I haven’t seen it since it aired. The sound in these recordings is a little messed up but damn I’m still enjoying it. Wasn’t sure if it would hold up as an adult, but it does, very much so. Here’s the link:
Just look at this primitive CG artwork. Looks like something straight out of an N64 manual or a PS1 prerendered cinematic scene:
It probably has a lot to do with the fact that these shows were created on Silicone Graphics Workstations, similar to what was used for early 3D games. It gives everything such a nostalgic feel. The low res textures are just
And the story, while innocent in the first season, turns into a pretty compelling dark multi-season arc later that keeps you wondering what will happen.
And the overall concept, for those who don’t know it, is fun as hell too. These guys live in Mainframe, basically a computer part of a huge network. Everything is about using technology metaphors to create a setting.
Characters don’t die, they get deleted. Things are measured in nanoseconds rather than seconds. They also need to protect Mainframe two phenomenal villains who act as “viruses”, and gamecubes.https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&ved=2ahUKEwigtLWb2-DkAhVtmeAKHbRaAqoQjRx6BAgBEAQ&url=https%3A%2F%2Freboot.fandom.com%2Fwiki%2FSystem_Voice&psig=AOvVaw1J7d5lVVyBEzFGIb2_8OWJ&ust=1569113976305812
Yea, you read that right. Purple Gamecubes - not to be confused with Nintendo’s console - drop from the sky and the sprites (that’s what the people of Mainframe are called) need to enter the games to protect the area from the “User” - a mythical entity outside of Mainframe that seemingly plays games for pleasure.
If the sprites lose, the game causes that part of Mainframe, and all sprites trapped within to be nullified.
Every game is different and presents for some fun scenarios. I’m only on episode 7, but already there was a racing game spoof, a Star Fox like pilot game, a game where sprites played as Knights, and a prison break game.
Later on, I remember they spoof pokemon and street fighter as well. If you never watched the series, I highly recommend giving it a chance.
It’s fairly childish in many ways, but that’s totally part of the charm. And the voice acting is actually top-tier. It’s some of the best I’ve ever heard for a children’s cartoon on television.
Anyone have any good memories of this one? It’s just as good as I remember on my second watch as when I was a kid. I’m having a nostalgasm.