I was looking for a new background for my computer when I came across Dream Aquarium. The ad claimed it was the most natural and realistic aquarium screen saver ever created. Being a fish enthusiast (read: guy who had a goldfish when he was 7), I was intrigued. I followed the link and instantly became attracted to the video playing in the lower corner. The movie was showing fish playfully swimming, nipping other fish, and eating pellets of food. I was pretty sure this was a live video of what they wanted to one day achieve until I read the disclaimer to the left.

These are not real fish! They are 100% computer generated fish doing everything that real ones do – pecking at objects in the tank, eating food, chasing each other, swimming amongst the plants, hanging out in schools and enjoying life!

I was sold. Dream Aquarium really is the most realistic screen saver I’ve ever owned. The fish are beautiful, their movement is natural, and the environment can’t be beat. It really is a stunning piece of software that won’t be given any justice in a simple review. You need to visit Dream Aquarium for yourself, and at the very least download the demo.

The Cat Problem.

I left my house earlier this morning and the screen saver must have turned on when I was gone. I returned to a disheveled desk. The monitor was knocked over, one of the speakers fell behind the desk and my wireless keyboard, mouse, and a stack of papers were on the floor. My first thought was someone had broken into my place but forgot to steal anything until I looked slightly to the right and saw an innocent looking cat. Now, if you own a cat, you know the innocent look is deceptive. After an hour of questioning I was getting nowhere and since this is America and you are innocent until proven guilty, I can’t automatically assume it was the cat. But deep down, we both know she did it.

A word of advice, if you own a cat and that cat likes fish, this screen saver could cost you a little more than you bargained for.

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  • Matt

    That is really cool. I’m very impressed with how realistic they’ve made the fish. This is likely to ruin the fish market. And by the fish market I mean the place where you can sell and trade highly valued fish, not the place where I work and sleep.

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