Yesterady, I had the pleasure to give a presentation on the Future of Entertainment in Luxembourg, for LU-CIX, http://www.lu-cix.lu/speakers-list.html
LU-CIX stands for Luxembourg Commercial Internet exchange. LU-CIX was founded in 2009 based on a cross-industries initiative set up by major national and international Internet players, with the aim of developing the Internet in Luxembourg.
Have you GREAT IDEAS with KINECT ? Official Kinect Developer Kit is now available for download ! via @davidmerzel’s BLOG
When we launched Kinect last year it was greeted with amazing enthusiasm by consumers, resulting in sales of over 10m units at last count – and a place in the Guinness World Book of Records as the fastest selling consumer electronics device of all time. Another community greeted Kinect with just as much enthusiasm – developers. Developers, developers, developers – they took to Kinect in an instant, surprising Microsoft with the breadth of their imagination.
As of 16th of June, the SDK is officially available for download
– at no cost – from Microsoft Research. It provides access to Kinect’s “raw sensor streams” – which means developers can work with the high speed skeletal tracking capabilities, depth sensor, color camera sensor and the microphone array. Oh and over 100 pages of high quality documentation and sample code to demonstrate how to use the sensor.
Channel 9 is running a 4 hour live broadcast today with in depth sessions on how to program on Windows using the SDK and under cover of darkness they have been running a Code Camp here on Microsoft Campus for the last 24 hours. They invited a select group of 50 developers to our HQ to see what they could create in just one day with access to the SDK. (see video here-below)
This infographic breaks down the domination gaming has over movies from a sheer numbers-perspective.
While the money-making is strong for many summer Movie releases, they often pale in comparison to big game releases. Much of it can be attributed to the prices – a newly released video game costs much more than the price of admission to a movie.
Game prices have not gone up as much as movie tickets relatively. Volumes have been increasing. More gamers are born into the world of COD and other franchises every day. Movie watchers, on the other hand, accounts for a steady number of people.
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E3 is just done @ Los-Angeles. I was so happy to be there.
E3 is The Electronic Entertainment Expo. This is the premiere event of the year for everyone involved in the global interactive entertainment industry.
E3 Expo delivers an unmatched and highly qualified audience of developers, retail buyers, international and U.S.–based trade and consumer media, industry and investment analysts, venture capitalists and community influencers
These are the key players in the global interactive entertainment industry and this is your once-a-year chance to interact with them all, under one roof.
Let’s have a look at this infographic which comes back on key figures.
Electronic Arts began their keynote by enthusiastically stating how they don’t have “random celebrity guests” but only games.
Take-out and key demos / trailers from this EA Press Conference @ E3 2011 (Los-Angeles)
Mass Effect 3 dated, March 6th, 2012.
Need For Speed: The Run announced. There are out-of-car gameplay segments.
The Sims Social announced. Play out Facebook events in the Sims.
New game: Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning; medieval action game
Battlefield 3 multiplayer trailer and single player tank section showcased. Beta dated: September 2011. Battlefield 3 dated: October 25
Interesting infographic on Gaming.
A stereotypical outlook on gamers is that they eat Dorito and Red Bull when they play.
But did you know 70% of America’s households play video game, with the average age of a gamer at 34?
Half of parents (in the US) say they play a video game with their child at least once a week.
Presentation on Kinect, given in Dutch, to Katholieke Hogeschool Leuven.
Do you dance better than Kylie Minogue ? Watch this !
Guinness World Records, the global authority on record breaking, today confirm that the Kinect for the Xbox 360 is the Fastest-Selling Consumer Electronics Device.
The hardware, that allows controller-free gaming, sold through an average of 133,333 units per day, for a total of 8 million units in its first 60 days on sale from 4 November 2010 to 3 January 2011.
The sales figures outstrip both the iPhone and the iPad for the equivalent periods after launch.
Gaz Deaves, Editor of Guinness World Records 2011 Gamer’s Edition, said: “The sales figures here speak for themselves. We can confirm that no other consumer electronics device sold faster within a 60-day time span, an incredible achievement considering the strength of the sector.”
The new record will be included in the next Guinness World Records Gamer’s Edition, which recognises record breaking achievement in the world of videogames. The current Guinness World Records 2011 Gamer’s Edition is available in both book and eBook versions at http://gamers.guinnessworldrecords.com.
See below first press coverage in Belgium:
Some cool Stats for Call of Duty Black Ops.
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Friday, October 02, 2009 6:00 AM Gamerscore News
Less Trick, More Treat with “Lips” Songs in October
Killer tunes from Colbie Caillat, The Supremes, Erasure and more will satisfy everyone’s musical sweet tooth
With Halloween around the corner, why settle for candy when you can have this month’s latest musical treats from “Lips”? Add a fresh twist to your costumed get-together by inviting your friends and family over to dress up as their favorite “Lips” artists, with smash songs from The Pretenders, Colbie Caillat, Erasure and The Supremes and more. Get your monster mash on by adding October’s catchy melodies to your collection from Xbox LIVE Marketplace or the in-game Get Music Store.
With the latest from “Lips,” you can show off some sass with “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It)” by En Vogue, remember summer weddings with “Lucky” from Jason Mraz featuring Colbie Caillat, and croon to the thumping bass from “Return Of The Mack” by Mark Morrison. Best of all, there’s no need to hide your wallet in fear as October’s songs and other sing-along hits are available for 160 Microsoft Points each, with the The Supremes song pack for 440 Microsoft Points.
Available on Oct 2:
My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It) – En Vogue
Breakfast at Tiffany’s – Deep Blue Something
Available on Oct 9:
Barely Breathing – Duncan Sheik
Always – Erasure
Available on Oct 16:
Chains of Love – Erasure
Return of The Mack – Mark Morrison
Lucky – Jason Mraz feat. Colbie Caillat
Available on Oct 23:
Baby Love – The Supremes
Stop! In The Name of Love – The Supremes
You Can’t Hurry Love – The Supremes
The Supremes Song Pack – Includes Baby Love, Stop! In The Name Of Love and You Can’t Hurry Love
Available on Oct 30:
I’ll Stand By You – The Pretenders
Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You – Glenn Medeiros
Geile Zeit – Juli*
Nichts Bringt Mich Runter – Ich + Ich*
Dis Wo Ich Herkomm–Samy Deluxe *
Coming this October in North America and Europe, and November in Asia Pacific regions, “Lips: Number One Hits” will debut with 40 global chart-topping songs on-disc, including Lady Gaga, Kanye West, Mariah Carey, Sugababes, Scissor Sisters, Lily Allen and more. New features in “Lips: Number One Hits” lets players jump into the game with Avatar integration and unlockable Avatar Awards for you to show off to all your friends online, while new gameplay challenges and active Leaderboard rankings heat up the competition. The Xbox 360 Wireless Microphones that come with ”Lips” are also compatible with other hit music games, making Xbox 360 the premier destination for music game fans everywhere. More information on “Lips” is available at http://www.xbox.com/lips.
*Note: These songs are only available in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Belgium.