Pixel Noir Concept Teaser

What is it with retro studios putting the word Pixel before everything in the names of their games? Pixel Noir looks conceptually like a really cool game, all have to go on is the teaser trailer above though.

It’s well worth a watch. And if I’m not mistaken the people making it have named themselves after Cyan from Final Fantasy VII’s signature SWD Tech.

SWDTech Games presents “Pixel Noir” a new take on classic JRPGs giving iOS & Android audiences a unique perspective on classic film noir action, as seen through a 16-bit lens.
Web: http://SWDTechGames.com
Facebook: http://bit.ly/SWDTechGames
Twitter: http://twitter.com/SWDTechGames

Pac Man Mini Cooper

Artist Matt W. Moore has designed this awesome Mini Cooper with a Pac Man theme, I’m going to admit that I’ve always been sceptical of the  appeal of the new Minis but this… This I would drive.

He’s also done a space invaders themed paint job which is not where near as cool…

Via Like Cool

I’ve found a render? of this on YouTube which appears to be available on Forza 4… I’m not entirely sure though as I don’t have a copy of Forza 4 handy and it really looks like the photo shoot above… But the description says:

This design is 1 of my Favorite I’ve made. I love Mini Coopers with a passion. Just 1 day I might be able to get a Mini cooper to paint this design on it.

If you want the Design in the Storefront. There are two ways to get it.
Gamertag: DJ Lime
Keywords: DJKS DJKustoms PacMan Pac Man Mr Mrs

So you never know…

Ancient Apple Video Blue-Busters

This cheesetastic video was apparently played during an Apple sales meeting back in 1984. According to YouTube Commenter majorkahuna:

I was there in Oct. 1984. This was not an internal ad. I was a 1984 state of the art multimedia slide show with audio by Ray Parker Jr. who sang the original. There were also live dancers on the stage.

This was the opening presentation of the International Sales Meeting that introduced the Lightwriter later renamed Laserwriter.

Apple always used a current movie as a them for the sales meetings. in 1985 it was Back to the Future.

For the record I had a quick look and can’t find the 1985 Back to the Future video on YouTube… This makes me sad.

 

Garbage: “Not Your Kind of People” Initial Impressions

I’m going to say this now before anyone points this out, I am conscious that this post is going to reek of “it’s not as good as it used to be” and “anything new is rubbish”, I’m not a music blogger, I don’t want to be a music blogger, in fact I’m probably rubbish at blogging about music in general but this is something that I wanted to blog about and if you don’t want to read it well… Just don’t.

I bought the new Garbage album today, I’d listened to a couple of the tracks on YouTube and my impression was they sounded okay, but there was something wrong with them that I couldn’t put my finger on. I’ve now listened to the whole album twice in the background while working and I think I’ve realized what the problem is.

I don’t think I could have listened to any of the previous Garbage albums for the first time in the background. Shirley Manson’s voice exudes so much power and (for want of a better word) sex that you are drawn into it, or at least it did…

There are hints of that power in some of the songs, “Battle in Me” for example has it’s moments and, but it never quite reaches the intensity of their previous albums. “Man on a Wire” Is, I think, one of the closest songs to their old levels of intensity but it’s still only a 10 when to be honest I expect Garbage to have turned it up to 11. This album is Garbage by numbers it’s unmistakably Garbage (the band obviously not refuse) and it’s not half bad, but it’s what to me makes Garbage not just another band and that makes me sad.

Note as I’ve been listening to it in the background I’ve not been listening to lyrics, which I probably should have, Garbage normally have quite evocative lyrics, but to me Garbage are about the music and Shirley Manson’s voice. Mostly Shirley Manson’s voice actually, and what’s wrong with this album is Shirley seems to be phoning in her voice, it’s beautiful but like I said before it’s jut missing that extra level of sex.

I have no doubt that this album will grow on me, but it should’t have to… At this point I should probably make some kind of joke about this album being “Not My Kind of Garbage” but to be honest I can’t be bothered. I’m not angry, I’m just a little disappointed.

Pan(Tone)-Man

While checking Pantone swatches, Carmichael Lynch discovered a classic video game hiding within the pile. It’s time for some Pac-Man Fever!
Pantone Pac-Man by Carmichael Lynch (YouTube) (Facebook) (Twitter)
Submitted by: phildesignart

Apparently  Carmichael Lynch (YouTube) (Facebook) (Twitter) discovered this while he was going through some Pantone swatches. I like the simplicity of it. I wonder if there is a Pac-Man moad with these replacing the sprites.

via Rampaged Reality