Posts added by max


26 May 2009
Onteca Blog

Onteca has been blogging for some months now, with lots of insight into games and new media production. With two games in production, and a constant process of research and development backing up our future activity, it might be worth a look. Only solid ‘news’ will make it onto the front page from now on, still the ephemera of creativty and ongoing business may amuse.

21 May 2009
Unarmed but Dangerous

kfflid1Long-time Onteca collaborator and friend made two films last year. One was produced by Onteca, one was made for Film Lounge by another chap with Onteca connections, Xavier Leret. This other film is called ‘Kung Fu Flid’.

They kidnapped his kid
They shot his wife
They messed with the wrong flid!

If you are a fan of great action films with laughs and sharp dialogue then this one is for you. (As long as you are prepared for a little sick humour along the way).

Kung Fu Flid is available to stream at Film Lounge.

Or watch the trailer

14 May 2009
LOlCode

There is a programming language that obeys some of the structural impulses of the infamous LOLCats invented dialect, or something like that. Dan and Ben suggested that I didn’t blog about it, as it takes a coder to truly get the joke (or explain it).

Well, this will persuade Dan or Ben to add their own comments.

In the meantime, there is something very dizzying about a comedy Internet meme involving fluffi kittehs transforming into an example of post-scarcity, ludic, agalmic potlatch.

Hurrah.
kthnxbye

07 Apr 2009
Recommended training run by another organisation

There is a current and rather excellent training scheme delivered on behalf of North West Vision and Media. (Except it closed on the 17th of April, and we are now interviewing for those shortlisted).

Aimed at people who want to be producers in the multi-platform future.

This is a great opportunity for paid training  and eventual placements with great companies like the BBC, McCann Erickson and (cough) Onteca.

This is a chance to become part of what is a very exciting world.

02 Apr 2009
MIPTV and the astonishing fact of its relevance to Onteca

blog-for1An industry event that appears to be useful and thought-provoking. Then again we are living in ‘interesting times’, especially for old media. I’m tempted to point out ‘all their base r belong to us’, were that not all a little 1997.

In the meantime, it looks like the ARG horse is still being flogged, Was there ever a point  in time when this particular format was alive, rather than just a seam of digital fake-gold seeded in the internets to lure investors? Thing is, giving life to simulacra is what we do, so maybe the next iteration will go beyond the existing tiny demographic into a mass market or two.

Oh, and they have finally noticed that ‘gaming is a force to be reckoned with‘.  Astonishing, although the speaker admits the old media industry is still sceptical. The guy who posted the article added his own comment, as you will see if you look closely at the following: (http://www.reedmidem.com/mipblog/index.php/2009/04/02/108-arse)

Onteca’s forays into the merging of of gaming and TV have shown plenty of scope for the field. In fact our collaboration with the BBC for the Brainbox Challenge series of games has become a talked-about proto-type of the genre, demonstrating the truly disruptive potential of this approach.

Onteca is going to do  further work in this area. Three of our programmers have just returned from BBC training in MHEG, a language for creating terrestrial interative TV. Under a hundred people in the country can code using this rather useful language.

Good job, though, that we didn’t pursue our plan to create a widget for helping content creators to make interactive TV. As it seems Yahoo had the same idea. Reason why Onteca has a policy of not getting over concerned with IP;  if your idea is any good, someone else is thinking along the same lines anyway.

Still, looks like an entertaining event. Made us hungry for more. Roll on BTween, which is in Liverpool this year.

17 Feb 2009
Game Creation teaches Young People – New York and Wirral

Over on Boing Boing, my own favourite blog, I noticed that they are rather excited by a new school that engages young people by utilising the process of Games Design. Making games is almost as much fun (even more fun?) than playing them, and involves a range of different subjects from story-telling through text and image, to advanced mathematics, to design, to historical research. As well as the IT skills you would expect.

Boing Boing are excited by ‘Quest to learn’, a school in NYC.

‘Man, that sounds good enough to move to NYC for,’ says the chap at Boing Boing. Well he doesn’t need to, as long as he is living on the Wirral. ‘Over-the-water’, Onteca has been running a very similar course for dis-engaged young people for the last two years. It is going well.

Glad to see our American Cousins are catching up with the Innovative approaches we are developing in Merseyside.