News from the video game industry for the week of February 15
Every Sunday, MacNN and Electronista gather together a selection of notable news from the world of gaming into one post. In this week's Weekly Game Replay, we talk about Epic Games fostering development by providing $5 million in grants to Unreal Engine 4 projects, Twitch announcing its first convention, and the revelation that Kanye West is making a game.
Vue cinemas bans Google Glass from UK movie screenings
Google Glass has been banned from cinemas in the United Kingdom, one week after the head-mounted device went on sale in the country. Following the lead of the Alamo Drafthouse, Vue cinemas has taken a stand against Glass, reports The Independent, while Cinema Exhibitors' Association chief executive Phil Clapp warns that customers will be requested not to wear Glass into cinema auditoriums, "whether the film is playing or not."
Enhanced rendering speed
e-on Software has announced a new Cocoa-based 64-bit early-beta version of its Vue 8 and Vue 8.5 3D rendering software. The beta is a re-designed version of the Vue software made to take advantage of the 64-bit processing power in the latest Snow Leopard OS and Apple hardware. With the new modifications the software offers rendering speeds up to three times faster than the 32-bit versions, and allows developers to create larger and more detailed scenery and faster overall performance.
Faster computation and rendering
E-on has released an update to its 3D Digital Nature software, Vue. Version 8.4 brings a variety of improvements and new features, including faster computation and rendering of displaced materials on standard terrains. The utility also integrates a new multi-materials function, allowing users to change all materials of an object in a single operation. The multi-materials can then be saved for future use, or copied between different objects in a scene.
Free trials of 3D modeling and animation tools
E-on has announced several new software options in the Vue 8 family of 3D rendering and animation tools. The Vue 8 Personal Learning Edition (PLE) is essentially a fully functional version of the company's xStream/Infinite utilities. Users can create and complete projects, save the work, and render stills or animations without any size or length limits.
Software follows Vue 8 releases eary in the week
Following the release of Vue 8 Infinite and xStream this week, e-on is now shipping the rest of its Vue 8 animation utilities including Frontier, Pioneer, Esprit, Studio, and Complete. Frontier provides tools for creating scenic nature and Poser character rendering. The software supports any static Poser model and allows users to render the models using the native shading trees of Poser. A free version of SkinVue is included for enhancing skin realism.
Ozone 4 atmospheric suite
E-on has released Ozone 4, an update to its atmospheric simulation plug-in for 3ds Max, Maya, XSI, Lightwave and Cinema4D. The software is built on the same algorithms and technology as Vue 7 xStream, but with a focus on atmospheres and skies. Users can choose from four atmospheric models -- spectral, volumetric, standard and environment mapping. Over 100 preset atmospheres and 100 cloud shapes are included with the package.
Avaak networked cameras
Avaak has recently released its Vue personal video network, which allows users to easily set up an in-home security or monitoring system the video feed of which they can access over the Internet. The battery-powered and wireless cameras come with a peel and stick magnetic mount that does not require users to drill into their walls or create any complicated mounting provisions. The cameras can wirelessly transmit what they see up to 300 feet, a distance that can be extended with optional repeaters.