Breaking the Loop: A Look at the Cinematic Music of Breath of the Wild

2017-08-16 Jason Yu

“Do you think that games could ever move out of those kinds of constraints [of needing to loop indefinitely]?”

The music of Breath of the Wild is breaking the Loop Constraint all the time, in different ways, and for different reasons.

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Real-time, in-camera background compositing in The Mandalorian

2020-02-06 Jay Holben

For decades, green- and bluescreen compositing was the go-to solution for bringing fantastic environments and actors together on the screen. . . . However, when characters are wearing highly reflective costumes, as is the case with Mando (Pedro Pascal), the title character of The Mandalorian, the reflection of green- and bluescreen in the wardrobe causes costly problems in post-production. . . .

The solution was what might be described as the heir to rear projection — a dynamic, real-time, photo-real background played back on a massive LED video wall and ceiling, which not only provided the pixel-accurate representation of exotic background content, but was also rendered with correct camera positional data.

The Mandalorian: This Is the Way in American Cinematographer

Also see The Virtual Production of The Mandalorian, Season One at YouTube.

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How AlphaStar Became a StarCraft Grandmaster

2020-02-13 Tommy Thompson

One of the biggest headlines in AI research for 2019 was the unveiling of AlphaStar – Google DeepMind’s project to create the worlds best player of Blizzard’s real-time strategy game StarCraft II.  After shocking the world in January as the system defeated two high ranking players in closed competition, an updated version was revealed in November that had achieved grandmaster status: ranking among the top 0.15% in Europe’s 90,000 active players.  So let’s look at how AlphaStar works, the underpinning technology and theory that drives it, the truth behind the media sensationalism and how it achieved grandmaster rank in online multiplayer.

The Man Who Tried to Sell the Eiffel Tower (Twice)

2020-01-26 by Ben Carlson

“there were many stories in the local papers about the dilapidated state of the famous Eiffel Tower. A light bulb went off in Lustig’s head. He set about creating a fake government role for himself, complete with his own stationery and business cards done up with an official French seal. There was even an official-sounding, yet completely made-up title: “Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Posts and Telegraphs.” He set up shop at the Hôtel de Crillon, a stone palace on the Place de la Concorde. The biggest scrap metal dealers in town were summoned to the luxurious hotel for a secret business proposal.”