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How the video game Defiance could change movies and TV for the better | Digital Trends

How the video game Defiance could change movies and TV for the better | Digital Trends | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
Early next year the results of a unique collaboration between the SyFy Channel and the developer Trion will be released.

 

In entertainment, few groups are as desperate and downtrodden as fans of films and TV shows adapted from video games. They are a loyal and passionate bunch who have continually been disappointed, and yet still retain a joyfully naïve optimism based on the recent success of similar source materials, like comic books, as well as the rich and immersive content from the video games themselves that the films are taken from. Perhaps it is the movie industry that doesn’t fully understand video games, or perhaps games themselves are just inherently difficult to adapt. Whatever the excuse for films like Alone in the Dark and Double Dragon is, it seems like a new approach is in order. If nothing else, NBC and Trion’s upcoming game and companion TV show, Defiance, is unique.

 

There is still a stigma associated with many video game movies (and, by extension, the handful of TV shows also based on games) and it is one that is well deserved. There have been a few that could be considered decent, but from the epically bad Super Mario Bros. movie that ended the career of Rocky Morton (one of the film’s two directors) and did its absolute best to do the same for the entire cast, to the entire library of Uwe Boll’s impressively awful gaming flicks, fans have been burned so often that they are understandably wary of properties adapted from games. And yet again and again, the majority of the fanbase keeps hoping that the next film, the next adapted property, will be the one that gets it right.

 

But perhaps it isn’t fair to group Defiance in with other adapted video game properties. The definition of an adaptation is changing one thing to make it suitable for something else, and that is not the case with the upcoming Defiance – it is something original....

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Why I Won't Swap #GoT Sansa Rape for Dany & her Dragons

Why I Won't Swap #GoT Sansa Rape for Dany & her Dragons | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
Why I won’t swap GoT porn & Sansa rape for Dany & her dragons anymore.
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Big discussions happening re. this Sunday's episode & I was struck by the way the narrative structure of GoT leverages the complicity of the audience, see sawing between repulsive scenes & the fantastic... 

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Watch: Exclusive Trailer for Trippy Sundance Sci-Fi Drama 'Advantageous'

Watch: Exclusive Trailer for Trippy Sundance Sci-Fi Drama 'Advantageous' | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
The eerie trailer for the sci-fi drama looks into a dystopian future and the problems that come with new technology.
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Lego offers up its own competitor to “Minecraft” | Hayley Tsukayama | WashPost.com

Lego offers up its own competitor to “Minecraft” | Hayley Tsukayama | WashPost.com | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it

Minecraft is getting some new competition from a very familiar company: Lego.

The brick-maker announced Monday that it's releasing "Lego Worlds," an online title that emulates the open "sandbox" feel of Minecraft, the game so beloved that Microsoft bought it for $2.5 billion last year. (It also features blocky graphics similar to Minecraft's, but given that many people have described Minecraft's look as "Lego-like," that seems only logical.)

 

"Lego Worlds" is available to play Monday, by way of the digital distribution platform Steam, albeit in an early testing phase. According to the game's Web site, the company plans to have the game in early access through 2015. Next year, Lego will look at what it's learned and figure out when it should launch a full "Worlds" release.

 

Trying out the game costs $15; prospective customers will need to have a Steam account to purchase the game.

 

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El futuro de la telenovela: entre la webnovela, el transmedia y la fanfiction.

El futuro de la telenovela: entre la webnovela, el transmedia y la fanfiction. | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it

Durante la reciente conferencia de la International Communication Association (ICA) participé en una sesión titulada The future of telenovelas: webnovelas, transmedia and user-generated contents  junto a un reconocido grupo de colegas que desde hace muchos años vienen explorando el fascinante territorio del relato melodramático latinoamericano: Omar Rincón (Universidad de los Andes), Juan Piñón (New York University), Immacolata Vassallo (Universidade de Sao Paulo) y Guillermo Orozco (Universidad de Guadalajara, México). El panel fue coordinado por Joseph Straubhaar (University of Texas). Este post es una síntesis muy apretada de las exposiciones e intercambios que surgieron durante las presentaciones.


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Vimeo Now Lets Creators Launch Their Own Subscription Video-On-Demand Channels

Vimeo Now Lets Creators Launch Their Own Subscription Video-On-Demand Channels | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
Vimeo wants to provide new ways for creators to make more money from their content. A few years after launching a video on demand offering so creators could..

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nice. more options from filmmaker-friendly services.

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Sensors Bring You Face to Face with Your Virtual Reality Avatar | The Creators Project

You've never been closer to being one with your digital self.
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Montreal’s Urban-Acrobatic Park Officially Opens Next Week

Montreal’s Urban-Acrobatic Park Officially Opens Next Week | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
Zip-lines, trampolines, bungees and much more.
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Oculus acquired a UK startup to help it transform physical spaces into virtual worlds

Oculus acquired a UK startup to help it transform physical spaces into virtual worlds | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
[Business Insider] Surreal Vision is off to the US.
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wow. "Facebook-owned virtual reality company Oculus has acquired a company that scans real-world environments and turns them into interactive virtual reality spaces, The Verge reports.

Surreal Vision is a UK company that reconstructs physical spaces as virtual worlds. That's an attractive technology for Oculus, which is working on virtual reality.

Combine Oculus and Surreal Vision and you have the potential to scan your living room into a game and then wander around a virtual version of it. Sure, that sounds boring, but it could also populate the virtual version with characters and objects..."

 
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Beta-Testing #nordicfish: Simulation and Interaction in Virtual Environments | @MezBreezeDesign

Beta-Testing #nordicfish: Simulation and Interaction in Virtual Environments | @MezBreezeDesign | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
A rundown of some contributions to Joellyn Rock's beta-testing project involving simulation and interaction in Virtual Environments.
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'Stealth' campaign for Australian movie 'Partisan' takes a beating on social media

'Stealth' campaign for Australian movie 'Partisan' takes a beating on social media | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
Internet mob offers lesson on how not to stage an alternate-reality game. From Campaign US
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"On April 14, someone calling himself Sean began posting the contents of a mysterious, rusted storage locker he bought from eBay on his brand new Tumblr, A Curious Find. 

"My name is Sean and this is my first blog. I started it because I came across something I feel I just have to share… and on the off chance someone reads this who has some answers or information about it, please contact me!"


Read more at http://www.campaignlive.com/article/stealth-campaign-australian-movie-partisan-takes-beating-social-media/1348426#B1pkYGoLu9xqkmrm.99

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The Difficult Client "You"

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I’ve had a number of epiphanies over the past few days, mostly because I’ve spent almost every waking hour of those days in the company of a lot of highly intelligent and creative people in the for...

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ABC Family Launches 'Stitchers' Virtual Reality App That's 'Very Minority Report'

ABC Family Launches 'Stitchers' Virtual Reality App That's 'Very Minority Report' | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
The network’s new sci-fi procedural has its own smartphone app and headsets that promises to immerse users in a 360-degree video experience
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The Generational Content Gap: How Different Generations Consume Content Online [INFOGRAPHIC]

The Generational Content Gap: How Different Generations Consume Content Online [INFOGRAPHIC] | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
As online audiences continue to grow and diversify, it's essential for content marketers to understand what resonates with their customers. One of the most important factors is how different
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SoundHound Unveils Hound, A Next-Generation Audio Assistant A Decade In The Making

SoundHound Unveils Hound, A Next-Generation Audio Assistant A Decade In The Making | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
SoundHound harnessed its song-recognizing technology to create a voice recognition platform that understands complex question criteria.
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sounds like a big jump in voice recognition - can't wait to try this

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Forward / Story 2015 - connecting with storytellers from around the world in beautiful Costa Rica

Forward / Story 2015 - connecting with storytellers from around the world in beautiful Costa Rica | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
Imagine. You take a long-haul flight. Puffy eyes, puffy legs, puffy brain. You land. The heat gives you a welcome hug. You arrive. Your body feels at home while your mind sleeps in another time zon...

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Simon Staffans's curator insight, June 2, 8:21 AM

Insights from F/S

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La Dream Teen

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La Dream Teen, le webdoc. Découvrez les rêves de 5 ados aux 4 coins de l’Europe. Un reportage multimédia d’Estelle Faure et Emma Roulin.

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#collage #scroll

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On Transmedia and Transformative Media Organizing: An Interview with MIT’s Sasha Costanza-Chock (Part Two)

On Transmedia and Transformative Media Organizing: An Interview with MIT’s Sasha Costanza-Chock (Part Two) | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it

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You structure the book around the concept of “transmedia organizing.” How are you defining this term? How does it relate to the forms of transmedia storytelling, entertainment, and branding that have surfaced in recent years?


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ForwardSlashStory – the stone that sends the ripples

ForwardSlashStory – the stone that sends the ripples | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
I’ve been trying to write down my experience of attending F/S 2015 several times already. It’s been difficult. Mostly because I feel what I learned – or, rather, immersed – there has yet to sink in...

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My attempt to condense what I experience a couple of weeks ago.

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Google's Cardboard App Is the Go-To How-To for VR Design | WIRED

Google's Cardboard App Is the Go-To How-To for VR Design | WIRED | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
The new app explains the medium's most important principles, using Google's own low-cost headset.
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Fausto Cantu's curator insight, June 2, 12:14 PM

El como se hace de la realidad virtual: Google cardboard

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How to Sell Other People’s Instagrams for $100,000 and Get Away With It

How to Sell Other People’s Instagrams for $100,000 and Get Away With It | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
There are no legal actions so far arising from the controversy, but was the artist Richard Prince stealing when he used other artists’ Instagram work for his own pieces?
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Adult Swim Dives Into Virtual Reality Space With Virtual Brainload App

Adult Swim Dives Into Virtual Reality Space With Virtual Brainload App | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
Adult Swim, the cable network known for animation, comedy and general oddness is leaping headfirst into virtual reality by launching its Virtual Brainload app on Tuesday available for free download...
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USC's #SelfieClass explores what photos of yourself say about self-image

USC's #SelfieClass explores what photos of yourself say about self-image | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
The Selfie: Arguably most everyone with a smartphone has snapped a photo of themselves and posted it online.
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"In his #SelfieClass: Writing 150: Writing and Critical Reasoning: Identity and Diversity, Mark Marino is looking to engage his first-year writing students into thinking more intensely about themselves and the world around them.

“Selfies provide a fun and deceptively trivial opportunity to consider how we represent ourselves, how we are read, and how those images circulate to form online communities,” he said..."

 
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The Twin Peaks title sequence recreated with paper will make you feel nice (+ Paper Star Wars Awakens!)

Now that Showtime's Twin Peaks reboot is back on with David Lynch once again at the helm, we've got a little breathing room for nostalgia. So here's your first dose. The team behind the web project And the World was Paper has recreated the tense but beautiful Twin Peaks title sequence using nothing but paper...

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Virtual Reality Immersion Demonstrates its Potential

Virtual Reality Immersion Demonstrates its Potential | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
Danish short film "The Doghouse" is an experiment in how far virtual reality can immerse a person into another's mindset.

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Reddit Joins the Fight Against Trolls

Reddit Joins the Fight Against Trolls | Tracking Transmedia | Scoop.it
Reddit, the online message forum, announced last week that it is updating its policies to curb harassment between users on its site. The decision follows Twitter’s roll-out of new anti-harassment tool
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