CHAPTER 7

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The World of 3-D Graphics

Three-dimensional graphics have completely revolutionized computer games over the last couple of decades. From the start, it became obvious that 3-D games were going to be big, with games such as DOOM creating moving images the likes of which had never been seen before.

When dedicated 3-D graphics hardware began to appear back in the late 1990s, graphics were transformed even more, moving away from the blocky and grainy images that players had become accustomed to and replacing them with smooth textures, dynamic lighting, and enormous levels of detail. Game worlds really started to look like real worlds.

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