If you've ever wanted to up your animation game, now's your chance. Pixar Animation Studios has made their in-house rendering software free to download and use.
RenderMan -- used for all of Pixar's films as well as pictures like Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America: The Winter Soldier -- is now completely free for non-commercial use on Windows, Mac, and Linux. The free version includes all the features of the paid version, with no time limits or watermarks.
The only restriction is that it cannot be used in a commercial way. If you make something you do want to profit from, you can pick up the commercial license for the software for $495 (USD).
RenderMan isn't a 3D modeling application. Instead, it fleshes out animation to make it more realistic with interactive lighting and shading. Not only is it used for Pixar films, it's also the industry standard for special effects. To use it, you will need to create a 3D model or animation to render. RenderMan currently supports Autodesk's Maya (which has a free trial available for download) and The Foundry's Katana.
Resident Evil Revelations 2's free update went through today, adding the much-anticipated online Raid Mode co-op and a few other tweaks as well.
It's currently available on PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. Xbox One should receive the update "shortly," according to Capcom.
Before now, players were only able to play local co-op in Resident Evil Revelations 2's action-focused Raid Mode, via split-screen.
A leopard tortoise named Cleopatra is wearing a prosthetic shell thanks to 3D printing technology. Cleopatra's shell suffers from a condition known as either "pyramiding" or "peaking," which means that her shell is more Tokka than Michelangelo.
Rather than the smooth shell on turtles not afflicted, her shell has raised sections which can wear easily and are susceptible to infection. According to the Huffington Post, Nico Novelli, owner of Canyon Critters Reptile Rescue in Golden, CO, had the shell built because he knew "something had to be done."
The shell was designed by Colorado Technical University student and US Air Force veteran Roger Henry. The prosthetic took hundreds of hours of design, Henry said, but should help Cleopatra to heal.
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A bit of a muddled chapter this week with "Unbreak-Able" - an episode that ended on a dramatic beat featuring Norman scurrying off to tattle on Dylan for hiding Caleb's return from Norma. After Caleb had finally started to bond with Dylan via tearfully telling his side of the story with regards to his previous relationship with Norma.
Caleb claims it wasn't rape, though he did admit that Norma was the first, between the two of them, to realize their coupling was wrong and called it off. And that he was unable to let her go fully. Which sort of insinuates that the truth remains somewhere in the middle. It may have started out consensual, but when she wanted to stop it, at some point, he forced himself on her. Either way, Norman berating Dylan and threatening him wasn't the best way to end the episode. Because what was at stake here? Norma not liking Dylan again? That doesn't feel like a big deal.
While Final Fantasy XV's main cast will be composed of all male characters, it's possible females will be able to join your party as guests, according to game director Hajime Tabata.
"It’s possible we’ll have female characters join the party as guests," Tabata told Famitsu (via Gematsu). "But since it’s an all-male party, when you have a female character as a guest, their behavior might change because a woman is around."
The director previously stated that the decision to create an all-male cast was to make Final Fantasy XV "more approachable."
From their secluded home-theater compound, film critics Wade Major and Mark Keizer mix insightful commentary with irreverent banter, covering the latest DVD and Blu-ray news and new releases of the week, including studio, independent, television and special-interest titles.
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Nintendo's legal department is taking down a free fan project based on the first level of Super Mario 64.
According to Eurogamer, the game's creator, Erik Ross, said he used assets taken from official Mario games. He said, "All the art and animations were done by myself, with the exception of the Mario, Goomba, and Power Star meshes, which are ripped (without animations) from Super Mario Galaxy."
The takedown notice cites a copyright breach for "Nintendo's Super Mario 64 video game (U.S. Copyright Reg. No. PA0000788138), including but not limited to the audiovisual work, computer program, music, and fictional character depictions."
DICE will debut the Star Wars: Battlefront official reveal trailer during its Star Wars Celebration panel on April 17th, starting at 10:30 am PT.
We knew Star Wars: Battlefront would have a presence at the upcoming Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, but now we know exactly when.
Gameplay for Star Wars: Battlefront will also be on display "behind closed doors" at EA's booth.
Despite EA referring to it as the "reveal trailer," we did see bits and pieces of the new Star Wars: Battlefront at E3 last year, including a short making-of. However, with Star Wars: Battlefront aiming for launch later this year, fans are hoping to finally see the game in action.
Doctor Who's Rory (Arthur Darvill) is set to play Rip Hunter in the Arrow/Flash spinoff.
Deadline reports the news, and describes Richard ‘Rip’ Hunter as a roguish time traveller.
Rip Hunter was created by Jack Miller and Ruben Moreira back in May 1959 for Showcase issue 20. There are also some spoilers regarding Hunter and Booster Gold that may be a worth a quick Google.
One of the other recent additions to the spinoff is Ciara Renee, who’s set to take up the role of Hawkgirl. While details are sparse at the moment, we do know the spinoff is said to combine several fan-favorites from both Arrow and The Flash, as well as DC players who have yet to grace our TV screens.
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If you purchased This War of Mine's War Child Charity DLC, your money is providing support to 350 war refugee children.
"Right now, War Child are working in places across Iraq and Jordan to protect and support Syrian refugee children," developer 11 bit told IGN. "We're honored to announce that support from This War of Mine's DLC campaign can provide the following support for 350 children:
Ubisoft has just announced a trilogy of new games set in the Assassin's Creed universe, each exploring a different locale.
As previously revealed, the first "chronicle" will take place in China, where players will experience the downfall of the Ming dynasty. The remaining two entries, set in Russia and India, detail the aftermath of the Red October revolution and the waring Sikh Empire, respectively.
Climax Studios is handling development on this trio of titles in conjunction with Ubisoft Montreal. The games will feature a 2.5D perspective, each with their own distinct art style.
Production on Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales has halted following star Johnny Depp's March hand injury that required surgery.
Original reports suggested that Depp's off-set accident wouldn't delay production much as scenes would be filmed that did not involve the actor. But now Variety reports that 200 crew members were told they wouldn't be working for the next two weeks.
Depp is reprising his role as Captain Jack Sparrow for the fifth installment of the billion dollar franchise. Javier Bardem joins the series as a villain bent on revenge who holds Sparrow responsible for the death of his brother.
A new trailer for Grand Theft Auto V is coming from Rockstar. Set to premiere April 2, the trailer will be right here, on IGN, and will show the game running on PC at a buttery smooth 60 frames per second.
Current gen hardware versions of the GTA V are running at 1080p, 30 fps, on both Xbox One and PS4, which means the PC version will run at a 100% greater framerate, which we can all safely assume will never be brought up by PC gamers in online arguments.
The PC version of GTA V will also launch with more music than its console counterparts when it finally does hit hard drives April 14.
April’s a pretty violent month at the movies, with a child murderer on the loose, a sentient AI trying to destroy the planet, Jason Statham endeavouring to wipe out the Fast & Furious family, and Keanu Reeves hunting down the men who killed his dog.
Release Date: UK & AU April 23, US May 1
Films don’t get any bigger than this – Age of Ultron is the sequel to the third most successful film of all-time, and promises to pit earth’s mightiest heroes against their most dangerous foe yet in the shape of James Spader’s villainous AI. Age of Ultron will also introduce Scarlett Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Arron Taylor-Johnson) to the MCU, while audiences will get a first look at Paul Bettany’s Vision and maybe even Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther. It’s Joss Whedon’s final Avengers flick for the time being, and will doubtless gross something north of a $1.5bn.
If you load up Google Maps right now and click the button in the bottom left corner, you can play a game of Pac-Man around your local streets.
As long as you have enough roads for it to make a decent game out of, it will work.
This isn't the first time Pac-Man has come to a Google service. In 2010, Pac-Man featured in a playable Google Doodle.
If you're looking for a proper Pac-Man game, you won't find much better than Pac-Man Championship Edition DX, according to IGN's review.
Sony has revealed the six new titles coming to PS Plus subscribers next month.
First up is Tower of Guns, a rogue-like first-person shooter with randomised levels and enemies that's also a day one title for PS Plus. It'll be available for both PS4 and PS3 owners, as will Aaru's Awakening, a 2D action-platformer. You're in charge of a mythical creature who has to juggle his teleportation and charging skills to make it through the levels.
PS4 owners, meanwhile, will get access to Never Alone, the puzzle-platformer that explores the world of Alaska Native stories alongside your fox companion. Anyone who owns a PS3 and hasn't been to Dunwall will finally have the opportunity, as Dishonored arrives as part of the Instant Game Collection.
“It’s not innovation. We have no breakthrough features,” says Erwan Le Breton, Creative Director for Might & Magic Heroes VII. This might be an ominous introduction for many series, but it’s oddly reassuring for Heroes, entering its 20th year. The franchise has become something like The Simpsons of the turn-based fantasy strategy world: absolutely essential in the 1990s, wildly inconsistent in the 2000s, and reliably decent, if uninspiring in the 2010s. So hearing that the developers were taking advantage of having six installments of the franchise from which to take the best ideas was probably the best possible introduction to the newest game.
Le Breton describes the series as a “mix between chess and Pokemon,” but that may sell Heroes’ appeal short. At the strategic layer, you move your heroes with their armies around to capture mines, find items, capture enemy castles, and improve your own. Then there are turn-based battles, where you move those dragons and ogres, casting spells from the back with the hero.
Mortal Kombat creator Ed Boon has revealed, contrary to popular belief, there are certain things the team consider too violent to put into the finished product.
Speaking to Gamespot, Boon explained while some people may be polarised by what actually makes it into the fighting titles, NetherRealm has actually managed to hone its instincts in terms of when a certain sequence may overstep the limits of good taste.
"Every game, we have these brainstorming meetings, and...somebody will suggest something and it's more of a gut feeling that, you know, that's a little too far," he said. "I think every single game,
After taking a midseason break, Starz's new hit series, Outlander, is finally back this Saturday for the second half of Season 1. And while fans may have been very happy to see Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) wed near the end of the first run of episodes, not all the characters in the series share that sentiment - and certainly not Laoghaire MacKenzie (Nell Hudson).
In this exclusive clip from the midseason premiere, Laoghaire confronts Jamie, as they see each other for the first time since his wedding.
From executive producer Ron Moore (Battlestar Galactica), Outlander -- based on Diana Gabaldon's series of books -- has been a big success for Starz since its debut last year and is already in production on Season 2.