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Report: Australian studio Torus Games effectively shuts down after 30 years

Game Developer

The studio has reportedly laid off its development team and is now a one-person company.

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The new normal • Video game layoffs are a feature, not a bug

PreMortem.Games

Following another big week in terms of headcount reductions, interactive entertainment is on track to shed a record number of jobs in 2024. Before the news cycle had fully absorbed Sony’s announcement that it was letting go of 900 people, Electronic Arts released a similar statement regarding the termination of about 5 percent of its total headcount, approximately 670 jobs.

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Renowned composer Peter McConnell scores Goblin Stone from Orc Chop Games

PreMortem.Games

Composer Peter McConnell is responsible for some of the most memorable tunes of some of the most beloved video games of all time. There’s a good chance you hummed along with his melodies while playing classics like Monkey Island 2, Sam & Max and Grim Fandango. Or, more recently, Hearthstone and Psychonauts 2. He also wrote the soundtrack to the upcoming turn-based RPG Goblin Stone by Orc Chop Games.

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EA cutting 5% of workforce

GamesIndustry.biz

Electronic Arts today announced that it is laying off approximately 5% of its employees as it leans in on the parts of the business it feels will be the most successful in the years to come. In its most recent annual report, the publisher gave its headcount as 13,400 as of the end of March 2023, which would put the job losses around 670 people. The cuts are just one part of the company's restructuring plan, which also includes closing some offices and sunsetting certain live games, like the prev

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Unity China Has Nanite and Lumen Like Features

Game From Scratch

GameFromScratch.com Unity China Has Nanite and Lumen Like Features There was an interesting discussion over on the Unity forums about features that are appearing only in the Chinese version of Unity. Unity China was formed as a joint venture in 2022 and as part of that formation, part of their purpose was: In the short term, Unity China will […] The post Unity China Has Nanite and Lumen Like Features appeared first on GameFromScratch.com.

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Dune (2021) Concept Art by Joseph Cross

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Concept Art World Dune (2021) Concept Art by Joseph Cross Concept artist Joseph Cross had previously shared some of the concept art he created for Denis Villeneuve’s Dune: Part One , starring Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Jason Momoa and many more. His work features several concepts art pieces for the Fremen crysknife, stillsuit, thumper and stilltent, plus some Harkonnen costume and helmet designs.

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Report: Saber Interactive buys itself back from Embracer in $500m deal

GamesIndustry.biz

Sign up for the GI Daily here to get the biggest news straight to your inbox Embracer Group is poised to sell off Saber Interactive to a private investor group in a deal up to $500 million. As reported by Bloomberg , a source familiar with the matter said Saber will continue developing the remake of Star Wars: The Knights of the Old Republic.

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How to Setup Your Raspberry Pi 4 or Pi400 with PiMiga Amiga Emulator + Games Bundle

Retro Game Coders

In this video we look at how to set up your Raspberry Pi 4 or 400 with PiMiga, the best Amiga experience you can get in 2024. Below you will see the changes to the instructions you need to take a note of for the brand new release. Previously we looked at the options available for Amiga emulation on the Raspberry Pi but for me this has to be the ultimate Commodore Amiga experience bar none.

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What Is DISA STIG? STIG Security + STIG Viewer Demo

Perforce

Get an overview of DISA STIG and STIG security, and how to implement these guidelines. Plus, watch a demo video to learn how to export STIG Rule Violations to the Desktop STIG Viewer with Klocwork.

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EA shutters Battlefield dev Ridgeline Games, torches Respawn's unannounced Star Wars shooter

Game Developer

Ridgeline's narrative driven Battlefield campaign will endure despite the closure, but Respawn's unannounced Star Wars FPS will never see the light of day.

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Based 2023’s data, which casual game genres are likely to perform well in 2024?

PreMortem.Games

This article is written by Alexandra Doroshenko from AppMagic. Top image: Merge Mansion. 2023 turned out to be no less challenging for the mobile market than the year before. User spending went down by around 3.5%, following the decline trend of 2022. Yet, the key genres were not significantly impacted, and downloads remained on the same level. Moreover, the revenue decline wasn’t even: some genres got affected more, while others succeeded in growing significantly. 2023 also saw fewer new releas

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Remedy acquires full Control rights from 505 Games for €17m

GamesIndustry.biz

Remedy has reacquired the rights to its hit action game Control from 505 Games. The Finnish video game developer now owns the rights to the hit 2019 action game, alongside its upcoming sequel and the multiplayer co-operative spin-off game Condor. 505 Games will continue as the publisher of the original Control until December 31, 2024. The cost of the deal is €17 million, which is the amount that 505 Games had invested in the development of Control 2 and Condor.

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Explainer: What Is Stream Processing?

Nvidia

Stream processing is the continuous processing of new data events as they’re received. A lot of data is produced as a stream of events, for example financial. Stream processing is the continuous processing of new data events as they’re received. A lot of data is produced as a stream of events, for example financial transactions, sensor measurements, or web server logs.

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Orchestrator – Visual Scripting For Godot

Game From Scratch

GameFromScratch.com Orchestrator – Visual Scripting For Godot The Godot game engine removed it’s built-in Visual Scripting language with the release of Godot 4.0. Thanks however to the extensive (pun intended) extension system GDExtensions, it is possible for a tightly integrated replacement to be created. That is exactly what Orchestrator is, a drop in GDExtension based Visual Scripting […] The post Orchestrator – Visual Scripting For Godot appeared first on GameFromScra

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Report: Star Citizen dev CIG laid off staff following studio relocation

Game Developer

Several Cloud Imperium staffers have left in the past month, with many of them longtime veterans working in key positions.

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Rocket Brands has opened up Skape.gg and Cre8tor to the public

Game Development News

Rocket Brands has announced plans to grow with the public launch of new online gaming community platforms Skape.gg and Cre8tor.

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Cloud Imperium reportedly hit with layoffs

GamesIndustry.biz

Star Citizen developer Cloud Imperium Games has reportedly laid off an unknown number of staff. As reported by Game Developer , former employees have shared that they have been made redundant on LinkedIn, including level designer Dane Kubicka , Austin QA lead Vincent Sinatra and Austin senior QA analyst Andrew Rexroth. Star Citizen's game director, Todd Papy, also left the company last week according to his LinkedIn profile.

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Video Series: Getting Started with Universal Scene Description (OpenUSD)

Nvidia

Gain a foundational understanding of USD, the open and extensible framework for creating, editing, querying, rendering, collaborating, and simulating within 3D. Gain a foundational understanding of USD, the open and extensible framework for creating, editing, querying, rendering, collaborating, and simulating within 3D worlds.

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The Action RPG Pale Coins

Indie DB

Pale Coins is an Action RPG set in a fantasy world with challenging combat, open world exploration and a variety of items. Traverse old forests, dark caves, weathered ruins and unknown places, to find the Champion's Coin and fulfill your greatest wish.

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Firesprite devs say 'culture of fear' led to staff exodus

Game Developer

Ex-developers claim Firesprite's current situation is a 'sinking ship,' not helped by studio heads reportedly at the root of these problems.

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Award Shows and Other Human Things

The Bottom Feeder

In 1997, I got a Shareware Game of the Year award from a magazine that doesn’t exist anymore. Of all the meaningless things in my life, it’s the one that means the most to me. I've always loved award shows. I like getting in on big, cultural events. I also throw Super Bowl parties. It’s more fun to like things than not like things.

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Brazilian games industry grew by 3.2% in 2023

GamesIndustry.biz

The number of studios in the Brazilian games industry grew by 3.2% in 2023, from 1,009 studios in 2021 to 1,042 in 2023. This is according to the Second National Survey of the Game Industry, conducted by the Brazil Games export program in partnership between Abragames and ApexBrazil, which surveyed 309 developers, 214 freelance professionals, and 80 digital game service and development support organisations.

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Elevating the Security of Cloud Speed Layer in 2024

Rocket Brush Studio

Explore the critical role of security testing in the Cloud Speed Layer, emphasizing its importance in protecting data processing. QASource's expert team ensures data integrity and protection against cyber threats in real-time cloud environments.

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WRATH: Aeon of Ruin v1 is Out

Indie DB

The time has come for you to finally complete your journey - heed the call of the Shepherd of Wayward Souls and defeat the Guardians of the Old World! Your quest will take you on a sprawling adventure through the many corrupted temples, mystic forests.

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Deck Nine Games lays off 20 percent of staff

Game Developer

Deck Nine Games, developers of The Expanse: a Telltale Series and Life is Strange: True Colors, just announced a 20 percent staff reduction.

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Sprite Fusion – Easy to Use Map Editor with Godot and Unity Support

Game From Scratch

GameFromScratch.com Sprite Fusion – Easy to Use Map Editor with Godot and Unity Support Today we are checking out Sprite Fusion, a free to use browser based Tilemap editor. Sprite Fusion has integrated export for Unity and Godot, as well as GB Studio, PNG and JSON. Key features of Sprite Fusion include: Key Links Sprite Fusion Homepage Discord Server Editor App Link Alternative 2D […] The post Sprite Fusion – Easy to Use Map Editor with Godot and Unity Support appeared first on

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"I want people in my age range to realize they can jump into the industry" | Black Voices Progress Report

GamesIndustry.biz

Sign up for the GI Daily here to get the biggest news straight to your inbox This interview is part of GamesIndustry.biz's Black Voices Progress Report, offering insight into the different experiences Black professionals have in the games sector. You can read more about the project and check the other entries on this page. Our Black Voices Progress Report interviews have shown that people in the games sector are multitalented, and our final featured developer of the month is a perfect example of

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Data-oriented design roundtable: Your questions, answered

Unity Blog

Hear from Unity experts and devs using DOTS in production, and learn best practices and hard-won tips about using data-oriented design in your game.

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Cyborg3003 March update

Indie DB

Hi. I’m playing with some new screenshots of the game, so I decided that I will try to add some depth of field effect in the game, let’s see what I can get. Here are some results.

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Rockstar issues return-to-office mandate in the name of productivity and security

Game Developer

'Making these changes now puts us in the best position to deliver the next Grand Theft Auto at the level of quality and polish we know it requires.

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Codeium – Free AI Code Assistant

Game From Scratch

GameFromScratch.com Codeium – Free AI Code Assistant Today we are looking at Codeium, a free AI coding assistant offering code completion, chat and code refactoring tools. If you have any experience with GitHub’s CoPilot, Codeium is very similar, except in one very important area… price. For individuals, Codeium is completely free.

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What led to Sony laying off 900 people? | This Week in Business

GamesIndustry.biz

Sign up for the GI Daily here to get the biggest news straight to your inbox This Week in Business is our weekly recap column , a collection of stats and quotes from recent stories presented with a dash of opinion (sometimes more than a dash) and intended to shed light on various trends. Check every Friday for a new entry. Sony Interactive Entertainment this week announced plans to cut 900 workers from the PlayStation payroll , or about 8% of its global workforce.

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The Role of Sound Design in Cinematic Storytelling

Filmustage

In the cinematic universe, where visual effects often take center stage, it's easy to overlook the profound influence of audio design. But behind every captivating scene lies a thoroughly crafted soundscape that plunges audiences into the narrative, heightens emotions, and brings stories to life. ? ? The Academy Award for Best Sound Editing was introduced in 1963, highlighting the growing recognition of sound design's artistic merit.

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I’ve recently embarked on my journey to learn the intricacies of game development. While diving into tutorials, documentation, and hands-on practice, I’ve been contemplating the value of note-taking. I’d greatly appreciate your insights on whether taking notes during the learning process is beneficial. If so, could you share any recommendations on how to structure or format these notes effectively?

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If you are one of those few people blessed with an eidetic/photographic memory, I just want you to know that I am incredibly jealous of you. For everybody else, I absolutely endorse the taking of notes and reviewing things later. It's extremely difficult to remember everything, especially if you're studying something for longer than around thirty minutes.

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