May 9, 2007 by Tim

Ok, forget the SM3 time trials. The tougher ones are next to impossible when you’re fighting a time limit and the camera.

I’m sure a good number of you have heard about the Planet Earth documentary series. The Discovery Channel has been promoting it pretty hard the past few months. If you haven’t seen any of it, you really should check it out. The footage is absolutely stunning. I watch these episodes and I’m sitting there stunned that this is the world I live in. I mean, it’s a world I will most likely never see first-hand, and it is so vastly different and more beautiful than sometimes I think we realize.

A lot of people don’t know that Planet Earth is actually a BBC series, which you can already get on DVD. The Discovery Channel took the series and re-recorded the narrative with Sigourney Weaver. I saw about ten minutes of this version on TV and… no. Just… no. If you don’t mind spending the $50-60 for the full set on HD-DVD or Blu-Ray, I highly recommend you get the original versions narrated by David Attenborough. His narration, enthusiasm and depth is unmatched. And really, the series should be watched in HD anyway, for the full effect.

CellFactor has finally been released. This game was the primary reason I bought an Ageia PhysX card, and for the last year my only CellFactor fix was in the form of the rough and unfinished tech demo, which CellFactor originally started as. They’ve finished turning it into an actual game, and thank god. So far when people ask me if the Ageia card is worth the purchase, I have to tell them no. I love it when I have a game that supports the card, but for the average computer user I just can’t recommend it as a purchase without more title support. It made G.R.A.W. and City of Villains more enjoyable and visually attractive, but unless you’re diehard into either of those games…

Not that CellFactor, a free game, is going to justify the card, but it’s a step closer. Vanguard was originally listed as using the card, but that disappeared somewhere along the line. If Unreal Tournament 3 maintains use of the card, then we’ll talk.

In the meantime… the physics in CellFactor are a blast if you have the card.

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