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A Peek At the Origin of PS3's New Visualizer 48

Posted by Zonk
from the planet-earth-pretty-much-the-best-documentary-evar dept.
Folks at the Gamasutra network had a quick sitdown with the Q-Games team, the people behind the PlayStation 3's new Gaia music visualizer. They discuss the origins of the project, as well as some possible plans for the future. "McLaren explains: 'This representation of the earth is a 3D model with some shaders and SPU trickery going on. We tried to accurately model the earth's atmosphere and have all the correct highlights on the oceans, etc. The texture data is sourced from the NASA Blue Marble project.'"
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A Peek At the Origin of PS3's New Visualizer

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  • Peak/Peek (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward
    Peak = top, summit Peek = look
    • Pique = a state of annoyance, or to torment/irritate someone.

      He was piqued by yet another case of semi-literate, lemur-brained oafs posting lame poppycock to slashdot..
  • Similar PC Project (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward
    If you have a few spare gigs and a crapload of bandwidth you can get a similar open source project which wasn't as impressive looking last time I ran it but which will let you use the full blue marble dataset:

    http://www.andesengineering.com/BlueMarbleViewer/ [andesengineering.com]
  • Any recommendations for good (and free, but not necessarily Free) music visualizers for Windows or maybe linux?

    This is slashdot, so I'm sure no one will believe me, but I'm looking for something I can put on my projector and will look cool projected onto the bodies of drunk, semi-naked dancing girls. Yes, being semi-naked is not enough, they gotta have cool computer graphics on them to be interesting.
    • by Abcd1234 (188840)
      I maintain that GOOM [ios-software.com] is one of the most effective visualizers I have ever seen. TBH, this earth visualizer, while somewhat pretty, is pretty friggin' boring, if you ask me. There seems to be very little actual algorithmic interpretation of the music... just a slow animation of a photorealistic earth model. Woo woo. But GOOM! The stuff it does continues to surprise me, and it's been running on my MythTV install for over a year, now.
    • by killeena (794394)
      I think the answers may depend of invites to this party. :)

      There are some good visualization plugins for Winamp...
      http://www.winamp.com/plugins/browse/1 [winamp.com]
    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by Pojut (1027544)
      The Milkdrop plugin for WinAmp is positively insane...especially if you have a fast video card with a nice widescreen LCD monitor...crank up the resolution, FSAA, and texture size in the options and it looks unbelievable
    • Someone wake me up when hardware can do this [google.com].

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