Questions tagged [terrain-rendering]

Terrain rendering is the visual representation of 2D or 3D landscapes.

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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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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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Which is the best LOD method for planet rendering?

I'm currently working on my thesis, it is an engine to render terrains of planetary size. I'm still finishing my research and I have encountered a lot of stuff about this subject, the problem is that ...
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How can I implement a short-cut grass effect?

I've been looking at some screenshots from games like Rocket League and FIFA: and I started wondering one would achieve the short-cut grass effect. Is it a shader? Is it actual geometry? Or just ...
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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 is a good algorithm for fractal-based procedural city layout?

Background I run a minecraft server where I'm going to design a starter city of fairly large scale. I have a series of things, like rule signs and mob cages, I would like to put in buildings there. ...
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How to prevent “underwater sight” in games

In many games where the player can go underwater, it seems like when you look where the top half of the screen is in the air, and the bottom half the screen is in the water, it's almost like the water ...
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How can I make huge terrains in Unity?

How can I make extremely huge terrains in Unity? It seems like I can set width and length to large values. But the Heightmap resolution only goes up to 4097 and the Detail resolution only goes up to ...
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Heightmap, Voxel, Polygon (geometry) terrains

In relation to Heightmap, Voxel and Polygon (geometry) terrains: What are the main differences between all these three? Can you form a "smooth" terrain with Voxels, I mean, can you for example get a ...
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Why are there lines in between my tiles?

I'm making a top down XNA game. The maps are created by tiles. A problem I recently noticed is a 'grid' of lines between the tiles. It only shows up sometimes and only depending on the camera ...
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Quadtree terrain splitting - I don't get it

Most of the papers i've read base their terrain in some form or another on a quadtree. See this at page 38: http://www.slideshare.net/repii/terrain-rendering-in-frostbite-using-procedural-shader-...
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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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Pretty open source game/rendering engine? [closed]

It might be outside the domain of open source (as there isn't much in the way of open source games that would want/need to implement all these) but is there an existing open source game or rendering ...
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Simple Terrain Rendering

For some reason I can not find a good example of terrain rendering, as in like "bare bones". Im reading Introduction to game Programming with DX10, and i've seen some other tutorials....but they all ...
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What are some current techniques for rendering deformable landscapes?

What are the current techniques than can be used for efficiently rendering 3D heightmap-based deformable landscapes? For example, in the non-deformable landscape problem, ROAM used to be the way to ...
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What is “ROAM” related to terrain rendering?

I saw it mentioned on this question, but no one explained what it is.
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How can I create a shader that will reproduce this lighting effect on terrain?

Notice the way in which the major light source in each image reflects off the ground, as a function of the distance between the light source and the viewer (?). Is this a (bumped) specular map? The ...
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Noisy edges, smoothing out edges between faces via fragment shader

I have a generated terrain, with hexagonal geometry, as per screenshot below: I then generate biomes, but as you can see the borders between them are really ugly and straight. To hide that hexagonal ...
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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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Render rivers in a grid

I have created a random height map and now i want to create rivers. I've made an algorithm based on a* to make rivers flow from peaks to sea and now i'm in the quest of figuring out an elegant ...
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2D Procedural Terrain Generation - Guaranteeing connectedness?

I'm working on a 2D platformer in XNA. One of things I'd like to be a main design characteristic is procedural content generation. The first step of that is to procedurally generate the terrain. So, I'...
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Voxel heightmap terrain editor

I've recently been experimenting with a simple Voxel-based 3d engine (think Minecraft) which uses heightmaps to define terrain in the following format: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heightmap Does ...
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Smooth terrain rendering

I'm trying to render a smooth terrain with Direct3D. I've got a 50*50 grid with all y values = 0, and a set of 3D points that indicate the location on the grid and depth or height of the "valley" or "...
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How to orient a surface normal to a cubic surface

The immediate question is: in HLSL, how can I orient a surface normal generated in UV space so that I can apply it to a cube face? The overall project is that I'm trying to build a procedural planet ...
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XNA Quadtree with LOD

I'm looking to create a fairly large environment, and as such would like to implement a quadtree and use LOD on it. I've looked through numerous examples and I get the basic idea of a quadtree. Start ...
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Proper updating of GeoClipMaps

I have been working on an implementation of gpu-based geo clip maps, but there is a section of the GPU Gems 2 article that I just can't seem to understand, specifically this paragraph, and more ...
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Best practise for representing large spaces in a scene graph

I'm attempting to represent a procedurally generated world in a scene graph, specifically in the Jmonkey engine (Jme3). To make this managable I have broken up the world into smaller chunks. Each ...
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Two graphical entities, smooth blending between them (e.g. asphalt and grass)

Supposedly in a scenario there are, among other things, a tarmac strip and a meadow. The tarmac has an asphalt texture and its model is a triangle strip long that might bifurcate at some point into ...
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Generating a physics body for 2D Worms-like Terrain

I wrote a processing sketch that generates hills for a scorched earth clone, like this: I'm trying to figure out how to make this a physics object in libgdx, but I'm having problems figuring out how ...
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Techniques for reducing terrain shader complexity

My terrain shader does quite a bit, but I don't know how to break it up in any way that will reduce my instruction count without removing key features of the terrain. It does the following: Multi-...
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LibGDX Box2D texture on dynamic generated body

I'm creating a game that is similar to hill climb racing. I've generated the ground and now I want to add texture to the ground. Here is a screenshot of a game Here is my code (I create ground using ...
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How can I support the creation and rendering of both interior and exterior environments?

Say I already have a renderer that can support outdoor terrain and environment rendering. How would I go about adding support for interior environments (for example, like World of Warcraft's dungeons) ...
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what options do I have for rendering “large” terrains?

I am trying to design a game with some interesting features but one question I have is regarding terrain. I want a terrain that will make for a very large game world, and I want to be able to have ...
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On a 2D generated terrain what is the easiest way to pick tiles for the shoreline?

If I have a two-dimensional array with ones and zeros for water and land respectively how do I choose what shoreline tile to use according to the water and land tiles surrounding it? The shoreline can ...
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Marching cubes and LoD

I have and octree based world constructed (on the start) via marching cubes with certain density function to make a terrain (variations on noises). The terrain is rater smooth, it is not like ...
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How to make procedurally generated terrain look realistic

I generated a terrain using a technique from this blog post, everything worked well and I got the wanted result. This is what my generated island looks like: As you can see the terrain have a polygon ...
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Perlin noise - copying the algorithm on the CPU?

I have successfully made a Perlin noise algorithm on the GPU. It works as expected, and generates great results. Now, as part of the physics calculations in my game, I need to replicate the exact same ...
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How can I generate a terrain heightmap from the perlin algorithm?

How can I generate a terrain heightmap from the perlin algorithm? I am trying to make a terrain generator (like World Machine). This is the source code I have for the perlin. The only thing that I can'...
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How can I smooth my voxels similar to 7 Days to Die?

7 Days to Die is a voxel space game like Minecraft. However unlike Minecraft, the ground blocks, sand, ore and stone are smoothed so they blend into each other and hills and tunnels appear more ...
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How do I avoid lag when dynamically loading a map chunk?

I have a procedural 2d game which extends in all directions, on the surface similar to Terraria. When a player moves their camera close to the edge of the currently loaded terrain, I trigger an expand ...
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Using Python what is the best way to perform heavy tasks in the background?

I'm generating large amounts of procedural map data on the fly, however my game engine doesn't rely on them to render the scene and I'd like to build it on in the background and pop it into the world ...
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Effective & Efficient Way to Simulate a Desert

Introduction I hope that this question isn't too broad, my apologies if it is. Anyway, getting to the point, our video game is set in ancient Egypt and, to nobody's surprise I'm sure, Egypt has a lot ...
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Tweaking Heightmap Generation For Hexagon Grids

Currently I'm working on a little project just for a bit of fun. It is a C++, WinAPI application using OpenGL. I hope it will turn into a RTS Game played on a hexagon grid and when I get the basic ...
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How is the terrain generated in Commandos and Commandos game clones/look-alikes?

The Commandos series of games and its similar western counterpart, Desperados, use a mix of 2D and 3D elements to achieve a very pleasing and immersive atmosphere. Apart from the concept that alone ...
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DirectX11 - Color Interpolation Along Quad Diagonal

Imagine that we have a vertex structure that looks like this: struct Vertex { XMFLOAT3 position; XMFLOAT4 color; }; The vertex shader looks like this: <...
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Problem Implementing Texture on Libgdx Mesh of Randomized Terrain

I'm having problems understanding how to apply a texture to a non-rectangular object. The following code creates textures such as this: from the debug renderer I think I've got the physical shape of ...
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Help with “Cannot find ContentTypeReader BB.HeightMapInfoReader, BB, Version=1.0.0.0, Culture=neutral.” needed

I have this irritating problem in XNA that I have spent my Saturday with: Cannot find ContentTypeReader BB.HeightMapInfoReader, BB, Version=1.0.0.0, Culture=neutral. It throws me that when I ...
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Regional Variation with Perlin Noise

I used Game Maker to construct a 3D terrain using Perlin Noise. Since I wanted to create an island, I set the noise function to return a value between 0 and 128. Then I checked each point and ...
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How did they do it: Trine 2.5d terrain?

How did they make the terrain in trine? I think they took a polygon approach. It doesn't seem that they used a heightmap because it is in all three vectors, or a voxel method because it doesn't have ...
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How to smooth terrain to lower polygon count?

I'm using Unity. I've created a simple Beach using Terrain editor. The problem is that Stats show me already a lot of Triangles only for Terrain renderer: 40K . So my question is: how can I create ...