Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Celebrity Shot

The child's play charity had a special celebrity raffle not too long ago. By purchasing a ticket you had a chance to play a special muliplayer match of Team Fortress 2 with several game developers and youtube stars.
Some of my favourie contenders include Simon and Lewis from the Yogscast, Notch the creator of Minecraft, and Freddie Wong the awesome videogame parody artist. There are also several people from Valve, Bethesda, and PC Gamer involved too.

I don't usually watch theses types of video, but knowing a lot of the people involved made the vid something I couldn't pass up. Give it a watch, enjoy cartoonish carnage, and tell me what you think!

----Strife Out----

Saturday, July 21, 2012

EoP - Breaking the Genre Barrier

Well, here it is the last episode of Elements of Play You'll see for a while. This is also the final episode that Machinima told me to throw out because it wasn't what they wanted, even though they didn't look at it.

As a small extra bit of Information when I was making the thumbnail for this episode, I thought thought about using Zero Suit Samus. Then I got liberal with the graphic, and laughed at the result. Alas neither look was right for what I wanted, so I used the thumb you see in the video above.

----Strife Out----

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Vapour Locked

Hey everyone, sorry for being kinda silent the last few weeks. I don't really have an excuse, except for this past week. I've kinda been locked into the perpetual overload which is the Steam Summer Sale. I've been glued to my computer gaming hard for hours on end, and with a lot more choice than I'm used to.

I'll try to poke my head out of the grotto some though. If nothing else, just to talk about current events and such.

Are any of you stuck in the same situation as me, has steam suddenly stolen your life?

----Strife Out----

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Elements of Play - Adapive Story

I just know people are going to keep saying "what about game X, Y or Z?!" It's really going to get under my skin too, because I even say in this video "there are to many games to mention".

Ok, I'm done complaining, enjoy the video now.

Only one more episode left. I may go back and make more of the show eventually, but that's yet to be seen.

----Strife Out----

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Leaking the Lost

Around a month or so ago the game developer 38 Studios went out of business. Even though I didn't play it, I had some interest in the only game they published while still around, Kingdoms of Amalur. Well it's no secret that the studio had another game in the works, an MMO also named Kingdoms of Amalur. The title will never see the light of day, and even though I could care less (MMOs just aren't my thing), I do find the trailer they made for it fun to watch.

The video below is a low quality trailer for the ill fated MMO. It clearly wasn't finished, as the narration is less than epic, and the scoring doesn't seem to rise and fall like it should. The art however was obviously complete or close to it, and the aesthetic design of morphing between 3D and 2D graphics is something I enjoy seeing. It's works like this that get my creative gears moving, and drive to to come up with new types of motion graphics.

I feel like I've gained something from watching this video. Hopefully I'll be able to put it to good use.

----Strife Out----

Saturday, July 07, 2012

EoP - Cinematics

Well this weeks video is about the cinemas and cutscenes in videogames. It doesn't so much ask questions, or explore alternatives as it does just look over what's already there. For some reason I have a feeling this episode will resonate with people because it doesn't require you to think outside of the box.

I welcome questions and opinions as always.

----Strife Out----

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Legal Landmark

Ever since the beginning of digital content and DLC the EULA (end user license agreement) that comes with the software has forbidden the resale of of it. This has largely been due to how companies have wanted to prevent piracy, but also because they don't want to lose sales. Thus most EULAs have stuck to the idea that you aren't buying software, you're just buying a license to infinity use the software. Meaning you have no right to resell it.

Well that idea has been struck down by the EU court, and at least in the European Union it's now legal to resell digitally downloaded software. This may not affect anything in my neck of the woods, but seeing as how this is a step forward for gamers, I'm interested to see if it will change anything over here. After all world events unavoidably influence things stateside.

Read the article here

----Strife Out----