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  1. Thank you for the link. I'll definitively look at it!
  2. Thank you for your replies: it's much appreciated! Actually, I thought about pure random/procedural generation (I'm fond of these things) for creating the landscape (so generating a heightmap is an actual option, yes). The ultimate step would be to be able to generate an infinite terrain (and "fly" over it). And for using OpenGL with Java, I haven't decided yet between JOGL or lwjgl (I'm looking for something that works in Android) Thank you for your help!
  3. Hi, I'm an average Java coder, and now I want to learn OpenGL (in Java) to make a landscape like the one shown in the picture below (it's a Linux screensaver). Actually, the color stuff is not what I'm interested in: what I would like to achieve is just the wireframe view of such a landscape (pretty basic thing in OpenGL, I imagine...) So Big, Big, Big Thank You for providing me any piece of advice (or code) you have about what I should do in order to create a wireframe landscape!!!!!!! PS: if your tips, lines of code or weblinks deal with C/C++/C#, no problem, I'll figure out how to make it work in Java, so feel free to post any piece of help (because I'm really starting from scratch on this one, and I really want to code it!). Thank you very much! [img]http://img819.imageshack.us/img819/3917/landscape.gif[/img]
  4. Thank you for your pieces of advice! (and don't hesitate to post other interesting book titles or weblinks). Thanks!
  5. Hi, I'm an average coder in C/C++/Java, and I would like to improve my coding skills and learn new things. So do you know good books (or web links?) for C/C++/Java that teach really more than the basic scholar stuff, and instead venture into deeper and efficient coding techniques (code optimizations and tricks, and stuff like that) ? Thanks!
  6. Thank you very much for your detailed answer, Nik02!
  7. Thank you for your answer about the SFML lib, BeerNutts! I wasn't aware about SFML. Guys, about the shader above (thanks again Antheus!), do you know if it would be well handled by xbox360's graphic card? (XNA game) Thanks!
  8. [b]Thank you very much, for your precise answers!!![/b] Antheus, thanks a lot for your shaders ([i]the Axelay-like shader and [url="http://www.gamedev.net/topic/616614-how-to-code-thunderforce-iiis-sinusoidal-deformation/"]the sinusoidal fx[/url][/i]) and for the ShaderToy [url="http://www.iquilezles.org/apps/shadertoy/"]link[/url] ! This is very handy! By the way guys, I'm a total newbie about these shader-things, so here's my newbie question (sorry ) : guys, what would you choose between Java, C# or C++(SDL) to code a game with such shaders ? (...and, if you know some cool links/tutorials to help me begin from scratch with shaders, don't hesitate to tell me about them ) Once again, thank you very much!!! PS: if you want to spend 5mn on a puzzle-game I coded, [url="http://www.lesjeuxlesplusmieux.com/powablox_nomap.html"]click here[/url] .
  9. Hi guys, old-school gamers may remember Technosoft's ThunderForce III/Thunder Spirits (shoot'em up): actually, I would be interested in coding a shoot'em up which could include a sinusoidal deformation applied on a background texture (as seen in the fire level => please, see this picture: [url="http://www.stageselect.com/images/reviews/genesis/thunderforce3/firelevelsm.jpg"]sinusoidal deformation in the background[/url] ). To code this graphic effect, do you have any hint or piece of info to share ? (or some math tricks?) Thank you very much for your help!!! PS: depending on your answers, I would use Java or C# or C++/SDL to code my game.
  10. Hi guys, SNES gamers may remember Konami's Axelay (shoot'em up): actually, I would be interested in coding a shoot'em up which could include Axelay's scrolling effect (as seen as in the very 1st level the game). To code this graphic effect, do you have any hint or piece of info to share ? (or some math tricks?) Thank you very much for your help!!! PS: depending on your answers, I would use Java or C# or C++/SDL to code my game.
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