Posted by Data in Cortex Command - April 7th, 2008

New DataRealms.comAs some of you have undoubtedly noticed, we just revealed a completely new version of the Data Realms official website! The new design is courtesy of Michael Heald of Fully Illustrated, who quite clearly did a bang-up job!

There is still more work in store for the site in general, specifically some cleaning up of the forums and dev log – and I don’t just mean the design.. we’re going to be cracking down on flaming and general BS in the comments and threads of both places.

Also – finally – there’s a proper page for Cortex Command itself, which we will be adding more content to as well. Hopefully it will give visitors a better idea of what we’re shooting for with the game than having to decipher an incomplete demo. You can expect a “coming features” section or high level to-do list of some kind soon!

UPDATE: The new flash banner is up now too, for extra wow effect 🙂
UPDATE2: Flash banner’s effects have been greatly improved!

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93 Responses to “New!”

  1. Azukki - # April 9th, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    Honestly I don’t think much of the banner. It’s just still images from the intro with some parallax scrolling and some gradients.

    It started off pretty good with robopope, but then the bad rocket exhaust effects, the not-so-subtle explosions from space, and ended with the worst looking part, the coalition firing. The shiny logo was good though.

    In-game clips of the sort of thing in the epic moments thread, that’s what I would think that you would want to show, to gain the interest of the sort of person that would like CC in it’s present state. Speaking of which…

  2. Ollieh - # April 9th, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    I like the flash banner, better than no flash banner.

  3. Tomaster - # April 9th, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    I agree with Azukki, you should take some of the clips from the forum in the epic moments thread, and make them into a flash banner, if that is possible, preferably ones that show off the physics and demolition capabilities.

  4. Data - # April 9th, 2008 at 6:38 pm

    Azukki, I agree the effects weren’t what they could’ve been, and they have updated. Hit shift+f5 to see latest version. I’ll be tweaking them more soon!

    Might look into integrating some gif anims, but it’s not what the banner is supposed to be.. just soemthing to get the initial wow factor going on first site hit. Besides, there’s gifs right underneath, randomly selected. Speaking of, if anyone wants to submit addtional 110x110px gifs for that area, emails links to

  5. Pedobear - # April 9th, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    Very sexy site, the best indie game site I’ve seen so far. Good luck on the next build, I’m sure it will be great.

  6. Azukki - # April 9th, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    Yeah, it looks a good deal better now.
    I think it was mostly that front-most guy firing that made it look bad before.
    If I remember correctly, he was shooting his shotgun/grenade launcher/whatever like a machine gun with a bad looking muzzle flash, while completely inanimate?

    Campaign sounds like it’ll be great, especially if we encounter another faction soon. White bots seem to be the most developed faction that aren’t yet in game play, so maybe them?

  7. Ollieh - # April 10th, 2008 at 12:56 am

    Even better now!
    New faction or few of them would be awesome. 🙂

    Next release gonna take weeks or months? Just approx.

  8. The Adviser - # April 10th, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    Now that is a very good banner. Now for the net line of business.

    GIMME BUILD 21 NOW PLOX!!!!1!1!!!!!1!!!1!!

    Just kidding, but my hope of it coming out within a month have been restored.

  9. Fooby - # April 10th, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    Just a few words because I want to get playing Cortex..


    I absolutely love it! Great Job!
    Also, I am also waiting so patiently for this new build. 😀

  10. rebirth12345 - # April 10th, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    Now the banner does not load.
    And I have the latest flash player.

  11. Data - # April 10th, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    rebirth.. o rly? try ctrl+f5
    Let me know if still no go

  12. rebirth12345 - # April 10th, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    Still no go

  13. Tomaster - # April 10th, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    Just wondering, what did you do to update it?

  14. The Adviser - # April 10th, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    he made it look more polished, and got rid of some unnecessary stuff.

  15. Tomaster - # April 10th, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    Oh, ok, still think he should have some epic gifs in there

  16. udm - # April 11th, 2008 at 1:03 am

    Good work there Data! Keep it up!

  17. KarvaBopi - # April 11th, 2008 at 9:58 am


  18. Tomaster - # April 11th, 2008 at 10:35 am


  19. robolee - # April 12th, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    I see it has improved again, it looks great now (though I still think there are too many explosions on the planet and they are too big)

  20. Tomaster - # April 12th, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    LOL, post 69, but yea, i agree with robolee

  21. rainland - # April 13th, 2008 at 8:10 am

    improve the game, not the web site.

  22. The Adviser - # April 13th, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    Jeez let him work on it Rainland. Besides when the mob of 12 year olds hits this place presentation is everything! Besides we have waited a few months for it so I think we can wait some more. Also if you say “But we deserve…” then I say that you payed for a KEY that will open almost any build that needs one not the finished product which might never come.

  23. Foaboegik - # April 13th, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    He does whatever he wants, so run back home and get pushed off
    the sofa!

  24. Skateorama - # April 13th, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    Looks great, a huge improvment!

  25. Purple - # April 13th, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    Data would you happen to know how door scanners work?

  26. Ghost Bear - # April 14th, 2008 at 2:38 am

    Flash looks nice, but higher framerate would be nice (or it’s just works slow on me). Also explosions on planet looks very childish. Cortex Command logo moving though dark isn’t nice too imo.

    Also html code done very professionally, i like it alot!

  27. rainland - # April 14th, 2008 at 10:02 am

    ok ok.. maybe i was a little rude but data could make the next build now and we won’t need anything in a month so he can make the site in peace.

  28. Jack73hRipper - # April 15th, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    lol ghost
    get a new comp
    i run full frames on multiplayer 🙂

  29. Tomaster - # April 15th, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    I just translated this on Gizoogle.

  30. The Adviser - # April 15th, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    Now that is funny.

  31. koniferus - # April 16th, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    F-U-Double-Lizzy Illustrated!! that was great!

  32. PacificV2 - # April 16th, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    Yeah the new site is goodlooking and all – but it has been months since we’ve heard cortex command news. I _did_ think Data would do a good (read better) job with keeping the userbase up to date in terms of development (I for one wouldn’t say no to news or screenshots, or just knowing what the heck you’ve been doing) since we’re actually paying him for an incomplete version, but seeing the current lack of news I’m wondering, is Data just enjoying his newfound “fortune” made from selling licenses or is he actively working on the game? Without updates I’m really unsure.

    Bottom line: News. Real ones. Where are they again?

  33. robolee - # April 17th, 2008 at 9:38 am

    “There were a series of IRL distractions, but we is back on track n tha excit’n times will def be pick’n up again n shit!”


  34. robolee - # April 17th, 2008 at 9:40 am

    even better:
    title:”Hustla fo` Cortex Command”
    “Eventually we wiznill probably add this functionality ta tha gizzle itself, but this is bootylicious in tha mean tizzle . Put ya mutha fuckin choppers up if ya feel this.. Poser spendin’ta him if you find tha too` useful!”

  35. Azukki - # April 17th, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    Those ‘exciting times’ sure are stealthy…

  36. nckomodo - # April 17th, 2008 at 11:08 pm


    You mean we should get drunk and smoke pot before posting?

  37. Shade - # April 18th, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    In regard to post 15 :

    It’s also a privilege to let us buy unfinished work ^^
    Don’t forget that also work’s for both 🙂
    Think about the day were dev. didn’t relied on updates and internet. Software had to be ready before being sell (i’m kinda miss those time, there was less buggy stuff too).

    I was about to buy a 360 Game joystick just for Cortex Command but now… Not ! I didn’t launch the game since the last update can you believe that ?

    It’s not a really complainings.
    Don’t forget that selling stuff also require to be close to your customer.

    Good luck, really 🙂

  38. The Adviser - # April 18th, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    I think he means something along the lines of an old english party(you know with the guys that go “toodle pip”)or is at least closer to his party than your idea is, and where did everyone go?

  39. Tomaster - # April 18th, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    I dunno, no one is posting anymore, which is good, I suppose, this isn’t a cesspit anymore.

  40. The Adviser - # April 18th, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    I liked the quality(notice I didn’t say what kind of quality) discussions we had 🙁 🙁 🙁 .

  41. Pedobear - # April 19th, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    ^Lol jk…

    And Tomaster, I prefer pornolizer

  42. thor - # April 19th, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    wow. finally.

  43. gismo93 - # May 1st, 2008 at 5:14 am

    yea sure looks epic