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Monday, December 8th 2003
ShaderWorks XT Alpha
12:26 PM
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Mad Software announced an alpha release of ShaderWorks XT, made publicly available for testing. ShaderWorks XT is described as "a ground breaking hardware shader development toolkit for developers using DirectX 9 and/or the MS Effect File format."
Monday, December 8th 2003
DirectX Next Article
12:25 PM
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Beyond3D posted an article which offers an early preview of Microsoft's next DirectX release.
Monday, December 8th 2003
Game Institute 2.0 Launch
12:24 PM
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The Game Institute recently announced a new launch of their site, featuring new courses, new software, additional staff, an expanded community, and much more. According to the site, "The Game Institute provides professional training in the field of videogame production and development."
Monday, December 8th 2003
PathEngine Evaluation Release
12:17 PM
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Thomas Young sent word that a new evaluation release of PathEngine is now available. Here's the buzz:

"Release 4.9 of the PathEngine middleware pathfinding library is now available at www.pathengine.com. PathEngine is built around a sophisticated collision model supporting arbitrarily overlapping 3D ground meshes and dynamically placed obstacles. Paths returned take agent shape into account, are free of aliasing and are guaranteed non-colliding under the collision model, making it a lot easier to develop robust movement based AI. Release 4.9 adds significant optimisations for large meshes. A fairly detailed example mesh is included in the SDK (together with benchmarks for query time and memory footprint)."

For more information, visit here.
Monday, December 8th 2003
New paxScript Release
12:13 PM
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Alexander Baranovsky announced a new release (v1.5) of the paxScript scripting engine.
Monday, December 8th 2003
AI-Junkie Contest Results
12:13 PM
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The results from the AI-Junkie 2003 programming competition (themed Emergent Behavior) were recently put online here.
Monday, December 8th 2003
New Raknet Release
12:10 PM
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Rakkarsoft sent word that v1.406 of Raknet was recently released, a game-oriented networking API.
Monday, December 8th 2003
New ppModeler Release
12:08 PM
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Pierre Saunier announced a new release of ppModeler, a free, multi-platform 3D modeling package. The new release includes new tools, an improved GUI, and additional help/tips.
Monday, December 8th 2003
Digital Sunlite Project
12:06 PM
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OnoSendai recently announced an update to the Digital Sunlite project, described as "a distributed/peer-to-peer, 3D, Euclidean, general-purpose cyberspace."
Monday, December 8th 2003
The Daily Flip
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Image Of The Day Update - There's a new Image Of The Day online, a screenshot submitted by Michael Zeile. Browse the IOTD gallery here!

tasty links:
  • Scientists Admire Saturn Image
  • Intel to Release First 'causal' Learning Algorithms
  • If you'd like to discuss programming, gfx, or any of these links, stop by the Message Center!
    Friday, November 21st 2003
    New Doxygen Release
    05:35 PM
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    Version 1.3.5 of Doxygen has been released, a source code documentation system for C/C++, Java, and IDL.
    Friday, November 21st 2003
    MobileCore Project Release
    05:31 PM
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    Jacco Bikker announced the initial release of MobileCore, an open source project which aims to ease cross-platform development of games for mobile devices.
    Friday, November 21st 2003
    ADCOG Call for Papers
    05:27 PM
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    The organizing committee issued a call for papers and participation for the 3rd International Conference on Application and Development of Computer Games (ADCOG.) The theme for the upcoming conference is "Mobile and Network Games, its Technical issues and Social Implications." For more information, visit here.
    Friday, November 21st 2003
    Text Mode Demo Contest
    05:26 PM
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    Jari Komppa sent along the following news about TMDC6:

    "The sixth pseudoannual text mode demo competition is on. The goal is to make cool audiovisual demos that run in NT console. Deadline for submissions is 12.12.2003. An invitation demo, along with all entries from the past two contests are available."

    For more information, visit here.
    Friday, November 21st 2003
    New FMOD Release
    05:22 PM
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    Firelight Technologies recently announced a new release (v3.71) of FMOD, a cross-platform sound system with support for a variety of platforms and audio formats. FMOD is free for non-commercial use.
    Friday, November 21st 2003
    The Daily Flip
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    Image Of The Day Update - There's a new Image Of The Day online, a screenshot submitted by Patrik Svensson. Browse the IOTD gallery here!

    Code Of The Day Update - There's a new Code Of The Day online, Object To Screen Space submitted by Morgan McGuire. Browse the COTD Collection here!

    tasty links:
  • Congress Poised for Antispam Vote
  • Nano-transistor Self-assembles Using Biology
  • If you'd like to discuss programming, gfx, or any of these links, stop by the Message Center!
    Wednesday, November 12th 2003
    Impersonator SDK 1.0
    02:03 PM
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    OC3 Entertainment announced the availablity of the Impersonator SDK v1.0, a (commercial) set of facial animation tools "that create memory-efficient animation data from pre-recorded audio files." The press release is available here.
    Wednesday, November 12th 2003
    Spherical Harmonic Lighting
    02:00 PM
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    Emmanuel Viale posted a new article on Spherical Harmonic Lighting using OpenGL. Screenshots and a (binary-only) demo are available, with the following comments from the author: "The examples are for an upcoming book on advanced lighting, which will include programs in OpenGL, DirectX and using HLSL and Cg. The source of this program will follow soon, when the book is nearly completed."
    Wednesday, November 12th 2003
    SoftGL for Mobile Devices
    01:54 PM
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    The developers of SoftGL announced the public release of their library, an OpenGL and OpenGL|ES (subset) implementation which targets PDAs and mobile phones. The library is available under the GPL.
    Wednesday, November 12th 2003
    The Daily Flip
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    Image Of The Day Update - There's a new Image Of The Day online, a screenshot submitted by Jay Ryness. Browse the IOTD gallery here!

    tasty links:
  • Single Speaker Unit Creates Surround Sound
  • Kasparov 'forced' to draw with X3D Fritz
  • Why Girls and Games are a Good Mix (Thanks Lionel!)
  • If you'd like to discuss programming, gfx, or any of these links, stop by the Message Center!
    Tuesday, November 11th 2003
    Stencil Shadow Extrusion
    03:46 PM
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    There's a new featured tutorial here on flipcode entitled "Accelerated Stencil Shadow Extrusion via Vertex Blending", written by Christian Schüler. In this article, Christian focuses on a combined CPU/GPU approach to stencil shadow volume extrusion.
    Tuesday, November 11th 2003
    Reality Factory Update
    03:15 PM
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    A new release (071a RC2) of the Reality Factory has been announced, described as "the first toolkit that truly lets you create complete, commercial quality games without knowing any programming." Reality Factory is freely available under the terms of an 'MIT-style' Open Source license.
    Tuesday, November 11th 2003
    G3D 6.00 Public Beta
    03:13 PM
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    Morgan McGuire recently announced a new release (6.00 beta) of G3D, described as "an open source C++ library of low level graphics code for game developers and researchers."
    Tuesday, November 11th 2003
    ResPower Render Farm
    03:09 PM
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    ResPower Inc. recently announced support for the finalRender Stage-1 3dsmax plugin in their self-service Internet render farm. ResPower "provides self-service rendering to clients worldwide, for projects ranging in scope from small to large volume rendering for television series and feature films..."
    Tuesday, November 11th 2003
    New Quest3D Release
    03:05 PM
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    Act-3D recently announced a new release (v2.1) of Quest3D, a (commercial) set of tools to assist in the creation of interactive virtual-reality applications.
    Tuesday, November 11th 2003
    Sprite and Billboard Alignment
    02:53 PM
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    Delphi3D recently posted a new demo illustrating an approach to aligning sprites to the screen using a vertex program.
    Tuesday, November 11th 2003
    VBOs and Shadows
    02:49 PM
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    NVIDIA recently updated their developer site with a new paper on OpenGL's vertex buffer objects (VBOs), explaining their purpose and how to use them.

    In addition they've posted a new paper (complete with a demo) entitled "Fast, Practical, and Robust Shadow Volumes", which "presents a set of algorithms for rendering shadows using the stencil buffer and the shadow volume technique."
    Tuesday, November 11th 2003
    uDevGame 2003 Voting
    02:45 PM
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    iDevGames sent word that voting is currently in session for the entries in the uDevGame 2003 competition for Mac game developers.
    Tuesday, November 11th 2003
    The Daily Flip
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    Image Of The Day Update - There's a new Image Of The Day online, a screenshot submitted by Julien Guertault. Browse the IOTD gallery here!

    Code Of The Day Update - There's a new Code Of The Day online, vsscanf for Win32 submitted by Emmanuel Mogenet. Browse the COTD Collection here!

    tasty links:
  • Red Moon Dives Behind Earth
  • 'Dark Matter' Forms Ghost Universe That Mirrors Our Own
  • If you'd like to discuss programming, gfx, or any of these links, stop by the Message Center!
    Tuesday, November 4th 2003
    Civilization CTP2 Source
    03:47 PM
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    Activision recently released the complete source code to Civilization: Call to Power II. Many thanks to Brian Smith for the news.
    Tuesday, November 4th 2003
    OpenMex 0.2 Alpha
    03:45 PM
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    XENTAX announced a new release (0.2 alpha) of OpenMex, an open source game archive utility with support for a number of popular formats.
    Tuesday, November 4th 2003
    Game Vision SDK
    03:40 PM
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    Jarrod Davis Software announced a new release of the Game Vision SDK, a 2D rendering API for Windows which takes advantage of 3D hardware through Direct3D.
    Tuesday, November 4th 2003
    ExNihilo Engine Beta
    03:37 PM
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    Hermanns Christophe Data sent word that beta 0.4 of ExNihilo has been released, an open source 3D engine for Linux and Windows.
    Tuesday, November 4th 2003
    World Generation Engine
    03:34 PM
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    Binary Worlds announced the demo release of Descensor, a procedural world generation engine. For more information, visit here.
    Tuesday, November 4th 2003
    Vehicle Dynamics Middleware
    03:27 PM
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    DRP Automotive Dynamics sent along a link to their site which features a middleware programming library that's specialized for vehicle dynamics and collisions in driving games.
    Tuesday, November 4th 2003
    TV3D SDK 6.1 Release
    03:23 PM
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    Truevision3D announced a new release (v6.1) of the TV3D SDK, a (commercial) 3D engine with support for a number of programming languages.
    Tuesday, November 4th 2003
    The Daily Flip
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    tasty links:
  • Xbox to Switch to PowerPC
  • Gold "nano-bullets" Shoot Down Tumours
  • Brain Maps Perceptions, Not Reality
  • If you'd like to discuss programming, gfx, or any of these links, stop by the Message Center!
    Monday, November 3rd 2003
    Power Render Trial
    05:02 PM
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    Egerter Software announced the availability of a fully working trial version of Power Render v5.09, a (commercial) 3D engine. According to the announcement, "The new version adds VB.NET support, workspaces provided for VC.NET 2K3 and the latest DX9 SDK, along with more examples for Delphi and C/C++."
    Monday, November 3rd 2003
    The libQGLViewer Library
    04:59 PM
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    Gilles Debunne sent along a link to the libQGLViewer project, a free software 3D viewer library that's based on Qt.
    Monday, November 3rd 2003
    ShaderX2 Book Released
    04:51 PM
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    Wolfgang Engel sent word that the ShaderX2 books have been released, featuring the latest vertex and pixel shader programming tips and tricks. You can find information about both books here.

    On a related note, Thomas Rued informed us that the files for his article about stereoscopic rendering (in the latest ShaderX2 book), somehow didn't make it on the book's CD. The material is available for download here.
    Monday, November 3rd 2003
    The Daily Flip
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    I started updating my development journal over here again, if by chance anyone is interested. There's some stuff about octrees and level exporting so far. -Kurt

    Image Of The Day Update - There's a new Image Of The Day online, a screenshot submitted by DioSoft team. Browse the IOTD gallery here!

    Code Of The Day Update - There's a new Code Of The Day online, Moving Sphere VS Triangle Collision submitted by Igor Kravtchenko. Browse the COTD Collection here!

    Tip Of The Day Update - There's a new Tip Of The Day online, Unchecked Printf Parameters submitted by Vianney Lecroart. Browse the TOTD Collection here!

    Featured Resource Update - There's a new featured resource summary online, 3D Graphics & Animations. Browse the Resource Collection here!

    tasty links:
  • Kurt3D - An Autonomous Mobile Robot for Modelling the World in 3D (lol, Thanks Morgan!)
  • Preview: Microsoft's Windows Longhorn (Thanks Malcolm!)
  • Borland Assembles a Bigger Toolkit
  • Smart Software Helps Robots Dodge Collisions
  • Study: Lemmings Not Suicidal
  • If you'd like to discuss programming, gfx, or any of these links, stop by the Message Center!
    Saturday, October 25th 2003
    DeleD 3D Editor
    10:55 PM
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    The Delgine Team announced a new release of the DeleD 3D Editor, a free modeler for game developers with an intuitive interface and easy-to-use file formats.
    Saturday, October 25th 2003
    New Catapult Release
    10:53 PM
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    Nocturnal Entertainment Australia announced a new release (v1.31b) of Catapult, a (commercial) GameBoy Advance development system.
    Saturday, October 25th 2003
    New Discussion Topic
    10:52 PM
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    There's a new discussion topic online, based around a summary written by Tobin Schwaiger which focuses on "Transformative Play" from a developer's point of view. Feel free to share your thoughts on the topic here.
    Monday, October 20th 2003
    OpenMex Alpha Release
    03:49 PM
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    XeNTaX announced the 0.1 alpha release of OpenMex, an open source file extraction utility with support for many popular game archive formats.
    Monday, October 20th 2003
    GapiDraw for Symbian
    03:48 PM
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    Jonas Bylund announced the first beta release of GapiDraw for Symbian. GapiDraw is described as "the fastest, most advanced, and easiest to use graphics library for Stationary PCs, Smartphones and Handheld Computers."
    Monday, October 20th 2003
    Normal Map Utility
    03:47 PM
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    Tom Nuydens of Delphi3D sent along the following news:

    "Delphi3D has been updated with a utility to generate normal maps from high-poly 3D source models. The tool is intended to create textures for flat surfaces like walls and floors -- it does not create simplified versions of the source mesh (à la "appearance-preserving simplification"). There are already several tools that do that very well, but if you just want to create a tilable, reusable texture/bumpmap combo then you really don't need a simplified mesh, so this utility lets you skip that part. It can read .ASE and .OBJ source files and produces a pair of textures (normals and color) in .TGA format."

    For details and downloads, visit here.
    Monday, October 20th 2003
    Kapsul 3D Modeler
    03:47 PM
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    Cedric Guillemet announced a new release of the Kapsul 3D Modeler.
    Monday, October 20th 2003
    New ClanLib Release
    03:45 PM
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    Version 0.7.5 of ClanLib has been released, a free, multi-platform game development library.
    Monday, October 20th 2003
    Developer Image Exchange
    03:40 PM
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    The Developer Image Exchange announced a recent site redesign. The site offers visitors the ability to upload screenshots of their projects, with decscriptions and comments for each image.
    Monday, October 20th 2003
    Gender Inclusive Design
    03:40 PM
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    Charles River Media announced the recent release of the book Gender Inclusive Game Design: Expanding the Market. Here's a description:

    "Women and girls of today are more tech-savvy than ever before, and research shows that they currently make up over 52% of Internet users and 70% of casual online gamers. Why then, is the game industry still producing computer games that primarily target males ages 13-25? Gender Inclusive Game Design: Expanding the Market addresses this issue by helping designers and developers understand the real differences between how the genders approach and resolve conflicts, and what their entertainment criteria and responses are. It also explores the differences in reward systems, game play preferences, and avatar selection criteria, and how these issues all apply to game design, regardless of genre."

    For more information, visit here.
    Monday, October 20th 2003
    Computer Game Conference
    03:38 PM
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    The University of Texas at Dallas and the Student Game Developers Association released additional details about the upcoming Computer Game Conference that's scheduled for October 24-26. For more information, visit here.
    Monday, October 20th 2003
    Hidden Agenda Contest
    03:34 PM
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    Hidden Agenda recently announced a new contest built around the idea of "stealth education" within video games. Here's a snippet from the announcement:

    "Undergrads and Grad students are challenged to build entertaining games that 'secretly' teach middle school subjects. The contest pushes students to create primarily entertaining games that also teach topics such as forces, statistics, or the solar system. Students have complete freedom in their game designs. They can work in teams of up to 8 people, build games on and for any platform, and use existing engines. Games will be judged in May, with 5 finalist teams flying to Austin to present in front of game legends such as Richard Garriott for their final shot at the $25,000 prize. While all submitted games must fulfill teaching requirements to be considered, final judging is based on 70% entertainment and 30% educational value."

    For more information, visit here.
    Monday, October 20th 2003
    FakedReality Open Source
    03:19 PM
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    Realspace Technologies announced the recent source code release of the "FakedReality" game engine, version 1.0. Here's a snippet from the press release:

    "Our first generation Game Engine "FakedReality 1.0" has been fully open sourced and is available from our website ) Highlights include, Fully Modular architecture with "Actors" and DLL plugins, Shader based graphics engine using DirectX9.0 fully portable. using XML and LUA for game logic creation and 3DSMAX plugins for content import. It also features full CG support and FLEXSHADER our shader framework, that allows to combine/use shaders easily by artist and allow more complex shaders than pure vertex/pixel programs."

    For details and downloads, visit here.
    Monday, October 20th 2003
    The Daily Flip
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    Image Of The Day Update - There's a new Image Of The Day online, a screenshot submitted by Tuomo Hirvonen. Browse the IOTD gallery here!

    Tip Of The Day Update - There's a new Tip Of The Day online, Event sequencing: Building dependancy trees submitted by Peter Lewis. Browse the TOTD Collection here!
    Thursday, October 9th 2003
    MultiEx Commander Source
    04:06 PM
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    XeNTaX announced that the original MultiEx Commander, a tool for extracting game resources, is now an open source project available here. In addition, a new open source project entitled OpenMex has started, a Python implementation of the MultiEx principle.
    Thursday, October 9th 2003
    New HawkNL Release
    04:04 PM
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    Hawk Software recently released a new version (1.67) of HawkNL, a free, game oriented network library that's available under the LGPL.
    Tuesday, September 30th 2003
    Shadow Mapping Tutorial
    07:11 PM
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    Paul Baker sent word that he's posted a new Shadow Mapping Tutorial. According to the author, the tutorial "uses ARB extensions and detailed explainations to guide the user through the technique of casting curved shadows on curved surfaces."
    Tuesday, September 30th 2003
    Arkadium Developer Zone
    07:09 PM
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    Arkadium announced the launch of The Developer Zone. Here's a snippet from the press release:

    "The Arkadium Developer Zone was created for game developers and allows them to submit original games for review and possible inclusion in the Arkadium Gamedek system. Games that are accepted are housed within the Gamedek, and any revenue generated through cash-play matches are shared with the developer. The company also announced the launch of its first Developer Zone game, "Four Corners". Scott Kim, a full-time independent designer of visual puzzles and games created the strategy game exclusively for the Arkadium Gamedek."

    For more information, visit here.
    Tuesday, September 30th 2003
    Stencil Shadow Demo
    07:08 PM
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    Tom Nuydens of Delphi3D sent along the following news:

    "I've put a new stencil shadow volume demo up on Delphi3D. It implements a variety of improvements and optimizations to the original stencil shadow approach, and gives you the option to switch all of these extra features on and off to see what their impact is. Implemented features include infinite shadow volumes, zfail shadows (aka. Carmack's reverse), scissor testing, depth bounds testing, two-sided stencil testing and external triangles. The demo should run on pretty much any card that has a stencil buffer. Source code is included as always."

    For details and downloads, visit here.
    Tuesday, September 30th 2003
    The Urgh Engine
    06:53 PM
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    Maurizio DeGirolami sent along a link to the Urgh Engine, a free graphics engine currently in the works.
    Tuesday, September 30th 2003
    thePolygoners.com Launch
    06:44 PM
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    Parashar Krishnamachari recently announced the launch of thePolygoners.com, a new game-development reference site. There you'll find tutorials, forums, and more.
    Tuesday, September 30th 2003
    The Daily Flip
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    Image Of The Day Update - There's a new Image Of The Day online, a screenshot submitted by Robert Muresan. Browse the IOTD gallery here!

    Tip Of The Day Update - There's a new Tip Of The Day online, Automatic CPU Detection submitted by Nicolas Capens. Browse the TOTD Collection here!
    Wednesday, September 24th 2003
    New OGRE Release
    12:00 PM
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    Version 0.12.0 of OGRE has been released, described as "a scene-oriented, flexible 3D engine written in C++ designed to make it easier and more intuitive for developers to produce games and demos utilising 3D hardware."

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