Why video games are made of tiny This is Cuba's Netflix, Hulu, 1 day ago   05:09

Inside your favorite games — Red Dead Redemption 2, Fortnite, PUBG, Rocket League — you’ll find millions of tiny triangles.
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Games today are meticulously detailed. They’re mysterious and heartwarming, and colorful and stylized. And that makes them a technical challenge. Though computing power has skyrocketed, gamemakers keep competing to add more detail to their games, pushing the limits of what even the newest technology can compute. Game technology needs to constantly keep up with gamemakers’ creative ambitions.

Triangles are a key part of how these gorgeous, detailed games appear on your screen — the hidden heroes we should all thank as we play. This simple shape helps keep the number of computations needed for each detail as low as possible, allowing the player's computer to process these elaborate games.

Watch the video above to find out how triangles make room for creators to build the beautiful games that exist today.

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Gabriel y sus historias
Xd Who live in spain understand me
Chase MacMillan
This is what happens when someone who knows nothing about computer graphics tries to explain computer graphics. They should have just let the unity guy lecture for 5 minutes.
Martin Liu
Then why the heck was i taught to use square polygons instead of triangles in my game art and design course
Because triangles can be only divided into other triangles
Marek Siciński
lol they think the new console-only rdr looks good or impressive lol
Cant they let a guy read the script?
Ivan Jerkovic
How are there 0 gflops in 2004? In that time i think graphic cards had like few hundred like 300-500 gflops? Dont remember exactly
How about Minecraft? Is Minecraft made of triangles?!
Don't know but aren't quads better for subdivision purposes so you won't deal with unwanted singular bumps seen in triangular polygons? 🤔
Ironically I'm learning about OpenGL right now and I just got into loading models that look exactly like the ones on screen.
the process of turning those tiny triangles into pixels would be more accurately described as rasterization.
Petya Vodolaz
Stephen Pretorius
Lol minecraft does not exist out of triangles
Ivan farlenkov
What about vector graphics
Campbell Thomas
She's way too cute to play video games
Tired Moose
0:51 my computer ☹️
Because it's Illuminati
Dioxide 26
Rett dett ridomptiin
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