Video games naming trend

Need For Speed Undercover, Shift 2 Unleashed, UFC Undisputed, Ridge Racer Unbounded, Tony Hawk Underground, Sonic Unleashed, Tomb Raider Underworld, Mortal Kombat: Unchained, Rock Band Unplugged


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Gamma control is useless…

…with wrong screen settings.

You probably know that Gamma control among the whole production chain (3rd party tools, level builder, final platform rendering on monitor, …) is a hot and recurrent presentation topic in Game Developer Conferences & Co (I recommend Naughty Dog’s one at GDC10, fairly basic but well illustrated and understandable).

But, here is an extract from the Crytek ‘s Crysis key rendering features document:

“Any color/contrast/brightness differences are most likely due to an improper HDMI setup for the user’s display. To ensure a correct set-up, the user can follow these simple steps:

  1. If the TV supports HDMI 1.3 or higher:
    • 360: pick “Expanded” in console dashboard display setup, in reference levels
    • Ps3: enable “RGB full range” in console display setup
    • If incorrect settings are used, the brightness calibration icon might be always visible (too bright), resulting in a lack of contrast (insufficient darks) and visible (color) banding. This very likely also means the TV does NOT support HDMI 1.3 and higher, or is not properly detected by hardware.
  2. If the TV does not support HDMI 1.3 or higher:
    • 360: pick “Standard” on console dashboard display setup, in reference levels
    • Ps3: disable “RGB Full range” in console display setup
    • If the user has the wrong setting, the brightness calibration icon will always not be visible, or almost invisible, resulting in crushed darks.
  3. Another common mistake from users is not picking the correct resolution to match the display’s native resolution, resulting in an additional image upsample from the TV. If the display monitor’s native resolution is 1080p, the user should pick it as default on either XBox 360 or PS3.

This is something I didn’t know, as a rendering programmer, so I guess most players don’t too… It’s curious if consoles can’t retrieve HDMI protocol version used by the display they are connected on and automatically choose te correct settings.

Now, all I have to do is to find the detailed specifications of my old LG 26LC45 to know if HDMI 1.3 is supported or not…that sounds like an impossible task. Anyone can help ? ;)


::Games:: Killzone 3, the casualized one

I’ve just finished Killzone 3 (PS3). I’ve bought it blindfolded as I really liked Killzone 2 (and actually, it was one of the reason that leaded me to buy a PS3)… but now I’m not that enthusiastic.

Aside from that the game is really awesome in some ways such as graphic realization, I’ve finished it after just a few hours (5 or 6 I think) without any real difficulty. I’m feeling like if I was just at half-progression, when things just begin to be harder.
No great battle, no final boss to beat, and no real ending at all…All that was in the previous Killzone 2

Maybe I’m right, the game is just the half of what It should be because of a too early deadline enforced by Sony.
Or maybe this recalibration of difficulty was to bring more casual gamers to the game franchise, as the Move (supported by the game) is also to bring more casual gamers to PS3.
Both are sad.

…Or maybe I’ve raised my FPS skills so much since last year that the game seems too easy to me, but I don’t think so B-)