Enlighten, a newish graphical engine developed by Geomerics, has actually achieved real-time radiosity effects. It simulates light scattering off of lit surfaces and lighting other surfaces that are not directly in the light, which then light other surfaces… a process which Geomerics claims continues effectively ad infinitum with their engine.
It’s quite impressive, and I recommend that you give it a look on their media page.
In other somewhat-related news, VLC Media Player’s newest version finally has good-looking subtitles. For anyone still using 0.8.6, now is a perfectly good time to upgrade to the newest version—0.9.8a at the time of this writing.
It’s been over three years since I first used VLC, and the whole time I’ve wished that it had more powerful subtitles. Now it features a pretty powerful engine with proper layout, colors, and fonts as dictated by some of the most recent subtitle formats. I thought this day would never come.
In fact, I had just installed the newest version and was chatting with a friend about this very feature, pondering if and perhaps when it would ever be made. I was somewhat doubtful…and then BAM they’d actually done it. Pretty crazy.