In his two latest Tumblr posts, Notch talks about a graphics engine called Unlimited Detail, first calling it a scam (and more then likely unintentionally coming across like he believes the actual technology was faked), then clarifies his statement by saying the technology is real but the way it’s promoted as “the next step in graphics development” is the scam part. He accuses Euclideon of being “snake oil salesmen” trying to over hype their technology to hopefully attract funding. He also mentions a handful of other similar engines currently under development (like Atomontage and Voxlap).
In his second post on Tumblr, Notch goes into a little more detail behind his reasoning for calling out Euclideon. This is where his argument tends to fall apart in my eyes. His whole argument is based on his assumption the Unlimited Detail uses voxels instead of point cloud data, and he bases this information on the sketchy details given in Euclideon’s presentation video.
So, yeah, other people are working on similar technologies, but that doesn’t mean the technologies are identical. We don’t know that Euclideon have discovered some completely revolutionary way of handing point cloud data. I’m guessing all the other automakers in 1908 were scoffing at Henry Ford’s claim he could turn out 50 cars a day.
It now seems the Unlimited Detail video is being swamped by Notch “fanbois” who are basically incapable of independent thought and are mindlessly calling the video a fake.
I certainly hope Notch is right for his own sake, because he’s generating quite a lot of negative publicity for Euclideon. I’d hate to think his assumptions based on basically zero information could cost Euclideon their chance to further develop what could be a breakthrough in the way worlds are rendered in video games. I wonder if he could live with that on his conscience?
See the video and read the Tumblr posts for yourself at the following links, judge for yourself.
Unlimited Detail Video
It’s a Scam! – Tumblr
“But Notch, it’s NOT a scam.” – Tumblr