September 2018 Newsletter
September 2018 Newsletter

A new month, a new Mm Monthly! September has been a busy one for us ol' Molecules, starting with PAX - and our first ever PAX Panel - to our latest stream. But that's why we have a handy newsletter to keep track of it all! Read on to look back at August, everything else we have planned for September and a TON of lovely CoMmunity art, info and more.

John Beech

Guest artist: John

If you've been following us for a while, then you know the name John Beech. New to Mm stuffs? John is our Senior Level Designer for Dreams and is also a crazy Dreams genius. He and Ed Hargrave were the masterminds behind our awesome PAX panel this month! 

You can follow John and his many escapades on Twitter at @Johnee_B.


This Month at Mm HQ

Made By The Molecules Stream

Made By The Molecules Stream

We gathered up Molecules from all over the studio for our first stream of the month! Emei, Tom, Liam, Christophe and Steve all took to the Mm sofa to showcase their awesome creations and dive in to the inner workings of logic and more! Want to know how a text based adventure is created in Dreams, or how Hammer Time brings it's jigsaw pieces to life? Head over to our Twitch or YouTube channel to watch! 

Dreams @ EGX

Dreams @ EGX

Dreams is heading to EGX at the end of this week! The Birmingham show will be the first UK hands-on of the game, which is super exciting to all of us! You'll be able to find it with all our lovely PlayStation friends on the showfloor, and head over to the Developer Session area on Sunday at 2PM to check out our stage demo hosted by our Design Molecule, Peter Field. Peter will also be hanging out with Hollie Bennett from PlayStation Access at 12PM on Sunday!

TGS & EGX Berlin

TGS & EGX Berlin

Dreams will be making it's way to TGS this week, too! Dreams, or Dreams Universe as it's known in Japan, will be demoed on stage by Abbie, who'll give the live audience a look at what's possible! The event will be livestreamed at 11AM JST on the 20th September, and you can watch that right here. And, we're not content with just ONE EGX appearance this year, so we're heading to EGX Berlin at the end of the month with Dreams! Come to the show to get hands-on with our wonderful selection of Molecule-created games.


Last Month in Dreams

PAX West 2018

PAX West 2018

Whew, what a show! PAX West was special to Mm for a number of reasons - mostly the fact that the general public was able to play Dreams for the first time EVER! We saw a ton of lovely reactions to our collection of Molecule-made games and the selection of story levels we had playable. PLUS, our panel was so much fun! Missed John and Ed work their mech sci-fi magic in front of a live audience? Check it out right here.

Oh yeah, and we made weird animal hybrids on request and 10 minute creations in Dreams, live. That was something else entirely...

Kareem's Dreams Stream

Kareem's Dreams Stream

Earlier last month, Kareem made his wondrous return to the Mm sofa to host a Sculpting stream for the CoMmunity! After debuting his concept art on Instagram, Kareem brought his werewolf to life in just one hour. If you want to learn more about the sculpting tools of Dreams, or get an insight in to Kareem's creative processes, you can watch the stream on our YouTube or Twitch!


Inside Mm HQ

Meet a Molecule

Meet a Molecule

Meet Gem Abdeen, our Outreach Manager here at Media Molecule! We've put her in the hot seat this month to help the CoMmunity get to know her and all the amazing work she does at Mm HQ:


What do you do on Dreams?
I’m the Outreach Manager on Dreams so it’s my job to research and roadmap our future collaborations and partnerships. For Dreams, the net of opportunity is so wide as it reaches so many industries outside of games. Theatre companies using it to plan out their stages, architectures building out their plans, the next top music artist writing a hit! Education is also a huge area of interest for me. I’d like to get Dreams involved with schools as the ease & depth of the tools makes it a great platform for learning. I can’t wait to share some of our amazing partnerships with you all!

What're you looking forward to the CoMmunity doing in Dreams?

I just can’t wait to see what you all do with the tools. LBP creators blew our minds and now with Dreams I can’t even begin to imagine what you are going to create. 

What do you like to do in Dreams? Do you have a favourite creation?

For me Dreams is the first time I think I’ve ever felt I could actually make my own game. I’m far from an artist but to have the ability to take people’s creations, edit them and make my own level is just so easy and fun.

Favourite food, movie and song, in that order. GO!

Ok! Favourite food - I have two joint winners. If I’ve had one of those days and I just need to chill, my comfort food go-to is a good old jacket potato with cheese and beans!! My treat food, which I love, is sushi! My favourite song is anything from Red Hot Chili Peppers, with Otherside being one of my faves. And my favourite film? I have to go for The Silence of the lambs, I think Anthony Hopkins is just amazing! 

Finally, what’s your favourite game?

I’m just playing Spider-Man and LOVING it but my favourite game is Super Mario 64 as it sparked my love of gaming.

A Plastic-Free Household

A Plastic-Free Household

Last month, we shared Kath's tips on how her and Eoin are working to make both the Mm Kitchen amore environmentally friendly area, and how you can do the same for your home. This month, Kath's very kindly written up some more advice, this time tackling the idea of creating plastic-free households. You can read Part 1 of her new blog right here.


CoMmunity Happenings

Test Your Knowledge (The Answers!)

Test Your Knowledge (The Answers!)

Last month, we shared @QWDreaming's AWESOME crossword puzzle, and now, it's time for some answers! Check out the list below, compare it to how you did on your crossword, and let us know on Twitter!

Fan Art Board

This month's Fan Art Board is kicking off with the speedy recreation of our PAX Panel character and their awesome mech! @Spectro_Anime sent it over to us mere minutes after we finished our panel! We love seeing art of our characters, and @Drawinglover98's Art is amazing! And finally, @DISARMEDTWEETS blew us all away with their recreation of our sofa area in LittleBigPlanet! It's incredible!


Next Month at Mm

October is a personal favourite month of ours for one reason: Halloween. What spooOoOokiness will we get up to? You'll have to wait and see! Be sure to keep an eye on our Events Calendar to stay up to date on all the Molecules' goings-on. 

Before that though, we have our EGX sessions, which will be livestreamed this week! If you're at the show, come by and say hello to Tom and Peter, or tune in on Twitch to join in the fun!