I've never seen a gunmetal grey cake before, nor one with woodgrain, or marzipan chains, or bloodied axes. Just brilliant. And Horde too!
Made for a WoWer by his housemate, a commenter on the original thread says, "did he propose immediately, or wait a couple of seconds?". Let's hope he didn't wait, talent like this doesn't come along in threes you know.
Again, I find myself in dear, grubby old Heathrow, waiting for a delayed connecting flight to Prague. That's why it's been a bit quiet, I've been stuck on planes. This one was a doozy - not only was I squished into a corner by two ravening Jesus freaks, but Helen Mirren was up front. At baggage retrieval, a huge cheer went up, so she pulled her Oscar out and waved it about with a mighty grin, then spent the rest of her time hugging kids for pictures, and posing with smelly travellers. She was lovely.
The Jesus loonies spent the flight jiggling and fidgeting, reading bits of the bible to each other, praying together and handing out little SMILE! JESUS LOVES YOU! booklets to everyone. Me, the row in front, the row behind, any passing attendant, the greeters, the captain, the people at the door waiting for wheelchair folk, every staff member between the plane and the baggage hall... what was most interesting, though, was how they managed to spend a 13h flight without resorting to small talk or anything non-Jesus even once. It was.. confusing.
This is curious: Acclaim are running a competition to find new and exciting game design ideas from unknowns. Players. Internet users.
The project is currently named "Top Secret." Players will have
the opportunity to participate in the entire video game development
process. Perry will choose a winner from the contributors to the game
and they'll receive a "Video Game Industry Directorship" and work under
Perry on a new MMO.
Isn't that odd?
The site is IE-preferred and mostly in flash, so I can't cut and paste the text: two HEINOUS web design choices right there, ahem. Here:
This is one crazy talent contest! They're also inviting submissions for all sorts of content, and anything that gets used will result in a game credit for the creator.
Cynics may see this as a good way of getting a brand new game designer for very little money, and game assets for nothing; but on the other side of the coin, if the found talent is good it will mean that unknowns will get an industry credit, which would probably otherwise prove to be fairly hard to get.
Course, if the game's terrible, what's the credit worth? Ouch.
Met up with Nick and Dom for coffee today and got a sneak preview of
the DS video player that Dom's hacking on. It uses an asymetric wavelet
based codec specifically designed for playing back on the DS's
ARM-based hardware, and while it works best with cartoons it can also
handle normal video of, um, "YouTube" quality.
Dom's also working on live streaming over wifi, apparently. Very nice. Carry on.
I have to be careful here, because last time I posted about avatar boobies, Wonderland got blacklisted by a bunch of tedious internet-use filters. I mean, please, I was talking about elf booblas and stuff, which entertainingly, remains my most-popular single clickthru from our RSS feed:
Order of magnitude. Anyway, here I am trying to find pictures of The Sims to use in a presentation, and the first Google Images result - with moderate filter on - here in the US is the nekkid Sims patch. The first result!
This is the most popular videogame ever made - just think of the quantities and quantities of The Sims images created - and this is the first result for "The Sims" in Google Images? Just imagine the traffic on that for a second.
It's curious, there's been lots of muttering about sex and videogames, but comparatively little produced, when you think about it. Videogames is an enormous industry, appealing to all ages. I've wondered about this before, and the best comment pointed out that porn often has tiny budgets, so probably just can't afford to make games. But equally, isn't it curious that games very rarely include sex or nudity as part of the package, like movies and television often (always!) do?
Kratos has sex in God of War, hilariously, with two chicks, but he's offscreen. (Apparently this was well received: he gets it on in God of War II, too - link PNSFW). You get to press buttons, but it's all performed in audio. It's pretty cool - probably because it's so novel, too.
Imagine if an MMO had a nudist colony area. Or Grand Theft Auto had a brothel. Or Lara pulls a hot boy (as she does in both movies). Or in fact your protagonist could pull any number of non-player-characters, as you progress through whatever story it is you're playing.
It's an untapped area, that's for certain. Getting it right could actually mean a whole evolutionary leap for the medium, at least in its "art" status - think of movies here for a sec and compare.
I love this episode. Bob Stein - a pioneer in electronic publishing - takes a walk with the Spartans in what seems to be (but possibly isn't, just a very clever edit?) a live interview. It's great - I love the wonder imparted by Bob's red Spartan with happy-faces on the shoulders, as he crashes his car, spots overhead fly-bys and generally enjoys being in the online space that is a Halo 2 server.
Course, it may've been shot entirely live, with a number of camerapeople, that would make sense, but would involve an incredible amount of coordination and preparation. It's really impressive stuff, this.
Don't miss the stuff about girl gamers, and whether Halo 2 players have sex in the game, at the end..