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So I don't really know if this was asked before, but I sure couldn't find it, so at least this’ll make a real nice link straight to the right answer.

I have a pretty simple scene, and right now it looks like crap 'cause I'm not real great at lighting. I was watching a tutorial on the game engine (completely unrelated to my problem) and I noticed that the guy who was making the tutorial had shadows in his game, like full-on-dynamic-wicked-cool-looking-shadows. They didn't seem to be stressing his PC or anything so I thought "hey that's cool" and I tried to make them.

In a book by Mike Pan I saw that only spot-lamps and sun lamps give shadows in the game engine so I switch my Hemi out for a sun and Surprise! it looks worse.

My question after that fantastic monologue: How do I get pretty little shadows to make my game look awesome without weirdo lines streaking through it and messing it up?

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  • $\begingroup$ You might try setting the type to variance. I've often had better results with variance maps. $\endgroup$
    – gandalf3
    Apr 2, 2015 at 3:20
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I had better luck with the variance shadow buffer type:

Just from looking at your file I'm not exactly sure what is "wrong". I don't see any artifacts in the shadow itself (perhaps if you added a screenshot showing exactly what you are referring to with "weirdo lines streaking through it"?).

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    $\begingroup$ It actually only happens on my linux, so I still need to get a screen capture program. :) thanks, I'll try thsi. $\endgroup$
    – ruckus
    Apr 2, 2015 at 14:29
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    $\begingroup$ The quality on yours looks a lot less choppy than mine. did you set any other stuff up? $\endgroup$
    – ruckus
    Apr 2, 2015 at 14:39
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    $\begingroup$ @ARadish I added a second lamp so that the shadows weren't completely black, but other than that just some mist and material tweaks. Feel free to poke around in the .blend ;) $\endgroup$
    – gandalf3
    Apr 2, 2015 at 16:47
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    $\begingroup$ How is that any different from this? chat.stackexchange.com/transcript/message/20869986#20869986 $\endgroup$ Apr 2, 2015 at 18:16
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    $\begingroup$ well my friendly doppelgänger, it isn't. but i asked here because i had a sudden identity crisis and felt it would be better if i got an answer that wasn't from myself. $\endgroup$
    – ruckus
    Apr 2, 2015 at 19:04

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