Category: Creative industries OUDF105 pt1

Media giant Sony has issued a warning to all its PlayStation network users that their personal details, including names, addresses and even credit card details, may have been stolen by hackers.

The company says there was an attack on its online service last week.

Three million users here in Britain could be at risk, as Rory Cellan-Jones reports.

Why why why, what would you again from hacking the PlayStation Network apart from a jail sentence and a very hefty law suite. I and not impressed with them, if they are doing it for notoriety then they got it for being a huge pain in the ass and have made a lot of users very angry with the amount of haste it has caused.

I could have prestige twice over on Black ops! and the new map packs come out very shortly! there are many comments on forums about receiving some kind of compensation for this inconvenience. Weather this is a possibility is still unknown but it would be nice as a gesture to get a few free credits on the PSN.


You would have undoubtedly heard by now about the disastrous closure of the Playstation network. Being an avid fan of the system I myself and millions of other users world-wide are very frustrated and feel let down by Sony. I received a text from a friend early morning, on the 21st of april, asking if I could get online, low and behold I couldn’t. On the 22nd of april Sony released a comment on their PSN blog that the Playstation network had suffered and external intrusion and has subsequently been switched off. hundreds if not thousands of us knew what this ment, they had been hacked. I had heard it on the grape vines in lobbies that this might happen and low and surprise surprise it did. So if I knew about the possibility of this hack, why didn’t Sony? and if they were awere of the rumors why didn’t they do something to protect us? I had been keeping an eye on the Playstation Bog for updates on the situation and religously checking my Playstation to see if it was up and running yet. The blogs released on the situation were brief and told us very little about what was happening and when the network was due to be back online. A week later and it still isn’t up and running, but Sony has finally admitted that the external intrusion was that of hackers and the situation now is a little more concerning. Us PlayStation users all received an email stating our personal information and passwords have been compromised! What a disaster, we have been told to keep an eye on our bank accounts and change passwords if we use the same login for different accounts. No reports of money being taken from any account has been reported as of yet, fingers crossed there wont be any but i will be taking a trip to the bank shortly.

Pixel Circus provide 2D and 3D animation Services situated in Kent. Looking threw their showreel of work, I can see they produce high quality work and a lot of their projects are advertisements. Like Littlewoods, PC World and Fujitsu. The use a range of animation and effects keeping verity in what the company can do.

Something that did interest me was the fact they use Flash animation for websites, videos and interactives. I know how to use flash and when I look at the animations they have made I can see and understand how they have achieved it. Perhaps I am not far from production quality with the skills and knowledge I have learnt already.

The first movie to game that pops into my head is Avatar. After seeing the movie at the cinema you couldn’t help but want to live on Pandora and the game was the closest to exploring the beautiful world as you would ever get. The environment in-game looked pretty amazing the foliage was just as blue and vibrant as you saw in the movie. For me the best part was riding the Banshee, the flying dragon like creatures, tis way you could explore from the sky with beautiful sky and scenery ahead of you. But the visuals was about the only good thing about the game. The missions were repetitive and felt half hearted, the storyline was ver liner an un-intresting, a big let down from the experience you have watching the movie.

Over the last couple of years I have noticed an increase in games being made into movies. With very little of them a success.

Some of the games made into movies;

Prince of Persia Sands of Time

Resident Evil; March 2002 resident evil was released and being a fan i was excited. Having played the game i kind of had a picture of how i wanted it to look and be. I didn’t come away from thinking its the best as is ould have been but i felt please with what they had done. there where a few nods to the fans who played the games and it kept mostly to the concept and overall atmosphere of the game. There are now four live action movies based on the Resident Evil games by Capcom. Resident Evil, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Resident Evil : Extinction and Resident Evil Afterlife.


I had only watched over the shoulder of friends that played Doom so I don’t know much about the plot of people but it was okay. IT was released in october 2005 and the only part that really got me excited was when the camera angle changed into a first person view as it does in the game.


I have been a big fan of the TomeRaider series since they release number 3 on the Playstation in november 1998, showing my age now and when i heard there was going to be a live action movie, in june 2001, with Angelina Jolie as Lara I thought Perfect! I couldn’t have thought of any actress more perfect for the part. She played Lara perfectly, her mannerisms, actions and even attitude resembled that of the in-game character i had grown up with. The adventures she embarked on within the movie where similar in situ and situation as you would find in any Tomb Raider game. They later released another Tomb Raider movie called The Cradle of Life, which was also a tribute to the game.

Silent Hill

I played a demo for this game when I was very young and didn’t get very far. It is a very frightening and bazaar game and couldn’t ring myself to complete the first level but I was still familiar with the art work and character thought magazines and the internet. When i watched the movie from behind the safety of my own pillow I was impressed with how they kept to the character design of the games and the bazaar mature of the storylines.

Street Fighter

Street Fighter the movie is every lads dream come true seeing their childhood fantasies as live action character that look real enough to touch was a real treat for them. Yeah the story and acting is stiff but you can’t really take this movie too seriously.

Max Payne

I have never played Max Pyne but I have seen the movie. I don’t know if it was because i hadn’t played the game that I found it hard to understand what was going on but i really was disappointed with this movie. It was far-fetched week and unrealistic.

The TIGA Manifesto.

I have not as of yet completely read this yet, but i am slowly but surely getting through it. Being a very slow reader and dyslexic im afraid this one is going to take some time!

This is from the Games Industry Association TIGA and they have outlined three priorities for the next parliament regarding the gaming industry with a vision to make the Uk the best place in the world to do games business.I say bring it on!

The manifesto sets out a strategy to help realise their vision with a set of policies that will support the gaming industry and its long-term growth.

They bring up issues like the introduction of Games Tax Relief, a reduction in tuition fees for students studying maths and computer science degrees to combat skill shortages.

It bring forward the skill shortages and lack of qualified graduates suitable for the industry and  specific tax, fiscal and monetary policies, encouraging investment in new IP, research and development, workforce development, education, business support, combating piracy and the UK classification system. Ok so i don’t know completely what that last bit is about but what i do know is they are fighting our corner and am doing my best to find out and understand this manifesto.

The mighty TIGA Manifesto!

Since I started this course I have signed up to UK Jobs Network to keep an eye on what positions are available within the gaming industry and what the companies expect from you to fill their position. So I registered my e-mail so every time a new job becomes available I receive the details via e-mail.  It allows me to see what salary certain positions earn, what qualifications and experience they want, what program knowledge is required and what exactly I am to expect to be applying for when I graduate. I must say it is very exciting sometimes when you realise you will be applying for these positions someday and some of the yearly salery and monthly payments put a big smile on my face. I chose this course because I have a passion for the industry and to be paid a very decent wage would just be a bonus.

UK Jobs Network

There are several different roles within a team;

The Shaper; strengths in , challenging, dynamic, thrives on pressure and has the drive and courage to overcome obstacles.

implementor (company worker); disciplined, reliable, conservative and efficient. the capability to turn ideas into practical actions

Completer finisher; painstaking, conscientious, anxious. able to search out errors and omissions and delivers on time.

co-ordinator (chairman); Mature, confident, a good chairperson. Clarifies goals, promotes decisions-making and delegates well.

Teamwork; co-operative, mild, perceptive, and diplomatic. they listen, build and avert friction.

Resource Investigator; extrovert, enthusiastic, communicative. Explorer of opportunities and develops contracts.

Plant; Creative, imaginative, unorthodox and capable of solving difficult problems.

Monitor evaluator; Sober, strategic and discerning sees all options and judges accurately.

Specialist; Single minded, self-starting, dedicated, provides knowledge and rare skills.

So who am I, what role would I take in a team. We did a little test with Bridget to find out what kind of person you are. This is how mine came out;


Quiet, friendly, responsible and conscientious. Committed and steady in meeting their obligations. Thorough, painstaking and accurate. Loyal, considerate, notice and remember specifics about people who are important to them, concerned with how others feel. Strive to create an orderly and harmonious environment at work and at home.

To be honest this is not fair off at all. I used to be an assistant manager in a retail shop and I recognise some of those attributes from when I was working and others from since I have started university. I find with each module and feedback each point is becoming more prominent and stronger. I am gaining more belief and confidence in my self.

After taking part in a group run project I think I can identify myself as a co-ordinator judging from the role I automatically fell into during the project. I found I took control of situations and pushed for dates and completions in order to achieve a good final result and it paid off, I ended up with a Distinction. Hopefully I will continue in this manner and earn myself a co-ordinators role within a games company as head of a team.

Unfortunately I was absent from the lesson when this task was discussed so im just going to do my best with what I have read on the VLE.

I need to Judge the following three videos against 5 criteria,Clarity, Drama, Design, Substance and Flow.

2 minute presentation demonstration

This is a video demonstration on how to do a correct bicep curl. This video has clarity, substance and flow. You are clearly told and shown what the video is about, what you are trying to achieve and how to do it. Substance, the esencial information needed to achieve the objective and flow, straight to the point from start to finish, short direct demonstration with constant detail from start to finish.

Terri Sjodin: Power Point Presentation

A short video on Powerpoint presentations. It has flow and substance. The topic and information flow nicely from point to point and information relative giving you substance.

Unfortunately the 3rd video is no longer unavailable.

Wow, copyright, great stuff but lots to read but worth the time to look through it, so heres the important stuff.

Issued: April 2000
Last amended: 27th November 2009

The UK copyright law fact sheet outlines the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, the principal legislation covering intellectual property rights in the United Kingdom and the work to which it applies.

  1. IntroductionCopyright law originated in the United Kingdom from a concept of common law; the Statute of Anne 1709. It became statutory with the passing of the Copyright Act 1911. The current act is the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.
  2. Rights coveredThe law gives the creators of literary, dramatic, musical, artistic works, sound recordings, broadcasts, films and typographical arrangement of published editions, rights to control the ways in which their material may be used.

    The rights cover; broadcast and public performance, copying, adapting, issuing, renting and lending copies to the public.

    In many cases, the creator will also have the right to be identified as the author and to object to distortions of his work.

    International conventions give protection in most countries, subject to national laws.

  3. Types of work protected
    1. Literarysong lyrics, manuscripts, manuals, computer programs, commercial documents, leaflets, newsletters & articles etc.
    2. Dramaticplays, dance, etc.
    3. Musicalrecordings and score.
    4. Artisticphotography, painting, sculptures, architecture, technical drawings/diagrams, maps, logos.
    5. Typographical arrangement of published editionsmagazines, periodicals, etc.
    6. Sound recordingmay be recordings of other copyright works, e.g. musical and literary.
    7. Filmsbroadcasts and cable programmes.

    The Copyright (Computer Programs) Regulations 1992 extended the rules covering literary works to include computer programs.

  4. When rights occurCopyright is an automatic right and arises whenever an individual or company creates a work. To qualify, a work should be regarded as original, and exhibit a degree of labour, skill or judgement.

    Interpretation is related to the independent creation rather than the idea behind the creation. For example, your idea for a book would not itself be protected, but the actual content of a book you write would be. In other words, someone else is still entitled to write their own book around the same idea, provided they do not directly copy or adapt yours to do so.

    Names, titles, short phrases and colours are not generally considered unique or substantial enough to be covered, but a creation, such as a logo, that combines these elements may be.

    In short, work that expresses an idea may be protected, but not the idea behind it.

  5. Who owns a piece of workNormally the individual or collective who authored the work will exclusively own the work and is referred to as the ‘first owner of copyright’ under the 1988 Copyright, Designs and Patents Act. However, if a work is produced as part of employment then the first owner will normally be the company that is the employer of the individual who created the work.

    Freelance or commissioned work will usually belong to the author of the work, unless there is an agreement to the contrary, (i.e. in a contract for service).

    Just like any other asset, copyright may be transferred or sold by the copyright owner to another party.

    Rights cannot be claimed for any part of a work which is a copy taken from a previous work. For example, in a piece of music featuring samples from a previous work, the copyright of the samples would still remain with the original author.

    Only the owner, or his exclusive licensee can bring proceedings in the courts.

  6. Duration of copyrightThe 1988 Copyright, Designs and Patents Act states the duration of copyright as;
    1. For literary, dramatic, musical or artistic works70 years from the end of the calendar year in which the last remaining author of the work dies.

      If the author is unknown, copyright will last for 70 years from end of the calendar year in which the work was created, although if it is made available to the public during that time, (by publication, authorised performance, broadcast, exhibition, etc.), then the duration will be 70 years from the end of the year that the work was first made available.

    2. Sound Recordings and broadcasts50 years from the end of the calendar year in which the work was created, or,

      if the work is released within that time: 50 years from the end of the calendar year in which the work was first released.

    3. Films70 years from the end of the calendar year in which the last principal director, author or composer dies.

      If the work is of unknown authorship: 70 years from end of the calendar year of creation, or if made available to the public in that time, 70 years from the end of the year the film was first made available.

    4. Typographical arrangement of published editions25 years from the end of the calendar year in which the work was first published.
    5. Broadcasts and cable programmes50 years from the end of the calendar year in which the broadcast was made.
    6. Crown CopyrightCrown copyright will exist in works made by an officer of the Crown, this includes items such as legislation and documents and reports produced by government bodies.

      Crown Copyright will last for a period of 125 years from the end of the calendar year in which the work was made.

      If the work was commercially published within 75 years of the end of the calendar year in which it was made, Crown copyright will last for 50 years from the end of the calendar year in which it was published.

    7. Parliamentary CopyrightParliamentary Copyright will apply to work that is made by or under the direction or control of the House of Commons or the House of Lords and will last until 50 years from the end of the calendar year in which the work was made.
  7. Restricted actsIt is an offence to perform any of the following acts without the consent of the owner:

    Copy the work.

    Rent, lend or issue copies of the work to the public.

    Perform, broadcast or show the work in public.

    Adapt the work.

    The author of a work, or a director of a film may also have certain moral rights:

    The right to be identified as the author.

    Right to object to derogatory treatment.

  8. Acts that are allowedFair dealing is a term used to describe acts which are permitted to a certain degree without infringing the work, these acts are:
    • Private and research study purposes.
    • Performance, copies or lending for educational purposes.
    • Criticism and news reporting.
    • Incidental inclusion.
    • Copies and lending by librarians.
    • Acts for the purposes of royal commissions, statutory enquiries, judicial proceedings and parliamentary purposes.
    • Recording of broadcasts for the purposes of listening to or viewing at a more convenient time, this is known as time shifting.
    • Producing a back up copy for personal use of a computer program.
    • Playing sound recording for a non profit making organisation, club or society.(Profit making organisations and individuals should obtain a license from PRS for Music.)
  9. Useful addressesIntellectual Property Office

    Concept House

    Cardiff Road


    South Wales

    NP10 8QQ

    Tel: 0300 300 2000

    PRS for Music

    29-33 Berners Street


    W1P 4AA

    Tel. (0207) 580 5544

    Copyright Licensing Agency

    Saffron House

    6-10 Kirby Street


    EC1N 8TS

    Tel. 020 7400 3100

  10. Further readingThe original text for the 1988 Copyright Designs and Patent Act can be found at the OSPI (HMSO) website, but should be read in conjunction with all the relevant updates and statutory instruments.

    To avoid confusion, we recommend a copy that includes the amendments since 1988, such as can can be found at the Office of Public Sector Information, or download as a PDF file directly from the Intellectual Property Office.

Creative Commons LicenseThis fact sheet is Copyright © The UK Copyright Service and protected under UK and international law.
The use of this fact sheet is covered by the conditions of a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-No Derivative Works License.

This fact sheet is intended only as an introduction to ideas and concepts only. It should not be treated as a definitive guide, nor should it be considered to cover every area of concern, or be regarded as legal advice.