Breaking Bad LEGO Videogame
Adam Rifkin stashed this in LEGOS!!!
LEGO videogames usually tend to be fairly wholesome affairs. But what happens when you add Jesse, Mr. White and a whole lot of meth-making? Pretty much a parody teaser for the best videogame that doesn’t actually exist.
Built by animator and designer Brian Anderson, “Lego Breaking Bad The Video Game parody” (above, complete with spoilers) is one man’s attempt to reimagine the AMC show Breaking Bad as a Traveller’s Tales game, complete with gun-toting face-offs, Walt/Jesse Pinkman, and — yes — meth-making. The idea, Anderson told Wired, came after watching the face-melting scene in the Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures game five years ago.
“I started thinking of other movies movies with fairly shocking moments that would be funny if they were acted out by LEGO characters – the ear scene from Reservoir Dogs, the shower scene from Psycho,” said Anderson. And after a binge-watch session of Breaking Bad on Netflix last fall, he knew where to begin.
The LEGO-izing of Walt and Jesse required hundreds of hours of rendering time, and much like a drug dealer, Anderson started with a single brick. To create the most basic of building blocks, he combined a partial cylinder with a large flat square, then multiplied that shape until he had something that looked like LEGO piece – a shape he replicated again and again and again.
“I purposely left [the logo] off the bricks in case LEGO wasn’t happy with the video,” Anderson said. “Removing that one LEGO logo at the beginning would be an easy change. Removing every tiny LEGO logo from every single brick would have been nearly impossible.”
Using those bricks, Anderson started building 3-D environments and models, which he populated with characters, vehicles, coins and all matter of ephemera. He also created a virtual camera to move around the space and then animated the 3-D characters to do their best acting work. All told, between January and April, Anderson’s computer — a new unit he’d just had custom built — spent about 1,300 hours rendering.
With the help of Maya, After Effects, Photoshop, ZBRush and Illustrator Anderson produced a video that looks like it could be one of the coolest games ever – if it were real. Watching Mr. White and Jesse’s cooking and final face-off with the Rival Dealers in Anderson’s video is great and all, but a full game that includes the final demise of Gus Fring and the many uses of Lily of the Valley would just be amazing.
"Figure doubles as James Lipton"
Isn't that awesome?
Gotta love the attention to detail. Are those bullet holes in the RV door?
Yes they are. Made in the pilot by the first two guys Walt and Jesse have the bad luck of working with.