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The 3D Dictionary (Page 1/26)

Written by: David "Spunk" Grampa - January 30, 2000
Last updated by: Dan "Tweak Monkey" Kennedy - December 13, 2002

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LAN (Local Area Network) - Low Frequency Response

LAN - See Local Area Network.

Level of Detail - LOD refers to texture quality in terms of resolution, such as 256x256. A lower level of detail means just that, lower visual quality. Lower LOD also makes for higher framerates.

Lighting Effects - Processes used to simulate light in a 3D environment by brightening surrounding textures and pixels near the virtual light source are called lighting effects. In most 3D games, a good lighting engine separates the games with good graphics from those with great graphics.

Local Area Network - A network or group of computers all connected to one another within a small area is often called a Local Area Network, or LAN for short. A LAN Party is when you have a party involving a LAN and everyone plays games until the sun comes up. Here's a guide on setting up a LAN party.

Local Memory - Memory attached to a specific device that it is reserved is called local memory. For example, memory directly on a videocard is considered local memory, because it is attached directly to the source of which will store data in it. Local Memory is used on a video accelerator for texture storage and z-buffer storage, among other purposes.

Low-Frequency Response - Frequencies of sound between the 3Hz and 120Hz barriers are considered low-frequency. Generally, this is the range where bass is heard.

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