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IKinema Provide New Game Animation Experience

 IKinema Provide New Game Animation Experience

I’ve been looking at the latest version of IKinema, and I reckon those of you out there who work on game animation might want to take a look at it. If you don’t know what IKinema is, the official marketing description is “A full-body animation technology that allows effortless run-time control of characters during game play to achieve full adaptation to a scene giving users a new game animation experience”.

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Wed 27 Jul 2011: 11:20am

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Animation Escapee Becomes a Ninja

Animation Escapee Becomes a Ninja

Another escapee from our Character Animation Course has just secured a position in the games industry. Congratulations to Pedro Cabeleira who began an internship this week at Ninja Theory in Cambridge, working on Cinematics for one of their new games.

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L.A. Noire in 7 Years!

L.A. Noire in 7 Years!

So how long does it take to make a console game? Of course it varies from project to project but Team Bondi are no strangers to long haul development.

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Mon 27 Jun 2011: 4:25pm

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Games Course Escapee Holly Pickering Gets Job At Travellers Tales

Games Course Escapee Holly Pickering Gets Job At Travellers Tales

We have got some good news to share today about one of our Games Course escapees. Holly Pickering - who finished our Games Art Course a little while back - will be joining Adam Esat (another escapee) at Travellers Tales working on AAA titles as a Character Modeller. 

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Mon 13 Jun 2011: 11:30am

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Call Of Duty Modern Warfare 3 Trailer Causes A Stir!

Call Of Duty Modern Warfare 3 Trailer Causes A Stir!

Activision released the trailer for its new Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 game last week and to say it got people talking would be an understatement. As you might expect, it shows war up close and personal. The visuals are nothing short of brilliant, which is one of the reasons why it’s causing such a stir.

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Ubisoft Names First Three 3D Movies

Ubisoft Names First Three 3D Movies

Have you seen this article in gamesindustry.biz?

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Fri 20 May 2011: 10:54am

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Gaming Gets Emotional With LA Noire

Gaming Gets Emotional With LA Noire

No doubt you’ve heard about Rockstar’s latest release LA Noire - apparently a completely new type of video game. Up until recently, most games have been all about hand eye co-ordination but in LA Noire, which is set in the late 40s, the main skill is about being able to judge body language and characters’ faces to figure out if they’re lying or not - or ‘emotional perception’ as some are calling it.

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Fri 13 May 2011: 11:56am

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Games Course Escapee Tom Harle Lands a Job at Rebellion

Games Course Escapee Tom Harle Lands a Job at Rebellion

It's always great to hear when escapees land jobs - especially if it's one that they've always dreamt of getting. Tom Harle, who studied our Games Art Production course has just secured a job at top games studio Rebellion. He's worked really hard on his portfolio and it's clear that it's really paid off.

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Tue 26 Apr 2011: 9:10am

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CityEngine's London Event Wrap-up

CityEngine's London Event Wrap-up

Thank you to everyone who attended the CityEngine event last week, and to Procedural for giving us a sneak peak at the latest in procedural modelling technology (and for bringing lots of Swiss chocolate).

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Wed 13 Apr 2011: 11:20am

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Celebrating TIGA’s 10th Anniversary

Celebrating TIGA’s 10th Anniversary

TIGA are celebrating their 10 year anniversary this year and are inviting all game artists and developers to their birthday bash, at Channel 4 Studios next Thursday night.

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Mon 11 Apr 2011: 9:55am

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How Will the Budget Affect the Games Industry?

Reading the article about what the Budget has done for graduate recruitment made me think about how this might affect the Gaming Industry.  Gaming truly is part of our culture. It's everywhere, we have never had so many platforms and opportunities on which to play games and I think it's fair to say gamers have never had it so good. So, why is it such a bad time for the UK games industry?

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Fri 1 Apr 2011: 10:23am

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Budget Brings no Relief for the Games Industry

Budget Brings no Relief for the Games Industry

We are always looking for a glimmer of hope with any budget... These days it's hard to find any. And that's certainly the case for the UK Games industry. I appreciate we are a niche sector, but the fact that we are a long established (in CG terms) and vibrant industry that allows us to lead the way just goes seemingly forgotten. The petition paperwork will have been 'filed' and once again we find that there is no support.

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Thu 24 Mar 2011: 11:30am

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Budget day - Tax relief for gamers?

Budget day - Tax relief for gamers?

Dr Richard Wilson, TIGA CEO, submitted a petition to Number 10 Downing Street yesterday, calling on the Government to introduce Games Tax Relief in the Budget on March 23rd. Richard also handed in a copy of TIGA’s publication Budget for Growth: Powering the Video Games Sector to Support the Economic Recovery to officials in Downing Street.

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Wed 23 Mar 2011: 9:16am

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Games BAFTA's Announced Last Night

Last week I mentioned the 'red carpet day' for Games companies at the BAFTA's. Well, The awards ceremony was last night and the results are in!

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Thu 17 Mar 2011: 12:38pm

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Gut Wrenching Zombie Action from Axis Animation

Gut Wrenching Zombie Action from Axis Animation

I happened to click on this link in a newsletter from our friends at Axis Animation a couple of days ago. A nice animation to watch over your Corn Flakes!

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Thu 24 Feb 2011: 9:20am

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Kinect's New Underground Fanbase Gets Busy

There has been a bit of an underground homebrew fanbase for Microsoft's new controller, Kinect.

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Thu 24 Feb 2011: 8:03am

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New trailer for LA Noire

Even though there’s a few months until its launch, there’s a palpable buzz around Rockstar’s latest venture, LA Noire. A new trailer has just been released, which you can see on Develop, and it looks simply amazing.

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Wed 23 Feb 2011: 9:04am

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Are cheap mobile games a risk to the industry?

Are cheap mobile games a risk to the industry?

According to Nintendo’s president, low priced mobile phone games are one of the biggest risks for the games industry as they are giving the impression that all games should be cheap. Last night I had a fantastic gaming session with my son, not on a Wii, PS3 or xbox but on my iPhone and it cost me 59 pence. The success of the Wii is something that Sony also encouraged with eye toy, casual gaming that is fun and accessible for all kinds of people not just hardcore gamers. It strikes me as a little naive to think that the app generation is the biggest threat to the games industry. Though, the cost of a ds game is huge and takes a child ages to save up their pocket money

The iPhone has opened the Market to small developers, provided a fantastic opportunity for people to break into games and because it is so easy to use, has opened up the world of videogames to a whole cross section of society. My children and I get just as much fun from an iPhone game as well as a ds for a fraction of the price. Epic has produced an amazing looking game for only a few pounds and created a version of their awesome engine specifically to embrace this exciting platform. The biggest threat to the games industry is the CEOs not listening to gamers - they should be encouraging development every where creating internships and fostering talent.

The makers of angry birds have opened an academy, not bad for a little throw away game.  Come on Nintendo Sony and Microsoft, get your act together! Speaking of internships one of our games students Chris Chorley is doing a six month internship at veemee. You also only have to look at the success of Portal to see that Valves approach to internships pays huge rewards.

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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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