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The Gamer's Algorithms to Goove By > The Skybox

Posted 21 October 2013

So we've basically covered how to make a functional terrain, but just turning the background blue may not make for a very convincing "sky". This next algorithm is probably the most simple, but is so commonly used in 3D games that it may be one of the more important ones.

Basically, a skybox is just a big cube that is textured with a...

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The Gamer's Algorithms to Goove By > Terrain Erosion

Posted 30 September 2013

We've come a long way in procedural terrain generation from the "Brute Force Terrain" algorithm to "Fault Line Terrain Generation". But the problem with Fault Line terrain generation is that it produces a "mountain range" of terrain that is all but completely un-usable.

Now we're going to talk about an...

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The Gamer's Algorithms to Goove By > Terrain Collision

Posted 26 September 2013

Well, I had not really intended to make this blog about generating terrains, although so far that's exactly what its become. But since I'm on a roll, I might as well go all the way with it.

Probably the primary thing we are missing at this point is collision detection with the terrain. I've seen a whole lot of terrain tutorials on the...

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The Gamer's Algorithms to Goove By > Fault Line Terrain Generation

Posted 11 September 2013

There are several ways to generate a terrain including the Diamond-Square algorithm. However, the "Fault Line" algorithm is very simple and very useful, especially when you apply a filter to simulate natural terrain corrosion to smooth out the results.

I'm going to primarily discuss this as a continuation of this series from the...

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The Gamer's Algorithms to Goove By > Maps: Using Image Files to Store Data

Posted 11 September 2013

This is a 2D, I mean 3D, algorithm. Actually, it's both. I'll explain why.

I started to discuss Height Maps as they pertain to the terrain we discussed in the "Brute Force Terrain" algorithm and realized that maps are much more ubiquitous than just height maps.

As a programmer, I'm sure you're familiar with arrays....

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    BBeck Icon

    11 Aug 2013 - 04:27
    Generally, yes. :-)
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    aaron1178 Icon

    10 Aug 2013 - 00:42
    You wouldn't happen to get high marks in written exams would you ;)
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