Why video games are made of tiny triangles

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  • Published on:  Thursday, January 10, 2019
  • Inside your favorite games — Red Dead Redemption 2, Fortnite, PUBG, Rocket League — you’ll find millions of tiny triangles. This video is presented by Skillshare. Sign up here: https://skl.sh/voxJoin the Vox Video Lab! https://www.vox.com/join Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjOGames 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.Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com.Watch our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyEFollow Vox on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06oOr Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5H
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  • Cleo Abram

    Cleo Abram

     7 months ago +1305

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  • DiverGaming


     7 months ago +1349


  • Zedfinite


     7 months ago +1507

    Who knew Keira Knightley knows a lot about games?

  • Justin Y.

    Justin Y.

     7 months ago +2672

    How do you do, fellow gamers?

  • Évariste Galois

    Évariste Galois

     7 months ago +1713

    Here’s why video games are made from tiny triangles:
    Lvl 1 : Squares
    Lvl 100 : Triangles
    That’s how shapes work

  • Marc Shanahan

    Marc Shanahan

     7 months ago +655

    0:38 "But you never see them."
    Well someone hasn't played Fallout 76...

  • Katy Crawford

    Katy Crawford

     7 months ago +328

    vox: answering questions you never knew you had

  • hey its me jop

    hey its me jop

     7 months ago +833

    TL;DR - We formed a pact with the Ancient Fey back in the 1960s and agreed to use their sacred triangular and square geometry in all of our national entertainment media in order to transform America into the world's largest leyline to await the next alignment of the planets in 2024.

  • Maro


     7 months ago +157

    Thank you tiny triangles, very cool.

  • Suleiman Mustafa

    Suleiman Mustafa

     7 months ago +759

    How far into a new year is it acceptable to greet "Happy New Year!"?

  • Kunwoo Dodd

    Kunwoo Dodd

     7 months ago +170

    But this is only half the story. During the development process, everything in the video game is usually made of rectangles. However, at the end of the development, all the rectangles are converted to triangles. This is because it's much easier for game developers to work with rectangles, but it's easier for GPUs to work with triangles.

  • Przemysław Gumienny

    Przemysław Gumienny

     7 months ago +239

    And that's why NVIDIAs HQ is shaped like a triangle.

  • Captain Deadpool

    Captain Deadpool

     7 months ago +445

    Why did the console gamer crossed the road ?
    To render the other end of the street

  • andersdenkend


     7 months ago +180

    Is this Natalie Portman‘s sister?!

  • G. H

    G. H

     7 months ago +41

    0:51 t h a t ‘ s h o t



     7 months ago +265

    Illuminati confirmed.

  • thebahooplamaster


     7 months ago +50

    Darn. I thought they used triangles because of influence from the Illuminati.
    My dreams are crushed.

  • 24 Frames Of Nick

    24 Frames Of Nick

     7 months ago +181

    Games are made of gamers

  • Dislike Bot

    Dislike Bot

     4 months ago +3

    “Meticulously detailed games”
    >proceeds to state fortnite and pubg as examples

  • Hares Mahmood

    Hares Mahmood

     7 months ago +155

    Stellar quality once again 👌