Originally Posted by Ged
interesting responses, it does look quite nice in some of those screens johnnyraptor. So do you think in the future we might have completely normal mapped characters in mmos? I mean surely most peoples computers can handle basic shaders these days eg half life 2 looked real good and its pretty old now.
I'll repeat that they are fully normal mapped. The diffuse has heavy handed lighting, though. If you took off the diffuse you'd still see those shapes. We are in a half-way stage, you know. Not enough people can scale up to a 3 texture setup. So if you turn off specular and normal you dont want it to look like hot garbage. Til recently just changing texture sizes was adequate to tweak performance. Now it's more important to drop textures.
We definitely use full per pixel nonsense on guildwars 2, though. ;)