Our choice. Unity 3D.

We’re currently working on several projects that are planned to be deployed to the target platforms Xbox One, Windows 10 and and more. During the last couple of months we had a look on most engines that are on the market at the moment. In the end we decided to continue working on Unity 3D – 2018 as our preferred platform.

One will require realistic sceneries and physics and we love the workflow, possibilities, sophisticated toolset and available assets, that will help to create the world we need for the project.

The latet Unity showcase “Book of the Dead” is one of the points that convinced us, this is the right choice for our projects.


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The head in the clouds…

We at WEIRD MINDS are eager to try out new things. When most people were still having a suspicious look at cloud services, we were already using them for collaboration and team stuff.

By now we use a conglomerate of cloud services to fulfill our daily works and have built us a repository or services we use that fit our needs.

By now we have cloud services for all our office stuff to be handled, we are able to work on our 3D models almost everywhere, we can manage the team and assign tasks no matter if we’re using a smartphone, a notebook, a Chromebook, a tablet or a desktop computer.

We’re aware of the risks of our data stored and processed in the cloud. All sensitive data are stored in encrypted containers and the rights management of the cloud services we use, provide us with the flexibility to work the way we have to, but still maintain our data as private as possible.

We love and live a bright cloud business future.

Next Generation Concepts

Creating concepts for new grounds has been our aim since the company was founded. Being enthusiastic gamers in our sparetime, we often talked about visionary concepts concerning game design, game concepts and the use of next gen gaming capabilities.

Letting our weird minds freely run we now started a project for doing a next gen game design that will melt together old fashioned ideas with current and future technologies, aswell as provide what is most important in terms of gaming:

FUN!

Supporting project. More fun.

As we’re active in the field of game concepts and game development, we always keep an eye on the current news of the game industry and how the market develops. Therefore being active gamers in our sparetime, we gather a lot of information that we decided to share now.

We just launched our new project “Die AuftragsChiller” some time ago, informing other gamers about news and posting interesting articles under the claim “By Gamers for gamers with gamers”.

We should mention, that the blog is in Germany only, but if it prooves to be successful there also could be a english version of it some day.

So if you’re speaking German, we would love to welcome you on www.Die-AuftragsChiller.de.

Simplicity keeps you focussed.

Searching for a way to get rid of overhead and a fast and comfortable way to work on our online projects we have always been early adopters of new ideas and technology.
We also started using Chromebooks on the road and lately to be precise the “HP Chromebook 11”.

We decided to give this rather new platform a shot, because we already ported all our project documents over to GoogleDocs that can be worked on in the team.

Another advantage of the Chromebooks is the fact that you can basically log on to any of the chromebooks and start working with access to all the mails and documents.

Some think of it as a problem that you have to use Google accounts for it and all documents are hosted over at Google’s servers. To avoid this we don’t have any of the customers access informations on the Google accounts. Everyone has a personal flash drive with the personal project files on it and we’re using a private web based cloud service on our servers for the sensitive informations and documents.

The fact that you basically have to be online to work with the Chromebooks is also not really a problem, as the collaboration depends on the active network connection anyway and by now you have a working WiFi almost everywhere.

As a bonus the HP Chromebook 11 is surprisingly cheap and looks very stylish. It’s also nice to use during meetings as there is no system fan or any other mechanical parts that create disturbing noises.

For us, the Chromebooks are the perfect worktool that help to get our jobs done with a minimum of required space, a great display, good keyboard and a responsive touchpad.

When giving it a shot you should still keep in mind that accessing POP3 or IMAP accounts depend on web clients, but you can use the google account you have to use to authenticate to collect the mails from the mailserver and there is even a really good offline app. You also have to set up the office apps so that they can be used in offline mode, which is a fast and easy process.

If you’re interested to integrate Chromebooks in your company environment, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us for more informations.

Beeting – Taking meetings to a whole new level

As it seems we’ve just invented a new type of business meeting today!

We call it a “Beeting” (which derives from BatteryMeeting).

It’s a business meeting where at least two people team up to work at a coffee bar or restaurant or lobby to meet, discuss and work on something. The duration of the meeting is determined by the shortest battery life of the participants’ work drones. So, no matter if you’re really finished or not: When the first battery is drained, the meeting ends and it’s mandatory to switch over to fun, drinking, eating, brainstorming, smalltalk, … you name it!

Meeting this way is fun and also quite productive. If you’re someone who can’t stand it and need to tell an estimated lenght, just have a look at the estimated battery life at the beginning of the meeting.

Go on! Start beeting now!

Office – Homeoffice – Crowdoffice

You surely know the feeling when every day in the office seems to be like the other?

You arrive. You work. Lunch time. You work. You leave.

We believe that workplace diversity helps to keep the work days interesting and motivates people to keep going without falling into that kind of routine. Quite some companies therefore started to grant some days of homeoffice for the employees to give them a feeling of more freedom throughout their workdays.

But the problem at home is, that you are constantly surrounded by other things waiting to be done. Possibly there is also the wife and children that forget that this is still working time for their beloved ones.

So our next logical step for this dilemma is the Crowdoffice.

This means working in your favourite sparetime spot like your favourite coffee bar  or beer garden to eliminate the aforementioned distractions that address people at a much more private level than any public space could ever do.

Only thing is to create a list for the employee that have to be present at this public working spot. Especially the security aspect has to be tackled with.

Just give it a shot and you will be surprised how relaxing and productive the Crowdoffice can be, even if there is a crowd of people around you.