The new, underground sport of first-person drone racing. Don’t forget to take the air-sickness tablets, guys…
Archive for the ‘Gaming’ Category
17 Aug 2015 at 10:33
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31 May 2015 at 15:18
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Interesting New Scientist special supplement (23rd May 2015) on improving one’s sight, “Good looking: 6 surprising ways to improve your eyesight”. The measures suggested, as well as innovative lenses and surgery, include… * Veggies. No, not carrots. “Trials have shown that people in the early stages of the disease [yellow spots in the eyes of […]
A £31,800 Lottery grant… “to enable a group of young people from the Foundation to create a film and online game exploring the history and heritage of the Black Country dialect.”
17 Aug 2014 at 09:04
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A new two-year ‘intensive’ videogames production course, in Birmingham: B.Sc. degree in Interactive Entertainment (Games Development).
29 Apr 2014 at 13:32
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2nd May 2014: How to get your UK Games Production Tax Credit. Birmingham.
23 Mar 2014 at 19:59
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Nice to see that the social equivalent of the Oculus Rift is right here in the West Midlands (Shropshire, to be precise). Igloo Technology make HD immersive media domes from 20ft across and larger, complete with special media players and all the kit needed…
17 Mar 2014 at 16:33
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Tortoise racing in Birmingham, 1957.
Sad to hear that Blitz Games, always a big name in Midlands videogames, is closing down… “Blitz Games Studios, a major video games maker based in Leamington Spa, has shut down. The firm had been creating games for 23 years, and employed 175 people — 50 of whom will be kept on to work on […]
23 Aug 2013 at 17:48
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LAUNCH Gaming and Digital conference for new student developers and indies, in Birmingham on 21st – 22nd November 2013.
20 Feb 2013 at 13:41
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GameDev Midlands 1: Insert Coin to Begin. Birmingham, 9th March 2013. Free. The first informal networking get-together for creatives and developers in the Midlands videogames industry.
21 Jan 2013 at 10:43
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Interesting new British evidence-based research review, The Future of Identity by the government’s Chief Scientific Advisor Sir John Beddington… “The Future of Identity project has utilised over 20 independent papers, providing a wide ranging evidence base for the project. You can access each of these driver review papers below, as well as both the full […]
A hat-tip to Chris Unitt for the news that NASA has teamed up with a videogames company, to bring what’s said to be a fascinating level of realism to EA Sports’ new snowboarding sim adventure SSX videogame (PS3 and XBox only – review). All the mountain snowboarding courses in the game are built on top […]
New figures from TIGA on the videogames industry in the UK. TIGA’s new figures show that between 2008 and 2011, 197 videogame studios and development firms closed in the UK. While film is lauded and lavishly funded with tax breaks pick-ups, training health-boosts, and cool overseas marketing weapons… the animation and videogames industries are allowed […]
04 Nov 2011 at 04:45
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Epic Games have announced their “Make Something Unreal Live”, an independent game development competition using the leading Unreal Dev Kit. It’ll take place over the six months, and then land in the West Midlands for a “spectacular real-time conclusion” on 11th-15th April 2012 in Birmingham, UK.
02 Nov 2011 at 06:57
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What if… you could have games without the gameplay? “If you took a classic Japanese-style role-playing game and stripped it of all the traditional gameplay mechanics—experience points, equippable weapons and armor, usable items, and even combat itself—what exactly would you be left with? And more importantly, could this-stripped down experience actually be compelling? In the […]
The Facebook social games arms-race is over — so declares Tadhg Kelly of Games Brief, who goes on to give an informed journalistic analysis of the winners. The unbeatable 800lb gorilla (or should that be chicken?) is Farmville and its parent company which is currently going for a $1 billion IPO, but which most sane […]
23 Jun 2011 at 18:00
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My new machinima bibliography (PDF link), primarily covering the years 2007-2011.
18 Mar 2011 at 14:16
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Fear, Horror and Terror at The Interface, a major two-day conference at Oxford in September 2011. By interface they mean “at the interface of fear, horror and terror”, rather than that such might be implicit in the web/digital/software/games interface that sits between the user and the Web/virtual-world. Although they do also say that… “We are […]
03 Mar 2011 at 17:53
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An excellent free talk today, on transmedia, from Sophie Smith of Hide and Seek. Many thanks to Gemma of The Exchange in Stoke-on-Trent, and to Helga Henry of Switchboard and the Stoke Your Fires festival organisers. Below are some of my hasty notes, not verbatim — so some of my own interpretation and phrasing may […]
Birmingham City University’s Game On day is… “a one-day speed–dating style event during which students can meet professionals and potential employers in the videogame industry.” Attendees will talk individually with one of six experts for 15–20 minutes. 23rd February 2011, at Millennium Point, in Birmingham city centre. No mention of any booking requirement, and it […]