Kojima Didn’t Show at Game Awards Thanks to Konami’s Lawyers

Kojima is the creative mind behind the metal gear solid series, based on stealth, action and giant robots, the series has become infamous amongst gamers for both its storyline and the cardboard box; the biggest question is regarding if he still works for Konami.

A month ago we published an article talking about the “leave” Kojima was taking. After a goodbye party, it appears as if he left work. Konami keeps reminding people though that he is just “on leave”. This has gone a step further this week with the Game Awards expecting an appearance from Kojima, only to find that he was stopped by lawyers from Konami.

The host, Geoff Keighley, described the situation as:

“Mr. Kojima had every intention of being with us tonight, but unfortunately he was informed by a lawyer representing Konami just recently that he would not be allowed to travel to tonight’s award ceremony to accept any awards. He’s still under an employment contract and it’s disappointing.”

That’s the second time that someone has had to appear to accept an award in Kojima’s place, with a PR representative from Konami accepting an award from Playstation awards earlier in the week and now Kiefer Sutherland, a voice actor for Metal Gear Solid V, accepted the award at the Game Awards on his behalf.

Is he gone or not? I guess we will await more news before we know for certain.

Microsoft Has Half a Million Dollars for Five Worthy HoloLens Projects

Microsoft has big plans with their HoloLens and they’re also aware that they might not come up with all its uses on their own. The Redmond giant created five awards each worth a hundred thousand dollars in what they call the Academic Research Request for Proposals.

Along with the $100K comes two HoloLens development kits and it will go to accredited universities, which ones will be announced on October the 6th. Microsoft wants to better understand the role and possible applications for holographic computing in society.

Some of the uses for augmented reality could be data visualizations and 3D models for medical training, but the possibilities are almost endless. These are some of the ideas they’ve already had on the Redmond campus, so it is time to get some fresh ideas.

You need to have what it takes and really bring it to the table as Microsoft stresses that these proposals need to be absolutely complete and that those submitting them be fully capable of carrying out the research or experiments. That means high-value research that later could be featured in some of the world’s finest academic journals and pave the way for a future with more holograms. The deadline for sign-ups is set to September the 5th and the academic institution needs to be US-based.

Thank you Engadget for providing us with this information

NVIDIA GTX 980Ti @ Computex 2015

Computex 2015 – Our first port of call is to a NVIDIA breakfast conference. Here we were greeted by Jen-Hsun Huang who presented the first piece of Computex hardware; the GeForce GTX 980Ti. Check out our review here!

The GTX 980Ti was made for VR with upcoming demos on display in an upcoming event later in the week. This is the first GPU in the world to use multi-resolution shading which vastly improves the VR performance by up to 30% by using different sized pixels.

We will keep you updated with the rest of the events at Computex.

Innovative New Folding Bike Helmet Set For Launch This Spring

Closca has announced its new Fuga helmet that folds down into a smaller size for easy storage. The helmet is made of three shell parts that can collapse down and still remain safe when worn as a helmet.

Closca has stated that the new Fuga helmet has already passed certification testing in Europe, Canada, and the US. The helmet is made up of polystyrene and polycarbonate which are common in bike helmets. The innovative new design of the Fuga has won the Red Dot Design Award 2015. Another feature that you don’t see every day in helmets is that this one is NFC connected, though it is not clear on the specifics of that. The helmet is available for pre-order for $75 and will ship later this spring.

NVIDIA Award Given to Scientists Who Use GPUs to Predict Earthquakes

Computational scientist Yifeng Cui and his team developed a GPU-accelerated code, named AWP-ODC, which creates detailed simulations of high-frequency seismic waves as they propagate through the earth. This in turn is said to predict earthquakes and helped the team receive the NVIDIA 2015 Global Impact award.

“This month marks the fourth anniversary of the 9.0-magnitude quake off Japan’s east coast which, with the ensuing tsunami, killed 16,000 and caused some $235 billion in damage. Haiti, Chile and Indonesia have each been with catastrophic earthquakes in the past five years. Californians know another big one is a matter of time.”

Cui and his team broke scientific and technical barriers by using the NVIDIA Tesla GPU accelerator-powered Titan supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Leadership Computing Facility. This is said to be the first time that scientists could simulate ground motions from large fault ruptures to frequencies as high as 10 Hertz in a physically realistic way.

The code is said to have run 5X faster on NVIDIA GPUs, having a complex representative of the San Andreas Fault. Nobody until now had a way to predict earthquakes as accurately as Cui and his team did. However, things are about to change in the future.

Thank you N4GM for providing us with this inforamtion

This War of Mine Soon to Be Released on iPads

11 Bit Studios plan to release their IGF 2015 awarded title, This War of Mine, on iPads in the near future. Currently, the title is supported on PCs, Macs, Linux-powered machines, as well as Steam Machines.

Since the game does not need a state-of-the-art computer in order to run it and mobile devices nowadays are quite able to handle a bit of advanced graphics anyway, it would be wise for the company to enter the mobile market. The title is said to be available on the AppStore later on this year.

Thank you Kotaku for providing us with this information

Amazon Wins Golden Globe for ‘Transparent’

That headline is not something you would have seen just a few years ago. Amazon has won the Golden Globe for best TV comedy or musical for its Amazon Prime series ‘Transparent’.

The win is being seen as a significant development in the short history of ‘new media’ TV shows. Shows like ‘Breaking Bad’ have brought internet TV into the spotlight, but for ‘Transparent’ however – Amazon produced the show in-house, with CEO Jeff Bezos at the ceremony to pick up the award.

So is this a sign of things to come? An affirmation of ‘new media’? Only time will tell, but it may well already incite just a little fear into the ‘old media’ production companies.

Source: The Verge