OverDose is a class, team& objective based multiplayer game set on a post apocalyptic Earth, were the Confederate Marine Corps and Marauders battle it out for supremacy over the destroyed cities of a war torn world. Using idTech2 as a base, we are writing our engine from the ground up to take advantage of modern day graphical options and details levels to bring you eye popping class based multiplayer mayhem. This isn’t just war... Its an all out apocalypse!

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Posted by Gavavva on May 25th, 2010

Wow, long time no see, right? A lot of people probably thought us dead, but like a dirty cock-a-roach we just refuse to do such a silly thing. No, the real reason we have been away so long is simple… Hosting. “What, AGAIN?” I hear you all scream… Yes… Again. See we at Team Blur Games have this awesome tendency to go with hosts who are, well, shit, to be honest. However we opted for a premium package with a new reliable host this time, and while we have lost the old teamblurgames.com URL, we are now based at team-blur-games.com instead, so click the pic below to shoot over:

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Hardly a huge difference but I would appreciate it if you could update your favourites, spread the word, and get everybody back onto the forums. Right, that’s enough of an update about the site, I’ll get down to the juicy bits.

OverDose Is Now OpenGL 3.2

What you thought we wasn’t doing anything in the time away? The entire OverDose game has been modified to use OpenGL 3.2. What does this mean for you? Well, a few things, really. The first and most important issue is that OverDose now “REQUIRES” a GeForce 8 level or equivalent GPU to run (Basically, anything OpenGL 3.2 ready). This is a pretty important thing to take note of. To be perfectly honest if your NOT on a GF8 level card in this day and age then you wont really be running many games anyway, let alone something as high spec as OverDose. On the plus side however, OverDose is now running smoother than ever. Smoother than a freshly shaved babies bottom, in fact… See below…

New Shadow Code

Ever improving, the shadows are now AT LEAST 4x faster than previous builds. Not only that but they are also a hell of a lot better, nicer looking and generally more bad ass than before. The way lights are set up is a little different. Gone are spending hours trying to find the correct resolution, that’s all done for you now. All the user has to do is select the correct sharpness level and bias for his shadow. This allows you to create really nice sharp indoor shadows and really blurred and fuzzy outdoor ones. One of the cooler new features we are working at the moment (But can’t show) is “Percentage Closer Soft Shadows”. These new shadows allow lights to blur more and more the further away from a light source the shadow is, thus simulating the real life penumbra effect. But for now, here’s a sample of our new shadow code (minus PCSS):

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Subsurface Scattering + Rim Lighting

Two features we have been looking into for a long time are Subsurface Scattering and Rim Lighting. These two features give an amazing graphical boost, and when used in combination with flesh for example, they really so make the engine shine. In short, Subsurface Scattering tells the engine how much light a surface should let through, for example hold you hand up in front of a bright light source. Notice how the thinner parts of flesh have a certain translucency to them, showing up as a warm red glow under the skin? That’s Subsurface Scattering in real life at work. Rim Lighting is a feature seen in many games these days, mostly in cartoon games, as they give a very nice soft specular highlight to the edges of models when there is a light source behind them. In combination with Subsurface Scattering, this effect makes many surfaces really come to life, and really gives fleshy tones an amazing leap in graphical fidelity.

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Parallax Mapping

Parallax Mapping has been something we have toyed with for a long time. The issue was never not being able to do it, just being able to find an acceptable looking implementation that would work well with the engine. We think we have found it… What do you guys think?

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As always, the latest news for OverDose can be found on the OverDose Discussion forums at our site, so get over there and register if you haven’t already.

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Radu_IceMan
Radu_IceMan May 26 2010, 3:13am says:

I don't know why you guys deleted this, but it looks quite good. Really nice parallax mapping!

Filesmelt.com

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aerozol
aerozol May 26 2010, 3:53am replied:

Wow, that looks sick...

Also, what exactly is the problem with hosts all the time? Everyone should have a friend who does hosting.
Dave at bluetreehost.com is mine : P Hit him up next time it goes wrong!

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Gavavva Author
Gavavva May 26 2010, 4:04am replied:

First host was Planet Quake. Was always going down and too slow, didn't work and they said we had to go as it was no longer "quake" oddly.

Then we got hitched with a forum member, who was a dirty sneaky Ruskie who sold us down the river, stole most of our **** and claimed it as his own, and even though he sold it for money we couldn't do owt as he was in Russia and the laws for copyright are pants there.

Then we moved to a friends hosting but he went bust, totally messing up everything...

And now we are here with a new PAID host, never been any issue with them reported and its been smooth sailing so far, but we had to change the URL :(

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Awesome_ninja
Awesome_ninja May 26 2010, 10:29am replied:

haha...welcome to Russia! xD But did he actually sold the stuff for money??? Like, were you also hosting your source code there??? I don't think so, so I don't really see how someone can sell pictures of a game that is it development for money o_O...
Anyways, how much are you paying for your host btw? Bcz there are a few good free hosts where I live, like Telus Web Space. It's not much, but it's 100 free MB of space up at 99.9% of the time. And I'm pretty sure there are a lot of others for pic hosting...

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Gavavva Author
Gavavva May 26 2010, 10:46am replied:

It was back in the Q2E days when OD was still a mod for Q2, and he took pretty much all our art. Remember back then there was a lot less control on media. Super Soldier or something it was called.

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Mars_3K
Mars_3K May 27 2010, 3:27pm replied:

That's quite an ordeal. Kudos to you for toughing it out this far.

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Gregs2k2
Gregs2k2 May 26 2010, 2:34pm replied:

Yup, you can't rely on freebies these days. There's always some hidden agenda or a level of total unreliability. I went down the same path as TBG as well. I was with the same guy (my ex boss!). Anyway, now I pay for my hosting too. Peace of mind and 24/7 support. Not having to wait for a "friend" to reply to your texts/e-mails/voicemails/Offline MSN messages/Facebook messages (you get the picture?!)... oh, and OD is looking great. Welcome back chaps. ;)

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Gavavva Author
Gavavva Jun 5 2010, 1:17am replied:

It was a temp shot from Crysis, thats why, put there as placeholder while I was still taking the pics.

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Gavavva Author
Gavavva May 26 2010, 3:23am says:

Because the pic isn't ours, its from Crysis. I submitted the news before taking the shots. I'm updating them with OD shots as quick as possible. The parallax shot was just there to demo what the feature is really, but with actual OD pics its better.

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Kamikazi[Uk]
Kamikazi[Uk] May 26 2010, 8:57am says:

Looks great. I like the shadows look very nice.

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Ark_
Ark_ May 26 2010, 10:37am says:

Brilliant work. Amazing what you are doing with ID Tech 2. Hopefully you wont have any more nasty bumps like with your hosts.

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pvt.Johnson
pvt.Johnson May 26 2010, 10:39am says:

Progress looks amazing as always, wish i had a capable computer for handling this game when it finally gets out!

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Scriabin
Scriabin May 26 2010, 5:53pm says:

Finally, a new update. Glad to see you guys are still alive and well.

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vfn4i83
vfn4i83 May 26 2010, 11:47pm says:

Great news guys.

Team-blur-games.com
The Parallax still flat; I saw a interesting technique at Blender that a guys take the Normal and in the Alpha channel e added a hightmap info on it.(dont know with that is the normal procedure)

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[Berserk]
[Berserk] Jun 5 2010, 12:17am replied:

Encoding the height map into the alpha channel of the normal map is a quite common procedure, but we can't do that because of the RxGB compression we use for normal maps. The downside to it, is an extra 4 bytes per pixel for the non-compressed versions. Not that big a deal in practice.

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