247w ago - ThatGameCompany describes their dependence on the PlayStation 3's SPU processors in rendering Flower's multitude of grass blades.
To quote: I was incredibly impressed by the graphics of ThatGameCompany's Flower when I reviewed the game in February. There are thousands of grass blades that all interact with you (the wind) during gameplay.
In an interview with Kellee Santiago, co-founder and president of ThatGameCompany, we spoke on the technology and techniques used in rendering the PlayStation Network game. After complementing the game's graphics, I asked how the developer used the PlayStation 3 in ways they couldn't with their first game flOw:
"We learned so much on flOw, especially about SPUs! The grass system really leverages the PS3 to render 200,000 blades of grass simultaneously, and gives the player this sense of blowing wind through them," said Kellee.
When asking for more detail on intensively using the Cell's SPUs, she responded:
"An artist friend of ours came to us, really hoping that we could tell him some clever trick that we used to make it look like we had so many blades of grass. He was reluctant to believe that really John Edwards just made it happen on the SPUs.
"It really would be impossible to make it look the same on any...
248w ago - Sony PlayStation Network Associate Producer Randall Lowe announced news today of a Flower 'Remember' fan trailer hitting PSN.
To quote: I wanted to introduce you to a great trailer entitled "Remember" that was put together by The Duo Group, with the sound put together by Hybrid Two.
Right after Flower came out last month, Kellee from thatgamecompany came to us and showed us this trailer, asking if we could distribute it on the blog and PSN. After seeing what an amazing job The Duo Group did putting the trailer together, our answer seemed pretty obvious.
The trailer captures so many feelings that the game conveys, it just seemed like a perfect fit. What's even equally amazing is that all of this with nothing but idle screens, which is what are shown when you leave the game sitting for a short bit.
After a little work on the back end, we were able to get the trailer ready and approved for distribution today via the PSN.
252w ago - PSN Associate Producer Randall Lowe reminds us that Flower for PS3 is available today via PlayStation Network. To quote:
We are delighted to remind you that Flower will be available TODAY on PSN for $9.99. No matter what type of gamer you are, we think you'll find something in Flower that you enjoy.
Our friends at Sony Computer Entertainment Europe put together this great trailer – it features the song "Catch The Wind" – to celebrate the game's launch today. Both the trailer and the developer diary video will be available on the store today as well.
252w ago - The President and Co-founder of thatgamecompanyKellee Santiago shared a 'behind the scenes' video of Flower today. To quote:
Hello PlayStation blogees! We here at thatgamecompany are so stoked that this week "Flower" will be out of our hands and into yours.
A lot of people ask us what it's been like to work with Sony, so you may have heard us answer this before - working with Sony is a treat. They truly support their developers and their games from start to finish.
I wanted to mention this as a way to introduce to you this developer diary, where SCEA's Eric Koch and I talk about the ideas behind Flower, and show you how the gameplay works. We hope you enjoy it!
253w ago - The serene Flower is blooming on the PlayStation Network soon. With it comes a bunch of homegrown Trophies to collect, and they sure do look pretty. Those interested can check out the full list below:
Dream Beyond all flowers lies another room.
Nature Bloom 10,000 flowers.
Urban Completely awaken the city.
Memories Reminisce for three minutes before returning to the room.
Palette Use the grass as your canvas and paint the ground with three different colors.
Wind Play with the windmills and ride the wind seven times.
Illumination Light a darkened pool.
Pure Journey to the city unscathed.
Stars Release all of the names to the sky.
flOw Life could be simple...
Welcome Back Play the game after a week long break.
Healthy Play Take a ten minute break between any dreams.