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[WoN] "unlimited detail” rendering is a scam.

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Perhaps you’ve seen the videos about some groundbreaking “unlimited detail” rendering technology? If not, check it out here, then get back to this post: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00gAbgBu8R4

Well, it is a scam.

They made a voxel renderer, probably based on sparse voxel octrees. That’s cool and all, but.. To quote the video, the island in the video is one km^2. Let’s assume a modest island height of just eight meters, and we end up with 0.008 km^3. At 64 atoms per cubic millimeter (four per millimeter), that is a total of 512 000 000 000 000 000 atoms. If each voxel is made up of one byte of data, that is a total of 512 petabytes of information, or about 170 000 three-terrabyte harddrives full of information. In reality, you will need way more than just one byte of data per voxel to do colors and lighting, and the island is probably way taller than just eight meters, so that estimate is very optimistic.

So obviously, it’s not made up of that many unique voxels.

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so what? it wasn't posted before.
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Yes it was.

>.> well, it's been referenced multiple times. Can't seem to find it in its own thread currently. Might've been deleted

Referenced multiple times in these 2 threads:
http://www.overclock.net/video-game-...guys-back.html
http://www.overclock.net/video-games...ne-viable.html
Edited by GuardianDuo - 8/8/11 at 8:01pm
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what does he know? he made minecraft which doesnt even have graphics.
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They claim it's a scam, but in the video it said that none of that data would be stored on disk.

They want funding because the technology needs developing, yes, it has downfalls. Funding will further develop the technology.

Myth busted!
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If it's a repost, provide a URL to the first time it was posted.

Otherwise, if it seems to good to be true it probably is.
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I have heard all of these arguements before. The question no one has answered is "Can you run an engine with mixed methods?"

In other words, could you use the voxel render to generate terrain and other static assets and overlay polygonal animation for the moving bits?
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post #9 of 54
I remember trying out Voxelstein. Quite a waste of time.
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lol
Current gaming is a scam, at least this is something new and should have the chance to be properly used. Instead of updating the same damn engine every year and calling it a game, and i'm not talking only about sports games.

Hell if this was used just for levels/environments and it ran well, it would be amazing.
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