Sunday, 27 April 2014

Link roundup

Disinformation reviews the gritty new video by Control, describing it as "Afro-Gothic intensity".

The creators of the forthcoming game Alien: Isolation discuss design aesthetics and the lo-fi methods they used to get a late 70s vibe to their work.

TRUE SKIN is a VFX piece touting some good old-skool Cyberpunk aesthetics right out of a William Gibson novel.

Krautscape have released images and video footage of their quirky new racing game which is greenlit for Steam.

Awesome Robo has posted about the excellent indie sci-fi short called Prospect. It's a very cool broken-retro-future coming-of-age story which I urge you to watch.

Typeset in the Future has a wonderful piece about the typography of Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Silver and Light is an inspiring video about one man's obsession to create massive wet-plate photographs in-situ amidst some of America's most inaccessible wilderness.

Polygon has a good piece on the forthcoming Monument Valley MC Escher-like game (mentioned here previously).

...and to finish this guy is totally amazing!!!

Monday, 21 April 2014

Nightingale the Robber

First off - an apology. I tend to bookmark interesting things to blog, then return to them a few days (or weeks) later to post them. Alas in my old age I cannot remember how I discovered the Russian movie Nightingale the RobberI suspect it might have been because of a custom toy I saw somewhere.

Anyhoo, long-time readers will remember my fascination with the Mauser pistol. I blogged about a resprayed replica a couple of years ago. Well, it turns out that Nightingale the Robber features a chap who carries two gilded Mausers on his day-to-day business.

These pistols satisfy my love of gold-plated technology, especially cameras. That said, "The Man with the Golden Pentax" just sounds a bit odd somehow...

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Shoreditch graffiti

I returned to my old stomping ground this weekend and found this awesome bit of art. Enjoy.

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Trolling, girls' bedrooms and bronies

Earlier this week I discovered what looked like a bonkers Kickstarter for a Brony dating sim. It has an weird-as-hell narrator puppet, catchy music, internet-star voice artists and some pretty cool concept at. And it's about dating fictional teenage ponies. Yes, that's right. You. Date. Ponies.

But in this age of anonymous internet hate, weird meta jokes and memes the plot is starting to thicken. I'll be up-front at this point. I have no idea who to believe.

A kind of Ballard-ian/Gibson esque plot seems to be developing where the 'creators' of the proposed project are being trolled. Accusations are flying that the whole project is a sham and part of some nascent internet joke. Videos are emerging of Sam Hyde (who crashed TED and is part of the group Paradigm Shift) coaching voice artists and making scathing remarks about potential backers. He tells the (mainly female) voice artsits (including Molly Soda) to make themselves "look nice" as he doesn't want them to look "like trash, like dirt...try not to be a little pig. I know you probably eat junk food all day. Sitting there. Looking at tumblr, eating Taco Bell. Your room is a pig sty."

Most tellingly he confides, "We're trying to get retards to back a Kickstarter".

So I've just backed it. But for $15 I kind of figure I'll just sit back and watch the show and, even if I do loose my cash, it'll probably be worth it.

From my brief reading, the Brony movement is partly about breaking gender stereotypes and making it OK for guys to be sensitive and caring. This, in my eyes, is a Good Thing. My only hope is that,  if Dark Skyes does turn out to be a hoax, it doesn't poke fun at a group of caring, often young, men who are making their way though this increasingly complex world of ours.

[Edit: So it appears the Kickstarter was pulled a few hours before completion. I think the funds had dropped at the last minute. Maybe we'll never know the truth!]

Via Awesome Robo