I'm working on a totally computer generated version of
a typical eighties mall Time-Out Tunnel arcade with the intention of creating some sort of
virtual walkthrough movie for download. It is still in development, but I'll
post pictures here every week or so as I make progress on it. Be sure to check
back here regularly for updates!
It's not the Time-Out movie that everyone has been waiting for, but I think you guys will be pleased. The result of 6 months of rendering time alone, here is a short "showreel" type movie I put together. It has a few shots of Battlezone, and then switches to the glorious Tron cabinet. All set to music.
You will need some form of DivX codec to play the movie. You can download one for free from here http://www.divx.com/divx/windows/codec/
DOWNLOAD THE MOVIE HERE (140MB)
Turned out really sweet. It's such a gorgeous machine to begin with.
I'm going to make some animations of just this machine it looks so nice. Take time to notice the branding on the blacklight tube and the wiring inside the joystick. There are even solder blobs holding the ends of the wire to the leaf switch in the stick.
Rowe BC-25 Bill Changer
Couple of Time-Out renders with the games I have modeled so far. Also trying out some different treatments for the mall interior. Trying for that '70s Springfield Mall look, but this isn't quite doing it for me. I did the "Change" sign that goes in the rear of the arcade.
Completed work on Space Fury.
Completed work on Zaxxon. Should be a simple matter to retheme the cabinet for Space Fury and Eliminator. Check it.
Also added the inner backdrop and mirror assembly to Battlezone and did some final cleanup and tweaks. I think that machine is done now too!
I finally got disgusted with my standard button model so I redid it from scratch. See the photo below for comparison. Much more accurate now. The hard part is going to be going through all the existing models and replacing the buttons.
I've been thinking about what game to model next - I think I'm going to do Zaxxon because I can use the same cabinet model for Eliminator, Space Fury, and a couple other machines that use the same cabinet.
In other news, I've ordered a brand-new computer system from Alienware, and it is supposed to ship sometime this month. This is a monster system with the latest Intel Core 2 CPU. I should have enough power to be able to really crank renders out. I promise I'll post some Time-Out test animations once I have the new system in my grubby hands.
In other news, I've been thinking a lot about the rest of the mall. I stumbled across a few renders from back before I added the beginnings of the rest of the mall, and I have to say that I prefer it without the mall. It looks much more dramatic with just the darkened suggestions of the rest of the mall and the starkly lit Time-Out entrance. I am now rethinking things and may just revert back to the darkened entrance only instead of an entire mall hallway.
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