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The RyderMark "screenshot" that was published in July 2006
My take on RyderMark's newest incarnation

Fudo posted something about Rydermark today, and the hate mail is already starting to kick up.

In a previous article, we pretty thoroughly debunked the authenticity of Fudo's "screenshots."  In the original article, Fudo published an expose claiming NVIDIA would not allow developers to use 24-bit or 32-bit precision -- whatever that means -- inside the benchmark.  Fudo then published the screenshots of an ATI and an NVIDIA card side by side.

Our rebuttal was to disprove his analysis of this situation based on the two images, at least one of which was just a Photoshop manipulation.  I have my doubts about Candella as well, but the gist of that article -- Fudo's accusations that NVIDIA was pulling some sort of scam with developers -- was untrue given the evidence.

So here's the gauntlet: If Fudo or Candella can supply me with a version of the RyderMark benchmark by midnight tonight, I will donate $1,000 to a charity of Fudo's choosing.  The software must show, in full-motion video, all three screenshots displayed in the article Fudo published today.  I'll donate another $1,000 if it can display the images from the RyderMark "screenshots" published in July 2006.

Update 2/20/2007: Neither individual was able to provide me with the software even after direct requests.  Fuad declined to send me the binary and Candella did not respond to my emails.

Update 2/20/2007: Ryan Shrout from PC Perspective has uploaded the teaser video for the benchmark on Fileshack.  I'm beginning to think this whole thing has been a horrible hoax played on Fudo.


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Candella Software
By GaryJohnson on 2/21/2007 5:05:44 PM , Rating: 2
I get the impression that:
-some of the games their site claims they have worked on they might not have.
-some of the companies their site claims are partners may not be.
-a lot of the 3D artwork on their sites has been manipulated in photoshop.
-their contact address might be an apartment in London.
-the whole company might only be one person: Ajith Ramachandran
-whoever does their art likes horses and speedboats.

Their site:
http://www.candellasoftware.com/

The site for their game "Chariots":
http://www.planetchariots.com/

An interesting old E-Bay listing for some land for sale by Candella:
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/TROPICAL-LAND-NEAR-BEACH-KER...

Someone named Ajith Ramachandran is or was working for S3:
http://www.google.com/search?q=%22Ajith+Ramachandr...

A site with more info (including a personel count) on Candella:
http://www.gamesoutsourcer.com/companies.php?id=78

Their phone number (in London?):
+44 (0) 208 445 4197




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