November 2018 Newsletter
November 2018 Newsletter

Hey there, CoMmunity! We've had a pretty exciting and busy November at Mm Towers! Our Mm Monthly for this month is rounding up everything we got up to, from Sackboy's birthday to Kareem's stream that took place this week! Read on to see what we got up to, and of course, the cakes we ate.

Christophe Villedieu

Guest Artist: Christophe

Did you tune in to our LittleBigPlanet 10th Birthday stream this month? If so, this month's header may look familiar. It was created by Designer Christophe Villedieu. Christophe found his way to Mm from the LBP community and we've shown some of his Dreams side projects like Moon Raiders and Cat Pirates recently.

Everything you see at the top of this letter, and on the stream, was created in Dreams - Christophe even added in some extra costume items especially for this newsletter! You can follow his goings-on on Twitter at @monsterplant.


Dreams Facts!

We're working super hard here at Mm Towers to make Dreams the best it can be for you! So, to let you in on some of the goings-on, we're adding Dreams Facts to our newsletter each month! Ready for the first?

Dreams Facts!
Coffee Picture of the Month

Coffee Picture of the Month

That many changes don't come easy, so coffee is a Molecules best friend! Here's a lovely moment between Alex Parker and Claire Blackshaw, sharing a cuppa!


This Month at Mm HQ

Happy Birthday, LBP!

Happy Birthday, LBP!

We started this month off with our awesome LittleBigPlanet 10th anniversary stream. Thank you to everyone who joined in the fun and took a trip down memory lane with us, and, of course, we hope you enjoyed Christophe's Dreams interpretation of The Gardens. If you missed out, you can catch up on Twitch or YouTube right now. Also, look at these amazing cakes we ate to celebrate (special thanks to Sony ExDev for that tiered beauty!).

Kareem's World Building

Kareem's World Building

Kareem returned to the Mm sofa this week to create a high fantasy world (chosen by you lovely lot) that will be available during our Dreams beta for you to remix, create with and play around in! We can't wait to see what it inspires you to do. If you missed the stream, you can find it on YouTube and Twitch!

Dreams Alpha Creations

We've really been enjoying the Alpha creations we've seen (and we can't wait till we're sharing CoMmunity creations here!). Here's just a sneak peek at some of the various creations we been eyeing in the Dreams Creator Alpha.

Dreams Alpha Creations

Last Month in Dreams

Halloween Spooktacular

Halloween Spooktacular

We love Halloween here at Media Molecule, so last month we just HAD to make the most of the spookiest time of the year. We dressed Mm HQ (and plenty of Molecules) up in Halloween goodness and took to Twitch to stream some of the spookiest Dreams creations and carve (in-game) pumpkins with our special guest host Kitty Powers! You can catch up on all the horrific happenings on YouTube and Twitch!


Inside Mm HQ

Partyin' Molecules

The Molecules gathered together this month for our (slightly early) Christmas party! It was an evening full of food, celebrating and plenty of silly snaps - like the ones you can see here! Big thank you to our friends at Riot Booth for putting up with our silly faces in their photo booth!

Partyin' Molecules
Meet a Molecule

Meet a Molecule

Catherine Wooley is a Designer at Media Molecule who previously worked at The Chinese Room, Creative Assembly and EA Bright Light. Cat was on the Develop 30 under 30 list last year and is heavily involved in BAFTA games as well. You can learn more about her below!


What do you do on Dreams?
I’m a designer specifically working on the tutorials in Dreams. We're making sure they teach you things you’d want to know and spark ideas for what you could create! It's so much fun and such a different way of thinking about tutorials when compared to your average tutorial in a video game!


What're you looking forward to the CoMmunity doing in Dreams?
Hmm, I think everything that I could never expect is what I'm most looking forward to. Every idea I would think about, but being created in a different way to what I would expect! Being less vague though I want to see cute things, weird things, some good scary things too (I'm hard to scare when it comes to games), clever things, I'm looking forward to EVERYTHING! I can't wait for the CoMmunity to have their hands on it because they're all amazing!


What do you like to do in Dreams? Do you have a favourite creation?
I like to make weird things! Or things that I have a special connection with. I’ve got a massive long list of the things I want to create when I’m not creating content for the game and I’m slowly working on them bit by bit, either with thinking out how I’ll set up the logic, or modelling some elements. Among my list you can find special gems like a Spoopy Owl, various yōkai and a Vampire kid that throws sweets at it's victims!

In terms of favourite creations I really loved the game I made with my twin sister Charlotte for the Global Game Jam earlier this year, called Fly my Pigeon, Fly! I’d love to go back to it with her and improve it, especially after going back to it for the August newsletter. Plus it'll be nice to revisit it when not constrained to making it over a weekend as it's a little less stressful that way!


Favourite food, movie and song, in that order. GO!
Hands down Okonomiyaki! It’s a savoury pancake that can have all sorts of things added to it, as it roughly translates to cook how you like it, I’m quite partial to including sweetcorn and cheese alongside the usual cabbage, they’re super tasty and easy to make at home!

Movie: I’m going to go with Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind as I like a film that removes itself from realism, plus it’s got a great soundtrack and I never get bored of it!

My favourite song changes quite frequently, but to be Dreamsy I’m going to go with Daydreaming by Radiohead which coincidentally was my weird way of announcing to friends that I was going to work at Mm on Dreams! Plus I love the music video, a game like it is screaming to be made in Dreams!


Finally, what’s your favourite game?
My favourite game is Shenmue. Shenmue was released on the Sega Dreamcast back in '99 and it was the first game I played that made me feel like I was in a different place but with a big punch of realism. A living, breathing Japan, not that I had ever gone outside of Europe at the time...but it felt so real compared to other games I had played. So although I may like games as a form of escapism like most do, the idea of delving into Japan, collecting small toys and going to bed at a reasonable hour just really hits the spot for me.

But I'm also really enjoying replaying Bioshock right now, and I have a very special place in my heart for Alien: Isolation.

Congratulations, Alex P!

Congratulations, Alex P!

Rounding off our Inside Mm HQ section this month, some lovely news!

Our wonderful Feedback Manager, Alex Perry, got engaged this month! Congratulations, Alex! CoMmunity, you can send your love to her on Twitter at @Sneakachu25.

(we suggest sending her many emojis.)


CoMmunity Happenings

Dreambubble Podcast Has a New Voice!

Dreambubble Podcast Has a New Voice!

Our friends at Dreambubble recently brought in some friends to help run their site, including a new host for the Dreambubble Podcast, Hager! Hager kindly wrote a small piece below to help introduce himself to the CoMmunity!

Hey everybody! My name is Hager Neeb but most people know me by my online alias BLAHBLAH1000. LBP introduced me to game development and video production before I was even in High-School, and I’ve been a fan of Mm ever since! Now, I love editing videos for YouTube, making bite-sized minigames, and writing about games that I’ve played. I’m super excited to host for the Dreambubble Podcast and I hope everyone enjoys our discussions of everything Dreams! Thanks for reading coMmunity, I’ll see you on the forums! - Hager Neeb

Fan Art Board

We're kicking off this month's collection of fan art with @j_plus_b's awesome versions of Frances, Foxy and D-Bug from Art's Dream, our story mode in Dreams! Next, @Nefelithe drew us an amazing picture of Frances, while Laura Patterson's daughter, Danielle, has immortalised Mm for their Christmas tree this year!


Coming Up!

If you want to stay up to date on all things Dreams and Media Molecule, you can follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter! We also have our handy Events calendar on our website - which you can find here - that'll help you keep track of all the Molecules' whereabouts throughout the year!