Half the fun of going into a virtual world is watching for the special effects. A nicely placed explosion or funky lighting
attracts interest. Moving water and flickering flames add realism. There are many different ways you can combine
the ideas in this book to create highly realistic and surreal experiences, but even a few simple things will add fun!
To create special effects of all stripes, you'll need to have a good grasp of particle effects, texture animation,
and lighting. All three topics are presented in this chapter.