Wednesday, January 07, 2015


I recently played a lovely little game called "Beeswing", which was another of the Kickstarter gold mines for me last year. Now the developer is trying to get the game on Steam, and I would appreciate it very much if you would go cast a vote in its favor: Beeswing on Greenlight.

Speaking of Kickstarter, Red Door Blue Key mentioned an interesting game this week: Make it so: Into the Stars marks the return of the captain simulator. It looks entirely wonderful, so if you're interested in backing the Kickstarter after having a look, then go here: Into the Stars.

Tom Francis--of RPS and Gunpoint fame--is releasing a video series on making games with Gamemaker, and it's very accessible. If you're curious, have a look: Gunpoints of View: Tom Francis Teaches Gamemaker.

Tom was pretty inspirational to me when I was originally working on Gridiron Solitaire. He didn't know how to program when he started, either.

The Consumer Entertainment Show is in Las Vegas this week, but there just doesn't seem to be the usual excitement this time. LG is expanding their OLED line, which is great news, but there are still issues with manufacturing OLED panels in volume that won't be solved for a while. Panasonic announced a new premium LCD, but the premium LCD they announced at last year's CES still hasn't shipped in the U.S. (oops).

There's a bit of persistent rumor that Oculus Rift (the commercial version) will ship this year, and that would be great, but there's no confirmation on that yet.

I'll tell you what does seem to be getting traction, though, and that's self-driving cars. I told Eli 13.5 yesterday that within 10 years, he'll be sitting in the driver's seat as a car drives itself, at least to some degree, and that his son might never drive a car in the conventional sense.

There's the sticky issue that I like to call "Who dies?" in crash-inevitable situations where the AI has to choose what to do, but eventually, that will be resolved to a generally acceptable degree.

The idea that this will actually exist and be functional someday entirely blows my mind. Hello, 22nd century in the early 21st.

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