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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

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Vendetta Online Adds New Ice Effects
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Guild Software recently released a new update for its sci-fi MMO, Vendetta Online. Among other things patch includes the addition of new ice effects for users with graphics cards offering Shader 2.0 support, and for users with older graphics cards.

The "new" ice effects should be visible on any card with Shader 2.0 support (ATI 9600+, Nvidia 5200+), but may not work with certain Intel video chips and the like. On the Mac, this probably also requires 10.4, at least. For those cards without Shader 2.0 support, there is yet another "improved ice" effect, that is still better than the original, and should work down to our lowest supported hardware.

The new ice is refractive, meaning that you can actually see "into" the ice (but not all the way through it, for performance reasons). As you move around the ice, or it moves, you see modulations in the refraction. The ice is actually not reflective, but does kind of appear so due to some rendering-order artifacts that we may correct eventually.

The ice is also a lot darker than it used to be. The sheer brightness of our 10-year-old EMBM ice was never quite right, and made it not blend very well with other objects in the galaxy. Now the ice can be bright in bright sectors, but dark in dark sectors.
Head over to the page below to read more and view some screenshots of the new ice.

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