Torgo 3000

A change of direction... sort of

Well folks, I'm still employed at MS (or rather re-employed at MS after having been canned with the...

Author: torgo3000 Date: 04/13/2009

A really great look at performance in FSX...

Lotus has a really great post about aircraft performance in FSX. I highly reccomend reading the...

Author: torgo3000 Date: 11/18/2008

Jetway IK tutorial

I captured a tutorial about creating a Jetway using our IK system and Gmax over a year ago. Due to...

Author: torgo3000 Date: 06/09/2008

New Acceleration Pack missions.

We just released three new multiplayer racing missions for Acceleration on FSInsider. I haven't...

Author: torgo3000 Date: 05/29/2008

SDK MaxScript tools.

There has been some confusion about what tools will work with which version of 3ds Max and I hope to...

Author: torgo3000 Date: 05/19/2008

Cool new things...

I must say, I am really excited about where we are heading as a team in terms of tools and content...

Author: torgo3000 Date: 03/19/2008

Let's blow up the exporter real good!

I first came across our vertex limit issue when trying to debug the export of the trike model. For...

Author: torgo3000 Date: 01/24/2008

Hmmm... er, what?

There seems to be a consensus amongst people I know (based on highly scientific poll results of...

Author: torgo3000 Date: 01/24/2008

Performance Art 4: Always use a texture and bones ain't free.

For this issue of the ever-continuing "Performance Art" series, I'll talk a little about flat-shaded...

Author: torgo3000 Date: 09/17/2007

First preview of Acceleration

Gamespot put up our E3 preview video for the Acceleration expansion pack for FSX. You can watch it...

Author: torgo3000 Date: 07/12/2007

Performance Art 3: Polygons don't matter.

As next gen technology came online, people started repeating this mantra: "Polygons don't matter...

Author: torgo3000 Date: 06/19/2007

Performance Art 2: When is a draw call not a draw call?

So we know that draw calls are a major killer for us. So you would basically assume that the more...

Author: torgo3000 Date: 06/14/2007

Performance art.

Okay, so I'm not going to get dressed in a sheet and speak in a made-up language while someone...

Author: torgo3000 Date: 06/01/2007

FSX SP1 is live!

You can download the English, French, Italian, German, Spanish or Polish versions from our website....

Author: torgo3000 Date: 05/16/2007

New FSInsider site and multi-mon patch.

The new FSInsider site has gone live. There's a total redesign including a neat new look, more...

Author: torgo3000 Date: 04/25/2007

I never thought the blurries would be a problem with Trainsim....

...but I guess we're going to have to worry about them there as well. Check out this record breaking...

Author: torgo3000 Date: 04/04/2007

Oh what a difference the CPU makes.

So I got this new machine at work. It's one of them new-fangled Core 2 Duo machines that Intel's...

Author: torgo3000 Date: 04/02/2007

IK Craziness

I've heard from our good buddy Nick that the IK on the jetway is a bit confusing, even with the...

Author: torgo3000 Date: 03/26/2007

Why so quiet?

We've all been very hard at work on a variety of simultaneous projects in this studio. As you know,...

Author: torgo3000 Date: 03/05/2007

Problems with your skin.

You may be thinking about eczema, but I'm thinking about that funny thing that happens when you skin...

Author: torgo3000 Date: 02/05/2007

Hey... what's this?

Well, while we're hard at work on the performance issues of FSX and getting the SDK updated, we...

Author: torgo3000 Date: 01/19/2007

2d Panels on a laptop

I got this question the other day and I thought I should answer it, since I've seen it in a few...

Author: torgo3000 Date: 01/11/2007

SDK Update is live!

Our SDK SP1 can be found up on the insider site in the Developer's Corner, on the Downloads page and...

Author: torgo3000 Date: 12/07/2006

So close I can smell it....

Of course, that may just be my unshowered goodness coming through. At any rate, the smell that I...

Author: torgo3000 Date: 12/05/2006

Time to eat crow...

Okay, maybe not crow entirely, maybe something more like pigeon or seagull. This was posted in...

Author: torgo3000 Date: 10/31/2006

FSX Missions website.

So I'm off the rants and onto something more useful... a website that has a whole bunch of great...

Author: torgo3000 Date: 10/23/2006

Why must you have all the settings maxed?

So I got this comment from my FSX FAQ about why you can't turn all the sliders up: "It really...

Author: torgo3000 Date: 10/20/2006

The new FS Insider web site has gone live!

Our brand spankin' new FS Insider website has gone live today. Lots of great stuff there, including...

Author: torgo3000 Date: 10/12/2006

FSX FAQ (Part 1) Article has been posted.

Well, since we're just a week away from the official release of Flightsim in most of the world...

Author: torgo3000 Date: 10/10/2006

FSX FAQ (Part 1)

Q: What the heck is the FSX FAQ? A: This will be a living document designed to answer frequently...

Author: torgo3000 Date: 10/10/2006

It's an umbrella, Silly.

After a several year hiatus, I finally went back to Bumbershoot over Labor Day Weekend. I had been...

Author: torgo3000 Date: 09/11/2006

One hand full of snake and one hand full of plane...

Monty Coles is my hero. Of all the bad surprises you can get while flying, this has got to be one of...

Author: torgo3000 Date: 06/30/2006

Keeping up with an ever changing world...

Every weekend when I drive down to Portland, there's a special landmark that tells me I'm 45 minutes...

Author: torgo3000 Date: 05/18/2006

Over a month and no talky...

Well, it's been quite a while since I've posted anything. I know there's probably been a general...

Author: torgo3000 Date: 03/27/2006

It's a bug!!!

I know for a fact that if we ever modeled any of these phenomena, we'd get so many complaints about...

Author: torgo3000 Date: 02/23/2006

Now this is just sad.....

I haven't posted in a while, but I find this both funny and sad all at the same time. The whole...

Author: torgo3000 Date: 02/22/2006

METAL!!!!!!

Who knew there was something out there called Grecian Black Metal. I certainly didn't. But then...

Author: torgo3000 Date: 02/08/2006

A new article.

I've added a Flight Simulator 2004: A Century of Flight FAQ in my articles section. This will be an...

Author: torgo3000 Date: 01/24/2006

FS2004:ACOF FAQ

Here it is, my very first and very uninformed FAQ about Flight Simulator 2004. Eventually I'll get...

Author: torgo3000 Date: 01/24/2006

Posting Comments....

I got a question about how to post comments, so here's a simple guide: Click on the # comments link...

Author: torgo3000 Date: 01/23/2006

More Flight Simulator X previews.

Here's one from Gamespy. Some of the big takeaways.... DVD only! Yay! Finally! I can't tell you how...

Author: torgo3000 Date: 01/16/2006

A really cool technical demo...

Since I can't talk too much about how we're doing everything yet, here's a link to a really cool...

Author: torgo3000 Date: 01/16/2006

Interview with our program manager...

... is located here. A lot of great stuff mentioned in both videos. In particular, our new shader...

Author: torgo3000 Date: 01/06/2006

FSStation has the video from CES. You need winrar or something compatible to unpack it.

Author: torgo3000 Date: 01/05/2006

Flight Simulator X

The forums are already buzzing, and flightsim.com has a great preview here. Avsim also has some...

Author: torgo3000 Date: 01/05/2006

Looking into the mind of a madman.

I have always felt that there is no better way to see what a person is really like (and also be...

Author: torgo3000 Date: 12/20/2005

Ahhh, the paucity of posts.

Busy, busy, busy, busy. Also: Slacking, slacking, slacking, slacking. Which makes not for good blog...

Author: torgo3000 Date: 12/20/2005

Smells like a bargain...

After completely stuffing myself full of turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry jello and the grandest...

Author: torgo3000 Date: 11/28/2005

A whole lot of little information.

So I guess the purpose of my last article was rather obscured by the fact that I refuse to divulge...

Author: torgo3000 Date: 11/17/2005

My first article...

So I finally got around to posting an article about what that strange binary blob that represents...

Author: torgo3000 Date: 11/14/2005

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