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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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Autodesk Announces Intent to Acquire Scaleform Corporation

Autodesk Announces Intent to Acquire Scaleform Corporation

"Another Autodesk purchase" I hear you cry as the news gets out that a cool $36 million CASH is to be spent on Scaleform

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Tue 22 Feb 2011: 10:33am

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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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Livingstone-Hope Report Launch

Livingstone-Hope Report Launch

On Tuesday I attended the launch of the Livingtone-Hope report which was undertaken to address the skills issues facing the UK's games and visual effects. Escape Studios staff have taken part in a number of the surveys which went into building the data for this report as well as speaking directly to Hasan Bakhshi and Juan Mateos-Garcia from NESTA, who did a large amount of the work of pulling the data for the draft report together. In essence the report lays out 20 recommendations across the talent pipeline from schools through FE and HE to the industry. All these parties as well as the government and other skills and training bodies such as Skillset are called on to do their bit. All of this whilst being realistic about the funding and resources available, the recommendations had to be about the focus of existing funds not calls for large sums of new money.

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Fri 4 Feb 2011: 10:40am

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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 Art Production Students Show off their Work

Games Art Production Students Show off their Work

Here's the first look at some of the work from the Game Art Production course which finished in December.

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Tue 18 Jan 2011: 2:16pm

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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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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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Thank you technology customers!

Thank you technology customers!

Last night we had some of the finest brains and talent in Soho out for our Technology Christmas drinks.

We just want to really thank all those who came along and hope you enjoyed the evening.. We certainly did and it was great to see so many new and familiar faces!

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Fri 3 Dec 2010: 1:13pm

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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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Midlands IGDA Chapter Event: Celebration of Indie Game Development

Midlands IGDA Chapter Event: Celebration of Indie Game Development

The Midlands chapter of the IGDA is holding an event for all their members on the 9th December at The Royal Pump Rooms at Leamington Spa from 7.30pm.

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Fri 5 Nov 2010: 10:15am

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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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iPad in education?

iPad in education?

We all love gadgets, and anything from Apple generally creates interest for good or bad. Enter the iPad. Well, it has been around for a while now, but other than playing Angry Birds, does it really have other uses?

1 Comments Mark Cass

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Wed 27 Oct 2010: 9:04am

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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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