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  11 November 2012
All the VFX tools that came with Blender 2.64 + Tears of Steel.
Lucasfilm's sale.
Nuke 7 (if that comes under 2012).
"For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world but loses his own soul?"

- Jesus
  11 November 2012
1) Disney buying Lucasfilm
2) Foundry + Lux merger
3) D2 tanking
4) VFX rescue missions (everybody stepped up to pick up stray D2 employees and AL pulling Fuel out of admin)
5) The Hobbit I'm sure will be worthy of featuring, but with things under such tight wraps and a very end of year release, it will be hard to pin down the content for that one.
6) Steam coming to Linux
7) Unity 4

This is probably the biggest platform shift year I've seen since SGI and Alpha started going belly up at the same time.
Windows not being the gorilla in the room for the year, mobile/personal encouraging platform independent development, and that trickling down to unexpected Linux support are all going to have a much bigger and longer lasting impact than the consequence of those things (win8).

I strongly disagree about DNeg's layoffs being included, it was a rather common downsize during an equally common dry patch, just it got overdramatized by a viral tweet. If this kind of stuff was to go into it, then we'd need half the entries every year to be a similar event, it wasn't even a big one compared to most of the previous lulls in London.

The other three can be any of the usual software releases that make it in every year despite a strong stagnation in most fields
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  11 November 2012
Blender 2.64
The Hobbit
Disney buying Lucasfilm
Luxology foundry merger
AD earnings loss
Microsoft Kinect
Halo 4
Nintendo Wiiu
Heights of great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they while their companions slept were toiling upwards in the night.
  11 November 2012
-Disney purchases Lucasfilm
-Autodesk earnings/layoffs/Naiad
-Digital Domain
-Kodak files for bankruptcy (Kodak Theatre (home of the Oscars) is renamed to Dolby Theatre for 20 years)
-Source Filmmaker
-Fabric Engine
-Windows 8
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  11 November 2012
mobile and indie gaming - hotline miami,the door,angry birds star wars,sword and sorcery. the list is endless (well)

and this years buzz word is ...."physical"

  11 November 2012
my review

assasins creed brotherhood and assasins reed 3(even i did not play the game yet)
blue sky studio (epic movie)
weta digital (tin tin for research)
  11 November 2012
Originally Posted by chien: weta digital (tin tin for research)

Tin Tin was released in 2011 and was already number 3 last year's retrospective
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  11 November 2012

VRay.... VRay everywhere....
Back to the university...
  11 November 2012
Originally Posted by chien: blue sky studio (epic movie)

Release date: May 2013
  11 November 2012
What was - probably - the single biggest NEW thing of 2012?

I'd say that it was KICKSTARTER CROWDFUNDING of many, many new game projects.

  12 December 2012
Dr D closes
Lead Character TD
Lucas Film
  12 December 2012
Echoing Paperman and the impact of Kickstarter on the industry

Also, in talking about movies, Life of Pi
Personal Website
I like blood & guts & rendering
  12 December 2012
Blender 2.65 - with lot of new tools.
We should not forget the stunning VFX of "LIfe of Pi"
  12 December 2012
Blender 2.65
Zbrush4 r4
  12 December 2012
Thanks for the posts guys.

Tell all your mates and colleagues to come on here and have their say. I want more opinions on this huge year.
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