I am not really interested in commenting on the Microsoft's move, its price, its value, what it represents for indie devs... It's all irrelevant BS in my book.
But that post by Notch himself IS relevant. The guy did the right thing.
He doesn't want all the constant stream of crap coming from so called "fans".
"I’ve become a symbol. I don’t want to be a symbol, responsible for something huge that I don’t understand, that I don’t want to work on, that keeps coming back to me. I’m not an entrepreneur. I’m not a CEO. I’m a nerdy computer programmer who likes to have opinions on Twitter."
Keep it real Notch. Go challenge lawsuit mofos with leaderboard swag. You're the man. Use all that money to create crazy prototypes and kick it.
We present a method for converting first-person videos, for example, captured with a helmet camera during activities such as rock climbing or bicycling, into hyper-lapse videos, i.e., time-lapse videos with a smoothly moving camera.
funny enough, Instagram announced a feature doing exactly just that 2 days ago :)
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon and the University of California have this month unveil and announced a new suite of 3D manipulation software that is capable of allowing users to have full 3D manipulation and creative control over 3D objects within 2D photographs.
Carnegie Mellon is hot on 3D these days! They also announced a project to model 3D with cameras using a method "estimating precisely which cameras observe which points at each instant in time."
Taking a little break from letting people play video games in front of other people, streaming site Twitch is tonight hosting a concert by Steve Aoki. The comments, as anyone who's ever used Twitch can probably guess, are hilarious.
I knew it! It was only a matter of time before people start to realize that what makes Twitch (and its streaming tech) fantastic has nothing to do with Video Gaming.
It is the TV of the 21st century and that's why YouTube bought it, not for 44million users who already are on YT anyway. That's the way you'll watch TV in 2 years from now. Live from anywhere by anyone.
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There are iPad and PDF versions available. Great content.
Since the film App was released in the Netherlands in 2013 as the first second screen experience in cinema, other stakeholders such as Disney have jumped on the bandwagon.
An overview of what is happening with 2nd screens applied to movie experiences, with its narrative limitation & potential...
The article doesn't mention the technical part though. Technical capabilities (2nd screen sync, etc...) is nevertheless a huge part of the equation. Potentially creating a new for of Digital Rights Management (with Disney forcing on you the Blu Ray format for sync. for example)
"If this document (and the Monkey Island Design Notes) say anything, it's how much ideas change from initial concept to finished game. And that's a good thing. Never be afraid to change your ideas. Refine and edit. If your finished game looks just like your initial idea, then you haven't pushed and challenged yourself hard enough.
It's all part of the creative process. Creativity is a messy process. It wants to be messy and it needs to be messy."
beautiful. I love to see game design documentation. There is no rules. Well there are some token truth nonetheless :) check out "Tom Sloper's Format for Game Design Specifications" http://www.sloperama.com/advice/specs.html and you will have valid insights + additional links to both concrete examples and theoretical content at the end
POV delivers a revolutionary approach to storytelling with interactive documentary shorts.
According to a Cynopsis Digital news:
"POV debuted six new interactive documentary shorts on PBS online yesterday, exploring different social issues and using new technologies that “elevate nonfiction content into a creative art form,” said Adnaan Wasey, executive producer of POV Digital."
"Snow Fall” is many good things, but great storytelling is not one of them. I will argue that the innovative visual elements that brought it fame detract from the power of the narrative.
I loved the Snow Fall article as well as other projects from The Guardian (Firestorm, The NSA Files...) but here is a very valid concern about rich media articulation "killing" the narrative flow.
I do believe these projects represent the future of storytelling. It will be a learning-through-trials-and-errors kind of thing. It is impossible to nail that kind of project right away. Rich media interactions will have to find the right balance.
World of Yo-Ho is a new type of game, combining the pleasure of board games with the interactive mechanisms of a video game.
It's one of the most clever way I've seen smartphone AR features used for board gaming so far. It doesn't do much for scalability using larger phablet or even tablet, but it keeps the [carton] physical board's immersiveness and use the digital display for more than just gimmicky companioning and redundant features.
'This is just the beginning'—Twitch and Amazon talk acquisition deal.
Wow, the recent announcement came as a shock! It's Amazon, not Google, that actually bought Twitch. Same price though.
With Google, the YouTube integration of a the streaming tech made sense - way beyond video game. BUT with Amazon, it adds up to the giant [book?]seller's list of initiatives aiming at riveting its foot in the video game sphere.
Microsoft may have decided to shutter its nascent Xbox Entertainment Studios but it’s not necessarily game over for the Santa Monica studio.
Xbox Entertainment Studio may not shutter after all. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Microsoft is in early talks with Warner Bros to acquire its TV arm. In July, Microsoft announced it would shut down the studio and lay off 18,000 employees within the year, but still finish its current projects, including the Halo series from Steven Spielberg. Warner Bros also owns a stake in YouTube MCN Machinima, and if a deal is reached, the two video companies would merge. (Cynopsis Media Newsletter)
With 'The Sun Also Rises' are war games finally getting over the first person shooter? [...] The game looks at PTSD, civilian interactions, child soldiers and bureaucracy, spread around three key characters: a medic, an Afghan boy and a CIA analyst working from the US. A narrative driven experience, The Sun Also Rises presents you with a variety of problems exploring and inspired by Underwood and Early's rigorous research on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
a new perspective on military conflicts in video games
"In order to create a system that supports live and VOD across the globe and on multiple platforms, we need to make significant changes to the way we’re currently storing video. Today, we’d like to discuss what these changes are, why they’re necessary, and how they benefit the entire Twitch community now and in the future."
First batch of changes to Twitch following the Google move.
It's mostly an improvement on VOD storage... but for those who read between the lines, there is more to it... the end of innocence?
Looks like YT's audio recognition system is hard at work castrating streamers' creativity on Twitch. Good that VG publishers already chose the gamers' side on that copyright topic from the past...
ESPN was so pleased with the success of its recent broadcast of the Dota 2 tounament The International, the renowned broadcaster is looking to expand its esports coverage, according to a source close to ESPN.
And that's how eSports became a sport - through sport TV network recognition :) That's a valid standard to define "sport" I guess: an activity that goes on TV and which rules are then bent to fit some commercial breaks in there ;)
Endgame is James Frey's upcoming book, but to call it only a book would be vastly oversimplifying things. While the first novel will hit stores Oct. 7, Frey's project is made up of the books (a planned trilogy), e-books, a puzzle, a game, a treasure hunt and an upcoming movie.
Backed by Google's Niantic Labs, HarperCollins & FOX - a spontaneous cross-media universe creation.
"Endgame was always conceived of and designed and created to be this pretty vast universe," says Frey. "The idea was that we would build everything before it came out. We'd be proactive in creating the universe instead of reactive."