GDC Europe 2016 Schedule

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  • Low Complexity, High Fidelity: 'INSIDE' Rendering

    Location:  Offenbachsaal, 1st Level
    Format: Lecture
    Track: Programming
    Pass Type: Student Pass, All Access Pass - Get your pass now!
    Vault Recording: Video
    Audience Level: Intermediate

    This talk will detail the techniques used to achieve high visual fidelity in the context of the uncompromisingly simplistic aesthetic of 'INSIDE', Playdead's follow-up to the critically acclaimed 'LIMBO'.

    They will describe a variety of effects used to achieve an atmospheric look, including local shadowed volumetrics and a robust water-rendering system. Seeking to fine-tune every pixel led them to author lighting as entirely separate diffuse, specular and bounce-light entities, while focusing on artist-approachable tools meant utilizing analytic primitive-based ambient occlusion and screenspace reflections.

    Further, they will elaborate on how the subtle details of artwork can be saved from drowning in color-banding, by properly using dithering to get rid of distracting artifacts.


    The takeaway from this presentation will be a view into the tech behind a unique art style, as well as a series of specific steal-and-implement-yourself improvements to the techniques required to make a simple yet elegant aesthetic come to life.

    Intended Audience

    Graphics Programmers and highly technical artists.