Video Games

The Legacy of Tron and Syd

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There are a just a handful of movies that truly influenced me in life and are simply part of my DNA. Tron is one of those movies.

The visual impact of Tron and its computer-generated worlds drove me to take computer graphic classes, and ultimately end up working in the fields of comic books, video games, digital media and virtual worlds.

Now, over 25 years later, I’m thrilled to be watching this new footage from Tron: Legacy. The look-and-feel seems nostalgic and retro, yet modern and updated at the same time.

I can’t post about Tron without giving a bit shout out to Syd Mead for being such a rock star conceptual artist. Many of my all time favorite movies have his signature on them (Tron, Blade Runner, Aliens, 2001…).

Here is a nice video on the art and life of Syd Mead! A true visionary who I had the privilage of meeting at last years Comic Con.

Instafilms.com is live!

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We just launch of our public beta for Instafilms.com. This is “machinima for the masses.” Instafilms allows video game fans to make their own CG animated short films (or shows) with a simple tool set that includes text-to-speech, drag and drop cameras, and choices of sets and characters. Shows get rendered within minutes, and you can post them anywhere.

There are currently three “shows” to choose from: Sony Playstation’s Heavenly Sword, Ubisoft’s Brothers in Arms, and our own original franchise, Menlo Park. We will be adding more game franchises in the coming weeks.

Make your own cartoon.. its a lot of fun! Any comments or feedback, I would love to know what you think!

Project Natal

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E3 starts tomorrow, and the race between XBox, PS3 and Wii continue. Out of the gates early is this nifty demo from Microsoft for Project Natal. Nintendo clearly risks losing its dominance here when it comes to the player being the game input/control device. Check it out.

Mashade.com Launches

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Picture 1I get to add another website to my ever-growing list of creations now. This one is particularly fun and a reflection of current trends in online entertainment… User-Generated Content.

When looking at the online video game trailer landscape online, it became clear there was opportunity here to do more.

Mashade.com allows users to editing video game trailers and in-game footage. You can not only watch all the latest video game trailers, but now you can “mash them up” to make them your very own. We have added in all sorts of fun audio clips, music and graphics which you can add into your video to truly personalize it.

Blockade partnered up with GorillaSpot on this site, and we think it will grow to become quite popular amoung gamers and those who just want to make fun viral videos with some really compelling content.

Check it out, make your own mashup, and let me know what you think.