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Ubisoft's Massive Entertainment posted a 2 minute 43 second video showcasing some of the abilities of the Snowdrop engine, which will power the highly-anticipated 2014 blockbuster title, Tom Clancy's The Division.

The announced features of the Snowdrop included a day/night lighting cycle, volumetric lighting system that provides a realistic and immerse experience. Snowdrop also supports procedural destruction - a system that is mind-blowingly realistic. As projectiles flew through a billboard sign, the volumetric lighting shined through as you would expect in real life. Additionally, the breaking glass of car windows, side mirrors, and tires added to the incredible realism of the engine.

To add to the realism, Snowdrop's particle system shows smoke dynamically reacting to light and environmental surfaces use a shader system that allows changing weather conditions to have a direct effect on their surfaces. From dry, to rain, to even snow and ice.

What do all these features mean for "next-gen" gaming? With consoles now embracing x86 architecture, they've become more like PCs than dedicated gaming platforms with dedicated tools. This could mean better titles with more cross-platform options for us gamers without sacrificing features or visuals due to hacks or kludge required to bring the title to them.

"Tom Clancy's The Division" is an MMORPG with an original story inspired by the Tom Clancy universe and is centered around the aftermath of a pandemic that begun on Black Friday. The world at large is in chaos as civilization has crumbled into anarchy. Players take the role of a member of "Strategic Homeland Division (SDH)," referred to as "The Division," to help save the remainder of the United States. The game is set in New York City, and from what we've seen so far, the game could possibly encompass the entire city, including many interior structures and underground systems.

"Tom Clancy's The Division" is expected to release sometime in late 2014 for PC,...
Recently, Unfair gave MG permission to invite the members of his web community to MG through his own forums. A big Thank You for that, and a welcome to Unfair HQ members!

Unfair HQ is the web site and forums maintained by Unfair (the person). Unfair hosts a popular YouTube and Twitch channel where he, and occasionally friends, play all sorts of both single and multiplayer/online games from a variety of genres. Unfair is a mature, witty, personable host, and a lot of fun to watch. He frequently streams both popular and rarely heard of games (some of which are hidden gems that have been added to Funar's own personal library all because of Unfair). You'll find games such as League of Legends, DC Universe, Battlefield 4, Minecraft, point and click series such as Beyond: Two Souls, The Wolf Among Us, and more recently Xbox One games like Ryse: Son of Rome.

Unfair's YouTube videos and live streams cover PC gaming, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Xbox One. We highly recommend checking his channels out (links below). Tell 'em MG sent you. You'll be entertained.

Unfair References:
Unfair HQ Forums
YouTube Channel
Twitch Channel (via MG's Streams)
It's hard to believe that multiplayergamers.com is a whopping 13 years old (seriously?!). This site was born December 20, 2000 after the domain it started on no longer fit the content that was being published (anyone remember a certain LAN party site?). This site was hopping! We had tens of thousands of views daily, which was a lot for its time. MG was a community of gamers, and of friends. Many of these friends went from being web site buddies and gaming partners in crime to real-life best friends, and even a couple of married couples!

image: multiplayergamers.com around 2006-2007

Alas, MG went through dozens of changes, and ultimately fast-forward about 8 years later, MG was a shell of it's former self. I suppose you could attribute that to the fact that many of the original MG'ers got married (or divorced), had kids, changed jobs and moved, or simply faded away. MG's core team has kept in contact with one another over the years and hoped to one day bring this site back online, but the aforementioned life changes prevented it previously. Well, here we are once again, and back stronger than ever.

I personally welcome you to the NEW MultiplayerGamers.com - old MG'ers and new friends we have yet to meet. We're in it for the community. We're in it for the games.