Comicon attendees are reporting various viral marketing mysteries and magic surrounding Disney’s Tron Legends now in production.
One of my favorite online light cycle racers (Cybermonkey’s SWRON) is still available on Cybermonkey.org .
Tron was a breakthrough film in the history of 3D computer graphics and animation. And the 1982, when the film was initially released was a jaw dropping year in the history of science fiction. I was 17 years old and preparing for my senior year in high school when that summer rained down science fiction masterpieces. Tron, ET, Blade Runner and of course the greatest Star Trek film of all time, The Wrath of Khan.
The gang at Coderecipe has launched another great sample template . This one is focused on concave rigid body physics, with focus on using proxies. You can download the template at coderecipe for a good example of using proxies to optimize concave rigid body collisions.
PSIRT announces security bulletin for Shockwave and Security Advisory for Flash. You can read about them here.
In a nutshell, the Shockwave update for a MS security issue came out last week. Users are encouraged to update immediately to eliminate their risk. The Flash update for the same issue is expected on July 30. Read the PSIRT announcement for more details on how to protect from Flash vulnerability in the interim.
The security fix for Shockwave was added to a regularly scheduled bug fix which always alert Shockwave / Director developers sniffed out immediately on release last Thursday. The bug fixes in the release are listed below.
- Bounding Sphere in Physics was not accurate when using a sphere proxy.
- (Bug Id: 2319573) Font Style not working properly
- GetPref() will also read Shockwave 10 preferences if the information is not available in Shockwave 11/11.5 preference.
- Memory leak in Physics for 6DOF joints(reported by Lutz).
It’s ‘world domination or bust’ according to the gang at Shockwave.com and they aren’t kidding. With slow motion explosions and killer combat racing Burnin’ Rubber 3 is an amazing release from the exceptional developers at XForm Games.
Click the image to see the Trailer on Gametrailers.com
On the business side its been doing nearly 200k hits a day for the first month or so on the site – but the real news is on the gameplay and aesthetics side. You have to play this action packed racer to understand the amazing art form that is online 3D Racing games.
One focus of the next release is Director is on updating 3D, so how hot is Shockwave 3D already? I was struck by a visit to Shockwave.com online last night. I went to the site, and noted that there was a new Motocross game from Silent Bay Studios.
I was gripped because I have always wanted to do or see a decent motocross solution – (I’m yawning from all those silly side scrolls of motocross) and figured it was totally ‘doable’ in Shockwave 3D. Silent Bay proves it can be done and it can be cool in this online offering. But as I was trolling the Shockwave.com site, another realization struck me – when I sorted the games by popularity.
14 of the top 20 Games on Shockwave.com right now, use Shockwave / Director for the delivery platform. 13 of those 14 are Shockwave 3D.
Thanks to Martin Shaeffer’s DirectorForum I ran across some cool new Shockwave games. I’ve always loved games that break traditional molds, and this one is no exception. Hoverster (http://www.hoverster.net/) Was created by Chio Maisriml, Austrian designer and developer who by his own admission doesn’t fit into the mold of a conventional ‘gamer’. He agressively moved to make the game – easy to access and really, really fast. I’d advise starting with the multiplayer raceways – the farming alternative can be a little frustrating until you get used to the handling of the hovercrafts.
The Xtra Development Kit (XDK) for Director 11.5 was posted today on the Adobe Director Support site and includes download links for the latest version of the kit for both Windows and Macintosh. Using the XDK, and the companion Xtra Packaging Kit (XPK) — also available on the Adobe Director Support site, developers may extend the reach of Adobe Director and Shockwave by creating Xtras.
Adobe tonight announced immediate availability of Director 11.5, and Shockwave 11.5. The upgrade comes less than a year after the release of Director 11, and is the second major release of Director from Adobe. Shockwave is sounding cooler than ever with brand new 5.1 surround sound in Director / Shockwave 11.5. The multimedia update introduced at this year’s Game Developers Conference (GDC) today, brings streaming 5.1 audio, an all new sound engine capable of lightening fast playback of hundreds of simultaneous sounds over 16 amazing channels each capable of playing, filtering and mixing down 5.1 surround sound. Also added, three new video formats, all NATIVELY rendered, making video faster and smoother than ever – and adding great features like full screen, streaming, alpha, and dynamically grabbing video images to use with everything from filters to video-as-texture displays in 3D.
Shockwave version 18.104.22.1682, releases today. It is a simple update that includes no changes in features or functionality. Some small elements of the plugin, which in no way affect the multimedia engine, installations, or other performance aspects, have been updated. We anticipate no change whatsoever in plugin performance. This version of the plugin was extensively tested to ensure reliability by the Adobe Director / Shockwave Quality Engineering team.
The next release of the plugin will include new features, and changes and is currently being thoroughly tested by an experienced group of more than 150 independent and third party developers along with the Adobe Director Quality Engineering team. Third party developers with business critical dependencies on Shockwave should contact Adobe Director Shockwave Technology Evangelist Allen Partridge, allenp at adobe dot com, in order to apply for enrollment in Shockwave pre-release testing.
Okay, I’ve been neglecting this post for ages. One of the most endearing and intelligent connections I’ve made via Adobe is to Chris Brannigan. Chris and Graham Duncan run Caspian Learning, a genuinely amazing company that can literally put out a 3D game in under 2 weeks. What’s all the more stunning is that they’ve built a widget allowing kids to do the same – though perhaps not at the same quality levels, still absolutely astonishing work is coming from kids all over Europe using the tools Caspian has created.