Archive for category: Life

The land of the thunder dragon.

26 March, 2011 (04:58) | Life | By: Olivier

After a difficult year, I managed to squeeze in some much needed vacation and headed out for the remote kingdom of Bhutan, in the Himalayas. For years I had wanted to visit this tiny country  (only 660k people), having heard of their concept of Gross National Happiness and seeing so many beautiful pictures [...]

GDC 11: impressions.

28 February, 2011 (21:22) | Games, Life | By: Olivier

- Iwata-san gave a depressingly sad Keynote. Sad in the sense that I admire many things about Nintendo but can’t help feeling they are in complete denial. My friend Dustin Clingman may disagree but I’m afraid Nicholas Lovell nailed it exactly right.
- Hazard didn’t win the IGF Nuovo award. But *it should have*.
- Frank Lantz [...]

Global Game Jam 2011.

31 January, 2011 (19:20) | Games, Life | By: Olivier

The Global Game Jam 2011 in Paris. 70 jammers, 14 games and
48 hours of crazy fun!

Essen 2010.

31 October, 2010 (16:57) | Games, Life | By: Olivier

Essen this year was huge!

Of course it is supposed to be the world’s biggest board game fair, but in all my years going there I’ve simply never seen that many people. Games seem to clearly increase in popularity. This was also noticeable from the publishing side as there seems to be more games available every [...]

Extra life.

31 October, 2010 (13:57) | Life | By: Olivier

It’s been more than 5 months since my last update. The reason why is that at the end of last May my father suffered a severe brain stroke that left him over a month in a coma, on the brink of death. He’s better now but still very fragile and far from having completely recovered. [...]

Ryzom: Free as in Freedom.

7 May, 2010 (09:42) | Games, Life | By: Olivier

A tree-planet, covered with lush vegetation. A tribe of tall blue aliens that live in close relation to nature. Strange humans with guns and futuristic technology. You know what we’re talking about, right?

We’re talking about Ryzom of course, the science-fantasy world I helped create 10 years ago with my previous game company, Nevrax. Our original [...]

Boro art.

22 April, 2010 (12:57) | Life | By: Olivier

The great volcano Eyjafjallajokull having seen fit to grant me an extra week in Japan, I was able to treat myself to the Boro exposition at the Amuse Museum in Tokyo. I am quite fond of Mingei in general but Boro is particularly close to my heart. Over the past couple of years, to the [...]

Hatsune Miku.

21 April, 2010 (08:43) | Games, Life, People | By: Olivier

Here’s a story: a big corporation wanted to write software that could replicate a singing human voice. To do so, it needed samples from real singers. Fearing they would be rendered obsolete if the software could clone their voice too well, the singers refused. Thus, the corporation had to develop the software using samples from [...]

Sakura pink.

18 April, 2010 (03:40) | Hedonism, Life | By: Olivier

Like my love,
the sakura blossom
dies too soon.

GDC 10: Nick Fortugno

10 March, 2010 (10:18) | Games, Life | By: Olivier

Extremely well dressed Nick Fortugno (of Diner Dash fame) gave a talk entitled “How to Innovate in the Land of Clones”, based on the starting point that there’s a crisis of cloning in the social games industry.
Why do we innovate ?
- Because First comers own their space. At least recognized first comers.
- Markets evolve as [...]