Adi Robertson: "The scene is a snowy apartment building out of the 1950s, rendered in a bright, slightly retro palette. A janitor trudges across the courtyard, then stops, wary. Someone is out there. Someone large, nimble, and wearing a floppy red hat. Then you turn your phone."
Liz Stinson: "IN A LOT of ways, designing in virtual reality is just like designing in real life. Certain rules must be followed to ensure that people have an enjoyable experience. In the physical world, this might mean you can navigate a building without getting frustrated; in the virtual one, it means you won’t puke on your shoes."
Alex Billington: '"We all love stories. We're born for them," says filmmaker Andrew Stanton (of Finding Nemo, Toy Story, Wall-E, John Carter) in this video that celebrates everyone who's ever had an idea, picked up a camera, or searched for a way to bring their story to life.'
Google Maps has delivered a Hobbit howler with its quirky direction advice for curious Lord of the Rings fans.
[And, the same could be said about transmedia storytelling ... one does not simply "walk into" Transmedia Storytelling. Note: This article isn't actually about transmedia storytelling but is worth a read ... both for its humour and as an example of how good storytelling can fire the "transmedia imagination" in others.]
EXCLUSIVE: I’ve learned that Google has put Hollywood on notice to keep mum as it prepares to announce its big plan to redefine YouTube with 25 or so channels that will offer professionally produced news, information and entertainment.
Seth Rosenblatt: "Using technology to develop new storytelling techniques may seem an odd fit for Google, but it’s no more unusual than anything else the company’s Advanced Technology and Projects division has produced."
Todd Martens: "For Google, “Ingress,” born in the technology giant’s Niantic Labs, is just the beginning. The company will later this year unleash another so-called augmented reality title, “Endgame,” this one a collaboration with author James Frey. “Endgame” is even more ambitious, as it exists first as a Frey-co-authored book (“Endgame: The Calling”) and seeks to ask questions regarding the future of technology and storytelling."
Alex DiFiori: "There’s been a lot of buzz lately about Ingress, Google’s latest foray into online social networking. Instead of focusing on creating another facebook, Ingress is Google’s attempt at using that massive pile of data they’ve been collecting about us to use in a way that hasn’t really been done before, in an augmented reality game" ...
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