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About the day night cycle

Hey I know you can use for this the nice shader of Shadmar, but now if you want to try something else, This is somewhat like you can obtain if you use a big light sphere rounding around the player. I speed up the cycle quicker for the video to see all the day/night. I used the directional light rotation for the shadows, the color of the sky-sphere for the colorourfull effect and the color of the directional light for the luminosity, getting the no shadow night light. Clouds/r

Marcousik

Marcousik

Rainy weather in forest - performance test LE 4.3

I'm happy with this because I spent a long time in testing how to make rain without slowing the game too much. I wanted the rain to have "splash" effect on the ground and to stop correctly as the player could stay under a roof or hides under a big stone etc etc.. I got big problems with collision testing and very low performances when using the shaped vegetation tool. Now that's fine, because I do not use the collision anymore, saving much performances. Here is a little demo:

Marcousik

Marcousik

Clustered Forward Rendering Victory

Clustered Forward Rendering Victory

I got the remaining glitches worked out, and the deal is that clustered forward rendering works great. It has more flexibility than deferred rendering and it performs a lot faster. This means we can use a better materials and lighting system, and at the same time have faster performance, which is great for VR especially. The video below shows a scene with 50 lights working with fast forward rendering One of the last things I added was switching from a fixed grid size of 16x16x16 t

Josh

Josh

Awesome Redesign & Update & Steam!

Awesome Redesign & Update & Steam!

Doesn’t the new design of Bladequest look awesome? To celebrate it I just released Bladequest - TFC 1.4.0, including the new design and a voice over for the intro and outro screen, spoken by myself, introducing the project. I think this adds a more personal touch to the game. What do you think about it? The game is now also available on gamejolt, running very good there! Bladequest was downloaded over 100 times within 3 days, thats awesome! To celebrate that I started a sale for the GOLD Ed

Phodex Games

Phodex Games

Clustered Forward Rendering Progress

Clustered Forward Rendering Progress

In order to get the camera frustum space dividing up correctly, I first implemented a tiled forward renderer, which just divides the screen up into a 2D grid. After working out the math with this, I was then able to add the third dimension and make an actual volumetric data structure to hold the lighting information. It took a lot of trial and error, but I finally got it working. This screenshot shows the way the camera frustum is divided up into a cubic grid of 16x16x16 cells. Red an

Josh

Josh

Clustered Forward Rendering - First Performance Metrics

Clustered Forward Rendering - First Performance Metrics

I was able to partially implement clustered forward rendering. At this time, I have not divided the camera frustum up into cells and I am just handing a single point light to the fragment shader, but instead of a naive implementation that would just upload the values in a shader uniform, I am going through the route of sending light IDs in a buffer. I first tried texture buffers because they have a large maximum size and I already have a GPUMemBlock class that makes them easy to work with. Becau

Josh

Josh

Taking Care of Business

Taking Care of Business

This is about financial stuff, and it's not really your job to care about that, but I still think this is cool and wanted to share it with you. People are buying stuff on our website, and although the level of sales is much lower than Steam it has been growing. Unlike Steam, sales through our website are not dependent on a third party and cannot be endangered by flooded marketplaces, strange decisions, and other random events. Every customer I checked who used a credit card has kept it

Josh

Josh

Clustered Forward Rendering

Clustered Forward Rendering

I decided I want the voxel GI system to render direct lighting on the graphics card, so in order to make that happen I need working lights and shadows in the new renderer. Tomorrow I am going to start my implementation of clustered forward rendering to replace the deferred renderer in the next game engine. This works by dividing the camera frustum up into sectors, as shown below. A list of visible lights for each cell is sent to the GPU. If you think about it, this is really another v

Josh

Josh

Introducing Leadwerks Marketplace

Introducing Leadwerks Marketplace

Steam Workshop was a compelling idea to allow game asset authors to sell their items for use with Leadwerks Game Engine. However, the system has turned out to have some fundamental problems, despite my best efforts to work around it. Free items are not curated, causing the store to fill with low quality content. Some people have reported trouble downloading items. The publishing process is pretty tedious. The check-out process requires adding funds to Steam Wallet, a

Admin

Admin

Voxel Cone Tracing Part 5 - Hardware Acceleration

Voxel Cone Tracing Part 5 - Hardware Acceleration

I was having trouble with cone tracing and decided to first try a basic GI algorithm based on a pattern of raycasts. Here is the result: You can see this is pretty noisy, even with 25 raycasts per voxel. Cone tracing uses an average sample, which eliminates the noise problem, but it does introduce more inaccuracy into the lighting. Next I wanted to try a more complex scene and get an estimate of performance. You may recognize the voxelized scene below as the "Sponza" scene freque

Josh

Josh

Summer Game Tournament

Summer Game Tournament

Summer is here, and you know what that means! Yes, it is time for another LEGENDARY game tournament. This year the theme is "Retro Gaming". Create a modern take on an arcade game hearkening back to the days of NES, Neo Geo, Sega, or just make anything you want. Either way, you get this totally radical poster as a prize! How does it work?  For one month, the Leadwerks community builds small playable games.  Some people work alone and some team up with others.  At the end of the mont

Admin

Admin

Voxel Cone Tracing Part 4 - Direct Lighting

Voxel Cone Tracing Part 4 - Direct Lighting

Now that we can voxelize models, enter them into a scene voxel tree structure, and perform raycasts we can finally start calculating direct lighting. I implemented support for directional and point lights, and I will come back and add spotlights later. Here we see a shadow cast from a single directional light: And here are two point lights, one red and one green. Notice the distance falloff creates a color gradient across the floor: The idea here is to first calculate direc

Josh

Josh

Voxel Cone Tracing Part 3 - Raycasting

Voxel Cone Tracing Part 3 - Raycasting

I added a raycast function to the voxel tree class and now I can perform raycasts between any two positions. This is perfect for calculating direct lighting. Shadows are calculated by performing a raycast between the voxel position and the light position, as shown in the screenshot below. Fortunately the algorithm seems to work great an there are no gaps or cracks in the shadow: Here is the same scene using a voxel size of 10 centimeters: If we move the light a little lower

Josh

Josh

Voxel Cone Tracing Part 2 - Sparse Octree

Voxel Cone Tracing Part 2 - Sparse Octree

At this point I have successfully created a sparse octree class and can insert voxelized meshes into it. An octree is a way of subdividing space into eight blocks at each level of the tree: A sparse octree doesn't create the subnodes until they are used. For voxel data, this can save a lot of memory. It was difficult to get the rounding and all the math completely perfect (and it has to be completely perfect!) but now I have a nice voxel tree that can follow the camera around and

Josh

Josh

Bladequest - Is it the best FREE Leadwerks Game?

Bladequest - Is it the best FREE Leadwerks Game?

Hi Guys, It has been very silent around Phodex Framework and my projects, but thats because I really focused on game development and nothing else. Posting stuff and creating content costs time and I was also very busy with studying. However as promised in my last entry I was working on an actual game. I tried to create a small, but quality experience including decent design, nice graphics and, at least for a one man indie game, complex game mechanics such as first person melee and range com

Phodex Games

Phodex Games

PROJECT LAUNCH

PROJECT LAUNCH

The project is officialy going to start soon... 15.06.2018 JOIN US NOW!   ©2018Gamehawk Visit us: www.gamehawk.de

Gamehawk

Gamehawk

What Makes a Good Brand Name?

What Makes a Good Brand Name?

In evaluating possible company names I have come up with the following criteria which I used to choose a name for our new game engine. Spelling and Pronunciation The name should be unambiguous in spelling. This helps promote word-of-mouth promotion because when someone hears the name for the first time, they can easily find it online. Similarly, the name when read should be unambiguous in pronunciation. This helps the name travel from written to spoken word and back. Can you imagine telli

Josh

Josh

Voxel Cone Tracing

Voxel Cone Tracing

I've begun working on an implementation of voxel cone tracing for global illumination. This technique could potentially offer a way to perfrorm real-time indirect lighting on the entire scene, as well as real-time reflections that don't depend on having the reflected surface onscreen, as screen-space reflection does. I plan to perform the GI calculations all on a background CPU thread, compress the resulting textures using DXTC, and upload them to the GPU as they are completed. This means t

Josh

Josh

Three improvements I made to Leadwerks Game Engine 5 today

Three improvements I made to Leadwerks Game Engine 5 today

First, I was experiencing some crashes due to race conditions. These are very very bad, and very hard to track down. The problems were being caused by reuse of thread returned objects. Basically, a thread performs some tasks, returns an object with all the processed data, and then once the parent thread is done with that data it is returned to a pool of objects available for the thread to use. This is pretty complicated, and I found that when I switched to just creating a new return object each

Josh

Josh

Threaded Animation

Threaded Animation

The animation update routine has been moved into its own thread now where it runs in the background as you perform your game logic. We can see in the screenshot below that animation updates for 1025 characters take about 20 milliseconds on average. (Intel graphics below, otherwise it would be 1000 FPS lol.) In Leadwerks 4 this would automatically mean that your max framerate would be 50 FPS, assuming nothing else in the game loop took any time at all. Because of the asynchronous threa

Josh

Josh

Three Types of Optimization

Three Types of Optimization

In designing the new engine, I have found that there are three distinct types of optimization. Streamlining This is refinement. You make small changes and try to gain a small amount of performance. Typically, this is done as a last step before releasing code. The process can be ongoing, but suffers from diminishing returns after a while. When you eliminate unnecessary math based on guaranteed assumptions you are streamlining code. For example, a 4x4 matrix multiplication can skip the calc

Josh

Josh

Revisiting Border Recon

Ok I'm finally done with my obligations to my University as a student. Now it's time to come back to game dev and finish up (hopefully) the Border Recon development.  While I was busy in University, I did do a bit of work on the game here and there. I added a spectator feature that allows the players to spectate others in free mode and third person while waiting to respawn after dying. Pretty cool. Also, I think some of us have seen the earlier changes with the style of the graphics...

jen

jen

Animation Tweening

Leadwerks 5 uses a different engine architecture with a game loop that runs at either 30 (default) or 60 updates per second. Frames are passed to the rendering thread, which runs at an independent framerate that can be set to 60, 90, or unlimited. This is great for performance but there are some challenges in timing. In order to smooth out the motion of the frames, the results of the last two frames received are interpolated between. Animation is a big challenge for this. There could potentially

Josh

Josh

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