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Gaia by Bitpopler [web]
screenshot added by lunatic on 2006-04-16 21:52:41
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release date : april 2006
release party : Breakpoint 2006
compo : pc 4k
ranked : 2nd
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popularity : 57%
  • 0.62
alltime top: #5312
added on the 2006-04-16 21:48:50 by lunatic lunatic

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+ Impressive graphics

- The framerate sucked on the compomachine (and it was a pretty powerful machine :P)
rulez added on the 2006-04-16 22:00:06 by slack slack
impressive for 4k, but ugly and slow
Long precalculation, low framerate, short intro... but so beautiful.
rulez added on the 2006-04-16 22:09:20 by Manwe Manwe
so, here is an other prod of us. hope you enjoy it.. this time 'just' shader version 2.0 is needed. d3dx9_25.dll should be present as well.
at the party the ati graphic card had problems with the per pixel linear fog, we couldn't fix in time. on Nvidia graphic cards it schould work nicely. ...or you just check out the captured vid at http://www.bitpopler.de/fileadmin/Gaia.avi
some facts about this intro:
development time was full time 2 weeks.
it consist of 4 pixel shaders and one vertexshader... the depth of field and glow shader we weren't able to fit :-D
the nice music was made by ddeml prooving the limits of his synth using bandpass and several other filter, i didn't understand.
all meshes are per pixel lightned with bump mapping.clowds water and bump was made just with one 3d perlin noise. the main scene consist of exaclty 100k plants recursively renderd with several matrices.. so this is the bottleneck, lod and frustum culling did good job, but not good enogh...
anyway i will not bore you with tech stuff... just ask if you want to know
added on the 2006-04-16 22:13:44 by lunatic lunatic
Water is ugly. And it's slow.
added on the 2006-04-16 22:32:23 by wrthlss wrthlss
Nice idea and water shader. The rest is OK, but didn't impress me too much. Overall it sums up to a nice, but not outstanding prod, but that's just my opinion.

lunatic: I don't know how others, but I don't mind tech stuff. :)
added on the 2006-04-16 23:24:48 by KK KK
do not run, here on RadeonX1600Pro
Nice 4k
rulez added on the 2006-04-17 00:42:47 by evil evil
really slow on my machine.. amd 1.8 ghz, ATI gfx. almost made my system crash so i had to kill it.
added on the 2006-04-17 03:51:41 by svenzzon svenzzon
Quite beatifull scenes, though it gets too slow. Still thumbs up for 4k!
rulez added on the 2006-04-17 14:02:33 by Optimonk Optimonk
It's too plastic.
added on the 2006-04-17 14:50:18 by xernobyl xernobyl
clicked & waited & smoked & waited & waited & turned off my computer.
added on the 2006-04-17 18:40:37 by 301 301
i like it, esp. the music is very nice!
rulez added on the 2006-04-17 18:45:26 by fgfgf fgfgf
really good 4k! greetz to whoever it was who was sat opposite me (sorry I don't remember your name :) ).
rulez added on the 2006-04-18 04:50:55 by parcelshit parcelshit
impressive stuff.. remind to run this in 3 years time so I'm not looking at a slideshow ;)
rulez added on the 2006-04-18 10:29:04 by vermillion vermillion
would've been better without the music and the trees
Would've been better with KHAN! Pretty but too slow.
added on the 2006-04-18 10:34:07 by break break
rulez added on the 2006-04-18 12:39:45 by wie8 wie8
rulez added on the 2006-04-18 20:13:38 by Quarryman Quarryman
Would have deserved the first place imo.. Anyways, great one guys.
rulez added on the 2006-04-19 02:25:04 by iks iks
Massive, even if it was TOO slow (and that is definetely bad)
rulez added on the 2006-04-19 02:35:30 by shash shash
the genesis effect :)
rulez added on the 2006-04-19 06:16:21 by blackpawn blackpawn
i think it should be nice if runs 'realtime' :)
rulez added on the 2006-04-19 09:30:06 by AbcuG! AbcuG!
Should've been 1st for sure.
Though even the compo machine was overstrained
rulez added on the 2006-04-19 09:37:54 by Hopper/SquoQuo Hopper/SquoQuo
added on the 2006-04-19 12:20:35 by Hatikvah Hatikvah
added on the 2006-04-19 15:16:55 by prm prm
outstanding prod
should have won hands off
rulez added on the 2006-04-19 18:06:27 by EviL EviL
impressive in both look and lack of rendering speed ;)
rulez added on the 2006-04-21 16:01:18 by Gargaj Gargaj
great 4k
rulez added on the 2006-04-22 12:25:39 by NightShadow NightShadow
isn't it nice, that warm fuzzy feeling you get.. :D
rulez added on the 2006-04-30 06:17:41 by Gaia Gaia
vs? ps?
so why it worked on my riva tnt, and even good..? :D
added on the 2006-05-01 00:32:54 by beton beton
Nice effects and music, but it is quite "ugly" so to say. So it is a ok from me.
added on the 2006-06-03 19:53:57 by Happy-H Happy-H
slow, and it doesnt look very pretty in a number of places, but the sheer amount and quality of content is extremely impressive. was very suprised it didnt get 1st.
nothing on it's own is that amazing - there have been better synths+music, better landscapes+planets, better looking water and clouds in 4k before. but add it all up, drop in some camera and timing work and, well, if you ever made a 4k yourself you'll know how hard this would have been to pull off :)
rulez added on the 2006-06-04 10:15:35 by smash smash
I must agree with smash.
rulez added on the 2006-07-10 10:59:30 by blueflame blueflame
Like the man said, all the individual pieces are so-so, but the result is stunning. It gives me the 'demo-squished-into-4k' feeling. Or maybe Paradise by RGBA in 4k, although it's been a long while since I've seen THAT...

@blackpawn: Glad to see someone else recognized the Genesis effect :-)
rulez added on the 2006-07-28 15:00:01 by crusader crusader
Definitly better then the winner
rulez added on the 2006-07-31 10:07:01 by organicdreams organicdreams
rulez added on the 2006-08-18 14:16:24 by hardi hardi
ok, not sure what it had to do with gaia though
added on the 2006-09-24 03:08:37 by legalize legalize
rulez added on the 2008-05-02 17:02:40 by mad mad
impossibly slow
the amount of content nails it for me.
rulez added on the 2010-03-21 09:10:08 by decipher decipher
Smash has a point
added on the 2010-03-21 09:42:11 by Emod Emod
my pc fuckd thank yuo
sucks added on the 2010-03-21 17:10:23 by bootlicker bootlicker
rulez added on the 2010-03-21 18:07:46 by rbz rbz
rulez added on the 2015-01-03 23:50:45 by T$ T$
a e s t h e t i c
rulez added on the 2017-07-09 00:12:00 by noby noby
10 years later I can watch it. It's beautiful
Very impressive for the time it was made.
rulez added on the 2018-05-05 10:16:50 by fizzer fizzer

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