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A Game for Wistrel's

Discussion in 'Other games and gaming' started by Wistrel, Mar 28, 2018.

  1. Wistrel

    Wistrel Kick Ass Elf

    What a lovely idea. I actually remember seeing the trailer for the original game and thinking "oooh that would be ace to explore". Love that they've seen an opportunity to re-purpose all the effort and assets to make something that is suitable for schools and education. I hope that they can go even further with this sort of thing.

    I wonder if there is a VR egypt too...

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  2. Jamira

    Jamira Samurai Girl

    I made the tour a few weeks ago. The complete discovery tour. It was for free and it is indeed amazing. Unfortunately not in VR yet. But I think Ubisoft would be stupid like hell to not bring up a VR-version. This ancient Egypt runs already as VR in Ubisofts showroom in Montreal. It is really worth it!

    Such worlds can change the fields of information and education dramatically. Well, some folks will get motion sickness with VR. But I enjoyed the flat tour already (65" TV, 4k). And I want it in VR! This masterpiece alone would be worth to buy a PlayStation + PSVR.

    Four years ago we got a request to make 3D-scans of ancient ruins in Afghanistan, ~150 km east of Kabul. A Chinese company purchased mining rights there and will blast away all the remainings of settlements and ancient cultures in that area during the next years. I was ready to go there but non of my collegues followed me. So I decided to do the job alone with the help of people on-site and sent an offer for that project. Unfortinatally the activities of Taliban militia increased dramatically in this area and the customer decided to cancel the project. To sad!

    But such projects could help to preserve mankinds cultural treasures. At least in VR. Ubisofts ancient Egypt is just a rough mockup. But it's a milestone for the future.
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  3. Wistrel

    Wistrel Kick Ass Elf

    Wow Jamira what an opportunity. And indeed it would have been so worthwhile to capture that stuff before it was all destroyed. What a waste. Shame you didn't get to do it but I think they were right. Too damn scary.
  4. Jamira

    Jamira Samurai Girl

    Hehe, probably I'm still alive because the project was cancelled. These Taliban guys are crazy. They destroy their own history and kill people for ideology reasons. All cultures did such things during the past. German and Mongolian barbarians as well as Greeks and Romans. We Germans burned books and bannend "entartete Kunst" 80 years ago and killed millions of jewish people. So I won't judge these Taliban or whatever guys. Instead I look forward to more projects like Ubisofts ancient Egypt.
    For more sophisticate projects have a look at this 360° VR from BBC (use a mobile device!):
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  5. RAZER

    RAZER Custom title ... uh ...

    I'm using a 3D scan for one my my projects these days. Old building (from 1910-ish), scanned, imported in my software and used to model the building. My first time really using that, and it is a nice tool to have. Found out some interesting stuff too, that you could not from the 2D drawing that are available. This images is not the actual scan, but they used some software to interpreted the pointcloud (which you see in the BBC video's) to end up with something workable in my software without my computer bursting into flames.

    3D scan.JPG
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  6. Jamira

    Jamira Samurai Girl

    New technology meets old rules:

    We scanned an automotive production facility once with our 3D-scanner in 2010. It was strictly forbidden to take photos there. An authorized guy with a red-yellow vest, labeled "PHOTO", had to come and take pictures of our work. That made us lough. Hey, in the end we had a complete 3D-model of that building. With every single detail. But we were not allowed to take photos. LOL!
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  7. Jamira

    Jamira Samurai Girl

    Currently I try to elate the boss of a befriended company to put more effort into this subject. But I'm sceptical. At the end money counts. And as long as possible customers can't or won't effort the high costs of qualitative scans and special software it will stay a dream. Probably only the dictatorship in China with its completely subsided expansion-orientated economy and a strange proud would jump onto this train. I should ask Xi Jinping to scan all the monuments of Chinese history and everything else along the new Silk Road for the glory of the communist party. Let's grab Confucius!
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  8. Wistrel

    Wistrel Kick Ass Elf

    Interestingly apparently a lot of old Chinese building are not being maintained. Suggested explanation is that culturally it is a hang over habit from communist times.

    A bit past the 5 min mark regarding temples

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  9. RAZER

    RAZER Custom title ... uh ...

    The thing is a high(ish) cost good quality scan can save you money. In my example we found out, from the scan, that the 4 walls of the building were not at a right angle and the front and back facade are parallel but 1200mm move relative to each other so it is a
    parallelogram in plan view. All the old drawings and the drawings by the architect have all corners at a right angle. Finding this out during construction would have cost a lot more money then what the scan cost.
  10. Wistrel

    Wistrel Kick Ass Elf

    Yeh I'm hearing that drones are really "taking off" (groan) in the world of building site surveying as a super economical way of analysing things
  11. Jamira

    Jamira Samurai Girl

    Here is another one for Wistrel's. Life Is Strange:

    I've just played Episode 2 (of 5). I was sceptical about a strange teenage story - as an old man. But WOW! I like it so much. It's slow, meaningful and interesting. And it's a phantastic story as well. About turn back time, Stephen Hawkins and the art of photography. Presented in comic-style. It's a piece of art.
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  12. Wistrel

    Wistrel Kick Ass Elf

    I watched my house mate play a bit of ep 1 near the start. He absolutely loved it and bought a load of related stickers for his laptop. It's on my list. Indeed I think I'd enjoy it. I'm mostly playing 999 (The Nonary Games) on PC right now though and have several queued up. This is the great thing these days, there are always good games to play. They are like books now. So many and so many top quality ones.
  13. Jamira

    Jamira Samurai Girl

    I'm at Episode 4 meahnwhile with "Life Is Strange". I love it so much. Especiallly because my decisions change the story dramatically it seems, probably the end. I don't know yet from playing my normal version. But I will find it out later when I play the bad and the good version just to see what happens.

    Beside of this I found another one today. Zero story. No fight. Just me and fat old russian machines in siberian mud. Nothing for Wistrel I guess but for Jamira. Looks pretty relaxed:

    Will buy it ... NOW!
  14. Wow Mud Runner looks right up my street.

    But so does Life is Strange.

    I don’t play a lot of games like you guys but I think I might have to get those.

    Not sure when though coz going to the London Motor Show next month and short of cash.
  15. Wistrel

    Wistrel Kick Ass Elf

    That looks amazing! I'm gonna tell my pet russian!
  16. Jamira

    Jamira Samurai Girl

    Yep, the original names of this vehicles are Kraz, Sil, Kamas, Ural and so on (Крас, Зиль, Камас, Урал). I saw them often during my time in the army (1973-1975). I just gave it a shot with the tutorial before I went back to the final of "Life Is Strange". This will be definitely much fun! "Life Is Strange" ended really, really strange. Nomen est omen.

    Looks like it'll become busy times. "Dangerous Elite" is still on the run (130 of 147 million Cr for the Anaconda earned so far), "Mud Runner" will take a lot of time, "Life Is Strange" deserves at least one other try and Bethesda announced "Summerset" for "ESO" in June. But "ESO" is not part of this thread as long as you didn't reach "Veteran" and can ride whole Tamiriel just for fun without fear and stress. But I can ;-)
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  17. Jamira

    Jamira Samurai Girl

    "Mud Runner": 32 Euro
    "Life Is Strange", Episode 1-5: 5x5=25 Euro (you may start with 5 Euro for Episode 1 and check if you really like it)
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  18. Thanks Jamira!

    Episode 1 sounds like a plan. :)
  19. Tass

    Tass Administrator

    Uh, episode 1 of Life is Strange is free-to-play.

    What about What remains of Edith Finch? A game for Wistrel's?

    P.S.: Don't buy from Steam.
    P.P.S: We still have a copy of Life is Strange available for writing a review/intro.
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  20. Tass I was going to buy Life is Strange from Steam...do you mean it’s more expensive on Steam?

    Or do Steam also give you episode 1 foc?

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