Magician Alex Stone has explored why magic works and it only gets more interesting the further into the rabbit hole you go. I’m a sucker for magic and I’d love to find a way to get more magic into video games.
It looks like this year could see some really nifty developments in the world of game engines. I’ve already looked at Unreal Engine 4 and now Unity 4 news has been announced.
Here’s a fellow with a super-popped collar that explains some of the new things in Unity:
The new character animation technology looks rather promising and may make it easier to produce crowds and make them look real. There is a focus on improving workflows for studios in Unity 4 – including a Linux build!
There’s a whole load of new features including exporting to Flash (still no HTML5) and DirectX 11 support. What I’d really love to see is a visual editor included by default.
Unity 4 should be released in the last quarter of 2012.
They Live (wiki, IMDB) is a movie about a man who is down and out with nothing left to lose. Until, that is, he gets a special pair of sunglasses which allows him to see the world the way it really is. It turns out our world is governed by aliens that treat humanity as a banana republic.
It’s worth noting that Duke Nukem 3D (and the character) took a lot of inspiration and lines from They Live.