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A Career in Games: Smart Move

A Career in Games: Smart Move

According to the UKIE, “UK development leads the charge on Motion Controlled Gaming and in the All Format chart”. Figures released earlier in the week show that games made by UK developers account for 42% of all units sold for Microsoft’s Kinect since its launch. Those are pretty impressive results and something that we should be celebrating. Pity the government doesn’t value the industry enough to maintain the tax breaks for the games industry – you can read more about this in a recent post by Lee Danskin.

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Thu 27 Jan 2011: 12:12pm

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Games Industry Tax Breaks - or The Lack of Them....

So when Activision, the distributor of Call of Duty Black Ops - a game that hit the $1 billion mark in sales in roughly the same amount of time as Avatar - mentions that it might take its development out of the UK you would hope that someone might sit up and take notice.

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Tue 18 Jan 2011: 9:22am

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Stereoscopic 3D and Small Children

Nintendo, Sony, Toshiba have all issued warnings on the development of eyesight in younger children when watching stereoscopic 3D images. Here is a link to a BBC story about the recent Nintendo announcement. Their announcement basically said: "There is a possibility that 3-D images which send different images to the left and right eye could affect the development of vision in small children".

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Fri 7 Jan 2011: 10:30am

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Designing & Developing an iPad App

Designing & Developing an iPad App

I have to admit I’m fond of iPad apps and games, and have always wondered how developers go about creating them. So, when I got a chance to get the inside scoop from Qurios, an iPad games developer, I jumped at it.

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Fri 17 Dec 2010: 12:40pm

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Addicted to Games: Overhyped or a Real Risk?

Addicted to Games: Overhyped or a Real Risk?

The gaming industry has been grabbing headlines over the last few days. The long awaited release of World of Warcraft and last week’s Panorama on the BBC has got lots of people talking. But has the exposure been good or bad for the gaming world?

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Thu 16 Dec 2010: 1:32pm

Xbox Kinect Versus Playstation Move

Is everyone tired of the comparisons by now? Maybe it's just me...

So much talk about which is better, how much physical space you need to play Kinect vs continued calibration for Move - lag and response and on and on..

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Wed 8 Dec 2010: 2:08pm

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Top 5 Reasons to Use CityEngine

Top 5 Reasons to Use CityEngine

It's not often I see new technology come along with the potential to really make a difference in a pipeline. CityEngine is one such product that is gaining momentum in the industry and worthy of a closer look.

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Tue 16 Nov 2010: 3:48pm

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RealtimeUK Complete Work on Kinectimals

RealtimeUK Complete Work on Kinectimals

I caught up with the guys at RealtimeUK to check out a project they've completed for Microsoft’s new Kinect console, and was really impressed with what I saw.

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Mon 15 Nov 2010: 9:07am

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Will We See a New TimeSplitters?

Will We See a New TimeSplitters?

Crytek UK have recently announced that they are talking to publishers regarding the viability of producing another TimeSplitters

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Tue 9 Nov 2010: 11:56am

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Escapee Alumni Company Roll Call

I was just looking over some of the people in our alumni group on LinkedIn and it was great to see the amazing list of companies Escapees are working at.  To the have the CG industries peppered with so many people from our courses is a great feeling and we'd love to hear from anyone who isn't in the group so we can see where you are and what you've been up to.

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Fri 5 Nov 2010: 1:14pm

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Self-Publishing: Buzz of the Games Industry

Self-Publishing: Buzz of the Games Industry

We hosted a TIGA event on Self-Publishing a couple of days ago. There were developers from many of UK’s independent studios and a few larger studios as well - proof if I needed one, that this topic is very much the buzz of the industry.

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Fri 29 Oct 2010: 12:12pm

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Steam Hit 30M Users

Wow! Steam have announced that they've hit the 30 Million user mark last week. That's a phenomenal number of people they can deliver games direct to. And now with over 1,200 games in the catalogue to chose from, that's a very impressive market reach. I reckon we may see a lot more developers/publishers using this as a platform to deliver games over the coming years as digital distribution products seem to be increasing in demand. What do you all think?

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Mon 25 Oct 2010: 12:28pm

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Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality

First there was the Wii Mote from Nintendo which offered a new gaming experience. Now, we have Move from PlayStation using both the PlayStation Eye Camera and Move Controller.

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Mon 25 Oct 2010: 9:00am

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Mythbusters: Do game developers need publishers?

I caught up with Nicholas Lovell of GamesBrief the other day to find out what he'll be talking about at TIGA's Self-publishing seminar next Wednesday. Here’s what he had to say, and it’s pretty interesting stuff:

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Wed 20 Oct 2010: 9:13am

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Ultimate Geek Out

Ultimate Geek Out

At the end of a busy day in the classroom - a day full of complex concepts and software training - conversations with Joe and Flora in our training sales team naturally turned to equally weighty subjects.

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Thu 30 Sep 2010: 2:50pm

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Escape Studios hosts TIGA’s Self-Publishing Seminar

Escape Studios hosts TIGA’s Self-Publishing Seminar

As part of this year’s London Games Festival, we are going to be hosting a free TIGA event in our studios. If you want to get an insight into self-publishing your games, come along and chat with the pros.

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Thu 30 Sep 2010: 12:10pm

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Has the boxed game had its day?

Has the boxed game had its day?

Last week’s high profile launch of Halo: Reach, and the stories of gamers camping outside retailers' doors, tell me that game launches have become just like movie premieres and create just as much excitement as the launch of new Apple gadgets.  

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Wed 29 Sep 2010: 1:00pm

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Apple TV makes a play for online gaming

Apple TV makes a play for online gaming

Over the last few days Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo have been strutting around like peacocks displaying their new technology at Tokyo Game Show (TGS). Even though the technology on display is extremely impressive and I personally can't wait for The Last Guardian to be released on PS3, my attention has been focused on Apple's new £99 Apple TV.

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Tue 21 Sep 2010: 8:09am

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In the dog house

I have just spent two nights in a row playing with an old friend until almost three in the morning. When I say friend, I mean Halo Reach. It has been like catching up with a really good friend you haven't seen in a long time. You pick up right where you left off, except this time my friend is much better looking and has more ideas. Ideas that I said to my wife needed to be explored in great depth. It's my job after all!

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Fri 17 Sep 2010: 10:38am

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Free Webinar: Next Gen Materials & Game Rendering Technology

Free Webinar: Next Gen Materials & Game Rendering Technology

I'll be hosting a webinar on 30th September and wanted to put a quick post together to invite you all. I'll share with you some of my thoughts on next generation materials and advances in game rendering technology. Hope you can make it.

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Thu 16 Sep 2010: 9:00am

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