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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     5 months ago

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  • AwesomeVindicator

     1 months ago

    @SIZ Modig euclideon is basically snake oil. their "holograms" are just augmented reality displays. their rendering engine is a skinning solution for point cloud data.... it is NOT a replacement for polygon meshing techniques. it looks nice and all, but if they used the point rendering technology on anything as advanced as a realtime ACTUAL game it would grind to a halt. its great that they can skin a point cloud and have what they claim is "infinite" detail. but its literally jus...

  • DiverGaming

     5 months ago


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     2 months ago


  • Wilker

     2 months ago

    @Philipp Zauner "Technology is just nature we taught to do cool tricks"— Exurb1a

  • Zedfinite

     5 months ago

    Who knew Keira Knightley knows a lot about games?

  • parahna !

     2 months ago

    I didnt hear the word polygons once

  • NeoAxiợm

     2 months ago

    They told her what to say

  • Justin Y.

     5 months ago

    How do you do, fellow gamers?

  • gamer cow

     1 months ago

    You think vox knows this was an insult

  • RadioArtz BlenderMotiondesigner

     2 months ago

    Here he is again

  • Evariste Galois

     5 months ago

    Here’s why video games are made from tiny triangles:Lvl 1 : SquaresLvl 100 : Triangles *_That’s how shapes work_*

  • Mr. Doon

     2 months ago

    Quads > Tris because topology don't at me

  • Vysair

     4 months ago


  • Marc Shanahan

     5 months ago

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

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     2 days ago


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     11 days ago


  • Katy Crawford

     5 months ago

    vox: answering questions you never knew you had

  • Dilarx Xer

     7 days ago

    Well i have knew about this when im 12 m8 Lol

  • campkira

     5 months ago

    Wis it a little shorter.

  • hey its me jop

     5 months ago

    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

     5 months ago

    Thank you tiny triangles, very cool.

  • Random dude with no account

     2 months ago

    *tiny illuminatis.

  • hellatze

     5 months ago

    It not just triangle. Material. Rig. Etc

  • Suleiman Mustafa

     5 months ago

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

  • Blue The Slithery Sheep :D

     2 months ago

    I'd say 4 months because it inspired me to say it to my cat.