Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Unreal 3 is....Nope, not going there

Greetings my faithful readers, today in my first consecutive On-Schedule post...I'm so witty

  1. The Unreal 3 Engine has amazed me thrive. Not only in the title alone, this puppy has revolutionized the way we will look at video games, I strongly believe. The biggest part of the engine itself is the models it creates. These things are INSANE with detail! The process that makes these works of art is quite interesting. First of all, they whip up some crappy little low detail model like anybody could do in Poser in like half an hour and a bottle of cheap gin. A-like so. After that they create some huge badassed detailed model that looks like something you'd see rendered for a Pixar movie. Third, the engine itself takes the two models and splices them together to form a normal map, which is basically giving 3D shadows to a 2D texture map. The normal map blends on top of the low poly model that is actually used in the game and gives the impression of something GOD SENT!
Yup, I'm none too funny. I picked up an Empire Earth II demo today, just in time for the games release in stores. I'll have to get that sometime, as it is quite a fun little RTS if I do say so myself.

Due to lack of funny, I'm going to go commit Hara-Kiri now. Be back Friday!!

(Disclaimer: I just figured out an easier way to paste my little links in updates, so forgive me if I went Bat-Crap frickin Loco all up in this piece today...)

Monday, April 25, 2005

I Never Update

Yup, I am quite aware of it. Just who am I talking to? Of course my captivated audience who comments all the time to my posts, and send my link to all the famous webcomic artists!

Falling back to the world of reality, my gaming days are getting a tad slow due to a lack of free time. Thats a lie. I have nothing BUT free time, about 5 whole hours from the time I get home to bedtime. I manage to faithfully follow gaming news, however, which means I can stay back in the loop...

1: Star Trek Online Fued Ends finally. Viacom and Activision have finally set aside their petty squabbling, Penny Arcade style! What does this mean? Well, it means I'll be playing another mmog that I'll be into for a week or three before I give it up all together. Not much details have been given for this game yet, besides minor little details such as "multi-player starships" and such. This could only lead to disaster:

Captain: "Set course of Vulcan IV, ensign!"
CpnKirk3456: "iM A SpAcE MAN!! ROFL!!11!!"
*starship drifts painfully into the nearest supernova*

Although, as the son of a devoted Trekkie, the best hopes for this game are that only the deep fans of the series will actually get in on this stuff.

2: The Xbox 2/Xbox Next/Xbox 360/Fruit Pie has been getting revealed a mach ton lately, although many of the views I've seen have been passed off as "fake", "probably fake", or "why the hell do you care?" A lot of things are being said about the system, the kind of rumors that lead to either underpowering or overpowering enthusiasm. Rumors of proprietary systems and engines being coded from scratch, engines being ripped apart, stripped of all their skin and clothes, and then recombined into something new and ugly. The biggest rumor floating around is that Microsoft has been doing some dirty dealings with Id Software over rights to the awe-inspiring Unreal 3 Engine. The Unreal 3 engine, which I'll try to delve deeper into wednesday if I can get myself to post more than twice a month again, is a thing of wonderment, something that has managed to impress me even after playing Half life 2. The proof of the engines development for use on console systems is a little upcoming online FPS known as Huxley. Huxley looks to be one of the finest looking video games I've ever seen, and will claim the title of "first unreal 3 engine game to be released."

3: City of Heroes, I recently got into this MMOG for about 3 weeks, as happens to me all the time. The game is quite fun for a while, but I ran straight into the "omg I've killed this guy like 1500 times" wall that ruins many a gaming experience for me. I still have my account though, so maybe theres a chance for me to get back into it before I drop it altogether. Word on the street is some pretty cool people play this game like a religion, so I'll give it some time when I can get around to it.


That is about all I can say for now folks, tune in later this week. I'll for sure have something for you to feast your hungry hungry internet fangs on...