Imagine Cup: BACKSTAGE - An Interview with Randal Staewen and Sean Howard, Co-Founders of Solipsoid Software

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Michael Palermo welcomes Randal Staewen and Sean Howard, Co-Founders of Solipsoid Software, creators of Unnatural Selectionan app for the Windows Platform and semi-finalists in the 2014 Imagine Cup. Tune in as they chat about their inspiration for their startup as well as their experience with Microsoft’s Imagine Fund.

  • [0:33] Tell us a little bit about ourselves
  • [2:06] Tell us about your startup and what was your motivation behind it?
  • [3:01]  How did the Microsoft Imagine Fund help you with your startup? What are some of the most important lessons / takeaways you got from the Microsoft Imagine Fund?
  • [4:45] How are you getting ready for the Imagine Cup?
  • [8:14] What are your plans with your startup after the Imagine fund and Imagine Cup are done?

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Chomp your way to the bottom of the ocean in this eat-em-up adventure. Don't let the untasty robots stop you. Evolve and crunch them up, along with anything else in your path!

The world is your oyster, so eat it already!

Far in the future, a catastrophic war between organics and machines has concluded with the end of all organic life. Yet, their victory has left the machines hollow and empty, and curious about their creators. Some, in secret, have succeeded in recreating life within a tiny acquatic eden. But life is not so easily controlled - and soon, one species begins to mutate rapidly...
Unnatural Selection features a world of constant change and growth, with you at the helm. Will you hunt down your enemies and eat them, becoming a pure carnivore? Will you lock down your own personal corner of the map to eat plant matter, becoming an bulky herbivore? Or will you take a more balanced approach, as an unpredictable omnivore?

Gameplay modes are numerous, including a standard campaign mode, a cooperative campaign mode dubbed "symbiosis" mode, and real-time multiplayer modes in which you can compete with other species directly controlled by your friends. Don't be afraid to eat your friends, they'll understand that your hunger is your first priority!

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