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Review: The Animatrix (2004) Animation | My Reviews 17 DEC 2013

the animatrix posterWhat is the Matrix? Before the Neo Saga, nine different stories are told, each highlighting a different facet of Earth, the Machine and the Matrix. These are stories of how humankind deals with the world it now lives in.

It delves in the present, the imminent attack on Zion. It looks at the past, how the machine finally usurped man. It looks at the training freed humans now have to undergo to fight against the machine. It shows how the Matrix influences people currently living in it. It describes how people strive to free themselves and turn machine against machine.

It shows us how a lonely boy can try to escape from reality. Or is it reality? Just what is the Matrix?

Animatrix is an interesting experiment. With so much interest in the Matrix franchise, the producers pushed for a product. The Wachoski brothers obliged. They are already anime otakus, so they decided to provide a few more stories based in the Matrix franchise world and get some of the best Japanese Directors and studios to produce them. The result? Nine brilliantly told visual masterpieces.

The stories are pretty average on their own, with a broader insight being set for the Matrix world in anticipation of the remaining films in the trilogy. What makes this series are the visuals. Simply breathtaking. Each episode is as varied as can be, but every one of them is sumptous to look at.

The sound and voice acting is of a very high quality, adding to the overall appeal of the package.

Because of the short story format, the series isn’t really coherent, but Matrix fans who aren’t into anime will enjoy this venture into this new world of visuals and likewise, the hardened anime fan will thoroughly enjoy the visuals brought to them by these great animation houses.

the animatrix screenshot

(Historical Note: This was written back in February 2004. Thankfully my writing has improved greatly since then!)

Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animatrix

PHP: Implode a Multi-dimensional Array CodeUnit 09 APR 2010

PHP’s implode is a pretty handy function to flatten any array into a single string value, using any piece of ‘glue’ (basically a substring) that you specifiy to put everything together.

So in other words, if we had an array containing the string values of cat, dog and chicken and then ran the implode function against them using the character ‘|’ as glue, we would end up with a single string value reading cat | dog | chicken.

Of course, extending this function to handle multi-dimensional arrays (or matrices if you prefer) is a pretty simple matter of quickly whipping up a recursive version and so without any further waffling from my side, here’s the code:

//flattens a multi-dimensional array (recursive implode)
function r_implode( $glue, $pieces )
	foreach( $pieces as $r_pieces )
    		if( is_array( $r_pieces ) )
      			$retVal[] = r_implode( $glue, $r_pieces );
      			$retVal[] = $r_pieces;
  	return implode( $glue, $retVal );

Usage is pretty simple. Call the r_implode function as normal, passing to it the ‘glue’ string you wish to employ as well as the array against which to run it.

Have fun.

Review: The Matrix: Path of Neo (2005) Games | My Reviews 16 MAR 2007

Matrix Path of Neo is the second Matrix game to come from developer Shiny (Probably most famous for their landmark Earthworm Jim titles back in the 90s). A major step up from the disappointment that was Enter the Matrix, Path of Neo can best be described as an action brawler with attitude. Slow motion moves, martial arts, acrobatics and hosts of different firearms makes for an action packed game that pits you right in the action as Neo against the machines. And of course Agent Smith is there to give you a hard time just in case you thought this was going to be easy.

It has to be said though that the graphics engine used for this title is not going to win any awards for beautiful models though. Producing some really hideous graphics seems to be its strong points, and cut scenes are very hard on the eyes to be honest. Luckily the bad character models are only seen from close up and most of the game action is from a far kinder camera distance. That said, the game physics are awesome with very decent rag doll physics, full destructible environments and usable environmental objects.

The musical score suits the game perfectly, and in fact there is even a little Queen thrown in the mix to look forward to towards the end. Obviously the main videos for the game are ripped from the three movies (mashed up a bit for style and storytelling effect) but outside of the voices for these movies, the rest of the game hosts sound-alikes which may detract a little from the experience for any hardcore Matrix fans.

The game is frantic and action-packed and to be honest thoroughly enjoyable (bar the completely annoying Wachoski video thrown in to disrupt the game atmosphere towards the end). It probably isn’t a classic, but to fans of the 3D action adventure brawler genre this is a solid play well worth your time.

Related Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matrix:_Path_of_Neo