Weekend Reading List: Grand Theft Auto V’s World Records, Gravity’s VFX Secrets, and More

The Viral Success of The Beatles, The Color Project, and More [Weekend Reading List]

We take the weekends off from posting to FullSailBlog.com, so in our absence, we’ve decided to start leaving you with a few other great reads to check out on Saturday and Sunday. Below are the picks we each came across this week. If you’ve got your own favorite story, feel free to share it in the comments section. We’ll be posting a new set of links here every Friday afternoon.

GTA 5 Currently Holds Seven Guinness World Records
It was pretty much a given that Grand Theft Auto V was going to be a success for Rockstar Games, but this recap of just how many records the title has broken in less than a month of release is a reminder of just how far the gaming industry has come since once being thought of such a niche market. It’s also a personal source of pride, as we had so many alumni contribute to the game’s production. –James

Creative Bad Habits: Treading the Path of Least Resistance
According to author Art Markman, “The path of least resistance is a central part of the way that our minds are designed, because nearly everything we that we do in life should be governed by our past experience.” Traveling the same rut with regard to your actions is fine for brushing your teeth or driving your car — but not so good for coming up with creative ideas. Markman offers three ways to shake yourself off the path of least resistance when it comes to using your imagination. –Christine

5 Ways Gravity’s VFX Wizards Sent Sandra Bullock Into Space
Gravity won the box office last weekend, but the Internet seems to be split down the middle in a battle between scientific accuracy and entertainment. On the entertainment side, here’s a great article from The Hollywood Reporter on how Gravity‘s VFX team made Sandra Bullock in space look so realistic (even if some experts don’t think she makes for a believable astronaut). –Amy

Twitter Defines Itself By What Facebook Isn’t
This quote from Ev Williams a few years ago – ‘Twitter is really a real-time information network, not a social network.” – is notable. Apparently, Twitter sees its potential revenue streams not coming from extracting ad dollars in exchange for passive eyeballs, but from partnering with other media companies and its users in an active way. –Jason