Electron Dance

Electron Dance Highlights

27Nov/1824

A Field of Flowers

No Man’s Sky. Go anywhere. Encounter unique flora. Encounter unique fauna. Encounter unique rocks. Trade with other species. Encounter unique rocks. Swim in the sea. Fly in the air. Sting like a bumblebee. I treated the hype and wild speculation with the contempt it deserved.

I still don't know how I stretched this project out over two years. But there's a Behind The Scenes video with some answers...

LINKS

UNRELEASED BAD GAMES

CREDITS

MUSIC

GAMES

FOOTAGE

AUDIO

FREESOUND AUDIO

21Nov/183

Film Update: Nov 2018

I have been working hard these last few weeks and took a day off work today, just to meet a self-imposed deadline. It's not done done, but I feel okay making the date public.

30Jul/183

Penetrate the Night: The Movie

And while you’re mulling these questions over… grind will see you through. Grind is easy. It asks no questions of you. It offers routine. It promises progress. Keep all the numbers rising, players love their sultry numbers. But they are a mere illusion of progress, a distraction from the frustration. And there… there is the trap.

Here is the next Electron Dance film, a theatrical re-enactment of Penetrate the Night, which considers the addictive qualities of Cultist Simulator (Weather Factory, 2018).

Watch the film below or direct on YouTube.

 

FEATURED GAMES

AUDIO

SPECIAL THANKS

  • Andy Durdin
  • Gregg Burnell
  • droqen
5May/176

Status Report: May 2017

This is an update for my YouTube subscribers and includes footage for the in-development Endlight. Watch on YouTube or embedded below:

Links

Music

22Nov/1618

The Drake Incident: A Dark Souls Story

Ding dong, the Bell Gargoyles are dead. I ring the bell. Where next for my lonely undead hero...?

Watch the film below or direct on YouTube.

HOW IT WAS MADE

If you're interested in how the film came into being, which is partly through luck and partly through bloody-minded determination, here's How I Made: The Drake Incident.

FEATURED GAMES

FOOTAGE

MUSIC

5Aug/161

What I Really Thought About The Witness

Hidden inside The Unbearable Now was access to a secret video. After three weeks, I decided to make the video public for everyone. Here it is, twenty random observations about The Witness (Thelka, 2016) which had no home in The Unbearable Now.

There be much spoilers for The Witness from the very beginning; the focus is more on puzzle mechanics.

Also here’s the audience retention graph for The Unbearable Now! Click the image for a larger version.

the unbearable now audience retention

The red band indicates the twenty second challenge. I was pleased to discover that the audience who hung on this far stayed for the ride and did not let me down. The green circle seems to be interest in Sokobond, but I can’t be sure. The spike at the end is clearly a lot of viewers trying to solve the mystery of the secret video.

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12Jul/1639

The Unbearable Now: On The Witness

On the theme park island of The Witness, you solve puzzles. Solving puzzles leads to more puzzles. Keep working. Keep digging. Keep solving. Again and again and again. But this process cannot continue forever. Where does The Witness end? And why?

At last, it is here: The Unbearable Now is a spoiler-filled interpretation of The Witness (Thelka, 2016) that’s been months in the making. It is laced with a few choice expletives, but definitely no gore. Or nudity.

Watch the film below or direct on YouTube.

FEATURED GAMES

FOOTAGE

MUSIC

FURTHER READING

28May/1613

Trailer: The Unbearable Now

As the next film is taking a while to complete, I thought I'd put out a trailer. No game spoilers for The Witness appear in the trailer, although the final film will be nothing but spoilers.

 

12Jan/16Off

Into The Black: The Movie

How do videogames undermine those players who enjoy exploring virtual worlds? Here is the fourth Electron Dance film, a hybrid of Into the Black and Chekhov's Collectible.

Watch this video below or direct on YouTube.

FEATURED GAMES

FOOTAGE

MUSIC

 

15Sep/15Off

Bioshock Infinite Is The Worst Game Of The Year

The original script for this video essay was written in January 2014 and then I spent a mere 18 months thinking about making it. Two years after Bioshock Infinite (Irrational Games, 2013) was released to huge critical acclaim, I finally have a video about it. If you love the game, you're going to hate me. If you hate the game, you're going to have a laugh.

Oh the hyperbole. Not just a bad game. The worst game. Maybe he meant the worst out of those games that get called “game of the year”? That would have been okay. But I can’t think he really meant worst compared to all the crappy clones that are foisted on mobile users every month.

Watch this video below or direct on YouTube.

REFERENCES

"On Videogame Reviews" by Tevis Thompson

"Stanley Scores Reviews" by Joel Goodwin

Video Transcript

Counterweight podcast where Eric and I trashed Bioshock Infinite.

MUSIC

Adrián Berenguer "Iaia"

Tipsy "Tuatara (Remix)"

Blake Robinson Synthetic Orchestra "Educating Stanley"

Jurassic Park Theme (slowed down 1000%)