The easiest way to think about procedural generation is by imagining a huge grid of square cells, where each cell has a chance to become black or white. A set of simple rules are put in place to set the scene: If a white cell has less than two black cells neighbouring it, it becomes a black cell. If a white cell has two or three white cell neighbours, it stays unchanged. If a white cell has more than three white celled neighbours, it becomes a black cell. If a black cell has exactly three white celled neighbours, it becomes a white cell too. These simple rules can lead to strange outcomes. From infinite loops, to geometric shapes, to two-dimensional cave systems in video games, each mimicking the equally simple behavior of cellular automata. Like cellular automata, through procedural generation things are built not authorially by hand but by algorithm. The results are often random, and can be infinite and varied. So if you're building levels of meandering caverns or creating vast … [Read more...] about BadCupid: Procedural romance in a digital world
SPIDER-MAN could help you get a high-flying job in the digital world – sort of. It's thanks to a new partnership between Vodafone and Sony Pictures aimed at matching Britain's young people to their dream careers. The "groundbreaking" collaboration will see Sony Pictures use December's release of the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse movie to promote Vodafone's Future Jobs Finder. The Future Jobs Finder launched back in March, and helps you find digital jobs – some which you probably never knew existed. It "gamifies" the process, using quick psychometric tests to work out what you're good at. It also identifies your interests, which can then be mapped to "the most appropriate job category in the digital economy". You'll then be directed to specific job opportunities in your chosen location. And unsurprisingly, a few Vodafone jobs will be up for grabs in the process too. You can use the online tool to access digital skills training providers, and many of the courses available … [Read more...] about Vodafone’s job-finder game can find you a high-flying digital job – and it’s backed by SPIDER-MAN
UK-based indie studio PlayFusion has announced the launch of its “ground-breaking” Lightseekers mobile game today. Lightseekers is a multi-media game experience, and this mobile game allows you to play the Lightseekers TCG online by scanning the physical cards into the game. Lightseekers is a multi-media mega-game experience by Cambridge indie studio PlayFusion. They launched a successful Kickstarter for the project in 2016, and it included an action RPG, Lightseekers Awakening, the Lightseekers Trading Card Game, as well as action figures, all of which could interact with each other via augmented reality or serve as standalone experiences. Today, the Lightseekers TCG mobile game launched for Android and iPhone, which allows you to play the card game digitally online. With the Lightseekers mobile TCG, you can scan your physical Lightseekers cards and use them to create decks. You can then play these decks against AI opponents for … [Read more...] about Lightseekers Mobile TCG Lets You Scan Your Cards and Play Digitally
Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One is being billed as a science fiction adventure, which makes sense. Most of it takes place in a Virtual Reality playground in which anything is possible. The playground — an immersive video game known as the OASIS — is the brainchild of James Halliday (Mark Rylance), a reclusive, awkward genius who designed it to bring people together. The movie believes in his vision, depicting the OASIS as a pop culture melting pot where everyone can be the purest version of themselves. The OASIS is enticing because it could be real, but it loses much of its impact because one of its major aspects is entirely unbelievable. A social media platform that remains civil without any formal moderation is the most fantastical element of Ready Player One, and that overlooks everything we know about the Internet. [Warning: This post contains spoilers for Ready Player One.] Though the OASIS is an exaggeration, the core idea isn’t all that far removed … [Read more...] about Ready Player One’s virtual world is unrealistically utopian
There's nothing in the world like a good god game. Ever since 2001, I've held onto my original copy of Black & White, keeping it safe and secure in its weathered old CD sleeve. Developed by the now-defunct Lionhead Studios and spearheaded by Peter Molyneux, Black & White still charms me every time I fire it up and meet the two halves of my conscience all over again. Or maybe it charms me when this earworm starts up. Or when I have a mountain-sized unicorn squat and poop on an enemy's house. Other than perhaps Molyneux's own Populous or Godus, Black & White is the perfect encapsulation of the 'god game' - a genre that seems to be all but extinct, with relatively few titles even attempting to emulate these bygone designs, and even fewer making significant waves. So where did all the god games go, and can they ever be brought back? The definition of a god Compared to genres like first-person shooter, the descriptor 'god game' feels nebulous and vague. General consensus is that … [Read more...] about Will the world ever believe in god games again?