Terminator 2's Visual Effects Get An Unofficial Update

Every computer needs an upgrade, even the Terminator.

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When Terminator 2: Judgement Day returned to theaters in 2017 with a 3D re-release, it was refreshing to see how much the film still held up, even though the technology used to make movies has so drastically changed. However, there are a few things that stand out as looking rather dated.

One of those moments is when viewers see things from the Terminator's (Arnold Schwarzenegger) point of view. The user interface of the T-800 looked rather simple, old, and very red. With a sequel to Terminator 2 heading to theaters in 2019, though, the team at visual effects studio Territory partnered with Adobe to give Arnold's robot character a new view of the world.

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Territory Studio, the team whose recent visual effects work was featured in Avengers: Infinity War and Blade Runner 2049, put the Adobe XD user experience design software to the test and managed to created a reimagined heads-up display for the T-800 that visually seems a lot more believable when watching the film in 2018.

"The biggest challenge we faced in the project is taking such an iconic screen and building out something that is as complex as the technology that we know and making it feel a part of the Terminator canon," Territory Studio motion designer Brandon Mata says.

While it remains to be seen what the T-800's UI will look like in the next Terminator film--or if viewers will see anything from his point of view--what Territory and Adobe have come up with is exciting to see. The user interfaces of computers don't look quite like they did in 1981 anymore and given that the T-800 is from the future, perhaps it's time to start thinking with the future in mind. After all, every computer needs an upgrade at some point.

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Whatever the case, it's interesting to look back and see just how wrong the world was about what the future would look like. Whether it's Demolition Man thinking cursing would be outlawed and Taco Bell would be the last restaurant standing after the so-called "franchise wars" or movies like Terminator 2 having very simple ideas about the technology that was to come, clearly those making the guesses were way off.

That's okay, though. Thanks to unofficial upgrades like this and the actual Demolition Man themed Taco Bell coming to San Diego Comic-Con, fans of these movies are getting the best of both worlds.

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Avatar image for TheDeadKennedys

Looks worse, try again.

Avatar image for Acheron18

Wow. Talk about click bait headline. You make it sound like the effects in T2 will actually be changed which is clearly not the case.

Come on, Gamespot. You can do better.

Avatar image for vega2505

Might as well replace all the monitors in Aliens with HD displays because it's far in the future, right?

It's a film from the 90's using 90's tech...you can't just change the look of it to make it more modern if it doesn't fit with the time period the movie is in...the world ends in 1997, so Skynet is using tech from no further than that to base everything they make or invent on.

Also, the whole point of the T-800 in T2 is that it's obsolete, but still has to fight against superior tech of the T-1000 to win, so making it look advanced kind of ruins the feel.

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Depends on the version of Demolition Man you watch. Still have my copies with Pizza Hut OR Taco Bell winning.

Avatar image for VirtualTofu

I still swear Taco Bell will be the only fast food chain left in existence after the U.S. government outlaws every other restaurant due to being too unhealthy.

Avatar image for thomaswmak

Next they will superimpose a wireless mouse in his hand over the shotgun.

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The Windows 8 update for Terminators

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Meh, it was fine the way it was, IMO. If they're going to update anything then it ought to be the T-1000's CG model/special effects. At any rate, it doesn't really matter since thankfully existing versions of the film still have the classic visuals.

Avatar image for Richardthe3rd

Like the original better.

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IMO, I actually like the idea. Don’t get me wrong, I love Terminator 1 & 2. The idea of refreshing visuals isn’t a bad idea. Replacing shotguns with microphones and making it seem like Han never shot first, now those are bad.

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Seems like an unnecessary change to me. Honestly, trying to recreate the original style would be one of the best homages they could endeavor for. The hum, the goofy rotoscoped outlines and information popups, the high pitch sounds, they're all pretty iconic to the original sequel. I'm not surprised though, everyone in Hollywood seems to think they can outdo the classics, and no matter how many times they fail abysmally with so many franchises they just keep trundling onward, gleefully unaware of the damage they're doing, or even how poor their rare original movies are.

There's a good reason many of us haven't been to the theaters in many years, and it's not the expensive popcorn.

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I never thought the original UI looked outdated. Still looks futuristic to me. *shrugs*

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The T-800 UI is what originally gave Nintendo the idea to develop the Virtual Boy.

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@dr_vancouver: I admit the Virtual Boy's graphics were sick. Literally. They made me nauseous.

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@VirtualTofu: I was just making a funny joke, I actually love my Virtual Boy.

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The updated Terminator vision is totally idiotic. Why would a machine need a HUD organized with buttons, title bars and bullet points? These are inventions designed to make information easier to read for humans.

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@ztype85: Couldn't agree more. There's no reason a Terminator would need a UI. Everything would process in its microprocessor much like our thoughts process in our brains. I always saw the UI as just being a way for them to show us what the Terminator was thinking. If I were going to redesign the Terminator's vision to be more accurate (which I don't think is necessary) I'd keep the zoom and scan features and get rid of the HUD.

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@ztype85: exactly they are supposed to act like humans so they can infiltrate , reading things like a human would not look out of the ordinary

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@ztype85: Agreed. This update is clearly a downgrade.