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Alumni Game in Development

In my first year module on Games Development Studies one of the things that seems to stick with students as they progress through their course is Naches. No, I don’t mean the tasty tortilla based snack. Naches is derived from a yiddish word nakhes and means pride in the achievements of another person, such as a child or a mentee.

Naches is something that we experience a lot when we see students graduate and move on to bigger and better things, but frustratingly when students work for larger games companies they often have to sign nondisclosure agreements, which means that whenever I catch up with them and ask them what they are working the most common reply is “Sorry, I can’t tell you that”.

In contrast, when ex-students are working in smaller groups and need to get the word out about their games they love to talk about them. Sometimes they even provide a video and reach out across social media, just like Yacine did.

Yacine has been working on a game called Ellipsis. It looks to me like Geometry Wars with a touch interface, it looks very pretty, and sounds good too. All good things in a game. To get the word out Yancine has made this demo video:

You can find out more about ellipsis, and it’s upcoming release to the Apple App Store and Google Play here:

Well, it’s been far too long since I updated my blog, but I reckon that this video is really worth watching. Especially for students who want to make games, either while their still at University, or after they leave.

It’s an awesome (and risky) idea. It very much reminds me of a game I’ve blogged about previously called Glitchhiker:

Google Glass

On Friday one (of I think three) departmental google glasses landed on my desk.

The google glass offers a small semi transparent screen just above your line of sight, a speaker and microphone, a camera and some intuitive swipe interactions on one of the arms. As google co-founder Serget Brin explains in this TED Talk the vision for google glass was to deliver  information to users in a less invasive way that through more traditional mobile devices

So far, it kind of does what it’s meant to. I don’t see it as the end point, but there is certainly potential. The voice control and the swiping works fairly well, but it seems the vision is that people wear these things all the time. At the moment I’m putting it on to use it, using it and then taking it off again. It does also get pretty hot after a short amount of use.


Obligatory google #glassSelfie

I think for Google glass is very much still early days. It’s not going to be adopted in it’s current form. Even though it’s impressively small it still feels intrusive and not something I can imagine people using all the time. It’s also very expensive. I can see so interesting uses for this in the future though. So far the highlight has been watching my niece staring at the living room ceiling using star chart to read out the names of stars and planets she could see!