January 12th marks the official release date of the PC kart game Zero Gear by NimbleBit! For the low price of only $19.99 you can beat up your friends in 18 different levels, in customizable karts and characters. Play with physically based weapons, earn achievements and compete in many different game modes.
It uses Bullet for its physics and Ogre 3D for graphics rendering.
Check it out and buy it online on either Steam or http://myzerogear.com
Go fishing for gifts!
Play either one of the 4 characters of Cocoto’s world and go fishing for treasures in one of the 4 magical environments of this famous series: Abyss, Atlantis, Jungle and Heaven. Watch out, each world will have its own challenges and gifts!
See also http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAQ52fXxXdQ or the announcement on the Bullet forums.
Jay Roth President, 3D Product Division at NewTek. 2009-12-08. “DYNAMICS: Functionality based on the popular Open Source Bullet Physics Library, one of the best physics libraries on the market today.
Digital Domain and Sony Pictures used Bullet Physics Simulation for a lot of the rigid body special effects in the movie 2012. DigitalContentProcucer.com and CG Society have more details about the special FX in this movie, or you can check out the upcoming Issue 120 of Cinefex. Apart from the Maya Bullet Dynamica plugin, Cinema 4D 11.5 Bullet integration into MoDynamics and Blender 3D Bullet integration there is now a new open source Houdini plugin for Bullet rigid body simulation available. Special thanks to Nafees Bin Zafar!
Kester reports that Madagascar Kartz uses Bullet and an improved version of its btRaycastVehicle in their upcoming 4-player splitscreen racing game. He also shares some experiences on how to improve the vehicle simulation. The Dreamworks franchise is published by Activition and is available from October 27th for all game consoles. Check out the YouTube video.
“We are also using a modified version of an open source physics engine called Bullet Physics Library to calculate our physics simulation and collision inside the game. We have in-house optimized it for the Xbox 360 CPU and vector units. Our game engine is designed to be fully multithreaded, and we are simulating physics at the same time we are processing game logic, graphics, sound and particles in other Xbox 360 hardware threads. With extensive optimization, we have achieved a very good balance, with all six CPU hardware threads constantly working under heavy load.”
The August 2009 issue of Game Developers Magazine features an article about game middleware, written by Mark Deloura. They surveyed over 100 senior developers of various development houses, mainly working on PC, PlayStation 3 or XBox 360.
According to the article, developers like having access to the full source code. When purchasing a Havok or PhysX license, some of the core algorithmic implementations, such as the core constraint solver or collision detection internals are not exposed. PhysX is rated number 1 at 26.8%, Havok comes 2nd at 22.7%, Bullet third at 10.3% and Open Dynamics Engine fourth at 4.1%.
You can purchase an electronic version of this issue for $3.95 here.
“We use it for our character controller (our own custom one), line of sight checks, and so forth as well as for vehicle physics in the Racing and Demolition Derby instances.”
We have been working for a while on parallel physics optimizations for various platforms. As part of the Math and Physics Tutorial on Tuesday March 24th, Takahiro Harada and Erwin Coumans will do a joint presentation that discusses our experiences how to optimize a rigid body physics pipeline for CUDA, SPU, Larrabee and OpenCL.
Bullet 2.74 physics sdk has been released and can be downloaded from the Google Code website.
Constraint debug visualization has been added to make it easier to setup constraint limits. Other improvements include SIMD constraint solving, buoyancy demos, single-shot multiple contact point generation, improved documentation etc.