Mini-Pixel Dream Boy


eBoy, the art collective that specializes in insanely detailed pixel posters, shared with me a little preview from their upcoming San Francisco Pixorama poster. It’s a little tiny pixelized me! I guess this means I’ll be in the seen somewhere, I wonder where though?
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Lifeline: Rescue an astronaut with your smartphone

“Has Taylor texted yet? Is he ok?”

The premise of 3 Minute Games‘s “Lifeline” is that an astronaut has crash-landed on some unknown planet and needs your help. Most of his gear has been totaled, but he’s managed to put enough together to send simple text messages in hopes that some stranger can help him survive.

Through use of pop-up notifications and clever writing, the game really nails the feeling of texting with a lost astronaut. I’m not usually a fan of text based games, but as we got into it, my wife and I became really entrenched in the unfolding story, which get’s spread out into little segments over time. Fans of “The Martian” will find plenty of similarities between Taylor and Mark Watney. Particularly their sarcastic since of humor.

“We talked about how ‘hard,’ or plausibly realistic, the science fiction should be, and how that would affect the plot as well.” says Mars Jokela, the game’s lead designer. “Andy Weir’s The Martian figured into this quite a bit (we’re all HUGE fans of the book and it shows).”

I expected to play the game all in one sitting, but the game tries to create a real-time vibe by spreading events out. IE, when Taylor goes to sleep, you won’t hear from the game for 8 hours. This bugged me at first, but became really compelling for me later on. “I wonder how Taylor’s hike is going. He should be halfway to the capsule by now.” Breaking the game up also turned it into bite-sized chunks that are more playable throughout the week.

As far as my adventure goes, I accidentally killed Taylor this morning. The game is so immersive that I was originally considering leaving him dead. I liked the permanence of it. I made a bad decision and it cost an astronaut his life… but by tomorrow morning I’ll probably have changed my mind and will use the “rewind” option to give him different advice (and probably end up killing him again a few days later).

Lifeline is available for Android or iOS (including Apple Watch support) for just $.99. I suggest playing it in it’s default real-time mode and allowing notifications (which really add to the experience).

“Moebius Strip Tease” a silly new music video

We’ve just finished the music video for “Moebius Strip Tease“, one of my favorite songs off of Destroy All Presets. It’s a silly video that we shot over a weekend in SF, then Noukon spent months and months editing. Big thanks to Blake Morse for directing, Noukon for post-production, and Michael Szymanski for creating the original pixel art.

If you are in San Francisco, come celebrate the video’s release with us tomorrow at the DNA Lounge.
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Music Video Premiere Party This Thursday in SF!

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After months of post-production… the music video for “Moebius Strip Tease” is finished! Come join us for the release party this Thursday in SF at the DNA Lounge, with special guests Go Dark!
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Thanks, Obama!

I found a set of 3 photos taken in the Oval Office of the moment Obama heard the Supreme Court ruling on the affordable care act. When I heard about the marriage equality ruling, I immediately thought back on Obama’s priceless reaction and thought it would be fun to update it as a GIF (with rainbows and things). Although the ruling was not directly connected with Obama, like the Affordable Healthcare Act was, I had a feeling it would be considered a part of his legacy anyways.

The 3 photos were taken on a handheld camera, but I was stoked at how I was able to smooth them out and composite them into this final result. Photoshop practice!