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QatQi, My New Game, is getting Amazing Reviews

did I mention the graphics and audio are both pretty sweet? I can’t tell if the letter background is supposed to be tiled peacock feathers or a roulette wheel, but whatever it is, it’s cool.
— Wired Geekdad
QatQi is a roguelike with words, and by the time it dawns, this ferociously smart game will have you hooked.
— Edge
It’s challenging and addictive fun but what makes it even better is the thought that has gone into the design. I’ve been playing QatQi for a week and I’m addicted
— Shane Richmond, The Daily Telegraph.
With visual trimmings by the same artist who worked on Osmos, QatQi looks as good as it plays. If you’re into word games, be sure to give this one a shot....and it’s a looker, too. There’s a familiarity to its stylings, a psychedelic bubbliness that was last seen in Osmos . Coincidently, the game’s artist is Kun Chang, who worked on that very title.
— Toucharcade
Just when you think there can’t be much more new ground to be broken in the word-games genre, along comes something like QatQi
— The Guardian
QatQi seems like a game that should have never been made. That’s not to say it’s bad; actually, it’s so original, we can’t believe someone thought it up.
— G4tv

 

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Osmos at MoMa

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 ;-)

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Watch Dogs Blows Away the E3 Crowd

 One of my jobs was working with Danny Marcoux and Jean-Philippe Leroux on the lighting for this shot.

One of my jobs was working with Danny Marcoux and Jean-Philippe Leroux on the lighting for this shot.

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.

http://ca.ign.com/articles/2012/06/07/e3-2012-why-watch-dogs-is-my-game-of-the-show

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Tapis Rouge

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.

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Kit Bashing With my Nephews

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.

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Osmos Apple's Game of the Year!

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
— Touchaholics
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

 

 

 

 

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"Growing Osmos" at the Apple Store.

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.

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Directing Episodical Television in Maine

  setting up a tracking shot from a van. In the picture from left to right.   Dillon Ward,   Ezra Bookstein,   Me (in the shadows directing),   Peter Markle, our teacher (booming for sound)

setting up a tracking shot from a van. In the picture from left to right. Dillon Ward, Ezra Bookstein, Me (in the shadows directing), Peter Markle, our teacher (booming for sound)

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.

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Osmos wins an Apple Design Award

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 ;-)

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Osmos Is App of the Week!

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

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Working at Ubisoft (Far Cry 3)

I updated this post with the final version of the sequence that I worked on.

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.

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Osmos selling like Hot Bread

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:

beyond doubt, a work of genius… a relaxing, meditative experience about going with the flow… very ethereal feel to the design… It all adds up to something otherworldly and just . . . incredible.
— GameAndPlayer.net
8.5/10 - Editor’s Choice Award - a beautiful, absorbing experience… brilliant to look at… the best videogame music I’ve heard… will make you forget your cares and immerse you in the game… you’ll find yourself returning for the experience.
— IGN
88% - The most relaxing game in the whole (c)osmos. Ranging from a simple pleasure cruise to a edge-of-the-seat skill-based game, this is definitely worth the low US$9.99 pricetag - you’d expect to pay this much just for the soundtrack - and if my experience has proven anything it’s that you’ll keep coming back to it time and time again.
— Atomic MPC
wonderful gameplay… beautifully polished and tantalisingly atmospheric… Osmos mixes puzzle, action and strategy remarkably and all the while does it with great finesse and style
— Indiegames.com
fascinating… an absolute blast to play… creative, entertaining, and calming all in one go… It is easily worth your $10
— BigDownload

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Osmos part of the Pax 10

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.

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