Submitted by , posted on 14 September 2001
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Here is a screenshot of a free 3D screensaver I made recently. Its called
RocketSaver and you can download it and other free 3D Mean Fox screensavers from
My friend Calle Wollner modeled the rocket. Some of you may recognize the
design. It has several hundred polygons. I used 3D Exploration to export it from
a 3DS model into an OpenGL display list. The texture is embedded into the
screensaver as a bitmap resource.
The stars are just triangles of varying sizes. They rotate slowly and aliasing
causes them to twinkle.
The rocket trails are also made up of triangles. They look decent and are a
cheap alternative to the more usual particle system implementation based on
blended textured quads. My exhaust particles spin, shrink, and fade to black
RocketSaver is of modest complexity, obviously, but I had fun making it. Feel
free to email me if anyone has specific technical questions: firstname.lastname@example.org