The evolution of fire in PC games - Update
Fire is a fascinating element and used a lot in PC games. PC Games Hardware roams through 19 years of pixel fire in PC games.
The graphical presentation of fire proves to be rather difficult. However, with modern graphics cards impressive results are achievable. We take a look back on 19 years of fire in PC games.
Fire is used in games in many different ways. A torch illuminates the surroundings and the destructive power of fire is also shown a lot. The areas of application are numerous and modern games offer amazing solutions in illustrating fire. Even the light that is thrown by fire is calculated in real-time nowadays.
PC Games Hardware takes a look back to the development of fire in games and presents pictures of animated bitmaps from the 90s up to 3D accelerated DX10 flames of the latest games. Do you have a favorite concerning fire? Please tell us in the commentaries and let us know which fire presentation you liked most.
Update: August 7, 2009
For this update, we have integrated new screenshots of new and old games and also corrected some of the subtitles. In the gallery below you can now find pictures of for example:
• Bionic Commando
• Call of Juarez: Bound in blood
• Divinity 2: Ego Draconis
• Dragon Age: Origins
Interesting links about games histories:
• The sky in games - development from 1984 until 2009
• PCGH Special: Reflections in games
• PCGH Special: Monsters in PC games
• PCGH Special: The best explosions in computer games
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