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One Shot: Making it 'Real'

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One Shot: Making it 'Real'

Take a close look at these pictures and tell us what you see.

You might be thinking 'those are pictures of dumpsters', and you are correct. That's what they are, but what you might not have noticed is that they look 'normal'. They're slightly off center and not lined up properly; just like they would be in real life. While working with Dungeon Architect, a Unreal 4 plugin tool used for creating random indoor maps, Environmental artist Zack "ShadowElusive" Singer realized that it could be used on a much wider scale. By adding a fairly standard bit of custom logic (a programming rule used by the plugin), he was able to add a controlled amount of randomness to exterior maps as well. What this all means is that Titan City will feel more 'real' without having to build and place objects individually.

These pictures have all been taken from inside a build/test environment, so they lack some of the finishing touches, but thanks to Zack for taking the time to share the work he has been doing.

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I was expecting a real BIG

I was expecting a real BIG update... but it's a good news to know about the Environmental Automatism.

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Trash cans are never put back

Trash cans are never put back exactly where they were. ^_^

It's good to see you are keeping an eye on the little pictures, as well as the Big Picture.

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I see something I have to

I see something I have to destroy to get more time on this Mayhem Mission. (Speaking of which, will CoT have something similar to Mayhems?)

Seriously, though, this is a nice touch. I think it will be one of those things that almost subconsciously makes the world seem more real.

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Now if we could just make it

Now if we could just make it so you could also smell in game!

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Can we model NPCs to hold

Can we model NPCs to hold their nose as they walk by :p


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Fake !!! Those containers are

Fake !!! Those containers are not touching the ground ! That's not real ! :D

I'm joking, i like how they seem realistic and that's a good point to zack to have found this trick because, it means MWM could create new spaces more quickly than previously !
(like Ysangard, i expected a big tech news this week. it seems i didn't understand well what i read in an other post)


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Can the misalignment be

Can the misalignment be corrected by OCD characters and players? Or made worse by villains? It could even impact the character’s alignment. Straight-laced or crooked

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Hhmm, environmental OCD

Hhmm, environmental OCD versus environmental Anarchy?

Nature already does this, so to make an artificial environment look "realistic" the game needs to mimic the same. Koodoos on discovering it.

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Airhead wrote:
Airhead wrote:

Can the misalignment be corrected by OCD characters and players? Or made worse by villains? It could even impact the character’s alignment. Straight-laced or crooked

I just had the thought of the environment changing to a disordered, dingy, greyscape as the character falls to evil :p


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DesViper wrote:
DesViper wrote:
Airhead wrote:

Can the misalignment be corrected by OCD characters and players? Or made worse by villains? It could even impact the character’s alignment. Straight-laced or crooked

I just had the thought of the environment changing to a disordered, dingy, greyscape as the character falls to evil :p

Hey! Us evil people like our environments clean and colorful too! :P

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Us *lawful evil ;)

Us *lawful evil ;)


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Nice, good job.

Nice, good job.

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I see ammunition, melee

I see ammunition, melee weapons, and improvised holding pens for mooks!

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Seschat wrote:
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improvised holding pens

I read this as pen holders...and thought, that's an oddly practical shift.

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Grimfox wrote:
Grimfox wrote:
Seschat wrote:

improvised holding pens

I read this as pen holders...and thought, that's an oddly practical shift.

Them mooks are white collar

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