I just stumbled upon some webms and images you might be interested in:
Some might remember a post in Julay's /v/ about the promotional site for the back-then new fangled Nintendo DS around late 2004, with its now-taboo slogan Touching is Good
, i visited that site daily for weeks due to its interactive nature new to me (and to be fair everything was new because i had my first PC with internet) and the main appeal for me was the atmosphere itself: A man, supposed to be ourselves, chilling around in a set of idyllic places you could "walk" into via clicking boxes in the form of the DS logo.
The site was flash/java and when i went to visit it for this post i saw in terror that i couldn't even access its main window on the Internet Wayback Machine (http://www.nintendods.com/index.jsp),
something i could one year ago. Back then the site was limited too, many of the interactive screens, used merely present technical specs or features about the machine in different environments, were locked but one could still see the "starting" point of them.
The other major point was the music, featuring a theme song that had thematic variations in a couple of the different places; soothing in my opinion, which made the whole experience ethereal although it may be my utter nostalgia. I posted the extended version tune and some nice anon, prophetically, made a webm for me with the extracted original audio and starting screens of each thematic place so at least i can show that as half proof (God bless that anon).
What i wanted to note is the particular style that is, in my opinion, the tail end of the Y2K trends which was the interactive flash sites with "calming" themes, some might also remember those looping flash scenes of an archaically animated fountain/river and the water flowing sounds behind. Old folk back in the day melted graphic cards just by running those non-stop sometimes lol.
In this example we can see the vast blue skies with the blue mountains and vibrant green foliage, an overplayed mood that might have reached its peak with the famous Bliss
image (that i will discuss later), ever present everywhere but also influenced many more. Overall the images and composites of the promo were in its contemporary trendy japanese style with saturated colors, wide angle views and "that" digital look we here are used to, along with the now-niche colour night photography of citiscapes.
And accompanying these flashes were also the "cutout" collages many newbie graphic designers did and which were also a finishing trend previous to Web 2.0. To recap that style, one of the Photoshop filters with vast use was one that "flattened" or oversimplified the color/tone counts of an image, and in this simple form some would cut parts of it and paste them over parts of other images thus creating hybrid sceneries, usually landscapes.
Rockstar Games, now known for not such good things for our standards, back then was a major player due to a quick succession of successful games and their website was very visited despite all being promotional stuff because they did have tons of extras in there, other than the flash interactive sites for new games (also fucking dead) like Midnight Club 3, they also had free downloads like games, music, screensavers and in this case wallpapers, in the cutout style of course. Here you can see in these images the style we mentioned: Vast blue skies with/or background mountains along with framing vegetation in vibrant greens.
I had the blue sky background here for at least 4 or 5 years (2005-2010) and it wasn't until recently when i was peeking some test shots from a new lens that an image there felt extremely similar for some reason, heart pumping out of chest feelings, and i realized i had recognized an exact tree in the same exact position, then it clicked that the tree line was the same and then that a snowy mountain out back was familiar too. 15 years later i still don't know where it is but at least i have a pic showing the real deal, hot curves included.
Sorry for blogposting again but it might be an interesting nitbit for some, the nostalgia here is strong so couldn't really contain myself again.