Originally posted by =SSC=The Baron
Guessing vertex shaders for the water (not sure). Stencil might be stencil shadowing a la Doom 3.
Yes it's an option to use vertex shaders (geforce 3 and above)
Besides that here is a great thread for tweaking your game:
[b]Optimization guidelines by Koji Ashida of NVIDIA:[/b][list][*]Use fx12 instructions whenever possible[*]Use lowest pixel shader version[/list][url=http://developer.nvidia.com/docs/IO/10878/ChinaJoy2004_OptimizationAndTools.pdf]source[/url]
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