Monday Music: Oriole’s and the Blind Forest Soundtrack

“Climbing the Ginso Tree”, from Ori and the Blind Forest.

One of my roommates was playing this game in the living room and I heard this song. I haven’t had a chance to play it, but the soundtrack is pretty amazing. I’m going to have to get a copy of this sometime soon and see what it’s all about.

Here’s a trailer of the game. It kind of reminds me of some of the art from Studio Ghibli.

VR Developer Stories: Snowday

This is the story of Snowday, a VR game created in SF.

Joe and I did some research around VR and decided that we wanted to put together a series of videos that highlighted VR developers in the community. We interviewed Shem Nguyen and Jeremy Bernstein (co-founders of Snowday) to share their perspectives about trends in VR, Unity vs Unreal, and their greatest challenges building a game with limited resources.

I’m really thrilled to have put this together in my spare time. I think the biggest lesson I’ve learned is that trying to build a game in a space that has a small (albeit engaged) audience–and that’s friggin’ challenging. It’s hard enough to create a compelling game, and it’s even more challenging to try and make money off an early marketplace.

I think Shem and Jeremy are real passionate technologists and artists, and I truly admire their story. I’m rooting for them. It takes real visionaries to be an indie developer, and this team is glowing with passion. Download Snowday from Steam.

I’m hoping that Joe and I can find a small niché and create some content to promote the VR community. It’s also a good way for me to sharpen my story telling skills. Let me know if you want to see more videos like this.

Razer Gear

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A complete set of Razer products at the Razer store in San Francisco.

So, I’ll admit that I secretly really want some of the gear made by Razer. The lights really don’t serve any purpose other than looking really cool. You don’t need be a Twitch streamer to appreciate this stuff—LED color changing lights are bad ass.

Foo, I thought of you when I saw this. I’m surprised you don’t have your entire home setup decked out with this stuff. The Razer mouse pad retails for $51.99, and their Mamba mouse is $79.44.

Ps. Check out that bokeh in the photo above. Rainbow bokeh! It doesn’t top my christmas tree bokeh though.

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The Razer store hosting a game tournament on Friday afternoon in the mall.

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The Razer store located in Westfield Mall in SF

This is a really cool store. I’ve been there a couple of times. I may actually try to compete at the next Hearthstone tournament. ^_^