Author archive: Eric Yockey

Neon FM (2013)

Neon FM™ is an electrified rhythm & action game for arcades and mobile. Players pound the five colored panels with their hands to the beat of the music and are scored on their timing. The game features local and online multiplayer, a mobile version, downloadable content, and cross-platform competition. Website: NeonFM.com

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Cell phone gaming disrupts the handheld market

From as far back as the Game & Watch in 1980 (or more likely for Americans, the Game Boy which came later that decade), people have been gaming on the go. Portable consoles have been a welcome diversion for commuters stranded on public transportation and other people looking to kill a few minutes (or hours) away from home the…

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The internet VS the recording industry

The internet VS the recording industry

Most of us who were old enough to fully experience the changing of the millennium (not a given, now 13 years since!) remember the epic battle between the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and Napster. Though similar services existed prior to the service, Napster delivered its music downloading application in a user-friendly package that minimized end-user effort, and almost…

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The social media bubble

Whether the rise of social media represents the tech sector’s latest bubble and whether that hypothetical bubble has already burst are topics that are rising to the top of online discussions. The print media couldn’t be more delighted to report on the subject, as social media continues to threaten the paradigm of organized news providers…

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Achievement unlocked!

Achievement unlocked!

The achievement system (formally introduced with the Xbox 360) has fundamentally changed the way we play games. Whether they’re called “achievements” or “trophies” or something else, the system is a mechanism which, if done properly, can add value to a gaming experience by increasing rewards and exposing gamers to content they might otherwise have missed…

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Social Media and the WWE

Social Media and the WWE

Professional wrestling entered its golden years in the 1980s. The WWF (now WWE) had formed a major national organization where before multitudes of local promotions fought (and often were forced to cooperate) for recognition and precious television time. As the years progressed, other major organizations such as WCW and ECW rose and fell, and performers such as Hulk Hogan and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin rose to…

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About this blog

This blog explores ways in which Information and Communications Technology (ICT) has impacted (and is continuing to transform) media and entertainment on a global scale. While much of my experience is directly related to the games industry, the effect of the internet and other telecommunications is far more broad than any one medium, and I…

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Release now, finish it later

Release now, finish it later

Those of us who have been following the games industry since the 80s would be blind to not notice the sweeping changes made to the medium–the birth of the console, the annual upgrade in visual and audio fidelity, the extra buttons added to joysticks every five years–but no single change to the industry has been…

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The Evolution of Software Piracy

The Evolution of Software Piracy

If you’ve never directly participated in software piracy or the trade of other counterfeit goods, you are no doubt aware that it happens, and that it’s a very real problem for many industries. Even when reading that sentence, you likely felt it was inappropriate to lump harmless file-sharing in with counterfeiting–to many, online piracy is a victimless…

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Various samples

A horse modeled in Zbrush from scratch in 3 hours using a couple photos for reference. The first low-poly model is 3994 polys and uses a texture and normal map. The second low-poly model is1210 polys with the same maps. Images 1 and 2 are the high-poly models from Zbrush, image 3 is the 4k low-poly model rendered in 3D…

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