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TechDawg's I Ride the Lines has the best Line Rider movies I've ever seen. Van Halen is nuts, as is this awesome video with an atrocious soundtrack. (Previously)
posted by mrgrimm (21 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

 
also on YouTube if we kill his site (sorry in advance, TechDawg)
posted by mrgrimm at 10:59 AM on February 15, 2007


Holy crap.
posted by jacquilynne at 11:12 AM on February 15, 2007


Is that fucking Creed?
posted by mathowie at 11:15 AM on February 15, 2007


Chad Kroeger. Almost as bad.
posted by hifiparasol at 11:23 AM on February 15, 2007


That is (and I am almost as ashamed to know this as to share a country and province with him) Chad Kroeger, of Nickelback. Or as they're known around here, Theory Of A Nickelfault.
posted by arto at 11:23 AM on February 15, 2007 [1 favorite]


The awesome part is ___________.
posted by Mister_A at 11:41 AM on February 15, 2007


Chapeau! Good lord.


The awesome part is self-evident if you've tried making a sophisticated line-rider course.
posted by Wolfdog at 11:54 AM on February 15, 2007


I watched it muted. It was even better.
posted by loquacious at 12:10 PM on February 15, 2007


site's down =P
posted by grobstein at 12:17 PM on February 15, 2007


"This Account Has Been Suspended. Please contact the billing/support department as soon as possible. "
posted by ericb at 12:25 PM on February 15, 2007


The videos from the new version of Line Rider don't do anything for me. What made the original good is that you couldn't erase and you had to rely on gravity.

Now that you can erase mistakes, accelerate the sled uphill, and draw decorative lines that the rider can pass through, all it takes to come up with something neat is a lot of spare time. Eventually you'll get the right amount of acceleration to make any jump you want, and as many tries as you want to get it right without having to save and load over and over.

It's like a textbook case of how to ruin something with complexity.
posted by mendel at 12:28 PM on February 15, 2007


In fact I just thought of the perfect analogy: The original LineRider was like the Lego kits of the 70s: basic blocks and imagination. The new version is like the modern sets, where instead of building a pirate ship out of squares you build it out of pirate-ship-shaped pieces.

Sure, the 2006 Lego pirate ship looks a lot more like a pirate ship than the 1975 one, but it's lost what made it interesting in the first place.
posted by mendel at 12:32 PM on February 15, 2007


The original thread.
posted by srboisvert at 12:48 PM on February 15, 2007


dude, i linked to the original thread in the main post

I hope I didn't kill TechDawg. Sorry. Should've just linked to the old stupid YouTube.
posted by mrgrimm at 12:55 PM on February 15, 2007


What made the original good is that you couldn't erase and you had to rely on gravity.

Yeah, not so much.

If you look at TechDawg's older v1 stuff, he had accellerators figured out there too - by sandwiching the rider between parallel lines, and by banking short lines together with the rider passing through the 'open' side.

TechDawg has always squeezed the max out of Line Rider, regardless of versions and features.
posted by davelog at 1:58 PM on February 15, 2007


dude, i linked to the original thread in the main post

Fucking fine print. Gets me every time.
posted by srboisvert at 2:24 PM on February 15, 2007


I hadn't played with Line Rider before and I was goofing around with it before I watched the video.

After watching the video I came to two conclusions: 1.) Some people have far more time on their hands than I do, and make some pretty nifty things with it. And 2.) I still don't understand the appeal of Creed.
posted by quin at 3:22 PM on February 15, 2007


;) - by the way, IANALRE. how does he accelerate the sled?

I don't think the Lego comparison is very good ... he's not starting with any premade components ... it's all from scratch.
posted by mrgrimm at 3:35 PM on February 15, 2007


Holy fuck.
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 4:31 PM on February 15, 2007


!
posted by dreamsign at 1:01 AM on February 16, 2007


Wow. I don't care what anybody says about "ruining things with complexity" - "Discarded" is damn awesome looking, even without the linerider flying around in there. Although I listened without music, maybe that would have ruined it for me.
posted by antifuse at 1:02 AM on February 16, 2007


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