Games for the OCDs amongst us.

(…that includes me, btw).

Look at all these colors that need organizing…. mmMMmm… go-on, it won’t take a minute.

OCD Color Organization Game

These shapes and lines are all slightly wonky.  They need your help.  You can fix them.

OCD Eyeball Shapes & Lines Game

And of course, less interactively – everyone likes things organized neatly.

Seen others?  Let me know…   I won’t be happy until this list is complete.

Star Wars Games Retrospective

Star Wars Games

From Flying to MMO, Action, Adventure and more, Star Wars Games have covered most genres. And now, for the first time they are all covered (from 1982-2008) in one video. Sit back and enjoy this epic collection of the Star Wars Retrospectives thanks to GameTrailers.com

 

Breaking into Games

Develop, Breaking Into GamesMy blog article Breaking into the games industry is in Develop Magazine!  Check it out.

(ps. They used a stock image for this article; I do not recommend wearing a suit to an interview for an art or animation job unless you’re applying to work for Disney in 1930).

Siggraph 2012 Real-Time Live! Press Release

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SIGGRAPH Real-Time Live! is the première showcase for the latest trends and techniques for pushing the boundaries of interactive visuals. A series of 10 international jury-selected submissions will be presented in a fast-paced, 90-minute show of cutting-edge, aesthetically stimulating real-time work at SIGGRAPH 2012, 5-9 August at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

The diverse show includes breakdowns of an audio-driven procedural graphics engine, an augmented reality gesture-based control solution from NYU/MIT, proprietary and commercial rendering engines, and a number of cutting-edge unreleased games titles.

See here for the press release  |  full list of content  |  show Q&A

SW1313 at E3: 31 nominations, 10 wins.

Two weeks on and the awards are just about awarded.  The last in (and reason for this update) is the Game Critics AwardSpecial Commendation for Graphics.

Congrats again to the team, incredible achievement.

Why wait for Siggraph 2013?

Siggraph Asia 2012If you have a CAF submission pending, are considering a poster, or want to share your latest app – there’s still time to submit to Siggraph Asia.

Celebrating it’s 5th Anniversary, Siggraph Asia returns to Singapore this year for what’s likely to be the biggest show yet.

Why not be a part of it?

Deadlines:

Best of E3 2012 – Thursday


You could say I’m biased, but who am I to disagree with the critics?

Congrats to the team for their thirty-one E3 nominations, with ten confirmed wins!
Very well deserved.

Star Wars 1313 Awards E3 2012Star Wars 1313 Awards E3 2012

“LucasArts’ darker, grittier Star Wars cover-shooter was the best looking game at E3, bar none”. C+VG

“Seeing this thing running in person, the natural look of the lighting, character skin and so on is pushing the graphical quality near the level of photorealism. It’s absolutely Continue reading

Best of E3 2012 – Wednesday

So I’m feeling a little guilty after awarding yesterdays Best of E3 to beautiful visuals alone; so how better to make it up than with The Last Of Us from Naughty Dog.  You know it’s going to play well, and what stands out from this small sample of gameplay footage is the beautiful transitions into and out of contextual animations – the hand-to-hand combat being a prime example, whether brawling or wrestling over a shotgun.  It’s fluidity provides a real cinematic boost.

Beautifully designed sets and well implemented AI supporting what looks like an interesting story, all pulled together with Naughty Dogs trademark epic moments and smooth interwoven gameplay-to-cinematic structure look to present a solid, compelling and complete package.  How is this not going to be a hit?

Best of E3 2012 – Tuesday

Okay, so there’s no gameplay here – but who cares.  According to Hashimoto-san this is running on a single GTX680.  However much horsepower is behind it, it’s damn impressive.

If you want to find out more, this piece running in the Luminous Engine is one of a number of exclusive, behind-the-scenes breakdowns which will be presented live on-stage at SIGGRAPH Real-Time Live! in August.  Come see it for yourself.

Congrats Square-Enix, it looks incredible.

Best of E3 2012 – Monday

Although they’ve clearly been in production a while, this year really feels like the arrival of ‘next-gen’ games, with some running on current gen consoles.  Certainly the largest visual jump in a while; graphics, animation, AI… and in the case of Watch Dogs, gameplay complexity too.  Ubi present a nicely balanced investment across the board for what appears to be a consistent and incredibly immersive experience; can’t wait to get hands on.