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Deck II by LJ & Virgill [web]
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screenshot added by LJ on 2020-04-11 23:38:48
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release date : april 2020
release party : Revision 2020
compo : pc 4k
ranked : 1st
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popularity : 58%
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alltime top: #2989
added on the 2020-04-11 23:35:03 by LJ LJ

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Compofiller?! Yeah, of course. This is godlike!
rulez added on the 2020-04-11 23:44:31 by gaspode gaspode
GREAT
rulez added on the 2020-04-11 23:47:59 by Sir Sir
Awesome!
rulez added on the 2020-04-11 23:51:37 by flynn_nrg flynn_nrg
great atmosphere
rulez added on the 2020-04-11 23:56:01 by wullon wullon
This is really awesome. Good job!
rulez added on the 2020-04-12 00:00:22 by xel78 xel78
That looked great!
rulez added on the 2020-04-12 00:00:36 by Optimus Optimus
Stylish!
rulez added on the 2020-04-12 00:08:35 by rimina rimina
Lovely
rulez added on the 2020-04-12 00:33:00 by fbrz fbrz
Great!
rulez added on the 2020-04-12 00:35:16 by Soundy Soundy
teh shitz!
rulez added on the 2020-04-12 00:46:38 by sensenstahl sensenstahl
I love it. I wish it many children.
rulez added on the 2020-04-12 01:29:17 by tbw tbw
Good stuff.
rulez added on the 2020-04-12 01:46:49 by pml pml
Amazing shit! Gorgeous visuals and a great atmospheric tune.
rulez added on the 2020-04-12 01:50:15 by ham ham
Man, if this doesn't win... :)
rulez added on the 2020-04-12 01:59:02 by fizzer fizzer
everything beautiful except the colors.
rulez added on the 2020-04-12 02:06:42 by Rork Rork
Dat polish
rulez added on the 2020-04-12 02:07:05 by T$ T$
"compofiller" my ass...
rulez added on the 2020-04-12 03:22:23 by blackle blackle
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rulez added on the 2020-04-12 05:25:14 by cpdt cpdt
great!
rulez added on the 2020-04-12 07:23:24 by sINk sINk
Vollkasko!
rulez added on the 2020-04-12 08:22:19 by Dascon Dascon
rulez added on the 2020-04-12 09:20:17 by Xyl2k Xyl2k
That's just....wow
rulez added on the 2020-04-12 09:58:08 by Harekiet Harekiet
Kansi kaksi. Yes... good one.
rulez added on the 2020-04-12 11:11:22 by Serpent Serpent
Best parking/garage scene in 4k.
Also great direction and music!
rulez added on the 2020-04-12 12:43:53 by Anat Anat
I like to see photo--realistic rendering in intros. Much more interesting than fractal intros.
Would be better, if the specular highlights would not be fake. (Those funky lamps shine backwards onto the ceiling and also through the walls)
rulez added on the 2020-04-12 12:51:09 by archee archee
you've destroyed the compo
rulez added on the 2020-04-12 14:54:07 by FMS_Cat FMS_Cat
Usual suspects deliver usual quality.
rulez added on the 2020-04-12 15:12:29 by Trilkk Trilkk
Very decent intro *but* after as little as 20 seconds I got kind of bored watching what's essentially a parking garage :)
rulez added on the 2020-04-12 17:04:06 by superplek superplek
Prequel of Farbrausch's Debris
rulez added on the 2020-04-12 22:44:40 by Mulle Mulle
yes
rulez added on the 2020-04-13 02:31:06 by pandur pandur
Nice parking garage and mood
rulez added on the 2020-04-13 07:09:07 by Queen_Luna Queen_Luna
it is absolutely a pleasure to see a realistic geometry and materials instead of yet another abstract thing in 4k.
rulez added on the 2020-04-13 08:51:13 by provod provod
Oh god ... Über !
rulez added on the 2020-04-13 10:51:21 by kohai kohai
It sure gave me the debris feel :D in 4k! Cant underestimate the work on that one!
rulez added on the 2020-04-13 10:57:02 by alkama alkama
Great atmosphere and direction.
rulez added on the 2020-04-13 12:59:41 by JTZ JTZ
quality
rulez added on the 2020-04-13 13:50:21 by henley henley
great
rulez added on the 2020-04-13 14:02:53 by mop mop
WTF!?
rulez added on the 2020-04-13 14:42:58 by q^nonoil q^nonoil
Beautiful :)
rulez added on the 2020-04-13 17:32:50 by SJD SJD
worthy winner!
rulez added on the 2020-04-13 20:53:19 by ferris ferris
like the concept
rulez added on the 2020-04-14 00:15:32 by NR4 NR4
10/10 would park again.
rulez added on the 2020-04-14 09:38:19 by slider slider
What a beautiful lighting and stylish effects!
I can't believe it is a 4K Intro demo.
rulez added on the 2020-04-14 10:16:13 by gam0022 gam0022
Very good intro but not so obvious leader.
rulez added on the 2020-04-14 11:53:42 by hollowone hollowone
Wow !
rulez added on the 2020-04-14 12:00:21 by Black Dragon Black Dragon
great visuals, even better soundtrack!
rulez added on the 2020-04-14 12:04:24 by a-move a-move
rulez added on the 2020-04-14 12:10:19 by HellMood HellMood
rulez
rulez added on the 2020-04-14 12:10:41 by randomi randomi
Kasaparov meets Debris in 4k. Awesome prod, a worhty winner for me.
rulez added on the 2020-04-14 12:13:34 by teo teo
Great 4k indeed.
rulez added on the 2020-04-14 15:24:53 by Dma-Sc Dma-Sc
nice
rulez added on the 2020-04-14 15:39:17 by BiTL BiTL
oh...my...god...!!!
rulez added on the 2020-04-14 21:14:43 by Bobic Bobic
Amazing!
rulez added on the 2020-04-14 22:02:28 by spiked-maniac spiked-maniac
Normally, I take these "this is just a compofiller" claims as some fake modesty. But with these guys, I just cannot be sure... which is to say, the average level of your prods is mental. This is another great one, thank you.
rulez added on the 2020-04-15 11:44:54 by pestis pestis
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Kasaparov meets Debris in 4k. Awesome prod, a worhty winner for me.

this
rulez added on the 2020-04-15 19:45:58 by v3nom v3nom
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rulez added on the 2020-04-16 04:00:23 by gentleman gentleman
yes
rulez added on the 2020-04-16 08:31:06 by seppjo seppjo
This is better than Eisenerz—or any previous intro by LJ really—by quite a bit, and that's not saying a little. To me the biggest accomplishment here is the feeling of a closure, or possibly a well employed cyclic narrative, can't really tell which. While the formula is not too different than in the past, it works better in tandem with the setting of the intro. We know what a parking hall looks like, the way the space is interconnected and loops back into itself; the narrative does the same and enforces a feeling of entrapment effectively.

That's also not the only thing that rewards repeated viewings. Albeit being somewhat obvious towards the end, I definitely did not notice the pillars and other parts of the building shifting around along with the cuboids throughout the intro on my first couple viewings. Even though it happens in plain sight, our attention is guided elsewhere, and the effect is just subtle enough that it doesn't really register but subliminally, and further underlines the disorienting nature of urban spaces like these. Respect.

All of that on top of the usual accolades. The camerawork overall is just sublime; I can't find a single fault in it and there's plenty of details all over that I would've had hard time coming up with. The graphics are brilliant, having just enough detail in just the right places to convey the necessary level of realism. Yeah, sure, the specular highlights don't (always) align with the supposed light sources in geometry, but more important, especially in a category like this, is the impression of the lighting overall. (If you're bothered by this, you've been staring too much at "rendering" and not enough art.) The supposed discrepancy also works diegetically by, again, enforcing the disorienting nature of the environment; the way it misleads a person stuck within it. Could even be called Lynchian to some extent.

The soundtrack feels appropriate as well, very much akin to Neil Ollivierra's The Detroit Escalator Company project, and quite probably my favorite track in any of LJs intros to date. Overall the sound is much less characteristic of Virgill than usual, both in terms of song writing and flashy 4klang acrobatics. The more low key, subdued, even meditative and mantra-like approach is heavenly, and the visual direction is married together with it just the right way.

Lack of showiness is a virtue. A distance field too complex to spare a sufficient amount of bytes to present it in a worthy manner, or to construct a meaningful narrative around it rarely makes a worthwhile production. A lot of 4k intros suffer from this and it is one of the central things I try to be conscious of while making them. All of the best 4k intros in my opinion manage to strike a balance on this spectrum, and I there aren't many of them that hit so close to the sweet spot as Deck II does.

Best 4k released at Revision along with Horizon Machine from 2017. Goes onto my long list of future CDC entries.
rulez added on the 2020-04-16 14:04:49 by noby noby
ps. I Also appreciate that the camera doesn't clip into the geometry even within the relatively complex, changing environment, while also being imposed by the size constraints. Same can't be said of certain UE4 demos in the PC demo compo.
added on the 2020-04-16 14:06:56 by noby noby
"Quick filler" my ass, lol. This is a well-deserved winner and I won't believe for a moment that it wasn't a fruit of thoughtful and inspired mental labor. Well, either that or you're simply a genius, case closed. :D Looking forward to seeing this nominated for the next Meteoriks.

And yeah, I agree with pretty much everything noby said above. This is done so incredibly right in every sense, wit hall aspects working in tight synergy with each other. The geometry shifting in the second part of the intro didn't register with me the first time, either, and it's actually quite mind-boggling that the narrative depth of 4ks—of all things!—has evolved to a point where significant details need a repeated viewing to uncover. That's definitely something new.

The spirit of both Kasparov and Debris can definitely be felt here, and it's not a bad thing at all since both of those still stand as some of the best-directed urban space explorations of all time. To have a 4k intro join their ranks not just as a spiritual successor but also as an equal is an achievement all by itself.
rulez added on the 2020-04-18 00:24:50 by moozooh moozooh
Solid!
rulez added on the 2020-04-18 13:44:55 by Frequent Frequent
Looks and sounds great, but runs butt slow on my GTX 970 even at its 720p resolution. Any chance of releasing a version that isn't so crazy with the rendering?
rulez added on the 2020-04-18 18:14:54 by phoenix phoenix
It's not perfect, it has it flaws here and there, but it works.

And very much this:
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This is better than Eisenerz—or any previous intro by LJ really—by quite a bit, and that's not saying a little.
rulez added on the 2020-04-18 23:53:45 by Zavie Zavie
Rereading my comment, I think it comes across a lot more negative that I meant. Let me rephrase that a bit:

It's not perfect, it has it flaws here and there (I'm mostly referring to limitations that are inherent to the 4K format), but it's a very solid story intro.

One of the reasons it works so well was pointed out by noby: it refers to a space we're all familiar with, and presents it well enough that we're instantly in that parking, and the story feels grounded there.
added on the 2020-04-19 00:18:52 by Zavie Zavie
I _really_ dig the visuals here, and I tend to agree with the ones mentioning that this is some of LJs best looking work so far.
Virgills track is also nice, although percussion instruments could sound better - I know you can do so! :)

Worthy winner!
rulez added on the 2020-04-20 13:21:54 by Puryx Puryx
4Kasparov!
rulez added on the 2020-04-22 20:39:55 by dojoe dojoe
Very nice, rulez!
rulez added on the 2020-04-27 08:39:02 by mccnex mccnex
the dream team did it again! worthy winner!
rulez added on the 2020-05-03 00:02:41 by RufUsul RufUsul
What's there is good, but it runs out of ideas very very quickly :(
rulez added on the 2020-05-04 02:56:59 by Gargaj Gargaj
Reflections, distortions, solid 3d-scenes and a nice soundtrack!
I wondered why I haven't thumbed this up earlier.
Left quite an impression.
rulez added on the 2020-06-28 03:39:47 by numtek numtek

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