Blender 2.63

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Got the latest version of Blender yesterday..
took it for a spin..created this dune buggy


(i'm using the Blender UI Theme "Ënergy" by Studio LLB. get it here)
Notable new features that i enjoyed were:
A long awaited improvement in modelling called Bmesh.

"BMesh is the new Blender mesh system with full support for N-sided polygons instead of only triangles and quads.

In particular there is a new Dissolve tool to remove vertices, edges and faces without making holes in the mesh, a new Inset tool to inset faces, and a much improved Knife tool which takes advantage of N-gons to generate clear cuts. Tools such as subdivide and loop cut will also generate clean topology because faces no longer have to be triangulated."
(heres a video of it in action)

A full list of additions can be seen here in the official release notes

get it here
(windows, Mac OS, Linux and FreeBSD)

heres a render of the model

update june 13:

heres an interactive webgl version

The Tube Open Movie

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The Tube Open Movie is inspired by the Gilgamesh poem, which comes down to us as an incomplete, conflicting set of fragments and variations, the clay tablet remnants of more than a few ruined libraries. The epic centers on the Sumerian king who ruled Uruk, in ancient Iraq, who for his tyranny the gods teach friendship and loss, and through them, the fear of his own death. In the end, the immortality he achieves is different to the one he first seeks. Nearly five thousand years later, Gilgamesh, a woman and a soldier, rushes into a station in pursuit of a fragment of paper blown about by the passing of trains. In an ever-accelerating vortex, her hero's progress becomes the animation's own frames.

They are currently raising funds for the movie at Kickstarter(at this link). They've already exceeded their $22,000 GOAL and are now aiming for $50,000. The project page has more info. check it out

Amazing gameplay in trailer for FPS Dishonored

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bonus feature (online): explore the interactive 3d mask here

Dishonored casts you as a supernatural assassin driven by revenge. You are the once-trusted bodyguard of the beloved Empress. Framed for her murder, you become an infamous assassin, known only by the disturbing mask that has become your calling card. In a time of uncertainty, when the city is being besieged by plague and ruled by an oppressive government armed with strange technologies, dark forces conspire to bestow upon you abilities beyond those of any common man.

In Dishonored, creatively eliminate your targets with the flexible combat system as you combine the numerous supernatural abilities, weapons and unusual gadgets at your disposal. Pursue your enemies under the cover of darkness or ruthlessly attack them head on with weapons drawn. The outcome of each mission plays out based on the choices you make.

The environment is an epic steampunk world designed by Half-Life 2 art director Viktor Antonov

SUPERNATURAL ABILITIES:
Teleport for stealth approaches, possess any living creature, or stop time itself to orchestrate unearthly executions. Combining your suite of supernatural abilities and weapons opens up even more ways to overcome obstacles and eliminate targets.

For more information on Dishonored, visit:
http://www.dishonored.com
http://twitter.com/dishonored

After the Bioshock series, this is the probably the next awesome Steampunk themed game out there.