Elebits

December 14, 2006

Regarding multiplayer in Elebits for the Nintendo Wii:

Fuck. Yeah.

Thomas picked this up and we played tonight during the VGAs. You control a “gravity gun” to trash your house and zap little energy gnomes for points.

Elebits Multiplayer
“Don’t cross the streams!”

Points in Elebits are called Watts, which strengthen your gun, power the lights, and activate electronic devices in your home. See, in the world of Elebits, the little buggers have gone on strike and refuse to provide energy to the world. It’s up to you to drag, drop, push, throw, and smash your way through your home to uncover more and more Elebits.

Raising the roof
We did not make it this far.

This is the first title whose core gameplay really centers around the unique capabilities of the Wii remote. Like many Wii games, you’ll have the most fun playing in a room full of people. So blow the Gamestop manager if you have to, but get some extra controllers and laugh away your shame with an evening of multiplayer Elebits.

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Video Game Awards Tonight

December 13, 2006

Spike TV loves the UCB this year. Tonght’s Video Game Awards feature two comedy shorts starring UCB mainstay John Gemberling and directed by yours truly. UCB Harold-teamer John Gabrus is a staff writer for the show, and comics Brian Berrebbi and Nick Kroll play costumed gamer nerds.

Joystiq.com had a “liveblogger” at the VGA taping last Fri. Here’s what he had to say about my “MoCap” segments:

9:42: Mocap skit with balls. A chubby dude in a blue suit covered in giant balls plays “the bitch” in Saint’s Row. Nice.
10:53: [update 7] More motion capture skit action. This stuff has been the best of the show so far, by far. Someone might be pitching Mocap: The Show to Fox already. Sarah Silverman comes out… Besides the mocap dude, she’s the funniest thing in the show so far as well. (Full link)

Leeroy goes Viral

December 13, 2006

The Live Action Leeroy virals have truly gone viral, including a front-page mention at worldofwarcraft.com:

Thanks to Mark Frauenfelder for blogging them (along with some kind words) at boingboing.net

They even made it to the front page of Digg.

Goddammit Leeroy

December 11, 2006

This is one of three promos I directed for Spike TV’s Video Game Awards. The others are

Elevator
Stacy’s Birthday

These were written by the hilarious Johnathan Gabrus, who also stars as Leeroy. That’s Brian Fountain as the unfortunate client and Andre du Bouchet as the group leader.

Many thanks to Kara Klenk and Ethan Rom (as Stacy and Stan), Christine Lu, Adam Wade, Kari Kim, Val Bontrager, and Chris DeLuka for all their help.