Living in the database: the appeal of the unreal

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Ever since the Wachowskis repackaged the themes and imagery of Masamune Shirow’s cyberpunk staple Ghost in the Shell for western audiences in 1999, the notion of living in a virtual world has become something of a fascination among creatives, consumers and conspiracy theorists. The most frightening aspect of The Matrix was in how perfectly the […]

Bandai Namco releases One Piece VR game preview

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Ready to jump aboard the cruise…in virtual reality? Bandai Namco Entertainment’s One Piece Grand Cruise game is set to ship out in 2018, and a promo has been released showing off its combat and portrayal of certain scenes from Eiichiro Oda’s manga. It’s looking sweet as a Gum-Gum Fruit so far, and will also be released […]

Japanese news station tests out first virtual newsreader

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We’ve established that we essentially inhabit Ghost in the Shell through our evolving reality, so a Japanese TV first that took place days ago comes as little surprise. Shizuoka Broadcasting employed its first CG announcer from Sony and Kyodo Digital News’ ‘News Manager’ program on March 31st, giving the futuristic method a test run. The program can […]

News: Sword Art Online to continue with new arc in 2017

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The fourth volume in the War of the Underworld sub-arc, and the 18th and finale of the Alicisation arc of Sword Art Online, was released on Wednesday (August 10th) with news of a new beginning in 2017. The series could easily have ended with the last chapter of Alicisation Lasting, but the final page reads with the teaser […]

Update: Reki Kawahara and series creators comment on Sword Art Online live-action project

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In partnership with Kadokawa, independent production company Skydance Television have announced their acquisition of the global live-action rights to the Sword Art Online franchise. They now want to fast-track the launch of a new franchise, by developing and producing the first ever live-action series based on Reki Kawahara’s VRMMORPG sci-fi light novels. Laeta Kalogridis, producer of James Cameron’s Avatar, is writing the […]

Update: Video report guides us through the VR experience of Sword Art Online: The Beginning

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The Sword Art Online franchise is joining Ghost in the Shell in the realms of virtual reality, with a new massively multiplayer online game experience sponsored by IBM Japan. An official website for “Sword Art Online: The Beginning Sponsored by IBM” has been opened, and the company has started taking pre-registration for 208 brave selectees to take […]