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 PROJECT 0 ENGINE
PROJECT 0 ENGINE

Project 0 was a test engine I developed in between 1997/98 to show to possible investors the potentialities of a BSP technology I was researching at that time.



These are two screenshots of the actual engine:



INTRODUCTION

At the end of 1997, through reverse engineering of the .BSP format of the Quake maps (at that time there were however a lot of other people around the web interested in the same thing (i.e. knowing the format of the .BSP files) so my research, at least in this case, benefited from this) I was able to write this software/glide renderer whose output graphics quality can be compared to the original game.

Before this engine, I wrote 3 or 4 other engines (including a perfect Wolfenstein clone some years before) which used third-party editors (as in the case of this Project 0) for creating the three dimensional content for the renderer. This version is the most evolute non-professional engine I have written during that time. Its purpose was to show my skills to several potential investors in order to obtain the money and support for developing a full-fledged, professional quality technology.

FEATURES

     Implemented in C with portions (i.e. texture mapping routines) written in Assembler.
     BSP rendering of Quake 1 maps.
     Use of PVS information for speeding up rendering.
     DirectDraw support (software mode).
     Glide support (hardware mode).
     Perspective texture mapping routines with software gouraud shading support (software mode).
     Gouraud shading (hardware and software mode).
     BSP-compliant collision detection routines.
     DirectSound (mixing) support (the game plays when started the "incipit" of the Beethoven's 5th piano concert. Additionally several ambient and event sound effects are included.)
     Mip texturing (4 lods).
     4 maps included.
     Gravity effect support.

DOWNLOAD

Download Project 0 (binaries only) from here (534KB).

N.B. Due to an hard disk crash in 1998, I lost the source codes of this program (along with the sources of many other works and applications I created before that time). The crash was caused by a complete-idiot technician who tried to install DOS on the harddrive where my Windows 95 partition was installed (overwriting both copies of the FAT on that disk). Besides these details, the problem is that today I am unable to recompile Project 0 and thus to fix an annoying display bug that comes out when launching the program with newer versions of DirectX and video hardwares. Since the program writes directly into a DirectDraw surface, specifically I guess that the problem is caused by my application not taking into account correctly the "stride in bytes" value that needs to be added when writing to the framebuffer for addressing each scan line. This causes that several screen modes of the ones that are available in the program are not managed correctly by the renderer resulting in a compromised and messed up drawing. In order to resolve this problem, please try one by one each screen mode available for discovering which one is compatible with your video card and framebuffer layout.

 Quotes
"Among the Windows experts I know personally, no one can beat Vito Plantamura."
- Francesco Balena, Code Architects SRL

"Your NDIS Monitor application, is amongst the most impressive networking code I have seen on the .Net framework."
- Ben Hakim.
 Photos
Various images from italian conferences and events (keep the mouse on a thumbnail for a short description):
Me at the Microsoft/HP/Intel organized Route64 event in Milan in May 2005, explaining how COM+ behaves on 64-bit Microsoft operating systems. I was there with the friends of Code Architects.
Me at the Microsoft Security Roadshow event in Bari in April 2006, explaining how the logon process works in Windows NT. There were 250 attendees.
Microsoft Security Roadshow 2006 in Treviso. This is an image of the huge 700-seats conference room.
Me at the Microsoft Security Roadshow 2006 in Treviso. This is a moment of the 3-hours session.
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