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Pretty Pictures and Plans for the Future

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So, what did I do since last time: Not as much as I had hoped, unfortunately. I catch myself all the time trying to optimize or generalize a system that's working perfectly fine instead of implementing more game mechanics. I'm probably going to put together a short mission statement over the next couple of days and start looking for some people to help me tackle this thing.

I implemented some new behaviors for the AI and switched from the 2d grid to a much more nav-mesh-like representation. Since I still wanted to use the same data structure for both pathfinding and influence mapping, the graph has to be rather dense. But performance on the CPU-side is not really a problem, so I'm okay with it. I also had a look at Dave Mark's and Kevin Dill's talk on utility-based AI and promptly implemented some of the concepts.

The shader for the skill that will essentially be the robot version of night vision turned out well, I think. I always thought the visuals of the night vision modes in other games were way too clean, so I put a lot of noise and blur in it. It looks much more coherent in motion though. Our brains are way too good at recognizing shapes. (Same scene with normal shaders).

I love tinkering with a shader until it looks nice and I'm fairly okay at creating textures but I was definitely not born to be a 3d artist. Since everybody seems to love cubes nowadays anyway, I just decided to embrace a more abstract and simplistic style for now. We'll see how that turns out smile.png
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This looks very interesting! I like what you are doing here. I am not sure I agree with the block look of the shader but I do like how you make it not clear. Even some of the best NVGs do not have 100% clear images. Great job though.

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