We've a bevy of things for you to check out in this afternoon's post. From animation tech that's a couple of years old and STILL awesome, to Brutal Legend's UI design then ending it off with some music.
I understand that this video is 2-3 years old by now but it still holds strong for an interesting look at how animation has come to be in some of todays games.
You tend to see a lot more intuitive animation systems in todays games, and I am wondering how influenced they were by this technology (or how influenced this technology was by earlier games). You especially see it in sports games. I remember loading up NBA Live 2009 for the first time and just mucking around in the loading screen, running my character around like an idiot new to games.
Uploaded by Youtube user InterviewKowalski - who I am assuming is the designer responsible for the UI - is a video showcasing how the design for Brutal Legend's UI came to be. Like everything else in the game, it was inspired by 70's Metal but created to contrast against the rest of the games bright colours and over-the-top effects.
The music post from last week went over so well that we're doing it again here on this fine Tuesday afternoon.
I'm changing things up from last weeks music and going with some hip-hop on this one.
Now, before you run away* (you sissy) consider this: This song is from the Deltron 3030 album, by Del. Del was one of the singers for the Gorillaz 'Clint Eastwood' album and is a crazy creative hiphop artist. Case in point: The Deltron3030 album was themed in the idea that it was written while he was living on Mars in the year 3030 under his alter ego Deltron Zero. He's a former mech soldier who's opposing the huge corporations running the universe.
Oh whats that, did that tickle your nerd bone? I thought it would. Have a listen.