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Old 09-20-2007, 03:12 PM   #586
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That's amazing lazarus, how far along in development is it?
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Old 09-20-2007, 03:40 PM   #587
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It's actually in operation already. We sell the camera and equipment directly to people, and we also are contracted to film various projects for municipal purposes, military training stuff, etc. I'm currently traveling across the United States doing mapping in various cities. We drive around in a car that has the camera mounted on the roof, and film all the important streets in each city. All the footage has GPS data on it as well.

Some of our work has been bought by Google Maps; if you check out the Street View on the maps website you can see still frames that they've pulled from the video, and you can rotate your view from any point on the city map that's been captured. The cities they have up so far include New York, L.A., San Fran, Vegas, Denver, Miami, and a few others.

Our website has a demo you can play with on your own computer to see how the 360 thing works. If you want to check it out:

www.immersivemedia.com

But what does any of this have to do with Star Wars?
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Old 09-20-2007, 03:48 PM   #588
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It has everything to do with Star Wars. Yub yub.

That's really interesting though.
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Well, the camera does look a bit like an interrogation droid...




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You're not going to get me to give up the location of the secret rebel base with that fucking thing, Lazarus, so shove it up yo....Yavin, fine, it's Yavin.

Seriously, that's some interesting stuff you're working on. Must be gratifying to work in a field that you also have a passion for. I do, too, but know so many others that do not.
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Well, the camera does look a bit like an interrogation droid...


I remember when I was a little kid that thing used to scare the shit out of me... Whenever the interrogation scene came on, I used to hide behind the couch
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Old 09-20-2007, 05:51 PM   #592
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Well, just wait until the new, improved version of the camera comes out:

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freaking million dollar baby is the greatest movie in a while that i have seen lol..
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Old 09-20-2007, 08:41 PM   #594
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I was just watching these Mass Effect videos (far and away my most anticipated game right now, the spiritual successor to KOTOR):

http://www.gamersyde.com/news_5061_en.html

And got my thinking again about the convergence of video games and cinema. Just watching that intro video, reminded how Bioware in particular is one developer really pushing this convergence, with their breakthroughs in digital actors and dynamic instantaneous conversation systems and such.

I was also thinking about the Metal Gear Solid franchise which has been doing this sort of this for upwards of 10 years now, incorperating tons of unique interactive devices that aren't quite traditional "Gaming" and aren't quite cinema either, but something right in between.
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My buddy wants me to come over and play Bio Shock with him, the trailers for that game look insane. I love games with an actual narrative to it, it gives them substance, you know?

Take the Halo franchise for example.
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I just bought Bio Shock, but have yet to play it. I've heard nothing but amazing things.
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Bioshock was a wonderful game, possibly the best this generation. I was disappointed with the final act a bit, but overall, it's one of the most engaging experiences I've had in a while.

Halo 3 will be in my hands in approximately 4 days, 21 hours and 42 minutes.

My anticipation knows no bounds.
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I've never played Halo.

I'm assuming I should.

Lance, can one start with Halo 3?
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I've never played Halo.

I'm assuming I should.

Lance, can one start with Halo 3?
I'd start with 1, but I'm just a little bastard.
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I've never played Halo.

I'm assuming I should.

Lance, can one start with Halo 3?
It depends how important story is to your gaming experience. Halo has a fairly unoriginal story, but it's extremely good. The characters are incredibly likable and iconic, and the game offers a brilliant cinematic quality. That said, if you were to just read up on the Halo 1 and 2 plots in some depth on wikipedia for instance, Halo 3 would probably still be remarkably enjoyable, even from a story standpoint.

I'd obviously recommend playing through the first two games first though for the best experience, as well as getting a feel for the evolution of the gameplay throughout the series.

Having played countless hours of both previous Halo games, as well as a solid month's worth of Halo 3 during the Beta test, I can safely say that Halo is far and away the best-playing game in the franchise, and also the most balanced and exciting. It also goes without saying it's the best looking of the bunch. However, the Halo 1 campaign is still a remarkable experience, and I'd highly, HIGHLY recommend playing it some time, just because of how good it is. It's like Half-Life. Even if you played Half-Life 2 first (I did) it's still one of those game you just need to play, you know?
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