Mon.Nov 13, 2023

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Report: Amazon lays off 180 employees in its video game divisions

Game Developer

Like the previous Amazon layoffs earlier in the year, the company's newest cuts affect the Crown Channel and Game Growth teams in its game division.

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Makhoba Kamogelo: “Don’t let fear stop you from reinventing yourself”

PreMortem.Games

Tiny Baby Crown is a name that paints a picture of growth and graceful innocence. Inside this special South African studio run by all-female creators, you’ll find Makhoba (Khadija) Kamogelo , also known as Kamo. A community manager and new game designer. She prides herself in creating a tribe around the award-winning studio’s title Dungeon Crawler.

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Longtime Blizzard art director Sam Didier departs studio

Game Developer

During his time at Blizzard, Didier drew art for nearly all of the studio's games, and famously created the Pandaren race for World of Warcraft.

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Summerfall Studios on life after Stray Gods

GamesIndustry.biz

Cult of the Lamb, Unpacking, Heavenly Bodies, The Artful Escape, Moving Out, Untitled Goose Game, Hollow Knight. Standout indie games made in Australia have been abundant in the past few years. And Stray Gods is very much following in these footsteps this year. The role-playing musical made in Melbourne won Game of the Year at this year's Australian Game Developer Awards , in addition to Excellence in Accessibility and Excellence in Music, and has been a critical success since its release in Aug

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Why Remedy Entertainment went all in on Saga Anderson in Alan Wake 2

Game Developer

An in-depth interview with Alan Wake 2 creative director Sam Lake and game director Kyle Rowley about designing the studio's first Black protagonist.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 launches at No.1 | UK Boxed Charts

GamesIndustry.biz

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 topped the UK boxed charts this week, pushing Nintendo's reigning title Super Mario Bros Wonder to No.3. GfK's report showed the latest Call of Duty installment sold more physical copies on PS5 than it did on Xbox Series X|S. Overall, boxed sales are down 25% compared to last year's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. The Sledgehammer Games title received the lowest critics score in the franchise's history.

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Larian Studios and Baldur's Gate 3 sweep Golden Joystick Awards

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Sign up for the GI Daily here to get the biggest news straight to your inbox Baldur's Gate 3 was the biggest winner at last week's Golden Joystick Awards, picking up six prizes while developer Larian was named Studio of the Year. The awards were held in London last week – the first time it has been an in-person event since 2019 – and celebrated the best and most popular video games, as voted for by millions of players.

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Obituary: Jim Southworth, Baldur's Gate 3 cinematics lead, has passed away

Game Developer

In addition to Baldur's Gate 3, Southworth worked on games such as MediEvil: Resurrection, Blade II, and Boundless.

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Neowiz invests in Blank Game Studios

GamesIndustry.biz

Sign up for the GI Daily here to get the biggest news straight to your inbox Neowiz has announced that it has invested $17 million in Polish developer Blank Game Studios. Through the investment, the Korean firm has acquired a 21% stake in the game maker.

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Nick Poole named CEO of UK video game trade body Ukie

Game Developer

Poole said he's joining Ukie to help the game industry "secure the recognition and investment it deserves.

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Bandai Namco to open another store in London

GamesIndustry.biz

Bandai Namco is planning to open a new store in London, followed by more outlets across the UK. Set to open on November 14, the store will sell Gashapon miniature capsule toys, Ichibankuji ticket prizes, and Sun-Star stationery. John McKenzie, Bandai Namco Amusement Europe MD, said: "As Japanese culture becomes more loved in the UK market with food, anime, gaming, and collectables, we continue to embrace this, listen to our fans, and deliver rich products as we expand into further parts of the U

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Baldur's Gate 3 , Tears of the Kingdom headline Game Awards 2023 nominees

Game Developer

The Game Awards will air on December 7, and its many nominees include the likes of Alan Wake II , Spider-Man 2 , and Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty.

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PlaySide on growing Dumb Ways To Die: "We just passed Pokémon on TikTok"

GamesIndustry.biz

PlaySide won Studio of the Year at the Australian Game Developer Awards last month, an achievement crowning over a decade in game development. The Melbourne-based studio started in 2011 as a pioneer in the free-to-play mobile space, and has grown to become the largest independent games developer in Australia with over 300 staff, going public in 2020.

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Watch this: Fostering Diversity in Games

Game Developer

Practical advice on creating and cultivating diversity at game studios, by folks from Bungie, Wizards of the Coast, 343 Studios and more.

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Blender 4.0 Release

Game From Scratch

Currently available in release candidate form, if all things go according to plan on November 14th Blender 4.0 should be released. Just a mere five months after the release of Blender 3.6 the Blender 4 release is packed with new features. In the video below we highlight some of the … Blender 4.

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Shades of progress — Revamping our diorama colors in Dragon Slayers

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In this episode of Checkmate Chronicles, we'll delve into the visual progression of the Dragon Slayers levels.

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Samwise Didier retires from Blizzard

GamesIndustry.biz

Samwise Didier, senior art director at Blizzard Entertainment, has announced his retirement from the firm. He's been with the developer since 1991 and is credited for the Warcraft name, based on his Dungeons and Dragons character during its conception. Didier announced his exit on social media , and in his message, he said, "[Blizzard] became my second home.

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Watch this: Fostering Diversity in Games

Game Developer

Practical advice on creating and cultivating diversity at game studios, by folks from Bungie, Wizards of the Coast, 343 Studios and more.

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Join our free webinar on how games companies can protect children in online games

GamesIndustry.biz

A free webinar exploring ways video games companies can detect and prevent harms against children in online games will take place next month. GamesIndustry.biz , Modulate and the Tech Coalition will team-up on a one-hour conversation titled 'Play Safe, Play Smart: Navigating Child Safety in Gaming Communities'. You can sign-up for free right here.

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Stray Gods , God of War: Ragnarok composers among 2024 Grammy nominees

Game Developer

Some familiar faces from the world of game music will be returning to the 2024 Grammy Awards

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Dev snapshot: Godot 4.2 beta 6

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We're almost ready for a release candidate! This 6th beta fixes a number of regressions via some relatively core changes which will need thorough testing.

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Amazon reduces games division by 180

GamesIndustry.biz

Amazon Games has laid off 180 staffers of its games workforce. As reported by Aftermath , sources familiar with the matter said the decision affected staffers of the Crown Channel and game growth employees. Amazon confirmed the news as it laid off the entirety of the Amazon-backed Twitch channel, Crown Channel.

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It seems hard to write Editor Tools with Cocos Creator

Cocos

Hi, I have read the instructions here: [link] it seems really confusing and not enough example to follow. What if I want to create a custom button like this with editor only function ? I want to build the editor only tools for the game. I really think cocos should have an editor class by default so that user only have to extend from the exposed api from that class for easy and simple usage.

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UKIE names Nick Poole as its next CEO

GamesIndustry.biz

UKIE has announced that Nick Poole will serve as the trade body's new CEO. Currently CEO of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), Poole will begin his role on April 1, 2024. He will take over from former CEO Jo Twist, who left UKIE earlier this year to become chief executive officer of the music industry trade group BPI.

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How to set the click colllider area (raycast target) to a Button?

Cocos

Hello, while using a Button component we also want to set the collider manually. By default, the collider depends on the sprite size. But It will be more interesting to customized the size of the raycast area.

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Report: Meta pens deal with Tencent to sell VR headsets in China exclusively

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Sign up for the GI Daily here to get the biggest news straight to your inbox Meta has signed an agreement with Tencent that will see the conglomerate become the exclusive seller of the Meta headsets in China. As The Wall Street Journal reported , this deal would have Meta, then Facebook, return to the country after being shut out 14 years ago.

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From Concept to Launch: The Step-by-Step Game Development Process

Big Games

Developing a game is no child’s play! Game developers can vouch that the game development landscape does not look as pretty and exciting as it seems. Months, sometimes years of planning, impending deadlines, trials, and corrections go into creating a video game loved by the targeted audience. If you are just starting as a game developer, this blog will provide all the steps and processes constituting the game development cycle.

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[Gamepad] How to get DpadCenter value?

Cocos

Ok I finally found where the Input Data works on Android…Harmony uses other way. You will need to change the File “AndroidPlatform.cpp” The location of the file is here “cocos/platform/android/AndroidPlatform.cpp” Or in the engine location “C:cocos-engine-3.8.2nativecocosplatformandroidAndroidPlatform.cpp” I’m sure with this paths is more easy to locate the the file required to modify. bool cookGameActivityKeyEvent(GameActivityKeyEvent *keyEvent) { if (_gameControllerIndex >= 0) { for (const

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Broken Roads Low FPS: How to Fix It and Boost Performance

Game Errors

Embarking on the captivating journey of Broken Roads, I found myself navigating not only the post-apocalyptic Australian landscape but also grappling with a frustrating low FPS issue. As a fervent explorer of virtual worlds, I delved into finding solutions to elevate the gaming experience, and here’s what I’ve unearthed to help you combat those framerate struggles.

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[Open Source] Rouglite Hack-n-Slash game

Cocos

Thanks for the cool project! I didn’t find any license information in the repository. Can this source code be used for commercial purposes? Or did you make it open only for educational purposes?

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Broken Roads Crashing: Fix It Quickly and Efficiently

Game Errors

While playing, I found myself engrossed in a captivating narrative set against a post-apocalyptic backdrop. However, my enthusiasm started to diminish when Broken Roads started crashing. This recurrent problem disrupted the seamless flow of the game. Determined to restore the uninterrupted experience, I delved into effective solutions to unravel the mystery behind the persistent crashes, aiming to share the insights that might help you get back into the game.

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Blundering Into Dead King’s Bluff

Tom Francis

Blundered into a board game design lately, and it’s coming together. Here I am talking about it on a cold, sunny, noisy (sorry) day! Will show it in action once some little rules things solidify.

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Broken Roads Won’t Launch: Working Solutions

Game Errors

Starting my journey into the digital realms of this post-apocalyptic haven for strategic RPG enthusiasts, has been nothing short of captivating. Yet, my excitement was cut short when Broken Roads won’t launch. In unraveling this problem, I’ve compiled practical solutions to solve the launch issue and revive the immersive escapade within this captivating dystopian narrative.

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Call of Duty formula is still powerful after two decades

Game Daily

This week’s release of Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 – the 20th game in the series – is a good reminder of a franchise that at first transformed shooters, and has since been a dominating factor in gaming over the past two decades. IGN has a useful interview with Mackey McCandlish , who was one of the instrumental developers in the early years of the franchise, when the series found its footing.

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