Spoiler Alert: Writer Gets Scanned Into L.A. Noire

Posted on January 12 2011, 10:35am | Author: R* S | Filed Under: Games

Left: Mic'd up and ready, Game Informer's Dan Ryckert prepares for MotionScan. Center: the raw, three-dimensional scan.  Right: The in-game character.

Back in March, Game Informer had an exclusive first look at L.A. Noire and the Depth Analysis studio responsible for scanning the actors and placing them in-game, but that wasn't all. During the visit, one of Game Informer's writers was selected to make a cameo as a minor character in L.A. Noire. While there was some hint of being involved in typical motion capture (the typically anonymous process of donning a dotted jumpsuit and having your movements recorded as datapoints for digital characters), they had no idea they were going to be acting out real lines -  and having their entire performances scanned and placed inside the game itself. Here's an excerpt from Game Informer writer Dan Ryckert's experiences:

"It quickly became apparent what I had unknowingly signed up for. Team Bondi's tech affords them the luxury of recording actors with 32 highly precise cameras in a soundproof white room, which then creates an amazingly realistic in-game model of whoever is in the chair. They explained what the plan was for me...I'd be captured with the cameras, allowing my exact likeness to be used for a journalist character in the game. I'd be receiving a full 1940s makeover at the hands of Hollywood stylists, then it was time to get in the chair and record dialogue while the cameras captured every subtle motion of my face."

"They buckled me into the chair and pointed out the X mark that I'd need to keep my eyes trained on. Once I was adequately prepared, the door shut behind me and I was alone in an almost eerie soundproof room that looked like something out of 2001: A Space Odyssey (only with 32 cameras pointed directly at my face and a roomful of people on the other side of the wall monitoring my every move)."

Read the full story here: http://www.gameinformer.com/b/features/archive/2011/01/11/how-rockstar-put-me-into-la-noire.aspx

  • R* Yon May 9 2011, 2:44pmReplyFlag
    Thanks all, one week to go, and for the latest on L.A. Noire visit the official site:
    • 9807797on February 25 2011, 6:43pmReplyFlag
      This looks so good... I already have it preordered from Gamestop!
      • skullcrackerTeenon February 13 2011, 4:30pmReplyFlag
        • TheNikzJMon February 13 2011, 5:23amReplyFlag
          Amazing. Can't wait for it to be released!
          • GTA_gameron February 9 2011, 5:57pmReplyFlag
            CANT WAIT
            • for_real_broon January 28 2011, 10:24amReplyFlag
              Everything looks so great, the webpage, the pictures, the new technology, the trailers I can't wait, that's a new era in games!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
              • MrIB100on January 14 2011, 8:19amReplyFlag
                R* please do the scoring on Russian language new GTA to fully feel the atmosphere of the game( Sorry for my english)
                • batik89on January 13 2011, 10:42pmReplyFlag
                  @R* Why L.A. Noire website has PSN logo, while there's no Xbox Live on it? Is this some kind of mistake or there's a purpose behind it?
                  • UpNSmoke225on January 13 2011, 11:19amReplyFlag
                    we need an A&A on this big time!! still too early for that i guess.....but theres some important things i really wanna know about this game. like MP for instance..possibly some sort of co-op crime solving!! open world, drive around snapping to some jazz...stop at the office and grab your case files and pick a crime...or work together with some friends and put ur different clues together...idk but the possibilities seem endless for this game. With MP or without, Noire is gonna be groundbreaking! i cant wait for more info
                    • BesquitWhistleron January 13 2011, 3:44amReplyFlag
                      Yesterday at 12:14pm
                      Mafia 2 + True Crime 3 = L.A. Noire (A perfect game)
                      u_O how can u say this...comparing mafia 2 and true crime to L.A. Noire...!?
                      mafia was a bit okay.. but true crime was a true piece of sh*t
                      besides rockstar always tries to make unique games.. exploring genres what other companies dont dare to do, so dont expect it to be like; true crime or mafia.
                      • batik89on January 13 2011, 2:53amReplyFlag
                        I'd like to know, whether L.A. Noire still using NaturalMotion's Euphoria or not?
                        • colephelpson January 13 2011, 1:40amReplyFlag
                          okay rockstar,we are looking forward for your asked and answered series,but please answer it quikly pleasee.:D
                          • R* Yon January 13 2011, 1:11amReplyFlag
                            @azael95 @Magic_Al @NY_Francisco @Studios5107 and others, thanks guys, and know that we're considering your thoughts and questions for a future edition in our Asked & Answered series.
                            • azael95on January 13 2011, 12:45amReplyFlag
                              hey rockstar i know this a sandbox game, but i hope have a good idea making impossible for the player to shot people, please dont make the mistake of: i shot a innocent person but nothing happens; that would be so stupid. I hope its something like if you shoot someone innocent a short cutscene starts and phelps falls on his knees and shout somthing like: what have i've done?!?!!?

                              i hope that you come on with a smart chice ;D

                              P.S. my english sucks i'm sorry ;D
                              • Jortanon January 13 2011, 12:44amReplyFlag
                                lol he's playing a journalist
                                • Shynkaion January 13 2011, 12:14amReplyFlag
                                  gameplay would be great...btw mic'd looks like my guitar teacher !
                                  • Nem_Wanon January 12 2011, 10:31pmReplyFlag
                                    I'm really excited to see how these heads and bodies come together in the experience of the whole game. Is it going to look real, or real weird? How big would the MotionScan studio have to be to have a field of view that would record the actor's entire body in costume? And could a game console handle it?
                                    • NY_Franciscoon January 12 2011, 6:01pmReplyFlag
                                      can we get a new trailer? show some gameplay? that would be much appreciated.
                                      • nicomcon January 12 2011, 5:54pmReplyFlag
                                        @ R*
                                        it would be cool to see a new tech video, like of the environment or motion capture!

                                        also. that writer is CRAZY LUCKY!!!
                                        • boonison January 12 2011, 4:52pmReplyFlag
                                          2011-Game of the Year!
                                          I cannot wait to see more of this game in action. R*, please release some more info soon.
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