The Dreams Creator Beta has been an incredible experience for us here at Media Molecule. We're incredibly grateful for all your feedback, insight and kind words. We've seen so much incredible content created within the Dreamiverse, and most importantly, learned a lot!
When we launched our sign-ups on the 4th January, the number of you who signed-up was, frankly, more than we were expecting, and while it's so exciting there are THAT many people interested in creating in Dreams, we weren't ready to support numbers that large right away.
SO. Behind the scenes, we've been working hard to get everyone who signed up (and qualified!) a chance to play.
Therefore,we are happy to say there will three new waves of beta entry. One will go out Thursday, 17th January 2019 for both the US and EU, then on Monday, 21st January 2019 we will be sending out codes to the remainder of EU sign-ups and on Wednesday, 23nd January 2019 codes will be sent to the remainder of US sign-ups.
In order to receive a code;
You must be at least 18 years of age.
You must have a PSN ID registered to either the Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe or Sony Interactive Entertainment America regions.
You must have entered the correct details in during your sign-up process.
Along with the entirety of codes being sent out, we're also happy to announce that the Dreams Creator Beta has been extended for TWO extra weeks. The beta, originally due to close on 21st January, will now come to a close on 4th February 2019.
We hope this gives those of you who are participating in the Dreams Creator Beta enough time to enjoy yourselves with the tools, play creations by other Dreamers and get to know the Dreamiverse! And please...do check your spam or promotions folder for codes!
If you have any questions, please refer to our Dreams Creator Beta FAQ.
Following on from this morning's news about the new end date for our Dreams Creator Beta, it's about time we look towards the end of the week, and our next livestream!
As we mentioned during last week's stream, we'll be back on Twitch tomorrow, Friday, 18th January 2019,at 5PM GMT with another wonderful collection of Dreams, characters and anything else that catches our eye in the Dreamiverse! Tune in to see what's been going on in the Dreamiverse, and perhaps see one of YOUR creations on stream.
As always, you'll be able to remind yourself of the stream with our PlayStation Event on PSN, as well as our handy Facebook and Twitch event reminders!
Before we go, we just want to remind you of Mm Monthly, our official newsletter! We'll be sending out the first 2019 edition next week, which will be full of fun goings-on from around the studio, an interview with a Molecule and much more! If you're not subscribed already, you can do so here.
We're so excited to be a sponsor for Global Game Jam once again this year, and after our mega-jam that took place last year at Mm Towers, we're gearing up for another weekend of jamming in Dreams (beta!) to see what we can come up with.
If you didn't catch our 2018 stream, you can see games such as Handyland, Fly My Pigeon, Fly!, and Gene Journey come to life in Dreams right here.
We'd love to see as many of you, our CoMmunity, get involved across the globe! Jamming has been essential to Mm and the development of LBP, Tearaway and Dreams. If you've ever fancied the idea of creating a game from scratch, then we highly recommend finding your local GGJ site, signing up and jamming between 25th January - 27th January. Jam sites are always FULL of creativity, so even if you're not sure what part you want to play, you'll find other people with ideas, knowledge and the desire to make games!
And finally, for those of you participating in the Dreams Creator Beta, join our virtual jam in Dreams! During the GGJ weekend, tag your creation with 'Global Game Jam' and we'll pick out some of our highlights to feature on our Global Game Jam livestream on Monday27th January at 5PM GMT, alongside what our Molecules cook up.
Good luck to everyone getting involved in Global Game Jam across the world, we hope you make some amazing games and have a great time!
Hey there, CoMmunity! We mentioned during our last stream, that each week during the Dreams Creator Beta, we'll be showing off more of the amazing creations we find in the Dreamiverse, and giving out some helpful advice on creating!
So, as another week comes to a close, we'll be live on Twitch on the 11th January, 2019 at 5PM GMT to do exactly that! We've put together another wonderful collection of creations for you to marvel at and John's ready to do some more teaching!
We're sure you'll be popping this in your diary ASAP, but just in case you can't we've set up the usual Facebook, Twitch and PlayStation Events that you can use as reminders!
See you on the stream!
Missed the incredible creations we uncovered in the Dreams Creator Beta? You can catch up on the stream below!
We hope you've had a wonderful New Years celebration and are ready for 2019! It's going to be a busy one for us Molecules, and we can't wait for all it has in store.
Without further ado, let's get things started in true Mm fashion - a livestream! As many of you know, we kicked off our Dreams Creator Beta just before Christmas last year and it's been fascinating to finally see people creating in Dreams! We're truly excited to open it up to more and more of you, so please do tune in for details on how to sign up and get started!
Along with those details, we'll have John Beech on-hand to answer your questions and share his Dreams tips & tricks plus we'll take a tour of our favourite community creations. So, join us on Friday 4th January at 5PM GMT on Twitch for the first stream of the new year! We can't wait to see you all creating in Dreams this month.
Before we go, we also want to remind you that our Dreams Creator Beta public sign-ups will also be kicking off on Friday 4th January, too!
We'll share the when and where details on our social channels, so be sure to keep an eye out! To make sure you don't miss out on the livestream, we've set up our Facebook and Twitch Event pages, and you'll be able to check-in via PlayStation Events, too! See you on the stream!
Missed our stream? No worries! We've embedded the full video below for you to watch!
Sign-ups for the Dreams Creator Beta are now closed.
Good news! The beta will now run through February 4th, so plenty of time for all our creators to flex their creation skills
This is a test of the creation tools in Dreams, so what we're most interested in learning during beta is your experience using them - are you able to make things? Did the tutorials help you? Did anything not work for you? What did you find confusing?
Please keep in mind this test is covered under NDA (no streaming, video or sharing) so you'll have access to our feedback forums and companion website to connect with us (and the rest of the community!) directly.
Now, the details...
Q: Do I need to be 18 to participate in the Beta?
A: Yes, you do. Only players 18 or older qualify to participate in beta tests run by Sony. If you are under 18 and apply, your application will be rejected. The final version of Dreams will not carry this age restriction and will come with a PEGI and ESRB rating for age guidance.
Q: What will be available in this build?
A: Our focus for beta is the create tools, so you'll find a pretty complete set of those as well as a partial set of tutorials to get you started. Our social features aren't 100% in yet, but you'll find some implemented and we'd love feedback on those areas. We'll have a few mini-games made by the team here and allow access to our companion site indreams.me.
Q: Is the beta only open to EU and US participants?
A: Yes, the beta is only available in English and has been limited to EU, AUS, Middle East, Canada, Africa and US participants at this stage. We will list the full slate of languages for Dreams closer to launch.
Q: How many people can participate?
A: We've invited every qualified user who applied to the be in the beta, so if you missed out on sign-ups, stay tuned to our channels for more info on playing Dreams when it's released!
Q: What will NOT be available in this build?
A: Our story mode won't be playable in Beta. We've also removed a lot of our content (bits & bobs, assets, unfinished things) as we want to ensure that everything on the server is finished and can carry over into the final game. We don't want to tweak anything of ours that you've used in your creations between now and launch and accidentally ruin your work. There also won't be trophies, some of the Dreamiverse (social) features or the full slate of imp customization, imp quests or final Community Jams flow.
Q: Is local co-op in the beta build?
A: Yes and no, You can play anything in play mode with a local player but co-op create (edit mode with two local players) isn't available in beta.
Q: What about VR?
A: VR is not supported in the beta. We'll have more details about VR for Dreams closer to launch.
Q: Will my creations carry over into the final game?
A: Yes, the current plan is that you'll be able to revisit what you create for beta in the final game (barring a tragic technical error between now and then!) IF YOU PUBLISH IT (We can't carry over unpublished creations -local saves- to the final build). The exception to this is creations that violate copyright, which can be removed at the request of the copyright holder.
Q: Will my progress carry over into the final game?
A: No. Your persona and imp quest progress will be reset for the final game.
Q: How long will it run?
A: Until February 4th.
Q: I am excited to play Dreams, but I'm not much of a creator, is this beta for me?
A: While the full version of Dreams has lots to offer for non-creators, beta is really just focused on creation. We don't want to discourage you from finding your inner artist, but the bulk of playable things in Dreams aren't included in this version. There's a lot of fun to be had in the creation process though, so if you're curious, we'd love to have you.
Q: NDA? Why? Isn't Dreams all about sharing?
A: That's true, but we're not quite ready to share everything yet. It's key to this stage of development that we can get direct feedback and iterate before we're ready to let everyone go nuts on the internet. We can't wait for that day, but that isn't today.
Q: Where CAN I discuss the beta?
A: We have a forum set up at feedback.indreams.me where you can connect with us to give feedback and chat to other players.
Q: Do I need PS Plus to join the beta?
A: No, PS Plus is not required for Beta BUT you may be unable to connect to Dreams if the PlayStation Network is down or experiencing issues.
Q: How much save space does the beta take?
A: The beta takes about 4 gigs of storage space, so you'll still have plenty of space for those other games you're playing!
It's been a couple of weeks since our LittleBigPlanet 10th anniversary stream, so we think it's about time for another Dreams livestream!
And yes, that IS the word 'beta' in the title BUT we are not announcing beta on the stream. Read on...
Our next stream, taking place on Wednesday 28th November at 5PM GMT will be one of our ever fabulous Kareem Dreams Livestreams! But, this time round there's a twist - Kareem will be building a world for YOU to play around in when the Dreams beta launches later this year. It'll be available in the Dreamiverse for you to build on or remix as you see fit.
What kind of world is Kareem building? It's down to you to decide! We're giving you a choice of 4 themes to choose from, you just have to vote on our Twitter poll. Here are the themes:
We'll run our poll until Monday 26th November, so there's plenty of time to decide on which world you want to play around with in the Dreams beta.
Before we go, we want to remind you of Mm Monthly - our official newsletter! We send one out each month and it plays host to a ton of behind the scenes stuffs, monthly round ups and Dreams news! So, if you haven't yet, subscribe here! See you on the stream!
Did you miss out on Kareem's world building? Don't worry, you can see his High Fantasy world take shape with the video below!
We've asked around Media Molecule HQ recently and can confirm that, yep, no one can believe it's been TEN YEARS since LittleBigPlanet launched!
This very first Media Molecule game built the foundations of our studio, kickstarted our journey in creative gaming and introduced us to so many of you lovely community members. We've heard from so many of you over the past few days about what LBP has meant to you and we're so honored that you've shared that with us. Thank you for all the kind words and for being part of the LBP adventure over the past 10 years!
So, a birthday demands a party, right? That's just what we have planned. We'll be live on Twitch Friday 2nd November at 5PM GMT for our LittleBigPlanet 10th Anniversary Stream! We'll (obviously) be having cake, talking to some of the Molecules who were here at the start of LBP and seeing what Designer Christophe Villedieu has created in Dreams as an homage to Sackboy's very first adventure...
As we continue to work on Dreams, our friends at Sumo Digital have been keeping the LBP adventures going and supporting the community. They've got birthday plans throughout the month of November to celebrate the big 1-0, so keep an eye on their Twitterand Facebook pages to see what they get up to!
Of course, you don't celebrate ten years without having a look back at what happened at the start of it all, so we've collected a few gems to share - like the very first introduction of LittleBigPlanet to the world at GDC 2007. Check out Mark and Alex show LBP for the first time and get all misty eyed, just like we are now:
And, we can go either further back and revisit the very FIRST iteration of LittleBigPlanet with the Mr Yellow Head demo below:
We'd love for you to celebrate your LBP memories with us, too! If you've got a memory or story to share, or perhaps an image of your very first creation, send them to us on Twitter or in the comments below! We'll read out some of our favourites during the livestream.
We hope you enjoy the trip down memory lane and plan to join us on the 2nd of November.
We celebrated Sackboy's big day with cake, champagne and Christophe's brilliant recreation of The Gardens! You can catch up with the video below.
It's the spookiest time of the year and we're so excited!
As we mentioned during our last stream, our next one is of the spooky kind - our Halloween festivities will be taking the form of a Dreams stream on Friday 26th October at 5PM BST.
During our spoOOooOky stream, we'll be carving pumpkins, creating terrifying scenes and other such horrific activities all in Dreams. We'll have a ton of Molecules taking part, and perhaps be asking you all, the CoMmunity, to judge whose jack-o-lantern is the best!
Oh, and we've asked Molecules to be in Halloween fancy dress...
We're dressing up Mm HQ, too, so expect to see our beloved M's all covered in bones, ghosts and cobwebs. Don't forget to set your reminders on Facebook, Twitch and PlayStation Events! We'll see you on the stream!
Missed out on the ghoultastic fun? You can watch the stream in full below!
Last month, Kath shared the first part of her blog detailing how to create a plastic free household with some really easy and accessible steps. You can read that here, and read on for the second part!
Kitchen towel – Previously a big offender for us, mainly out of habit! Now, you can buy fancy colourful terry towelling cloths with poppers that click together and roll onto a stand, but that for us fitted into ‘ZW spending spree’. We opted for cutting up clothing that was past wearing (PJ’s, t-shirts etc) into handy size squares with pinking shears (scissors which make zigzag edges) and stacking them in the front of a kitchen draw. Dirty ones go in a net bag under the sink and get washed when the bag is full. If you are aiming for top marks make sure there are no plastic based fabrics in the stack – I doubt we managed this but one step at a time.
Clingfilm / plastic bags – We just stopped buying them. We save paper bags from our veg deliveries and reuse them for sandwiches. Anything we traditionally covered with clingfilm now gets a plate or upturned bowl popped over it e.g. in the microwave, in the fridge. I have every intention of making some wax wraps, with all the bits already sat on the side at home, I just need to find that spare half an hour... There are lots of clips online showing you how to do this.
Dish cloths / sponges – Washable cotton, natural bristle brush with a replaceable head, crotchet scrubber made from coir / jute / hemp.
Breadmaker / bag – We were very kindly given a breadmaker by a molecule that was moving overseas, so when the house is full we do pop that on overnight. It seems to work best for a fluffy white loaf which will start to go stale after 24 hours. No problem when the kids are here, it lasts about an hour! Lots of people make a loaf and freeze half. We do like a stonebaked, seeded, fancy loaf though and so we try to buy these loose and store them in a cotton drawstring bag. Plasticfreeshop.co.uk sells both cotton and linen versions.
It’s a minefield! Things we have done that have helped:
Carry the bag! We have brilliant bags from a company called Onya which have lasted for years. They were originally made from parachute silk so super strong but looks like they have moved to recycled plastic bottles. They pack up into a really tiny pouch with a clip and come in an array of bright colours. Stocked in the UK by earthwisegirlsuk.co.uk. Disclaimer – I know they originate from Oz but they have lasted so much longer than any other brand we have tried.
Veg box. A couple of well-known options in the UK, Riverford and Able&Cole, but we opted for a lovely local greengrocer who is extremely flexible. UK supermarkets Morrisons, Lidl and Asda have all started doing ‘wonky’ or ‘past best’ veg boxes.
Butcher. Again we chose to go local, taking our own containers when we remember. Happily they no longer use plastic carrier or produce bags, instead heat sealed paper. It is more expensive but we combat this by not eating meat every night and by stretching the meat across meals – for example a roast chicken might go on to become egg fried rice the next night and then the carcass turns into soup with some added veggies. We know cooking from scratch every night is not always possible but we try to do it when we can and when we have the energy.
Fishmonger. A rarer beast in our area but worth searching out a good one if you can. Our nearest one is happy to take an order by text the day before to save us getting out of bed at the crack of dawn to beat the queues. They are totally on board with reducing plastic – take your own box and cool-bag.
We are working on crisps, biscuits, snacks, butter, yogurt, cheese, meats… you get the picture. Sometimes we just don’t buy them, sometimes we give in. The purists would tell you to bake, make your own nut milk, make yogurt, build a meat smoker... lovely ideas but we have to be realistic, some of this will have to wait until retirement! Our current goal is at least to have a homemade cake in the tin at home.
Our next step will be to find a source of bulk dry goods in paper.
Liquid hand soap – switch to bar soap on an old school soap rack. We are currently working through a big box of Dr. Bronner Castile (lavender or tea-tree oil both smell lovely) which I bought on discount. Note it does contain palm oil though so I will be double checking the sustainability of this or looking at alternatives next time around. If you don’t want to buy a soap rack then push a metal bottle top into one side of the soap and sit the soap on the top – voila, elevated soap that doesn’t go soggy. Different colour metal tops will help you remember which bar is body / hair / conditioner as they can look very similar early in the morning!
Shower gel – much as I loved my Original Source peppermint shower gel this is an easy switch to bar soap again. So many options out there depending on your skin type but we are happily using the same type of bar as we do for handwashing. In the shower ours hangs in a Hydrophil sisal soap pouch which lets the bar dry after use, helps create a lather, exfoliates while you use it and lets you easily use all the tiny scraps of soap from the end of the bar. Check out the brand, they are good eggs! I bought ours from UK company theplasticfreeshop.co.uk. Other soap companies to check out:
Toothbrush – still not 100% plastic free because of the bristles but lots of bamboo options to choose from out there. Do your research, some last longer than others. Also the jury is still out on the overall sustainability of bamboo. Personally I am still using my electric one because it gets my teeth clean and it’s still going.
Toothpaste – a controversial area – you need to decide if you want fluoride or not. Some plastic free, low chemical options are:
Denttabs – With or without fluoride
Truthpaste – This is where I am heading next
Georganics – It’s black and contains activated charcoal which some claim should not be used for more than short bursts of time. I am determined to get to the end of the lovely, expensive, glass jar but to be honest it’s pushing it’s luck.
Lush – toothy tabs
Euthymol – Old school, bright pink, in an aluminium tube which can be split, cleaned and recycled. Be warned it’s feisty and will definitely wake you up. Disclaimer does contain sodium laurel sulphate (SLS) which some people try to avoid. Included here more for the metal tube which is hard to find nowadays.
Lush – Mouthwash tabs – chew with some water and off they fizz. Odd sensation until you get used to it. This really is just a mouth freshener, can’t say it has any antibacterial claims. Comes in a small plastic bottle which you can take back to Lush for reuse.
Weleda – Small glass bottle of concentrate that you dilute. Think old school botanicals.
Cotton buds – paper stems (Simply Gentle brand comes in a cardboard box, Sainsbury's sell a paper stem but it comes in a plastic outer still) or Hydrophil do a bamboo one.
Deodorant (this is not antiperspirant!) - Antiperspirant works by using aluminium compounds to effectively block the pores, which could be considered as not very good for you. The most effective deodorants that we found are based on sodium bicarbonate which you may find you are sensitive to, especially ones with a high % content.
The Natural Deodorant Company - Might seem expensive but lasts for long enough to justify it in our opinion. The active version has a very high content of bicarb and we found we couldn’t use it for an extended period of time. The gentle one might be better if you find you react to bicarb. Comes in a glass jar, but does have a plastic lid.
Earth Conscious Deodorant - Comes in a handy metal tin. Very gentle.
Organic Essence - Comes in a cardboard tube. Very gentle.
Salt of the Earth – Salt rock deo. We were massively sceptical of these and so they were the last thing we tried after not getting on with high strength bicarb……but it seems to work. The ‘rock’ is a natural mineral – potassium alum which is thought to keep the bacteria at bay and therefore the smells away. I believe the particles are too large to be absorbed and sit on rather than in the skin. Research paper reading on the agenda.
A tricky one! Those with short hair might find this switch easier than those of us with longer, finer hair. The one thing that is clear is that you will not pick up a shampoo bar, wash your hair on day 1 and come out of the shower with flowing locks! There is most definitely a transition period of getting away from SLS oil stripping shampoos to something natural, and it seems you might hate your hair and have to wear a hat in between. Things we have tried:
Baking soda – Will undoubtedly give you squeaky clean hair, will also give you brittle hair. I don’t recommend it as a regular option.
Shampoo bars – Lather up in your hands or a natural sisal soap bag, wash with the lather – do not put the bar directly on your head or you will end up with waxy hair. Wash thoroughly. Rinse with an apple cider vinegar (ACV) solution – dilute 15% in water, pour over head, let sit for 2 mins, rinse.
Rhassoul clay – Really love the cleaning results but does make your hair massively static! The ACV rinse helps, as does not using a plastic comb. I have read and am about to try hydrating the clay with aloe vera juice instead of water. This is supposed to bring the pH down and help to prevent the static.
Next up – rye flour wash!
Shaving – another easy switch from gel or foam for us. Funky Soap do a brilliant bar which contains bentonite clay for glide. The bar lasted for 6 months compared with a tube of shaving gel every month. We also like Airmid shaving soap in a tin from Ireland.
DIY moisturiser – a blend of shea butter, cocoa butter and apricot oil is reported to do the trick. We will let you know how we get on!
I sit back and re-read what I have written and I’m sure you will all think we are mad, that’s it’s all too much effort, too much hard work, won’t make any difference, but to quote Sir David Attenborough;
‘It is one world. And it’s in our care. For the first time in the history of humanity, for the first time in 500 million years, one species has the future in the palm of its hands. I just hope he realizes that this is the case’
Do the things you are able to. Change the things we can.
If you have any questions, or want further advice on a topic as important as this, feel free to leave a comment below, or contact us on social media.
You are cordially invited to our next livestream, CoMmunity!
Yep, after a couple of weeks of our EGX streams, we're ready to get comfy once again on the Mm sofa with a brand new stream! Our first stream of the month will be taking place Thursday 11th October at 5PM BST!
We'll once again be sitting down with a group of Molecules on the Mm sofa to get an inside look at their personal creations from within Dreams! If you missed our last stream, we went through Dreams creations such as Given Time, Ferovium as well as a bunch of characters created by Emei!
This time, we'll be looking at games such as Dr Rendezvous from Tom Dallaway, as well as creations from Ed Hargrave, Kevin Watt and other Molecules! They'll be playing through their games and then giving you an inside look at some of the goings-on behind the scenes to show you what's possible in Dreams!
Talking of what's possible in Dreams, did you hear that our Game Informer cover for their November issue was created ENTIRELY in Dreams? We'll be kicking things off next Thursday with Jon Eckersley with a look at how the most beautiful cover you ever did see came together!
So, remember to set those Twitch, Facebook and PlayStation Event reminders so that you don't miss out on our next stream! We'll see you next week!
Missed our dive in to some brand new Dreams creations? We've popped the stream below for you to catch up on whenever you're ready!
Last month we took a look at what we are doing to reduce our waste in the kitchen here at Mm, particularly single use plastic and food waste. Our guys in the kitchen, Kath and Eoin, decided to go one step further and see how far they could get at home with the Plastic Free July initiative. Here’s how they got on……
While we are nowhere near being plastic free, we have made a lot of progress and have done a lot of research into the options along the way. If you are inspired to look at your waste and try to make some changes, no matter how small, we thought we’d share our journey so far as a possible starting point. This blog is simply what we found; it’s in no way exhaustive or scientific, there will be other options that might suit you better.
Why are we doing this?
We want our kids to have a (clean) world to live in.
Some vague principles we used……
Ideally get rid of the packaging completely. Do not just switch from plastic to something else – it all takes energy and resources whether PET (polyethylene terephthalate) or paper.
Let’s get rid of the nasty chemicals while we are at it – In our food, our cleaning products, our toiletries.
Bear in mind the product’s total carbon footprint - Where it originates from, how it was processed, transport costs – not always an obvious equation when comparing X to Y.
Try not to be ‘green-washed’ – Are we actually making a better choice, not just being sold an ‘ideal’?
Do not go on a zero waste (ZW) spending spree – Only buy when really needed, do not throw away serviceable items just because they don’t fit with the ideals.
‘Am I only buying this as a habit?’ – This one will surprise you when you ask yourself it every time you reach to pop something in the basket.
Change the things you can – It’s a bit overwhelming if you try to do it all in one go, just pick one thing and go from there. We are still working it out.
If you want traditional products look at a UK company called Splosh, they send you small pouches of concentrate in a dissolvable wrapper through the post. You do get a plastic bottle in the first batch but after that you just dissolve a pouch in warm water in the bottle to make a refill. A couple of products (washing up liquid / laundry detergent) come in a returnable pouch which you send 4 of back in the same thin box they come in, postage already paid. For us it was a good first step and we still use the washing up liquid.
If you want to go further – buy in bulk citric acid, bicarbonate of soda, white vinegar
Smaller boxes to trial from biggreensmile.com under the Dri-Pak label. I believe that Wilko is also a good bet if you want to go on foot. When you are ready to go bulk the best prices I have found are:
Citric acid – thesoapery.co.uk for a 25kg paper bag – Yes you do need to store it but soon my under sink cupboard will only have 3 products in it compared with the c. 30+ that were there a few months ago.
White vinegar – summernaturals.co.uk for 5ltr – Ok, it’s still in plastic but one big bottle, haven’t found a way to ditch the plastic here, let me know if you do!
But guys, what do I use these for?
Toilet cleaner – A scoop of citric acid down the loo when you leave the house, quick scrub with the brush when you get back – shiny as new without a single drop of bleach from a plastic bottle.
Toilet bombs – If you want a more traditional block to drop in the loo try 1 cup bicarb, ¼ cup citric, 1 tbsp washing up liquid – allow to set in ice cube tray. Apparently works a treat and can be stored in a jar in the bathroom.
Surface cleaner– Vinegar - We saved an empty spray bottle and are currently using ours neat, although you can dilute it, add a few drops of essential oils if you prefer a smell, or infuse it with citrus peel. The vinegar smell doesn’t bother us and disappears quickly so we took the lazy route of using it neat in both the bathroom and kitchen.
Plenty of options are discussed online
Soap nuts – controversial from a sourcing point of view
Eco-egg – can’t really find any reviews that say it works well
Soda crystals + essential oils – can leave greasy marks on your clothes
We have currently opted for non-bio powder in big cardboard boxes and a significant reduction in the quantity of powder used in each load. Ours is a busy house and the current box is still going strong into month 3.
If you fancy it, a DIY recipe that’s on my list to try, use 2 tablespoons per load:
1 bar grated natural soap
250g soda crystals
250g borax substitute
Fabric conditioner – ditched, we just don’t use it anymore and I can honestly say nobody has noticed, and our home town is a very hard water area.
Stain remover – highly rated ‘mineral bleach’ – just ordered some so watch this space. Available in the UK from website babipur.co.uk.
Head back this way next month to check out Part 2 of Kath's super-useful tips on creating a plastic-free home for you and yours!
We know what you're thinking: ''But, it was only JUST PAX? How is there another stream happening already, Media Molecule?!'' Well, not only are we already announcing our next stream, but it's coming sooner than usual - we'll be live on Twitch next Wednesday, 12th September at 5PM BST.
The Made By The Molecules stream will feature 5 Molecules who have created some awesome stuff in Dreams! Emei, Tom (Dallaway, one of our many Toms), Liam, Christophe and Steve will be going through their work and explaining what makes them tick, including some CoMmunity favourites such as Hammer Time, Moon Raiders and Given Time!
Everyone's super excited to share their creations with the CoMmunity, so this'll be a stream you don't want to miss out on! To make sure that doesn't happen, set the usual reminders on Facebook Events, Twitch Events and by registering on PlayStation Events. You'll be reminded just before we go live, which is always super useful!
Of course, if you want to keep yourself up to date on Dreams streams over the weekend, our PAX Game Jam is now available to watch on our YouTube! We'll see you on the stream, next Wednesday!
Missed the stream? No need to worry, you can watch it in FULL below!
Here in the Mm kitchen we are on a mission to eliminate any single use plastics from setting foot into our world. It’s a pretty big list to tackle but one step at a time, right? When we set our mind to something we are pretty determined folk, so here we go!
How are we reducing our environmental impact?
We have moved away from just thinking about how and what we recycle, focusing instead on ‘Refuse’ and ‘Rethink’. Once we made the shift in mindset it was surprising how naturally our buying habits quickly adjusted. Here are some examples of our easy wins to give you some inspiration….
Cold drinks in plastic bottles - Switch to either metal or glass. Or make your own e.g. ginger beer, kombucha, kefir, fruit waters.
Bottled mineral water - Supply water filter fountains with refillable bottles / cups. At home you can do this with a filter jug or a charcoal filter system. Check out new brand ‘Can O Water’ for a reseal-able can of sparkling water.
Plastic freezer bags - Invest in a set of freezer-proof storage containers. Even if you choose plastic you will get many years use out of them rather than a single use of hard-to-recycle thin film.
Plastic food bags from fruit and vegetable supplier - We work hard to have good relationships with our suppliers and after a quick chat they easily made the switch to paper bags for 90% of items. For similar problems in the supermarket - bring your own cloth bags or go without as we do.
Take away containers - We encourage Molecules to take any lunch leftovers home for their tea rather than waste the food. Happily, we have found a plant based compostable PLA soup pot from the lovely folks at vegware.com. We use them in the freezer to pot up homemade ‘ready-meals’ for anyone burning the midnight oil. Now that the sun is trying to come out we are also busy turning them into smoothie packs for the blender, with frozen cubes of yogurt, fruit puree, oats, seeds and a dash of omega oil.
Drinking straws - If you really want them – paper, bamboo, stainless steel, even hollow stems of wheat work. Check out ecostrawz.co.uk
Use a plate to cover a bowl.
Compostable, sustainable greeseproof sheets from Vegware.
Homemade wax wraps - Google how, it's easy!
Foil - Ovenproof containers with lids work just as well for most jobs. My Gran will be looking on and laughing at me for ever thinking otherwise!
Plastic trays, vac-packs, plastic bags from the butcher - We have just purchased three large robust airtight containers that can rotate on deliveries to and from our lovely local butcher. A big win as this one was generating lots of packaging, most of which was only being used for the ten minute drive between sites. There are only so many seed trays a girl can use! I’ve noticed that they have recently changed to heat sealed wax paper wraps and paper bags in their shop as well!
Dry ingredients – flours, rice, beans, nuts, fruits - We now always buy in bulk, preferably in paper bags, and have switched to soaking and cooking our own dried beans. This saves lots of cans from going to recycling plus the extra fuel from transporting the heavier wet weight around the place. Even when you add back in the energy to cook them it’s still a win – just need to remember to start a day in advance with the soak!
What's next for the Mm Kitchen?
Milk cartons – 4 pint plastic - Next on the big hitters list but currently in research as we get through a LOT of milk in a LOT of cuppas. Glass or purgal bulk packaging.
Bottled sparkling water - Currently doing the maths on bottled vs Soda Stream
Snacks packaging – crisps, chocolate etc - A controversial area...
Managing food waste
A short word about food waste and how we manage it in a busy studio:
Portion control. The Molecules think we are chewing the cud over morning coffee, really we are quietly finding out about their lunch plans!
Freezer pot ‘ready meals’
Take away pots for supper
Donations to the local homeless shelter
And finally, anything that does find its way into the bin is converted by a specialist waste company into energy
We’re proud to play our part in helping out the environment and hope we can inspire others to do the same. You can read more about our efforts to reduce our impact on the environment on our Energy & Environment page.
This week we welcomed Jamal, better known to our community as @glitchfish, to Mm for a week of work experience. He kindly wrote about his time at Mm for us!
As my week draws to a close, I felt it would be best to write down my experiences in a meaningful and passionate way. Media Molecule have meant the world to me from a young age and being able to sit here and write this now almost feels like a dream. Everyone here is so nice and I got to experience life in the industry and honestly all I can really say bluntly is that I love it.
Everyone at Mm is so polite and kind and I genuinely felt like one of the family. I was personally quite shy and anxious at first, afraid of embarrassing myself in front of personal heroes, but they slowly coaxed me out of my shell and helped me when I needed it.
Dreams, honestly, is an absolute marvel, whilst I personally didn’t create anything spectacular during my week (Mm note: We're pretty impressed with Jamal's creations, pictured above and below!), I was able to talk with the pros, brainstorm ideas and talk about changes between LBP and Dreams (which are quite a bit!). Once you understand what’s going on it’s like eating a waffle with ice-cream, quick, easy and intuitive, and you can always find an alternative route as Dreams is so vast! There’s at least 20 answers to one problem that I experienced with my weird experimental level of size-shifting characters.
Dreams speaks for itself. Almost everything has been thought about and designed and I cannot wait to see what the community and myself make when it releases, It definitely will turn heads on its arrival and I can even see it rivaling studio software and becoming an alternative for game development. Yes, it’s that amazing.
I wish I could go into more detail about the game but why would I spoil the magic for others? That’s just selfish.
Our next stream is only a week away! For those of you who missed our announcement at the end of last month's stream, our next stream will be taking place on Friday 17th August at 5PM BST on our Twitch channel!
What are we doing this time? Well, everyone's favorite Maestro of Move Controllers, Kareem, will be returning to the Mm sofa to demonstrate the sculpting tools in Dreams! It has been quite a long time since we showed off the sculpt tool and the man who brought you #treesecrets. And of course, if this is your first Kareem Dreams Stream, you are in for quite a treat. What will he make? Honestly, we don't know, we just enjoy being along for the ride.
Make sure to set a reminder and if reminders aren't your thing, we've got you covered on Facebook Events, Twitch Events AND PlayStation Events! To find us on PlayStation Events, simply head to Events on your dashboard and we'll be in the 'All' section!
Before we go and get ready for Friday: we announced our attendance at PAX West 2018 this week! We'll be heading to Seattle and hosting our first ever Dreams Panel Jam live at the show. You can find more details here. Our panel will be streamed live so you'll be able to tune in and join in on the fun even if you're not attending PAX.
That's all for now, we'll see you on the stream this Friday!
Missed Kareem's sculpting session? Never fear, as you can watch the stream in full below!
We may have only just done our last stream (which you can watch right here) but we're ready to announce our next stream already! How are we going to follow up the making of our E3 performance? Weeeellll...
We're going to be gathering up another bunch of Molecules to take part in a live game jam! This month, our local Guildford Library is running a Gothic Novel Jam and encouraging the local community to get involved with creating whatever they want using the theme - be it a story, music or, yep, a game! And, you know us, we love ourselves a good ol' game jam from time to time.
SO! Focused on the theme of Gothic Novel our July stream will demonstrate how fun it can be to make some dark and menacing creations together in Dreams!
We want to get you involved to! Send us your Gothic Novel ideas in to us on Twitter using the hashtag #GothNovJam and tagging us @mediamolecule! You can also submit your ideas in the comments section below. We can't guarantee we'll get round to creating everything you submit, but you'll definitely be a source of inspiration for the Molecules!
Join us on Thursday 26th July at 5PM BST to see what spooky bits and bobs we create in our Gothic Novel Game Jam stream! Make sure to register for the event on Facebook and Twitch so that you don't miss out!
Sad you missed the stream? Hopefully we can help! The full video is now available to watch just below this sentence!
Charlie and Will came by to spend a week with the team for some Work Experience! They spent time with various Molecules and of course, as well as Dreams! Charlie wrote the below blog about his time here - enjoy!
Somehow it’s Friday already and the end of an awesome week with Media Molecule! I’ll be sad to say goodbye to everyone here (especially the chefs!) but having the opportunity to be a part of Dreams has been an incredible experience. It’s a wonderfully unique project and quite unlike anything I’ve seen before, and learning about its inner workings has been an adventure all of its own.
The whole team here feels like one big extended family, and perhaps my favourite thing about this week has been just meeting and talking to so many new and interesting people. From John -who could probably build a scale Lego model of the office for fun in an afternoon - to Dave - who works in animation but is secretly a rock star - every person I’ve talked to has welcomed me with open arms and made me feel at home.
I’ve only been here for five days, but I’ve done so much in that short time that arriving on Monday feels like a lifetime ago. I’ve mixed my own music tracks, designed and sculpted 3D models, and even been let in on some sneaky company secrets (shhhhh). Pretty much the only thing I haven’t done is broken anything, which is the biggest miracle of them all!
Anyways, it’s been a stellar week and a super cool inside look into the games industry. The weather has been incredible, which made lunches out on the rooftop balcony all the more enjoyable, and I’ve absolutely loved being a part of the action here at Media Molecule- plus, as of right now I’m probably the best in the world at Dreams outside of the development team, so that’s a nice claim to fame- until the game comes out, of course. I don’t expect my title to last long after that.
I wish Dreams the very best of luck when it finally releases (though I don’t expect it needs it) and I would also like to extend a huge thanks to everyone at Media Molecule for making my week with you all as awesome as possible. You guys are the best!
Have you heard of the UK's fastest rising band, The Molecules? No? Well, they performed their first ever LIVE gig this month, right after PlayStation's E3 press briefing. Word has started to spread about this debut performance, so we thought you might all want to see how the band came together...or what we even mean by playing a show live in Dreams!
Yep, we're here to reveal that our next Dreams stream, The Making of The Molecules, gives you a front row seat to the performance and a big peek behind the curtains! The show takes place on Friday 29th June at 5PM BST.
If you missed out on the AMAZING E3 performance, you can now view it in its entirety below! Warning: Contains funky grooves, moves and tunes.
We'll gather together The Molecules on the Mm sofa to take you through how they put on their live show, composed the music, created some awesome puppets and more.
Make sure to not miss out on our next stream by signing up for reminders on Twitch and Facebook Events! We'll see you on stream!
Want to know how our live performance came together, but missed our Livestream? That's okay! We've embedded the full video below for you!
While we can't go in to details of what we'll to be up to this week, we can give you the best places to stay up-to-date on all the goings on for Media Molecule and PlayStation.
First and foremost - the official PlayStation stream! The main channel will play host to not only the PlayStation showcase taking place 2AM BST onTuesday 12th June, but lots more PlayStation demos and interviews throughout the week. Stay tuned to our social media channels and we'll let you know when to expect Molecules making a cameo.
Speaking of which - our channels! That's where you'll be able to get behind-the-scenes on our E3 adventures. We'll keep you refreshed with pictures, stories and any friends we bump in to throughout our adventure. Make sure you're following us on Twitter, as well as dropping us a Like on Facebook and Instagram. And of course, Twitch where we'll host the various streams our Molecules do guest appearances on.
We're super excited to be attending E3 this year, giving press their first hands-on with Dreams and meeting any community who happen to be at the show! Have a lovely E3 week and stay tuned for more info