June 21, 2011
Applying the principles of real world photography to the virtual worlds of games is just part of the solution. Hacking and tweaking games to remove player model, HUD and restrictions on the camera are others. The toughest, though, is rendering games from throughout the 3D era, from Deus Ex to Crysis 2, at truly uncompromising quality. There is a massive difference between running a game with top-of-the-line antialiasing and quality settings, and running it with those same settings at resolutions far in excess today’s norms, using offline resampling to achieve perfect results. Only recently, and after extensive research, have such methods become possible.
June 15, 2011
"Documentaries are supposedly objective," says ValaNejad, "and we were taking advantage of that idea, but at the same time, art allows an opportunity to create an attitude and mood." So, on one level, the game (steam) is about a historical moment; but it is also about something far more complex, namely perspective, impossible spaces, and manipulation. Things, perhaps, that cats know best.
April 26, 2011
PSN account data compromised an unauthorized person has obtained the following information that you provided: name, address (city, state, zip), country, email address, birthdate, PlayStation Network/Qriocity password and login, and handle/PSN online ID. It is also possible that your profile data, including purchase history and billing address (city, state, zip), and your PlayStation Network/Qriocity password security answers may have been obtained. ... While there is no evidence at this time that credit card data was taken, we cannot rule out the possibility. If you have provided your credit card data through PlayStation Network or Qriocity, out of an abundance of caution we are advising you that your credit card number (excluding security code) and expiration date may have been obtained.
March 28, 2011
March 14, 2011
Have you heard of Suparna Galaxy? Of course you have. It’s one of the most memorable gaming universes of the last decade. WhenSuparna Space Station was released in 2006, gamers were astounded by the level of depth and immersion they found woven into the game’s mechanic’s and storyline, and the game was lauded for its bold narrative choices and its revolutionary gender spectrum.
(a consensual hallucination in the vein of The Elemenstor Saga)
February 23, 2011
You can go inside enemies! I understand this.
I go inside the next enemy I find. Silly blobby enemies. Wait, can I—
I go inside the next enemy I find – again. I’m inside an enemy inside an enemy. I understand this! This is great.
I head inside another enemy. I keep going. I am inside an enemy inside an enemy inside an enemy inside an enemy inside a power-up.
Inside a power-up? Damn.
I don’t understand this.
Indie darling Jason Rohrer (of Passage fame) releases Inside a Star-Filled Sky [more inside]
February 21, 2011
OMG OMG An official Minecraft app is coming to iOS (that is all)