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Sony on How Real-life Conflict Inspired Far Cry 4 for PlayStation 4

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9w ago - Sony's Tom Wallis revealed details today on how real-life conflict inspired Far Cry 4 for both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 platforms.

To quote: [Register or Login to view links] is the upcoming first-person shooter from developer Ubisoft Montreal.

Set in the fictional Himalayan country of Kyrat, this nation torn apart by war draws heavily from real-world locations to make the game feel authentic.

We caught up with Mark Thompson, narrative director, and Alex Hutchinson, creative director, to find out how visiting Nepal to meet people who actually fought in the civil war helped to inspire the development of Far Cry 4.

"One of the first things we did was to write down a list of different animals to include in the game," Mark told us when we met up with the team at Ubisoft recently in Montreal.

"We also made a list of environment features we wanted. From that we looked at locations where the two would make sense, and we came to the Himalayas. We needed to find somewhere that had a history of conflict - somewhere that could be politically unstable - the kind of place that you would go to that was on the edge of the map. Places that are referred to as 'failed states.'"

The difference...
 

How Unexpected Life Events Inspired Road Not Taken on PS Vita / PS4

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53w ago - Spry Fox Chief Creative Officer Daniel Cook shared details today on how unexpected life events inspired Road Not Taken on PS Vita and PS4.

To quote: There is a repeated theme in our upcoming game, Road Not Taken, which we announced here back in August. The characters in our little northern town have all lived their lives according to the same plan: first you go to school, then you get a job, then you fall in love and finally you start a family.

But life doesn't always work out that way.

I grew up expecting to live a very traditional Norman Rockwell-style life. We had a little house on a lovely winding road in rural Maine. I did well in school; checked all the official checkboxes. Then upon entering the real world, things fell apart.

On the job front, I've been through multiple careers. My "safe" job at a large stable employer - the sort of job many people dream about - well, that was an incredibly bad fit for me.

I've joined sketchy start-ups that failed. And some that succeeded. I've been fired for idly drawing pictures of planes inserted into bums. I've been hired at double the salary because (as I learned later) I wore the right type of hat to the interview.

I live in a tiny condo in a big city, not a house in the suburbs. There...
 

Contest: Sony is Seeking Artists Inspired By Flower PSN Game

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232w ago - Today Associate Producer Randall Lowe from Sony's Santa Monica Studio has announced a contest for artists inspired by the PSN game Flower, as follows:

For this contest, we want to see how Flower impacted you. Create a piece of art that was either inspired by Flower, or has to do with the emotions and/or nature that you think Flower depicts.

You can flex your skills in Photoshop, Illustrator, 3D software, or any other imaging software. You can even make something physical, like a painting, mixed media, or sculpture, and snap a photo of it as your submission.

This is your opportunity to be a part of the Flower community. If you didn't have a story to submit in the previous contest, then take this chance to participate. Express yourself in a way that reflects thatgamecompany's expression through Flower.

The only requirements are that the submission be 1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels tall, that it be your original creation, and that it be related to Flower as described above.

To help inspire you, check out some of the amazing concept art thatgamecompany created in the development of the game.

You have plenty of time to be creative and enter your submission because this contest will run from today, May 12th through May 26th, 2010. Thatgamecompany...
 

Video: Win Keys to a Real ModNation Racers Inspired Golf Kart!

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233w ago - SCEA's Theresa Custodio of Brand Alliances has shared a video today along with details on how fans can win keys to a real ModNation Racers inspired Kart.

To quote: This year at the [Register or Login to view links], we teamed up with talented artist Jeremiah Garcia, the super-cool band [Register or Login to view links], and an amazing charity called [Register or Login to view links] to create a one-of-a-kind custom ModNation Racer golf kart!

Check out the video below to see how this kart went from the ModNation Racers championship circuit to Coachella!

So what could be cooler than watching this kart in action? Owning it!





This custom, real-life vehicle features:

• Solar panels to fuel both your kart and PS3
• 32″ Sony Bravia TV and PS3 to get your game on
• Custom paint job that melds the art style of Passion Pit with the signature feel of ModNation Racers
• Sweet headlights
• Grass carpets (it's a golf kart!)
• Crosshairs (stay on target!)
• ModNation custom license plate graphic
• and more!

That's right, ModNation fans,...
 

Beyond Good & Evil Sequel Inspired By 9/11

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290w ago - To make a great game you'll need inspiration, and the ideas that come with it. So here's a question, what was the inspiration behind the sequel to Beyond Good & Evil?

When speaking to French gaming website All-Gamers, Beyond Good & Evil creator Michel Ancel candidly revealed the his inspiration for the game's sequel.

"There were a lot of inspirations: the Miyazaki universe, my own inspirations, politics and the media; the theme of September 11 - the CNN show with army messages and the fear climate. And it was a mix from other universes," Ancel told All-Gamers.

He continued talking about the game in general;

"Yes," he said, when asked if BG&E2 will be a direct sequel. "But it is better to discover that when you play, ha ha! But it is clear we want to continue the story - we won't create characters, story. The story continues and we'll react on important events of the first.
 
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