“For here am I sitting in a tin can, far above the world. Planet Earth is blue and there’s nothing I can do.”—David Bowie, “Space Oddity” Damien Chazelle’s First Man didn’t achieve box-office escape velocity this past weekend, but in time, it will be recognized as a great film. Part of its virtue stems from being a psychological inquiry into Neil Armstrong (it’s about the man more than the mission) balanced with some mind-throttling sequences of interplanetary peril that express — better, perhaps, than any other movie before it — the claustrophobic danger of early space travel. This isn’t to say that visiting the stars looks easy in most movies, but our conception of it has significantly drifted from the truth, in large part thanks to science fiction. Take the franchise with the longest dilithium footprint: Star Trek. The USS Enterprise of the Original Series (1966-69) would occasionally have a submarine-like … [Read more...] about First Man and how sci-fi movies warped our idea of space travel
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Guerrilla Games is expanding, and with expansion comes the need for a larger office space. In early 2019, Guerrilla Games will move into a new five-floor office located in the former Telegraaf building on the Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal in Amsterdam. The building is currently under renovation, and the five floors Guerrilla will lease are 7,300 square meters (78,576.55 square feet) of total space. “I’ve been looking for room for growth for three or four years,” Guerrilla Games CEO Hermen Hulst told Het Parool. “That’s hardly possible in Amsterdam, which will be the base for Guerrilla.” “For ten years we do not have to worry about our accommodation anymore.” Hulst went on to say the new office will turned “into a palace,” filed with statues of Guerrilla game characters, and a communal space will take up the topmost floor (thanks, Push Square). Five floors will definitely provide plenty of room for the current 250 current … [Read more...] about Horizon Zero Dawn success leads to big new office and expansion for Guerrilla
We’re proud to announce that we’ve been recognized by San Francisco Business Times’ and Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 2018 Best Places to Work List for the second consecutive year! At Unity, we work hard to ensure that all Unity employees come to work feeling comfortable, supported and inspired. In the past year alone, we are proud to have offered an enhanced set of employee benefits including commuter and fitness benefits, back-up child care, infertility coverage, increased mental health benefits and disability coverage. We understand that employees have a life outside of work and do our best to ensure employees are healthy and balanced, both at the office and at home. We have an entire team dedicated to workplace experience, both in our San Francisco office and globally. Our office is outfitted with optimized work spaces, snacks and engaging activities such as yoga classes or meditation workshops to create the ideal work environment. In addition to our … [Read more...] about Unity recognized as #8 Best Place to Work in the Bay Area – Unity Blog
Last February, Playground Games revealed plans to "to test [itself] in a different genre". By November, the Forza Horizon dev confirmed it was working on an open world action RPG, having secured a new 200-person-sized office space. Now, reports suggest a new Fable game is being worked on with Playground at the helm. While as yet unconfirmed by Microsoft, Eurogamer reports the publisher has handed the reins to Playground, which, if true, comes less than two years after the closure of series masterminds Lionhead Studios. The death of Lionhead in 2016 marked the end of co-operative ARPG spin-off Fable Legends, however it's understood that this iteration of Albion will be a big-budget, story-driven main series entry. Speaking to EG, Fable co-creator Dene Carter spoke of "slightly mixed feelings" when considering a new Fable game. "On the one hand it's great for the UK games industry, and very pleasing that Fable isn't dead," he said. "Indeed, it will be lovely to … [Read more...] about A new Fable game is reportedly in the works at Playground Games
Fable 4 – from a studio previously dedicated to car games? Hell, why not. Fable 4 may be in the works at Forza Horizon developer Playground Games, according to a trail of Internet sleuthing that caused me to bite through my teacup in excitement. Let’s start with some established facts: Playground Games is working on an open world RPG, and has expanded its office space and poached a bunch of UK talent to do so. Now let’s look at something less concrete: according to a user on ResetEra, the quasi-successor to NeoGAF, a bunch of upcoming Xbox One titles were leaked to developers via the Xbox Live API. As reported by WCCFTech, the alleged former Xbox game developer did not share the full details of the leak, they hinted at imminent Sea of Thieves and Crackdown 3 betas, a third-person Perfect Dark game developed by The Coalition and another team, four-player campaign co-op for Crackdown 3, a Forza Horizon game set in Japan, Age of Empires 4, a Halo mode with a really … [Read more...] about Holy shit, is that open world RPG the Forza Horizon team is working on actually Fable 4?