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Jordan Mechner explores creation and recreation of Karateka in new video series

Jordan Mechner, developer of Prince of Persia, released videos today about creating Karateka in its original Apple II incarnation and its recent remake, he revealed on his blog. "If you're interested in making games, you may enjoy this series of short videos about the creative and technical process of making Karateka, then (1982) and now (2012)," he wrote. "Each episode focuses on a different aspect of production: Inspiration, Animation, Sound and Music, and Gameplay." Check out the video above to learn about his inspirations, and the video below to learn how how he animated both games. Mechner plans to release other videos "later this week." Karateka's remake was released recently on Xbox Live Arcade and Steam. To celebrate its Steam release, the game is on sale for $8.99, a 10...

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Jordan Mechner's Karateka remake looks to modernize a classic story

The re-imagining of Karateka launches today on Xbox Live Arcade and later this month on PlayStation Network, Steam and iOS. Mechner's team hired Adam Lisagor and his Los Angeles-based production company, Sandwich Video, to create a promotional video for the game. As Lisagor explained in a phone interview with Polygon, the project was a great fit — he had developed a love for Karateka by playing it as a 6-year-old. Sandwich Video produced the commercial you see above, a charming, funny spot that brings character models from the 1984 original and 2012 remake into a real-world Japanese garden. "I was fixated on the idea of taking this rich, beautiful world that was created for the new game and trying to recreate it in the analog world," said Lisagor. Lisagor took the comedy further...

Karateka (2012) Releases
North America
  • Xbox Live Arcade
    • Released 11/07/2012
    • Publisher D3 Publisher
    • Developer Liquid Entertainment
  • PlayStation Network
    • Released 12/18/2012
    • Publisher D3 Publisher
    • Developer Liquid Entertainment
  • Windows
    • Released 12/03/2012
    • Publisher D3 Publisher
    • Developer Liquid Entertainment
  • iOS
    • Released 03/19/2013
    • Publisher D3 Publisher
    • Developer Liquid Entertainment
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