Thursday, 12 January 2012


Studio Ghibli's latest film is The Secret World of Arrietty which takes on Mary Norton’s book series “The Borrowers” which suits the charm of the studio to a tee. Here are three trailer versions showing how the same film in Japanese, American and British can have quite a different feel and quality. All of them look gorgeous and I like those Brit accents.

Here are some of the stills released that show off things:

Monday, 9 January 2012

Real Time Architecture

Having spent a little time over the last few days with some of the work being done here at UNSW Built Environment with repect to bringing in Architectural models into real-time environments like CryEngine I had a quick browse through some videos on Autodesk Showcase.

Showcase takes data from packages like Revit and manhandles them into a semi-attractive real-time walkthrough or flythrough engine. There are some nice features like the sectioning and the expected features of floor/wall detection etc. That said it certainly doesnt have the audio, visual and emotional richness we are getting with the CryEngine Free SDK.

Being able to link Industry apps like Revit with the vanguard of visualisation tools would be a nice future for all. With PlayUp doing such a great job with Sketchup, the bar has been set and there is plenty of room to grow from there.

Sunday, 8 January 2012

SW-TOR Tempation

With the release of Star Wars : The Old Republic MMO by BIOWARE the temptation to head over and join the Jedi and Sith going at it is very high. When we were all blown away by each cinematic trailer as it came, I was somewhat let down by the actual gameplay footage. But now watching more videos the look isnt bad and the storytelling focus that BIOWARE have brought to the MMO looks very attractive.

MMOs generally arent too hot when they first release and take some time to mature, generally the longer the better. Even the king of the MMO, WoW, is a vastly improved game now than the revelation it was all those years ago at release time. So, dive in now with all the hype or wait until things settle and the content starts fleshing out and the initial chaotic bubble of players calms down??
The key is clearly having some friends (or family) to play with and everyone's fun and investment in WoW is always there - calling...

Before we throw some cool videos showing off characters, story, gameplay and more - check out the CGSociety article for some info and imagery on design and modelling for the game.

[SWTOR Modelling images via the CGSociety article]

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