the ddx and ddy glsl functions and the hlsl equivalents come up in shader code every now and then. I'm currently using ...
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Flowing GPU compute water

I have a civil engineering background and perform hydraulic and hydrologic analysis' regularly. They sell degrees for that sort of thing, but it's really not rocket science. I recently got it in my ...
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SSAO and normal issues

I'm using a SSAO alghorithm called "SAO", seen here: Scalable Ambient Obscurance. I'm currently having issues with "smooth" normals, for example when using normal/height maps. To ...
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What are the current books for DirectX (w/ focus on 3D)? [closed]

For OpenGL, the OpenGL SuperBible 5th edition was just released only a few months ago, and is considered a fantastic, highly rated book for not only learning OpenGL 3 (Part 1 of the book), but it also ...
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Update and render in separate threads

I'm creating a simple 2D game engine and I want to update and render the sprites in different threads, to learn how it is done. I need to synchronise the update thread and the render one. Currently,...
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Avoid if statements in DirectX 10 shaders?

I have heard that if statements should be avoid in shaders, because both parts of the statements will be execute, and than the wrong will be dropped (which harms the performance). It's still a ...
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Is it possible to construct a cube with fewer than 24 vertices

I have a cube-based world like Minecraft and I'm wondering if there's a way to construct a cube with fewer than 24 vertices so I can reduce memory usage. It doesn't seem possible to me for 2 reasons: ...
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Should I learn Direct3D 9, 10 or 11? [closed]

I'm just starting to get into 3D programming with Direct3D. What version of D3D should I pick up? 11 looks pretty neat, but 9 and 10 still seems to be pretty present. Given the current state of the ...
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How do I integrate bullet physics into my game?

I downloaded the release file found here, but I'm just not sure where to start. In my game I have a number of oblongs and a sphere, I want all of these to collide with one another. (They all have ...
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Information about rendering, batches, the graphical card, performance etc. + XNA?

I know the title is a bit vague but it's hard to describe what I'm really looking for, but here goes. When it comes to CPU rendering, performance is mostly easy to estimate and straightforward, but ...
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API agnostic bridges (ie. OpenGL/D3D/Whatever). Do you use them, how you make them. Pro's and Con's [closed]

You are making a 3d engine. You want best of multiplatform worlds. Suddenly you realize that if you want to use Direct3D on Windows machines and OpenGL on OSX/Linux, you'll have to sacrifice supported ...
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Best practice for setting Effect parameters in XNA

I want to ask if there is a best practice for setting Effect parameters in XNA. Or in other words, what exactly happens when I call ...
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Accounting for waves when doing planar reflections

I've been studying Nvidia's examples from the SDK, in particular the Island11 project and I've found something curious about a piece of HLSL code which corrects the reflections up and down depending ...
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Getting Started with 2d Game Dev (C++): DirectX or OpenGL? [closed]

So, i'm a student looking to get my foot in the door of game development and im looking to do something 2D, maybe a tetris/space invaders/something-with-a-little-mouse-interaction clone. I pointed ...
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Does anyone write games in Delphi? [closed]

I am a very seasoned Delphi developer (over 12 years of experience not counting my Turbo Pascal experience) and was wondering does anyone write games in Delphi? I have seen DirectX API wrappers in ...
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How should I implement a first-person camera?

I'm a beginner programmer and I'm creating a project which allows me to walk around rooms via a first person camera. So far, I have the buildings drawn and on, but now I'm stuck and don't know how to ...
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How does an HLSL shader actually end up affecting the render output?

I understand the syntax of HLSL, for example let's pretend I have this as my HLSL: ...
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Rendering only a part of the screen in high detail

If graphics are rendered for a large viewing angle (e.g. a very large TV or a VR headset), the viewer can't actually focus on the entire image, just a part of it. (Actually, this is the case for ...
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Managing graphic state and components?

I often tend to do a lot of premature optimazation when dealing with graphics. There are a few principles I always try to follow: Keep the number of D3D components to a minimum. (Render states, ...
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Visual Studio 2012 and Game Development [closed]

Alright, I think it's a simple question, but I got difficulties to find some answers around. I already read that XNA wouldn't be in Visual Studio 2012. I recently learned to use XNA, but since I ...
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Moving from DirectX 10 to DirectX 11

I've done a reasonable number of small hobby projects using DirectX 9 but it's time to move to DirectX 11 now. I have Frank Luna'a book on 3D programming using DirectX 10 but nothing on DirectX 11. I ...
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How do commercial games engines organise the index/vertex buffers?

Preface: This question is going to be coming from a Direct3D point-of-view, because that's what I'm familiar with. Obviously we incur a slight overhead every time we change the vertex or index ...
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Why can't I get a bool packed and aligned into a D3D constant buffer?

Alright, I'm having a hard time getting a bool packed and aligned into a hlsl constant buffer and I'm not sure why. Here is the buffer in hlsl ...
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Is there any advantage in using DX10/11 for a 2D game?

I'm not entirely familiar with the feature set introduced by DX10/11 class hardware. I'm vaguely familiar with the new stages added to the programmable graphics pipeline, such as the geometry shader, ...
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Does Windows 8 still support DirectX 9?

Is Windows 8 supporting DirectX 9? Because I was looking through some samples written in C++ and DirectX 9 made for Windows 8. It wasn't that, like I know it ( look here http://directxtutorial.com/...
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Very slow direct3D texture sampling

So I'm writing a small game using Direct3D 9 and I'm using multitexturing for the terrain. All I'm doing is sampling 3 textures and a blend map and getting the overall color from the three textures ...
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How do you make Direct3D work in a browser?

I've come across games that are 3D that are playable in a browser. They require a plugin to be installed to work. I guess the plugin creates a D3D window inside the browser. How would I go about ...
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Good example of a multi-pass effect?

In XNA (and Direct3D in general AFAIK), rather than creating individual vertex and fragment shaders, you bundle potentially many related shaders into 'Effects'. When you come to use an effect you ...
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How can I create a glitter effect?

I am trying to create a glittering effect for my realtime shader but I don't know how. Here is one example, and another example. What technique can I use to implement this?
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Handle many lights in a scene (with shaders)

I'm curious about how to handle many lights in a scene. Given a very big map in a role playing game, with dungeons (with lights in there) etc. I know about deferred lighting, but that only answers how ...
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How are advanced graphics effects implemented?

I'm curious how 3D effects like spells in Warcraft or Torchlight are implemented graphically. I just finished a book on Direct3D and feel pretty comfortable with it and 3D graphics in general, but I ...
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In a 2d tile based game, what is a good method for scrolling?

I am using Direct3D with the D3DXSPRITE wrapper to draw the tiles to the screen. I have a tile class which contains members such as collision and tile type, then i have an array of tiles e.g. Tile ...
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D3D/DXGI handle fullscreen transition

I have a D3D11 application, and I want to add proper fullscreen suport. Now I can let DXGI switch my window to fullscreen for me, and I'm under the impression that DXGI will take care of everything ...
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Pixel-perfect rendering to a rendertarget with a fullscreen quad

I have some trouble rendering a bunch of values to a rendertarget. The values never end up in the exact range I want them to. Basically I use a fullscreen quad and a pixel shader to render to my ...
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2D Water top surface profile

I am trying to create the effect of the water surface thickness with a vertex-fragment shader. I am in a 3D game environment but It's a scroll view so a "2D" view. Here is a good tutorial of creating ...

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