Author Archives: Dan Marchant (Obscure)

Sometimes you have to let go….

I updated my blog links today. I added a few and deleted one. The one was Scott Miller’s  “Game Matters” blog. Scott (in case you didn’t know) was co-founder of 3D Realms; the developer of the worlds longest still born game Duke Nukem Forever. Scott wrote some really interesting posts about the business of game […]

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Games industry lawyers

I have just updated my list of game industry law firms which you can find at http://www.obscure.co.uk/directory/directory-legal/. If you are/know of a games industry law firm that isn’t on the list please don’t hesitate to drop me at email via the contact page.

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Avatar

Avatar, James Cameron’s CGI movie extravaganza has struck a special cord with mainland Chinese viewers. The plight of the planet Pandora’s Na’vi people as they battle against a ruthless earth corporation intent on raping their planet of its mineral wealth (and in the process destroying the homes of the Na’vi) has been likened by some […]

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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Programmer

It seems that the the Russian’s weren’t the only ones to have high level spies operating deep within the UK government during the 80s and that TIGA operatives may also have been working undercover to protect the games industry for the last 25 years. (Which would be impressive as TIGA hasn’t existed that long). It […]

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I have a game design…

It is fairly common for developers and publishers to receive emails from individuals outside the industry asking how they should go about submitting game designs. The short answer to that question is that you just email us a copy or stick it in the post. Unfortunately the answer is not only simple it is also […]

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Gamer

Just spotted this trailer for the video game related movie Gamer. Obviously it is just a trailer but its central concept of gamers controlling real human avatars in a MMPG is quite interesting. The US army is already using robots controlled by remote users for surveillance in war zones. Gamer goes a step beyond to […]

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Twitter – tech vs life

This one is filed under Tech vs Life. The clue’s in the name…. twit. Twitter is a symptom of our “need to be famous/gotta watch the celebrities” society. People actually think that what their doing is interesting/worthwhile and worth sharing with the world. It wouldn’t be so bad if these boring people actually posted worthwhile […]

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Frank Herman (RIP)

I was really saddened today to hear that Frank Herman passed away on March 30th 2009. “Big Frank”, as he was affectionately known, was a major figure in the early days of the video games industry. As one of the founders of Mastertronic (with Martin Alper and Alan Sharam) he pioneered budget video game sales […]

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OnLive investors out to lunch?

The revolutionary game streaming system OnLive was announced at GDC this week and has prompted a flurry of press about the future of the games industry. Their presentation was ultra slick and all the right buzz words were in place. Cloud computing… tick End to piracy… tick Ground breaking video compression… tick Streaming HD video… […]

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Skype – tech 4 life

Filed under Tech4Life – the VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) video-calling software Skype is one of those bits of tech that has made a real positive impact on my life. I recently relocated to Hong Kong to live but am working with a company in the UK and attending Monday morning management meetings. A few […]

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