I Made A Video About Video Game Graphics

I like how video games look, so I made a video about video game graphics, using squares and cubes. The video is called Cube: A Video About Video Game Graphics. That is the name of the video.

Here it is. This is the video. You can watch it now. Right here:

EPILEPSY WARNING: There are also some rapidly flashing lights in this video.

That was the video. Did you watch it? I hope you did watch it. The video, I mean.

...okay I'll stop typing like this now. Really. Like, right now. Okay. Done.

This idea has been rattling around in my head for about a year now. I started writing the ideas down back in April and the idea has seen many permutations since then. Once everything was (pretty much) locked down it only took about a month to animate the video and score the audio.

It was primarily done in Adobe After Effects with a bit of Adobe Premiere and Source Film Maker usage. The audio was done in Reaper with various VST plugins and samples. The end sequence was done by strapping an iPhone to my forehead...

In fear of setting the bar too high for myself, creating more work than I could possibly do, I had to draw the line somewhere, so a lot of games I had ideas for didn't make it into the video. Stuff like Vectorman, Starfox, Doom, Parappa, and CandyBox had to be left out. I guess there's nothing stopping me from making a sequel at some point though.

Anyway, that's Cube. I can stop thinking about cubes now and go back to just playing video games.

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Edited by RawknRo11a

Very cool. So many references. In particular I really liked the Silent Hill one. got a good chuckle out of me.

As usual, your stuff is super talented. Keep it up duder!

Edited by Dagbiker

I came in here to say, and i quote '' If this isn't space invaders transforming into modern day graphics, you lost me.''

I was not disappointed.

Posted by WalkmanBoy

Cool stuff Hamst3r, as always!

Posted by Aetheldod

Were was you when Nintendo needed a ad for the cube???

AKA Good vid duder. :D

Posted by Hamst3r

Thanks, duders! :D

I made some GIFs for Tumblr:

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Posted by ThunderSlash

Very cool. I can't tell if the music you used are all original scores you made to emulate the games reflected in the vid. The Silent Hill and Mirror's Edge ones were my favorite bits of that vid.

Posted by TruthTellah

Oh wow! I get so many of the references! Very nicely done!

(and thanks for the epilepsy warning. I knew to look away at certain points)

Posted by 49th

You totally should have changed it into the companion cube during the portal segment. You should also post this on reddit.

Posted by Snail

Holy shit this is so good.

Posted by AMyggen

That's awesome!

Edited by Hamst3r

@thunderslash: The sounds/music are indeed original pieces made for the video.

@49th: That's a good idea. Any suggestions on which sub-reddit? There are like...a billion of them. I'm guessing just "Video Games" if there is such a section.

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Posted by LeSieg

This is really really good! Incredible job capturing the essence of each game in such a brief time. It looks/sounds great.

Posted by rmanthorp

Raaaaaaddd! Grats on the Kotaku pick up as well @hamst3r I don't like to overstep here but I say to the front page with this beauty! @marino ??

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Posted by TruthTellah

Came here to mention that it appeared on Kotaku. They seem to dig it! :D

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Edited by Bollard

Dang, awesome concept and execution.

Edited by TheHT

Fan-fucking-tastic.

I'm a bit confused about the reference at 1:25. I thought it was Portal based on the music but then you had an obvious Portal reference later. Funny enough, the "obvious reference" was also lost on me.

The Silent Hill and Mirror's Edge ones are totally my favourite. Did not expect to see those. You did a great job with the music, but that should be no surprise. :P

Edited by Fattony12000

Now make a game about making a video about video game graphics.

Edited by Fear_the_Booboo

This is great. Congrats !

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Posted by probablytuna

This is pretty freaking great duder, nice job!

Edited by Dark_Lord_Spam

This video feels artisanal. Thanks, Hamst3r!

Edited by Thiago123

Hamst3r is back at it again.

Posted by forteexe21

I always enjoy your videos and this was no exception. Should have had a curiosity (that molyneux "game") reference somewhere or did i miss it?

Posted by MormonWarrior

I'm getting Fez, Twisted Pixel and Media Molecule flashbacks watching this.

Also, seizures.

Posted by ch3burashka

You're on Kotaku. That's dope.

Posted by Christoffer

Some pretty awesome work.

Posted by Random45

Virtual Boy, Amnesia, Minecraft, Portal... Haha, wow.

That was an interesting video, though I'll be honest and admit that I didn't get very many of the references, only the more obvious ones.

Edited by bybeach

Very nice art. Has a professional feel about it in presentation.

Posted by Nightriff

That was really cool, nice job.

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Posted by Scrawnto

@theht said:

Fan-fucking-tastic.

I'm a bit confused about the reference at 1:25. I thought it was Portal based on the music but then you had an obvious Portal reference later. Funny enough, the "obvious reference" was also lost on me.

The Silent Hill and Mirror's Edge ones are totally my favourite. Did not expect to see those. You did a great job with the music, but that should be no surprise. :P

I think "obvious reference" is a reference to those old Unreal tech demos that just had rotating cubes with bump-mapping and such to show off their new shaders. I could be wrong, though.

Posted by FLStyle

Amazing as usual!

Posted by Hamst3r

Woo! Thanks, duders! :D

@rmanthorp: oh my!

@theht: 1:25 is And Yet It Moves. "Ob-Ob-Obvious Reference" is Unreal Tournament. :)

@forteexe21: No Curiosity cube in this one, but I've made note of it for the future.

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Posted by Glottery

Stylish!

Posted by SAKUNO

Where is Intelligent Qube?

This is bullshit.

:)

Posted by Bamsen

Awesome video duder

Edited by Pr1mus

Great video, well done.

Edit: Oh! You're the guy who made Dick Kicker! It's been in my favorites forever. You earned yourself a new subscriber.

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Posted by guanophobic

So goddamned talented.

Edited by Fobwashed

I am amaze. You are amaze. Amaze.

Edited by TriBeard

My take away was the apparently Windows Vista can actually be used for something entertaining. Who knew.

Cool video though. More talent that I have, for sure.

Posted by Hamst3r

Thanks, y'all!

28,600 views so far. :O !!

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Posted by TehBuLL

Wasn't a companion cube that fell through that portal? No Q-Bert? Still fantastic as always!

Posted by Quid_Pro_Bono

This is fuhhhhhh kiiiiiiihhhnnngggg awesome

Posted by Hamst3r

@tehbull 0:35 would be the Q*Bert nod. :)

With this color scheme:

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Posted by fisk0

The part with adlib music made me very happy. FM synthesis is the best.

Posted by BeachThunder

I like the implication that Braid is the pinnacle of video game evolution.

Edited by Cubical

I have a thing for cubes.

All the 3d models I make for games start out as cubes. (yes really it is almost the only primitive you need for everything even balls.)

Posted by EVO

Fuck yeah dude.

Edited by me3639

Nice job. Near the end it reminded me of Sony's Greatness awaits where i was trying to reference the games in the video.

Posted by jkz

That was really neat duder! S' a real fun idea. I quite like the sound design work in it too

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