Edit: I did some searching. Heart breaking stuff. What an incredible way to remember Jason and the Community by, by releasing everything they have to the internet. Wonderful stuff.
"Unfortunately, 3D Buzz is closing its doors, not without giving people a final gift (more about that below). You may or may not know that Jason Busby, founder of 3D Buzz and one of the principal partners, dying from cancer back in 2017, and that affected 3D Buzz greatly. Besides founding 3D Buzz, Jason was Director of Animation for The Renaissance Center in Dickson, Tennessee, and was also the author of the books Mastering Unreal Technology Vols I and II."
Looks like either the torrent itself, or the set of files the torrent was created from is corrupt, or containing different versions of some of the zip files, because the torrent does not completely verify against the zip files that 3dbuzz originally released to the public on their website a week ago.
Someone on Reddit made a torrent too, and the first torrent that person made had some issues too but then that person made a new, fixed torrent that verifies correctly against all of the zip files that were originially released to the public by 3dbuzz.
Here is a link to the torrent made by the person on Reddit, that verifies correctly for all of the files: https://drive.google.com/uc?export=download&id=1bljXeR1xv9Tp...
> All files listed below are available on this torrent: 3dbuzz.torrent
Note that the first one they posted was bigger too, and in both cases, most of that extra size is coming from the following duplicate files:
Edit: The new one is already reporting some files fail to verify as the first one did.
For reference, in this comment I am talking about the torrent file 3dbuzz-2020-01-13.torrent from the 3dbuzz website with SHA256 hash sum:
The link currently posted on their website is https://www.3dbuzz.com/3dbuzz-2020-01-13
It looks like the link should have been https://www.3dbuzz.com/3dbuzz-2020-01-13.torrent
For reference, the 3dbuzz.torrent file that I was talking about above that failed to verify some of the files has the following SHA256 hash sum:
In particular, these are the files that failed to verify in the 3dbuzz.torrent file that 3dbuzz was initially hosting on its website:
3rd-person-character-system-part-03.zip (verification failed at 85.71% of 24.6 MB)
ai-programming-behavior-systems-part-01.zip (verification failed at 98.92% of 75.4 MB)
houdini-character-rigging-2-part-01.zip (verification failed at 99.45% of 291.2 MB)
houdini-director-volume-ii-part-01.zip (verification failed at 99.63% of 420.5 MB)
legacy-series-maya-part-01.zip (verification failed at 99.93% of 528.1 MB)
legacy-series-maya-part-02.zip (verification failed at 0.00% of 4 KB)
mastering-3dsmax-dragon-birthday-part-01.zip (verification failed at 99.33% of 565.5 MB)
mastering-maya-when-mechs-attack-part-04.zip (verification failed at 99.00% of 384.4 MB)
mathematics-algebra-part-01.zip (verification failed at 99.76% of 230.9 MB)
mathematics-part-01.zip (verification failed at 98.96% of 263.1 MB)
mathematics-trigonometry-part-01.zip (verification failed at 97.37% of 136.3 MB)
unreal-development-kit-part-15.zip (verification failed at 99.44% of 357.6 MB)
unreal-tournament-2003-2004-part-01.zip (verification failed at 99.17% of 528.7 MB)
unreal-tournament-2003-2004-part-02.zip (verification failed at 99.69% of 546.9 MB)
unreal-tournament-2003-2004-part-03.zip (verification failed at 98.85% of 322 MB)
> The peer distributing a data file treats the file as a number of identically sized pieces, usually with byte sizes of a power of 2, and typically between 32 kB and 16 MB each. The peer creates a hash for each piece, using the SHA-1 hash function, and records it in the torrent file.
Additionally, there are some duplicate files in that same 3dbuzz.torrent file:
I got my first job because of content from 3DBuzz. Later focussed on web development and now I'm here working in a very good job / able to start my own projects. Most of it started at 3DBuzz. So this is a very sad day for me.
I remember when Jason passed away that was devastating. I reached out to some members (who are now working at Epic / Microsoft). 3DBuzz set me (and many other people I know) up for life.
At the time, it also was the only place where you could get training material for Unreal Engine (3/UDK). I can only imagine that quite a few people in the industry first got their start on UE through that material.
Moreover, it was a community with a forum/IRC and had a podcast running for a while. While I wasn't an active member of the community, in its heyday I used to visit the site daily. It was a great place.
As the founder Jason Busby struggled with terminal cancer, the site died down.
My gratitude and regards go out to Jason's family and everyone who was involved with the site.
This is oddly enough what I remember most about the place. IIRC it was very relaxed and felt like the hosts just hanging out talking about whatever, but was also engaging unlike many podcasts that try to do that.
3dBuzz Variables and Data Types - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=og_8Bx-l80k
Mage and Fireball - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=923ELha-L4Q
I learned so much, but also got such a sense of community working with the other students.
I'll always be grateful for that opportunity.