Announcing: Trace Vector

On July 23, 2011, in Trace Vector, by Alex

This is where we stop talking about websites for the sake of websites and start talking about our current brain focus. We lovingly call it Trace Vector.

Trace Vector is an arcade style action game that we're developing for PC and Mac. The graphical style is based on the old vector arcade games from the late 70's and early 80's. Games like Atari's "Asteroids" and "Gravitar" are excellent examples of this mostly forgotten, but unique, group of games. What's special about these games is that unlike the vast majority of games, that use visuals like sprites and polygons, they used a special type of monitor that was specifically designed to draw lines. These games had no graphics processing in the traditional sense and instead relied on the physical properties of the monitor to create their virtual scapes.  The results are extremely bright, high-resolution, and unique visuals that still stand out today.

Trace Vector pays homage to these games by trying to use only line draws for its visuals as well. Nearly everything is rendered using lines. The playfields, the obstacles, the text, are all simple lines. However, because basically no one has a vector monitor sitting around and will probably be playing on an LCD, we're taking some slight liberties and using some added glow effects and other magic to help the game out a little.

Stay tuned for more updates very very soon.

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