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Thread: Water surface visibility flipping on/off at certain angles, including from up close?

  1. #1
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    Registered: May 2002
    Location: Academy City

    Water surface visibility flipping on/off at certain angles, including from up close?

    I’ve noticed that depending on where I stand in relation to a water surface, it is sometimes visible and sometimes not, directly corresponding (in a way unclear to me) to where I’m standing in relation to it. For me at least, this has been the case when I’ve created (quite) large bodies of water.

    I recorded a gameplay video of my FM in progress showing it in action, with linked timestamps in the video description that jump directly to the parts of the video where it happens: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTiZjM0Ln8g

    The FM has been optimized, pathfound, etc., with no errors.

    The first occurrence is the most egregious: the water surface visibility flips on and off when standing immediately next to the water, depending on my movement laterally back and forth across the dividing line between two DromEd rooms; whereas the other instances occur from a distance.

    What, generally speaking, causes this—if anyone knows? And how is this effect avoided?
    Last edited by MisakaMikoto; 13th Feb 2020 at 13:34.

  2. #2
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    Registered: Jan 2001
    Location: Pushing my luck with Dromed
    I think this problem only affects lightmapped water. I've also recently been working with a large body of water and had the same problem. So far the only thing I could do was to make the body of water less large.

  3. #3
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    Registered: May 2002
    Location: Texas
    I'm not sure if it would make any difference if you used flood vs water brushes. In my last mission Derelict Dock District I had a fairly large body of water that I broke down into smaller sections. Each air brush used as large world environments had its own water brush but all of them together made one large body of water. Also it might make a difference to increase the scale of the underwater texture, though I haven't tried it yet.

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