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next three weeks. Looks like we are in for a wonderful


festival. It is time for Click. Playtime is over. Games are getting


This week, Click gets to grips with a new genre of video games. Has the


Internet created a new world of artistic collaboration? Or is this


just a visual shouting match? The app that takes the stress out of


splitting the bill. The industry itself has been


criticised as being a risk averse. There are glimmers of more serious


artistic intent. Sports. 1st-person shooters. These


are the sorts of experiences that people imagine when you mention


video games. As the technology that we play video games on the walls, so


has the content itself. Games like call of duty are massive


franchises. There are other stories that can be told. People making


video games can have more courage about the things they can address.


You can have games with very deep and emotional storyline. The


independent sector, while lacking multi-million dollar investment


budgets. Navid Khonsari. He is latest project is an altogether more


personal affair. It is called 1979. It explains the events leading up to


the Iranian revolution. Like many Iranian, his family left the country


as a result of that revolution. These events led to the overthrow of


the Shah. We've got games that take place in Germany in World War II.


Your objective is just to eliminate the soldiers or the enemy and get to


the next stage. It never really gets divulged to the audience. This road


is closed, move along. I find what is really appealing is


that true connection to real-life stories and real-life people. If you


could put that as part of a game, then you are making so much more of


an enriched experience for the user. I think it is absolutely crucial to


bring history into it and I am surprised that not many people are


doing that. Designed for consoles, PCs and


tablets, users assume the role of a man who has come back to find his


country in crisis. The player must make decisions such as choosing


political alliance and choosing who they will all will not help. The


player 's is ultimately affects the outcome. -- the player's choices. He


hopes it will act as an educational tool. If you try and beat someone


over the head with education, it's not going to work. When I play video


games I want to be entertained. It's not that I'm getting hit over the


head with it, but that educational element is coming in passively while


you're being entertained in the foreground.


He won't stop. That Dragon, Cancer. The game that


explores the experiences of the games developer and his family. --


the game's developer. His four-year-old son Joel has been


fighting cancer. To explain to children how Joel was fighting a


dragon called cancer. I hate this room. The first thing that we


produced was a night that I spent in hospital with Joel. It was one of


the worst experiences because he was in so much pain and they could not


do anything to stop it. There was also this moment of grace that


happened. I wanted to share with people the hard aspect of this


night, and bring being bought to the end of myself. There are some things


that video games can do that traditional media card. -- can't. I


can have a conversation with them by offering them various choices and


various paths. I think that can present a far more impactful and a


far more in merciful experience -- in .


We are looking for an hour to an hour and a half. It will explore the


rollercoaster that is living with cancer. We have four children. Most


of the time is spent in laughter in the day to day mundane tasks that


happen in life. A very small amount of our life has been spent in


hospital. This will explore all of that.


Whether it's telling world events, or personal experiences, they are


designed to have an emotional effect on the player long after they put


the control away. Next up, a look at the big tech


stories hitting the wires this week. British MPs want to question Twitter


executives over whether it is doing enough to protect users. It comes


after a feminist campaigner received hundreds of threats after


successfully lobbying to have Jane Austen depicted on the �10 note.


Twitter says it is looking at simplifying its reporting process.


Car giant BMW has unveiled its fully electric car. The usual sleek lines


have gone. So has the cost of running one. It will grow 100 mph on


to minutes of charge -- two minutes. It has a rather petite two


seater electric car. Google has launched a new photo sharing site.


Using the android operating system Jelly Bean 4.2 or later, users can


create... Head turning street view fashion. The Japanese outfits has


revealed that new sales of the Wii U have been so bad. You could be


forgiven for missing it. And intellect -- intergalactic brawl.


The gruelling five-hour battle resulted in the destruction of


nearly 3000 ships. Eve online's virtual currency can be exchanged


These days, everything seems to be moving into the cloud. You can


collaborate with other people, bouncing ideas off each other as if


they are in the same room. If you put them in the same virtual room as


each other. Virtually anything can happen. Dan Simmons has been finding


out. Traditionally, art has been a bit of


a solitary activity. Set up the easel, get painting that fascinating


bowl of fruit. The closest they have come to teamwork has probably been


swapping tips at a painting class. Nowadays, the size of your canvas is


a bit more daunting. WebCanvas .com is one site with enough space for


everyone. It is the radically infinite. -- theoretically. While it


is certainly pretty busy around here, it's hard to tell whether this


is collaboration or competition. It can feel like the equivalent of a


shouting match. He takes a more focused approach. This wormhole of


weird and wonderful. 3651 of them. The site doesn't seem to have


changed much since it was launched 15 years ago. The results feel less


chaotic. It is not just pick is getting the collaborative


treatment. The exquisite forest project back by Google asked


professional and amateur animators to add the twist to an evolving


suite of short stories. Many of these projects over the routes to


the exquisite cadaver or exquisite corpse. -- over their roots. This


parlour game proportionably invented by the French around 19 was all the


rage back in the day. Nearly a hundred years later and the


professionals are shaped -- sharpening their crowns as worlds.


The latest incarnation of the experience comes courtesy of


software maker Adobe. For each project, every participant is given


an hour to complete a piece of digital canvas. They use a piece of


someone else's work as a starting point. It integrates with web


sharing websites. Adobe hopes this will make getting feedback and


working together a bit easier. would love to meet the other people


adjacent to my piece of work and see what they think of how I responded


to what they did and vice-versa. That is really nice to talk to


people about your own work and how your work relates to the heirs.


finished work is over a kilometre long. Results are quite mixed. Some


people taking the collaborative spirit to heart but others ignoring


it all together. And that could be the fundamental flaw. If we ever


hope to cloud source a masterpiece, surely it is going to be more than a


roomful of people shouting at each other. These collective project


certainly emphasise individuality. Perhaps their beauty is in the


juxtaposition of human expression. Rather than the realisation of a


shared vision. Dan Simmons with the artwork that goes on and on and on.


Nights out with friends can be great, up until the point where you


have two split the bill. I've seen grown men cry arguing over who had


what. But one person who never loses any sleep over that is Kate


Russell. And not because she does not have any mates, at because she


has an app for that. It comes Webscape. Keeping track of your


finances can get complicated, especially if you share expenses


with friends or flatmates. Built in as an act which should stop it


coming to blows over cash flow, as it lets you easily record who owes


what, keeping everybody informed by e-mail. Splitting a restaurant bill


can be such hard work. Douglas Adams even used it as a concept for


carrying a space ship in his famous at chukkas guide series. The bistro


magic drive. It is a beautiful idea but if you want to create enough


energy for interstellar travel you do not want to pick this application


art. As well as free iPhone and android applications to tally up as


you go, you can use the Facebook blog on to keep a note to your


browser. With your splitting holiday expenses or spotting a colleague a


fiver for lunch you need never loose track of another debt. There are 40


default currencies to choose from, including that coins. If that is the


way you trade with your buddies. There are lots of online tools to


help you pick a holiday destination. Once you have, it is all about


getting the best deal in macro the perfect hotel at the right time of


year. That is where this application wants to help. Instead of a straight


price comparison tool that lets you compare different flights, dates or


even destinations, side by side on visual pin boards. Connecting


socially with others to collaborate on a decision. A consumer study last


you showed that 87% of travellers use the Internet to help plan their


trip. With over 70% being influenced by social recommendations. A hot


topic on the web now as developers rushed to come up with the perfect


business model for cashing in on this trend. Prices and flight


details are tracked and updated in real-time on you decide on your


final item in a reverie, making this a quick and responsive solution for


group travel, even when you're travelling companions are not. The


web is now awash with infographics, eye-catching colourful displays of


complex information and data set, created supposedly to make it easier


to digests them. This is a neat call that lets you make your own no mess,


no fast just click and low to edit one of the predesigned templates


adding charts, maps, images and video. I have been quite vocal in


the past about how much I despise infographics. It is not that I have


a problem with the concept, only when it is used as a cheap way of


adding eye candy to a site. If a graphic does not ring clarity to the


information you share, will it really does is make your web page


loads slower. That is just annoying. The free account lets you share work


posted on an programme through the usual channels. If you want to share


it privately or download to host on your own website or share off-line,


you will have two upgrade to the pro account. With billions and billions


of indexed pages, the web is a huge and space. One day to visualise


expert has used interactive graphics to help us see the bigger picture by


creating a stunning galaxy of Internet traffic. It contains


350,000 planets which represent the most clicked on websites. All


colour-coded by country. As you zoom, more websites are revealed.


This is a perfect example of how to make information more accessible


through a visual representation. If you must, you can call it an


infographics. Talking of maps, quirky presentation tool has added a


new set of features to their popular service this week that allow users


to collaborate in real-time across the globe. Up to ten people can work


together on a whiteboard style environment or you can deliver your


presentation live to 30 viewers. To celebrate, the company has made an


interactive map that lets you explore public collaborations in


real time. In other map news, Google announced recently it will be


closing to social location sharing tools. Attitude retires on the 9th


of August and the plus local application known as Google places


goes a similar way on the seventh. In their place, it has relaunched a


web tool in smart application that android and iPhone users can use to


find the best clubs and restaurants. The recommendations are selected and


reviewed by industry experts, it is more of a guide than a social


engine. The interface is delicious. There is a good selection of videos


to get into as well. Right now the site and applications only cover


eight American cities plus London, although Google says that will


increase to 50 destinations with more places of interest covered like


hotels and shopping. That is Webscape. The links are available at


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