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SoA - Procedural Heightmap Terrain Generation

This blog is intended to be a brief overview of a few techniques for generating heightmap terrain in your games. It will follow the format of the …

Rocky Mountains

Introduction to Lighting and Rendering - Unity

Modern game lighting makes extensive use of ‘global illumination’.<p>Global illumination, or ‘GI’, is a term used to describe a range of techniques and …

Game Development

A Beginner's Guide to Coding Graphics Shaders

Learning to write graphics shaders is learning to leverage the power of the GPU, with its thousands of cores all running in parallel. It's a kind of …

Game Development

Game Performance: Layout Qualifiers

Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Graphics Study - Adrian Courrèges

<b>2015/03/12:</b> <i>Back online after Reddit and Slashdot killed my bandwidth with 30,000 visits in the last hours. Followed by HN.</i> <b><br>2015/03/11:</b> <i>Update with</i> …

OpenGL Type Traits

OpenGL

The Basics of GLSL 4.0 Shaders

Since LightIntensity is an output variable from the vertex shader, its value is interpolated across the face and passed into the fragment shader. The …

OpenGL 4.0: Using Uniform Blocks and Uniform Buffer Objects

If your OpenGL/GLSL program involves multiple shader programs that use the same uniform variables, one has to manage the variables separately for …

Persistent Mapped Buffers in OpenGL

It seems that its not easy to efficiently move data from CPU to GPU. Especially if we like to do it often - like every frame, for example. …

[PICS] Informal Gathering of C7 Corvette Owners Brings Together 2,870 Horsepower - Corvette: Sales, News & Lifestyle

We received an email from a longtime reader who shared these photos of an informal gathering of Corvette owners. Five are driving the new C7 Corvette …

News

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray: Is It As Good As We First Thought?

Last year, with rose colored glasses and wide open hearts, we drove the 2014 Corvette Stingray for the first time. We loved it. But was it love …

Sports Cars

RED Stage 2: D.C. United passes

The odds of D.C. United selecting someone in this year's Re-Entry Draft were always going to be low once the pool of candidates was revealed to be …

On What It Means to Have a Home

When I went to the Houston Dynamo opening game against D.C. United in 2012, they played the Phillip Phillips song "Home" at the end of the game, and …

The Six Commandments Of Driving Are Rules We Can All Get Behind

The Scrambler says it can be done started a "what are the ten commandments?" thread a while back. I've only just noticed it, and since this has been …

Sneak Peek VS Sneak Peak

Exploding Kittens

Home at last: DC United stadium bill passes

Ten years of starts and stops, ten years of promises made and broken, and ten years of "zzzzzzz" all ended today. The DC Council just now gave final …

Per-Pixel Prop Wash in Triton 3.05

Version 3.05 of the Triton Ocean and 3D Water SDK now has an option to apply propeller wash (AKA turbulent wake) effects on a per-pixel basis, …

Sundog Software is becoming an S-Corp.

Sundog Software will be changing from a single-member pass-through LLC to an S-Corp for tax purposes in 2015.Why does this matter to you? Well, if …

D.C. United stadium approval improves its playing field in MLS in many ways

D.C. United’s new stadium at Buzzard Point will deliver the game-day experience that most other MLS venues offer. It will provide modern amenities lacking at archaic RFK Stadium, improved sightlines and a proper backdrop for one of the league’s most sophisticated and avid fan bases.<p>The 20,000-seat …

News

3 separate votes on the DCU stadium plan tmrw

Tomorrow, the D.C. Council will vote on the D.C. United stadium deal for the final time, at their meeting that starts at 10 AM in Room 500 of the …

What Happens When We Stuff Ourselves At Holiday Time?

The biology of having just one more slice of pie<p>On a Sunday that’s usually a week or two after “Western” Easter, my parents set up an electric spit to roast a whole lamb in their suburban Massachusetts backyard. We welcome guests to our Greek Orthodox Easter celebration with a kiss on both cheeks; …