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Two weeks ago, John and I came back from our scholarship-sponsored trip to Game Connection in Lyon. Several of the companies we met in France are located here in the Bay Area and they were eager to have a more in-depth meeting. Among those were AMD, NVIDIA, and Havok.

Posted by jeffr on Dec 26th, 2009

Two weeks ago, John and I came back from our scholarship-sponsored trip to Game Connection in Lyon. Several of the companies we met in France are located here in the Bay Area and they were eager to have a more in-depth meeting. Among those were AMD, NVIDIA, and Havok.

AMD


ATI / AMD HQ

ATI / AMD headquarters. Photography was prohibited, but I found this on Wikipedia.


Our first meeting was with AMD (owners of ATI). They were very generous with their seed hardware, giving us seven free ATI graphics cards to help us test compatibility and take advantage of new graphics features. Additionally, we made a few engineering contacts there who can help us with any graphics problems in Overgrowth as they come up. When the game is done, they will run a gamut of tests on supported graphics card configurations, and report any problems that they find.

ATI cards

Modest pile o' ATI cards in protective wrapping. An awesome Christmas present!


NVIDIA


NVIDIA HQ
Jeff and John at NVIDIA headquarters

We had an awesome meeting with NVIDIA. Unfortunately, we have an NDA (non-disclosure agreement) so I can't give you any juicy details yet. However, like ATI, several NVIDIA graphics cards are en-route and we have some new contacts there to answer questions and help resolve compatibility issues!

Havok


Havok HQ

Aubrey and Jeff: hanging with Havok.


Finally, we caught up with the Havok guys. We signed an NDA with them too, so we can't talk about that yet, either. We'll let you know more as soon as we can!


It is an awesome feeling sitting across from these super-professional guys -- who often have their walls covered with AAA titles or industry awards -- and being taken seriously. Kudos to these companies for giving us the benefit of the doubt even though we are scrappy-looking indie developers. We've still got a long way to go, but it's really motivating to have this level of support.(permalink)



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Trespass
Trespass Dec 26 2009, 10:01pm says:

That's awesome!
You guys are moving up in the world, haha.

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jeffr
jeffr Dec 26 2009, 10:04pm replied:

Definitely leveled up and got some awesome loot.

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Nebcake
Nebcake Dec 26 2009, 10:10pm says:

Lucky

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figalot
figalot Dec 26 2009, 10:13pm says:

haha cool only just started tracking this and im glad i did awesome work keep it up and were could i get a copy of your last game?

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Tallon_hunteR
Tallon_hunteR Dec 27 2009, 5:28am replied:

last game was 'lugaru' and i believe it has been released as freeware

speaking of lugaru, is there a special cheat to get past the level with the 3 wolves?

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pvt.Johnson
pvt.Johnson Dec 27 2009, 11:14am replied:

Yeah there's a cheat for that, its called practice or lower the difficulty.

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DOLBYdigital
DOLBYdigital Dec 26 2009, 10:36pm says:

Great news team!!
Glad to hear some more investors are rolling in with support on the hardware side as well. I hope these NDAs won't change the vision you guys have for the game but I'm sure its all for the better. Happy holidays to everyone and good luck with everything team.

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jeffr
jeffr Dec 26 2009, 10:46pm replied:

We are going to keep with the original plan, but having the extra hardware is really useful. :) Like a second Christmas! Just to clarify, the only "investors" we have are preorderers. ;)

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dragonslasha
dragonslasha Dec 27 2009, 6:37am replied:

you must have a lot of "investors" then :P

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Ryswick17
Ryswick17 Dec 26 2009, 11:21pm says:

thats pretty awesome

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vfn4i83
vfn4i83 Dec 26 2009, 11:39pm says:

NV will try to bring you guys to the dark side, but keep it together we have completely faith on all of you.

But no harm if they give some VGAs ;)

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JohnnyMaverik
JohnnyMaverik Dec 27 2009, 1:58am says:

"It is an awesome feeling sitting across from these super-professional guys -- who often have their walls covered with AAA titles or industry awards -- and being taken seriously."

This is exactly what I needed after listening to a 4guys1up podcast where they're predictions for the industry in the next two years no less frankly scared the living crap out of me.

I'm so glad you guys are getting the support and interest in this project, which it most definatly diserves mind you. and I hope what ever it is you can't tell us is something big, that will help you to the next level in realising your aspirations for this game.

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AlekZanDer
AlekZanDer Dec 27 2009, 4:40am says:

You are making me jealous!

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PytoX
PytoX Dec 27 2009, 5:16am says:

If you did receive a 5970 for free that is crazy lol :D

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LPFreak
LPFreak Dec 27 2009, 5:17am says:

Indeed, you make us jealous :P would be so interesting to meet them and see where they work...

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Ekonk
Ekonk Dec 27 2009, 6:37am says:

You guys are awesome! Especially John, although he is in dire need of a shave.

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jeffr
jeffr Dec 27 2009, 12:58pm replied:

John is not allowed to shave until David finishes the fighting system. It is taking longer than expected, hence the epic beard.

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do365nic
do365nic Dec 27 2009, 7:29am says:

I want some free GFX cards too

I'll be happy to check how overgrowth runs on them :)

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hushpuppy
hushpuppy Dec 27 2009, 10:47am says:

Why dont you guys reply at facebook news? O_o

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jeffr
jeffr Dec 27 2009, 12:59pm replied:

Hmmm? I reply everywhere!

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Squiggers
Squiggers Dec 27 2009, 11:34am says:

Congratulations - At least AMD didn't ask you to sign an NDA as well, or that would have been a rather entertaining news post. :P

Nice to see that companies are starting to engage more with Indie teams than they would have a few years ago.

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pfannkuchen_gesicht
pfannkuchen_gesicht Dec 27 2009, 12:10pm says:

°_° wow, that's awesome

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SAHChandler
SAHChandler Dec 27 2009, 2:33pm says:

What made you decide to go with Havok, over nVidia's PhysX, or Bullet?

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jeffr
jeffr Dec 27 2009, 3:02pm replied:

We haven't decided anything yet :) We currently use ODE but are thinking of upgrading.

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Assaultman67
Assaultman67 Dec 27 2009, 4:58pm says:

Its actually pretty interesting to see all this "foot in the door ness" you guys have going on

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TheDualWorks
TheDualWorks Jan 3 2010, 9:58am says:

>.>
<.<
u got that graphics cards for me right

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