Pixel Shaders

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The boys at K5 have posted a look at Pixel and Vertex shaders used in todays video games. Its a bit technical, so if you get bored easily steer clear of this one. If you program or play computer games or even recently attempted to purchase a video card, then you will have no doubt heard the terms "Vertex Shader" and "Pixel Shader". What do they mean, other than that marketdroids will never cease to invent crappy technology jargon? Hear all the noise about "Hardware T&L" a couple of years ago? It's all related and this article will attempt to describe it all neatly for you.