Saturday, 13 February 2010

Star Wars fan vids and Unity Game

There are some really fun videos over on the Star Wars fan video area. It is fun seeing the antics of Pink Five (several episodes), Saber and such. I would love to make one actually - another thing to add to the list of things I wish I had time to do :-)

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And with Unity on the brain as well - you should check out Star Wars Lego: The Quest for R2-D2 as well. It is a great adaptation to the browser of the Star Wars Lego series crafted with Unity.

Unite 09 vids

There are a suite of videos from the Unite09 conference from the end of last year on the Unity site. They are a pretty good way to get a feel for the capabilities of the Unity3D engine and get a glimpse of some of the successes and current projects working with the tools. The videos are pretty big - be warned.

Anyhow, some of the highlights for me included seeing how the engine handles animations, character rigs and events - quite technical in places which was great. The guest part of the Keynote was really interesting stuff, Richard Hilleman, Chief Creative Director of EA had some great insights into gaming and where things are headed. The rule of the non-gamer seems well and truly upon us. I liked seeing what they were doing with the new Tiger Woods Online, that the game follows you around and even playing solo you get to see other people's balls flying around as well - very neat.


[images from Tiger Woods Online via the techviva.com]

Friday, 12 February 2010

More Optical Illusions

Yes here are a few more from Akiyoshi's Illusions page - I love our brains!

--- Circular snakes appear to rotate 'spontaneously' ---


--- The floor appears to bulge out, though this image consists of only squares ---


--- Concentric rings appear to be spirals ---

[optical illlusion images via Akiyoshi's site]

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Coool Optical Illusion

I love a good optical illusion, so should everyone. Apart from the sheer joy of having our minds warped and being able to sit unbelieving, there is something nice about thinking through graphics and visuals and how our expectations and perceptions effect them.

Anyhow, dive onto the thread on forgetomori.com which covers this illusion (the thread has the propper PNG version and more details):


Just in case you thought, bah - nothing special there. Note that the green and blue spirals are the same colour...

This is very much like the illusion at the bottom of the Magenta article (which is very neato as well) - which is perhaps my favourite illusion:

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

CryEngine Images

When a search took me through the inCrysis forums again and then seeing some of the remarkable galleries of what the CryEngines can achieve - I am still blown away. Here are a few, but check out these galleries for heaps more at higher res: Gallery1, Gallery2, Gallery3, Gallery4.





[Images from the inCrysis site from various CryEngine based projects]