Category: Gaming

Playing with fingeres instead of dancing

The Leap Motion launched and we hear so many tales of wasted money and useless usability. But that will change, the product marks a change, this is definite. What is not so good is trying to fit games that should be played with full body, like with a Kinect, to a two fingers game. Like this one by Double-Fine: http://dropchord.com/

Dropchord by Double Fine, coming soon

Looks so boring as as you can’t move. But the graphics and movement on the screen is so appealing and teasing. Just makes you want to dance!
I hope Xbox will take this title in the future.

 

Leap Motion announced a delay of two months in delivery of their controller

Leap Motion announced a delay of two months in delivery of their controller. That made everyone in the industry go bazurk yesterday, since everyone and their family and friends wants to get their hands on that device. I don’t believe the Leap controller is a long term masterpiece, it’s a gadget with a hype that will probably fade away after a year. Who wants to raise their hands all the time to operate the laptop/PC? you’re sitting close anyway. For games, it’s cool, but very limited in movement area for the hand.

The company will (for sure) make their mark on technology, sell millions and will probably fade away in 2016. Enjoy.

Japan Plays Local – and good for them!

The power of local is really strong, it turns out. I just found out the until today xBox sold only 2 million units in Japan, which is close to nothing in xBox numbers and is approximately the number of units Playstation sales in a year.. It seems that the stores in Japan are not even selling xBox games or consoles anymore, cause it just doesn’t sell. On the other hand, sales of Sony Playstation keep raising and local game developers say that it’s due to the local trustworthy of the Sony brand. Good for them.

hardware sales in japan

Sales Source: VGchart
Japan playing playstation

Unlocking the Power of the Web as a Platform for Gaming

Another cool thing I saw at the GDC 2013 was the new Mozilla release that was showcased at the NVIDIA booth:

Enabling to transform any C# or C++ code into Javascript. Yes Yes – the hardest thing in the world to do is now here. Turning millions of codes into a web browser Javascript version.

Let the online games begin!!!!

Activision Real Face Animation Tech

I just got back yesterday from the GDC 2013 in San Francisco. It was a great show, very interesting to see how the games industry is evolving hand to hand with technology from other areas.

Activision released this unbelievable technology that can animate a human in a way that looks and moves almost similarly to a real human, including everything – wrinkles, smile gestures to the smallest detail.

Can’t wait to see this in an actual game! scary shit…

 

The Improved Kinect Version

I just saw the new info about the new Kinect system specifications. The new system called “Durango” (weird choice of name for Microsoft, but than again the Kinect used to be called “Natal” before its launch)  is an improved version due to few features:

  • Skeleton tracking – Multiple players (more than two), detection of sideways positions, and better joints detection
  • More joint points on the skeleton – allows better movement recognition
  • Better IR resolution – Active IR that will enable recognition in worst lighting conditions
  • Larger Field-of-View – will enable to have wider space to play if needed or if players are in different heights.
  • Better accuracy – maybe will finally enable hardcore gamers that want precision to enter the motion world

Microsoft are working hard on getting new buyers, I guess they see the movement towards other game platforms and need to make themselves more attractive and unique to justify the price.

Durango Next-Generation Kinect Sensor

Improved Skeleton – Durango Next-Generation Kinect Sensor

Let’s wait and see

Here’s the link: VGLEAKS