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Guillermo del Toro on At The Mountains of Madness, “It would be fantastic to do it!”

July 12, 2014

So we’re back to the on then off again story of del Toro doing At the Mountains of Madness…. arrrg just make it!  Anyway he’s just done an AMA on Reddit, I was too late to the party but others did get there to ask him about the project and here is his reply:

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If you can’t see the image, then this is what he said:

It would be fantastic to do it! I promise that if we don’t get to do it for some reason, I will do my best to have Universal allow us to publish the book with all the making of, the behind the scenes art that we generated, because it is staggeringly beautiful. But any Lovecraft movie I could do, I would love – I love many of his tales, so if it’s not Mountains, I hopefully can do one day one of his smaller short stories.

So hope is yet alive…

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Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land Wins Another Accolade (Thanks!)

June 20, 2014

Huge thanks to Appszoom who placed the game as best of the Cthulhu themed games on iOS!

We could be talking all night long about Call of Cthulhu: Wasted Land virtues, but if we told you that it’s X-COM meets 1st World War meets Cthulhu, we’re sure you get the whole picture (and a lot of squad members panicking, by the way). One of the best tactical games so far in mobile gaming history, it deserves to be at the top of this list (and many others).

Kaul's Diary: Loading screen for The Plains of Leng

We’re honoured!

PS. The game is on sale on Steam in the Summer Sale. There’s a list of other Cthulhu games on sale here too.

Moscow and Atlanta Join Forces in Video Game Quest

June 20, 2014

Well worth checking out!

Moscow and Atlanta Join Forces in Video Game Quest

Video Game Jam to Focus on Emotional Health and Wellness of Teenagers

Atlanta, GA, USA, June 18, 2014:  Artists, game designers, and developers in Atlanta and Moscow will work together to assist teenagers with emotional health and wellness issues the weekend of June 20th – 22nd, 2014. The 2014 Jennifer Ann’s Group Game Jam is presented by Jennifer Ann’s Group, Southern Polytechnic State University, Teplitsa of Social Technologies, and Georgia Game Developers Association.

A game jam is a gathering of people for the purpose of planning, designing, and creating one or more video games within a short span of time, usually between 24 and 48 hours. Game jams are generally made up of game programmers, game designers, artists, composers, and others who are interested in video game development and design.

Since 2008 Jennifer Ann’s Group has produced video games to prevent teen dating violence. The 2014 Jennifer Ann’s Group Game Jam is the charity’s first game jam and will be working with the participants to develop video games to assist adolescents with issues like bullying, digital abuse, depression, dating violence, and suicide prevention.

The game jam will be held at Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU) in metro Atlanta and Teplitsa of Social Technologies in Moscow. The teams will collaborate via Skype to talk with some of the world’s leading experts on emotional health issues and to discuss game design ideas during the 48 hours of the game jam.

The game jam will kickoff 6PM on June 20th at SPSU. Jennifer Ann’s Group will begin the game jam with an announcement of the winners of their annual game design challenge which began earlier this year on February 15th. This will be followed by a discussion about the health issues facing teenagers and the rules of the game jam. The game jam will conclude 5PM on Sunday, June 22ndwith prizes and awards for the winning games.

To register for the jam, go to:

http://stopTDV.com/2014-summer-game-jam.htm (English)

http://te-st.ru/2014/06/09/game-jam-2014/ (Russian)

Organised by Jennifer Ann’s Group.

Games Killed the Video Star: Five Ways That Play Is Beating TV at It’s Own Game

June 6, 2014

Ahead of going along to DocFest, I’ve got an article on the Huffington Post

I connected to YouTube on a new device recently, so a device without the vast user history Google likes to collect. I noticed at the top of the screen were the top 5 ‘Most Popular Right Now’ videos for the UK. What struck me was that 4 out of 5 were video games. The only non video game offering was a Beyoncé video in second place. First place was taken byPewDiePie and third by the Yogscast people. There was also a lot of Minecraft going on in that top five. If the only name in the last three sentences you recognise is ‘Beyoncé ‘ then I suspect you’re not a gamer and might have missed there’s been a revolution in video content going on with video games at it’s forefront.

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Gone Goat Crazy…

June 4, 2014
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So I missed this the first time around, but feel the need to blog it anyway…

I don’t know if you saw the amazing Dead Island trailer from a couple of years back? It was amazing and a real example of how to create a buzz:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZqrG1bdGtg

Well now you’ve got to see the amazing parody of the Goat Simulator trailer…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvWGLcdI8o8

Join the fun on Steam

Games for Change Europe Talk

June 4, 2014

I’ve very kindly been asked to give a talk at Games for Change Europe. The info is:

10.05 – 10.30 Opening Keynote
Dr. Tomas Rawlings – Design and Production Director, Auroch Digital
Why games need news and why news needs games

There is much more info on the event here and the program is here.

G4C Europe festival banner

My slides are here.

A Visit to DocFest….

June 3, 2014

I’ve been to DocFest in Sheffield a couple of times and it’s always good fun and really fascinating. I’m going to be there again this year at the Crossover Market event as we’ve been selected to show our JtR125 Jack the Ripper Playable Documentary there.  Here’s how it looks:

There is a mailing list for the project and our GTN project too here.

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