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There was a link to this at Ace’s the other day, and I was impressed enough to look up how it was made. Three plus years ago, a group of six students from De Montfort University, Leicester took old illustrations from the British Library and painstakingly reproduced what 17th Century London would have looked like before the Great Fire (if you hit the link, you have to fast-forward a minute to get to the animation. The beginning is a montage of illustrations).

It won a contest jointly sponsored by the British Library and game developer Crytek. They used the CRYENGINE, the engine that built the Crysis games. Fun games, but they made my GPU fan squeal like a little girl.

You know, if you enter a contest jointly sponsored by the British Library and Crytek, it’s hard to see how you could not come up with this exact idea (this or Stonehenge), but they’ve done a beautiful job, so all hail.

I love this use of 3D technology. Crawling all over 12th Century Jerusalem and Damascus was the only reason to play Assassin’s Creed (though I grew weary of the gameplay by the third installment).

Oh, and Daniel Vávra’s precise historical reproduction of 15th Century Bohemia, Kingdom Come: Redemption is still in the works, though it looks like the deadline has slipped by a year.

And, yes, he’s still taking shit because there aren’t any black people in it.


Comment from QuasiModo
Time: May 27, 2016, 12:00 am

Neat…not a surprise that it burned down though.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: May 27, 2016, 5:19 pm

This is very, very cool. I like it so much, I suspect, because it gives me some visuals to go with The Diary of Samuel Pepys which I find fascinating.

He lived such a busy and interesting life….in today’s entry (which I’ve linked above), he’s worrying that his wife is playing around on him…but since he’s a fairly busy lad himself, perhaps he shouldn’t say anything.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: May 27, 2016, 9:45 pm

Ooo, I’m a Pepys fan too, Some Veg. There used to be a blog or website that ran with his entries day by day, on the actual day of the year he wrote stuff.

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