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LBP Turbo! PS3 Pack Development Diary 11 and 12: Plane Stupid

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227w ago - SCEE Senior Producer Mark Green is here with LittleBigPlanet Turbo! Pack development diary 11 and 12 dubbed Plane Stupid.

To quote: 'Turbo! Pack' Development Diary 11: 'Plane Stupid' - Andy Knowles, Designer

The final level. No pressure, then! To be honest this level was a bit of a headache. And not just a normal headache, but a big, fat headache, one of those ones that the ibuprofen doesn't even take the edge off.

The main reason for this was that, like Jon's submarine, the jump jet is effectively 'floating', and so can be really difficult to control. Now, Jon's luckier than me because the sub's supposed to be underwater, so moving really slowly is a good thing.

Not for a jump jet though, eh? Oh no, something like that's got to be moving pretty quickly. And we want it to have controls for four directions, not three (the sub is naturally buoyant). Four controls for one cockpit. Grrreat.

And another thing: the trouble with something as big as the jump jet being made to move at any speed greater than 'quite slow' is that you can't see where you're going. With the tank, for example, you can point the camera in front of it, and as long as Sackboy's on-screen, everything's fine.

But the tank only needs to move...
 

Why Microsoft Newton is a stupid idea!

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336w ago - A few days ago a rumor started that Microsoft were making a motion-sensing controller, codenamed Newton, that looked very similar to the Wii remote.

Now fortunately I managed to resist making some stupid Isaac Newton joke in the title like: 'New 360 remote isn't down to earth' or '360 Motion control, a bad apple waiting to fall'. Ok enough with the the Newton jokes, they barely even make sense. Lets get this over and done with.

For those of you who don't know, the Microsoft motion sensing controller promises to have a microphone, speaker, A, B, X and Y buttons, a trigger and an analogue stick. Sound vaguely familiar to you?

Of course it does, you can't say motion sensing these days without thinking of the Wii and obviously this controller has similarities to Nintendo's console. Now I think if Microsoft release this controller, they will be maing a big mistake. Here's why.

The Wii has been a storming success, with casual and hardcore gamers buying the console. Nintendo are in the money once again and Microsoft want to cash in on it. After all, Sony released the SIX-AXIS so why shouldn't Microsoft join the party? What Microsoft don't seem to understand is that the Wii's motion controls, while making it stand out, are not the Wii's only selling feature....
 
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