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AMBIENT OCCLUSION

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In 1994, at the Proceedings of the 21st Annual Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, Gavin Miller and Peter Litwinowicz published a paper on “Efficient techniques for interactive texture placement”. This paper describes efficient algorithms for the placement and distortion of textures. The textures include surface color maps and environment maps. Affine transformations of …

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GAMES FEATURING AMBIENT OCCLUSION

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Screen space ambient occlusion is a pixel shader. By analyzing the scene depth buffer which is stored in a texture its possible to make a better approximate lighting model. For every pixel on the screen, the pixel shader samples the depth values around the current pixel and tries to compute the amount of occlusion from …

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L3ENC

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L3ENC was released on July 13, 1994 by Fraunhofer IIS. L3ENC is a DOS program that could convert a WAV file to MP3. L3ENC was very heavily copy protected and it was comparatively slow on machines. L3ENC was also limited to 112 kbps which was intended for real-time ISDN transmission for radio station programs. Before …

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OVERCLOCKING YOUR CPU

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Overclocking the CPU historically was found with computer chess enthusiasts who were strong drivers of CPU performance. Modern gaming motherboards now ship with a sophisticated BIOS or UEFI that provides enthusiasts with complete control over the CPU and RAM settings. AMD Overdrive and the Intel Desktop Control Center can be used in Windows to adjust …

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TOKIMEKI MEMORIAL

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Tokimeki Memorial as released on May 27, 1994 by Konami who also developed the game. Tokimeki Memorial  is a Japanese dating simulation. This game has only been distributed in Japan. This is game is available for Windows but it does not work with revent machines. It has also been ported to mobile phones. Tokimeki Memorial is …

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WING COMMANDER III: HEART OF THE TIGER

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Wing Commander III was released on March 27, 1994 by Origin Systems who also developed the game. Wing Commander III is a space combat simulator. Wing Commander features a lot of live action cutscenes. Wing Commander III is a real throwback to the classic DOS period. Gameplay involves completing missions and destroying enemy craft, Wing commander III …

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THE ELDER SCROLLS: ARENA

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Elder Scrolls: Arena was released on March 25, 1994 by Bethesda who also developed the game. Elder Scrolls: Arena is a role playing game. The game is played by the first person perspective. The game world is called Tamriel. Bethesda has created a true virtual world, using light-sourcing and shadows to magnificent effect. The game offers …

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ADVANCED HOST CONTROL INTERFACE

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The Advanced Host Control Interface (AHCI) was designed by Intel as a new BIOS extension to make it easier for an operating system to interact with hardware. The AHCI works with PCI IDE controllers which are standard with PCI based motherboards. The goal was to make Plug & Play work properly across a range of …

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MAXTOR 7540AV

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The Maxtor 7540AV is a large capacity 540MB hard disk. The 7540AV is slightly larger than DOS  could manage with on 8088 or 80286 based machines. Maxtor also had larger SCSI disks up to 1.2GB but they were very expensive and DOS limitations reduced their appeal. This disk was $550 new in Q1 1994. 540MB …

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DOOM

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Doom was released on December 10, 1993 by GT Interactive. The game was developed by id Software. Doom is a first person shooter. In Doom, players assume the role of an unnamed space marine, who became popularly known as “Doomguy”, fighting his way through hordes of invading demons from Hell. One third of the game, …

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