Originally posted by Chalnoth
I don't think it's ever going to be done on the video card.
And the ability to do the real calculations won't be available in realtime until we have a few more orders of magnitude worth of computational power. In the meantime, there should be lots of cheap hacks, but even those cheap hacks will take a lot of power.
If you are talking about realistic physics of planes of grass etc..., you are then looking at a good 500 years+.
Quantum computers will be the ones doing it all, not our ****ty Athlon's and Pentium processors.