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GAM670/DPS905 | Weekly Schedule | Student List | Project Requirements | Teams and their Projects | Student Resources

Due Dates

Proposed game and team members selected January 18
Proposal completed and projects selected January 25
Project progress reports February 15
Project completed - Class Presentation March 21
Game completed - Class Presentation April 11-13

Research Project

Your research project involves the investigation and implementation of a specific feature in the update base code. Identifying the features and the required refinements will demand some initial research on your part. The project is in two phases.

Phase 1

The first phase is an informal, written proposal of the features that your team has decided to implement in its final game. Your description should identify the basic aspects of these features as well as the refinements to those features that are needed to implement in your own game by the end of the semester.

Your proposal should be presented on the team project page of the course wiki under Proposal. Your proposal should identify the parts of the framework that you expect to modify extensively in your implementation. Your proposal should be on the wiki before your first meeting with your instructor. You should update your proposal after this meeting. Your instructor will use your updated proposal as the reference for marking this assignment.

The base code for this course is an updated version of the base code for the previous course. You should use the updated base code to develop the feature that you have selected and present the results of your work using the updated base code. The updated base code with the new features installed will serve as the source for other teams' access.

Each team member should have their own successfully compiled version of the updated base code in their own workspace in the branch sub-directory of their team's repository.

The source code for each team member's copy of the base code should include the following updates:

  • add your own name to the caption for the dialog box
  • change the window title to include the name of the team

Merge all of the team members' workspaces back to trunk so that the caption of the dialog box shows all of the names of the team members. See Merging your work back to trunk for details.

The purpose of this first phase of the project is twofold:

  • to identify the features that your final game will include
  • to identify the features that each member of your team will incorporate
  • to identify the features that your team is expecting to incorporate from the research projects of other teams.

Phase 2

The second phase releases the updated base code with your new features to the class.

This phase concludes with a presentation that shows

  • how your new features work within the updated base code
  • how to incorporate the new features in external code

You will have one hour to make your presentation and to describe the feature that you have implemented.

Appointment Schedules

Research Project

Team Name Date and Time
Wednesday February 15 11:40AM
Wednesday February 15 12:00AM
Friday February 17 11:40AM
Friday February 17 12:00AM

Project Presentation Schedule

Team Name Date and Time
Wednesday March 22 8:00AM
Wednesday March 21 8:25AM
Wednesday March 21 8:50AM
Wednesday March 21 9:15AM
Friday March 23 8:00AM
Friday March 23 8:25AM
Friday March 23 8:50AM
Friday March 23 9:15AM
C Minor Wednesday March 28 8:00AM
WIN ie. Jeremy Friday March 28 9:15AM

Features that you could add to the Updated Base Code

The base code serves as the common thread for sharing feature development amongst all members of the class. Our objective is to add features that students wish to see implemented in their own games. We review this list at the start of the semester and you are welcome to expand detail or to add other features.

  • visibility determination
    • viewing frustum
    • bounding volume construction
      • principal component analysis
        covariance matrix
      • bounding box construction
      • bounding sphere construction
      • bounding ellipsoid construction
    • bounding volume tests
      bounding sphere test
      bounding ellipsoid test
      bounding cylinder test
      bounding box test
    • spatial partitioning
      • octrees
      • BSP trees
    • portal systems
      portal clipping
      reduced view frustums
  • collision detection
    • plane collisions
      sphere and plane
      box and plane
      spatial partitioning
    • general sphere collisions
    • oriented bounding boxes
    • sliding
    • collisions with physics
      • moving spheres
      • moving boxes
  • lighting techniques
    • isotropic
      • Cook-Torrance
      • Oren-Nayar
    • anisotropic
      • Ward
      • Ashikhmin-Shirley
    • bump mapping
      • parallax
      • self-shadowing
    • environment cube maps
      • cube mapping
      • high dynamic range cube maps
    • high dynamic range lighting
      • simple
      • faked
      • tone mapping
  • texturing techniques
    • projective texturing
    • vertex texturing
      • displacement mapping
      • geometry images
  • audio techniques
  • comprehensive collada imports
  • camera techniques
    • third-person camera
  • quaternions
  • networked gameplay
  • noise
  • fluids
  • non-photo-realistic rendering
  • particle systems
  • terrain
    • terrain following
  • opengl 3.0
  • open audio
  • Direct3D10
    • porting the framework to DirectX10
  • Direct3D11
    • porting the framework to DirectX11
  • Direct2D
  • advanced force feedback
  • input techniques
    • XInput
    • Raw input
    • picking
  • optimize coordinators for design unit creation and destruction
    • introduce standard template library
    • 0(1) removal of objects
    • provide external access to all objects in the scene coordinator
  • enable Streaming SIMD Extension 2 in Configuration Properties with optimized math calculations



Your game involves a real-time audio-visual-haptic experience in a 3-D world using advanced game programming techniques to improve the performance and the appeal of your game. The user should experience force feedback through some form of controller in response to certain common actions in your game.

Each member must contribute their own feature to the game development in a selected area of specialization. Each member should also contribute to the integration of a separate, unrelated feature developed by another team.

In developing your game, you may start with the code that you used in the previous course or you may start with the updated base code for this course.

You present your completed game with your team's new features and two new features that members of other teams developed. Your presentation includes

  • a demonstration of how the game plays
  • an explanation of the innovative aspects that your team members have implemented
  • an evaluation of the features that your team incorporated, including criticisms and suggested enhancements

Each team has 30 minutes to showcase its game.

Game Presentation Schedule

Team Name Date and Time
Wednesday April 11 8:20AM
Wednesday April 11 8:50AM
Wednesday April 11 9:20AM
Friday April 13 8:20AM
Friday April 13 8:50AM
C Minor Friday April 13 9:20AM