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Comic Book Think Tank: The Future of Digital Comics?

Comic Book Think Tank: The Future of Digital Comics? | relevant entertainment | Scoop.it
A new platform for digital comics is exploring the world of Tolkien while expanding the very idea of what a comic book can be.

Via The Digital Rocking Chair
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After the failed first attempts at "motion comics" coming from Marvel [http://marvel.com/motion_comics], the genre is truly taking shapes with the ever growing adoption of tablets, allowing more interaction on a format that remind the comic book page format.

 

And visually, it also gets better as new materials are produced, not just animation of old stuff with bad lips sync and awkward visual effect.

For example, Tales from Dunwall (Dishonored) was a great production this year.

http://www.joystiq.com/2012/09/27/dishonoreds-complete-the-tales-from-dunwall/

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Asil's curator insight, December 12, 2012 2:42 PM

Charming images, interesting insights into the future of comics online.

Asil's comment, December 12, 2012 2:42 PM
Thanks for posting.
Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, December 13, 2012 4:30 AM

Digital comics is a medium that is still finding its footing. 2012 was a banner year, and saw the launch of new and progressive approaches to exploring the seemingly infinite possibilities of the digital canvas. One such launch was Comic Book Think Tank, spearheaded by Ron Perazza and Daniel Govar.

Click the picture for the full story. @safegaard

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Refugee Republic

Refugee Republic | relevant entertainment | Scoop.it
Jumpstarting a new existence in an emerging city. This is an interactive documentary about everyday life in Domiz Camp, a Syrian refugee camp in northern Iraq. A combination of drawings, film, photography, sound and text takes you into the world behind the relief organization posters and gives you the opportunity to discover the camp and meet the residents.
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The interface is packed with high quality media resources: audio, drawings, pictures and videos all mixed together.

The navigation is fun to play with, specially by swiping. You go side ways to roam around and vertical navigation to go in depth on one specific topic. Smart.

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Rob Daviau on SeaFall & other projects from IronWall Games — BGG.CON 2014

SeaFall game page on BoardGameGeek: https://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/148261/seafall
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"you have to design for an audience"

 

Rob Daviau is the man:

@6min20: he commits

@8min35: mention a "robus game engine" - tweaked from ambitious yet non-playable early prototypes.

@13min30: he admits the role playing part is going to be huge, Risk being baby step

@16min30: "everyone's world will be different"

 

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No Man's Sky – and why the Minecraft generation will reject Call of Duty

No Man's Sky – and why the Minecraft generation will reject Call of Duty | relevant entertainment | Scoop.it

The makers of this much-anticipated interplanetary adventure believe a new era of players will demand very different experiences from their games [...] Since Minecraft was first released in 2011, it has engendered a new era of game design – and gamer – that is more about player experience and creativity than it is about a drip-fed narrative. Right now, the players who are in to open-ended games like Minecraft, Terraria and Day Z represent a niche – but soon they will be the mainstream."

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Procedural world creation allowing devs to build entire universes along with real persistency, systemic gameplay and dynamic events are going to bring gamers in radical new directions in the future :)

 

More on the creation of no Man's Sky here

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-kifCYToAU&feature=youtu.be

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Lumino City: A Handmade Paper Video Game by State of Play

Lumino City: A Handmade Paper Video Game by State of Play | relevant entertainment | Scoop.it
While many games appropriate paper textures or have some kind of paper aesthetic, State of Play took things one step further and built the sets for each puzzle, photographed or filmed them, and then set everything in motion with code. The result is a breathtakingly beautiful puzzle game starring an intrepid girl who tries to solve the mystery of her missing grandfather.
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I'm in love. THAT's video game for me: innovation with no boundaries to find interactive and beautiful new ways to have fun.

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The Art Of An MMO That Was Cancelled After NINE YEARS Of Development

The Art Of An MMO That Was Cancelled After NINE YEARS Of Development | relevant entertainment | Scoop.it
Erling Sævarsson is a freelance artist with over 15 years experience across games, advertising and film. He most recently spent six years working at CCP, on the ill-fated World of Darkness MMO, a game we will never get to play, but whose art we can at least appreciate.
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Looks very good. Too bad :(

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Is Oral Storytelling About to Have a Revival?

Is Oral Storytelling About to Have a Revival? | relevant entertainment | Scoop.it
Lend your ear to StoryCorps founder David Isay's favorite tales, 11 years and 55,000 interviews into the effort.
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Beautiful project of recorded testimonials / stories from normal people illustrated for the screen. The article also puts it in perspective with the renewed interest for oral storytelling.

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Attention, Filmmakers: Here Are the Secrets to the 'Serial' Podcast's Storytelling Success

Attention, Filmmakers: Here Are the Secrets to the 'Serial' Podcast's Storytelling Success | relevant entertainment | Scoop.it
"Serial" is a new show from the producers of "This American Life" that has, in two short months, become the most downloaded podcast in the world. For the entire first season, it's covering a single murder case -- the murder of high school student Hae Min Lee, which took place near Baltimore in 1999. Each episode of "Serial" takes a different angle on the crime and the conviction of Lee's ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed, who has been in prison for fifteen years based on one witness's shaky testimony.
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Awesome to see that an audio fiction format can be meet with such a success!

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Has the imagination disappeared from Lego?

Has the imagination disappeared from Lego? | relevant entertainment | Scoop.it

The Brick 2014 show for Lego enthusiasts is about to take place in London, but critics say the toy has become less creative, with too many specialised pieces and instruction manuals. Is this true?

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good points on both side.

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Sleep No More (2011 play) - Wikipedia

Sleep No More (2011 play)

Sleep No More is the most recent incarnation of an immersive, site-specific, interactive work of theatre created by British theatre company Punchdrunk, based on Punchdrunk's original 2003 London production, their 2009 collaboration with Boston's American Repertory Theatre, and William Shakespeare's . The company reinvented Sleep No More in a co-production with Emursive, and began performances on March 7, 2011.

Wordless theatre with audience wearing masks and asked not to talk. It 'tells' the story of MacBeth. You have up to 3hrs to move freely within the 5-floors building. You can then follow one specific protagonist or stay in one room to see what happens there.

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I'd really like to live that experience. It's such a unique perspective on theatre performance.

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These LEGO Instructions from 1974 Are Awesome (And Yes, They're Real)

These LEGO Instructions from 1974 Are Awesome (And Yes, They're Real) | relevant entertainment | Scoop.it
This photo of a note to parents, purportedly printed on a pamphlet included in a LEGO set from the 1970s, has been making laps around the Internet.
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so true. Also give the link on gaffes at the end a look. I don't even care if it is a fake 7 years old letter. It is powerful stuff.
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MegaBots: Giant Fighting Robots

MegaBots: Giant Fighting Robots | relevant entertainment | Scoop.it
MegaBots, Inc pits 15-foot-tall piloted humanoid robots against each other in the sport of the future: epic arena combat!
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They will probably miss their Kickstarter mark, but it doesn't mean they are going nowhere. They probably get noticed by some VCs who have better things to do than put 10 grants on the table and will put 1000 instead. Promising. It does llook like the ultimate entertainment form :)

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Dead Nation: designing a game where the spectators are in control

Dead Nation: designing a game where the spectators are in control | relevant entertainment | Scoop.it

The Apocalypse Edition of the game for PlayStation 4 features a mode that not only broadcasts the game to Twitch, but also allows the stream's spectators to have a say in how the game plays out.

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The intention is good, but I really question the execution. That will be extremely frustrating for the players and not THAT fulfilling for the audience.

 

But now that the tech solution is there, we might see interesting interactions between players and watchers popping out in "better' ways.

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How-To: Turn Any Photo into a Quilt Pattern

How-To: Turn Any Photo into a Quilt Pattern | relevant entertainment | Scoop.it
Turn any image into a pixelated quilt pattern! Don't stop there, use it as a guide for cross stitching and more!
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because quilting is entertainment too :)
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FIVE MINUTES - Interactive Short

FIVE MINUTES - Interactive Short | relevant entertainment | Scoop.it
If you don't hear from me in 6 minutes, please call mommy or grab an axe and help me!
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G-Shock sponsored interactive short optimized for tablet. From time to time, you're asked to recreate shapes and point/click specific areas within the time limit. Entertaining. The production value is good, but the interaction do not contribute much to the story as they are a [break] in the narrative instead of an enhancer.

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Last night, my brain stem melted, and my universe turned inside out... | SeaFall | BoardGameGeek

Last night, my brain stem melted, and my universe turned inside out... | SeaFall | BoardGameGeek | relevant entertainment | Scoop.it

Players discussing a prototype gaming session of the long-awaited Rob Daviau's SeaFall boardgame and then...

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... at one point, one of the threadist drops a bomb:

"Last I had heard the date was 'at the earliest maybe 2015' but pandemic legacy was definitely first. So push Z-Man to hurry up and get that game out so Rob can focus on Seafall."


And then I checked what Pandemic Legacy was about:

https://www.facebook.com/ZManGames/posts/652796154794923

so now it is MY brain that is melting. I guess they are designing the ultimate boardgame experience... bringing legacy system in a coop game.

The thumbnail picture is a crossed interview between the 2 game designers. It's the best teaser I've ever seen as the black bars gradually take over the whole text as you want to know more and more. EVIL.


Other than that, the SeaFall description says a little bit more than what the initial empty webpage did and it's VERY promising.

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Paul McCartney launches free virtual-reality concert app

Paul McCartney launches free virtual-reality concert app | relevant entertainment | Scoop.it
Paul McCartney has become one of the first music stars to embrace virtual reality with a free new app with a 360-degree recording of his concert in Candlestick Park, San Francisco, in August.
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Way to go Paul!

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Deconstructor of Fun: If Vainglory Doesn't Make it, No One Will

Deconstructor of Fun: If Vainglory Doesn't Make it, No One Will | relevant entertainment | Scoop.it
In short: Vainglory is without a doubt the best MOBA that has or will be made for touch screen devices. It's a giant fish in a very small pond and if the pond grows into an ocean, it's only because of this game.
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Deep analysis of both the game and the ecosystem it has to live in. Great game design read.

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Steam Broadcasting takes on Twitch

Steam Broadcasting takes on Twitch | relevant entertainment | Scoop.it

Steam - the popular PC video gaming platform - is adding the ability to stream gameplay so that others can watch online.

The move presents a challenge to Twitch, which is built around a similar service, and was acquired by Amazon for $970m (£618m) in September.

Steam has more than 100 million active accounts, nearly double the 60 million visitors a month claimed by Twitch.

But one expert suggested Twitch was still likely to dominate the sector....


Via siobhan-o-flynn
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no camera integration

no "past broadcast access"

no monetization for streamers

not platform's agnostic

 

It's a natural extension of stream's services offer, but it can in no way compete with Twitch. But they chose to change those 3 points, they will annihilate all competition in a second. Because they have the most engaged community of users.

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How the boundary between board and video games is blurring

How the boundary between board and video games is blurring | relevant entertainment | Scoop.it
It’s easy to paint board games and video games as natural enemies. At one end of the stereotype are the traditional gamers arguing over increasingly obscure interpretations of the rules and turning to manuals thicker than a phone book to arbitrate; at the other end are the video gamers, dazzled by bright lights, surrounded by mountains of technology, and winning by virtue of reaction times rather than any actual thinking.

Of course, both stereotypes are wrong, and the overlap between board gamers and video gamers is huge. And for good reason: each medium provides its own unique joys.
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article exploring the cross-over between video and board gaming made possible by new technologies.

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Gaming communities can self-police against bigotry, research shows

Gaming communities can self-police against bigotry, research shows | relevant entertainment | Scoop.it
Games industry professionals and other respected content-makers can foster tolerance and inclusivity
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Very interesting study from Lancaster University on the way gaming community can differ greatly from one to the other, and how influencers in these communities stir them one way or another.

 

“When powerful people, in this case the video producers who are revered by their young fans, use language that promotes tolerance and inclusiveness, there is a trickledown effect where young people begin to avoid homophobic language themselves,” said Dr Amanda Potts, a researcher at the university’s ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science. 

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Cymatics - Science Vs. Music

Cymatics - Science Vs. Music | relevant entertainment | Scoop.it
An exploration of the effect of Cymatic Frequencies on matter
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The Tesla Coil is the least interesting one IMO. That's how cool the whole thing is!

 

The super slomo qualitative shot of the A Custom crash's distortion is drummer/ videographer porn. And the water distortion of the hose pipe is just mind blowing.

All of it is great. The track is OK too...

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Far Cry 4's Devil Birds Are The Worst

Far Cry 4's Devil Birds Are The Worst | relevant entertainment | Scoop.it
If I had to sum up people's reaction to Far Cry 4 in a single sentence, it would have to be: "Fuck these birds."
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Far Cry 3 was in my top 5 games of all time. One of the reason was the first time I got attacked by a crocodile. It freaked the sh*t out of me. So unexpected, so entertaining. Video game in its full essence.

 

Thought it would be difficult to top that. Well, they just did in Far Cry 4. Eagles are terrifying bastards :)

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This Is Why Players Love EVE Online

This Is Why Players Love EVE Online | relevant entertainment | Scoop.it
One of my biggest gaming regrets is that I've never taken the time to really dig deep into EVE Online. This latest trailer, featuring the voices of actual players, is a monument to what everyone else is missing.
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Same here, never got into Eve Online for real. But I know what I'm missing. I envy these players. It takes some dedication to get to that level so there is no 13 years old impatient kids yelling "noob" in your ear... instead there is constructive emulation of what multiplayer should always be.

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YouTube Introduces WatchMe For Android To Bring Live Broadcasting Capabilities To Apps

YouTube Introduces WatchMe For Android To Bring Live Broadcasting Capabilities To Apps | relevant entertainment | Scoop.it

YouTube is bringing its live broadcasting capabilities to the world of third-party app developers starting today with the launch of the new open source called “YouTube WatchMe for Android.”

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Although they couldn't have pick a worst name than "YouTube Watch Me", the initiative is great. Here is Google going at Amazon/Twitch for real...

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Artificial Intelligence in Board Games | This blog will self-destruct every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Artificial Intelligence in Board Games | This blog will self-destruct every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. | relevant entertainment | Scoop.it

a list of various AI pattern in board games

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very good article on the many aspect of AI in boardgames.

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