Archive for November, 2006
ArmA : and BIStudio invent the modern FPS game
I spent the last two days on the second game of Bohemia Interactive Studio (BIStudio in short) called “Armed Assault” Wich is some kind of sequel to Operation Flashpoint.
Flashpoint was a great war simulation game, the point where it sucked was the graphic engine, a bit old, wich was forgiven considering the game was designed to be played on large scale islands with 2000 meters of view distance (not quite what we have in SL :p)
ArmA is some sort of “Flashpoint2.0” the engine clearly smell about Flashpoint but is much better with some nice HDR effects, high detail characters and landscapes (the viewdistance can be cranked to a spiffy 10 kilometers range) and dynamic shadows, the sort of coldness that flashpoint had is gone now, the surfaces feel detailed and shine under the sun in warm tones, the foliages are rich and project shadows in the grassy hills… splendid.
ArmA is set in a present setting and all the 1982 equipment have been replaced by more modern ones, the vehicle array got a lifting, and the less interesting ones got removed.
They added a pretty nice little training, (wich feel a lot like the one you get forced down in america’s army) where you learn the basic US weaponry (unfortunately no training for the OPFOR weaponry) , weapons like the grenade launcher M203 will definitely require some training…
The Singleplayer campain is pretty amusing, architectured around a system of main missions with 2 or more secondary missions of sabotage or marksmanship wich sometimes bring you an advantage in the main mission if you success them.
Instead of the 4 old islands of Operation Flashpoint, ArmA has one massive island of 400km2 (it is bigger than all the flashpoint islands joined) and one “desert” island wich has some grass, terrain reliefs and one small village. The main island is divided in 2 parts, north wich is in an european style and will remind you a lot from Flashpoint, and the south wich is of a mediterranean style. All dotted of many interesting spots, cities, forests and buildings.
It looks like BIStudio kept their promises and raised again the bar for the best Military simulation.
virtual vs real, and why any regulation over internet is deemed to fail.
When we go surf on the net we have a link established between virtuality and reality, a real human use several interfaces to access a virtual space.
When a hacker is breaking into a system, he is doing so at light speed, trough optic fibers, remotely, sometimes tousand kilometers from the physical computer he attack. If the law of the real world want to counter attack him, it cannot be done at the same speed, and distance abstraction, since the virtual world cannot influence a human directly. So we have to run a hunt in the physical world. Problem, the physical world is nowhere near as fast and flexible. A hacker could literally hop from place to place without ever being caught.
KDC’s latex skins are out ^_^
Since i do not plan to limit the dead realm sky city just to the KDC shop i started building a metal bridge that expand to reach a second rock formation.
Though i don’t know yet what will be on the second island…
Note: Since the light in dead realm is set super dark and there is no glowing crystals around the bridge, i changed the color contrast in photoshop so “something” can be seen.
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