cobble_stone – the texture of your childhood #Gaming #Graphics
This is cobble_stone. Doesn’t seem that interesting, does it? It is just a bunch of bricks after all. Well, what if you were told these bricks have been lurking in the shadows of your life and you never knew it.
GitHub user Render96 has a page to expose just how often this seemingly innocuous set of bricks appears throughout many of your favorite games.
Mario Kart 64
Super Mario 64 (Beta)
Killer Instinct Gold
Mortal Kombat 3
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest
and more listed on the page
On February 11, 2021 it was brought to the attention of the Render96 team that Fluvian of 64History had found the origin of cobble_stone. It originated as a texture included in Alias/3 from 1993, found inside a folder titled “construction_materials.”
Alias/3 was a high-end software suite developed by Alias Research, later rebranded as Alias Systems Corporation following Silicon Graphics’ acquisition of Alias in 1995. The software was designed primarily for producing 3D graphics on Silicon Graphics workstations. This would explain cobble_stone’s appearances in games known to use such hardware, from Super Mario 64’s non-playable “B-roll build” at Shoshinkai 1995 to the many titles developed by Rareware throughout the 1990s following Donkey Kong Country.
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