Choice Provisions partners with Intel to develop Laserlife

Dant Rambo

Posted on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 1:17pm

When it comes to Laserlife, there are two different groups of people: those who are just now hearing about it, and those who heard about it when we first teased it back in 2010. Regardless of which category you fall under, we’re happy to have you. Laserlife has been a dream project of ours for quite some time now, and we’re thrilled to finally have the opportunity to make it happen. Many of you probably know us as The BIT.TRIP People, but we hope you’ll also one day know us as The People Who Made a Psychedelic Space Game About a Dead Astronaut. What a legacy!

I intend to wax poetic for a good deal of this blog post, but here’s a quick breakdown of all the important facts before I do so: 

  • We’re thrilled to be working with Intel® on Laserlife--they wanted a team that could do something crazy and off-the-wall with their new Intel® RealSense™ technology, and Laserlife felt like the perfect fit
  • We went ahead and created a teaser for the game, which can be seen below
  • The PC version of the game will have unique interface features for the Intel RealSense camera
  • Laserlife will be coming to the PC in 2015, with releases on other platforms to follow

Laserlife is an incredibly ambitious game. It’s a large, time-consuming, risky endeavor for a small studio such as ours. Since we first conceptualized the game, we always knew that we’d want some external support to realize our ambitions. We found that support in the form of Intel, who not only share our enthusiasm in this project, but have proven themselves more than willing to follow our creative lead to make the kind of game we want to make. Which is good, because we like to make weird games with anthropomorphic cheeseburger-people and delusional dudes named Dave.

 “We’re glad to have found a fun and creative technology partner in Choice Provisions with a proven track record who desires nothing more than to push the boundaries with Intel RealSense technology. They have us all waiting for Laserlife in eager anticipation!”, said Mooly Eden, Senior Vice President, General Manager of Perceptual Computing.

Believe it or not, we didn’t pay him to say that.

When you think of Intel, you likely think of PCs. Indeed, Laserlife will be coming to PC. Furthermore, it will be supported by Intel RealSense technology, which by now you’ve probably heard of by way of Jim Parsons. Though the game is still early in development, we’ve been working especially hard to give it a gesture-based control scheme that doesn’t suck. Thanks to Intel, we’ve been able to do that. We’ll be going into more detail about how the game will work with the Intel RealSense camera at a later date, but for the time being just trust us when we say we’re working hard to create a gesture-based control scheme that makes sense. 

For those wondering, Laserlife will be coming to other platforms at a later date. It may be something of a fool’s errand, but our intent is to please everyone with this game and make it available in as many places as possible. 

If you have any lingering questions, please feel free to reach out to us through Twitter or Facebook. We can’t answer everything just yet, but at the very least we’ll reply with something cryptic and cool like, “We’ll be announcing that at a later date.” Mysterious.

 

Woah Dave! is out now on Vita!

Dant Rambo

Posted on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 3:13pm

You probably saw us going nuts about it over on Twitter and Facebook, but I figured I'd write up a quick blog post just in case! Woah Dave! is out now on the Vita, and the PS4 version will be coming soon! Furthermore, the Vita version can be downloaded free through PlayStation Plus, and the PS4 version will be cross-buy upon release. In other words, you can get both of them for free!

If you're reading this post after the PlayStation Plus offer has ended (or you don't have PlayStation Plus), fret not! You can pick up both the PS4 and Vita versions of the game for the low price of $4.99. Given the portability of the Vita version and the awesomeness of the local 2-player mode on the PS4, we think it's a very good deal! 

Thanks so much to everyone who's played Woah Dave! It's been awesome to see the (incredibly positive) reception on Twitter and Facebook. Keep those comments coming!

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To Mars or not to Mars

Dant Rambo

Posted on Friday, November 14, 2014 - 3:51pm

As you’ve probably heard, we’re making a game about the first manned mission to Mars. Unsurprisingly, this has led to a whole lot of talk around the office about space. Of all the things we’ve discussed, there’s one topic we've returned to multiple times:

If you were given the chance to go to Mars, would you do it?

Now keep in mind that, were you to go to Mars, you'd likely end up staying on the planet for the rest of your life. You’d be playing an important role in one of the most amazing feats in human history, but you’d also have to say goodbye forever to all your loved ones. Tough one, right?

I figured it might be fun (for lack of a better word) to have some people on the Tharsis team write up their thoughts on the subject. Here’s what they had to say:

 Erin - Would I go to Mars… that's a tricky one.  When my son was born one of the first things I said was, "he's going to Mars."  Kinda weird for a first reflection about a newborn, but my family has always had a healthy dose of science fiction coursing through our veins.  It seems even more likely given that my brother has spent the last decade working on rockets that are intended to do just that: eventually ferry people to Mars. I don't personally feel compelled to hop on a ship to the red planet... so little green for our terrestrial eyes. Never getting to breathe outside of structures or space suits;  enduring the crazy month-long storms and the ever-present rust dusting the entire planet… It would be a lot to handle.  

However, if my kids were going, I would do everything I could to make the leap.  And I know I would never tire of jumping in the low gravity and seeing the geographic sights that dwarf our own. The Valles Marineris, the second longest rift in our galaxy, would definitely be on my to-do list. As well as a visit to Olympus Mons, a volcano three times taller than Mount Everest.  And what an amazing opportunity, to be a settler of a new land in an era that seems devoid of that experience.

So, to answer the question... I wouldn't go of my own accord, but I would surely find ways to entertain myself if I did.

Danny - As much as I would like to see other planets, I have not seen enough of this one to say goodbye to it quite yet. The regrettable part about a one-way journey is that you would come to appreciate Earth so much more once it was gone. You would be separated from society in a way that no one has experienced before, and as such it is hard to foresee your own reaction. 

The first colonists will be brave and determined people, but they are also putting the advancement of knowledge above their own life. They will be admired by many, but envied by few. For the time being I would rather explore these themes in my mind, yet in the years and decades hence I may well change my decision.

 Alex - A year and a half ago, my answer was an immediate and resounding yes. In fact, my wife and I have had multiple conversations about it as if it might actually happen someday. In NeuseTown, USA, the topic of going to Mars—even with no promise of return—is one that comes up at least bi-monthly.

Trying to explain the gut-wrenching yearning—nay, longing—to travel the stars and live on another planet to your wife, who quite rightly reminds you of how much there is on Earth that you've yet to experience is hard enough. But as two relatively smart and rational adults, I feel the conversation is manageable, if even only just so.

But a little over a year ago, my son appeared on the scene.

How do I justify leaving Earth forever when my time with him has only just begun?

If the opportunity actually presented itself, I think that ultimately I would still go. But now instead of having an "I can't wait" mentality, I hope that the opportunity doesn't present itself until my son is old enough to understand why I'm going, and even then I would try very hard to convince my family to come with me. 

Patrick - Landing on Mars would be the greatest accomplishment in human history, but I would never be one of the people to do it. I'm too selfish! Going to Mars means you never get to see your friends and family ever again, and it means no more video games EVER! That's not a life I want to live, especially when I can just watch a documentary about it on Netflix.

Mike - I would never have imagined that I would turn down a trip to Mars. It's the only thing I have wanted to do for, basically, my whole life. If asked this same question two years ago, I would not have hesitated a second. But some hecka magical shit happened to me two years ago and I will not be leaving Earth. I have a kid. That being said — if I could tape her to my chest like Kuato, then YOU GOT A DEAL!

Dant - Although I consider myself a curious person, I don’t think I could ever talk myself into making the trip to Mars. Being completely honest, the thought of going to space terrifies me. It would also be very depressing to have to say goodbye to all my loved ones.

I do hope that a manned mission to Mars occurs in my lifetime. And if (when?) it does, I know that I will be very appreciative of those who embark on it. It’s an incredible sacrifice for a person to make, even if the reward is something as amazing as being a part of one of the most incredible feats in human history.

Also, I’ve seen Ghosts of Mars. There’s no way in hell I’d go into space if I didn’t have Ice Cube with me.

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