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Explaining in your own words
2. anti aliasing
5. What is the difference between CPU, GPU, and Ram. And what limitations does the low ram have on the PS3(like if it had higher ram, what would it be able to do, that it cant now)
6.The importance of "the cell" (PS3)
7. Textures/Texture popups
8. Polygon count
9. What is the "unreal engine". When I think of unreal, i always think of unreal tournament. And i obviously assume that both aren't related in any way?
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Explaining in your own words
Hitboxes - Used for collision detections, most useful in one way collisions like bullet impacts, basically invisible shapes
Anti aliasing - Used to smooth out edges on 3d shapes to reduce jagged appearance. It's sort of a way to create an increased resolution without actually increasing the resolution
Jaggies - The imperfections on 3d shapes, typically characterized by a discontinuity in shape like a sudden hard edge, think super mario 64 with the old mario model for an exaggerated example.
Framerate - this is the amount of frames/second the game plays at, the higher the framerate the smoother the game plays. Often drops in framerate are mislabeled "lag", because it creates a bumpy/jumpy feel. The difference is a limit in hardware capabilities vs lag which is caused by low bandwidth or poor connectivity in multiplayer settings.
CPU or central processing is where most of the calculations a system makes take place. It is involved in a lot physics like processes, AI, player input and a couple of graphic processes, this is like the "pre-processing" for game
GPU or graphics processing unit handles all post processing affects which include shadows, textures, Anti-Aliasing etc. Basically it handle the refinement, hence the term post processing
The RAM or random access memory provides a short term storage that your CPU can use as a "shortcut". It would take much longer to access from the hard drive than ram. Think of it when you load a level, all that info is moved into the ram for quicker access.
The cell is mostly unique in that it doesn't behave like a normal CPU. It prioritizes different things and is better at some things than others. Ultimately, it does what a CPU does and is subject to the same mechanics or pre-processing. It was initially regarded as a challenge to program for, because it was so different at the time.
Textures are a layer that details the surface of 3d models, think of it as paint on a wall. All the details of a machine or vegetation on a field are mostly textures. Texture Pop ins are a by-product of not being loaded before the rest of the game and when they do, they sort of pop in. I'm sure you've seen this before when you've first loaded an area and for a couple seconds it looked like the detail was flat or missing.
Polygon Count is a way of reducing a 3d model into little pieces that are typically triangles, thus polygon count is a misnomer. This a sort of way to estimate the detail or cost of rendering a character.
The unreal engine is a game engine. A game engine is like a developers tool box for making a game. It's a way of stream lining the process of coding, so someone doesn't have to sit there and manually type out code. The Unreal engine just happens to be a very commonly used engine for games. Usually game engines are associated with certain strengths and weaknesses. The unreal engine for instance has a common texture pop in issue (Not to say this applies to all).
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Why post that after two people gave detailed, helpful answers? Sheesh. Some people.
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