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  1.   Here is another picture of it using a large amount of objects. It sounds like what I've got is a dynamic ambient occlusion mapping effect. At first I was thinking of using one shadow map going straight down with depth peeling, and pixels would be shadowed based on the distance between them and the nearest layer of the depth map that occludes the light source. That seemed way to complicated and expensive, plus it wouldn't properly simulate, say, a large building with a roof (the roof would be to high to shadow the floor, and the walls wouldn't be considered). I came up with this for a game where players create their own world, so any "light mapping" techniques would not work.
  2. I have come up with a new realtime shadow mapping method, and I was wondering if anyone has seen this before or knows what it's called. Here are some pics:   More pics at http://www.indiedb.com/games/physigons   It's supposed to simulate a "cloudy day" atmosphere. The shadows dissapear as the object gets farther away from the ground. How it works is, it creates four shadow maps looking down on the scene at different angles, then only shadows pixels that are occluded from ALL of them. Then blurs it to look nice. I was wondering is there a name for this or did I invent something new here?