Latest updates

Categories:Shadow of a Soul:Chapter I

It’s been a busy couple of days. Here’s a bullet-point list of the stuff I did:

- Re-encoded some of the videos. File sizes changed from 70MB to 20MB with no noticeable loss of quality with 3 pass encoding. It’s pretty easy to overdo quality and bitrate settings it seems. Needs lots of iterations. Videos on the blog should load much faster now.

- Updated the release date on the various documents and the trailer.

- Lost half a day of work when Windows 7 boot manager decided to corrupt itself. Lesson learned: keep a copy of Windows 7 on an USB stick.

-Researched into how other companies write release date postponement press releases (it seems games that are released on time are a rarity). Wrote my own. And sent it to various *free* press release sites. I won’t be spending $400-$500 on a single press release ever again. ereleases.com, go fuck yourself! If I wanted to be on Congo Times I could have send them an email myself!!!

- Caught up with my emails. I think I’ve answered all of them but if you didn’t receive a reply from me, please send your email again.

- Learned that raytracer based renderers are better at handling instanced geometry (more than a billion) with regard to memory (5GB vs 16+swapping) than a renderman complaint renderer that shall remain nameless. Although there is a great chance that raytracers fuck up pretty bad when it comes to enabling motion blur in the scene, which usually adds anywhere between 50% to 100% to both the render times and the memory requirements. Still 3d motion blur looks much better than post-production 2d motion blur.

- I’ll soon be releasing a multi-core ivy generator as a tiny contribution to the 3d community. More details follow soon.

- Added some new pictures of Bobo to this post and posted them to Reddit’s aww section.

- Learned a new English word: indelible.

- I’ve talked about myself in the third person and addressed myself as CEO. God I truly hate writing press releases.

- The only game I’m playing is Left 4 Dead 2. Some people turn into monsters when they’re driving. I turn into a despicable horrendous monster of a pitiful human being when I’m playing L4D2. “Fuckin noob”, “WTF!”, “Get the fuck out you noob”, “ffs fucking move!” are pretty much what I always write to other people on a daily basis. Can’t help myself. I got so mad at “noobs” that I got myself a VPS in Germany and opened my own dedicated server (a 512MB server is more than enough) just so that I can kick them without wasting any time. Turns out there are gazillion of empty L4D2 servers out there, mine included. So much for the ego boost.

One Response to Latest updates

  1. Reply Tim says:

    You have indeed been busy. Just don’t work yourself to the point of being a crazy basement dweller.

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