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by UtopiaNemo
1 hours ago

I have the utmost respect for each of these developers. I must say I think they’re mostly incorrect in their assessments of why the Dreamcast failed. The Dreamcast’s ultimate failure had so little to do with the way Sega handled the Dreamcast. Sega and their third party affiliates such as Namco and Capcom put out so many games of such stellar quality, that the Dreamcast won over a generation of gamers who had previously been diehard Nintendo or Sony fans. They even won me over, who had been a diehard Sega fan since the SMS days, but was so disillusioned by the Saturn’s handling that I had initially decided to sit the Dreamcast out. At that time, the Dreamcast launch was widely considered to be the strongest console launch in US history. In my opinion, the three issues leading to the fall of the Dreamcast were (in inverse order):1)piracy, 2)Sega’s great deficit of finances and cachet following the Saturn debacle, and 3)Sony’s masterful marketing of the PlayStation 2. Piracy’s effect on Dreamcast sales is a hotly debated topic, but I’ll say that the turn of the millennium, most college and post-college guys I knew pirated every bit of music or software they could. Regarding the Saturn debacle, the infighting between SOA and SOJ is well known, as are the number of hubristic decisions Mr. Nakayama made which left Sega in huge financial deficit. They were also directly responsible for erasing a lot of the respect and good will Sega had chiseled out worldwide during the Mega Drive/Genesis era. With the Dreamcast, Sega was digging itself out of a hole. They had seemingly done it as well, and would have surely continued along that path, had it not been for the PS2. There is no doubt in my mind that the overwhelming reason the Dreamcast failed was because of the PS2.

by Philip Ho
4 hours ago

Great stuff Fran!

What the hell are you saying? I can't make sense of it.

Sketchfab Supports Clear Coat Materials
23 July, 2018
News

Sketchfab revealed another cool ability for 3D artists. Their online renderer now supports “Clear Coat” materials!

Clear coat derives its name from the automobile industry and is a term used to describe the glossy transparent coating that is sprayed on top of the underlying colored base coat giving vehicles that unique “car paint” look and providing a durable abrasion resistant surface against the outside world.

In 3D rendering terms, our new clear coat option provides an opportunity to add an additional layer to your materials with tint, thickness, roughness, and normals all while maintaining the same parameters for the material layer below giving you an incredible amount of control over the final result.

As the video shows, the effect, while typically used for automotive paint it’s not just limited to vehicles and can be used for any material where dual layers are helpful. Another good example is adding varnish to wood materials or syrup or sugar like materials where the thickness control can be used to simulate richness.

As always, for more information on our clear coat functionality, visit our help center.

Another Clear Coat example:

We can’t wait to see what you create. If you update existing models or share new ones using our clear coat feature, be sure to use the “clearcoat” tag. We’ll be keeping our eyes open for models that show off the feature’s full potential.

Skethfab 

You can learn more here

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