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When it comes to character design Yu Cheng Hong stands out from the pack.
Please take a brief moment to scroll through this incredible set of digital illustrations and you will see why here at Vectorvault, we are keeping a close eye on his portfolio.
He’s a genius. Plain and simple.
See the entire set here.
Adorable concept. Much more fun than popping in a DVD for the “little rug rats”. The journey is the game. Love it.
Did I mention it’s free?
Backseat Driver, the first product introduced by ToyToyota, is an iPhone application which allows kids to enjoy driving from the back seat of their car.
The player controlling My Car follows Papa Car, whose moves mirror the route of the real car in which the player is riding, using the iPhone’s GPS functionality. By steering My Car left and right to follow Papa Car’s path and pick up objects, the player can score points. Backseat Driver offers the passenger a new way to enjoy the driving.
The route that you took will be saved automatically so that you can look over.
You can gain points by collecting the items Papa Car drops, and the Landmark Icons of shops and facilities that are from the real maps. After you gained some points, you can customize your car with your own designs. The designs of your car and the saved route you took can be shared via Twitter.
Let’s grow your car more and more, by enjoying the actual car ride!
I tell you, you gotta hand it to the cats who handle T-Mobile’s advertising. It’s truly ground breaking. Here is yet another amazing execution that involves real people interacting with real brands. The result is absolute magic.
One app that has grown from an iPhone hit to a worldwide phenomenon is Rovio Mobile’s Angry Birds. Whether you’re a fan of knocking over pigs and structures by flinging birds, or go berserk when you hear the Angry Birds theme music, you have to admit that the popularity of what was originally a simple iOS game it pretty amazing. Now T-Mobile is capitalizing on Angry Birds fever with a clever YouTube video titled Angry Birds Live.
A human-scaled mockup of the Angry Birds world was created in a square in Barcelona, with lucky participants using the game on a smartphone to launch birds on their castle-smashing journey. It includes authentic sounds effects and exploding pigs, and was obviously popular judging from the size of the crowd that appears.
The ad isn’t iPhone-specific, noting that T-Mobile has the “widest range of smartphones,” but the carrier does sell the iPhone outside of the U.S. and the game got its start on iOS. With that, we present to you Angry Birds Live in all of its glory:
Depixelizing Pixel Art: Upscaling Retro 8-bit Games
Two researchers — Johannes Kopf from Microsoft, and Dani Lischinski from The Hebrew University — have successfully created an algorithm that depixelizes and upscales low-resolution 8-bit “pixel art” into lush vector graphics. The algorithm identifies pixel-level details to accurately shade the new image — but more importantly, the algorithm can create smooth, curved contour lines from only-connected-on-the-diagonal single pixels. Look at the Super Mario World dolphin below, and compare it to the original source sprite below that: the results speak for themselves.
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Unless you’ve been living under a rock fro the past 50 years, you know that The Beatles are one of the most influential rock bands in the world. Even today, their music seems to strike a chord worldwide. So it’s no wonder that it was not long before the video game world took notice. This year, The Beatles: Rock Band promises to re-define the music/game genre by setting their sights on a wide demographic.
In order to make a play for would-be-fans, the animations have been taken to the next level. Apart from a loving tribute to a landmark act, Harmonix’s singularly-focused rhythm game The Beatles: Rock Band is just as significant a work for being what is essentially gaming’s first, best interactive documentary.
Tracing the band’s rise and rise from their inauspicious Cavern Club beginnings to the Apple Corps rooftop finale, TB:RB offers a look inside the life of the band both overt (see: the traces and ephemeral snippets in the form of unlockable photos and fan club merch) and covert (see, here: the difficulty-arc-dip from their early, more technical work — a band with something to prove — to the remarkably simple bliss-outs as they move into their, er, higher, altered states).
But possibly its most remarkable achievement is the art and motion graphics that went in to the game, from Passion Pictures’ eye-searingly gorgeous intro and outro videos, aided by Alberto Mielgo‘s concepts (at top), and the ‘Kid Stays in the Picture’-esque interstitials by Kansas City, MO’s MK12.
Below the fold, then: the best of all the above in a high-res gallery, giving you everything but the game.
The intro and outro videos directed by Pete Candeland (the Passion Pictures producer best known for his work animating The Gorillaz) remain the highlight of the entire TB:RB experience, as becomes instantly clear with a quick view of the following.
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