Yes, that’s right. I am going to rave about a video game again. And for good reason! Because it’s going to be GREAT!!!! OMG! It’s incredible. The videos. Must see videos to understand. I had goose bumps and shivers… but it is cold in this room… damn steam heaters… *shakes fist*
Anyway… yeah. The game. Oblivion. Cool. Awesome. Fantastic… or it will be all of this. You can pick up ANY object in the game. It has shadows. If you hit it against wood or metal or stone it makes sound accordingly. You can trip swinging/falling/sliding traps by throwing the object at whatever triggers such. If it’s something like a chain or rope it will move realistically as if there was actually gravity. Things like grass and foliage will sway depending on what way the wind comes from. If you get hit with a sword you stager back based on the amount of mass that was thrown your way. The realism in the game is breath-taking.
The computer characters have the same level of depth and complexities. Like talking to each other about world events. Buying/Stealing/Hunting to eat at certain times of the day. Petrifying their dog when it’s being annoying. You can tell jokes or boast of great deeds to make them like you more. You can persuade them to do what you want by threatening them… or taunt them if you want them to throw the first punch, which makes killing them legal. Lips move. Eyes move. Cheeks move. EARS move if they’re of the cat race(Kajit). The cloths hang from their bodies. They’ll run if they’re afraid or maybe grab better weapon from their fallen comrade so they have a better chance.
This is an exciting time in the video game world. All this can be run on the best computers of over a year ago. Now processors have the potential of taking in twice the information. 64-bits instead of 32.
n00b Processor 101!!!
Think of a large Viking ship… you know… with the big guy drumming a rhythm while a bunch of guy’s row with those long ores.
I’ll start with the drummer guy. He represents the speed of a processor, usually shown as Hz. This is pronounces hertz and it means x times per second. Then you can use the metric system to figure things out. A KHz is a Kilohertz, a thousand beats a second. A MHz(mega) is a million drum beats a second. A GHz(giga) is a billion drum beats per second. This is how most people usually rate a processor. A lot of people call it ‘power’ but it’s really just speed. The more times those ores swing the more work is done. Our ore-men/women never get weaker, but they do heat up. Too much heat will kill the poor people. That is tragic because then you have to buy a new processor 🙂
The number of ores pulling the ship along is the other side of it. Well, right now most programs(call them cargo boxes) are made for processors(ships) with 32-bits (ores) pulling the cargo along. The cargo can vary in mass depending on the task at hand; the bigger the project the more these guys have to work to move the heavier ship along right? Right. There you go, a very generic example of why minesweeper does everything (loads, responds, closes) faster than… uh… just about anything else you can use a computer for.
Well now we’re able to make ships with 64 port holes for 64 ores. Twice the power. Only problem is that those cargo boxes made for 32 ore ships rattle around in a big 64 ore ship. So 32 of our ore-people have to go hold the old cargo box and keep it steady… heh, a handy way of saying the programs only work in 32-bit. So these new processors, from a stand point of us consumers, aren’t really running any better than the old ones. Well… they are… but that’s has to do with complicated things… like how the ship cuts through water and how deep it is and putting mermaid on the front to egg the ore-men on.
The point is that our computers are going to be able to carry twice as much weight for each drum beat. If our computers are able to simulate gravity, weather, mass, weapons, shades and shadows all at once on a 3D plane displayed in 2D NOW… what’s still to come?? Creating things on an atomic level rather than a skelital structure and add mass as you go. Talking to your computer in real time. “Computer! Find all the bread stores in the area and give me the one with the most posative coments. Post their menu, directions and a map in my car.” :O How freaking wierd would that be?? Then I have to make up a cool response too… “It finished before you called my name… you humans are so predictable. Life don’t talk to me about life… here I am, brain the size of a planet and I’m telling some carb crazy human how to find a store. How depressing. I think I’ll go persuade the cat to stick a knife in the power outlet…”
I’m going to bed… soon… night