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Play, Create, Share

May 11, 2010

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Play, Create, Share is the future of video game content.

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This was the Sony’s statement to its competitors nearly two years ago. Three words with endless possibilities, awash with post-modern vector power points and encapsulated within its flagship community-based video games. The term was created by Sony for its exclusive titles. Titles that rely heavily upon user-created content which can be uploaded and distributed over the PlayStation Network. Little Big Planet was the first release to fall within the Play, Create, Share bracket and despite initial teething issues it has proved to be a true success story in both micro transaction and community-based products.

After a year of speculation, Sack Boys worldwide popped, slapped and guffawed as Media Molecule announced there would be another Little Big Planet offering. Sony have alluded to creation on a grander scale than the first game. The trailer hints at this with a wider level of customisation with digital puppets, intelligently design characters, narrative arcs and hybrid genres all being demonstrated within the revamped engine.

Here’s the trailer (Did Nathan Barley do the score?):

The biggest concern with a sequel so heavily reliant upon its players content is that a new release would make everything previously created on the original LBP redundant. Media Molecule were keen to dispel this rumour by confirming that all the levels from the first game would be incorporated and fully compatible with Little Big Planet 2.

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Great news for content junkies but the gripe many have with the original release is the constant removal of content that has even the faintest nostalgic wink to a red plumber or blue hedgehog. Both Sony and MM demonstrated draconian copyright enforcement that would make Viacom blush. Let’s just hope that they won’t be too strict this time around when it comes to punishing the hard working individuals that served as stanchions for the community. People spent hours upon hours meticulously trying to rehash their favourite levels from classic franchises only to have them erased within thirty minutes for having the audacity to reference a mushroom.

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The success of Play, Create, Share will be dependant on Sony’s communication with competitors rather than ambiguous statements of intent. Little Big Planet did exceptionally well considering its restrictions but did not fully live up to the original claims it made. ModNation Racers will arrive in two weeks time; the second game in the Play, Create, Share banner with just as bold claims.

It looks astounding what this game could and should be capable of. An intuitive and easily customisable sandbox that will allow the player easy access to a range of physics tools to create kart levels with both the fun and freneticism of Mario Kart and aesthetic horse power of the Playstation.

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With two strong titles on the horizon Play, Create, Share appears better equipped this year. I shall remain optimistic as the framework is certainly admirable. If the press conferences’ claims turn out to be accurate this time it will signify a new era in video game console development and could usher in a new way we experience video games, training a generation of aspiring level designers, mappers and skinners in the process. Just to reiterate, brokering will be key in opening the door to true ubiquitous, uninhibited content. Look no further than Spotify for proof of the pudding – a handshake and discussion goes a long way.

ModNation Racers, scheduled for release on the 21st May 2010 on Playstation 3 and PSP
Little Big Planet 2, expected Winter 2010

Dré

The 24 Days of Christmas – Day 2

December 2, 2009

As we all know, Christmas is fast approaching and as we all also know, many of you will be struggling to think of interesting gift ideas for your nearest and dearest. ‘What shall we buy to show our love?!’ we hear you cry. Well, fear not, for we at the Fold know that sometimes, thinking beyond the usual DVD boxsets/smellies/Xbox games can be a little difficult, and so over the course of December we endeavour to bring you a new gift idea each day on the run-up to Christmas, totalling 24, and with each one we shall also bring you an accompanying song that somehow represents the gift in some way. ‘Gift ideas and related entertainment?!’ we hear you now crying! ‘How on Earth do they manage it?!’

Don’t ask.

Well here is gift idea #2: The Tape Express .

For a certain generation, cassette tapes have a special place close to the heart. The thrill of recording the Top 40 every Sunday evening and the ensuing frustration at being unable to edit out the DJ speaking over the end of each song will be familiar to a great many people. You know who you are, dancing round the bedroom with a tennis racquet guitar under your arm, unable to forget that humble 90-minute format. The way we consume our music has marched firmly into a digital future, but spare a thought for all those lonely tapes, collecting dust under the bed (along with your original Walkman), by completely reviving them with the ingenious Tape Express. Using the included EZ Tape Converter software, you can plug the Tape Express into your computer (via USB cable), play the songs you love and have them converted instantly into MP3 files. Those MP3 files can then be taken anywhere you'd take your other MP3s - into your iTunes library, your iPod or MP3 Player, burned onto CD and generally taken across all the usual digital platforms for your own personal use, and you can power it either by USB or our old friend the AA battery. How versatile is that? Looking not unlike an old personal tape player (presumably because it is a personal tape player), but with a somewhat more contemporary design, it's sleek and small enough to be taken anywhere you go, and functions just like your old Walkman - in case you're craving the feel of tape over MP3. You can even use the audio output to connect the Tape Express to your hi-fi or any external amp.

Text courtesy of IWantOneOfThose.Com.

And here, is an ingenious 80min mix courtesy of the kind folks at NewWork & 2tall, DJ Clockwork & Kper:

DJ’s 2tall, Clockwork and Kper spent about a year making this 80 minute mix of over 200 tracks. Expect 10 years worth of beats, beats and beats, from hip hop into electronica, glitch, dubstep, etc. Why? “.. to highlight the lineage of hip-hop production and beat making from the turn of the millennium to the present day.”

Text courtesy of NewWork.

Tapes Rule!

Kristian

Family Guy – Something, Something, Something…Darkside!

November 25, 2009

The full length trailer for Family Guy’s Empire Strikes Back parody Family Guy: Something, Something, Something, Dark Side premieres today on iTunes and YouTube. Interestingly, the trailer is shot for shot remake of the original trailer from the 1980 classic The Empire Strikes Back. Here’s hoping it has a few more jokes than the first offering- movie references will only get you so far.

Here is the official synopsis:

The saga continues as Luke (Chris), Leia (Lois), Han Solo (Peter) and Chewbacca (Brian) have evaded the dreaded Imperial Starfleet led by the cunning, conniving and curiously short evil lord Darth Vader (Stewie), setting up a new secret base on the remote ice world of Hoth. With the rebellion in trouble, young Skywalker must take the advice of his late, and rather lascivious, mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi (Herbert) and learn the ways of the “farce” under Jedi Master Yoda (Carl) to save the galaxy once and for all.

And here’s the trailer:

The movie will be released on the 22nd of December on iTunes, DVD and Blu-Ray on the 22nd December 2009.

Dré

Full TV Episodes On YouTube…Legal and Free!

November 20, 2009

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If you reside in good ol’ blighty you will now find a channel called Shows located under the search bar on YouTube. What does clicking on it get you? An archive full of programmes, all for free. Too many to mention, but ill give you a few headlines just for tags sake. Peep Show, Nathan Barley, Seth MacFarlane’s Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy, Mr Bean, QI and Derren Brown’s sublime special, The Heist is also worth a shout for those who missed it a few years ago

Naturally, it’s all ad-supported. To those who say pff – I simply pass on the words of Louis.

click here or here but not here.

Dré

Chanel Stop Motion Film for V Magazine #62 – Directed by Stephen Smith

November 20, 2009

Not quite sure what else to say about this… stop-motion fans will probably like it but it’s a tad strange!! A short little piece directed by Stephen Smith and Chanel for V Magazine. Pretty much just an advert for Chanel, stop-frame animation is a nice little nostalgic technique that we at the Fold do enjoy.

James

Mainline – Black Ivory

October 19, 2009

Little something to funk up your Monday morning… 1970’s disco at its finest!

James

Consequence – Whatever U Want feat. Kanye West & John Legend

October 1, 2009

Heard this song ages ago, fell in love with it, and now they’ve done a vid. Expect big things from Consequence in 2010… God knows it’s about time. Directed by Hype Williams.

James

Chromeo – Night by Night

September 25, 2009

I love Chromeo. I love every single little 80’s-synth-funk-influenced bone in their Canadian bodies. No homo, obviously. This is their new single, Night by Night, released on Green Label Sound. Their 2007 album ‘Fancy Footwork’ is also full of gems and well worth a purchase…enjoy.

James

Shawn Stussy x Juxtapoz Film 2009

September 23, 2009

This is a short Super 8 film shot during an interview of Shawn Stussy for the August issue of art/design/culture magazine Juxtapoz… nice little film it is too!

James

Jay-Z – Rhapsody Blueprint 3 Ad

September 18, 2009

For those who haven’t seen it.

James