Nov 30, 2011
In a trippy, funny and cartoony video the guys at Nike are able to explain almost every big move they've made over the past 30 + years in this video called, "Tales From The Kitchen." The whole idea of presenting this new sneaker tech, known as the "Hyperfusion" in a Tales from the Crypt/Dexter's lab style is something to give them props about.
Add the music, featuring Shuggie Otis at his finest, and you get one of Nike's geekiest and smartest advertisements they've released in a while. You can check out Shuggie Otis' track, Strawberry Letter 23 after the break!
A teaser for a teaser? This first, severely wtf look at the feature film supposedly will revolve around Tim&Eric trying to get a million dollars to make a film. From this first glance, it seems like their very distinct brand of humor will be center stage. While I don't think it will do well with mainstream audiences, the rest of us will be eagerly awaiting to see if Pep pep makes it on the big screen. This is going to be one hell of an interesting movie.
Joining Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim in this feature will be the likes of: Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly, Zach Galifianakis, Jeff Goldblum, Robert Loggia, Will Forte, Erica Durance, William Atherton, Ray Wise, Mark Cuban and Costas Mandylor. It'll be available via video on demand starting January 27th, 2012 and will hit theaters (Probably very briefly) on March 2nd.
Little Printer is an awesome little gadget that will be arriving sometime in 2012, to give your online experience a slightly more analog feel. The concept is simple, and fun. Depending on what type of subscriptions you have on your phone, you'll receive a daily feed of news, puzzles, to do lists, trivia, reminders and messages from friends in a mini newspaper format. Who knows what this thing will cost, but I find myself strangely compelled by this retro futuristic little device. You can find out more about it here.
I absolutely love, love, love this music video. The concept might be obscure to some, but its basically a recreation of the opening of the classic eighties series, Miami Vice with bits and pieces of other TV shows from that era. Its got that distinct look that defined the eighties, with its opulence, distinct fashions, transitions, fonts and VHS like feel. Fantastic idea executed in a way that exceeds the actual source material.
What happens when you realize that your world as you know it is completely artificial? You break out and explore whats truly out there, a collection of bizarre worlds. This creative video project gets truly meta towards the end, looping back to the start in a pretty unexpected manner.
Flash Mob videos are something that make me instantly smile. I have yet to encounter one in person (boo), but I hope to at least once. Hell, maybe I should try to find a local one, and join? Hmm... Theatrical endeavors aside, the group Improv Everywhere have recently debuted their Christmas-themed bit, Mall Santa. Because, you know, you're never too old to sit on Santa's lap.
Nov 29, 2011
Ever wanted to play within the Doctor Who universe with a bunch of 12 year olds hurling abuse at you? Well this may be the closest you will ever get.
Doctor Who: Worlds in Time is a browser-based online game set in the universe of Doctor Who. Players are time travellers helping the Doctor solve a mystery that threatens the very fabric of the time stream. What mystery? Who, what & where? Who knows, but the game will include monsters from both the original and new series which pleases me as a Doctor Who fan.
If you're interested you can try out for the beta here. I'm sure it's not going to be the most amazing game ever but it's free and aimed at kids so I hardly think my opinion matters. Plus I'm more excited than those silly candy eating children.
If you're still digesting all of the Thanksgiving goodness and subsequent leftovers, never fear. This week's Cute Mixtape is here to entertain and soothe you. Let the fluff and "squee!" guide you through the week. Four more after the jump!
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With aesthetics that probably went on to inspire the works of Junji Okubo, Krieger presents a retro space look that seems borrowed from early space science fiction movies, The series has a solid fan base that collects and share designs interpretations from all over the world ( mostly in Germany and Japan) like this site, that really takes things into a whole different level.
There seems to be no coherent storyline and some data overlaps with older documents and stories but it doesn't really matter, as the models look awesome anyway. Check out a few more images of cool Krieger kits after the break!
|The Caldari Gunnlogi Tank (Via)|
CCP, the Iceland based studio has been hard at work on a FPS ground expansion of their popular space sim, EVE online for a few years now. These are the first vehicle concepts to be released, courtesy of Kemp Remillard from Massive Black and William Chen of Supalette (Who's painterly style reminds me a lot of Craig Mullins). Very cool concepts showcasing just a small handful of vehicles that will be present in the final product. You can read more about the roles of these vehicles on the Playstation Blog.
|The Gallente Prometheus Transport|
|Gallente Limbus Logistics Vehicle|
This incredible little animated short was created by a group of students who go by the name of the 'Cube Creative' at Les Gobelins. Its a fantastic short about a moment most people end up having and remembering for years, an evening spent aimlessly wandering yet somehow full of incredible experiences. Its crazy to think that this was created by the class of 2013, but at the end of the day we're always stunned at the quality of work that Les Gobelins puts out.
Nov 28, 2011
Unfortunately the film director Ken Russell passed away today. For those who are unaware of his work, Russell was a famous English film director who was considered a pioneer in both television and film industrie. His trademark flamboyant and controversial style earned him a spot in English pop culture history.
He also directed one of my favourite films of all time, "Tommy." The film came out in 1975 and was a musical based upon The Who's 1969 rock opera album musical by the name of well, "Tommy." The film revolves around a psychosomatically deaf, dumb and blind boy who becomes a master pinball player and the object of a religious cult because of it. It's a masterpiece and if you haven't watched it put in on your Netflix right now! Rest in peace Ken Russell, and thank you for one of the coolest films I've ever seen. The above is a sample from the film, the song Pinball Wizard with the one and only Elton John.
But before we go a quick fun Awesome-Robo trivia track! The film Tommy was actually filmed in my hometown of Portsmouth and burnt down the pier during production. The city museum also has some original memorabilia from the film inside so remind me to take you next time you're down.
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We always love coming across really cool, homemade projects like this. A group of friends spent 6 months making this stop-motion music video using fabric and paper. It's a pretty fun animation chronicling the history of the world, from the age of dinosaurs to present day.
These fun mini ads were created by a French animation group known as 'Je Suis Bien Content' (I'm really happy) to promote fictional combo sports that would actually be pretty hilarious, if not completely impractical. Check out two more of these bi-sports after the break!
As a celebration of Cup Noodles 40th Year Anniversary, the company is releasing a special edition Cup Noodle Bot that doubles as an awesome cooking timer. Despite me swearing off the stuff after four years of college spent eating it, I'd absolutely reconsider buying an industrial sized pack of Cup Noodles if they offered this bot as an incentive outside of Japan. Who wouldn't want an army of these guys?
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A cool ad collab between Matthieu Bessudo (AKA McBess) and Nissan to promote the unfortunately named Nissan 'Qashqai' vehicle. The ad features the Nissan bringing life to a mundane world via the colorful, stylized work of the highly celebrated urban artist. Enjoy.
Nov 26, 2011
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This awesome collection of wood sculptures was created to celebrate B-Boy culture in Japan, specifically the group known as Unity Selections based out of Saitama, Japan. These wooden creations encompass all the kinetic energy present in this form of dance, which takes on many flavors depending on the region. Check out a half dozen more colorful B-Boyizm sculptures after the break!
While still in a bit of a Thanksgiving food stupor, I came across this video from these guys in Montreal. Taking a most excellent take on Epic Meal Time, is Epic Geek Time. This episode? A Nintendo meat-mushroom hybrid (lovingly dubbed the "meatSHROOM") consisting of pork chops, bacon, mushrooms, and... Jack Daniel's?
Nov 25, 2011
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The movie hits hits March 9, 2012.
Ormie is an adorable pink pig. He's just walking by, happily minding his own business... when he across the delicious aroma of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. How can he go against his nature? This little piggy must have his tasty treat. Poor guy has some difficulty though. Watch him never stop trying to reach the unreachable.
I can imagine that an amusement park ride operator's job would probably get a bit boring towards the end of the day. So why not mix things up a bit, and play a [safe] prank on an unsuspecting rider? Maybe say something along the lines of "the harness isn't working" right before launching his ride? The reaction is priceless, and I'm surprised he didn't s*it his pants.
Very interesting collab between Modeselektor featuring the very distinct vocals of Thom Yorke of Radiohead. This moody music video features similar themes to M83's Midnight City, with its use of super powered children wandering post apocalyptic landscapes. Despite those minor similarities, it has a different enough sound and mood for it be a complete non issue.
|This guy started it all|
But Mr Scott in a bold move, is going revitalize the franchise with a sort of prequel that is not really a prequel but a story that happens in the same Aliens universe.
It all revolves around one of the most intriguing figures in science fiction films, the space jockey. This massive lifeform stands in the middle of what seems to be a control chamber in the spaceship found in the first movie, in what is the most memorable scene i can recall of the whole saga.
The space jockey was kind of a mystery, nobody knew much about him and there are a bunch of theories on the web about his relevance on Aliens universe.
Prometheus, the greek myth, is the metaphor that will expand the mythos of the saga, driving the story on a more ''Lovecraftian'' way and will eventually, resolve all the questions that linger over the Mala'kak.
The film is already being filmed, and will be done with a low dose of cgi.
Some of the few new images of the film, here
Nov 24, 2011
This amazing intro was created using a Phantom, a series of cameras specialized for slow mo capture. In order to get such ridiculously fluid shots the cameras need to shoot at 5000+ frames per second, which is nothing short of over the top ridiculous. The opening sequence was created by Ty Migota using leftovers from a shoot for Nik Perleros "How To Get Laid." Fantastic soundtrack by the Beastie Boys.
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So in honor of Thanksgiving (If you celebrate it, that is), its time for some Epic Meal Time. They've outdone themselves so much with this terrifying new monstrosity that its kind of scary, topping out at 800,000 calories. Ten turkeys, stuffed with duck, chicken, cornish hen, quail, bacon and stuffing...Covered in bacon, stuffed into ten seperate pigs. And lets not forget the side of Baconators. So yeah, Happy Thanksgiving! If you've still got any appetite after watching this bizarre, and slightly grotesque feast unfold. Check out their 2010 entry, the TurBaconEpic after the break!
Emma Stone made an appearance on Sesame Street recently. It was her duty to teach the youngin's all about balance (the letter of the day being 'B'). Sadly, her balance is just... off. Luckily, adorable little Abby Cadabby comes along to bestow her magic on poor, struggling Emma. Props to Emma for having such a good sense of humor.
Nov 23, 2011
This movie showcases the message of internet bullying through facebook. EVERYNONE created this anti-bullying video in a very well filmed collage of portraits any which could be someone you know in school today.
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Shame, I would have brought 10 of the things because they look so darn cool AND cute! It's pretty cute as well and I would love one for each of the class. Alas I'll have to stick with Minecraft Team Fortress 2 skins. Notch, if you read this, I envy you so much!
|What will become of the Future Foundation?|
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This group of badass Punjab dudes appeared on a South Indian talent show called 'Adhurs: The Ultimate Talent Show' and proceeded to unleash a complete cyclone of destruction on the set. Lightbulbs were eaten, bricks were smashed on heads, and countless tons of balsa wood and pottery shattered. In a way its kind of like seeing an entire season of Jackass stunts performed in 7 minutes, with the addition of some absolutely hilarious judge reaction shots. These guys went on to win with their over the top performance, winning about 300,000 non Zelda rupees($3500).
With a style that resembles the works of Yoshitaka Amano and occult books of the 18th century, her themes gravitate around Victorian fashions and thin, pale, vampire like females posing semi nude for a fashion photographer of the era. A more traditional description of her opus can be found on the link above.
More images after the break!
Kagemu is a hybrid style consisting choreographed live action and projected video interacting together as a fluid mixture. The performance was created as a collaboration between Orientarythm and Nobuyuki Hanabusa, who drew influence from traditional Japanese theater (like Kabuki), and martial arts. The folks at Kagemu have evolved their performance multiple times since their debut in 2007, refining it into a truly unique experience.
Nov 22, 2011
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With a consistent body of work, Nook always manages to bring eerie atmospheres, beautiful, vibrant color palettes and intriguing characters into his work. Check out more of his work after the jump!
Following up on the awesome pictures released from the 2011 LA Auto Show here we see the Nintendo Karts that were released at the LA Auto Show in 2011. Showcasing the wonderful work of West Coast Customs and what every single 10 year old kid dreams his car would looks like. I wonder if it will let on to a Pimp-My-Kart reality show.
With Minecraft becoming one of the worlds most popular indie games this year, many players have experienced the love/hate relationship that is playing it. One of the most commonly known is meeting a creeper after having worked hard to gather diamonds only to see it blown up in a second by one of these explosive creatures. FreddieW shows off his awesome video FX skills and brings too life a visual rendition of what goes through our collective minds when a creeper gets too close.
I have my tickets. I have every release of the musical and although when I heard that the part of the Journalist was being replace (originally played by Richard Burton), I was upset. Having heard his voice for as long as I could remember the news came to me like nails on a chalkboard. When I heard who was replacing him? I was relieved. Liam Neeson is the perfect replacement. Check out more of my reasoning after the break!
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This awesome music video was created by Grandchildren, an animation studio run by Sean Pecknold (His brother, Robin is the front man for Fleet Foxes) and his friends. This 8 minute video mashes up elements of Bambi, pure nightmares and lovely warm light to create an unsettling, trippy journey through a very fantastical landscape.
I'm really looking forward to seeing this upcoming documentary by LeSean Thomas, a Bronx based illustrator who managed to infiltrate the Korean animation industry. He's worked on a slew of animated projects including the Boondock Saints, Avatar (Not Cameron, the anime) and the fantastic Black Dynamite pilot we covered a while back. Over the years I've had a chance to see a ton of amazing behind the scenes from overseas studios like Ghibli, Gainax and a few others..But Korean animation studios are uncharted territory. Stay tuned for the full release! In the meanwhile, check out LeSean Thomas' website to see some of his amazing work!
This 4 minute short stars a depressed loner who eventually finds happiness when he finally realizes how much joy his unlikely companion brings him. Its a cool short presented in an isometric fashion, with simple and appealing cel shaded characters and a chill track by The Freaks.
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This clever set of ads by Bensimon Bryne seeks to point out that Movember is not about facial hair based stereotypes, but about defying social norms for a good cause. Check out five more of these Movember ads after the break!
Sweet little Oskar the blind kitty has just been made so happy. He has been given his first toys, including a little ball with a bell in it. It really made me d'aww to watch this sweet little guy. I was due for a good cry, anyway. While you may also shed a few tears while watching this, at least be comforted in knowing they're happy tears.
Nov 21, 2011
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Winter is coming. But after winter, comes spring. Next spring, April to be exact, season 2 of HBO's Game of Thrones will debut. It may be hard to believe that I'm becoming a true Game of Thrones fan, considering that I'm still working on book 1. Unless I'm waiting at the airport or the laundromat, I have a hard time sitting down to a book. Which is a drastic change from my younger self, but I digress. Here we have a sneak peek into season 2, currently in production. I can't wait for April, and will do my best to avoid spoilers online. Enjoy!
A very creative stop motion short using Google maps street view as a major starting point. A toy escapes its grim reality as a neglected desk novelty by embarking on a cross country road trip to the Pacific via Google's service. Fantastic work by Tom Jenkins of Theoryfilms, who produced, animated, filmed, lit and edited the film.
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|Straight Outta Console? I see what you did there. Clever girl. (Via)|
I absolutely loved the sh** out of this mixtape, which is being offered at a name your own price to boot. These guys deserve some love. Check out a fine sampling of the entire mixtape below.
And on a side note, Heath McNease just recently debuted his newest project..A tribute to the WuTang Clan by the name of 'Wed White And Wu,' which is equally excellent. Check it out here!
Nov 20, 2011
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Check out 2 more awesome videogame flavored pieces by Sachin after the break!
If there's anything I love more than watching a movie or anime, its seeing the making of or behind the scenes. This fantastic video shows a step by step rmaking of and remastering of the EVA 2.22 release, including their usage of 3d, compositing and step by step visual presentations showcasing the layering of effects, models and lighting to create the final product.
Its really awesome to see the process for creating such a beautifully animated series. I'm usually pretty reserved when people use 3d extensively in Anime seeing that its usually considered a cost saving factor, but in this case considering the quality of the animation I can definitely see the reasoning. If you haven't picked it up, its only 17 bucks on Amazon. Check out part 2 after the break!
I found this awesome indie movie trailer while digging through some dark corners of Vimeo, and with less than a thousand views..I kind of knew this needs a lot more love. This 15 minute short features Patrick, a brilliant scientist in a desperate race against time to alter a grim diagnosis. In the course of doing so via a series of increasingly bizarre and unsafe experiments on himself, he makes a startling discovery that changes his life forever. This awesome short film will only be screening in select cities, so check out if you're one of the lucky ones. The fact that the short deals with a genius scientist and experiments gone awry really gives me distinct "The Fly" vibes.
3 more pics after the jump!
Nov 19, 2011
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Personally I liked the first film, despite how cheesy the idea was and I can't wait for more. Time to start counting down the days till 8/17/2012.
Awesome music video by Nacho Rodriguez (ha) with poppy, frantic animation and a really cool style created for the Barcelona based experimental Rock group, Lo:Mueso. The music video features his signature character, Mr. Coo trapped inside a bizarre golem of dirt, bugs and other creepy crawlers.
A really cool featurette about some truly awesome custom made bikes+models originating from Poland set to the excellent track by Kavinsky, Night Drive. Excellent eye candy with some stellar presentation and super slick editing. Love it.
Of all places to see a girl race against a camel, I probably wouldn't have suspected Arizona. But YouTuber Alex (also known as "camelsandfriends") lives on a farm in a remote part of Arizona. Part of that farm includes two camels, Baby and Nessie. Here, Alex decides to run a race against Nessie, with her very curious run and all. With limbs like that flailing so closely to me, I'd probably let her win as well.
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|Making music is soooo tiring.|
Nov 18, 2011
Today at Minecon (the Minecraft convention happening now in Las Vegas) Notch pulled a massive Minecraft themed switch which coincided with the super-secret release of Minecraft 1.0, the first full version of the game. What better way to follow this announcement? Have some of the most famous faces in gaming make you a video. Mega64 got the exclusive play test of 1.0 and an exclusive interview with Notch. Apparantly this video went down extremely well at the con , and I think you can appreciate that Mega64 really understands the true secrets behind Minecraft. But now you can experience Minecraft 1.0!
Also check out the awesome Minecraft 360 debut trailer, and the historical intro to Minecon after the break!
A very cool, 4 minute look at the art of Katana crafting from the perspective of one of the 30 masters currently doing it for a living. Its awesome to see what this craft means to them on a personal level, and their emphasis on tradition. The fact that this man spent 40 years trying to master creating just one sword is pretty awe inspiring.
|The holy grail of high level hipsters. (Via)|
Sepalcure is comprised of Travis Stewart and Praveen Sharma, two typically solo bass artists coming together to create a brand new hybrid sound. The bass driven-track is accompanied by a pretty abstract and symbolism laden music video, directed by Thor Brenne. Great track for a cloudy day. The group will be debuting their LP, "Sepalcure' on the 21st via Hotflush.
Nov 17, 2011
Laura Shigihara, the voice behind the Plants Vs Zombies game has created a very cute and addictive song for Minecraft. And VERY good timing considering the iOS Minecraft game just got released. Both games have been incredible time sinks for me due to their insanely addictive gameplay, so give them a go because at this point you no longer have an excuse!
You can get the song here for free, and be sure to check out her Plants Vs Zombie video too.
|I'm falllliiinnnggg. (Via)|
The comic will be released weekly in five installments on a special website that Nintendo setup here. Next frame should be out in a few days time!
I'm crushed. Absolutely... astonished. I thought all the internet kitty videos were homemade, and real. But no, they're creations of Kittywood Studios. They aren't even always real cats, for goodness sake! NO REAL CATS. I haven't been this disappointed since I found out Santa wasn't real. At least I still have the Easter Bunny.
|Awesomeness courtesy of Karen at Tastey Trials (Via)|
What I wouldn't do for a pet Frankenstein to do all my evil bidding. This awesome animated short features a young boy going on a rampage after receiving his own pet minion as a gift, until his rough housing back fires on him. The short was created for Wizzprod, a French production company for film production, motion graphics by a group of four interns in their bloody FIRST year at the incredible Les Gobelins animation school, who go by the monicker of 'DeadWalter.'
As part of Valve's awesome way of introducing lore to players interested in their upcoming free to play timesink from hell, they announced a comic that would introduce some plot elements in a free comic called, "Are We Heroes Yet." A few weeks after said announcement, the comic has finally been published to its completion online, with painterly work by one of the newest artists at Valve, Jim Murray.
His pedigree includes nearly a decade of freelance fantasy illustration, and even a brief stint at Eidos Montreal before heading to Bellevue, Washington to be an in house artist at Valve. Check out a few more wallpaper worthy images, and a few drool inducing sample pages from the full comic after the break!
Nov 16, 2011
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Justice League #4 will be on sale December 21.
As someone who has never had a cat, I'm going to assume this is accurate. Not much unlike that of a house inhabited by a dog, I must say. With the exception of the f**ked up mini blinds. Call me slow, but I always wondered why some people had completely broken mini blinds. Are they rough-housing like no other, or something? No, they probably just have kitties. Window treatment destroying kittehs. This isn't the first time we've posted stuff from Cat versus Human, so don't forget to check out the rest of Yasmine's stuff on her blog!
Back in June, we presented you with the teaser trailer for Pixar's Brave. Set to be released in theaters next June, we now have the full trailer. It was awesome to get a better look at the art, which is beautiful. But I wonder how original this story is going to be, based solely on the trailer? Only time will tell, and we'll be at the theater when this is released. Also, bonus: did you recognize the voice of Princess Merida? If watch as much Boardwalk Empire as we do, you'll notice that it belongs to Kelly MacDonald, aka "Margaret Schroeder".
Video loops synchronized to beats make for some incredibly compelling music videos. This is one of the coolest music video concepts we've seen in a while, and its incredibly mesmerizing (Reminds me of the music video for Chemical Brothers' "Star Guitar" from back in the day). The Italian duo known as M+A deliver some truly unique, upbeat electropop tracks peppered with some truly interesting instrumental flairs. Check out their website for a sampling of some other tracks from their newest release, "Things.Yes."
Pogo applies his distinct audio visual mashup techniques to Spielberg's 2001 scifi epic, AI. This one's a little more mellow than his usual work, but it fits the overall tone that the movie had. I actually just had a chance to sit down and finally watch the movie, and was kind of surprised by how dark and complex of a story Spielberg managed to weave, drawing inspiration from the works Kubrick and even E.T. If you haven't had a chance to see it, I'd say its definitely worth a shot..Although I can already tell that its one of those 'love it or hate it' films.
Nov 15, 2011
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We recently got our hands on a spare copy of Battlefield 3: Limited Edition for PC here at AwesomeRobo HQ. We were going to have a giveaway, but we decided to spice things up a bit this time. You see, our AwesomeRobo mascot has been nameless since his debut with the website sometime in February. So! We're looking for YOU to give our fine robotic mascot (Pictured on top of this website) a name that will echo in eternity.
In return, the winner as chosen by the Awesome-Robo team (We're looking for more team members, btw), will receive the game pictured above and eternal gratitude.
-This contest is open to anyone worldwide! The only caveat is that if you're outside the US, you will only receive the game activation code via email due to legal issues our nonexistent lawyers can't handle. The physical game will be shipped to you if you're in the US.
-Only one entry per person! Make it count.
-Be sure to include a valid email if guest posting using our comment system. Your email address will be invisible to everyone but the comment moderators.
Good luck and godspeed! And while you're at it, why not give us a like on Facebook?
This day in history (at least in the great USA) saw the release of the console EVERYONE (including me) scoffed at when first announced; The original Xbox.
The console may have been chunky, and the controllers may have been a weapon of mass destruction (Seriously, those things were massive and sharp!) but they were the start of a great gaming console revolution, and today in 2001 saw the release of the 360 console that would shape things to come. I still use my Crystal Xbox as a stand for my TV because the console is too beautiful to destroy.
Happy Birthday Xbox! It still works and the ads for the 360 are no longer as strange! Sony took that role.
Look at the graceful dinosaur, dancing across a wintry landscape. This majestic beast moves with the beauty of a prima ballerina. With the holidays and showings of the Nutcracker Ballet just around the corner, I think we may have a new star in our midst. Ah, if only. The Denver Museum of Science has come up with a pretty awesome way to advertise their dinosaur fossil exhibit.
ROSA is a short animated film which has been garnering some pretty significant attention on the international film festival circuits. This ten minute animated short follows the exploits of a cyborg called ROSA, awakened in a post apocalyptic world to carry out her prime directive: Restoring life to a dead world. However, the heroine finds out that she's not the only entity at work in this world, and all hell breaks loose. The short had certain scenes and shots that brought back memories of Ghost In The Shell, and even some of the heavily choreographed cinematic fight scenes from Metal Gear Solid 4.
This project was incredibly impressive for the fact that it was supposedly only created by one person, Jesus Orellana over the course of one year with no budget. The success of this short film, which was officially completed on February 28, 2011 got the attention of Hollywood and according to his bio on his website, he's now at work on his first feature film. That's pretty damn inspiring.
|Alice: Return To Madness (Via)|
It appears I have been out of the loop for quite a while. The new Hunger Games trailer has been recently released, and I'm quite intrigued by this cinematic adaptation of the famous book by Suzanne Collins. Now that the Harry Potter series has wrapped up, it's time for a new set of films to look forward to. A futuristic tale of fight-to-the-death games set in a dystopian version of the US? Based on everything I'm hearing about the books, this movie could be just what I've been needing.
Check out the movie poster after the break!
Nov 14, 2011
This lovely stop motion short was created by Constantine Konovalov in order to illustrate a simple, yet powerful idea. The short features a stop motion short from the perspective of someone looking down, and celebrates the ability to affect your environment rather than being affected by it. In a way its a tip of the hat to everyone who's been able to create or build something that left a mark on this realm. Check out the making of on Constantine's blog, Teeter-Tammer-Tam!
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I'm a HUGE Doctor Who fan. But I really don't think this will work, my reasoning as to why after the break!
So yeah, I guess Ridley Scott just recently outsourced his newest Aliens movie to some truly aspiring 'film makers' in Ghana. This trailer features an Alien that has a gun built into his chest, copious amounts of thrown motorcycles, Terminators and..baby kicking? A Youtube channel known as 'Ghallywood' just recently starting dumping these gems online. Check out the hilarious 'Devil May Cry' film (Yes, supposedly based off the videogames) after the break!
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An awesome tribute by the South Korean studio known as Studio Shelter to all the artists out there struggling to get better...Just keep drawing guys. Each frame of this animation pretty much contains a unique character, selling the point that with time and persistence you'll only see improvement. This video could be applied to just about any skill, including blogging (ha).
Blu is an incredibly talented MC from LA with a sound that's both forward thinking as much as its plain out nostalgic. This track is an awesome collab featuring lyrics by Blu, an underlying Flying Lotus track (As well as a psychedelic visual treatment from the Lotus crew), and featuring a few choice lyrics by U-God of the former Wu-Tang Clan. You can snag the awesome indie hip hop album "No York!" for free here.
Nov 13, 2011
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The Dokkiri Hand Case is a iPhone 4S/4 case that is exactly what it says on the label; an iPhone case in the shape of a hand. A very realistic hand. Why? In the words of the creator: "Yeah, I am asking myself the same thing." This bizarre import will run you a mere $65, and the respect of your peers.
Aside from the suggestive and at times super WTF imagery, I think it's the music that really makes this video. This classic all-American song, a happy and seemingly innocent tune, is the soundtrack to a video involving a strange set of circumstances: A group of firefighters, and their, erm, "pet." Is there some sort of metaphor here? Care to venture a guess? Leave your thoughts in the comments!
The guys at Corridor Digital return with a brand new run and gun sequence, which thankfully stands out from the sea of imitators with its use of an unorthodox 3rd person camera. Mini Boss attempts to recreate video games in the same vein as Splinter Cell and Metal Gear, with plenty of quick time events to boot, and some pretty tight choreography. Pretty sweet.
This video was born as an international collaboration on Vimeo, spearheaded by the filmmaker Ivan Vania. This surreal landscape was captured in Namibia & South Africa, and edited/sound designed/scored/color graded in Italy and Columbia. Overall its a haunting narrative of a beautiful natural landscape filled with all forms of life, with absolutely beautiful cinematography.
Nov 12, 2011
Carson Mauthe is the kind of musician I always wanted to be. For one he can play an instrument. Secondly he makes rock covers of popular video game soundtracks. This time he has covered Ice Cap Zone from Sonic The Hedgehog 3 and has shown us how to ski downhill without a shirt or trousers. It's how most artists do it these days.
Like the cover? Download it here. You can also check out more of his material over at his site, Server Crashers, but we don't want you overloading the server. His band, Against Belief, have a full title album coming out early 2012, so you'll certainly want to stay tuned for that!