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+ - How Unity3D Became a Game-Development Beast->

Submitted by Nerval's Lobster
Nerval's Lobster (2598977) writes "In the early 2000s, three young programmers without much money gathered in a basement and started coding what would become one of the most widely used pieces of software in the video game industry. “Nobody really remembers how we survived in that period except we probably didn’t eat much,” said David Helgason, the CEO and co-founder of Unity Technologies, maker of the Unity3D game engine. A decade later, untold numbers of developers have used Unity3D to make thousands of video games for mobile devices, consoles, browsers, PCs, Macs, and even Linux. The existence of Unity3D and similar products (such as the Unreal Engine and CryEngine) helped democratize game development, making the kinds of tools used by the world’s largest game companies available to developers at little or no cost. This has helped developers focus less on creating a video game’s underlying technology and more on the artistic and creative processes that actually make games fun to play. In this article, Helgason talks about how Final Cut Pro helped inspire his team during the initial building stages, how it's possible to create a game in Unity without actually writing code, and how he hopes to make the software more of a presence on traditional consoles despite Unity3D being several years late to supporting the PS3 and Xbox 360."
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+ - ARM powered programmable guitar effects pedal funded on Kickstarter->

Submitted by Pond823
Pond823 (643768) writes "The tech collective Rebel Technologies have put a Cortex-M4 ARM processor in a guitar foot pedal and have got crowdfunding from Kickstarter to turn it into a platform for music techs to write their own DSP sound effects in C++ and use them in live shows without having their laptops getting stolen or needing to be rebooted between or during songs. The project is open source and a community is beginning to be shaped around it for programmers to share effect patches and musicians to download them and install them into their pedals. The OWL Kickstarter project is still live, and there are a bunch of interesting stretch goals still to be reached."
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Comment: Class system (Score 1) 395

by Pond823 (#41183755) Attached to: Can the UK Create Something To Rival Silicon Valley?
Speaking in as computer scientist from London, and having worked at several unsuccessful start ups, watched others in similar start ups based in the UK and who have friends in the EU who are at successful start-ups, the one anecdotal piece of advise I have is this - Don't let public school 'boys' anywhere near your c-suite. They can't fathom how to work in a cooperative manner, and only see relationships in terms of being beneath or above. They tend to hire old school 'chums' instead of talent and lack creative ability. The only good thing they are good at is bring in investment, which is a bloody shame.
Toys

Building the LEGO MMO 116

Posted by Soulskill
from the brick-by-brick dept.
Gamasutra has a lengthy interview with NetDevil's Ryan Seabury, creative director for LEGO Universe, which is due to launch next month. He talks about some of the difficulties in graphically optimizing a game with so many discrete, interactive objects, and mentions that they'll be keeping an eye out for inappropriate contructs to avoid problems similar to those that cropped up with Spore. "One thing we can say is when you build models you have your own property, and you can share that if you want to. If you share something publicly, it will be monitored by a human before it's seen by other people." Seabury also explains their desire to keep the game simple, using players' creativity as a driving force, as well as NetDevil's decision to stay away from a micro-transaction business model.
Earth

Scientists Cut Greenland Ice Loss Estimate By Half 414

Posted by samzenpus
from the not-so-bad-after-all dept.
bonch writes "A new study on Greenland's and West Antarctica's rate of ice loss halves the estimate of ice loss. Published in the journal Nature Geoscience, the study takes into account a rebounding of the Earth's crust called glacial isostatic adjustment, a continuing rise of the crust after being smashed under the weight of the Ice Age. 'We have concluded that the Greenland and West Antarctica ice caps are melting at approximately half the speed originally predicted,' said researcher Bert Vermeeersen."
Image

The Real 'Stuff White People Like' 286

Posted by samzenpus
from the taking-a-closer-look dept.
Here's an interesting and funny look at 526,000 OkCupid users, divided into groups by race and gender and all the the things each groups says it likes or is interested in. While it is far from being definitive, the groupings give a glimpse of what makes each culture unique. According to the results, white men like nothing better than Tom Clancy, Van Halen, and golfing.
Privacy

Big Brother In the School Cafeteria? 425

Posted by samzenpus
from the getting-an-A-in-cafeteria dept.
AustinSlacker writes "An Iowa school district's lunch program asks children as young as 5 years old to memorize a four-digit PIN code so it can monitor what they eat in the school cafeteria - prompting some parents to claim it's an unhealthy case of 'Big Brother.' An over reaction by parents or an unnecessary invasion of privacy?"

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