We Are The Physics: The Physics Dance

By Kieron Gillen on June 27th, 2010 at 4:30 pm.


Time for a relaxing, beautiful UDK-video of hundreds of blocks swirling magnificently to the music? I think so. I love how this stuff looks, and what it hints towards. Also, I’m reminded of a presentation at World of Love, where Eskil Steenberg is showing his automated texture-jigsaw explosion thing, where the model just comes apart into a flat shape for easy texturing. It was such a striking visual, I thought that there has to be a way of using that in game – either stuff exploding out of walls from that flat state, to bloody transformers. Anyway – video!

Thanks for the heads up, Schizo.

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  1. tomeoftom says:

    That is so very, very cool.

  2. disperse says:

    Was I the only one who found himself ignoring the beautiful, but distracting, lights in the center of the screen to check all the dark corners for space mutants?

    OK, I think I’ve played too many FPS games.

  3. Blandford says:

    Man… remember when Source was the most awesome engine around?

  4. Toyoch says:

    OT: Damn england, you got schooled today. Greetings aus Deutschland :)

    • Steelfists says:

      Video replays. Video fucking replays.

      England’s defence was still shitty though.

  5. westyfield says:

    So that’s what Royksopp sounds like!

    Also: cool video. Pretty lights are always welcome.

    • westyfield says:

      Failed italics and a missing edit button, on the other hand, are never welcome.

    • sfury says:

      Royksopp sounds like AWESOME

    • Morti says:

      of all the songs Röyksopp has, you go and link the worse of the lot of them :(

      Anyways, the song on the video is called “Triumphant”

    • sfury says:

      Bwah, I love them all, vocals or no. Greets with “Alpha Male” then.

      And what’s with all the people not seeing whose or what song it is – isn’t it written at the beginning of the clip?

  6. Jacques says:

    This is why we need telekinetic powers.

  7. Metalfish says:

    Oh god, poltergiest! Get out of there Stalker!

  8. SpinalJack says:

    I can see that being a very pretty and CPU intensive music visualiser for your itunes collection

  9. Sunjammer says:

    Ditto. Personally, as someone accustomed to the gorgeousness of the demo scene, i reckon this video has little if any value haha. It’s just random, unsynced crap. It’s barely attractive. I’ve seen prettier things thrown down on an Amiga 1200.

    Hey, UDK frivolity boys; How about you attempt a modicum of vision, not just revel in chaos? Bleh.

  10. kikito says:

    [Monocle pop]

  11. Draken says:

    I found myself ignoring the randomly floating bricks and just listening to the song. It’s groovy.

  12. Kevbo says:

    I agree that the song was nice, any ideas what it was or just someone’s creation :)
    Otherwise the demo was okay but seemed a little less smooth that I would like, still nice though.

  13. Flimgoblin says:

    I used to think I was at least a little bit clever, then I saw Eskil’s game building tools at World of Love.

  14. Shadrach says:

    Lovely, and great music by Röyksopp, with an Ö damn it!

    This reminded me of a lot of the demo scene stuff I’ve seen lately.

    • Adam says:

      Care to share some of your favourite recent demos? I always love a good demo but it’s sometimes hard to find the quality productions.

  15. LionsPhil says:

    I have to agree with Sunjammer: the demoscene have been doing far, far more impressive stuff than this. Debris comes to mind, a 2007 scene.org award nominee.

    And it’s not made out of dark, grey, and neon, unlike everything UnrealEngine 3.

    (Although, looking again, it doesn’t seem to actually do physics. Still, “big physical mass’o'cubes” has been around for years as an interactive tech demo from the likes of Actor, Rocket, etc.)

    • Tei says:

      The Scene demos are somewhat like “experimental vehicles”. You are luck if you can put a human inside (dead or live). And the UDK is a “familiar car”. So this is more impresive, if you think a SDK to make generic games has been used.

  16. TheSombreroKid says:

    more of this kind of thing

  17. Mate says:

    O hai Tome :)

  18. TeeJay says:

    Much more interesting soundtrack than the typical thrash metal shtick that normally gets stuck over everything.

    Marketing people out there – I hope you’re paying attention!

  19. Caiman says:

    I have to say, I agree with Sunjammer. What makes a lot of demos even more impressive is their real-time rendering and extremely small file sizes.

    Go to http://www.farb-rausch.com and download a few of their recent demos, then see if this video remains as impressive.

  20. Christovski says:

    Am I the only one that got the “We are the Physics” reference? Awesome band to name drop, and not a bad video either.

  21. Mr. ThreEye says:

    Nice visuals but why post it in 720p and still use what sounds like a 64kbps MP3?

  22. Pmeie says:

    Nice song, boring bricks.

    The only interesting part to watch was the last bit, 2:16 onward.