early development

thundermaster258 asked:

When creating a cast of characters do usually make all of them once and than decide who will have a major role and who will win ect or do you create a few a characters who you decide early on will have a

The cast is normally locked down before we decide who goes how far and why. There are often a lot of character changes in the early development stages.


Prototype screens of Dragon King, the proof-of-concept sumo-wrestling game that would grow into Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 64.

The background is of a suburb not far from NoJ’s offices.

source - (Unseen64)


Goodnight Lad: An augmented reality children’s book.

Originally put on kickstarter with a $5000 start up price, this book has gained over $36,000 and is sure to be a game changer in early learning and development.

This book works by pointing your smartphone at the book, with new amazing animations, stories and learning opportunities on each page.


First almost fully-formed human brain grown in lab

An almost fully-formed human brain has been grown in a lab for the first time, claim scientists from Ohio State University. The team behind the feat hope the brain could transform our understanding of neurological disease.

Though not conscious the miniature brain, which resembles that of a five-week-old foetus, could potentially be useful for scientists who want to study the progression of developmental diseases. It could also be used to test drugs for conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, since the regions they affect are in place during an early stage of brain development.

The brain, which is about the size of a pencil eraser, is engineered from adult human skin cells and is the most complete human brain model yet developed, claimed Rene Anand of Ohio State University, Columbus, who presented the work today at the Military Health System Research Symposium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Previous attempts at growing whole brains have at best achieved mini-organs that resemble those of nine-week-old foetuses, although these “cerebral organoids” were not complete and only contained certain aspects of the brain. “We have grown the entire brain from the get-go,” said Anand.

Anand and his colleagues claim to have reproduced 99% of the brain’s diverse cell types and genes. They say their brain also contains a spinal cord, signalling circuitry and even a retina.

The ethical concerns were non-existent, said Anand. “We don’t have any sensory stimuli entering the brain. This brain is not thinking in any way.”

Anand claims to have created the brain by converting adult skin cells into pluripotent cells: stem cells that can be programmed to become any tissue in the body. These were then grown in a specialised environment that persuaded the stem cells to grow into all the different components of the brain and central nervous system.

According to Anand, it takes about 12 weeks to create a brain that resembles the maturity of a five-week-old foetus. To go further would require a network of blood vessels that the team cannot yet produce. “We’d need an artificial heart to help the brain grow further in development,” said Anand.

Several researchers said it was hard to judge the quality of the work without access to more data, which Anand is keeping under wraps due to a pending patent on the technique. Many were uncomfortable that the team had released information to the press without the science having gone through peer review.

Zameel Cader, a consultant neurologist at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, said that while the work sounds very exciting, it’s not yet possible to judge its impact. “When someone makes such an extraordinary claim as this, you have to be cautious until they are willing to reveal their data.”

If the team’s claims prove true, the technique could revolutionise personalised medicine. “If you have an inherited disease, for example, you could give us a sample of skin cells, we could make a brain and then ask what’s going on,” said Anand.

You could also test the effect of different environmental toxins on the growing brain, he added. “We can look at the expression of every gene in the human genome at every step of the development process and see how they change with different toxins. Maybe then we’ll be able to say ‘holy cow, this one isn’t good for you.’”

For now, the team say they are focusing on using the brain for military research, to understand the effect of post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries.


Image:  The tiny brain, which resembles that of a five-week-old foetus, is not conscious. Ohio State University

Early 2010.

This was a cover for the first stab I took at this story.  That early draft had a lot of this dream symbolism going on where people visually experienced their emotions.  If someone were “drowning in grief” they would literally become just soaked in water to the point of drowning. If someones heart were broken, they could literally open their chest and show other people where it was cracked apart.  Of course, here I think it’s pretty clear that the figure on the cover had a heart that was “burning”, though whether it was in passion or rage was not meant to be clear.  

I still really like this cover (at least the idea if not the actual drawing) and concept.  It doesn’t work for the comic as it is now, but I may return to it one day. 

Also…I am so, unbelievably, impossibly, utterly sorry for that font.  I was young!  I didn’t know what I was doing!!!

Just 7 more days until The Light Eaters debuts my lovelies!  Enjoy!  :)


Elsa - Concept Designs

Elsa’s original portrayal as a villain (her original intended villain role is shown in a deleted scene made early in development) depicted her as being a ruthless, cold-hearted tyrant who had an entire army of giant snowmen as henchmen (who would eventually be replaced by one giant snowman, Marshmallow). (x)

In addition to her completely different personality, Elsa also had a very different look! Her long white-blonde hair was going to be short, spiky and blue, which matched her original light blue skin! What might be the strangest thing about the original Elsa character is that her coat was going to be made out of living weasels! (x)

Designs and artwork by Claire Keane, Lisa Keene,Victoria Ying


by Joey Pedras (@joeypedras)

Bob Greenblatt, NBC Entertainment chairman, told The Hollywood Reporter that they are currently looking for a way to reboot the series.

“Yes, we’re in the early stages of developing a new take on Xena and we’re looking for a writer. We want to do it.”

Now there’s no word yet on how Lucy Lawless will be involved, but NBC execs would definitely like her to be a part of it. Here’s what Greenblatt had to say about it being a sequel,

“I don’t think it’s just a continuation, but we haven’t gotten that far. I think it’s a great character, and we should try to figure out how to revive it somehow.”

He also stated that producers Sam Raimi, and Rob Tapert have a deal to come on for the reboot.

Here’s what he said on Lawless returning to the show,

"We’d love to have Lucy be a part of it — if we felt that her presence didn’t overshadow the direction we take with it. I’m not sure how she could be part of it if she wasn’t playing Xena, and I don’t know if that’s a direction we’ll ever go.”

So there you have it. The show will be coming back in some form. Which form? Nobody seems to be sure. Thought it’s very much looking like it will be a full-on reboot of the series. If they decide to make the show a sequel of sorts I’m sure very few people would object to that. It’ll be some time before we see anything from the show since it’s in its very early stages. Maybe within a few months we’ll hear some real exciting news.

(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)

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anonymous asked:

AU family playing monopoly?

its a total wreck (elise and hinoka beat leon up somewhere in the bg)

marx always plays with handicaps (like 2x less starting money or cant buy anything for first 5 turns) bc hes too good at SERIOUS BUSINESS and would own everyone

takumi tries to buy most expensive spaces to develop them early in the game but he usually fails and bankrupts first

kamuis always hoard all ‘get out of jail’ cards and sell them later to desperate players at ridiculous prices

camilla and aqua race who will buy all railroads and utilities first

but the most dangerous player is sakura.

she takes so much after marx in terms of business and hes so proud


Highway Fight Squad is a wonderfully chaotic first person truck riding game, in which you must survive by leaping between trucks driven by crazed drivers before they cash or flip over.

Still very early in development, but looking ridiculously fun already, in Highway Fight Squad the trucks behave like a herd of stampeding cattle, bashing and smashing each other out the way with no regard for road safety.  This can make your situation very dicey indeed, as you are standing on-top of these trucks and they can flip over in an instant.  So the trick is to pay attention to what’s happening on the road, and how it’s going to affect your truck - if you think it’s about to flip over you must attempt to jump to another (hopefully safer) truck.

Coming from the same developer as Air Brawl, we can’t wait to see more of Highway Fight Squad’s ridiculous high speed truck jumping antics.  It’s looks incredibly fun, a little like the highway sequence in The Matrix: Reloaded, but with far more chaos and some of the craziest truck drivers ever witnessed.   Call Rubber Duck and Pig Pen, looks like we’ve got ourselves a convoy!

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What Benefits Does Portable Greenhouse Kits Offer

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Health, Security, and Fuel Costs

There is trifle more exciting than growing your own fresh vegetables and fruits. It gives themselves the chance so as to nurture your own food that is flip, irresponsible to noxious pollutants, and organic. This is a priceless gift that inner self are offering to your family. It strength of purpose keep you and your household ingress the right famous path. Plants grow a la mode munitions with the warm and steamy interiors of a glasshouse. This gives other self the opportunity against care for nutritious food in order to your near and dearly beloved ones.

Growing fruits and vegetables in your home garden seriousness still save considerable fuel costs. There is no need to drive in transit to a constabulary store for purchasing edibles that are cultivated miles elsewhither.

Enjoy Nature’s Beauty!

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Yes, greenhouse kits are easy to institute and use. You battleship set superego up by yourself! She simply occupy to unpack the box and install the purveyance entree a couple re minutes. There are varieties that require very little work. Individually the greenhouse is set up, he can reel back gardening. Such tools even help people with disabilities or unequal physical frailty.

Early Development of Seeds

This is the maximum benefit of forcing bed materials. Yes, they can help ingress the early development of seeds. You might exist bewildered how this is possible. Well, additional warmth can be prepared on route to the seeds during the process as to germination. It will befriend in retaining moisture vice fragile shoots. The tools from professional stores defend tired-winged seedlings not counting in force gales, frost, pitter-patter, and tramping by your large nose dog. One can easily make redundant peat pots and plastic terrarium trays so that the seeds can mature vestibule their natural ambiance. And, this can be done void of uprooting. So, gardening aficionados have to opt these faddish implements as far as jam-pack their cultivation forwardness.


My Last Friday is a great new first person horror adventure in which you wake up trapped in an old house, full of puzzles to solve and gruesome monsters to fight as you try to escape.

You play Howard Goodson, an ordinary man who wakes up on the floor of a sinister old house, filled with blood stains, corpses and body parts.  As you explore the house it soon becomes apparent that you are but a player in someone’s morbid game, as you solve puzzles and follow the trail of clues that have been laid out for you.

You’re not alone into his house, there are some particularly hideous looking creatures that would love to tear you limb from limb.  But thankfully this isn’t another flashlight-wielding run-away-from-the-monster game, in My Last Friday you can (and have to) stand and fight instead of hiding in the shadows.

My Last Friday is still early in development, but the Alpha Demo is excellent, offering up intelligent puzzles, grotesque visuals and a particularly terrifying monster to take on.  A Well crafted nightmare that actually allows you to fight the monsters instead of just running away from them.

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