Osmos will be part of the exhibition Spacewar! Video Games Blast Off at the Museum of the Moving Image:
I was in NYC at the Museum of Modern Art in early October for the opening of the Exhibition Common Senses where Osmos is featured.
It was great to see Andy and Eddy again - Especially now that Eddy is living on the other side of the country and I rarely get to see him.
By the way, the checkered shirts were not planned ;-)
Watch Dogs was finally revealed at E3 winning tons of nominations and awards. This is the super secret project I have been working on for the last 6 months. I directed the opening and all of the cinematics and also worked as a realization director on the demo.
That’s me having fun at the opening of Tapis Rouge Danois here in Montreal. It was an weekend of Danish films in Montreal...and as a Dane I was invited to speak a bit about Danish cinema and comparing it to the Canadian and Quebecois cinema.
I picked up some cheap plastic model sets and with the creative input of my 4 and 7 year old nephews (hence the many guns and missiles) we set out to destroy the original planes and create something else.
This was one way we designed pod-racers on Star Wars and it was a lot of fun to do again.
I’m nominated for an award as Visual Artistof the year at the Canadian Game Developers Awards.
My doc: Pickpocket King that follows Bob Arno and his quest to find the world’s best pickpocket is being shown across the world. The US premiere will be in December.
Eddy Boxeman and I gave a small talk about how we created and designed Osmos and took it from a rough idea on Eddy’s PC to the iPad and winning the Apple Design award. (if you look back in the posts here you will see a screenshot of an early version)
It was a great evening and it was really interesting to have to dig up old drawings and sketches and see how far we had come.
I’m currently working on Far Cry 3 as a Realization Director on Far Cry. I'm also working on internal trailers for the Single and Multiplayer.
I took a weeklong workshop at Maine Media Workshops in Rockport, Maine.The class was with Peter Markle, director of a number of TV shows like Rescue Me and The X-files. If you look closely you can see me directing from inside the shadows of the van. It was a lot of fun and a great learning experience. I would love the chance to work more on episodical dramas.
Another woah! for Osmos and Hemisphere; Osmos has won the Apple Design Award 2011!There were twelve winners, just three in each category of iPhone, Mac, Student and iPad, which was Osmos’ category.
Eddy from Hemisphere attended to pick up his award of Apple hardware and metallic cuboid that glows when you touch it. We look forward to seeing Eddy’s pics! Osmos included music from Gas and High Skies, and is available on PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Linux.
And the art and Design was made by me ;-)
We are currently shooting my documentary on Pickpockets in Naples, Italy. It has been an amazing experience and I have come to love the city and the people here. We have amazing footage and I hope we will be given the freedom to get it done.
9/10 - Editor’s Choice Award - “The best iPad game yet.” -IGN
5/5 stars - Macworld Editor’s Choice - “One of the best games we’ve played so far this year. An utterly serene, yet fiendishly complicated game that deserves a place in every iPad owners collection.” -MacWorld
“An evolutionary step… What iPad Gaming Should Be All About” -Gizmodo
4/4, Must Have - “We are more than overwhelmed by Osmos for iPad… The game design is thoughtful and intuitive, new level structures are flawless, and the visuals are stunning yet simplistic. For half the price of the computer version, every iPad owner should have Osmos on their device. You just won’t find another experience quite like it.” -Slide To Play
9.5/10 and 9/10 - “It’s an awesome, awesome game. This might be the iPad game of the year.” -Reviews on the Run
“Osmos HD is THE game for the iPad.” -Pocket Lint
“This game may look like Pac-Man or Flow; it actually plays like a next-level Katamari Damacy in which the small objects you can pick up may themselves coalesce into a mass that could roll you up. This game is pure gameplay, something you haven’t done before, can’t imagine in any other medium. Justify your iPad purchase and play it.” -Kotaku
A, Highly Recommended - “Osmos merits our extremely rare flat A high recommendation, and should be a must-see for iPad owners who appreciate originality and class in game designs.” -iLounge
“Osmos is a must-play on the iPad… It’s the best iPad game on the App Store right now and should be purchased by anyone who picks up the device. Even if it’s not yours. Trust me, the owner will thank you.” -MTV Multiplayer
Grade “A” - “In a word, remarkable. Osmos is an absolutely essential purchase for anyone with an iPad.” -Games Uncovered
5/5 - “Excels on every level. Osmos will definitely be in the discussion for best iPad games by the end of 2010. If you are into strategy, puzzle games and testing your patience, download it immediately. Your family and friends will probably stage a gaming intervention.” -Appolicious
“When a game looks as amazing as Osmos and begins by quoting Isaac Newton, you know it’s going to be good.” -tapscape
4.5/5 stars - “Osmos for iPad is a game that plays as beautifully as it looks… this may just be the first great iPad game” -148Apps
“The first proper breakout hit for the iPad… Shows off the sort of experiences the iPad can so easily pull off. Osmos feels so natural and enjoyable to play, even when the difficulty ramps up and you find yourself repeatedly careening into a giant gaseous enemy.” -Wired
5/5 stars, Absolute Must - “Osmos is an absolute must for $4.99 that will change the way you think of games, and what you expect from them.” -AppAdvice
“Brilliantly clever… The game is almost as enjoyable to watch being played, as it is to actually play — something which you might say is the hallmark of an ambient game. It’s going to be fascinating to watch variations on this theme develop.” -Co Design
5/5 - “Its immense polish shines as you become absorbed in the game for hours on end. This flawlessly controlled game is a sign of the amazing iPad games to come, and the absolute best buy you can currently get for your begging iPad.” -touch Aholics
“If you’re looking for a great, original gaming experience on Apple’s magical tablet, Osmos is it.” -TUAW
4.5/5 stars - “Osmos for iPad does a spectacular job of utilizing multitouch controls, trance-inducing visuals, and dynamic audio. Not to mention the addictive gameplay that offers up plenty of variety and challenge.” -App Chronicles
“Its combination of smart control, surprising depth and no-brainer $5 price makes it perfectly suited for the system.” -Yahoo! Games
“This is one beautifully addictive game. If you have an iPad, this is a no brainer, just get it.” -Matrixsynth
“Osmos is more than simply a spell-binding, addictive video game: It’s a new-genre game that makes you feel relaxed rather than anxious playing it.” -The Daily Galaxy
“[The] gameplay mechanic works extremely well on the iPad, and is expertly paired with some fantastic mellow electronica that does a great job of setting the mood of the game” -TouchArcade
“Overall, Osmos is a great game that I highly recommend for anyone with an iPad.” -Wirebot
17/20 - “Osmos HD s’impose d’ores et déjà comme une référence sur l’iPad. Ce jeu innovant et addictif vous donnera du fil à retordre!” -Mister iPad
I’ve been quiet on my website lately - I worked on Avatar (the game) this autumn as a director. (I was on the game for the last 10 weeks). Then I went travelling and now that I am back I’m working on Far Cry 3 - as a Realization and Performance Director. I'm especially working on the hallucinogenic scenes.
I’m back at Ubi working as a director for the Cinematics on the game for James Cameron’s Avatar. It’s a 10 week contract and looks like it is going to be a lot of fun.
Osmos is out and wow we are getting amazing reviews - head over to Hemishphere Games to check it out.
Again, as I mentioned before. I was part of a very small team working on this game - Me, Art Director
Here are some of the reviews:
Lots of great Osmos reviews and coverage have been flooding in:
After sifting through over 150 submissions from a gaggle of gameplay types and a plethora of platforms, a panel of game industru experts have selected the ten best submissions to be recognized as this year’s PAX 10
Osmos, A game I art directed, is one of them: http://www.paxsite.com/pax10.php
If you have been following this newsfeed - we won a couple of awards at the Independent Games Award.