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What is the easiest way to make a fire particle?

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Something like this:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWADjnwSQVA

 

I need it for my 3D opengl game. I really want to use a fireballs instead of bullets, but I don't want to spend a century developing a particle system.

 

I have no idea how particles work, there are some tutorials on the internet though, but I kind of need something that is simple to make and that doesn't look so bad.

 

And it would be great if someone can suggest an article, or a chapter from a book, that can kind of introduce me to the problem, because I'm a beginner at this.

 

Any ideas on how to make that fireball?

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There is this from GPU Gems but it is a reasonably old book now: http://http.developer.nvidia.com/GPUGems/gpugems_ch06.html   The article does seem to have less info than what is in the actual chapter in the book though. 

 

I saw the article and I decided that I'm gonna use this for now: https://www.yobi3d.com/v/p0hsNKIZy1/WpnMetaridleyFireballL.obj 

 

Nanoha thanks for the help. For helping me to give up. :lol:

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There is this from GPU Gems but it is a reasonably old book now: http://http.developer.nvidia.com/GPUGems/gpugems_ch06.html   The article does seem to have less info than what is in the actual chapter in the book though. 

 

I saw the article and I decided that I'm gonna use this for now: https://www.yobi3d.com/v/p0hsNKIZy1/WpnMetaridleyFireballL.obj 

 

Nanoha thanks for the help. For helping me to give up. :lol:

 

A particle system is a big amount of work if all you want is a fireball! You might even be able to get away with a simple animated sprite too. In effect just a very simple particle, depending on the speed it is travelling it could work out just fine. It could be just a screen aligned billboard. 

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You might even be able to get away with a simple animated sprite too. In effect just a very simple particle, depending on the speed it is travelling it could work out just fine. It could be just a screen aligned billboard. 

Yeah, this is what I did and it looks fine. Will postpone that particle system for now.

 

Thanks for the nice idea. 

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