Some very interesting information about the most recent sale on Steam. The sales demonstrate some very innovative uses of social media by allowing Steams customers to choose which games will go on sale. Steam has a very active community and so this allows them to receive excellent feedback about what their uses like and don’t like which still maintaining a considerable revenue stream.
Did you buy any games? Tell us which ones in the comments.
Here’s a video showing some pretty amazing technology: simple but effective. Personally,I’m not looking forward to this stuff entering the world of first-person shooters. I already duck and weave when I play them, which amuses the kids no end =).
There’s some very interesting data compiled in this infographic. What is fascinating is how much Facebook dominates. The question everyone wants to know is will it continue? I expect over the forthcoming year we’ll see an increase in the use of Twitter and possibly Google Plus as well.
This commercial is a beautiful use of narrative to draw the viewers in. The stories are personal and unusual. The build-up is spine-tingling. They’re compelling. You need to know what happens, which is indicative of quality storytelling. It’s almost textbook. However, I have to ask, does it work as an ad?
Goodreads have published a great infographic detailing the top 5 books that their readers have abandoned. What I find particularly interesting is the points at which people abandon books. It seems that if a reader gets past the first hundred pages of a novel most will finish it. Great stuff.
The ad is very clever, but what I particularly love is the fact that the effect wasn’t achieved in post-production. It’s all old-school and that makes it very special in this predominantly Photoshopped world.
If you’re having difficulty breaking out of those bad habits like not exercising, eating the wrong foods, smoking or watching too much Game of Thrones, then why not try turning your life into a roleplaying game? HabitRPG allows you to establish a character – which is you. You then assign goals and and by achieving them, you not only your specified rewards (like being allowed to watch GoT) you also get to level up and receive treasure within the game. Failing to achieve your goals or falling back into bad habits results in you losing health. It’s a lot like Nethack or Rogue.
It’s a great idea and a potentially useful tools for die-hard gamers that are having difficulty remembering to eat, exercise and sometimes even bathing (you know who you are =). It’s just another way you can improve your life through using gamification to assist in your motivations.
If you’re a virile, young male (or an old fart, like me) you’re probably quite keen to see this vision of augmented reality implemented as soon as possible. The prospect of having all that data immediately available is intoxicating. I suspect, it will be very much like having a smart phone now, always connected socially with information at your fingertips. However, I have to say that a future where you can look at someone and immediately bring up their social network profile is kind of creepy. Is that where we’re headed with this technology?
This video is along the same lines. Is AR only really useful for socially insecure men or will everyone be using this technology soon to get laid? Will women (or gay men) have a boner alert popup? Will Google Glass come with a wetness index already implemented or will you have to install the spot the dot app? Sex is a powerful motivator for new technology. Some say, VHS won the war against Betammax because more porn was available on it.
But, how far is too far, or does this technology really just break down the barriers we naturally establish to protect ourselves? If that’s the case, why do all these concept videos show cads? Is the future dystopian, rife with invasions of privacy and what can be done to prevent it?
Some of these technologies are already available. The Pool playing assistant has already been featured on Stephen Fry’s Gadgets.
Of course, one trick to thwart the invasion of your privacy is to not post any personal information online, but how do you stop biometric information being scanned and analysed? Will countermeasures be the next thing we see implemented?
All I know is that I hope I never have to date again. it all sounds too hard.
Here’s a really clever commercial by Samsung demonstrating a wonderful aspect of human psychology: that preconceptions about a product heavily influence our concepts of quality.
What is particularly interesting is that they change over time. Years ago, using a handycam to do a professional video was considered a sign of an amateur – even if the quality was comparable to a ‘pro-camera’. Now that’s what most of the pros use themselves, or they use tablets and phone cameras. It would be interesting to see this demonstration done in ten years time and see how people’s attitudes have changed.
Here’s a really great video demonstration of how the latest technology is changing cinema. Most of these shots would not be possible five or ten years ago and the ones that were possible would have been prohibitively expensive. While I expect this rig is not cheap, the use of the latest tools and digital cinema allows the camera to go to the places and to show events like nothing before. And that has got to be great for storytelling possibilities.