The film Predators opened in theaters over the weekend, and as was the case with several other flicks proceed by Robert Rodriquez -- Shorts, Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams, Spy Kids 3D: Game Over, Planet Terror, Sin City -- it was AMD hardware that brought the special effects to life.
In this case, Troublemaker Studios tapped into AMD's six-core Opteron processors and ATI FirePro graphics cards, and specifically the V8800 iteration. Representing the flagship GPU in the FirePro Vxxx line, the V8800 comes with 1600 stream processors, a 256-bit memory interface, 2GB of GDDR5, and all the modern standards you would expect, such as DirectX 11, OpenGL 3.2, and Shader Model 5.0.
Six digital artists comprised the core Predators production team. According to Charlie Boswell, AMD's Direct of Digital Media and Entertainment, the AMD-powered workstations allowed the Predators team to render scenes in real-time at resolutions of up to 4,096 x 2,160.
It's not often you get to atone for a mistake you made 25 years ago, so when the opportunity arises, you better take it. With that in mind, in case you missed it the first time around here's your chance to catch the cult classic WarGames, starring Matthew Broderick and Ally Sheedy, in a movie theater a quarter of a century after it came out. And even if you did already watch it on a big screen before wearing out your VHS copy years later, how can any geek pass up an opportunity to experience a flick that, at the time of its debut, was far ahead of its time? As for you new generation of PC users, consider this required viewing.
The theatrical re-release, which plays on July 24th, 2008 (that's tomorrow!) at 7:30 p.m., will also show a preview of WarGames: The Dead Code, a direct-to-DVD sequel being made available on July 29.