I have a ton of food allergies and sensitivities. There are recipes I can use out there, but I still have to replace ingredients most times. This is just one situation where it would be nice to have ingredients replaced according to my specific dietary needs. For people without sensitivities, knowing what's on hand and replacing ingredients is also helpful, as well as just replacing things you don't like or might be too expensive. So, it'd be nice to have a pantry tracker too. And then maybe there could be a function to plan meals efficiently so perishable ingredients don't go to waste and can be reused in different ways to save money, and a way to control level of complexity so I can save time when needed. Then it'd be nice to send the list of ingredients to grocery apps, even directly to stores, and maybe even have ingredients delivered on a subscription according to plans that takes the current pantry/stock into consideration. And then tracking calories and nutrients on prepared meals would be helpful for health and weight maintenance. Then once the program knows what I need, I'd like the option to get a subscription of recipes created to suit my needs from professional dietitians & nutritionists, and options for supplements. I probably need to be able to track exercise and activity as well. Maybe sleep patterns as well as other body cycles and functions. Tracking symptoms might be a good proactive measure as well, to get a report of possible triggers for certain things. Perhaps health professionals can use it to help talk to patients, or vice versa. There are lists out there for replacements. There are pantry tracking apps. Recipe apps are abundant. Diet apps....you name it there's an app, but they don't talk to each other. I'd like modular apps for each part of "all of the things" that talk to each other, like part of a system, but secure enough to make purchases for me, know where I live, what my health is like, and what's in my pantry. What do you think? Too big? Too crazy? Is this something you would use? What thoughts do you have about it? Share in the comments.
Way back in 2017, I was fortunate enough to be part of a team that created a game that was accepted as a finalist for the Alt-Ctrl GDC awards, Super Furry Neon Catheads . Making that game was huge fun and I want to do something new! So what is this Alt-Ctrl-GDC that I speak of? Well, here's according to GDC's website, " alt.ctrl.GDC is one of GDC's most acclaimed community spaces where visitors can play games using alternative controllers and meet the developers behind these uniquely interesting projects." It's a blast. I've seen games made with old operator equipment, sewing machines, a vacuum cleaner, a giant black inflated balloon you get into...it's crazy and awesome. Usually the entry is later in the year, so now is a good time to plan for something. So let me know in the comments what you think! Even if you don't work with me, I highly encourage you to enter. Find someone to work with here in the comments, or in the "Co-llaborate" section of our forum!
Since 2015, as HVRE, we focused on VR/AR and collaborated as teams to create a variety of really amazing projects. We've done a haunted trail in the Gear VR (2 months-5 people), a room scale horror themed breakout game for the HTC Vive (7 months-10 people), a series of "dream" themed art experiences for Google Cardboard (6 months-10 people), and a crafting cat collecting game in AR available on Google Play (12 months- a variety of people from 5-40). Now we're thinking of a short project for this year, what would you like to do? Feedback we've received about our previous projects: shorter periods are easier to finish for individuals a defined project and scope is preferred over "doing your own thing" or figuring it out in a group organized, documented, and recorded weekly meetings online are helpful to members even if they can't make the meetings meeting in person was preferred when possible roles are great, but when the team is small it's hard to stick to just one role, learning to be flexible is also helpful With that in mind some options we've been thinking about include: a second level for Mortimer's Mansion with a series of new puzzles due at Halloween? a small mobile AR game due when we decide (Android only for now) a simple Google Cardboard art project due when we decide. If you'd like to be involved, tell us in the comments what you'd like to make, and how long you'd like to work on it. We're open to suggestions, ideas, and conversations.