Chapter 7. The World of 3D Graphics

Three-dimensional graphics have completely revolutionized computer games over the last decade. For some time before this, it was obvious that 3D 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 3D 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.

Mobile graphics hardware, even in dedicated devices such as Sony's PlayStation Portable, are trailing a fair distance ...

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