Particles at Burning Life

Monday, September 29, 2008 Monday, September 29, 2008

Every year some amazing builds are open to view at the Burning Life festival. But I am not going to tell you about the best builds or the most interesting displays. Instead I am reporting on interesting uses of particle effects.

I flew around several of the many Burning Life sims in search of cool particles. By no means did I see all of the displays; I’ll have to go back for more another time. While many builds were extremely interesting, very few seemed to use particles. Those that did were generally not the greatest. But there were a couple that caught my eye.

This display was an interesting firework particle effect. An unusual spiky texture was used to form the explosion, while another effect shot up from the ground to trigger the explosion. 

By far the best particle effect I discovered was this amazing whirlwind. Actually there were several that randomly wandered through an otherwise empty area. You can’t quite see it in the still image here, but it was twisting and rotating at great speed. Dust picked up from the ground swirled about the base. Very realistic, and very well done!

After all that exploration, it was time for a rest. Or something.


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