Monday, January 13, 2014

More Rounding Up Of Links

Hello thar geeks. Apologies for the lack of updates. I've been out with the flu, and for anyone who has been down that path, you don't even feel like getting up and out of bed to do anything. All you want to do is lay still and hope you don't die. It sucks. A lot.

With that, I have another link round up because there are so many interesting things on the internet from the past few days, that I can't limit it to just one topic.

Forbes is talking about how video games will help us reclaim our focus. Because of all of the distractions in today's world, technology and gaming is the way to go when...technology and gaming seem to be distracting us. Damn you stupid bird. Hit the pig! No! I don't need to go back to work, even though I'm 15 minutes later. I must beat this level!

Four game writers talked to IGN about the future of story telling. And it's a wide variety of speakers, from the triple A titles like Tomb Raider and The Last of Us to the indies of Gone Home. Very much worth the read if you have a few minutes to kill.

LA based Alexx Henry Studios has developed a technology that allows user to self-insert avatars into games. Granted the process is elaborate, involving 68 cameras taking a 360 degree portrait of your body, scanning it, and importing it. But when all is said and done, you can be in the game, jumping, walking, talking, and it looks pretty real. No announcements yet on the "slim" home version.

And of course, AI's are taking over. Polygon looks at Michael Cook's development of an AI to create a video game, how it learns, how it thinks, and how it ultimately produces the games that it does. Skynet people. It's a thing.

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