Let The Games Begin

Casual Connect is the very first Gaming Conference I have attended – in that the others have had a cross-platform focus. In my teens I would have called myself a Gamer – except back then we were kicking back with first with Zork, Camel, Brick Out… and later on all the best games were in the arcades anyway…

I also got my kicks from Typing Tudor – which has served me well. As you can see games still required you to really use your imagination back then. It was before search engines, I was young and got very confused when it prompted me to crawl inside the dumb waiter.

I’ll clarify, it’s not that I’m ancient (unless you’re a teen in which case, yes, yes I am) – I was just very fortunate that we lived above my mother’s office and so I had access to her Apple II Plus. She was also very pro-active about getting myself and my siblings coding, in the early days of C++. I remember using those skills in my final year of primary school to program the computer to taunt my teacher for his love of Manchester United…

Back to Casual Connect – I was running with a different crowd, and it’s always good to mix things up and step outside of your comfort zone. I was surprised by the large amount of Eastern European Professionals – and also met some great folks in E-sports.

Magic Leap has been wrapped in secrecy – and in Australia there’s also that we’re not a large enough market for any talks or exposure from their team so it was great to be at the Masterclass Bringing Pixels To The World from Aleissia Laidacker, Interaction Director and Brian Schwab, Director of Interaction Lab, sharing some insight into the capabilities and potential for the Magic Leap One.

My take-home – somebody, somewhere better be making an MR Zombie game for the Leap One – but also once this tech gets into homes people are going to have accidents…

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