An amazing research paper from NVIDIA (video courtesy of Two Minute Papers) shows off an idea that could revolutionize real time graphics technology. A computer is trained to look at an abstract, low resolution representation and “imagine” what it would look like if it was video of the same location in the real world and displays that image. It can also do other crazy things like convert a daytime shot to nighttime, including adding in streetlights and headlights.
Penn and Teller’s Desert Bus is a game made intentionally as boring as possible. Players are tasked with driving in a perfectly straight line for 8 hours. But over the years it has become a successful vehicle for fundraising as a “Desert Bus for Hope” event was set up for players to endure the game for charity. A basic clone of the game was one of the first titles developed for the Rift, but now there is an official version with revamped graphics and even multiplayer for up to four people.