Deus Ex concludes! If I had known how much time these episodes would have ended up taking me, I think I would have poured it into something a little more worthwhile, but as always, my motto is it’s better to regret things you have done than things you haven’t. I originally thought this episode was going to be about the same length as Invisible War, but upon replaying parts of it, so much about it that formed my opinions of the game became really obvious, so I felt compelled to point it out.
Anyway, I originally hoped to have this done about 2.5 weeks ago, so I’ve been working pretty much nonstop trying to catch up. For the near future, I’m going to try my best to respond to people who contacted me, get more work done on the movie, start the next Game Dungeon, the offshoot of it, and hopefully get more progress done on the website. Lots to do!
Because the episode ended up so long, I cut some things out. Some things I didn’t mention:
-All game footage from DX:HR is as-is. I didn’t exaggerate the colors in any way in editing (I did brighten the CGI cutscenes a little bit because they were a tad dark, but that’s it).
-This game offers 3 different forms of antialiasing, all of which do about the same thing, none of which will process the scene completely. I was able to brute force SSAA, which looked pretty good, but caused smearing at the top of the screen.
-If the HUD looks small it’s because I was using downsampling to make the image look a little better. Despite being a modern game, the HUD does NOT scale with resolution! This means as resolutions get higher and higher, the HUD will become almost unreadable.
-I was going to make an analogy of the story being like Lord of The Rings, except with no Sauron, no armies, no magic rings, and instead being about a cultural divide among Middle Earth about whether people should wear rings or not, because when you wear 4 on one hand, you can punch better.
-The entire internet talked about the boss fight inflexibility, so I didn’t feel a need to, plus it was never that big a deal for me since if you had been playing the game like a slasher movie villain, this wasn’t a problem. I think the more interesting point of all this is that game development is on such a level now that they need to outsource to other areas in order to complete such a large project.
-I was going to include more information for people who think peak oil isn’t a problem anymore due to the surge in US reserves. This is a complex topic and take times to explain, but the short version is our proven reserves have been vastly overestimated and there are economic barriers to extracting that could bring the economy down even if there is still plenty of oil in the ground. CHEAP oil is a big part of the equation.