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CG Student Awards 2014 – Enter Your Best CG Work Now!

CG Student Awards 2014 – Enter Your Best CG Work Now!

This year’s CG Student Awards competition has just launched and they are now taking entries. As big supporters of this competition we’re delighted to see it back for another year, and it’s looking bigger and better than ever. Dedicated to students studying for careers in Next-Gen Games and VFX / Animation industries, this competition is a great opportunity for students and alumni to showcase their work to industry experts, offering a little helping hand up the VFX career ladder.

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Thu 13 Mar 2014: 8:44am

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An Audience with Alien: Isolation

An Audience with Alien: Isolation

The original Alien is an incredible film. Arguably the granddaddy of space horror, it took the 70's corporation paranoia into the black, littered flawed and earnest characters throughout a floating factory and gave birth - quite literally - to one of the most terrifying creatures in cinema history.

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Thu 13 Feb 2014: 2:25pm

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Flappy Bird, no longer the word?

Flappy Bird, no longer the word?

You may have been swept up by the recent craze that is Flappy Bird, and if this really is the case, I’m glad this is a one way interaction, because I’m one of those people who was able to decidedly detest the game before I even got a chance to play it. I have had it up to my wits end hearing about your latest time consuming app-addictions, and I am ecstatic about the following news…

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Mon 10 Feb 2014: 5:21pm

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Cancer Research UK host Game Jam, the result? Genes in Space.

Cancer Research UK host Game Jam, the result? Genes in Space.

Every now and then, pieces of technology (and those who create it) come along and make people say ‘wow’. Whether it be a mad VFX shot created by a 3D whiz, or an app you use daily that makes you say “WHY DID I NOT THINK OF THIS BEFORE!?”, more and more people are getting to grips with the building blocks of the digital world, and these kind of occurrences are only going to become more frequent.

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Thu 6 Feb 2014: 11:23am

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Games Consoles: The Next Generation.

Games Consoles: The Next Generation.

Let me start by clarifying; I don't have an Xbone, or a PS4. I haven't even played one yet. So this is a biased article in that respect. While the idea excites me, and if I just happened to have a spare grand to blow I would have picked them up just to have them, but because I need the money for more important things, like food, I'm still making my way through the current generation of games and consoles.

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Wed 11 Dec 2013: 3:25pm

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Witnessing the future of VFX with Lucasfilm.

Witnessing the future of VFX with Lucasfilm.

So you think that visual effects today are really advanced, right? Think that they can do everything? Well think again friends, because the best is yet to come!

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Thu 26 Sep 2013: 10:22am

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It's exactly as good as you think

It's exactly as good as you think

It's been over two hours since I set a waypoint on my map, to go and steal a submarine for my next heist, but I'm nowhere near the location. I just keep getting distracted. Instead I robbed an armoured car by blowing it's doors off while cruising down the motorway and grabbing the loot. After I lost the cops, I stopped a mugging and returned a woman's purse. Then I jumped in a cable car and rode it to the top of a mountain, stole a dirt bike and accelerated down the steep cliffs getting wild air and pulling front flips for style and just about made it to the bottom before I bailed, and was eaten by a mountain lion.

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Wed 25 Sep 2013: 9:18am

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Reasons To Be Creative

Reasons To Be Creative

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again - the role of an artist is a complex and often challenging one. Every artist, no matter what stage you’re at in your career, will struggle with diminishing motivation and inspiration. It’s incredibly easy to slip into this state as we work ourselves into the ground, letting the pot of ideas run empty. But you are not alone! I know this because last week I spent three days at Reasons to be Creative in Brighton and was surrounded by artists and developers from across the creative industries, all looking for a fix of something that would get their creative juices flowing…

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Mon 9 Sep 2013: 3:29pm

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From Bats to Squirrels - The best of Gamescon!

Well, it's Friday, so get ready for a double dose of Ash. I've already popped in once today to let you know about #escapeftw. Now back to our regularly scheduled programming; me chatting about games.

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Fri 23 Aug 2013: 4:10pm

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Another CG cat entertaining audiences the world over!

Another CG cat entertaining audiences the world over!

I’m not sure if many of you have seen Kittywood Studios: Cat Videos Incorporated, but there’s definitely something in it! It seems the media world has gone cat mad. The advertising gurus of the 1900’s possibly missed a trick… ‘Cats sell…’ Why? Well I work with a group of people who avidly share cat videos with me (not that I’m complaining, I do enjoy them), but also my most recent cinema trip was made all the more enjoyable last weekend when I was introduced to MPC’s latest project – Be More Dog - by far one of the more entertaining commercials out there at the moment.

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Mon 5 Aug 2013: 5:21pm

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Just how 'ultra' will 'Ultra Street Fighter 4' be?

Just how 'ultra' will 'Ultra Street Fighter 4' be?

It was announced earlier today that ‘Ultra Street Fighter 4’ will be released on PC, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 in early 2014.

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Mon 15 Jul 2013: 3:16pm

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The Last of Us Concept Art

The Last of Us Concept Art

The Last of Us is an action-adventure survival horror video game which gives us a different look at a post-apocalyptic world. Here is a great series of concept work from the game and what strikes me is the beautiful lighting and attractive quality given to this ‘end of civilization’ setting.

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Tue 2 Jul 2013: 11:20am

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Quite recently, on an app store quite close to you...

Quite recently, on an app store quite close to you...

In the run up to this year’s E3, it's safe to say that all eyes are on the world of gaming. Microsoft and Sony will be filling in the details about their new consoles (did you know the Xbox One plays TV?) as we fire into the next generation of interactive entertainment. So with the internet reporting on every mild rumour or leak that concerns games, it’s a bit surprising to see that KOTOR returned with absolutely no fanfare whatsoever.

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Mon 3 Jun 2013: 5:36pm

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Make it Polycount

Make it Polycount

As a 3D lover I am also a regular frequenter of Polycount. Some of you out there will no doubt already be familiar with this site, but for those that aren’t – it’s a community of pros and hobbyists that specialise in creating 3D for videogames, and it is always brimming with infatuating content.

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Wed 22 May 2013: 12:19pm

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I think I'm turning Japanese!

I think I'm turning Japanese!

Often I’ve thought to myself, “boy I’d like to visit Japan, the culture difference, the challenge of the language barrier, the public transport…”

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Tue 16 Apr 2013: 10:48am

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Lee's App Of The Week: Zombies and Trains

Lee's App Of The Week: Zombies and Trains

OK I know I talk a lot about zombies and these days the topic of a zombie apocalypse is fairly meh BUT how could I ignore an app called Zombies And Trains?! This is the latest game app from Norwegian based Dragonhead Games and it is a corker!

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Tue 19 Mar 2013: 10:46am

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Conference on VFX, Animation, Videogames and Digital Architecture seeks work from Animators!

Conference on VFX, Animation, Videogames and Digital Architecture seeks work from Animators!

One of the beautiful things about the internet is the ability to translate any language to your own with the click of a button. Meaning we get to find out about more awesome events like this...

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Fri 15 Mar 2013: 11:18am

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Lee's App Of The Week: Real Bokeh

Lee's App Of The Week: Real Bokeh

I love me some bokeh and I've been searching for a super simple bokeh app that lets me jazz up my pics with the click of button. Finally my search is over, for I have discovered Real Bokeh. Available on the iPhone and Android

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Wed 13 Mar 2013: 10:11am

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PS4 commercial racks up 26 million views in February!

PS4 commercial racks up 26 million views in February!

February’s most watched video was Sony’s Playstation 4 spot; it has been unveiled by Youtube in an insight to last month’s video statistics.

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Tue 12 Mar 2013: 11:12am

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