Culture 1 October 2008 Evolution of LittleBigPlanet With so much discussion in creative education about the barriers between arts and science work such Print HTML This is what a modern creative industry looks like. A few weeks before the global release of LittleBigPlanet, their much anticipated Playstation 3 project, the artists at Media Molecule have released a fascinating piece of process film for those who need their faculty of wonder stimulating. You’ll know that software is made up of thousands of lines of code. In order for teams to collaborate effectively and for large projects to be managed, everytime a line of code is altered these changes are checked into a central repository. The evolution of LittleBigPlanet documents the development of the project through entries in its source-control repository. All of these entries have been visualised using codeswarm software, which results in a hypnotic piece. Some explanation. Each of the dots in the film represents a piece of code, which swarms toward the team member who is editing it at that time. Watch the film with an eye on the ticking calender at the bottom right, and you have a document of both sheer effort of the company and the steady staff growth of a start-up as names are gradually added to the chart. With so much discussion in creative education about the barriers between arts and science and the drop-off in foundation science skills, work such as that by Media Molecule is hugely invigorating. With a total disregard for any divisions of specialism, the scientists are the artists are the scientists. Why isn’t this on TV? Watch The Evolution of LittleBigPlanet in HD › Sombre Tories Iain Simons writes, talks and tweets about videogames and technology. His new book, Play Britannia, is to be published in 2009. He is the director of the GameCity festival at Nottingham Trent University. Subscribe More Related articles In defence of expertise: it’s time to take the heart out of “passionate” politics Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: a jukebox musical without the music Why do the words “soup, swoop, loop de loop” come to mind every time I lift a spoon to my lips?