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Sunday, 09 February 2003


I was watching MTV UK's Dancefloor Chart and two videos stood out: one was Love on the Run, a new track by Chicance that bore a striking resemblance to the Philip K Dick story Paycheck (which looks like it's in development as a film), and the other... well, I'd try and find out only MTV UK are useless and haven't updated their chart since the 27th of January.

Anyway. The second video (it turns out for Katoi's touch you) had a kind of flat-shaded vector 3D look that reminded me of Another World, a game that came out in 1991 for the Amiga and was later ported to the PC, SNES and Sega Genesis/Megadrive. As far as I was concerned, it was the Half Life of platformers, down to the "scientist meets research institute, research institute meets scientist, scientist and research institute produce high energy physics experiment, experiment backfires and ejects scientist into alien world" theme that works oh-so-well.

Another World simply was amazing, and the screenshots don't really do it justice: you had to see the thing move in fluid motion, and the damn thing fit on one disk. It was followed--more or less--by Flashback and Fade to Black, the former of which didn't look that impressive while the latter can probably be thought of as Half-Life's great grandaddy seeing as it came out in 1995 to Half-Life's 1998.

It's nice to see that games with a different visual look are still being made. The trend nowadays seems to be to throw more and more polygons at something until your eyes bleed--not that I have anything against Doom III--but The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker is rapidly becoming the reason that's not Super Monkey Ball pushing me towards getting a Gamecube.

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