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By Stefan Zerbst

A full-blown online game engine is now a huge business asset. present engines exist with licensing charges of numerous $100,000, plus revenue percentage expenditures. due to those excessive expenses, hobbyist video game programmers are wanting to tips on how to write their very own engines. the supply of a online game engine that is able to rock simplifies the advance technique of a video game, permitting builders to be aware of the sport and gameplay event. "3D online game Engine Programming" exhibits video game programmers the best way to boost such an engine.

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Shaders allow for unprecedented real-time realism (image courtesy of Software Basic 3D Programming Principles Now, you have a pretty good idea of the basics of real-time 3D. We’ve covered some terminology and some sample applications on the personal computer. How do you actually create these images on your computer? Well, that’s what the rest of this book is about! You still need a little more introduction to the basics, which we present here. Not a Toolbox OpenGL is basically a low-level rendering API.

Com Summary 1 We purposely left out the details of how these effects are actually created by OpenGL. In the chapters that follow, you find out how to employ these techniques and take maximum advantage of OpenGL’s power. In the sample code distribution, you’ll find one program for this chapter that demonstrates some of the 3D effects covered here. In this program, Block, pressing the spacebar advances you from a wireframe cube to a fully lit and textured block reflected in a glossy surface. You won’t understand the code at this point, but it makes a powerful demonstration of what is to come.

You can amplify this 3D effect by increasing the angle between the two images. View-Master (those hand-held stereoscopic viewers you probably had as a kid) and 3D movies capitalize on this effect by placing each of your eyes on a separate lens or by providing color-filtered glasses that separate two superimposed images. These images are usually overenhanced for dramatic or cinematic purposes. Of late this effect has become more popular on the personal computer as well. Shutter glasses that work with your graphics card and software switch between one eye and the other, with a changing perspective displayed on-screen to each eye, thus giving a “true” stereo 3D experience.

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