duminică, 9 august 2009

3D interactive museum, featuring the early history of Nintendo

There are two things that i really like about the classic video game consoles. The first one is the rudimentary design, showcasing primitive technology, that you can pick it apart and put it back together by yourself. The simplicity of the construction makes me feel in charge, so that i am the one using the machine, and not vice versa. From the perspective of a tech-guy, you can learn lots of things just by studying the case. They don't make them like in the old days. The second thing is the gamplay. These days, it's all about graphics, fancy CGI, big explosions and giant robots. Back in the day, they had to compensate for visuals with engaging playability. They also had to use simplified graphic elements and rough animations to convey emotions, taking advantage of the fact that the human brain needs very few pixels of information to recognize a character. Games like pong, pac-man, donkey kong, space invaders or tetris will always be interesting because of the pure gameplay, representing the golden era of video games. These days, they are still very popular on portable devices and they represent a great source of inspiration.

tip: press "P" to save screenshot
easter egg: press ctrl + shift + W to transform the NES into a movie poster.

use WASD and mouse to move around, thanks tutorialsforblender.com for the mouseloook script

i can't guarantee the contrast, saturation etc, as i am away from home and it's very hard to output it out on a decent monitor. I will fix it in time and also provide better screenshots.