Archive for the Virtuality Category

Re Video Game Society

Posted in Mother Knows Best, music, Virtuality on December 20, 2008 by jahcritique

Kids these days are getting too much stimulation from computer and television screens. Nothing is real anymore, kids live in a completely virtual world, separated from reality.

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Deep thoughts, anyone?

Posted in Actuality, Forensics, Survey of Action and Ideology, ULTIMATE, Virtuality on December 19, 2008 by Kelli Koga

The blog began as an open question about culture, with general parameters and common discussion as a starting point.  Over the course of the semester, however, and as people started posting and people started looking at what other people were posting, it really developed a nature of its own.

Looking at the blog today, and over the course of the last few months, I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s noticed how predictable it’s become.  On a daily basis, there will almost invariably be a post about racism in advertising, a post about women being objectified, a post about something weird and Japanese, a paranoid post about the mind-controlling media, and some “dude, this is sooooo trippy/freaky/gross/unbelievable/hilarious” video.

Which prompts this question: What progress are we making?  If you consider our mission is to understand and reflect on culture, is this blog the depth of that understanding?  Is this feedback loop that we post to every day an indication that “understanding culture” has it’s own culture, too?  Or is culture simply smarter than us, even as we try to expose its operation?

Personally?  I think no one will respond because my post has no enticing picture.

More Machinima

Posted in Emulation, Virtuality on December 19, 2008 by joocebawks

Again, I know its old news but I think this is another great example of machinima. Look at my previous post for the reasoning. 

Get high or watch this video

Posted in Simulation, Virtuality on December 15, 2008 by japaneseperson

Hey everybody, check out this video. It requires you to stare at it for about a minute but its totally worth it. Its like an optical illusion that repeats until your eyes adjust to it so when you look away you trip. so check it out, I promise nothing will pop out and scare you.

p.s. it would also be good to full screen it.

Hand Tracking for Interaction

Posted in Actuality, Emulation, Uncategorized, Virtuality on December 13, 2008 by ataru91

Gotta be surprised at the technology today, I won’t be amazed if this gets incorporated into our lives at school and work in the next 5 years.

RE: Super Mario 3 Time Attack

Posted in film, music, Simulation, Uncategorized, Virtuality on December 13, 2008 by ataru91

I know this isn’t a reply about the actual Super Mario 3 game, but in general it’s a reply about the fact that some people have too much time on their hands to make some things…anyways

So after watching the many Mario videos recently, I wanted to show this video of SMW, where the designers made a unique level and added a song in the background.  The cool thing is, everything the player/mario does in the game, corresponds with the beat and music that is playing, check it out.

I’m really curious on why and when Designers have this time to create something like this.

If you were a designer, would you have the time and patience to slowly plan everything out and create a level where it would fit exactly to the beat of a song?  Or would you rather spend that time on something more important to you?
 It just makes me question at how far people will go to just satisfy themselves in making something that takes alot of effort and time, and probably does not pay them in any way for what they did.

Upside Down Eyes

Posted in Forensics, Sampling, Virtuality on December 12, 2008 by Kelli Koga

Here’s an addendum to the posts about the Ratatat and Minus the Bear music videos that feature parts of people’s faces moved around.  I mentioned briefly in response to lack of creativity that the reason why those images freak us out is that they play on the biological way we perceive.

You can do more research on it, but I did a quick search and found this: http://scienceblogs.com/mixingmemory/2007/09/cool_visual_illusions_the_tony.php.  Pretty neat.

To put this back on topic, let’s make it a MISSION!  Take a picture of yourself or a famous person and do some virtual plastic surgery.  Here’s an example from the site linked above: