driver san francisco Articles RSS Feed | driver san francisco RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Why More Games Need A Built-In Editor Like GTA 5's Thu, 23 Apr 2015 19:04:51 -0400 Pierre Fouquet

Grand Theft Auto 5 released on the 14th April 2015 for PC, after being pushed back several times the PC version came the Rockstar Editor. This is a built-in video editing suite that allows you to set camera angles, cut, export and everything else you would expect from an editing program. It works by creating a 3D 'bubble' around the player, within this is where you can move the free camera.

Camera angles only work in third person, first person locks the recording to that view. Other recording programs simply record what you see and give you limited cutting and colour tools (e.g. brightness and contrast).

After playing around with the GTA 5 editor, it made me realize that I want an editor with that level of detail in more games, if not all games.

Some platforms have clip editors built into them

...the PS4 makes it much easier to record gameplay.

The Xbox One has the Upload Studio and Game DVR apps, the latter allows you to record footage, and the former allows you to manipulate it. However there are no camera angle changes, and you can only stitch together a limited amount of clips. In the Upload Studio you can either use one clip and simply cut it, you can use a picture-in-picture mode to run two clips simultaneously (one of the clips can be from the Kinect). And then it gets strange, as you can then string together 3 or 5 clips, and exactly that many; no more, no less. Game DVR allows for a maximum of 5 minutes recording time. You can either record the preceding 30 or 45 seconds or 1, 3 or 5 minutes, or you can choose to record any future gameplay for up to 5 minutes at a time.

The PS4 has the SHAREfactory and Share button. With the share button you can record up to 15 minutes of gameplay; the PS4 makes it much easier to record gameplay. On the editing side there are not as many restrictions as on the Xbox One, you can have plenty enough clips to edit a good length video, in fact I have not yet found a clip limit beyond what can be stored on the hard drive.

As with the Xbox One app, you can also have a picture-in-picture mode, but in addition you can add your own music as well as a set of more interesting transitions.

The PS4 offering is the closest video editor to the Rockstar Editor for on-console solutions, all it lacks is the 3D bubble mechanic to allow for the camera angles.

Who thinks it would be possible for games to allow for the built-in recording and editing suites on consoles to tap into the games and record a 3D bubble? Of course, this would mean the game needs to be open to this from the start, and somehow interact with the console. I guess it's a technical hurdle that may now be able to feasible with the current generation.

Games with clip cutting from the past

GTA 4 on PC also had a fairly substantial editor, it was a great first step towards what we now see in GTA 5, but it was not the first. The earliest game I can remember to have an editor, which allowed you to change camera angles, was Driver on the PS1 with the Director Mode.

Come to think of it I think it may have been the first game to have this type of feature. Director Mode also featured in the newer Driver: San Fransisco. The camera angles are limited as you can only select from preset angles, and the editor is not quite as intuitive as the Rockstar Editor.

Having said that the Rockstar Editor is far more powerful than anything I've seen before. There are some great car chases that came out of the Driver Director Mode, some remind me heavily of '80s cop show and action movie chases, so having a harder to use or more basic tools doesn't stop it being used for some great stuff.

Halo 3 was the first in the Halo series to feature the Theater mode; the game automatically recorded all your gameplay from multiplayer which you could then scrub through and make a video from. To my memory, Halo 3 was also the first game to feature a free camera within a video recording context. It helped boost Rooster Teeth's Red vs. Blue from something that was very popular to one of the flagship web shows, even with such a simple editor as seen in Halo 3, the free camera gave the series a much more professional and cinematic feel.

So why do more games need a video editor?

All of the built-in video editing tools I just mentioned are steps towards what is now possible in GTA 5's Rockstar Editor, but the one thing they are missing is that all important bubble. Halo brought the free camera, Driver brought the camera angles, the speed changing, and the character tracking. The console options show that a reasonably powerful video editing tool can be brought to console, be very user-friendly and that the consoles themselves are powerful enough to handle it.

That now brings me to my reasons:

1. Creativity

Many gamers are creative. I think this is part of being a gamer, creatively thinking about how to tackle the situation put in front of you. Now you can create your very own short videos, even create an entire film using your favorite game. Imagine creating a short video about your Skyrim travels or your epic voyage across America in The Crew, all with tools available in-game.

2. Free promotion

Developers will no longer need to make 150 trailers about their game, as this is a massive waste of time and money, why not let the game speak for itself? Players could create videos that basically act as free advertising for the game. Sales can happen at any time, they don't all need to happen in the first week.

3. Filmic play throughs

Imagine instead of simply watching a 10-minute playthrough wouldn't it be much more awesome to watch a 10-minute action movie? My answer is yes!

4. It's just fun

For me, it's just a double win, I get to play games, which I love doing. Then I also get to let my creative side out and make my terrible game playing skills look amazing. I can then promptly share that with the world.

5. Glitches can look epic

Have you ever had one of those glitches where you just wished you could get a better angle of it? Well... now you can, and you would also be able to slow it down, and add fancy effects to it.

Too complicated?
Maybe I just have Rockstar Editor love, I may have just fallen for an impossible love...

 Maybe I just have Rockstar Editor love, I may have just fallen for an impossible love which only GTA 5 can realise. It might be too much of a technical hurdle to pull off, and may take too much time to implement. But how amazing would it be if we lived in a gaming world where all of the games had their own editors? Imagine the longevity that a game could reach.

Mods give Bethesda games exceptionally long lives, and the current way to keep people playing it to have an XP based multiplayer system, but which brings more stories and keeps people playing longer? I would say it's the user-created content which gives games longer lives than XP systems. Developers make games, but communities keep them alive. Why not help communities grow by giving them tools to not only create mods, but then create professional looking trailers for those mods? Or maybe there was just a cool story a gamer wanted to share.

Would you like to see tools of this sort in more games? Tell me about it in the comments below. 

5 Games That Failed But Earned A Second Chance Sun, 04 Jan 2015 04:35:10 -0500 Stan Rezaee

The path to success is always met with a series of failures, and the gaming world is no exception. Not every game series started with a major hit, as several iconic titles had a rocky start.

The following are examples of five major games that failed at first but the creators worked to learn from their mistakes.   

5. Driver 

The series started as an icon during the days of the PlayStation but became a joke when Driv3r failed to redefine the genre. A follow-up, Driver: Parallel Lines, was also met with modest reviews by critics and failed to reignite gamers' interest. By the time gaming entered the Seventh Generation, the series was almost forgotten.

After Ubisoft acquired the rights to the series, they aimed to redeem it for the fans. Driver: San Francisco abandoned the GTA-style elements and returned the series to its roots while introducing new gameplay content. This paid off, as Driver: San Francisco was highly praised by critics and became a hit among gamers.

4. Just Cause

This was one of those games that had a good concept but terrible execution. Just Cause has Rico Rodriguez working to overthrow a South American dictator by waging a guerrilla war alongside rebel factions. 

However, its clunky function along with poor control setup earned it mediocre reviews from critics and gamers. It also failed to standout from games like Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

All the game needed was a little polishing, and it paid off with an iconic sequel. Just Cause 2 kept the premise of the original, but had smoother controls and gave players a more reliable gaming experience.

Gamers fell in love with Just Cause 2 so much that a group of dedicated fans created a multiplayer function that received the blessing of the game's developers. Meanwhile, Just Cause 3 is in the works and is set to be released sometime in 2015.

3. Hitman

Mr. 47's introduction to the gaming community didn't go as Eidos and IO Interactive planned. Despite its unique premise, Hitman: Codename 47 suffered from poor controls and clunky gameplay. Critics were not impressed, but it did develop a small cult following.  

One thing gamers had to admire about Eidos was their ability to learn from their mistakes and apply that knowledge to sequels. Hitman 2: Silent Assassins fixed the clunky gameplay and presented a polished second chance for Mr. 47.

The sequel was highly praised by critics and fans. Its success was followed by Hitman: Contracts, a retelling of the first game by recreating several of the original missions. 

2. Killzone

The series has become staple for PlayStation gamers, but many forget the game failed to be a classic when it was first released. The original game for the PS2, a fast-paced action shooter set in a futuristic conflict zone, was marketed as Sony's grittier rival to the Halo series.

However, the game was met with mediocre reviews and was mocked by gamers for failing to live up to the hype. This could have been the end of the Second Extrasolar War.

The series earned a little redemption thanks to Killzone: Liberation for the PSP. But more needed to be done save the series. Lessons were learned in time for the Seventh Generation consoles, and the result was Killzone 2.

The sequel was a hit among gamers and was praised by critics as one of the best shooters for the PS3. Its follow-up, Killzone 3 improved an already successful setup and avoided being branded as a Call of Duty knockoff.

1. Grand Theft Auto

A game series doesn't become a cultural landmark without going through some trial and error. The series started as an innocent racing game titled Race'n'Chase, before a glitch convinced DMA to create what is known as Grand Theft Auto.

The game was a success on the PC, but failed to gain the attention of console gamers and received mediocre ratings. Grand Theft Auto 2 did no better. This would have been the end of the series unless real changes were made.

Grand Theft Auto III took the concept of its predecessors and incorporated it into a 3D environment. The result transformed the video game world, moving it from being a niche culture toward becoming part of popular culture.

Its success was followed with Grand Theft Auto: Vice City  along with Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, which broke its predecessors' records and raised the bar for the gaming industry. At the same time, the concept of open world-gaming became of the most popular genres.

The legacy of the series has not ended, as the 2013 release of Grand Theft Auto V sold over $1 billion in three days, making it the fastest-selling title of all time. The PS4 and Xbox One ports were released in late 2014, but gamers are still anticipating the PC version.

The moral of the story is that everyone will fail, but a successful person or company can and will learn from their mistakes.

[UPDATE] 33% - 93% Off; Xbox Live Sales And Specials For February Tue, 18 Feb 2014 04:42:08 -0500 Coatedpolecat


Dust: An Elysian Tail is a 2-D platformer that revitalized my interest in the genre. This combo-driven gameplay is complimented with a wonderfully written game and score. Complete with a talking sword and a flying rat, you're getting a bargain at only $2.99.


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Rock Band Blitz is a controller based music rhythm game. You can tap your way to fun with this discounted game at $4.04.


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Dungeons & Dragons Daggerdale is a hack-n-slash adventure. It brings the 4th rule set of D&D to life for only $1.99.


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Guardians of Middle Earth is Xbox Live's first true MOBA experience. When the game released it had some server issues, but they have seem to ironed them out now. You can play as your favorite LOTR character for only $1.04.


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Alan Wake's American Nightmare takes place in the same fiction and story-line as the original game. This is simply a separate DLC, which doesn't require the original game to play. For only $2.99 this is one nightmare you don't want to wake up from.


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Motocross Madness makes use of your Avatar as you navigate multiple terrains in the arcade dirt-bike racing game. For only $1.99 I guess it can't hurt to eat some dirt.


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Batman: Arkham City got awarded several 10/10 scores and is still a highly regarded entry into the recent reboot of the Dark Knight. For only $4.99 you can thwart evil doers until the break of dawn.


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Fable III is a very popular action-RPG that focuses on decision that alter the story, how people interact with you, and changes your characters appearance. This great adventure is yours for only $7.49.


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Driver San Francisco is a character story-based urban racing game. Though you're on a manhunt, you don't have to search too far to find a great value at $6.59.


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DiRT 3 is a well polished arcade racer. For only $4.99 you can get plenty of smiles per gallon out of this bargain.


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Asura's Wrath is an underrated action game that consists of a plethora of quick time events. This game costs only $7.59 and both its DLC are discounted to only $1.99 a pop.


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Mass Effect is a great series and the very first of the trilogy. If you've wanted to play the beginning of this stellar story it's on sale for only $3.74. There is no discounted DLC for this iteration.


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Portal 2 is a physics-based puzzler with a single player and co-op campaign. Venisia with GameSkinny wrote a great review about the game. The price of the game is $9.89 with the free Peer Review DLC.


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The following games will be on sale until February 25th, 2014 and are part of "the Ultimate Games Sale." Hurry before it's too late.


Dragonball Z Budokai HD is along the same lines as the slide prior to this one. This game is based on a different part of that story and actually precedes Tenkaichi and will cost you another $30.


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Dragonball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi is on sale for $30. The game is based on the TV cartoon series, and with that you get another fighting game included in this sale.


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Hot Wheels: World's Best Driver will set you back $20. Having not played or heard of this game - nor could I find a site that reviewed it - I can only imagine that price should be a little lower.


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Zumba Fitness Core is $30 for the rest of the month. Now to find the energy and motivation.


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Killer Is Dead was written by Suda; those who are a fan of his work would find this game very familiar in style. In the action-packed game, you're a cyborg that wields a sword. The title is priced at $30 until the end of the month.


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From the creators of Mortal Kombat comes Injustice: Gods Among Us. This stunning brawler will cost you $40 in this month's sale.


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NBA 2K14 is just about the only basketball simulator. In addition to the RPG elements during an optional campaign, this sports franchise's gameplay and textures are top notch--and the game is only $40 until next Tuesday. This sale is now over.


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As of Tuesday (2/11/2014), Xbox Live is having a decent sale on select games. NBA 2K14 is the deal of the week, while the rest of the games highlighted here are discounted throughout the rest of the month. Enjoy!


[UPDATE - starting on slide 9] According to Major Nelson's website there are some pretty awesome deals right through February 25th. Stay tuned for the daily updates that are supposed to take place as well.