There’s a narrative in certain corners of the gaming forum zeitgeist that I block anyone who “doesn’t love” me. These are today’s examples (and one from Saturday night for good measure). I figure blocking them improves their quality of life, and mine too.
"Actually having a character that can react realistically to being shot, or being pulled in with a tractor beam or being hit by another car, that’s really powerful, because you don’t expect that to happen with a physical character," said Sofman. "We want them to feel like they’re human, like they’re alive, like they have a personality."
It may sound almost primitive, these little cars lighting up and playing pew-pew sounds as part of a game. But when kids play with normal, non-sentient cars, they can build an entire world in their imagination, even as they’re using their hands to move cars around on a coffee table. Anki is hoping to tap into that spirit of play, that physical connection that can be even stronger than playing a video game.
Here’s my latest on-camera piece for Polygon: an in-depth preview (along with a lengthy article) about Anki Drive, a car combat video game that’s played in the real world with physical cars. No, really. Super-interesting technology!