Daily Archives: April 30, 2019

Gaming and VR at SXSW 2019

A look at VR and gaming on the final day of SXSW 2019. There was also a cosplay competition and, at night, a party with bands.

VR experience with large display
At the Alienware Outpost, SXSW 2019
At the Alienware Outpost, SXSW 2019
Explaining VR
Founder of Radical Empathy, Billy Joe Cain
cute face on monitor
Groove Catcher prize winning VR game
many gamers and computer
SXSW 2019
gaming competition
SXSW 2019
Young man standing and using VR
artistic VR game landscape
fans watching a video game
a couple watching a video game
computer game competition
African-American woman playing a video game
One Passion portraits at Alien Outpost
Video game competition at Alien Outpost, SXSW 2019
Flyquest Announcers discussing gaming
gamer at Alien Outpost, SXSW 2019
Screen displaying game and four players

Bubiko at SXSW 2019

Bubiko and SXSW... what a time!

music at SXSW
3how Beach Road
If you'd like to know about Bubiko's adventures in Asia, search this blog.
Here is Bubiko's Instagram account.
And, here are Bubiko's adventures in the first part of 2019, including the presentation at MIT.

Cosplay at SXSW 2019

If you are interested in cosplay, you may like these photos from a Hong Kong event. camera: iPhone 6s.

enchantress
A charming woman whose name and character I did not get. If you happen to know her, or any of teh other cosplayers, kindly share this link with them. or just add the name of the character in the comments section. Thank you!

Information about the winners and judges here, at the SXSW page.

Games: Does anybody remember laughter?

Laughter makes us feel better. It's cheaper than chocolate and needs no prescription. 

I googled "humor in gamemaking". Not a lot of posts, and most were not new. It seems no one shares my dream of 25 million Fortnite players laughing so hard they shoot milk through their noses. Or spaghetti.

The first suggestion from Google was from Makansutra, a great article by Bob Mackey

Forget photorealism and perfected motion controls; if there's anything we need to aspire to in video games, it's simply being funnier.

Bob Mackey

Bob is on twitter: @bobservo. He co-hosts Retronauts and hosts Talking Simpsons and What a Cartoon!

The second post-- from 2012, is also on Gamasutra. Written by Dan Cook, it is very informative, and full of links. It also includes the world's funniest joke (according to American men).

Two hunters are out in the woods when one of them collapses. He doesn't seem to be breathing and his eyes are glazed. The other guy takes out his phone and calls the emergency services.

He gasps: "My friend is dead! What can I do?" The operator says: "Calm down, I can help. First, let's make sure he's dead." There is a silence, then a gunshot is heard.

Back on the phone, the guy says: "OK, now what?"

Dan Cook is on twitter: danctheduck, and the Chief Creative officer of Spryfox.  Blog

There are games that are obviously flat-out comedies, like the Borderlands series. Other titles, like Left 4 Dead, feature constant quipping by characters, and by movie standards could easily be described as comedic.
But looking at games you'll notice that, by their very nature, they are comedic. Even ultra-serious dramas can become comedic by virtue of allowing you, the player, to do things that go against their style...

The quote above is from Matthias Zarzecki's excellent article, What Makes Games Funny? A Look at Comedy and Humour in Video Games. Another one of the top Google suggestions, another one that is not current.Matthias' website is surprising and impressive: it's full of coding mathematics related to iOS and Unity Development.

So there you have it. I am a writer, a creative guy, a gamemaker and very interested in AR. Would be very happy to work with people to make game players laugh. I am serious.

Music: SXSW 2019

an overview of all of SXSW is here…

David Aguilar: Five Latin Grammy nominations
Guy from Ohio University at Japanese expo
Stevie Ray Vaughn: wall of Snapchat House
Pablo Trujillo on Spotify
On the street...
Street corner as stage
Orions Belte
Pat Byrne, as part of the Irish Breakfast at B.D. Rileys
B.D. Rileys, on a Sunday. This photo was taken from the sidewalk: the space behind the stage was open. Do not know the band's name unfortunately, but will never forget their HARP + attitude + fun cover of Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap. It was just a little breakaway in a medley that rocked, rocked, rocked. (Yes, a harp, the stand up kind, or the ones that angels float around with. Not a blues harp (harmonica).
One string washtub bass. B.D. Riley's again.
In the front yard of the house where O. Henry used to live. One of my all time favorite songs.
Yellow Fang Band
Yellow Fang (Music here.)
Furutori
St. Lo, from Montreal.
French for rabbits
Jonz
Jonathon Bree
Riders Against the Storm
Elephant Gym, from Taiwan. Math rock.
David Byrne Reasons to Be Cheerful

All photos taken with an iPhone6s.