For Her Story developer Sam Barlow, surrendering his story to players was a mental hurdle he had to overcome as a writer. But it seems to have paid off.
Her Story is a "video" game in which you solve a murder case by accessing video interviews through a database. Each request in the database gives you 5 videos to watch, they are not arranged chronologically so the whole process forces you to figure things out on your own and to be specific with your requests. Deep and immersive, this game desn't insult your intelligence.
And it is very inspiring for future 21st century video projects. Imagine how cool a series like True Detective S1 would have been with such a concept in order to dive deep into the "Four Stages of Rustin Cohle" :)
More on the mechanics of the game in this excellent article
Here is the buzz article. Delivered by a "journalist" who copy-pasted the press release in exchange of a free ride and (probably) food/drinks during a press event. You know... gotta dump those 1000 words a day.
I know exactly how you’re feeling right now. Usability Debt just punched you in the face…and it hurts.
Lol. I guess a lot of game designers can relate. It's tough to accept that what's thought as being cutting edge design is poor design for the targeted audience.
You feel like the artist that is not understood by the masses, you feel you're right and THEY are wrong... and... you're WRONG, unless the game is just for you and your genius friends in the first place.
As the technology that lets professional drones capture beautiful shots from algorithmically-determined angles trickles down to more reasonably-priced consumer gadgets, it’s not hard to envision a family buying a drone to capture photos and video at gatherings so no one has to be left out by holding the camera.
That’s the market Lily is going after, and it’s building a family-friendly gadget and brand to reach them.
compact, easy to deploy, waterproof... seems pretty foolproof too. Looking forward to trying one!
Valve and Bethesda's announcement of a jointly run paid Skyrim mods store has been met by nothing but fury from fans over the past 24 hours. Even modders, whom the idea is supposed to benefit, are coming out against the idea, which they deem detrimental to the entire community.
Mods have kept a game like Skyrim alive for years after many would have otherwise stopped playing. Bethesda is choosing to look at this like “why are these players not giving us more money?” rather than “wow, this is amazing advertising and community building for our franchise!” Modders usually love the games they mod, which is why they spend so much time on their creations. Changing the equation and turning them into employees is going to dishearten many of them, and attract the wrong sort of crowd.
SO, it did not take long before Steam announced they give up on the paid-mods system
In my repeated experience, any device more than a few years old loses the ability to run the new operating systems.
Programming for Apple devices has, for the 20 years I’ve been doing it, been a continuous hassle. Apple constantly makes the old code obsolete, forcing programmers to relearn and revise everything constantly. Sometimes, these changes lead to better devices and software. Other times, it’s just obnoxiousness with no gain for developers or users. It’s just something you learn to live with, until you give up.
And Apple doesn’t care. Why should they? In 2014, 500 games came out on iTunes a day. A day. I suspect that Apple would be ecstatic if 90 percent of game developers disappeared overnight.
I loved being an iOS developer. I though it was really cool, and quitting made me respect myself less as a developer. [but] sometimes a thing you want to do is too much hassle for the rewards. Part of being in business is recognizing those moments and making ugly choices.
It might be just one voice, a drop in the ocean, but the man has a point. Microsoft code is still valid 20 years after. Apple's code is not after 20months. It's another kind of planned obsolescence...
... Android / Linux is not a solution either - so Microsoft might have an opportunity to win back some devs' love with Windows 10.
Zig Zag Zoom is aiming to "channel the entropy" of players who have wanted to help causes but maybe were unsure of what they might do. "Seven out of ten young adults identify themselves as social activists but seven out of ten people aren't making an impact. They don't know what to do. Social activism is on the rise, sustainability is a big issue with all these companies right now - we're bringing these trends together with our mobiliz3 platform," says Former Disney Interactive executives Tom Kang
"It's like an airline frequent flyer program. As you play games, you get impact points and you're able to use those impact points for causes you care about," Kang explained to GamesIndustry.biz during GDC.
Robert Yang hopes that players of his latest game called Intimate, Infinite can be "patient" with its experimental nature. He made it across three months for makega.me's "Series" pageant, and is a multiple adaptation of Jorge Luis Borges's short story, The Garden of Forking Paths....
"What Intimate, Infinite explores through the framework of The Garden of Forking Paths is how videogames allow us to experiment with alternative narratives and the infinite. Save states are good examples of this, as they allow us to load up a previous point in a narrative and explore its other possibilities. Likewise, checkpoints let us change the future by rewinding time and retrying to overcome what previously killed us.
Intimate, Infinite also goes far beyond speaking about videogames, and just like the riddles and textual puzzles that Borges employs, it introduces philosophical concepts such as modal logic, time paradoxes, and the ontology of possibility. It's an enigmatic text that has us think outside of our own linearity, but it always comes back to the same ending despite suggesting many other possibilities—it's made for interpretation; a starting point for complex thought."
you can check more entry from the Make Game's Series here:
The project’s genesis was “This Property Is Condemned,” a short play written by Tennessee Williams in 1946. And it turned into a drama. A film. A radio play. Twitter improvisation. A photo documentary. Live “streaming.” Video games.
Fans of Marvel's Avengers film franchise rejoiced this week when they were treated to the third instalment of the Age of Ultron trailer. Marvel had promised to unlock the trailer if fans tweeted about it, and as Snickers did during the lead up to the Super Bowl, they kept their promise.
Marvel is rolling out its perfectly tweaked plan, one brick at a time. And this is a cornerstone. Can't wait.
Back in 2011, a friend suggested I start a Twitter account. In those days, social media wasn't yet a "thing." Few actors, let alone those of my generation, were active online. I was known primarily from my supporting role on a television and film franchise that had first aired more than 40 years earlier, and had abstract future plans to star in a musical. Why would anyone care what I had to say? Twitter seemed silly to me, but, on a lark, I signed up.
This guy is so cool. Here are his words of wisdom splattered all over a double rainbow across all the sky of social media.
Remember a few weeks back, when we learned that Google’s artificial neural network was having creepy daydreams, turning buildings into acid trips and landscapes into Magic Eye pictures? Well, prepare to never sleep again, because last week, Google made its “inceptionism” algorithm available to the public, and the nightmarish images are cropping up everywhere.
As a microcosm of human activity, the game has been studied by academics interested in creating political models, and by economists interested in testing financial ones. In a universe where every bullet, trade, offer of friendship and betrayal can be tracked and its impact logged and measured, Eve offers a new way to understand our species and the social systems of our world.
The core experience of Eve's open world structure and the mechanims powering it could be exported in an infinite of other settings. Sci-fi might be the drive that get some interested, but earth would benefit from all the energy engaged to creating these socio-economico-political experiments.
Alex Gianturco [a] retired DC attorney in real life, in Eve Online, [is] a “ruthless space dictator.” [who] helped start wars, spied on enemies, orchestrated espionage missions and made a name for himself by leading the biggest and baddest group of players in the game.” As these individual actions ripple throughout Eve’s world, they sometimes result in thesprawling, expensive space battles that even people who have never played the game often hear about.
Torfi Frans Olafsson [...] is responsible for taking moments like these and building off of them. In practice, this means creating new games, and possibly a TV series [that] would take players’ stories and retell them from the ground up. “[W]e want to tell the full story of this universe, what it’s like on the streets: what is it like to live on a desert colony planet in the middle of nowhere,” Olafsson explained.
Create an open world allowing for emergent gameplays, let people populate and create their own stories then gather all the drama data and produce new content with it. That's the 21st century approach to transmedia - right there.
At the meeting about HoloLens, Mr. Nadella told the team how he wanted the project to proceed. It was not going to be organized like Xbox, the company’s video game system, which developed as a semiautonomous republic. He wanted the group to be fully integrated into Microsoft.
That meant collaborating with people developing Skype, the company’s online voice and videoconferencing service, as well as the Windows and video games teams.
“You’re not going to ship this without making it work,” Mr. Nadella responded at the time. “One of the advantages of being C.E.O. is you say things like that and people rise to the occasion,” he said.
Looks like Microsoft's new CEO is getting things done, renovating this arrogant giant company into what it should always should have been.
Loads of great stuff is developed by Microsoft Research but poor management of innovation prevented the company to fully leverage on it in the past. HoloLens could be the game changer.
Burka Avenger has received worldwide acclaim for its success in reimagining and challenging what it means to be a Muslim woman or girl, from winning a Peabody Award to being nominated for an Emmy.
The show uses irony to captivate its audiences and convey larger themes. The subjugating burqa, which Jiya only wears at night to fight crime, is transformed into a symbol of empowerment as she fights villains with her own special martial arts, using books and pens, not guns or swords, as her weapons, and all with a silly twist — it is, after all, a kids' show.
the 3D treatment isn't top notch, but the initiative is worth mentioning. It's about time we get more representativity and inspiration for girls worldwide - regardless of where they live and what cultural/social/political environment they have to deal with
Outland is the culmination of almost twenty years work for artist-photographer Roger Ballen. Film maker Ben Jay Crossman takes us on a journey to the Outland to show us the mind inside the mind.
The video by Ben Jay Crossman is an ode to oddity. The footage is both beautiful and creepy as sh*t. The editing is mesmerizing, making great use of very short cuts including both sound and images. It's a blast!
Pacman can now be played in Google Maps, through a small button that allows anyone to play the game on real roads.
I cannot believe they removed it! A few days ago I checked it out and now it's gone. No more Pac Man in Google Map. I wonder when they'll realize they have a fantastic tool to play on, not only on April 1st...
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