Saturday, May 14, 2011

There Are Nazis on the Moon

There may or may not be an ulterior motive to my posting this... but let's be honest: what's not to like about a film featuring Nazis on the Moon? Coming to a theatre near you in less than a year. Watch the skies!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Monsters Under the Bed

I'll post soonish about the reason for my extended absence from blogging. In the meantime, I'm posting my favourite Calvin & Hobbes strip (one of them, at any rate), if for no other reason then so that I'll always know where I can find it.

Saturday, January 29, 2011


Run - run - down the hallway - door after door slips by - dodge a chair - jump past a filing cabinet - a window coming up - leap --

And with that leap begins the most exciting interactive entertainment experience I've had the pleasure of encountering lately: Canabalt.

Friday, January 28, 2011

The Artist in the Family

You, my legions of faithful (if quiet) followers, have undoubtedly wondered with mounting anxiety why there have been no posts in this blog for a while. There's no dramatic reason; I've simply felt a bit under the weather lately. Luckily, there's always the family to remind you of reasons to write more.

My brother does software art. Actually, he's quite adept with various sorts of artistic skills, but his most ambitious works tend to be computerised ones. Currently, he's working on what can very well be described as "multimedia" (and not a single hyperlink in sight!), called Swarm. He graciously put a short sample online: here it is.

Swarm - One Minute Sample from Jussi M. Hukkanen on Vimeo.

As I understand, this is to be his artist's studies thesis. In case you can't tell, we're both lifelong aficionados of this "retro" thing that's very much in vogue today.

His earlier accomplishments include some highly efficient and modifiable code to create ASCII art (my favourite is a picture of his cat composed of the letters of a "typewritten" story). Even his charcoal works are sometimes based on computer-generated landscapes. Check it all out on his homepage (actually, the homepage of him and his partner, who's a talented artist in her own right and has a very personal style of her own).

Monday, January 10, 2011

Various Secret Continents

I have a number of artistically inclined friends, and occasionally they allow me the opportunity to lend assistance with some project or another of theirs. Some time ago, Aleksi Eeben, a musician got inspired to produce a theme album of songs about salamanders. He asked me to supply vocals for one of the songs. (I suppose you can call them that, even though I don't - indeed can't - sing.) Now that the album, Various Secret Continents (you have to speak Finnish to appreciate the pun), is finished, the end result can be heard here.
The Snow Salamander (Feat. Antti Hukkanen) by aleksieeben

If it sounds "gamey", that's no coincidence: the artist cites DoDonPachi as an influence. ^_^

The songs are licensed under a Creative Commons licence, but if you like what you hear, why not buy the whole album? At a dollar a track, it's an inexpensive way to show your appreciation, and the artist is donating all proceeds to the animal welfare association (they care for salamanders too).

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Flash in the Night

I like Flash games. I think it's because of the limitations of the platform. As a multimedia platform, games made in Flash tend to be gorgeous, of course, but they cannot be very massive, content-wise. This shortens average playtime - appealing to the casual gamer in me - but it also means that content creators have to think a bit about what to put in. A similar situation existed in the eighties with its profusion of 8-bit microcomps, and the results were the same: the best games were good games, not just mindblowing multimedia presentations.

Saturday, January 1, 2011


I'm not a heavy cinema-goer, but in the past couple of weeks I watched two Hollywood action flicks. One I knew I wanted to see, one I picked on a whim. One was a widely promoted blockbuster, the other I'd never heard of. One was a vague disappointment, the other a pleasant surprise.

The two films were Red and Tron: Legacy, and now you know which was which.