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I would like to know how this effects are created.

 

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Are this all quadchains with different textures applied to it or how did they do it?

Its a screenshot from a towerdefense game in the Starcraft2 Engine.

 

 

 

 

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Looks like a set of particle systems to me.

 

The trial that goes upwards roughly in the centre of the screen definitely is a particle system.

 

Looks like one of the particle textures may be an animated line as well, the one coming down at about 170 degrees and ending in the orange explosion. 

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I took the screenshot from the video here : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDi9hjTfRPA#t=1047

 

Do you think that the blue shot which is comming from the right side is also a particle system?

 

I read something about creating laser beams here http://codepoke.net/2011/12/27/opengl-libgdx-laser-fx/ and I was wondering if I could use the some technique for other effects like in the youtube video.

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Do you think that the blue shot which is comming from the right side is also a particle system?

 

Probably, it just looks like the particles are closer together in that one.

 

The lightning bolts on the left side look like a quad (or quads) with an animated texture.

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