Following on from one of my many, many rants on this blog (hey, I’m just passionate about some things, ok?), I’m rather impressed that one MMORPG at least seems to be going the sort of way I’d like - namely Dungeons and Dragons Online : Stormreach. What makes this one different from other alternatives like WoW? Well, firstly, there’s only 10 levels to be had, and progression is likely to be relatively slow, at least for those normal people who don’t consider it their sacred duty to be the first player to hit the level cap on a server in the tragically sad hope that it will bring them some kind of real world respect.

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Whoah

Here’s what happens when you add some custom shader effects to additive texture shadows and make a mistake (the image on the right is what it should have looked like):   Groovy, man.

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DDOS attacks

Well, today at 13:00 GMT the OGRE site was deluged by hack attempts from hundreds of separate IPs in an obvious case of botnet attack. It was trying to run a script through an old phpBB hole (which we’ve patched - good to know the hours I spend doing security patches weren’t in vain) , which was located on a Turkish company site which had clearly been compromised - I’ve notified the admins so hopefully they’ll remove it and tighten their security.

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Shadow technique #4

I just added a new shadow technique to OGRE, namely additive texture shadows, bringing the total number of techniques available to 4 (modulative stencil, additive stencil, modulative texture and additive texture). This technique allows you to gain the benefit of the additional lighting accuracy you get by using masked-out additive lighting, whilst using texture-based shadows which are more GPU-friendly than stencils. As before you can of course use custom caster & receiver shaders, and custom shadow texture formats, in order to implement more complex shadow setups such as depth shadow mapping.

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For Gods sake, why are those regulating the US patent system incapable of determining the difference between a genuine inventive step, and a bean-counter just trying to cash in by using flamboyant wording about something utterly, pathetically trivial? Case in point is Creative this week rattling their sabre (or should I say toy rattle, because that would suit their mentality better) about a patent they have over “selection by the user of a least one track in a portable media player as a user navigates through a hierarchy using three or more successive screens”.

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Freaky

Isn’t it weird how when one side of your face is anaesthetised, half your toungue thinks a cold drink is actually hot? I spent a good few minutes chugging a cold blue Powerade and marvelling at this bizarre effect. The fact that I can drink said beverage again without having to be peeled off the ceiling proves that yes, Mr Lower Left Molar has received his re-injection of metallic amalgam and is feeling like a new tooth.

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You might have seen the recent Slashdot post about Multiverse, a new MMOG platform getting a bit of press at the moment. Well, it turns out that their client uses Axiom (now merged with Realmforge since leedgitar left), which is a C# port of OGRE. It’s a shame they didn’t use OGRE directly, since Axiom always trailed behind OGRE a while, and I can only assume Realmforge hasn’t made that lag up completely yet (I may be wrong though).

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Well, this was a welcome surprise - one of our French users pointed out that the French gaming portal, JeuxVideo, today had 2 OGRE-powered games featured on their front PC page at once, Ankh and Pacific Storm 😀Because this obviously won’t last as more articles come up, I’ve saved it for posterity (click for full page): For those of you who can read french, here’s the full previews: Ankh | Pacific Storm.

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It was eleven o’clock last night and I’d just had a cup of tea. Pretty uneventful you’d think, Englishman has tea, perhaps had I been even more traditional there might have been some checkered pygamas and/or smoking jacket and a copy of The Times involved too, but no, just a good old steaming mug of the brown nectar. Until my tooth starting yelling blue murder - loudly. You wouldn’t have thought that a tooth had a good pair of lungs on it, but this one did.

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Didn't they do well?

I was pleased to learn today that Ankh has picked up two awards at the German Developer Awards in the last few days, for Best Game and Best Soundtrack. Well done to all the team at Deck13, it’s great to see and I’m dying to see the English version in January. I hope you remember to send me that free copy like you promised Thorsten 😉 English language reviews are rare at the moment but the scores coming in from German sites are very good - invariably in the high 80s and very close to the review scores given by the same sources to more high-profile games like Farenheit.

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