I added an improved material window which now groups similar materials, the possibility of attaching any object to a camera (like weapons in first person shooters as described in the previous blog post), improved dynamic lighting in WebGL and Flash (it's now working exactly as in the fixed function pipeline of Direct3D and OpenGL), new actions and behaviors (restart a scene, do something before first frame, improved keyboard controlled object), dynamic variables (like "#scenenode1.health" for game AI), faster publishing, improved 3D file importers, bug fixes.
The WebGL 3D library now supports vertex colors, and just like the editor, dynamic lighting there is now also correct. Of course it supports also all the new features of CopperCube 3.1.
Phew, all that was quite some work, so I need a short break now. :)
CopperCube. A lot of people are making games and interactive applications with it, so there are now quite a few useful feature requests for making even more stuff possible, and I'm implementing everything which I find makes sense. But I still try to keep the editor simple as it is, in order not to confuse new users. Here's a screen shot of one of the new upcoming features:
Carrying and handling animated weapons (or generally, all objects attached to the player) in the first person shooter mode will be much easier with the next update. Just drag the object to the camera, and most should work automatically. I hope to get the update out soon, but there is still a lot of work to do.
So if you like playing around with realtime 3D graphics and you never tried out WebGL, I can recommend to have a look at it. It's really fun.
Gratuitous Tank Battles. I've heard of the recent upcoming 'new' Tower Defense genre, but altough I played a few flash titles, I'm not a big fan of these games. GTB is such a game. But it's still a downloadable PC game with everything you'd expect like detailed graphics (try zooming in, really nice), good music and sound effects, and lot of features to tweak and configure your games, and a way to play online. I was positively surprised by the demo, and actually liked it.
I'd probably not tried out the game if it wasn't using the C++ audio library I've created, irrKlang. But I'll probably start this game a few times and play around with it, it's fun.
The Upcoming Collapse. Most commenting readers agreed with me on what I was writing there, but I also received a few angry mails about it, and one person even demanded furiously that I should stop writing political stuff on this blog. Well then, better stop reading right now. :)
What am I talking aboutAfter all, as you can now see for yourself in the news, I was pretty close, and the crash is now very near. Greece (10 mio people) is de-facto bankrupt. Spain is much bigger and already there (50 Mio people), and Italy (60 Mio people) also announced they are in trouble. This now sets off an avalanche which is unstoppable. As written before: In the last 4 years since 2008, where everybody learned that this was coming, nothing, really nothing has been done by the politicians to stop this. Instead, we simply gave all our money to the banksters. All the billions of euros paid never helped anyone, except the people 'working' in the banks.
What will happen nowIt's too late now for creating a solution for this fiat-money problem. Politicians will continue playing the game in order to delay the crash, but it's all too late. Banks will crash. States will. People will loose all their money. And their jobs. A few currency reforms if it goes well, political revolutions or even war if it goes bad. Don't believe a second the people telling you that this will not happen. Look for example at the Italian bank 'BNI': Last week, from one day to the other, without warning, they simply closed. (german article about this here) People are unable to access ATMs or use online Banking. They can't get to their money. It's reality. Already now. BTW: Did you see any mainstream media report about this? Probably not. What do you think why not?
What you can do nowWell, if you haven't planned for this years ago, it's probably even too late for you now. Since it's probably very likely now that you will loose all your money, take it from the bank. If you don't trust paper money, maybe also buy something nice with it which doesn't loose its value that fast. Like a car. Or something you like. Some people buy gold or silver with it. Apart from that: Yes, you are fucked now, as we are all. You can thank our politicians and the banksters for that.
Yes, sorry for this negative blog post. But it's a bit depressing seeing people talking about this crisis, telling you that nothing will happen, because the politicians just sent $x billion euros to country $y.