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Posted on July 12th, by Steve Hardy in Archives, Miscellany. No Comments

Been wandering around curiously checking out the gaming and virtual world spaces lately. Lots of really cool and very exciting things happening. There’s the phenomenal (and in my opinion well-deserved and totally expected) pre-release buzz surrounding Spore and its great Creature Creator utility. But one other title, an upcoming PS3 game, is also demo-ing some very impressive graphics and functionality. Check out this playful GDC video of Media Molecule‘s LittleBigPlanet:

Way cool!

Oh, and if that doesn’t amaze you, just watch this vid through to the end. Within it could very well be the Holy Grail of gaming.… more

Crayon Physics and Fez

Posted on March 25th, by Steve Hardy in Archives, Miscellany. No Comments

There wasn’t much to it but Line Rider had me hooked for days drawing virtual slopes for a poor fella to sled down. The beauty of that popular game was both its simplicity and its invitation to build many of the variables that influenced the action.

Two other new “homemade” games are expanding on similar foundations and causing quite a stir. Fez and Crayon Physics Deluxe both demo’d at the Independent Games Festival offshoot of the recent Game Developers Conference. Both show that basic premises – a 2D character navigating a 3d world and wax crayon drawings that magically come to life – can captivate and draw audiences.… more

Creative Generalist Q&A: Steven Rechtschaffner

Posted on February 25th, by Steve Hardy in Archives, Interviews, the eclectic curiosity interviews. No Comments

Steven Rechtschaffner is a noted Athlete, Producer and Creative Director. As VP and Creative Director of Electronic Arts he pioneered many sports and action games and created a new brand called EA Sports BIG. A few years back he moved into the role of Chief Creative Officer for the Canadian EA Studio and then into the Creative Director role for the entire Worldwide Studio Group. He stepped down from the company last year and now resides in West Vancouver with his wife and three children.

What have you been up to since leaving EA? What sorts of projects are you working on now?more

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