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George Lucas Sells Out

No words. Still can’t quite fathom the consequences of this. Yes, we may get some great Star Wars films now. Yes, there are a lot of talented people who could make Star Wars great again. Yes, we could finally get a restored, unaltered, original trilogy on Bluray now. But at the same time. Gone is

SUPER MARIO CEREMONY: Mario madness!

Is there such a thing as too much Mario? For the creators of this insane/awesome tribute video, the answer is no! This year is the 30th anniversary of Mario who is the symbolic character of Nintendo. To celebrate it, We made an music videos which recorded 30 years of Mario’s history in cooperation with the

Meet Playstation 4

George Lucas Sells Out

No words. Still can’t quite fathom the consequences of this. Yes, we may get some great Star Wars films now. Yes, there are a lot of talented people who could make Star Wars great again. Yes, we could finally get a restored, unaltered, original trilogy on Bluray now.

But at the same time. Gone is the independent entity of Lucasfilm and all it’s subsidiaries. Lucasarts. Industrial Light and Magic. This is huge. For better or worse.

Star Wars has long since ceased to be a much loved trilogy. It’s an ever growing franchise. One that is probably better off out of Lucas’ hands now. Sad to say.

Those films I once knew. Gone they are.

SUPER MARIO CEREMONY: Mario madness!

Is there such a thing as too much Mario?
For the creators of this insane/awesome tribute video, the answer is no!

This year is the 30th anniversary of Mario who is the symbolic character of Nintendo. To celebrate it, We made an music videos which recorded 30 years of Mario’s history in cooperation with the about 40 Japanese creators.

The Star Wars Blus

I don’t post much here any more. Too busy. Life’s too short. So much important stuff to do, so little time. Etc. But sometimes, a thing comes along that bugs me so, I am compelled to vent my nerd-rage here…

“Nooo” is about all I can say. It was enough to make me cancel my Bluray pre-order (for the 2nd time). Thing is, I don’t mind that Lucas wants to update these films to keep the special effects looking good, not so dated. But this clearly is another case of Han shoots first syndrome. Changing a beloved scene, for very different reasons. Either he thinks audiences are too dim to gage what’s going on in Vader’s mind as he looks at his son writhing in agony, or he wants to somehow mirror (and justify) the same terrible “Nooo” we got at the end of Episode III.

Anyhow, what do I care. Well, I do, and here’s the worst thing. The original pretence for the tinkering that started with the 1997 Special Editions. Fixing the old special effects that were out of date. Still has not been done properly. As I watched the Death Star run in Return of the Jedi on the new Bluray release, what do I see? BOXES!! Yes, boxes. As the TIE Fighters fly down the tunnels, in a couple of scenes these are clearly visible, STILL.

I’ve adjusted the levels slightly in these pics to make it apparent, but it is clearly visible in-motion. I wouldn’t mind this so much if so much effort wasn’t being spent on parts of the film which is not in need of tinkering. sigh

Of course none of this would matter if we had multiple versions of Star Wars available with each release, as has been done with Blade Runner, Lord of the Rings, etc. Any large movie studio would have done this. I guess being the biggest independent film-maker in the world has it’s advantages…

Portal fan-films

A couple of short films based on Valve’s amazing game, Portal. The sequel of which I have yet to delve in to. The quality of fan-films like this, based on so many different geek-worthy licenses, is becoming astoundingly professional. The term fan-films, even sounds a little insulting now…

Outside Aperture

Portal: No Escape

A Short Film by Dan Trachtenberg.

Arthur Nishimoto’s Star Wars Fleet Commander

A computer science masters student at the University of Illinois, Arthur Nishimoto, has created Fleet Commander. An awesome concept for a Star Wars game.

The game is played on a 20-foot monitor, comprised of 18 LCD displays tiled to create an astonishing 8160×2304 resolution screen. I hope Lucas will be in touch about hiring this guy. Star Wars games have been hit and miss since the 90s… mostly miss I think. This looks promising, and could be adapted for tablets, but if Lucasfilm saw this they’d most probably be wanting to sue his a$$ unfortunately.