Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Halo 2 for Vista Delayed!!!

Halo 2 for Vista supporters will need to wait just a bit longer to "continue" the fight. Apparently, there were some problems with the DVD discs (physical problems). The new release date is May 31, 2007.

UPDATE: There were rumors circulating the internet that H2 Vista would be delayed till July 4th, but these are bogus per Microsoft spokesperson. May 31 is the date.

UPDATE: I swung by the local gamestop last night and H2 Vista is on scheduled for June 1st.

Lambert's Law

More on my continuing study of lighting effects on objects in three dimensional space. Lambert's Law states that intensity of incoming light (a ray of light) is directly proportional to the orientation of the light to the point on a surface. Basically this means that we can scale reflected light (an hence color perceived by the user) by the cosine of the angle between the incoming light ray and the direction the point is facing (the vertex normal). A dot product can be calculated between the 2 vectors (light vector and surface normal) to calculate the cosine of the angle between the two. We can then scale the light intensity by this value. Of course our material of our surface (reflective properties) will determine what the final result will be.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Halo 3 Beta has arrived!!

Hal0 3 Beta arrived, slightly delayed, but here none the less. Anything of this size is bound to have problems with production deployment, so its understood Bungie! I have been playing since launch, May 16th and this is the best Halo yet in my opinion. Of course we only get a small taste of multiplayer (no campaign) but it looks really impressive.

My stats on H3 Beta: