fritzmonkey

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from Tempe, AZ

  • Activity

    • Huh

      9 years ago

      fritzmonkey

      I know I haven't posted a journal in a long time, and so this is going to seem random, but I was playing the reach beta and I noticed something interesting.
      The tires of the warthog in halo reach utilize a technique called parallax mapping. Parallax mapping (this is a dumbed down explanation, because parallax is pretty complicated) is a way of adding detail to an object, much like bump mapping, but unlike bump or normal mapping, parallax mapping includes depth and is more than just a lighting trick. Here is a comparison between the two.

      Bump mapping:
      normal_RenderBump.jpg

      Parallax mapping:
      normal_RenderOffsetBump.jpg

      You can also see the slight difference here.

      In that image we see all 4 bungie warthogs. In the Halo 1 warthog we see a low polygon model. In Halo 2 we see a slightly higher polygon model and a normal map. The normal map makes a huge difference. In Halo 3 we see a significantly higher polygon model and a normal map. In Halo Reach we see a slightly high polygon model than the Halo 3 warthog, a normal map, and parallax mapping on the tires. I think that this is the best example of how far Bungie is trying to push the 360 for Reach. Even the smallest thing, like the tire on the warthog is being upgraded as much as they can manage. I just thought that this was interesting...

    • I'm at a JoCo concert right now.

      9 years ago

      fritzmonkey

      It is fucking awesome. smiley0.gif

    • Prop Auction

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      fritzmonkey

      A large number of props and costumes from SG-1 and Atlantis are being auctioned off. There will be 2 live auctions as well as ebay auctions for the smaller items.

      stargateartifacts.com/

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    • So I was a bit off

      9 years ago

      fritzmonkey

      The Unreal Development Kit has launched.

      udk.com/

      I've been working with UDK for several months now, and it is pretty amazing. It is a redistributable version of UE3 that is meant to give people the ability to create games using Unreal Technology without needing several million dollars to buy a license. You can create a game and distribute it for free if you aren't selling it. If you are selling it, you don't pay anything to Epic until you have made $5,000 in profits. This is also a very very recent version of the engine. It includes soft body physics, fluid simulations, a global illumination lighting engine and various other goodies. Go take a look at it an see what you think.

      If you need help with anything just ask.

    • Remember that journal

      9 years ago

      fritzmonkey

      I posted about Epic games and October 16th? Well, I was a little bit off, but it will be soon! I promise!

      www.udk.com/

    • I don't suppose

      9 years ago

      fritzmonkey

      That any of you have previous experience with efficient edge detection algorithms, and feel like lending me a hand?

    • Zombieland

      9 years ago

      fritzmonkey

      If someone tries to tell you what the best part is, punch them in the throat. The best part is far too amazing to be spoiled by mere words.

    • Epic games

      9 years ago

      fritzmonkey

      Will be making a fairly big announcement on (or around) the 16th. It wont effect those of you that just play games, but if you are interested in making games it will be huge. This is all I can say.

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    • I'm posting this journal...

      9 years ago

      fritzmonkey

      from my new laptop and my desktop at the same time!

      I went out and bought an Asus N10JH-A1. It is a very small notebook that is just barely not a netbook. The feature that sold me on it was the 2 GPUs. It has an Nvidia gefore G 105M, AND an Intel GMA950. It doesn't use both at the same time, but has a little button on the side that switches what chip it uses. I can uses the geforce chip for gaming, and the intel chip for school.

      One of the other nice things about this machine is that it came with vista business and Josephina is running W7 ultimate. This means that I can remote desktop Josephina from Jean-Luc (I've named this laptop Jean-Luc). This machine was well worth the $650 that is cost me. I was looking at other netbooks that would have run me around $400, but I wouldn't have loved them nearly as much.

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    • I love my job

      9 years ago

      fritzmonkey

      It gives me things like the meat cube.
      I has the meat cube.
      I love the meat cube.

  • Comments (3944)

    • phoenixlord

      10 years ago

      Thanks for the mod. Seems the phantom negger has been striking again a lot lately at people for expressing their opinions. You'd think it was the internet or something. People expressing their opinions? What's next? Viral videos?

    • VocalDrummer

      10 years ago

      "I'd fuck you sideways if I wasn't in to horses."

      Dude, I just spit coffee all over myself reading that, you rotten bastard! smiley8.gif

    • Ados_Jass

      10 years ago

      Yes, that and I tend to enjoy talking to smart asses XDD

    • Ados_Jass

      10 years ago

      .....I seem to choose smart ass friends XD

    • Ados_Jass

      10 years ago

      Seriously, I haven't had Spaghettio's in forever :D

    • CaptZodiac

      10 years ago

      I'll have a good ol' brainstorm.

    • CaptZodiac

      10 years ago

      Night.

    • CaptZodiac

      10 years ago

      Thought so.

    • CaptZodiac

      10 years ago

      Just looking through it, it seems pretty easy to learn. BTW, is this a 2D or a 3D project?

    • CaptZodiac

      10 years ago

      Not a problem, might give me sometime to read on C#.

    • CaptZodiac

      10 years ago

      If you need an extra computer to render, admittedly this runs like shit but it's here if you need it.

    • Ados_Jass

      10 years ago

      Just the motherboard, I don't want to find a busted laptop that still has a working motherboard and such...

    • Ados_Jass

      10 years ago

      Double post....well not anymore x3

      Post edited 2/24/09 6:05PM

    • Ados_Jass

      10 years ago

      I'm not going to upgrade the laptop, I'm going to find the same motherboard -__- and such....

    • Jalnor

      10 years ago

      You might be interested in this journal entry smiley8.gif

    • Ados_Jass

      10 years ago

      That's a fantastic question! I have no clue what the casino room is..nor do I know what you could do in there...? -__- Did you see that they're hiring a hypnotist? XD Fantastic....it's like we're 5 all over again

    • jtdoepke

      10 years ago

      Baldwin does. Sargent Reynolds calls him by name when you first see them in the caverns.

    • HurriHam

      10 years ago

      I don't talk to you?

    • HurriHam

      10 years ago

      I saw that FR you sent me.

    • ghostflame71

      10 years ago

      green text=sarcasm

    • ghostflame71

      10 years ago

      yea it was discussed in the recon thread

    • VocalDrummer

      10 years ago

      NO ITZ NOT N00B!!!11! IT IS TEH WHYTE HUOUSE!!1! I WULD KNO, I WUZ TEHRE!!

      Sorry fritz, I couldn't resist. smiley0.gifsmiley6.gif

    • Ados_Jass

      10 years ago

      Hehe.... smiley0.gif

    • Ados_Jass

      10 years ago

      >> Do you scream like a girl?

    • Ados_Jass

      10 years ago

      x3 I flail...and shoot somewhat close to the person I'm supposed to shoot but never hit them and then they come after me so I run away....only to get shot by them D:

    • acidrain700 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      10 years ago

      That's ridiculous.

    • urbanLT FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      10 years ago

      double damn. i visited our old forums and remembered how much work we put into refining it into an actually decent script. I want to find it so I can share it with the rest of the world. Likewise the computer I had it on died as well.

      My pary is with you and your ded compputer. I am sory for you're lots.

    • urbanLT FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      10 years ago

      Do you still have the script for that series In The Shadow of Heroes we were working on a long time ago?

    • deathknight

      10 years ago

      Wait is Postal like the game postal?
      Like going ape shit with a knife and peeing on everything postal?
      They made a movie of that.. ...

    • phoenixlord

      10 years ago

      How do you know?

    • Jalnor

      10 years ago

      Also, it's only worth 10 points and I've listed it below as 20... oops... means you really only have 50 points sad.png

    • Jalnor

      10 years ago

      I've just discovered why you didn't get it on the 6th of January one. I hadn't invented it then lol.png

    • Jalnor

      10 years ago

      Oh. LOL

      XBA_BO.jpg

      6th of January, 2008, 01:00.

    • Jalnor

      10 years ago

      If I'm right, that means you were one of the very first Achievers. Almost certainly the first to get one that wasn't Innuendo Bingo.

    • Jalnor

      10 years ago

      Just means you haven't been Achieving of late... however, for the record, your record looks like this:

      Epic Win 6/1/08 01:00 20
      Innuendo Bingo Caller 13/1/08 07:28 20
      Bang On 10/4/08 23:00 20
      TOTAL 60

    • Jalnor

      10 years ago

      It's a great way to mess about with friends as well, going into Forge or a custom game and just frelling about with things while you yap... get a drink and it's like hanging with your pals in the pub, except you can shoot them and not have any long-term consequences to it wink.png That's what really wins about it bigsmile.png Having Zodiac invite you to whatever the Hell he's playing every time you log on is just a bonus wink.png

    • CaptZodiac

      10 years ago

      Thanks dude, feels like a shit load of my chest. :)

    • Jalnor

      10 years ago

      Heh... nah, just bantering wink.png It's actually one of my favourite types of conversation at the moment for some reason LOL

    • Jalnor

      10 years ago

      shock.png You changed your title just after I started parodying it! LOL

    • CaptZodiac

      10 years ago

      I haven't seen him around for about 2 years, he is still a motherfucker.

    • CaptZodiac

      10 years ago

      The kid is very antisocial and extremely pathetic, hiding behind his little mod points. Hate to tell him that the big object in the sky during daylight is called The Sun. smiley3.gif

    • datalaughing FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Always Right

      10 years ago

      Yup, don't know what they're gonna title it yet, but that's the end of 8. I'm holding out for something like Agatha Heterodyne and the City of Secrets. I've been tempted to actually buy the books for a while, but there's so many, and I can see them online for free.

    • datalaughing FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Always Right

      10 years ago

      Well, it was the end of book 8. So they had to wrap it up a little while still leaving people hanging. They sell the books, after all.

    • datalaughing FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Always Right

      10 years ago

      Yeah, after I wrote it I figured that you might not know what I meant, but rereading never hurt anyone.

    • datalaughing FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Always Right

      10 years ago

      Well, at least they didn't leave it a complete mystery as to who had suddenly shown up at the castle. When I saw like the second-to-last page I was like, "Oh, no, they're not going to tell us who it is." That would have driven me crazy. Though the gloves in the one frame did make me suspect Von Pinn.

    • datalaughing FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Always Right

      10 years ago

      Agreed, the Cinderella story is fun (better than the Weasel Queen, anyway), but I really want to get back to the story.

    • dragonbanez

      10 years ago

      Because they're joking and you're trolling.

    • dragonbanez

      10 years ago

      Stop posting.

    • Jalnor

      10 years ago

      I dunno, I noticed it disappeared and I was in my generous mood.

    • Jalnor

      10 years ago

      Um... I think I did, weeks ago LOL

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