Here is a very awesome piece of machinima from the people at Quantic Dream. This was rendered in real time on a Playstation (YES, a Playstation!) and while much of it is motion captured it demonstrates just how far machinima has come in the last few years. It also demonstrates what a terrible opportunity has been missed by virtual worlds like Blue Mars. Blue Mars has superior graphics and would have been at the forefront of machinima had they provided even the basic tools for creating visual stories: free floating camera; facial and extended body animations; lip sync.
Instead the world lies mostly dead the owners focusing on a virtual what’s hot or not. Terribly sad and wasteful when you consider where they could be now had they embraced the concept of becoming the leading machinima platform back in 2009. It appears that the guys at Quantic Dream get it.
I saw this trailer maybe 2 years ago. It looks great and I wanted there to be more, however I can’t find any additional information about it. I think the plan was for it to be a TV series, but it appears to be independently funded so I guess nothing has come of it so far. Pity .
Here’s a great trailer for a documentary (still in post-production) about how the introduction of 20,000 bicycles over 20 years has transformed the impoverished city of Rivas, Nicaragua.
What happens to an impoverished developing nation town when you flood it with 20,000 bicycles? You lift three times that number of people out of poverty. Pedals for Progress and founder David Schweidenback have been shipping used American bicycles to Rivas, Nicaragua for the last two decades and the transformation has been incredible.
I can’t say that I am a big fan of the Captain America comics. I did read a few as a kid but they were hard to find and so I never really got into the series. However the ones I preferred were all set during World War 2. The character always seemed far grittier and more heroic than the whiny, emo 70s version. I couldn’t wait for the flashback sequences to begin. So I admit I had no interest in this film – it wasn’t even on my radar – until I saw this trailer. This is good. I like this. I love how they’ve gone back to the origins of the character. I hope the release can live up to the expectations created by this trailer.
Captain America: The First Avenger is definitely on my radar now.