Today is the release date of Tug of Gore! In this hilarious tug-of-war-style party game up to 4 players simultaneously pull and stretch Gore, a slimy creature who crash landed on the wrong hungry-monster planet, towards the mouths of their DuDu-monsters. The first player to successfully feed their DuDu wins! Tapping a DuDu temporarily increases their tugging power. But beware – others can easily use this power too!
A standout feature of the game is that players are only allowed to touch the iPad with just one hand. The other hand may be used in whatever way the players see fit. They are given extra inspiration at the start of each new round by a small personal message such as “tug another player“ and “steal the iPad”.
Speaking of immersion, meet the IllumiRoom by Microsoft! This demo video is not about sound, but it is a great way of blending the boundaries between the game environment and the user environment.
Here’s the PDF research paper.
Two great videos of sound inspiration I’ve been wanting to post for a long time…
Yes, it’s possible to use magnetism to make frogs float. Everyone knows that. But did you know you can use sound to make liquids and solid objects float in the air by exposure to intense sound waves?
Now this one is stunning…the vibration in the water by a sine tone of 24 Hz and the video framerate of 24 fps make the water stand still.
Music can be truly captivating. It has the wonderful ability to pursuade us to connect to our inner selves. This video of a woman waiting at a bus stop is fascinating. She’s trying to resist the urge to dance and conform to regular behaviour. I love what music does to people!
And should you read this Mrs. or Ms. Bus stop dancing queen, please keep on dancing!
The video below, kindly sent to me by Tom, shows a panel discussion featured at Casual Connect Seattle (July 2012) about exactly this topic. I just love the word handshake in this context, as it’s spot on for the ideal collaboration. Might be a video just for you, dear Captivating Sound reader!
Communication between developer and external audio team has never been more important. This discussion will highlight the materials needed to properly execute a project, our process as audio designers, why it’s important for the developer to understand this, and how we can improve the audio experience. The panel features a cross-section of audio designers, all with a unique perspective on interfacing with the developer.
Ever wondered why it’s not possible in Unity3d to change the sound settings of multiple sound assets at the same time? Unlike other importers, you get the “multiple-object editing not supported” notification if you try to do this.
Recently I came across this forum post outlaying a script that allows you to select various sound assets and apply the same setting for all selected files. So now you can toggle 100 sound files to 2d mode instead of 3d without mindlessly pressing that apply button 100 times!
Tracktion 4 Editor Captivating Sound v1 color scheme
Some years ago, when Logic stopped supporting Windows users, I decided to go for the Tracktion digital audio workstation software. After the software had been acquired by Mackie, updates started to become a rarity and after a while, there was no communication at all about the software by Mackie at all. It seemed to become abandonware but I kept using it, because it works fast and somehow stimulates a creative workflow as you’re not continuously changing screens and the routing flexibilities. Now after almost six years (!) of silence, the initiators have parted from Mackie, formed a new company and surprised me with the release of version 4. Just in time, as I was just about to consider a switch to Reaper…now let’s see if Tracktion can catch up with the other software out there!
In this short sneak peek video, Jesse James Allen explains three basic technical models for incorporating adaptive music in games: trigger path (also horizontal resequencing), vertical mix (also vertical reorchestration) and runtime remix (a fresh term). Nice to know how it’s done at EA.
Just a quick pointer about a special opportunity for those living in The Netherlands: the two acclaimed composers Austin Wintory (Journey and flOw) and Tomáš Dvořák (Machinarium) will present at the Dutch Indie Game Conference Indievelopment (25 April 2013).
Tickets are €10 (incl. lunch) and the event will take place during the Festival of Games at De Overkant, Amsterdam.