Retro Pixels: Burnout announced for Playstation 2 (2001)

Sublime arcade racing!

We regularly celebrate outstanding examples of digital creativity, regardless of their time and place! Join us as we raid our file archives and literally crash into November 2001, in time to witness the announcement of a game that kicked-off a series of seminal arcade racers!




Criterion Games’ Eagerly Anticipated Arcade Racing Title to Ship in November for Next Generation System

GLEN COVE, NY, August 8, 2001 – Expanding upon the breadth and depth of its holiday lineup for the next generation gaming platforms, Acclaim Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ.SC: AKLM) today announced that it has entered into an exclusive global publishing agreement with Criterion Games Limited for their eagerly anticipated arcade driving game, BurnoutTM, for the PlayStation


Here’s the press release trailer in all its 320×240 pixel glory! We’ve saved the original mpg file as mp4 but other than that it’s the real deal! 🙂

Just for fun, we used the awesome TOPAZ VIDEO ENHANCE to apply AI upscaling to the above video, using its suggested settings for this individual file. Here’s the result, upscaled to 1280×960 resolution using the ‘Artemis low quality’ profile. It’s worked wonders removing the blocky compression artefacts though a significant amount of ‘texture’ has also been lost. Note we’re using the TRIAL version of the software hence the watermark.


We all remember the BURNOUT packaging – Or do we?

Here are two of the original renders, but which option was picked for the cover?

You can find the answer here!