MINERVA: Episodic, Single-Player Half-Life 2

Diseased, Animalistic Imaginings -

Stick the images in your Creatures folder to see these beasts in their true, animated 3D glory. Oh, and download the free demo of the Spore Creature Creator too!

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1. 2D Images embeding 3D? Holy hell

Posted by Sortie at 7:12PM, Tuesday June 17 2008

Did you just tell me to put .png pictures into a folder and they'll be automatically converted to 3D? Holy hell. Must be some embeded trailing data stream..

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2. Interesting

Posted by Medo at 8:54PM, Tuesday June 17 2008

It seems the creature data is really embedded in the image data somehow - at least, running the image through pngout (which should remove all data chunks not needed for storing the image) does not destroy the creature data.

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3. Re: 2D Images embeding 3D? Holy hell

Posted by Nesretep at 9:34PM, Tuesday June 17 2008

@Sortie: No, he didn't tell you to put .png pictures into a folder and they'll be automatically converted to 3D. He told you they would be animated & 3D! Even better! :-)

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4. awesome

Posted by krisvek at 10:05PM, Tuesday June 17 2008

my brain just melted

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5. Re: Re: 2D Images embeding 3D? Holy hell

Posted by Sortie at 11:37PM, Tuesday June 17 2008

I wonder what happens if I take a screenshot from Out of Time and puts in into Spore.

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6. It didn't take long......

Posted by Phil at 2:23AM, Thursday June 19 2008


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7. @Sortie

Posted by fuzz at 11:41AM, Thursday June 19 2008

"I wonder what happens if I take a screenshot from Out of Time and puts in into Spore."

You become a developer on Limbo of the Lost.

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8. Specs

Posted by Nesretep at 6:27PM, Thursday June 19 2008

What are the minimum/recommended specs to run Spore?

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9. Re: Specs!

Posted by Sortie at 8:38PM, Thursday June 19 2008



* 2.0 GHz P4 processor or equivalent
* 512 MB RAM
* A 128 MB Video Card, with support for Pixel Shader 2.0
* At least 6 GB of hard drive space

* 2.0 GHz P4 processor or equivalent
* 768 MB RAM
* A 128 MB Video Card, with support for Pixel Shader 2.0
* At least 6 GB of hard drive space

When launching the game, some Microsoft Vista users may receive a warning about running out of address space along with a link to the Microsoft Knowledge Base. If you see this message, it is recommended that you follow the instructions and go to the website listed in the message to update your system.

For computers using built-in graphics chipsets, the game requires at least:
* Intel Integrated Chipset, 945GM or above.
* 2.6 GHz Pentium D CPU, or 1.8 GHz Core 2 Duo, or equivalent.
* 768 MB RAM

Supported Video Cards

ATI Radeon(TM) series
9500, 9600, 9800
X300, X600, X700, X800, X850
X1300, X1600, X1800, X1900, X1950
2400, 2600, 2900,
3650, 3850

NVIDIA GeForce series
FX 5900, FX 5950
6200, 6500, 6600, 6800,
7200, 7300, 7600, 7800, 7900, 7950
8400, 8500, 8600, 8800

Intel(R) Extreme Graphics
GMA 950, GMA X3000, GMA X3100

Laptop versions of these chipsets may work, but may run comparatively slowly. Standalone cards that are installed in vanilla PCI slots (not PCIe or PCIx or AGP), such as some GeForce FX variants, will perform poorly. Intel integrated chipsets featuring underclocked parts, such as the 945GU, GML, and GMS, will not perform adequately.

Integrated chipsets such as the ATI Xpress and the NVIDIA TurboCache variants will have low settings selected, but should run satisfactorily.

Please note that attempting to play the game using video hardware that isn’t listed above may result in reduced performance, graphical issues or cause the game to not run at all.

The NVIDIA GeForce FX series is unsupported under Vista.

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10. Re: Re: Specs

Posted by Nesretep at 6:12PM, Friday June 20 2008

I had a feeling this might happen. My rig is just too old anymore. My video card is a Geforce fx 5600...not quite enough to meet minimum specs. That and I think my processor is probably a bit on the slow side as well. And that's probably being kind. :) (It's an Athlon XP 2800+!!)

So to make a long story short...I NEED A NEW RIG! So donate now to the Nesretep Need A New Gaming Rig Foundation, cause he's poor too! LOL

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11. Specs

Posted by U-Mu-La-Mah-Ri at 7:29PM, Saturday June 21 2008

Are those specs for the finished game? or just the monster creator?

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12. Re: Specs

Posted by Sortie at 9:18PM, Sunday June 22 2008

These are in fact for the full game, Nesretep asked for the specs to run Spore, not the monster creator.

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13. woo

Posted by U-Mu-La-Mah-Ri at 9:03PM, Monday June 23 2008

great gogily moogily, an awesome new game I will be able to run!

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14. Spore meets Zelda

Posted by Lobster at 10:58PM, Tuesday June 24 2008

Anyone who played zelda OOT or others might find this amusing! some of them are pretty awsome.


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15. Spore 3d data

Posted by Anonymous infodump at 3:23AM, Friday June 27 2008

The data necessary to recreate the creature is embedded in the alpha channel of the image.

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16. Out Of Time...again!

Posted by PiX_NeG at 5:26AM, Sunday June 29 2008

I just happened to be watching my favorite anime tonight, and, gasp!, discovered a possible connection to Adam's choice of title! I don't know if y'all watch Trigun or not, but I, for one, love it.

Check this out:
<object width="480" height="385"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/p/17FD290E0309A3D3"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/p/17FD290E0309A3D3" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="480" height="385"></embed></object>

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17. No embedding, eh?

Posted by PiX_NeG at 5:28AM, Sunday June 29 2008

Okay, then...watch this!


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18. Meaning of the name

Posted by Omega at 8:15AM, Sunday June 29 2008

Obviously trigun has nothing to do with the name... My inside sources tell me that the name is justified by the following:

"On the helicopter leaving the island featured in Minerva: Metastasis, our hero is bit by a combine manufactured snake that is subsequently filled with vemon. As our unnamed hero slowly perishes, he must overcome the challenges of City 44."

Hence the name... "Out of Time"

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19. Trigun

Posted by Yar Kramer at 8:20AM, Sunday June 29 2008

Sounds to me more like you've picked up a case of apophenia there. You might as well just do a Google search for "Out Of Time" and point at anything that seems even remotely apropos to MINERVA.

As for Spore ... according to Wikipedia, the data is hidden in the least significant bit of each channel. Since this *is* part of the image data, pngout wouldn't even look for it. And researching this has gotten me interested in stenography Eeenteresting ...

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20. Apophenia

Posted by PiX_NeG at 10:51AM, Sunday June 29 2008

Yeah, you could be right about that. I just thought it was interesting that two things I love share a name. Sure, it's coincidence, but it's cool nonetheless.

On the topic at hand, I learned of Spore the very day before the creature creator was released. I got all excited and starry-eyed, waiting and waiting for its release. And when the time finally came to download and install, I found my computer lacking in system requirements. Of all the luck!

So, have a blast, those of you who are Spore-compatible! Make a few for me, even.

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21. No 4th July presents?

Posted by Sortie at 12:07AM, Saturday July 5 2008

No 4th July presents? I feel let down, the guys in the archives had fun celebrating it, but we can't...

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22. Fourth of what?!

Posted by Campaignjunkie at 12:00AM, Sunday July 6 2008

We must conclude that Mr. Foster is vehemently un-American.

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23. huh?

Posted by fuzz at 12:48PM, Sunday July 6 2008

We don't pay much attention to US holidays on this side of the pond.
Except to say, "hey, the internet's faster today :)".

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24. Out of Time

Posted by macc at 12:37PM, Thursday July 10 2008

Maybe it's somewhere on the forums, but why isn't there a discussion about the OoT website:


Where are the crazy theories??

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25. Re: Out of Time

Posted by Sortie at 2:47PM, Thursday July 10 2008

In the blog post before this one. :P. And on the Forum

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26. re: Out of Time

Posted by fuzz at 7:24PM, Thursday July 10 2008

Most of the speculation is here:

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