SXSW ConceptArt.org panel which took place in March 2011 and featured speakers such as Lorne Lanning of Oddworld fame and Jason Manley, co-founder of ConceptArt.org and The Art Department, has now been published online in audible form. Topics discussed, amongst many others, include the rise of conceptart.org, virtual schools compared to traditional curicculums, and the struggles the modern-day artist face while trying to survive the ever-accelerating changes taking place in the industry. If you’re a digital artist or traditional illustrator looking for information on how to market yourself to the world, this session is pure gold, don’t miss it! Listen to it hereThe
The Venice Biennial, one of Europe’s major contemporary art events, have since June 4th been showcasing a large collection of prints from the Oddworld games in a special event dedicated to the art in video games entitled “Neoludica. Art is a Game 2011-1966”. The event takes place in two locations, one in Centro Culturale Candiani in Mestre, focusing on commercial console games and video game history, the other in Sala Laneri focusing on the work of independent artists. You will be able to catch the Oddworld prints as well as other playable console games in Mestre. The event can be visited until November 27th. Press Release Neoludica Official Website (Italian)
Just Add Water has announced that three Oddworld titles will be released on the PlayStation Vita, the successor to the PlayStation Portable formerly known as the Next Generation Portable (or NGP). Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee and Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath will be released on the PSVita this holiday season. The developer tweeted and posted on Facebook immediately after Sony’s press conference at E3, which demonstrated the PSVita and its ability to synchronize save games between it and the PS3, allowing players to continue their progress on either device. This feature will be enabled for both Oddworld titles.
Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee and Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath coming to PS Vita this holiday season, with cross platform cloud saves #E3The developer also confirmed that Abe HD will appear on Vita in the future. What’s more, since Vita is backward compatible with downloadable PSP games, it will also play Abe’s Oddysee and Abe’s Exoddus. Discuss this story on the Oddworld Forums. Update: Speaking to Eurogamer, Stewart Gilray added that these ports will make use of Vita’s touchscreen.
“In a way that allows the player to play the same game as a full console title or as a handheld title. It’s also allowed us to improve on the design in terms of being able to affect things directly.” Elaborating on this, he added as an example: “Abe can pickup a fellow Mudokon by simply tapping the screen, and other gesture-based input”.