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While rumors have suggested it in the past, it's now official: after years of complete and utter redundancy, Sony is finally killing off the MiniDisc. Sony has announced that it will ship its last MiniDisc player in March of 2013.
Ah the MiniDisk. I remember when they first came out. They were pushed as the future, the next stage on from CD's. Shame they never caught on, I quite liked having the disks.
Anyone remember the scene in the Matrix where Neo saves some sort of software on one - what was that about!?
Are you sure you want to delete this scoop?
Amongst all the AAA titles we sometimes forget about the little guys, the people that start off small and grow..
A look into Casual Indie Games with my dev friend, Jake Birkett of Grey Alien Games.
Kinect and Oculus work together for an even more immersive experience.
Oliver Kreylos showcases a demo using both the Oculus and Kinect together to create an immersive virtual environment. We look forward to seeing this demonstration using the Kinect 2.
Revealed at the Google IO conference, Cardboard is a scored, flat-pack box that you fold into set of cardboard goggles that hold your phone; an accompanying software package uses your phone's screen and accelerometer to create stereo-optical VR images in the manner of the Oculus Rift.
Cool idea, be interesting to see how this works. We tried out the Oculus Rift with our Smiler game last year and although it made us pretty dizzy, we agreed it would be amazing if the technology was more accessible for people to try.
They tweet about them, they post photos of them, they write games about them. But what does this love of cats say about the game design process? Keith Stuart
Matmi friend Damien Sturdy was in this article about Game Developers and their Cats!
Full list of awards & screenings: Synopsis: A serendipitous journey in which a lone fisher is united with a form of estranged matter. Director: David Prosser Sound…
Only just stumbled across this Bafta nominated short animation, about a lone fisherman who stumbles across some large ball of globulus form of matter. It's unbelievably stunning — the atmosphere is perfect.
This video is not for the vertigo-prone.
Love how these 360 degree cameras turn the footage into tiny planets.
Xanadu, which began development in 1960, now has a working release, OpenXanadu. By Alex Hern
Imagine trying to explain that sort of delay to a client.
Typewriters are making a comeback and, as a wide-ranging new survey book shows, so is typewriter art.
This is amazing! Rick Poynor looks at the lost art of typewriter art.
It's a little before my time typewriters in general — but there is something that I can totally associate with typewriter art. The Internet introduced me to ASCII art, which is the first thing that I was reminded of looking at these images.
There is something about the patience, almost sadomasochism, in working that way that gives your an appreciation for the work.
There's not much more to say about this other than; AMAZING! I need Disney's GoT in my life right now.
How to use fonts: Typographic explorations from the designers at Hoefler & Co.
I'm besotted with Hoefler's new site. Instead of a standard list of typefaces follow by a downloadable PDF specimen book. Hoefler present their typefaces in situ across different mediums. Each typeface can be clicked on to bring up details of the typeface, purchase options etc.
From airline tags to speedometers seeing the typefaces working like this gives a real world feel to them, rather than the cold A-Z or Quick Brown Fox.
Hoping they planning on adding some more examples further down the line!— Mat.
Where do you get your beauty inspiration from — Pinterest? The beauty blogosphere? YouTube? Brit + Co’s in-house makeup and hair maven Miss Misty Spinney?! Yup, us too. Now imagine that day of DIY beauty with a bit of a bonus. Say, you pull up your “Beauty Is in the Board of the Pinner” board on Pinterest, open up a tutorial you’ve been meaning to try and... shoot, you don’t have the perfect shade to sweep on for that dramatic cat eye. What’s a girl to do? 3D print it out, that’s what.
Grace Choi is officially my new hero. Stealing a lipstick shade straight off the lips of Beyoncé and printing it in your own home? Yes please!
A massive survey by the UK's communications watchdog shows that our lives are becoming ever more digital.
It doesn't surprise us here at Matmi that the amount of "Silver-Surfers" is on the up. "Touch" is a natural human instinct so it takes only a matter of hours for any human aged 10 months & up to find their way around a tablet. Whereas lots of the older generation still wouldn't be able to use a PC after months of training.
Bachelor film project from The Animation Workshop, Viborg, Denmark. http://www.animwork.dk/en/ http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Animation-Workshop-Official-Page/10452541819 Made…
Stunning animation, with such a rich atmosphere. It's like an impressionist's painting in motion. — Mat.
Summer's in full swing, and with it comes cellphone problems and dangers. Here are tips and tricks for annoying things your phone does during the summer.
Major first world problems here but all of these things bug me SO MUCH.
Photographer and retouch artist Erik Johansson produces some remarkable illusions. If you are curious about how his latest image--entitled Landfall--was put together then this video has a lot of the answers as Erik takes us through the process from concept to completion.
Brilliantly surreal Photography and Photoshop retouching. The 'Behind the scenes' video gives a little bit of insight into his process.
Check it out.
Here at Matmi we are quite fond of Unity- a lovely 3D development system. This post by one of our developers explains one of the lesser known bottlenecks in Unity and just how much of a performance increase you can get out of avoiding it. If you use Unity, this is a quick but worthwhile read.
Back in 2010 we showed you designer Jinsun Park's nifty Color Picker concept. The idea was that a magic marker would be loaded up with both a sensor and RGB ink cartridges, allowing you to instantly scan a color—and draw with it on paper. Here's one of her original renderings: Jinsun Park Now a new company called Scribble may be bringing us what Park originally envisioned (though it's unclear if she's involved). Their soon-to-be-posted-on-Kickstarter Scribble Pen operates exactly like
I'm not sure I've ever thought to myself 'man I wish I had a pen that could write in exactly the same colour as everything around me' - until now! Pretty cool stuff.
'The Last Game' is a story about risky football versus safe football. The scientist and the clones want to prove that riskless football is more effective. Ro...
Beautiful short animation from Nike. Love the style of the characters especially (apart from the dodgy impersonations).
An unusual sight has hit the roads in Changsha City in China as a farmer-turned-inventor has created a motorised suitcase
On the list of things the Internet loves, vintage photos and GIFs both rank near the top -- making it practically inevitable that someone would think to bring them together. That person is Cari Van...
I don't know why but I keep going back to the guy on the bike. So good!
If you were browsing the internet at all this past weekend, there's a good chance you came across Google's ubiquitous logo at some point during your travels. What you didn't notice, however, is the fact that Google adjusted the letters in its logo ever so slightly—and it actually makes a pretty huge difference.
UK-based artist Katharine Morling is an award-winning artist specializing in ceramics. Her works are incredibly detailed and look like...
I can't help admiring the stripped-back design style employed in these intriguing porcelain sculptures. The emphasis moves from the texture of the object to their forms and the way the light interacts with them.
If employed in the gaming field, this level of minimalism can be very effective. By placing emphasis using a strong contrasting colour against this minimalism would make them clear and intuitive things to avoid, paths to walk, things to collect. There's a present urge in game development, be it AAA titles or smaller indie efforts, to impress through the inclusion of as much complex visual effects, scenery assets and character design as possible but this often comes at the expense of clear art direction.
Best indie examples: "Rymdkapsel" - a space station simulator which, rather than employing detailed sci-fi graphics, opts for a clear and playable geometric aesthetic.
"Thomas Was Alone" - a game with multiple characters where instead of complicated character design or environments, square geometry is used with a variety of physical effects alongside clever narrative to deliver an immersive gameplay experience.
"Kentucky Route Zero" - Moody story-driven gameplay eschews heavy detail, opting for an impressionist view which serves to enhance the sense of isolation and tension.
And in console releases (since Mirrors Edge): No Comment.
So, exercise restraint, create beautiful art like Katharine Morling.
In the aftermath of an accident a young couple learn to deal with phantom pains. www.alexgrigg.com/ | www.alexxgrigg.tumblr.com/ | twitter.com/joyybox | http://mightynice.com.au/ Phantom…
I've been a massive fan of Alex's work for some time now — first time I came across his work was this gif on Tumblr.
Now he's got his Phantom Limb short from Ghost Stories uploaded on it's own two legs. Also — he's got the making of write up on Medium now. His process behind the work is amazing — working frame by frame inside Photoshop!
For anyone who hasn't seen it Phantom Limb, give it a watch. A really moving personification of a man getting consumed by his guilt from an bike accident.
Also — I really recommend giving the whole film (40mins) Ghost Stories a go. Some insanely good animation, the proof being in the tour of film festivals that it's been around picking up awards and nominations. — Mat.
The 12 basic principles of animation were developed by the 'old men' of Walt Disney Studios, amongst them Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston, during the 1930s. Of course…
Love this super simple visual explanation of Walt Disney's 12 basic principles of animation, taken from the original book.
Also the project has been split up into gifs here.
Play to Cure™: Genes in Space is the world’s first free mobile game that uses the collective force of players to analyse real genetic data and help beat cancer sooner.
So playing video games can now potentially save lives!