On September 2nd and 3rd the closing conference of the project BMInno will be held in Rostock.
The topic will be: Success through innovation – managing corporate change.
More information can be found on the project’s website: BMInno website
As i am currently in Cologne working for a client I used the chance to visit this year’s Gamescom 2010, the german CVG (that’s “Computer and Video Games”) expo formerly known as Games Convention. The former GC was held in Leipzig but the powers to be in the CVG business decided to move to the more central location of Cologne. Pity for Leipzig but in this case lucky for me.
Staging area at the entrance. Might be confused with a LARP (Live Action Role Playing) Zergling rush.
Nowadays one can inform themselves about most things on the web. The thing you cannot learn from online media or trailers are new hardware experiences like the recent motion controls by Sony and Microsoft. They finally seem to catch up with Nintendos’ innovativeness. Sony is more the me-too product almost identically copying the Wii controller including the “Nunchuck” side-kick controller for the left hand.
Here folks are being photographed. The photographer also took some pictures of me while I played, I wonder where they will show up (if they do at all).
It seems that most of the early games they showed had either some kind of dancing or some kind of fighting topic. Here is an example of the swords play variant:
Microsofts’ Kinect motion controls work without any physical hand held controller. The players are tracked via a camera array. While at Sonys’ booth I was wondering if someone standing by will accidentally be punched Microsoft had separate booths for each demo station.
I remember reading about some people throwing their Wiiimotes into their TV sets when the Wii was new. This made Nintendo send wrist straps and soft silicone sleeves to all customers.
Microsofts’ booth was located directly next to Nintendos’.
Nintendo brought most of their trademark IP to the show. They had a new Zelda game, Metroid: Other M and a new Kirby game amongst others.
They were showing the new Zelda game. There were some cosplayers at the fair. They young lady in the picture was not on Nintendos payroll but a regular visitor. In case one wonders as who she dressed I took a convenient picture for your leisure:
For basically all of the big name titles there were lines of some length. For the Zelda game the line went around the corner twice:
Football (the one you actually play with your feet, not the other one) is huuuge over here. Konami was showing PES 2011 and had huuuge Lionel Messi posters up. The photo puts size into an interesting perspective. He seems to be looking down on us. He wouldn’t do that, would he?
At the Deep Silver booth you could play the new F1 game which is now being developed by Codemasters. They had a really nice setup for the demo.
In comparison this farming simulation is rather a niche game:
New magazine “Return” brings back some memories. I did even have the same Competition Pro joystick for the C64.
Saving the best (at least for me one of the best) for last, Portal 2. The first Portal game was pretty short but definitely an intelligently made experience. Liked both the concept and the story telling. They made a nice short story from the lab setting. Are you still there…?
But you already learned about cake, didn’t you? It’s a lie! Please await the party escort.
Ergänzende Unterlagen zu den Vorlesungen
2: Personalplanung und
der Veranstaltung Betriebliches Personalwesen der TAW, Studienzentrum Rostock, Frühjahr 2010.
The Department of Business Administration at the University of Rostock issued a Call for Papers for their 2nd Rostock Conference on Service Research. Interested parties and individuals can submit their contribution either as a full paper or an extended abstract (500 words max.), either in English or German before March 1, 2010.
The conference will be held in Rostock between September 23 and 24, 2010. Further information is available at the Rostock Conference on Service Research website.
After starting at London Modern Tate the Pop Life exhibition is being shown at Hamburg Kunsthalle from Feb. 12 through May 9 2010.
As word has it the exhibits range from gaudy over saucy up to raunchy.
Need to go and visit! For starters Flickr has some creative commons licensed imagery to take a peak at the work of featured artist Takashi Murakami.
Photo of his sculpture “Hiropon” (1997) from the London Modern Tate exhibition by Jim Linwood:
Takashi Murakami’s works look like cartoons or anime where something just went utterly wrong or maybe shows some ‘after dark’ scenery where the figures behave quite differently from one would expect.
He is quite successful and among other works he supplied the visual art for some records/videos from Kanye West as evidenced in this photo from Jim Linwood:
This looks like Teletubbies’ nightmare, photo by Stefan Andrej Shambora:
Update: Some (Koharu) current (Danny Choo) attention (boingboing) seems to be paid to a video from the very same Pop Life exibition. Made by Takashi Murakami and hollywood director McG (wikipedia) and starring Kirsten Dunst as ‘magical princess’ character.