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Blade Runner, The Movie
Blade Runner, known more as a sci-fi movie than a game, was released in 1982 and received a lukewarm reception at best. Critics thought the story line to be slow-paced and lacked strength in the main character. However, the movie was highly touted for its painstakingly detailed sets and beautiful screen shots. Blade Runner set the tone for the 1980's and has become the most influential science fiction film of all time.

The Story line:
Early in the 21st Century, the Tyrell Corporation advanced Robot evolution into the NEXUS phase -- a being virtually identical to a human -- known as a Replicant. The NEXUS 6 Replicants were superior in strength and agility, and at least equal in intelligence to the genetic engineers that created them. Replicants were used         Off-world as slave labor, in the hazardous exploration and colonization of other planets. After a Bloody mutiny by a NEXUS 6 combat team in an Off-world colony,  Replicants were declared illegal on earth -- under penalty of death. Special police squads -- BLADE RUNNER UNITS -- had orders to shoot to kill, upon detection, any trespassing Replicant. This was not called execution. It  was called retirement


Blade Runner, The Game
Westwood incorporates a technology that uses 'voxels', a flat shaded polygon, each only a single pixel in width. Somewhere between 20,000 to 40,000 voxels are required to render each character. Using state of the art, motion capture cameras, live actors mimic movements to be created in the game while the cameras capture every movement in high tech 3D space. A computer generates a wire frame image of each character and their movements. Using real actors, some of them from the original movie, bitmapped images of their faces are captured and wrapped around the 3D wire frame, skeleton models. The result is life-like motion by the animated, fully rendered, computer generated characters. - Excellent!