3D Game Environments. Create Professional 3D Game Worlds by Luke Ahearn

By Luke Ahearn

From a steamy jungle to a contemporary urban, or perhaps a sci-fi area station, 3D online game Environments is the last word source that will help you create AAA caliber artwork for quite a few video game worlds. essentially utilizing Photoshop and 3ds Max, scholars will discover ways to create reasonable textures from picture resource and numerous strategies to painting dynamic and plausible video game worlds. With precise tutorials on growing 3D types, utilising 2nd paintings to 3D versions, and transparent concise suggestion on problems with potency and optimization for a 3D online game engine, Luke Ahearn provides every thing scholars want to make their very own practical online game environments.

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Technically, there are always opportunities from day one to keep optimizations in mind and apply them during the design phase, but, often, the artist is not present during this time. Our first opportunity is usually when we start to create the assets for the game. Some optimizations are possible in the design and planning of the assets; for example, the design of how a texture is laid out affects how the UV maps are laid out, and that, in turn, can affect performance. MIP mapping MIP mapping, sometimes called texture level of detail, is usually a programmer-controlled function, but sometimes the artist is given control of this, too.

MIP mapping MIP mapping, sometimes called texture level of detail, is usually a programmer-controlled function, but sometimes the artist is given control of this, too. The explanation is pretty simple. A large texture seen at a far distance in a game world looks the same as a smaller texture due to the fact that both are being displayed using the same number of pixels on screen; it is therefore a waste of resources to use a large texture on an object that is far away in the game world. In addition, using a larger texture on a small, faraway object usually doesn’t look as good as the smaller texture would, due to the fact that the larger texture is being resized on the fly by the game engine.

There are many things that can or need to be done during the actual assembly of the game world—which might fall to you as well. Since the computer game must not only look good but also run well, throughout the book, we look at how to apply many of these optimization techniques. You will have to use every trick available to you. If you don’t, the game world will not run well enough to use or will not look as good as it can. If you fail to make the game look as good as possible due to a lack of optimization, you are wasting an opportunity as valuable as gold in game development.

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