Shadow maps make me happy October 2, 2011 cliffski I’ve been watching some WW2 footage, some war movies, some video game footage, etc, in a bid to up the visuals in GTB. A lot of it can’t be seen in a screenshot, it’s moving-picture stuff really. UI’ve also been re-visiting how I make the shadow maps, and massively boosting their resolution. What PC’s can’t handle a 2048 square texture these days? None, I suspect. Anyway here is a very sparse GTB screenshot: And here is the same frame, but without the shadowmap. I think the shadowmap wins by a huge margin. (It’s more apparent full screen, when moving and zooming etc. Combining a grayscale shadowmap with tileable textures not only makes it look less 2D, but it also means you can detect the repeating tile patterns a lot less. I am using a tile-based system to afford easy level design for players. I’m also toying with the idea of automatically generating the shadow maps from the player-designed paths. I think it’s quite doable, although non trivial, and better than expecting players to use photoshop etc. Comments?