Rokoko Facial Motion Capture announced

Rokoko, makers of the Smartsuit have announced a facial motion capture add-on for Rokoko Studio coming in June. Details are sparse at this time but the initial version will capture and record facial tracking data into Rokoko studio which can be broadcast along with Smartsuit data to Rokoko’s real-time plugins for Unity, Unreal, and Motionbuilder.

No information is available to show how to make real-time models compatible with iPhone X data. Other mobile devices will be supported in the future.

The subscription fee will be $35/month – hopefully that will be as flexible as the other Rokoko Studio add-ons which allow month-to-month as needed, and yearly subscriptions at a discount.

The Narrative Innovation Showcase 2019

Screengrab and link to the GDC narrative talk

In five short-format talks, leading innovators in game narrative will share stories behind their innovative creations: the ambitions they had, the challenges they faced, the solutions they invented. Each speaker will reveal in detail the experimental techniques they developed to mark new advances in narrative design, dissecting particular problems and revealing the strategies they deployed to tackle them.

Speakers are: Clara Fernandez Vara, Matthew Weise, Tanya X. Short, Mark Backler, Whitney “Strix” Beltran, Dave Gilbert, Allen Turner

Spring Thing Festival of Interactive Fiction

Spring Thing Festival opens today, April 4.

The Spring Thing is a long-running tradition in the parser IF community. Starting in 2014, Aaron A. Reed took over organizing the event, and with the 2015 season, revamped the Thing to be a festival instead of a competition.

The goal is to make it a space where people working on all kinds of text games can come together to celebrate making, releasing, and playing new stuff.