Saturday, 23 January 2016

Metropolis Street Racer Vauxhall VX220 - Opel/Daewoo Speedster - Slides/Negatives

I managed to secure these a while back, they are the slides/negatives from the photos taken of the Vauxhall VX220 (known as the Opel Speedster outside of the UK and the Daewoo Speedster for the Asian market) for the promotion of Metropolis Street Racer.

Fans of the game will notice one of the images was featured in magazine adverts and various leaflets included with select Dreamcast games.

Apparently the car used in the photoshoot didn't have an engine so had to be dragged to various shooting spots. In one of the slides you can see some of the rigging at the rear of the car, I'm guessing it was pulled backwards and snapped with a slow shutter to give the illusion of speed.

The photos where taken on 4x5 inch large-format reversal film, this is usually used for high resolution digital scanning.

Saturday, 12 December 2015

Pier Solar - Collectors Edition!

Just received the Collectors edition of Pier Solar for Dreamcast, very nicely done I must say!

This was available as a perk on the Pier Solar HD Kickstarter campaign which concluded on December 5, 2012, it was a long time coming but it was worth the wait!

I went with the PAL variation arriving wrapped in custom gold paper, following this high standard they used gold ink on the game cover, inlay and manual. They also authentically recreated the PAL Dreamcast cases too, the only telltale sign is a small embossed WM logo on the blue plastic.

The particular pledge level I went with also included the official guide book, bound in faux leather and embossed with the Pier Solar logo.

I have to say, WaterMelon do go to some extremes for an indie developer, it's all very professionally done.

It also comes with a faux leather bound guide too, also created to a very high standard!

Saturday, 11 April 2015

New additions: Turn Me On!

I managed to get the alternative cover print for the mockup issue of Official UK Dreamcast Magazine which was given to SEGA as a pitch to secure the official licence as I mentioned here, the content of both are the same.

They really did a great job on mocking up the magazine as the quality is amazing with silver ink printed throughout, from what I can gather there where only 50 of each printed.

Comparing them to the actual version that went to press there are a few differences, I may do a more in depth post covering these at some point.

Dream girls - Alternative unused cover
A closer look how the banner on the front of the magazine changed on the final version that went to press

On a side note, there was also a mini sample issue which you could pick up for free from stores such as Electronics Boutique and HMV, this issue was basically a cut down version of the retail issue 0 but printed in half the size with only a few pages.

From left to right, the demo pitch, the free sample issue and the final issue available for sale