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Quantic Dream’s Kara Tech Demo Is An Impressive Leap In Motion Capture Technology

           At E3 in 2006 David Cage, game design artist and CEO/Founder of Quantic Dream, unleashed a tech demo titled, Heavy Rain – The Casting. The tech demo presented a glimpse into where motion capture was headed. The tech demo featured crisp, lifelike animation. It focused on every human animation and gave the character a more lifelike feel than ever before. Although it was pretty revolutionary at the time, the following game, Heavy Rain, never fully realized that feel throughout its game.

           At Game Developers Conference (GDC), David Cage revealed the very I-Robot inspired Kara tech demo to the audience. The tech demo features a narrator working in a factory creating androids (human-like robot not the cell phone). The animation is top notch.Every part of Kara felt like it existed in the real world. Although this is just a tech demo, it was incredible. Everything felt so real and when she was pleading for her life, the raw emotion was conveyed perfectly by even the most minor animation.

           According to 1Up’s article, Quantic Dream’s Kara Demo Gives a Promising Glimpse Into the Future of Motion Capture Technology, “[the demo uses] a technique where all the aspects of a motion-capture performance are recorded at once, rather than the common practice of capturing them separately.” Which, in theory, will allow the animation to appear more cohesive.

           With this new technology Quantic Dream can definitely create quite an experience. The fluidness and overall realism of a game can either make or break the end-user experience. Where Heavy Rain felt janky and stiff at times, with the new tech, Quantic Dream can present gamers with a unique, refined journey.

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SSX Pre-Order Bonuses

Time is running out to take advantage of Ssx Preorder bonuses! The game releases on February 28, so here’s a quick rundown of the available options.

Amazon
Pre-ordering from Amazon will get you Mac’s level 6 elite snowboard with boost, as well as a $10 credit to use on items shipped and sold by Amazon. Item also eligible for free super saver shipping or 99 cent release date delivery.

Best Buy
At Best Buy you will score Zoe Payne’s level 6 elite snowboard with boost and qualify for free shipping

Gamestop
Gamestop gives you access to Eddie Wachowski(character that made his debut in SSX Tricky) and his elite level 6 snowboard with a boost.

Origin
Will net you the same dlc from GameStop.

Toys ‘R Us
While not participating in the dlc madness, they have the game on sale on for $44.99 with free shipping. TRU does this with a fair amount of pre-orders so be on the lookout for these deals.

Wal-mart
Finally, Wal-Mart is giving out Kaori’s level 6 elite snowboard with boost and a $10 Egift card (for use only on Walmart.com).

As you can see, the bonuses are pretty similar sans Gamestop and Origin. It is unclear whether Eddie will be an unlockable through game progression or a part of future DLC. That being said, it looks like that would be the bonus to snag, but if that doesn’t interest you Amazon definitely is the next best option. Amazon almost always doles out $10 to $20 credits so you can easily start chaining them together after a couple releases and 99 cent release date delivery is a steal.