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December 23rd, 2003

LotR Warriors Can Think for Themselves

I haven’t seen any of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but this article caught my eye last week. Apparently, director Peter Jackson (and his Feebles) wanted the 200,000 person battle scene to be as realistic as possible. They weren’t going to use 200,000 extras, though, so they interspersed CGI warriors with humans. But each individual CGI warrior reacted to their environment, rather than just being a batch of people running on the screen. According to the article, at first, the thinking CGI people were a bit of a problem: all they did was run from battle.

I almost want to see the movies now just so I can watch the warriors scatter about and move independently.

Posted in Television, Movies, and Music

FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday December 23, 2003 -- 9:26:43 am
Peter Jackson could have hired 200,000 LotR fans themselves. I'm sure they had plenty of free time after school, with no girlfriends to lug around or anything. ;p

I kid! I kid!!! LotR is a fantastic movie series....for me to poop on.

FROM: Tina
DATE: Tuesday December 23, 2003 -- 11:35:25 am
This line caught my eye.

"We could not make their computers stupid enough to not run away."

Yeah, death's pretty scary. Not like I have first hand experience or anything.

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday December 23, 2003 -- 5:48:54 pm
Peter Jackson's already entered hackdom, so fuck 'im.

FROM: Mike [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday December 23, 2003 -- 6:06:03 pm
That is pretty great. It reminds me of the movie War Games, where through Tic Tac Toe the computer is taught that GlobalThermoNuclearWar is unwinnable!! If the computers can learn... then perhaps we can?

FROM: jk
DATE: Tuesday December 23, 2003 -- 11:32:07 pm
Would you like to play a game?

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