The fantastic piece you see above is what one can find if you rummage around a company's closet for a while, one of my supervisors found this fantastic letter press block art sitting and collecting dust in a closet. It's made up of (mostly) wooden letter press blocks and can still be removed if shaken. Needless to say we all want to take this bad boy home but will be hopefully displaying it in our office to showcase part of the history of the print industry.
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssxM5sJAB1c[/youtube]I wanted to share with my Giants a video of Calle 13 and their beautiful dedication to preserving the history and culture of Latinos. This passion for self-culture applies to all other countries not just Latinoamérica, I wanted to show this one as it's the best and most recent example I can show on modern cultural preservation and betterment.We live in odd difficult times now, be it economic or mental stresses that overtake our society which brings the unfortunate cultural crumble little by little. Society mindsets and changes constantly rolling in, eventually some lose themselves in the process and it's noticeable now more than ever amongst latino youth, in my opinion... of course. Some are proud yet don't know where we come from, they wave our flags up high yet can't talk the language, quick to defend their country yet can't say why they love it nor bother going to it. It's sad to see these hollow infatuations and knowing they don't try to preserve it at all while feeding the consumerist machine as their history perishes. Yes, there is a good amount which are more enthralled with their families past/culture than their own parents and those are the shining stars that can and will continue to pass along the rich and beautiful cultures we love. Calle 13 has been one of those shedding light on our past for a good while and those whom affect our countries negatively. I honestly didn't think they were going to be relaying important messages after I heard their 'Atrévete-te-te' song but their lyrics and stance on defending our people is at an all time high of importance and with much love, it chokes you up seeing the different faces of your people and the hardship they go thru while still holding their chest out proud of who they are. There is a line in the song that goes "Este pueblo no se ahoga con marullos, Y si se derrumba yo lo reconstruyo", it roughly translates to 'This town doesn't drown with big waves, and if it crumbles I will reconstruct it' letting it be known that nothing can stop us. We all as proud people (all over) should learn a little from this and have pride on our backgrounds and true history for we are the ones that are responsible to keep our histories alive.
Yesterday we sat down with the folks at Rockstar Games for a preview of their upcoming (March 2012) Max Payne 3 game, they showed us the new changes and a great looking gameplay demo. This series is responsible for all the games that have used bullet-time, a feature that has become one of the first mentioned features in most shooting games. In part 3 Max is now living in Hoboken as a washed up cop then he travels to São Paulo Brazil as private security for daughter of a friend. Sporting a beard and a baldy look time around, you can tell that all the past inner conflicts and problems have aged ol Max down a bit. The graphics are pretty amazing and felt near seamless from the transition of cutscenes to live gameplay, they mixed the old graphic novel style with the new models so gone are the painted stills in between levels. During the gameplay we talked about them choosing Brazil and the individual motion capture implementation for each and every (yes each) character in the game which was rather impressive. The transition from NY, NJ to Brazil was fitting since São Paulo is the worlds biggest urban setting in the western hemisphere (Thanks Rockstar), so Max still feels comfortable with his new environment even with the drastic distance from home. Bullet-time is back and has some new features added to the list, now you can control the speed of the bullet for that ultimate cinematic feel along with a slow-mo kill shot indicating that you have killed every man standing. When Max lands from bullet-time you will see him use his body as a real person would to soften the fall, he will also have what seems to be 360 degree control when shooting while in that mode and it looked fantastic. As far as the music is concerned they told me that unfortunately no details can be leaked yet but to expect what they've been doing from their recent games (very interested in this) to be present.
The graphics are looking really good (360 demo) so far and the motions are realistic, you can see Max use his body weight to shift running from one side to the other. The typical look in games this generation for humans is the shiny (kind of annoying) plastic models, I'm happy to report that it all looks pretty natural and Max's model looks lifelike without those nasty polygon issue connecting arms to shoulder that we've seen. The demo started in his apartment and ends with a frantic gun fight with a local mobster because Max recently killed his son, so lovers of that noir classic feel rest easy knowing you will see the grit here in full bloom or shall I say shadow. Overall it was a great experience and having the time to talk about the new location, features and changes was excellent, the game is shaping up to be a must buy from what I saw yesterday. I'd like to thank the Giants at Rockstar Games for taking the time out to show us the game and discussing what's going on, stay tuned for Max Payne 3 my people cause its gonna be a good one.
It was interesting to see where they were going to place Max since the life or lack of and family that he had is no where in sight, I feel the location and job setting is very fitting and coupled along with the impressive look. It's nice to see older franchises brought back with better original concepts and not just stick to cookie cutter storytelling... then again it's Rockstar we're talking about, they usually push those right buttons in the end. The game is scheduled to come out for PC, Xbox 360, and PS3 on March 2011. I will be getting the 360 version myself after seeing it in action, also props to the folks at Rockstar for hooking it up with the swag and staying Giant.
For more information visit the Official Max Payne 3 site.
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_JzZnB7IYQ[/youtube]Wow. So get this folks... the album a good amount of us have been waiting for is almost here (July 12th). I remember meeting Marcus and talking to him about said artist and conducting an interview, then instantly becoming a fan when I heard his music and met the guy. Went on to do the interview, take some shots for him, design some covers and even make my first video (Thanks Sheed!) for him just because I believe in his talent. I was embraced by his people and felt like a part of something big, seeing that ill J Dilla LP and all that crazy equipment in the studio was insane Kenny! Rasheed is a cool talented artist and felt blessed I was able to participate in part of his voyage to the top... you deserve it dude and with the prowess of beat-master Kenny Dope I KNOW you will get there.