Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Digipen Wiik 11

Alrighty, sorry for the delay in my posts to my viewers, I bet all two of you were anxiously awaiting this post.

Lets start off with the Digipen stuff.
This past week was the due date for our second modeling assignment which was to model terrain in 3D studio max. Below are some screenshots.

These first shots show my Terrain for far, yeah I know you can see underneath the ground and see water.

Nicole helped with my Terrain generation. She made a black and white contour image (like a satellite map) that highlighted where the mountians, river, city and ocean would go. I then took that image and applied it to a flat plane and then did a bunch of fine allightment to get the rivers and mountians looking properly.

From there it was applying textures to each section. Not tough, just alot of time selecting and moving polygons so that the boundries of the terrian look nice.

Nicole decided to help out and blend in my textures from the light green to the dark green in my mountains. I showed her how to do it and she did it!

These next shots are close ups. My city was generally modeled after Calgary in terms of layout plus the tower and the Stadium. Originally I wanted the stadium to really look like the Saddledome but my proffessor helped me model it after a traditional football field. So I just left it at that.

The Vehicles in the City are actually scaled down versions of my Jeep from my previous assignment.

Lighting was a bit tricky. I basically took 4 ambient light sources and placed them on the corners of the Terrian. I then took another ambient light and told it to draw shadows. This way theres shadows but things arent super dark when in shadow.

Tree's are just two planes stuck together in a cross format. I modeled the Traffic and street lights which was a bit over kill for this assignment but I found it fun.

I applied a raytrace reflection property to my water and a noise generator to the ocean. However my water looks to "clean" and my river is a bit jagged unfortunetly.

So now that I've said that... Now for the fun stuff. The Wii launch!

Friday before the official Launch I head to the Nintendo Corporate store and secure a copy of Zelda:Twilight Princess. Read the manual twice that night in anticipation :D

So Saturday night I head out to Fred Meyer, which is basically a walmart / super store place. Half to food other to home stuff. There were doing a Midnight Launch and my particular store was allocated 90 units. Nicole and I head out there around 9:oopm... HUGE line of people waiting ><. So we decided to stick it out and hope for the best. At around 11:00pm the store people come out and start handing out claim ticketets to those in line. Happends that we were in about 110 or so out of 90 ><

So I pursue my second plan, Circuit City bright and early. I wake up at 6am and head to Circuit City (They open at 10am) and theres a slight line there. I get in line and I'm 31st out of 48 according to those who got store allocations earlier. Apparently Circuit City was "forgotten" as some people in the line were saying how Target had a massive line and people were wrapping around the building.

So as I wait in line, I play a few DS games with others and then a store manager comes at around 7:30 and hands out tickets. I get my Wii Claim ticket and we can just come back when the store opens.

I head home and wait... longest 2 hours ever :)

So when I head back to Circuit City theres a massive line.. this is about 15 minutes until the store opens and its starting to rain fairly hard. Thankfully I'm in my gortex jacket :D Store opens and people flood in snatching up every thing they can.

When waiting in line to pay for my Wii I overheard a guy saying he found a nunchuk but no extra wii remote 0_o. All the Wii stuff was on a big table upfront and it was devoured in seconds.

I get to the checkout and pay for my Wii, with a Tax Exemption and a $15 Cicruit City coupon :D. So I get it for $234.99 har har. I head home and I begin to setup the Wii.

I played Zelda for like 8 hours that day... and I had a 5 hour group meeting that day too... On Monday it was another early morning as I head back to the Nintendo store to secure the rest of my items :)

I picked up Excite Truck, Monkey Ball and an extra controller + nunchuk.

The Wii is an absolute blast. Nicole is like a Pro in excite truck and Wii sports is so fun, especially when you create your Mii characture and put them in the game. Zelda is gorgeous... I've been playing it alot and barely touched any of the game.

I really want to see how my Dad enjoys Wii Sports Golf, It'll be interesting when we go back up for Christmas.

And with that I leave you this picture I took on Friday when I got Zelda :D

- Mike Out


  1. Nice Mike! :)

    Not sure anyone will want to go to Calgary though..


  2. lucky you actually got to Circuit City at 6:00 and still got one. At superstore, ppl were too late at 6:00. Still got mine though.