Japanese original art is closely linked to mathematics, as Robert J. Lang writes in his 2003 book. Origami Design Secrets. The art form was derived from the transformation of a four-sided paper, but the description of something was beautiful, and the most famous example, perhaps of a paper crane. About the famous sports designer Eric Chahi, who is well known There is another world Y Heart of darkness, works similarly to the complex world of big data. To discuss this, Chahi created a gallery called Pixel Reef in 2016 and began working on his new project: PlayStation VR exclusive. Animal activity.
“The idea came from wanting to make a game for wild animals,” Chahi tells me over the phone. Two weeks ago, he sent me a demo PORT OF ONEHUNGA at Gamescom 2019, which explores its fascinating world of virtual reality, where the characters are nurtured by a unique ecosystem by integrating themselves in virtual reality.
On the Animal work, you are playing as a VR user viewing real-world data, which means the game is based on experiences, i.e. meta. From what I have played, your task is to find different types of variants derived from data sets, some of which are primary animals, but different species of animals. Because none of these are always meaningful because of what makes them unique: a very different world made from code, but one that is very much alive. In particular, the ko vivo.
Chahi explains that he is very thoughtful about Animal Paper it was a long time before he started developing the game. For him, the idea turned his head “like a rotating satellite to connect things.” The modern world is seeing a lot of information in the virtual space, always evolving from one era to the next. “Today, we have a lot of writing everywhere, and we also have a lot of information, like email,” he explains. “There’s a lot of information everywhere.”
Chahi knew this was possible with a new and exciting approach to placing a game, but he was not sure how to use his vision to connect the characters. From the first example, it was based on the connection of paper with large documents and the structure of a world full of plants and vegetation. “It’s not real, but it’s a data connection,” he told me. «The use of paper to write on, which is closely linked to the information, [porque] a link to the information. So why not create a world born of big stories? “
Chahi was a beginner, but he knew he had to push the edge further if he wanted to accurately create the data that came from it and that it would also keep the ecosystem intact. “When you were in the game, it was just kind of useless,” he explains. But there are some types of magic or anomalies everywhere, such as clouds or after sky and storms. And these animals are made of paper or something different. In the game, you need to understand the pressure of important information, born of information. But sometimes the world gets in, and it’s not really cool for these animals. “
Soon, however, the verses of Animal Paper it will be amazing. To think that this is an experimental project, in AI design and philosophy, but it is also relevant to our understanding of the nature of the modern world. Chahi says, “Turning it off is hard [de datos]»That is why the connection between the real world and the digital world has been so rapid and so influential.
However, this is more of a test than prediction. “This is a metaphorical idea,” Chahi explains. “I don’t think it would have happened if it had happened the work of animals. It’s a very different thing. If something arises from the understanding that some computers can compile the parts of what we are setting up, we can assume that it is a form [de que]. But we do not know. I think with AI, we’ll be really surprised in 20 years, maybe less. We are still learning. Sometimes it’s really bad. “
In the world of Animal work, many curiosities and other anomalies that are directly related to each other. However, one aspect of the creature, as a guide for this intriguing space, stands out from the others not in its simplicity, but in its ingenuity. You can play with small animals, capture them with your machine powers and pump them into a state of control, before simply descending to restore your physical requests for data fragments. But this huge creature can’t be controlled, let alone.
“This is a complete mystery,” Chahi says, “because the first thing that creates the connection between the Animal activity world and player. The creature is clearer than the player. Why is this so? It is a mystery. But later on in a risky project, you may encounter this creature. “Cryptic, but the nature of the data generated by the microcosm has evolved into a different and invisible world.
Chahi wants players to experience the joy of discovery when this creature trusts them and begins to demonstrate its computing power. He wants those who travel throughout his world to realize that he is a rich man in his own worldly wonders, mysterious and peaceful, at times, disturbing.
«The important thing is to interact with the work of animals and, the idea that there is life, these creatures are very real and have a special status, ”he told me. «It seems like the best thing to see a world is not just by seeing it, but by interacting with it and touching it and experiencing something special and special. At some point in life, we went to the mountains and it was sunny. Then another storm comes, and it rains, and you have to go somewhere. But it was amazing. When you remember this, it will be a good memory because he lived in something powerful and beautiful at the same time. “
To Chahi’s eyes, this Karo idea of enlightenment is the subject of PORT OF ONEHUNGA. “Some of the games are poetic,” he said, “but the work of animals , a poem on all sides. “However, the Chahi of the game is still in the paintings where a machine was created that was not just made, but as an example of its whole purpose.” It is not the Union, and it is in Unity, there is another machine, “explains Chahi.” We have developed it, because we did more physics, and 95 percent of the face is an eye. There is a machine in the machine. “
The main reason Chahi built his own machine to build the work of animals compatible with rv systems. According to him, virtual reality is a great need for establishment and evaluation that his group has not been able to achieve through the right Union “because the Union is a black box, which sometimes we can not all the work. ” This is the time when the cross returns home. «Inside, we call [motor] Atoll, ”he explained. “We called the Atoll because we wanted the development environment to be peaceful. And Píxel de Arrecife felt the same way. The Pixel Reef as a company is just a place for creative people to be at peace and making something. »
For those who don’t know, a rock is a circular rock that surrounds a valley where a stream sits on a lost volcano that has sunk to the depths of the water. Surprisingly – well, strangely, very well – people just sit there while the speed of the landslide is accelerating, increasing in size, combining corruption with growth and destruction with artificial. This idea was expressed at the end of my presentation at the beginning of a violent storm that engulfed the speech blocks in great depth. As a way of rescuing from the onslaught of danger, your lost guide will accompany you to the dark light of the cave before entering the darkness by pushing a rock in front of the entrance and you will be greeted with a escape. but from the storm. It’s not just talk, but it’s very face-to-face and emotional, a connection between you and the virtual world of PORT OF ONEHUNGA.
“It’s always fun to talk about games,” Chahi told me before saying goodbye to each other. “If you have time, I have time.” His parting words to perfection are a testament to his passion for this wonderful and different world of promotional media where he pursued his goal as a PSVR player to lead the questioning of his emotions inside for real life A world where code becomes a living organism. And at the end of the day, the lines between the real and the big documents begin to blur, and what was created before is real, powerful, and very influential.
Animal activity is being released later this year for the PlayStation VR.