Something Orisinal

SFTW - 'if Raymond Briggs went into casual web-games they would probably look at bit like this'. Iai

We’ve had physics games, rhythm games, toolset toys - today I thought it might be nice to point you towards a collection of work by Ferry Halim - the frighteningly talented American designer who makes flash games on his site Orisinal. Halim’s games are often very similar to any other one-click flash game out their on the web in their design, but they’re elevated above the masses by their exquisite production design.

Making unrestrained use of pastel shades, cute (but not sickeningly so) character design and endless loops of atmospheric ambient music, Orisinal has become a collection with a clear signature. The hand-made aesthetic is one that has been used many times before but often ends up rather over-stating the presence of some ‘humanity’ in the software. Orisinal gives you the clear feeling of being created by a human, but without compromising any of the artistry - if Raymond Briggs went into casual web-games they would probably look at bit like this.

There’s lots on Orisinal to choose from, but here’s a few to get you going…

Starry Night (bounce a star around the sky with a bubble)

The Crossing (bounce deer across a river)

Wake up call (small fat mouse floats own on leaf and fires water at butterflies to release from chrysalises)

Iain Simons writes, talks and tweets about videogames and technology. His new book, Play Britannia, is to be published in 2009. He is the director of the GameCity festival at Nottingham Trent University.
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Casting the Brexit movie that is definitely real and will totally happen

Details are yet unclear as to whether The Bad Boys of Brexit will be gracing our screens, or just Farage's vivid imagination.

Hollywood is planning to take on the farcical antics of Nigel Farage et al during the UK referendum, according to rumours (some suspect planted by a starstruck Brexiteer). 

Details are yet unclear as to whether The Bad Boys of Brexit will be gracing our big or small screens, a DVD, or just Farage's vivid imagination, but either way here are our picks for casting the Hollywood adaptation.

Nigel Farage: Jim Carrey

The 2018 return of Alan Partridge as "the voice of hard Brexit" makes Steve Coogan the obvious choice. Yet Carrey's portrayal of the laughable yet pure evil Count Olaf in A Series of Unfortunate Events makes him a serious contender for this role. 

Boris Johnson: Gerard Depardieu

Stick a blonde wig on him and the French acting royalty is almost the spitting image of our own European aristocrat. He has also evidently already mastered the look of pure shock necessary for the final scene of the movie - in which the Leave campaign is victorious.

Arron Banks: Ricky Gervais

Ricky Gervais not only resembles Ukip donor Arron Banks, but has a signature shifty face perfect for the scene where the other Brexiteers ask him what is the actual plan. 

Gerry Gunster: Anthony Lapaglia

The Bad Boys of Brexit will reportedly be told from the perspective of the US strategist turned Brexit referendum expert Gerry Gunster. Thanks to recurring roles in both the comedy stalwart Frasier, and the US crime drama Without a Trace, Anthony Lapaglia is versatile enough to do funny as well as serious, a perfect mix for a story that lurches from tragedy to farce. Also, they have the same cunning eyes.

Douglas Carswell: Mark Gatiss

The resemblance is uncanny.

David Cameron: Andrew Scott

Andrew Scott is widely known for his portrayal of Moriarty in Sherlock, where he indulges in elaborate, but nationally destructive strategy games. The actor also excels in a look of misplaced confidence that David Cameron wore all the way up to the referendum. Not to mention, his forehead is just as shiny. He'll have to drink a lot of Bollinger to gain that Cameron-esque puppy fat though. 

Kate Hoey: Judi Dench

Although this casting would ruin the image of the much beloved national treasure that is Judi Dench, if anyone can pull off being the face of Labour Leave, the incredible actress can.