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Gaming : Real-time rendering of ultra-realistic human skin with SSS

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Graphics developer Jorge Jimenez has cracked the problem of rendering what he calls "ultra realistic skin" in real-time with consumer-level computer and graphics hardware. It's a breakthrough made possible by the process of separable subsurface scattering (SSS) which quickly renders the translucent properties of skin and its effect on light in two post-processing passes. The code is based wholly on original research using DirectX 10.

Using only SSS is not sufficient for rendering realistic game character models. "Efforts towards rendering ultra realistic skin are futile if they are not coupled with HDR, high quality bloom, depth of field, film grain, tone mapping, ultra high quality models, parametrization maps, high quality shadow maps and a high quality antialiasing solution," writes Jimenez on his blog. "If you fail on any of them, the illusion of looking at a real human will be broken." The task of rendering realistic skin is especially challenging close up at 1080p, he adds.

This means more realistic looking characters got a step closer; but like always.... consumer hardware needs to be more powerful for using this kind of graphic quality in video games.

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Gamers' rights are already gone...

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by Brendan Sinclair from GameSpot

As much as we might rail against the idea of the next gen Xbox blocking used games from being played, the fight for consumer rights in the game industry is already over. And we didn't win.

There's no reason why an Xbox that can't play used games is not acceptable, but a PC that can't play used games due to CD keys is. There's no reason why on-the-disc DLC is not acceptable, but the same content when actually downloaded is. There's no reason why offering extra quests to Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning preorders is not acceptable, but offering in-game items as preorder incentives is. There's no reason that DRM is not acceptable, but Steam is.

While we may muster outrage for all of these things when we feel they go too far, the fact that we've permitted them in any form is evidence of a fight for consumer rights that's already been lost.

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Internet blackout protests against US copyright bills

What was the impact of internet's blackout SOPA protest?

by Jim Giles

Wikipedia went down, denying access to the 85 million people who visit the site every day. Flickr users chose to black out over 200,000 photos. Reddit, a news aggregator that is an important source of traffic for many media sites, was out of action. Wired censored its own headlines and BoingBoing, a popular tech culture blog, censored its entire site. (and maybe you noticed; took part and all our visitors were re-directed to

So, did yesterday's blackout have any effect?

For the benefit of those who missed the furore, which at one point was the subject of 4,500 tweets per minute, the black-outs were protests against two copyright bills - dubbed SOPA and PIPA - that are making their way through Congress. The bills would give copyright holders greater power to take down content deemed to be infringing, and so are liked by Hollywood and big music companies.

The protests seem to have been effective. Several Republican supporters of the legislation, most notably potential vice-presidential pick Marco Rubio, withdrew their backing. Since the White House had already signalled its dislike of the bills, supporters of SOPA and PIPA will probably have to substantially rewrite their proposals, or kill them altogether. 

January 18th was the largest online protest in history to stop the internet censorship bills, SOPA & PIPA. Make it count by contacting Congress now and calling the Senate all next week.

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Internet BLACKOUT against United States Goverment blocking websites



The internet is going on strike to stop the web censorship bills in Congress!



Tonight a big number of major - gaming - websites like Call of Duty Wiki,,,, Twitpic, Wordpress and many others plan to do a blackout for 1 day in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act; now being discussed by the United States Goverment.

Basically SOPA and PIPA mean that the United States Goverment could block websites, with just a few infringing links being enough to do so. This could effect you by many sites you visit regularly being blocked, email providers being forced to censor certain links you send or receive and your social networking sites being carefully monitored and censored.

This protest is to show regular internet users what could happen to the internet if either one of these bills pass, so well visited websites will be blacked out from 12AM UTC on the 18th until 12AM UTC on the 19th. 

Thank you for your cooperation. Remember, we're not doing this for fun. We're doing it for our freedom !

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