Tuesday, 11 November 2008

onedotzero london

This weekend onedotzero pounces on London once again, squirting cutting edge images into peoples astonished eyeballs and I'm premiering one episode of Grip Wrench during it.

The episode is called P.R.E.S.I.D.A.T.O.R and marks Grip Wrench's attempt to move out of action movies and into politics, with the aid of his monster truck, his pet leopard and enough explosives to knock the sun out of the sky.

I've stuffed in a few images below, but if you want to see it properly come along on friday (although I think that's sold out) or Sunday. Its in the wow+flutter programme of onedotzero at the BFI, London. More details here.

Hope to see you there!

Grip teaches some under-privileged children how to pilot an attack-helicopter.

Our hero likes to travel in style. Monster-Truck style.

Showing his artistic side, Grip paints this scene of him, his mother, and a terrorist.

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Little Big Disc

Finally today, after about 3 years, LittleBigPlanet, the Sony Playstation 3 game I've been fiddling around with and designing comes out in Europe! (It should have been out a couple of weeks ago, but we had a slight hiccup with a licensed music track which was all over the news for a few days until Mr Russell Brand and Mr Jonathan Ross managed to divert the press once again).

Look here it is, in the box:

Note the cunning use of the Rexbox knight logo that has sneaked onto the disc, and is about 4 times larger than the Sony logo next to it, mhahaha.

Anyway, so now you should be able to buy the game pretty much anywhere - and although I would say this, I hope you do, because its a really fun game and more than that, it's been designed so that anyone can build and share their own levels and enviroments in the game with the rest of the world (well, the rest of the world that has a PS3 and a net connection).

I'm really looking forward to seeing what everyone makes - because its been a long time since it was possible to really make games in your bedroom (I once made a very ambitious cyberpunk RPG with my friend Richard on the Amiga written in AMOS, with a disturbingly realistic death animation of your character slipping around in their own blood. Ah, happy days.) So I'm really hoping with this game we'll see the same kind of mad creativity you used to get back in the 80's when people used to make games about stuff that interested them, no matter how small and mundane or surreal and fantastical - rather than just rehashing what sold quite well last season.

Here's a few examples of fun stuff people have made so far (as its already just been released in USA and Japan)

Kaneda's bike from the Akira movie.
A music video using the tilt-controller and automatic lip-synch.
A car that plays Sweet Child O Mine as you drive.
A cardboard remake of Gradius.
A very topical election level.
A Joker costume.

Plus 1000s of fun levels that you just have to play to enjoy. The mad thing is everytime I turn on my PS3 theres hundreds more to play, it's a constant distraction and it's ruining my life. But in the best possible way!

And if you make anything with LittleBigPlanet, let me know - I want to see :)