Video games today are meticulously detailed. They’re mysterious and heartwarming, colorful and stylized. And that makes them a technical challenge: Though computing power has skyrocketed, game makers 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 game makers’ 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.