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5-19-2010 @ 8:41AM
Northrend's mountains. Doubly so when I realised how they're put together.In short, WoW's continents are a single sheet (called a terrain map) that's raised and lowered, and populated with buildings, to make the environments we run around in. This is why cave entrances aren't part of the regular landscape, and why mountains and cliffs never overhang.What's impressive about the mountains is that, despite the fact that they're one sheet, the textures don't look stretched. They're cunningly put together to look great from every angle, despite the simplicity of the underlying tech.
5-19-2010 @ 9:45AM
I agree with you... but I must add that the mountains in Icecrown are the most interesting. If you walk around some of the snowy areas in the mountains, you can sometimes find patches where there isn't any snow. In those snow-less patches, if you look closely, you will notice that it's all just bones from various creatures. This chilled me the first time I noticed it, because it means that the entire snowy mountainside is just a layer of snow on top of an endless pool of bones... the endless remains of those that foolishly sought to fight the Lich King.
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