Archive for category: People

Drukpa Kunley, the divine madman.

28 March, 2011 (07:51) | Hedonism, People | By: Olivier

A most surprising sight for a foreigner in Bhutan is that you will see penises everywhere.
Yes, you read that right. Turgid phalluses proudly painted or sculpted on houses and doors and even flying dicks hanging from the corner of roofs. No joke: it’s even worse than Second Life!

This is, in fact, to [...]

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 [...]

Eric Viennot : l’interview mirroir.

30 June, 2009 (07:54) | French, Games, People | By: Olivier

Eric Viennot répond a ses propres questions dans un interview mirroir autour de la création et des jeux.

Goodbye, Randy Pausch.

25 July, 2008 (06:38) | People | By: Olivier

For those who have not heard of him, Randy Pausch was a professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University working on subjects closely related to video games. He was one of the creators of Alice, a software that tries to teach children programming while having fun. He was a brilliant speaker and you should [...]

GDC 08: Ray Kurzweil

23 February, 2008 (00:59) | Games, People | By: Olivier

Anyone who’s been around me long enough has eventually had to suffer through one of my long winded tangent on the societal impact of technology and the probable advent of the Singularity. So, of course, Ray Kurzweil’s book’s “The Singularity Is Near” takes the place of the bible on my bed stand and it was [...]

GDC 08: Chris Hecker

21 February, 2008 (18:57) | Games, People | By: Olivier

Chris Hecker is one of those guys really worth following. He has been very active in the game community for years where he’s notoriously known as a super brilliant guy, that has never released a game. But that’s all going to change very soon as he’s gone directly from that to helping Will Wright on [...]

GDC 08: Sid Meier

21 February, 2008 (11:53) | Games, People | By: Olivier

Who’s never heard of Sid Meier? Having designed Civilization is enough to make him a legend in game circles.
But that’s far, far from all he did. Here are my slightly reworked notes on his interview at GDC today (Italics are my added thoughts).
Standing the test of time: a Q&A with Sid Meier, questions by Noah [...]

Money != Happiness

3 February, 2008 (14:15) | Games, Hedonism, People | By: Olivier

Apparently, the good Dr Kawashima – who inspired the Brain Age games that sold over 17 million copies worldwide – does not want a single yen from the 22 million dollars in royalties he is due:
“Everyone in my family is mad at me but I tell them that if they want money, go out and [...]

Garrett Lisi: “that surfer dude”.

20 November, 2007 (23:51) | Hedonism, People | By: Olivier

Garrett Lisi simply rocks. He might very well turn out to be the guy who cracked the Theory of Everything with his – tongue in cheek – Exceptionally Simple Theory. But whether he’s right or not, the simple fact that he managed to have a shot at this after having spent the last 10 years [...]