Games We Play

Ian Bennett created a neat little animation that’s part of a travel series called “Follow the Foot”, using the Superhumanoids’ Cranial Contest music. It’s all about the games we play as a kid… and some still do secretly when they’re over 30.


President Makes Reddit Appearance

President Obama made a surprise appearance in a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” thread as part of the President’s campaign stop in Charlottesville, Virginia.  The traffic caused by this event caused the popular site to experience outages.

“I was sitting in [the University of Virginia’s] Alderman Library when I came up with the name ‘Reddit,’ and I never could’ve imagined that seven years later, the president of the United States would be using it — let alone from the same place!” said Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian.

Significant to Reddit and everyone who uses the Internet for their business, the President fielded a question on Internet freedom and what his polices were. “Internet freedom is something I know you all care passionately about; I do too,” responded Obama. “We will fight hard to make sure that the Internet remains the open forum for everybody – from those who are expressing an idea to those to want to start a business. And although there will be occasional disagreements on the details of various legislative proposals, I won’t stray from that principle – and it will be reflected in the platform.”

Obama has done many social media trysts during his Presidency, participating in a Twitter town hall, a LinkedIn townhall, and also answered Facebook users’ questions from the company’s headquarters.

“I want to thank everybody at Reddit for participating – this is an example of how technology and the internet can empower the sorts of conversations that strengthen our democracy over the long run. AND REMEMBER TO VOTE IN NOVEMBER – if you need to know how to register, go to {link no longer active}. By the way, if you want to know what I think about this whole Reddit experience – NOT BAD!” said the President in farewell.

Source: Washington Post

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Trailer

Counter-Strike has long be a staple of multiplayer action on the PC and now it’s moved onto PS3 and Xbox 360 with Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. It’s a Valve product, so that means they have a nifty opening video, but this is different than their usual fare.

While this video shows all the signs of a Valve product, including professional cinematography, it is purposefully lacking any humor. The video still does a great job of subtly introducing gameplay elements available in the game itself with a tension filled plot between special operations soldiers and terrorists.


Lose Your Hangups, Embrace Good Times

The reserved Lauren & the irrepressible Katie are polar opposites who become roommates & find themselves in business together. “For a Good Time, Call…” {link no longer active} is a guy movie with girls in it and Focus Features have launched several interactive engagements for the film.

The “Sexy Soundboard” is an interactive keyboard {link no longer active} that lets fans create the perfect commercial for 1-877-MMM-HMMM Try our soundboard and share your creation on our wall! Press the corresponding keys on your keyboard or click the keys to play your favorite sounds. Record your track and share with friends!

An age restricted mode allows fans that register to access saucier material.

Visit the destination URL {link no longer active} and enter for a chance to win prizes every day. Follow @GoodTimeMovie and tweet your thoughts on the film #GoodTimeMovie. The Daily Prize Pack includes Pink Retro Phone Handset, Cell Phone Cover w/Cleaner, T-Shirt and a Custom Nail Polish Set and the Weekly Prize Pack includes $500 for Shopping Sprees, covering Your Phone Bill and More!

On Pinterest, both Lauren and Katie have their own Boards and fans can share For A Good Time Cards. Additional boards like “For a Girls’ Night In” and “For a Girls’ Night Out” gather pins of different treats and snacks. A Board of entirely Pink phones adds a nice touch.


Square Enix Launches Browser-Based Game Service

Square Enix has launched a new browser-based gaming service called CoreOnline. Currently, this Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer supported service features Hitman: Blood Money and Mini Ninjas, with Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light and Tomb Raider: Underworld promised soon.

“Square Enix is at the forefront of experimentation of new business and services models in the game industry,” said CEO Yoichi Wada. “Through our CoreOnline technology service, users can access our content easily through the browser.”

Games are divided into chapters and players can watch ads during breaks between chapters or pay a small fee. Save data is all stored in the cloud, allowing players to pick up their progress at any point and continue.

Sony Files Patent For Game-Like TV Ads

A new patent by Sony could make TV commercials more interactive. One suggestion is that users could shout “McDonalds” in order to skip the rest of a McDonalds ad, not unlike what some Internet ads have you do – typing in some brand word to skip the rest of a video ad.

This patent goes beyond mere voice recognition, however. Suggested genres include shooting, racing, trivia and fighting games, with one example in particular given of using a motion controller to throw a “pickle” at the screen to complete a hamburger.

While there are some obvious issues with discrepancy, people’s individual TV set ups and what sort of hardware they have to use, there’s still vast potential. Data could be collected from such actions and make TV ads a more worthwhile experience, rather than something that’s muted and looked away from.

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Lance Armstrong Sponsorships May Yet Endure

Lance Armstrong recently gave up his fight against the USADA charges that he used performance-enhancing drugs. While this bans him from the sport of cycling for the rest of his life, and will likely see all of his accolades and wins striped from him in an official capacity, sponsors appear to be sticking with him for now.

Nike, the world’s largest sportswear maker, beer company Anheuser-Busch and sunglasses maker Oakley all said they will be standing by the cyclist. Other sponsors, such as bike-maker Trek Bicycle Corp and fitness club operator 24 Hour Fitness said they were monitoring the situation.

“Lance has stated his innocence and has been unwavering on this position. Nike plans to continue to support Lance and the Lance Armstrong Foundation, a foundation that Lance created to serve cancer survivors,” Nike said in a statement.

Armstrong’s final statement on the matter of performance-enhancing drugs asserted his innocence while capitulating to the charges by the USADA. This amounts to a plea of “no contest” where he accepts the punishment, but won’t go in front of the arbitration on the matter, which would have likely put him in a damning light by those accusing him

Still, Armstrong has raised $470 million for cancer research, in part through the 84 million yellow bands it has distributed. Robert Boland, professor of sports management at New York University, said that the biker’s work work on cancer will help blunt the impact of the doping allegations. “His story has not been diminished. Here’s a guy who essentially was at death’s door with cancer and came back. That example still makes him very compelling,” Boland said.

Still, Boland notes it could be difficult for Armstrong to continue to endorse bicycles or bicycle equipment since he can no longer appear at competitions. “If he can’t show up at certain events, how do you use him ”

Armstrong makes $150,000 per speaking engagement, which he does about twenty per year. Bill Stapleton, Armstrong’s agent, predicts that Armstrong will remain “incredibly marketable” because his fans will stay loyal. “I think if we talked in five years, he’ll still be making speeches, he’ll still have his sponsors, and his foundation will have made over a billion dollars,” said Stapleton.

The Lance Armstrong Foundation actually saw a 30 percent spike in donations after the cyclist’s public statement on the matter. SportsOneSource analyst Matt Powell thinks some sponsors will lay low for a while and base their next actions on what has come to light.

“I don’t think it will affect his sponsors unless at some point it’s proven that he’s taken drugs,” Powell said.

AB InBev confirmed Armstrong would continue to be a spokesman for its beer, Michelob Ultra. “He has inspired millions with his athletic achievement and his commitment to helping cancer survivors and their families,” said Paul Chibe, vice president of U.S. marketing.

Honey Stinger, a maker of energy bars and gels that Armstrong also co-owns, will continue working with him and will continue to support the Lance Armstrong Foundation. There was no immediate comment from Armstrong’s other corporate sponsors, including RadioShack and exercise bike maker Johnson Health Tech.

George Belch, a founder of San Diego State University’s Sports Business MBA program, thinks his retirement means he isn’t a big brand target anymore, but will continue to be attractive to smaller brands. “I don’t see the Fortune 500 companies knocking on his door anymore,” Belch said.


Looper – The 8-Bit Game

Looper is a futuristic sci-fi noir film where a mob killer is tasked with killing his future self, which has been sent back 30 years in the future. With this knowledge, watch this amusing 8-bit rendering of the movie made while Deepak Chetty was waiting for other renders to go through.

Zynga Chief Creative Officer Departs To Found Mobile Studio

Zynga chief creative officer Mike Verdu has left the company, following soon after the departure of COO John Schappert. Verdu will start his own mobile company and the departure appears to be an amicable one.

“I personally don’t want to add to the noise level,” said Verdu. “I think this will be a good thing for me and for Zynga. I’m concerned about how this might be viewed with what else is going on, but it’s not a function of anything else going on at the company. I love the guys that I work with; I would go to war with these guys at my side anytime. Leaving them is hard.”

“Mike has been a good friend to me personally as well as professionally, and has been an influential creative leader to us all,” said Zynga CEO Mark Pincus in a statement. “I’m proud of the legacy that Mike has helped build and the deep bench of creative talent and leaders who will carry the torch and shape the next wave of creativity at Zynga. Zynga will be on the ground floor with Mike on his next venture as an investor in his new start-up. We are excited for Mike in this next chapter in his distinguished career and we are grateful for his contributions to Zynga.”

Source: AllThingsD