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All the world’s a playground and all the men and women are merely players

15 Dec

Recipe for a live multi-player game – as seen in the exciting and flow-creating Game Design Lab 1.0

How much time it will take to prepare: 48 hours challenge

An ordered list of preparation steps

-listen and acknowledge the word “FLOW”. you won’t understand if somebody tries to explain it to you. You’ll feel it when it comes. It’s like when you ask somebody how is like to be in love :)))

– get to know the other designers on the playground

– find out what are their games

– enjoy the fact that you aren’t alone in this game design thingy and there are others ..out there

– chill at the fact that everybody is a little foggy on how things will further develop. You’ll create a live multi player game, in which every player brings and plays…himself.

– discover the hero sitting next to you and his superpowers

– find a way to jump start the design (we know that you have some inspiring people around you and discussions and ideas will overflow. that’s the idea – part of the FLOW)

– establish the basic scenario, what’s the theme of the game, the red-wire

– participate in game design councils!

– create a great story line, one that you are looking forward to experience live

– consider level design, play mechanics

– bear in mind that even if the game design gives you an intense experience, ideas and next steps will be best discovered by accident and by actually…playing the game

– it’s ok that when playing to feel a healthy and inspiring sense of competition – also part of the FLOW

– afford enough play time

The required ingredients:

– open minded and inspiring players

– a creative environment – try another planet (our case HOME Matache)

– quests and challenges to undertake

– a play-face and colored mind

– smart phones – haha :)))

– superpowers, heroes

– desires and ideas on how to make the world a better place and to save the world from cavities :))

– breakfast, beer and cocktails

– gaming instructions and game design councils :))

– adrenaline, vibe and energy to go

The number of servings: 30 + players

The texture and flavour: chewy design, crispy fun, flow flavour, cocktail colors

When you are finished you’ll have a nice taste of game design, an exquisite feeling of accomplishment of being part of the game. A rewarding experience and the start of …a beautiful friendship :))

Our game levels:

– The future good-doing society – inside games: discover your superhero by asking questions (yes/no answers) ; imagine the future society: sexy city, green buildings, next leaders by making one phrase per team, including some funny words

– Create your city map – get outhere! several checkpoints with QR codes, catch as many as you can. Photographs on your way: social issue, touristic attraction and local business.

– Urban trolling and quest endeavours – put you mind and social capital at work! make people smile, find a stranger’s story, find hot spots which can be turned into urban art. bring videos and photographs as evidence.

– Cocktail lab – create THE Cocktail. first make the teams’ inventories and negociate with other teams for exchanges. What’s the catch? Only by asking questions!

Thanks to playmakers industries, you guys rocked! And thanks to all the players who made this awesome game happen!

See ya soon on the playground!

Photo source


Pics for the nearly weds

24 Apr

when my friend Roxana told me at the end of last summer that she wanted me to do a pre-wedding photo shooting this spring, i was so damn proud and excited and took this thought into great consideration, i guess in order to be prepared in a way when the time came :)) not to mention that i tried to come up with some ideas for the outdoor shots (place, concept etc).

Anyway, this crappy weather that has been going on for the last few weeks (rain, cloudy, sunny, rain again…) let me with little choice, being determined that the first sunny day is ours to shoot, somewhere green and colorful ! so, that day was last Sunday.

Take a look at the excited nearly weds! me so happy that I’ve managed to surprise their happiness the first time I grabbed the camera for this kind of “special requested” shooting πŸ™‚


Back from Portugal!

20 Aug

Back from Portugal that is! A fost ff frumos! plaje misto, casute faine, multe fructe si peste, am inotat pana n-am mai putut in larg si catre stanci si plaje salbatice, gen fragmente din Lagura Albastra si The Beach! suuuuuper!

In curand multe poze si un review!

Pana atunci va dau cam atat:

Portugalia in cifre:

23 orase

3000 km

1700 de poze ale mele + 500 Gabi

8 ore de zbor

etc, sa ma mai gandesc πŸ™‚

nu, nu am nimic sa va spun! :)))

30 Jul

wtf?! deschid Dashboard-ul la wordpress -> blog stats-> minune mare :))

langa search terms ca: enduro, ktm innamolit…uite ce gasesc πŸ™‚


Prt sc la Blog Stats :))

Prt sc la Blog Stats :))

dupa ce ma minunez, i’ll google it myself! :))))

de la un review de Mad Men la …


Google it!

Google it!

Nebanuite sunt caile Google-ului!

S-a aprins un beculetz

28 Jul

Au inceput sa-mi beculeasca neuronii la un proiect de fotografie…visez sa pun asa ceva in practica demult, doar ca nu am avut inca o idee clara asupra a ce vreau sa imi iasa, asupra rezultatelor sau impactului avut. As vrea ceva …de suflet, de stare … care sa ajute si sa evidentieze transmiterea unor emotii/sentimente/stari sufletesti prin care trece o persoana sau mai multe persoane.

As vrea sa fotografiez ceea ce e relevant pentru mine, ce e frumos (a se citi care exprima ceva), interesant si important. Daca este important pentru altii, atunci este si pentru mine si as vrea sa redau si sa exprim tocmai aceste “calitati” subiective pe care doar fotografia respectiva le poate traduce. Un proiect personal care sa fie intre fotoreportaj si arta/artistic…sa aiba un pattern, dar fiecare fotografie sa fie diferita, sa fie gandita si apreciata diferit.

Ca la oricare alta nascocire de-a mea, voi apela la prieteni in prima instanta si la cine se mai ofera sa fie cobai πŸ™‚ Revin cu tema proiectulului dupa concediul in “Portocalia”, cand voi face un mic reserch si un test sa vad ce-mi iese. Fotografiile pot fi date in folosinta numai participantilor la proiect, vor fi publicate pe blog/galerie foto in prima etapa, iar copyrightul asupra lor imi apartine.Β  hmm..ce ziceti? de fapt presupun ca n-o sa ziceti nimic pana nu aflati tema πŸ˜›

Reach out

Pe o gura de rai…Gura Portitei – Part 2

1 Jul

Am fost iar la Gura Portitei. Amintiri la fel de frumoase si colorate si de data asta.

Impresii aici despre Gura Portitei cand am fost anul trecut, pe la sfarsitul lui august.

Viitorul gaming-ului arata si se misca bine

22 Jun

Microsoft a dat publicitatii un video de teasing mai mult pentru noua lor camera periferica cu senzori de miscare – Project Natal. Este o tehnologie pentru Xbox 360 prin care te poti juca si rula aplicatii cu ajutorul miscarilor si vocii.

Camera te recunoaste si te logheaza imediat in XBOX Live. Totul functioneaza prin imitarea miscarilor corpului.

Va dati seama ca Mortal Kombat te transforma in Milena sau Shang Tsung din sufragerie? πŸ™‚ Poti controla si meniul, panoul de control prin miscarea mainilor, Minority Report style :).

Imi place, depaseste Wii-ul cel putin teoretic, din ce se vede pana acum. Se pare ca viitorul gamingului e mai mult despre miscare decat despre comoditate asta daca se va adopta tehnologia pe scara larga. Te forteaza macar asa sa faci ceva miscare… si, pentru mine, e mult mai fun decat sa stai cu mouse-ul in mana si sa selectezi Kalasnikovu’ dupa tastatura sau sa faci o fatalitate din butoane mancand din chipsuri πŸ™‚ … Β  Anyway, foarte tare ideea de scan full body.

Daaar…dpdv al unui controller este inutil total daca nu vor fi facute si jocuri speciale pentru el. Sunt cateva anuntate, dar ramane de vazut. Filmuletul este un demo interesant, dar totusi DEMO si nu prezinta jocuri propriu-zise.. Ceea ce se mai zice este ca va merge pe toate consolele 360 existente si care se vor lansa pe viitor..

Oricum, tehnologia este foarte noua si pana vor aparea jocuri interesante, ramanem la stanga unu si dreapta doi probabil, dar si astea daca-s la fel de fun pe cat par din demo si daca “jucaria” se dovedeste ca poate face cu adevarat toate lucrurile astea, so be it! πŸ™‚

Microsoft bitched slapped Nintendo…dar tot sunt mega fun Wii πŸ™‚

Oricum, estimez ca se va intampla ceea ce s-a intamplat cu Wii-ul ..cel putin dintr-o anumita perspectiva.

Jucatorii hardcore vor ramane in continuare fideli jocurilor traditionale de pe xbox, ps, psp… Cine s-ar considera un hardcore gamer si totusi sa se joace mai mult la Wii decat la Xbox sau ps??? come on… nu baga ei in seama gadgeturile/consolele de genul Natal, decat sporadic, il privesc ceva mai mult spre un joc…de societate cu prietenii la un mic chef ca sa faca misto pana mor de miscarile alora.

A doua categorie sunt cei care deja au Wii (nu conteaza daca au sau n-au Xbox sau PS), care probabil vor ramane la ceea ce le ofera Wii-ul in ceea ce priveste jocurile miscare πŸ™‚ , fara a mai cumpara alta consola.

Atunci cine va cumpara Natal? probabil gagici ca mine sau alti indivizi, care nu-s mari jucatori, dar se pricep la Wii si carora li se pare fun sa probezi garderoba intr-un joc video, sa faci miscare la Mortal Kombat (asta pentru ca e probabil singurul sau printre putinele fightere pe care le intelegi sau pe care il poti juca.. πŸ™‚ , sa invarti de un volan virtual, sa te uiti la filme la cea cool, sa te joci Tony Hawk mai altfel, sa te primbi prin meniu prin miscarea mainilor, etc…e clar ca nu e genul de tehnologie cu care sa te joci GTA sau mai stiu eu ce shooter.

e mult mai soft si poate prea sofisticat pentru gamerii hardcore.

dar mie imi place, pare fun.

No Strings (or Controllers) Attached – cum spun cei de la Xbox πŸ™‚