Alpha compositing is the process of combining an image with alpha channel values other than 1, with another image with areas of solid colour (0 transparency). The result is a masked image, which has multiple levels of transparency in different parts. When added as a texturemap to a 3D environment, a single texture adds the impression of being many separate objects.
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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.
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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...
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...
A new way to study the role of a critical neurotransmitter in disorders such as epilepsy, anxiety, insomnia, depression, schizophrenia, and alcohol addiction has been developed by a group of scientists led by Gong Chen, an associate profess...
TDT3D, the European Computer Graphics Network, has launched their 2007 competition for realistic computer generated architecture.
The goal of this contest is to promote the wonders of the modern and old architecture (historic...
Scientists report that they can predict who will improve most on an unfamiliar video game by looking at their brain waves.
They describe their findings in a paper in the journal Psychophysiology.