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Olof Hedman

Member Since 24 Aug 2011
Offline Last Active Dec 20 2014 05:19 AM

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In Topic: The Game Environment: Not just Graphics

16 December 2014 - 04:26 AM

I think you'll find that's the other way around; our eye sight is pretty poor and limited - good for tracking animals to hunt and to jump between trees, pretty poor otherwise.


True... Another fun fact is bandwidth.  You only see one octave of electromagnetic waves, but can hear about ten octaves of sound.


Which makes it even stranger most people seem to be dominated by visual stimuli... but it seems they are from many studies.

(here's one I happened to find: http://www0.cs.ucl.ac.uk/research/vr/Projects/PRESENCCIA/Public/presenccia_pub/sharedDocuments/presenccia_publications/Publications/wp5/technion/7.pdf , although this one seems to find that when you do more complicated tests the visual dominance is less pronounced)

In Topic: The Game Environment: Not just Graphics

16 December 2014 - 02:15 AM

A good example of heavy use of sound processing effects, is a modern FPS like Battlefield.


Position just a tiny part of it, also speed of sound source is relevant (doppler effect) and what the sound source stands next to, what the rest of the environment looks like (open area or closed), and also the state of the listener is relevant. (notice what happens if a big bomb goes off close to you..   you mostly hear beeping and muffled sound for a while :)

In Topic: The Game Environment: Not just Graphics

16 December 2014 - 01:52 AM

I am wondering why I haven't seen this technology in AAA games.


You most probably have, you just havn't realized it.

I'm pretty sure most AAA titles have 3d positional sounds.


For some reason, sound effects are not as obvious to people as visual effects, and often go "unnoticed" until they are removed or pointed out....


But they definitely are vital for the total experience.

In Topic: Want to become a Computer Scientist

11 December 2014 - 06:49 AM

@Olof Hedman - no but it's damn hard. Most people who start a degree will not reach master or doctorate level. It does take unusual commitment.


Sure, but it is far from an unachievable goal, lots of people get their PhD every year, and no young person thinking about their future needs to hear it is something they can just forget about.


The guy is 13 years old, and is already looking for ways to learn more and faster, and in a foreign language too, I'm sure he could manage a PhD if he really wanted to.

In Topic: Want to become a Computer Scientist

10 December 2014 - 05:09 AM

I chuckled at "computer scientist". Good luck getting a PhD to be considered one lol.


Apart from what all others already commented; Why would it be so impossible for him to become a PhD if he set his sights on it? It's not like it requires magical powers or anything.