Report Recommends Big Changes To UK Game Education
The influential Livingstone Hope report is set to release in full later today. Authored by the revered indutry veteran Ian Livingstone (Eidos Life President and UK gaming guru), it strongly recommends sweeping changes to the Information Technology curriculum in order to help Britain compete in the increasingly-important gaming market.
Videogames production plays to the UK’s twin strengths of creativity and high-technology and ticks all the boxes for the digital economy.
But despite young people being passionate about videogames, they are unaware that games such as Grand Theft Auto and SingStar were developed in the UK and unaware of the career opportunities in the UK.
The report suggests that Computer Science should replace information technology, with a new focus on teaching programming languages and coding skills over... you know... creating fake restaurant menus and suchlike. What's more, Livingstone also suggests that IT and art should be taught together rather than kept apart. After all, we all know that games are fast becoming an emergent art form. [GI]
We steadfastly believe that Britain is a great gaming nation- and that these measures would usher in a new generation of videogame developers. Should we change our curriculum to get with the programme? Did your IT lessons teach you anything remotely useful? Have your say in the comments!
UPDATE: I Am Alive Goes Downloadable; Out This Year?
Update: This story has unfortunately been outed as a fake. Thanks for the subtle heads-up, ODB!
I Am Alive is an innovative survival game that was announced two years ago, with a turbulent dev cycle resulting in genuine doubt as to whether it would ever hit the shelves. However, Ubisoft exec Jane Raymond has revealed that it never will... because the project is now slated as a downloadable release for PSN and XBLA.
Project Dark Is Dead. Long Live Dark Soul!
When From Software unveiled 'Project Dark' at last year's Tokyo Games Show, many gamers and pundits wondered whether it had any connection to Demon's Souls. After all, the action and art style seemed to be overwhelmingly similar to the wildly-successful PS3 sleeper hit. From Software were quick to deny that Project Dark was the working title for Demon's Souls 2... and have revealed that it has nothing to do with the franchise whatsoever.
In fact, it's had a complete change of identity. According to Famitsu Magazine (via GAF), the project is know known as Dark Soul- and is set in an entirely new "medieval dark fantasy" universe. Apparently the gameplay will be similar to Demon's Souls in terms of hardcore trial-and-error combat, but that's where the inspiration ends.
Dark Soul is set for a simultaneous PS3 and Xbox 360 release some time this year. We'll keep you up to date with the latest. [GAF]
Playstation Suite Takes Aim At iOS And WP7
Sony's Playstation Suite is set to bring first-party Playstation content to Android handhelds later this year, but SCE boss Kaz Hirai has suggested that this is just the tip of the iceberg. Most pundits assume that Apple is the major rival for the recently-unveiled Sony NGP and related services (along with Windows Phone 7 to a lesser extent), but Hirai would like to see Playstation Suite available on all platforms. That way, everybody gets paid.
There are a variety of operating systems, but we're focusing first on Android. There's also Windows, iOS and so forth, but we don't have the resources to make it compatible with everything from the start.
We have a completely open stance with carriers and handset makers. - SCE President Kaz Hirai
However, considering that Apple has recently rejected the Sony Reader from the App Store, it's likely that there'll be a serious conflict of interest. This move will also possibly anger Sony Ericsson, who stand to lose an important target audience for the Zeus 'Playstation Phone' Z1. We'll bring you the details as this story develops. [Thanks, Andriasang]