Friday, February 24, 2017

Justin Lassen invited to DICE 2017 in Las Vegas!

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Here I come DICE 2017! Representing #Shapesong #VR our award winning #VirtualReality music experience! #intel #innovators and looking forward to learning new things and meeting new people! And say hi to many friends who are attending! #love #respect #dice2017

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Thank you #intel #innovators #chronosapien #shapesong for bringing me to #dice2017 to represent #VR #VirtualReality I got my badge and already meeting lots of cool people! Adventure and stories to follow!

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#dice2017 #dicearcade #intelsoftware #shapesong #VR #vegas

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What's up #intelsoftware at #dice2017 representin. :) #love #respect #shapesong

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View from the tower. #dice2017 #vegas

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Long time old school friends from so many years ago! (Me and Alex worked on some of the worlds first ever UE3 games 15 years ago) It was an awesome to reconnect and mind meld! They have some amazing platform tech for developers and projects! And super rad seeing Justin Keeling again! #smallworld #dice2017 #streamlinestudios #inspired

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64th floor of the Delano! Looking down on #vegas! I'm at the #dice2017 #reception filled with a room full of people. Thats the president of the AIAS!

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Hey #intel family! Me and Mark Subotnick finally met in person after all these years of being in similar email threads, events and projects. Really awesome guy! Like a brother! #JustinIsTheOtherMarkSubotnick #IntelSoftware #respect #love #dice2017 thank you Mark! #shapesong #innovators

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#overwatch #warcraft lead Jeff Kaplan talking about creating worlds. #dice2017 We brainstormed some cool stuff

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And here I am with the man of the hour Mr Jeffrey Kaplan from Blizzard after his talk! Really cool humble guy to chat with! #dice2017 #overwatch #worldofwarcraft

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It's not every day you get to hang with a NASA JPL scientist Dr Jeff Norris! And he introduced me to the team who created the experience Project Eagle. #dice2017

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Dr. Jeff Norris from NASA JPL speaking at #dice2017

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So cool meeting the founders of Blackbird Interactive, the team that helped NASA JPL create the mars colonization simulation. Previously they were at Relic which is cool too. #dice2017 we talked about some VR collaborations too. :) they are excited to play #shapesong #VR

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Listening to #squanchtendo about creating humorous and funny VR experiences. #dice2017 #VR world famous voice actor Justin Roiland!! And ex-Epic producer Tanya Watson! Love hearing about their stories and experiences in games and specifically VR.

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Listening to a discussion between Ted Price (insomniac) and Jason Rubin (oculus), about the current state of VR and the future of VR. #dice2017 and yes, the biggest problem in VR is price, not quality. More people would happily join the VR world if it didn't cost 799.99.

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Playing with the new #nintendo #switch here at #dice2017 we were playing that new punching game and also #zelda -- also I don't like the feel of the new "pro controller"

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So cool chatting with Jamil at #dice2017 #roundtables which are so far my favorite thing of the show! Jamil (Strategy Lead for Google) is an amazingly humble, inspired and detail oriented table leader! The table had some fantastic people from some awesome companies and we talked about VR/AR and the strategies and future of the medium amongst other things. My other round table was with Alexander L. Fernandez and I left with many new friends and new perspectives on a range of topics! Mad respect to everyone! #daydream #virtualreality #intel #shapesong

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This guy Graeme Devine aka #ChiefGameWizard always gives inspiring realistic talks about the future strategies of VR/AR/MxR and I first saw him talk at the #AGC1016 last year (the show that my team and I won "best of show" for #shapesong) and he spoke here at #dice2017 this year! Thankful for people like this in the industry shedding light on where things can go. #magicleap it's doubly awesome that Anastasia gets to use her genius there too! #respect #love

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Bill Rosemann, the creative director of Marvel talking about creating worlds! #marvel #spiderman was his favorite and got him into super heroes! #dice2017 his secret identity is that he was a kid who loved super heroes growing up. #respect

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This is Bill Rosemann, creative director of Marvel! He's just as cool in person as he is giving inspirational talks. He had us all in tears towards the end of his presentation and was one of my favorites of the show! Thankful to know him now and call him a friend! #marvel #spiderman #blueear #starlord #captainamerica #dice2017 #worldbuilding

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Hanging with these cool dudes!! Gio, Frank and Mike from #Blizzard having lunch chatting about synthesizers, mutual friends and other fun nerdy things. #thefuture #VR #VirtualReality #dice2017

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This is one of my personal heroes in the game biz. The one and only Feargus Urquhart :) I wouldn't be where I am today without him. I started in games back in the #Interplay days and over the years that early encouragement and experiences with Feargus helped motivate me to want to continue in game development to this day. Thank you so much! #dice2017 good memories :) #respect #blackisle #obsidian

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Here I am with the man of the hour, Todd Howard! Just inducted into the hall of fame! #fallout #elderscrolls :) great award show and well deserving winners across the board! #bethesda #dice2017

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Me and one of my all time inspirations, Marty O'Donnell :) it's been a long time! Composer of Halo series amongst other things! #redcarpet #dice2017 #diceawards #destiny #respect

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Master chief is the body, Cortana is the heart and brains :) Bonnie Ross, VP of 343 Industries the curators of the Halo universe :) cool talk on world building and brand stewardship! #dice2017

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Xander from AIAS made me feel right at home and took care of all the arrangements to bring me to the event this year!

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The cool loot crate we got at the event!

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Shapesong business cards for the event.

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Yep a real arcade! we played some pin ball machines!

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Me and the one and only Lorne Lanning (Oddworld!) We first met over 10 years ago!

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Us hanging with Mr Insomniac Games himself. :)

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Here I am with one of the soul members of the team who made HALO and created a legacy for us all!

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Cool turtle at the airport I just had to take a picture of!

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Dean Takahashi from GamesBeat Summit! VentureBeat!

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Turning the tables at #dice2017 talking about table top gaming and worlds. This is an adorable talk because while talking to us they are pretending it's a game and they are rolling D20's during questions and interview elements :) I love it

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Bill Rosemann from Marvel!

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HALO presentation

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20th DICE Awards Night!

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Jeffrey accepting the award for his team!

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Todd accepting the induction into the hall of fame!

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I was sitting at the table right near Todd! My table had the Gearbox software team!

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Randy from Gearbox and Bill from Marvel!

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Jeffrey holding another award, Blizzard got a lot of them tonight!

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Fellow Arizonans. Rainbow Studios!

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President of AIAS!

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Great night, too many other pictures to list, but an honor to be at this event!

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Jack from Google. We nerded out about synthesizers!

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President of IGDA!

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CEO of one of my favorite games and companies EVER. Age of Empires!!!!!!!!!!! Amazing honor!

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Quake tournament that happened inbetween talks and presentations!

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Opening party of the event!

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Razer laptops representing the NASA JPL/ Mars project!

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64th floor.