The Unreal Engine is essentially a game engine developed by Epic Games, first showcased in the 1998 first-person shooter game Unreal. Although primarily developed for first-person shooters, it has been successfully used in a variety of other genres, including stealth, MMORPGs, and other RPGs. With its code written in C++, the Unreal Engine features a high degree of portability and is a tool used by many game developers today. Continue reading for more impressive tech demos and scenes.
Here's an incredible look at Titanic: Honor & Glory, a fan project that recreates the RMS Titanic's ill-fated maiden voyage using only Unreal Engine 4. In addition to creating a walkthrough, they also give us a look at the famous grand staircase of the ship disappearing. The developers hope to include a free roam mode where we can wander around the ship with minimal crowds and no objectives and watch as everything is slowly engulfed by the icy waters in the final version. Continue reading for two videos and more information, including the Indiegogo page.
At first glance, this appears to be an image from an apartment listing, but it's just "Unreal Paris," a portfolio-builder from level designer Dereau Benoit. While this Unreal Engine 4 tech demo doesn't use many particle effects and cityscapes, it does however manage to capture the reflection of sun off a kitchen counter as well as the shadows falling across the rough fabric of a couch. To accomplish this, Benoit sourced high-quality textures from elsewhere, and then used Unreal's manifold lighting options to create the lifelike apartment. Continue reading for the video and more information
Most animation studios employ at least a handful of animators and artists, but believe it or not, one 19-year-old from Guangzhou, China spent a few weeks putting together a battle that rivals even the best anime shows you've seen. Sure, the characters may not have faces, but just the effects and choreography alone are enough to net him a job at a larger studio. Continue reading to see why.
Soon graphics technology will become so advanced that the lines between reality and games will become blurred, especially when one slips on a virtual reality headset, like the Oculus Rift. Euclideon's Infinite Detail technology is basically a scene renderer that uses voxels, which are 3D pixels, in place of the polygons that are fundamental to virtually all conventional 3D graphics. They've also figured out how to use 3D scanners to capture real-world environments and then use their voxel renderer to create a real-time rendered facsimile of that environment. Continue reading for another mind-blowing video and more information.
If the characters from Disney's Frozen used Facebook, this is probably what they would talk about, or so this designer thinks. According to Cinema Blend, "There was originally an intro for Kristoff that involved action and climbing with pick axes, mountain man-style but it was cut from the movie. Chris says there was a fun surprise there and it'll be on the DVD. Kristen added that there was a troll song about walking in other people's shoes, 'But it had this romantic music in the middle of it where Anna and Kristoff literally walked in each other's shoes and saw how each other saw the world. But it had a lot of lyrics about foot fungus.'" Click here to view the first image in this week's funny internet trolls gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the Aladdin Broadway cast.
Not every fan will agree, but what if Carl Fredrickson's journey in "Up" actually began right after he is notified about needing to be move into a retirement home? That's right, everything that happens after is his journey into the afterlife, with people and things representing his attachment to the physical world. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a Taekwondo quadruple kick.
Ever wonder what a Disney animated version of Game of Thrones would look like? Well, Brazilian artists Fernando Mendonca and Anderson Mahanski thought so too, so they came up with these amazing illustrations. Unless Disney purchases HBO in the future, we probably won't see this version come to light, but hey, we can always dream, right? Click here to view the first image this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing how to hide your pool like super spy.
No, the video you are about to see wasn't rendered by a powerhouse server farm, and most importantly, it's not a gigantic 20GB+ file. It was generated in real time by a tiny algorithm by demoscene group Mercury. This mind-blowing 64k intro is called The Timeless, and according to Gizmodo, "since the file size is limited to 64 Kilobytes, the graphics and music are all generated algorithmically in real time (procedural generation)." Continue reading for the clip.
Did you know that Barbie in Toy Story was voiced by Jodi Benson of Little Mermaid fame? Or, that Billy Crystal turned down the role of Buzz Lightyear, but still managed to work with Pixar, playing the character of Mike Wazowski in the Monsters Inc. films? Click here to view the first image in this week's funny internet trolls gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the secret found in nearly every single one of Wes Anderson's movies.