September 2020 Newsletter
September 2020 Newsletter

Ah, Autumn! A Molecules’ favourite time of year. Cosy jumpers, beautiful trees and the occasional hot chocolate! It also means Halloween! This month we kicked our #AllHallowsDreams event in to gear, and it’s been amazing to see everyone getting to work on their haunted house rooms and pumpkins. Remember, the deadline to get your entries in is 27th September, so make sure you’ve popped your indreams links in to indreams.me/challenges before then!

September has been all about Halloween, but we’ve of course been up to much more! Read on to recap on everything that’s been going on in the Dreamiverse.

JayKombat

Guest Artist: JayKombat

We’re big fans of JayKombat’s work in Dreams, especially Joey and Izzy the cats. Their creation ‘Fishing Hut’ captured our hearts on a recent stream, so we just had to chat to them about their creative process!

I started with just a character but then more ideas popped into my head. I then sketched out the scene with some ideas then added what I thought looked good. I think creating in dreams is great! I like how Dreams allows you to make things you imagine quickly!

Check out Fish Hut in Dreams here.


What's Happening at Mm's Many HQs

#AllHallowsDreams

#AllHallowsDreams

Who says it’s too early to start thinking about Halloween? It’s been on our minds since July... We started planning #AllHallowsDreams right after we wrapped up DreamsCom, and to see it come to life this month has been wonderful!

We’ve seen so many amazing rooms and pumpkins from Dreams creators, and can’t wait to bring the whole event together. We’ll have details on when you can expect to experience from the main event in a couple of weeks, so stay tuned! In the meantime, remind yourself of the guidelines and get your creations submitted.

#OneSpecialDay

#OneSpecialDay

Last year, we raised nearly £4,000 for SpecialEffect during their annual #OneSpecialDay event, and we’re excited to be taking part again this year!

On 2nd October, our Twitch channel will play host to Dreams streams all day, from both us and community members! We’ll be raising money for SpecialEffect throughout the day, and every donation, no matter how big or how small, will go towards helping SpecialEffect to continue to do their amazing work, allowing those with disabilities to enjoy video games the same as everyone else!

The schedule for the day is as follows (all times are in BST):


10AM – Media Molecule

11AM – TAPGiles

12PM – MediaMolecule

1PM – Elca_Gaming

2PM – LadyLexUK

3PM – The_Tenia

4PM – KILLITEROUS

5PM – Aecert

6PM – KeldBjones


Stay tuned next week for more info on the streams, and how to donate!

Ahoy, Dreamers!

Ahoy, Dreamers!

We, like most people, love a silly social media holiday and September is home to one of the best - #TalkLikeAPirateDay! To celebrate, we simply had to dive in to the Dreamiverse and gather up some of the finest pirate related creations for a collection! Check out some of the treasure we uncovered here!


CoMmunity Happenings

Meet TheOneironaut!

Meet TheOneironaut!

If you’ve come across dancing zombies in the Dreamiverse, chances are it’s RADICAL - and TheOneironaut is the mastermind behind that particular #MadeInDreams gem. Since then, their work has continued to amaze us, with their upcoming project komorebi blew us away at DreamsCom! Get to know them a little bit better with the below interview!


What do you like to do in the Dreamiverse?
I love creating characters and bringing inner worlds to life. I love environmental storytelling and mystery, exploration, and inspiring moods through visuals and sounds. I’m extremely excited to get my hands on VR one of these days, because that’s when I think you’ll really see me explode with content because I just want to step into every painting or drawing I’ve ever seen or made. I’ve had limited time over the past few years to spend on gaming due to some life transitions, but when I jump into Dreams I like to create something immersive and surprising, silly, or just something I haven’t seen before. Lately, I’ve been working on some music projects in the background, and once I get all of that mixed and animated properly I’ll be excited to share! There… may be some familiar undead friends involved...


If you could give other members of the CoMmunity a piece of advice for their time in Dreams, what would it be?
Experiment with everything, even gadgets you don’t think you’re interested in using, do tutorials, watch YouTube videos, follow other Dreamers on social media, watch streams, play other games and try to break down and reproduce the things you love. And when you decide to create or publish something, make it *for yourself* to the point that you could get 0 likes and still be content. Make something YOU want to see. There’s no perfect path, but I think you’ll find your own if you give yourself simple goals and try to solve them. Don’t try to create some open world RPG right away. Instead, make a button that triggers something, attach emitters to things and see what happens, try to reproduce special effects you’ve seen, build a location you’d like to visit. I’ve been really excited to watch people discover their own personal styles. Do a little bit of everything. Dreams has so much freedom that it can be overwhelming at first, so you sorta have to try a little bit of everything until you find what you really love to create.


What was the first thing you created in Dreams?
I think it was actually a blob of icing for my Gingerbread Cottage during the Beta, but that was a fantastic first project because it brought back so many memories of assembling real gingerbread houses and making them look handmade, with falling shredded coconut snow, and candy-cane lamp posts lighting the scene. And of course starring “Melly" a living marshmallow with pretzel stick limbs jammed into its delicious, marshmallowy body. I was really going for “inner child” there and yeah, Dreams brings that out almost every time, as long as you remember to PLAY and not worry so much about perfectionism. Admittedly, I went right from that to my most intense jam session the week leading up to New Years Day to release Starry Night… which I can’t wait to release in VR someday!


Favourite food, movie and song, in that order. GO!
Favorite food—homemade pizza or maybe chicken parm… or… dakgangjeong and japchae (go watch some Maangchi and get addicted to making Korean food!)

Favorite movie—My heart lives in quirky, campy, supernatural things full of personality, mostly from the 80s and 90s. My favorite movies vary depending on my mood, but I think a safe choice will always be Pan’s Labyrinth… or Interview with the Vampire... or Return of the Living Dead. haha — Don’t make me choose! Just give me personality.

Song? — “shadowshow” or “; john” or “y” by iamamiwhoami


How can people find you in the Dreamiverse?
TheOneironaut, pronounced “The O-Narrow-Not” or “The O-Nigh-Row-Not” — it means “dream voyager”


Who'd you like to get to know in the Dreamiverse? We'll ask them some questions for next month's newsletter!
I choose you, donut_mutt!

This Month's Wallpaper!

This Month's Wallpaper!

The wallpaper this month is truly ... IMP-ressive...!

Adorn your desktop with this flurry of Imps! Click here to download.


Jobs

We're on the lookout for new Molecules to join in the fun and make Dreams the best it can be! Follow the links below to read more about our current vacancies at Mm Towers!

Stay up to date on our jobs page

Current positions



What's on the horizon? #AllHallowsDreams of course! Stay tuned, as we'll have plenty of details soon on what to expect when the gates to our haunted house creek slowly, and creepily, open!

Remember, the deadline for ALL your #AllHallowsDreams creations is the 27th September. You won't be able to submit anything to the event after this date.

We'll see you in the Dreamiverse! <3