moc scales

Back in the 19th century, when you entered a museum where paintings of old masters were on exhibition, chances were that you encountered flocks of art students meticulously copying those pictures. During the heyday of academic painting this was a didactic standard procedure. Nowadays this practice more often than not is spat upon by the protagonists of the art scene.     Back in the heyday of Max-Payne modding countless recreations of characters, weapons, and architecture from the Matrix-franchise were accomplished by members of the community. Yours truly was ↑no exception.     Recreation of cherished artefacts from intellectual property … Continue reading

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mocs and afols

It may or may not be by accident, but ‘moc’ and ‘mod’ sound very similar. And indeed, both are close kin. The abbreviation ‘mod’ means ‘modification of a computer game,’ the playable addition to commercial computer-game software, produced by private individuals or groups of those. The acronym ‘moc’ in turn stands for ‘my own creation.’ Meant is an original three-dimensional design using Lego-bricks, quite often accomplished by an ‘afol’—an ‘adult fan of Lego’ … which is not a contradiction in terms, like ‘military intelligence’ is.*  The above pictured side elevation of the moc-version of the ‘Executor,’ the personal flagship of … Continue reading

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consuming androids

At ↑Best of Behind-the-Scenes I just stumbled over the above still of German actress Brigitte Helm (1906/08-1996) on the set of ‘Metropolis’ (Lang 1927). Obviously it was quite hot inside the costume of the Maschinenmensch, which rendered the actress more or less helpless. Half a century later British actor Anthony Daniels suffered similar hardships as ↑C3P-O on the set of ‘Star Wars’ (Lucas 1977), as the following stills show, which I collected from somewhere on the Net ages ago:  It may or may not be that the designs of Lord Vader and C3P-O were inspired by ↵vintage firefighters’ equipment, but … Continue reading

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larry cuba

Just dug that one up from my bookmarks—back in the 1970s ↑Larry Cuba, then at the ↑Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL), made the computer graphics seen during the endbattle against the Deathstar in the original ‘Star Wars’ (Lucas 1977).     When I first saw those animated 3D line-graphics in the cinema in ’77 I was fascinated.     Three years later, at the first computer-christmas, I got a ↑Commodore 64 (C64).     With a freely programmable computer at my hands I set out to recreate those graphics. For a start I was content with the idea of an anmation … Continue reading

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industrial tribal art

It is a common cliché that anthropologists are fascinated by masks, even obsessed sometimes. Hence it was high time to post something on masks in here. If the two above pictured specimen from Steve ‘Radio-Guy’ Erenberg‘s collection seem vaguely familiar to you, then read Steve’s fine article at ‘Collectors Weekly’ to hear about an astounding theory. About the origin of his collection Steve says: More than 30 years ago, my wife, Helene, and I started collecting. She loved tribal masks—African, Oceanic, Indonesian, etc.—while I focused on medical, scientific, and industrial artifacts.     I’ve spent my career as a creative … Continue reading

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darth payne

  The external HDD still works like a charm, and I am again at organizing my material. Just found the above unfinished faceskin for ↵MP2 which I did on 10 September 2004. Of course it was intended for ↵LS5, which never saw the light of day. See ↵lightsaber outtakes. It’s not a great deal all in all, I know, but on a small scale the above artefact illustrates a typical process of combining elements and aspects—most artefacts stemming from modding-communities are collages of this kind. The image’s backdrop is the digitally reworked face of actor ↑Timothy Gibbs who gave his … Continue reading

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lightsaber training

  Well, this again is not an artefact that stems from ‘my community’, but just for ye olde times’ sake, the days when we pulled through the ↵Lightsaber mod [download link there ;-], I simply can not resist to post something on ↑Lost Vectors‘ [Jason Reinsvold] ↑Jedi Trainer 2.0. Jedi Trainer is “a weekend project that started with the thought ‘I bet I can make a flash light saber’.”—a flash game which lets you relive Luke’s experience on board of the Millenium Falcon, when Obi Wan starts to train him in the force and the usage of a lightsaber by … Continue reading

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lightsaber outtakes

With the recent hype around ↑Revenge of the Sith hitting the silverscreen I was reminded of the heap of work we had done for the Max Payne 1 total conversion (TC) Lightsaber 4 (LS4), but which never was included into it. Lightsaber 5 (LS5) never was completed, so everything done for it counts as an outtake, I guess. Quite some of this work never saw release, but only was circulated amongst the members of the modding-team. After ↑the ludologist officially having created the new genre of ↵fake computergame-outtakes here now are some real outtakes from a computergame modification—the Lightsaber project … Continue reading

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lord vader visits troops

Galactic News Service reports: “TWILIGHT CITADEL, Tatooine (Valcyn) – Emperor Palpatine’s supreme military commander, Lord Darth Vader, recently made a surprise inspection tour of an Imperial military stronghold here. […]“ The staff at Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) had noticed, that inside the gameworld of their MMORPG “Star Wars Galaxies” (SWG) a group of players (forming the “203rd Tatooine Expeditionary Stormtrooper Legion”) had their troops very well organized and trained for quite some time. So SOE decided to stage an “ingame-live-event” and made Darth Vader, Dark Lord of the Sith, visit the troops. A global celebrity of a mythical character, well … Continue reading

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