Alphas are parts of a texture image that are stored along with the colour value, that signify how transparent that pixel of an image is. For each RGB pixel value, a value between 0 and 1 is stored in an alpha channel. 0 is fully transparent, 1 is fully solid. Any real number between the two can be entered, up to the number of bits in the image file. Typically, 8, 16, 24, or 32 bits.
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It's standard in the software development timescale, to leave bug-tracking, and problem solving until the Alpha development phase, when balancing is usually handled. This article from the game development professional's point of view, looks at why that is a bad idea, and strategies for handling bugs before they get to that stage.
Usually when we think of sensory input channels - sight, sound, touch, taste, smell, balance - we think of the traditional hierarchical order, under the brain. It seems that that hierarchy is not as cut and dried as we once thought, with interesting implications for virtual worlds.
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NASA has given gamers a taste of lunar adventure with release of Moonbase Alpha, an exciting new, free online video game.
The game has single and multiplayer options that allow participants to step into the role of an explora...
There's no shortage of ways to perform calculations without a standard electronic computer. But the latest in a long lineMovie Camera of weird computers runs calculations on nothing more than air.
The complicated nest of cha...
Members of the Dungeons & Dragons Online community have first crack at participating in the alpha test of the upcoming MMO based on Gary Gygax's creation from Turbine Entertainment.
Due to be released in the second half of t...
Researchers at Harvard's Whitesides Research Group have built a microfluidic "lab-on-a-chip" made out of paper.
It is being developed for disposable diagnostic tests that could be used anywhere in the world. The researcher...
Google has offered a plan to use the underutilised white space between TV channels that it says could vastly improve U.S. broadband service.
This white space between operating TV channels is of particular interest to broadban...