Month: July 2016

Brain training games reduce incidents of dementia in the elderly

The New Yorker’s article presents the results of the test subjects were 48% less likely to develop dementia than the control group.  The test involved 3000 participants with an average age of 73.6    

When indie games fail

Kotaku has an interesting post-mortem on some game.  It goes into the hubris, hopes, failings, and salvation of being an indie developer.      

Emergent gameplay vs. a designed game – Elite Dangerous

Frontier, the developer of Elite Dangerous, ran into a problem recently when players banded together to wage war against rival factions.  The wonton destruction caused a “lock down” in some of the game features, as one might expect during a

Oculus’ Mobile VR Jam 2015 Winners Gold Games ($100,000) DRIFT – Submission and Build Daydream Blue – Submission and Build Gold Apps or Experiences ($50,000) Colosse – Submission and Build Along the Trail – Submission and Build Silver Games ($50,000) Scorched Battalion – Submission and Build Neuralgia VR –

Pinball Expo – Oct. 12-16th –

31st ANNUAL PINBALL EXPO Wednesday, October 12th – Sunday, October 16th 2016 Westin Chicago North Shore Hotel 601 N. Milwaukee Ave, Wheeling Illinois 60090 (866-716-8104).   The 2 different Halls are open the following hours for the General Public: Wednesday,

Arcade, Video and Game Room Expo 2016 –

This expo looks like a place to buy and sell arcade game cabinets.  So, if you’re in the market, go here. Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare Hotel August 25-27, 2016 $30-$60 – 3D environment scanning

So, this is for 3D environment artists, who may want a short-cut, Matterport.  Usually, real estate brokers own the $4500 RGBD scanning camera, and they pay a few hundred dollars per house scanned to Matterport. The technology is pretty cool, though

ABEVR, early horror story in VR

ABEVR – Linear Narrative Robot Justifies Killing You I can’t stress enough about the value of VR for gaming purposes.  It’s as if VR is the ultimate visual experience for games.  Even though ABEVR is a linear narrative, the sense

Dynamic Fusion

So, this is really intriguing, Dynamic Fusion.  An algorithm that uses an RGBD sensor (like a Kinect) to create on-the-fly 3d modeling of the viewed surface.  

Trademarks & IPs – Last Thursday, Sam Castree III presented at the Chicago Game Developer’s Meetup group meeting.  In his comprehensive explanation of the IP issues, he mentioned that it is very, very, very important to make sure that your trademark is not sale 40% off is a complete material plugin for photoshop.  It allows for the manipulation of 3D model and the textures.  See the video below for more details.  It is on sale for a short time.  The cost is ~$80 USD