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MLB 09 The Show for PlayStation 3 - Lighting Explained

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291w ago - Senior Graphics Programmer for MLB 09 The Show Patrick Hager provided some more details on the lighting in MLB 09 The Show for Sony's PS3 console today as follows:

Lighting was a major focus for us this year, and we implemented a Global Lighting model. What does that mean? It means that objects are lit by their surroundings.

It means that when players are in shadow, they can still get light from the sunlight hitting the dirt just beyond the shadow's edge, or a bright wall behind them. It means that in stadiums, red floors cast red light on neighboring objects. It is another step towards that realism we all want in our baseball game.

How do we do all this? Well, I can't give away our secrets, but I can give you an overview of our lighting model. There are several steps we take to make each image, and we make 60 of these images every second.

Starting with the stadium:

•We begin by tracing direct sunlight into the scene, with detailed shadows.
• We render a sky (without a sun), then use this sky to add the indirect sky light to the scene.
• We then trace the sunlight's path as it bounces off the ground and stadium. When sunlight hits a surface, it takes on that surface color, bounces off, and lights objects around it. We add that indirect...
 

MLB 09 The Show: New Roster Vault Feature for PS3 Unveiled

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292w ago - Producer Jason Villa discusses a new feature to look out for in MLB 09 The Show for PS3, namely the Roster Vault as follows:

Following in the footsteps of the My Slider feature, we've put more control in the user's hands. Community shared content leverages the creativity of user's like you.

And if you're one of the users that love to customize rosters and share with others, you know how difficult it's been in the past to relay your settings to other users. The Roster Vault in MLB 09 The Show solves that problem. The Roster Vault allows you to make all your roster changes (some new to this year), save them off, and upload them for others to download and use.

Here's how to upload a Roster to the Roster Vault:

1. Take any roster (on disc or a weekly Live Roster update)

2. Make any changes you'd like to the roster and players within. This could be player names, attributes, jersey numbers, accessories, handedness, etc...

3. Save the Roster to your hard drive

4. Connect online with MLB 09, via SportsConnect, select the Roster Vault feature from the Community section.

5. Select Upload from the Roster Vault options

6. Select one of the Rosters from your hard drive to upload

7. Name...
 

MLB 09 The Show: Attention to Details Help it Shine on PS3

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293w ago - MLB 09 The Show Designer Greg Batalucco detailed some of the things that help make the game shine on Sony's PS3 console:

For this year's version we wanted to make the game as accurate as possible and included in MLB 09 The Show are actual team mascots, new and improved stadium jumbotrons with game related movies, K boards, realistic crowds, and improved lighting and skies throughout the stadiums.

All these enhancements add to the overall gaming experience to make MLB 09 The Show as real as it gets.

One of the main things we wanted to accomplish this year is to add as much realism to the stadiums and the crowd as possible.





We've listened to what the community has been telling us: "We want that same experience that we get at a real ballgame, the look and sounds of the crowd, accurate and detailed stadiums, the smell of popcorn and hotdogs, etc." Well we can't add in smells (or can we?) but you can imagine.

We devoted many, many hours of research to get everything as realistic and accurate in detail as possible in hopes of making it seem like you are actually at the game. We want your friend, spouse or whomever, to walk in the room while you are playing the game and say ,"Hey what game are you watching...
 

MLB The Show '09 - True 1080p60 on the PlayStation 3 Console

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293w ago - The biggest improvement to the game comes from MLB 09's native 1080p support. The game runs at an uncompromised 1920–1080 native resolution with no AA.

In this respect, it's identical to the '08 game, but the key difference is that unlike the last game, MLB '09 displays a full 60 frames per second on the 1080p setting vs the 30fps of its predecessor.

The '08 1080p mode had few other losses on visual effects such as depth of field, which is retained and improved in both 720p and 1080p modes on the new game.





To quote: First of all, MLB The Show '09 is running at 60 frames per second at native 720p with 2xMSAA, unchanged from its predecessor. The character modeling and the texture details seem more or less on the same level with '08 as well, but close-in some improvements are evident: check out these shots of the players.

The most significant change however, is the crowd rendering, as it's much more diverse now with visible improvements on the level of detail. This is a great addition to '09, since its predecessor already had some of the best crowd graphics in any sports title, but its one shortcoming was the person duplication which becomes painfully obvious at times.

The one real...
 

MLB 09 The Show for PlayStation 3 - Sounds of the Show

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293w ago - Senior Sound Designer Andrew Bracken from Sony's San Diego Studios discusses audio features and additions for MLB 09 The Show today via PS Blog. To quote:

This year we have added a new set of features called Sounds of the Show, featuring a voice recorder that lets you become part of the crowd, as well as a music editor.

The Custom Chants and Yells feature allows you to record your own voice and hear it in the game, either as a fan yelling from the crowd or as a simulated crowd chant. All you need is a microphone or headset for the PS3 and you can go to town.

You can use all sorts of mics such as ones from Rock Band, the PlayStation Eye, and bluetooth headsets, among others. These yells and chants can be added to any player in the Personalize tab, either as cheers or jeers, depending on whether the player is playing at home or away.

We have been having a lot of fun with it and we're sure you guys will, too. So warm up those vocal chords and get ready to yell. But please try and be nice...unless you're playing against the Yankees.

On the music side of things, last year we introduced My MLB Music which allows you to add your own songs to the MLB playlist. As you may have heard, this year we have added the ability to add your own music to players' batter...
 
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