It seems like yesterday Paranoia released the intro for the third edition of
their Paracon party, but that was actually one year ago. Time passes by... or
maybe we're used to parties arranged every two years like the EIL :)
This time, Paranoid was once again in charge of the code, Luebke did the music
and the graphics were drawn by TNT and Paranoid. It has to be noticed it's the
first time that Paranoia use chunky-to-planar effects on the ST, that means we
can expect "newskool" effects...
The intro starts indeed with a nice shaking Paranoia logo, with a kind of
motion blur on it... That looks really stylish and nice... then we are shown
a black and white photography of the members of Paranoia, and the face of
each of them goes coloured as their respective name is shown. Good idea ! Then
some pictures of the previous editions are shown, and it seems the palette was
optimized in a smart way, as it looks okay despite the poor STF palette.
The next screen shows the highlight of the code : a high number of floating
translucent blobs are moving on some sinus curves in a front of a nice
background. Even if the resolution is 2x2, it is for sure a nice "newskool"
effect that is pleasant to see running on a plain ST. The background picture
is a copy (or a scan ?) of the "hot 'n spicy" Springles packaging. Anyway
it's nicely done as it doesn't suffer too much of the low resolution and the
small palette. Then the same effect is displayed between every information
screens with the palette and the curve changing. The latters give the usual
information you can expect about a party : date, place, compos, etc. The text
is displayed with a 1-colour font in front of a nice Paracon 4 logo. The font
is not really my taste, but at least it's easily readable...
To sum up, Paranoia gave us a nice little intro that perfectly plays its role.
This shows the group is still active on ST, despite their latest releases
targeting the Falcon. Let's hope there are bigger ST releases in the pipeline,
because that looks damn promising!