Can a Computer Play the Perfect Game of Super Mario?

Maybe you’ve seen these videos online of video game “speed-runs,” where the goal is to complete, let’s say, a game of “Super Mario Bros.” as fast as possible. They generally fall into one of two categories: actual humans playing the game in real-time, punching actual buttons and all that, or the “tool-assisted” variant, where players […]

Bright/Kauffman/Crane Productions

This is a screenshot of the Bright/Kauffman/Crane Productions logo as it appeared on the “Friends” DVD sets:   This is a screenshot of the Bright/Kauffman/Crane Productions logo as it appeared on episode 15 of season 6 of the “Friends” blu-ray set:   And this is a screenshot of the Bright/Kauffman/Crane Productions logo as it appeared on every […]

Motion Capture and Movie Future

Something I’ve been thinking about quite a lot recently is the current state and possible future of motion capture performances. We’re already seeing a wide range of incredibly detailed and realistic computer-generated creatures performed and inhabited by actors in movies like the “of the Planet of the Apes”-series, the recent “The Hobbit” films, or this […]