June, 2023

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7 design lessons from the history of Diablo

Game Developer

Nothing lasts this long in entertainment without doing at least a few things right. And the Diablo series did a lot of things right.

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Most Popular Programming Languages for Game Development

Real Programming

When parents think of video games, they might think of grainy computer games that seemed miraculous because kids could play them at home rather than in the arcade. True, parents today didn’t grow up pumping quarters into pinball machines, but video games have come a long way in just the past few years. Today, the value of the video game industry has eclipsed Hollywood.

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Developers say Valve blocks AI games from Steam

GamesIndustry.biz

Sign up for the GI Daily here to get the biggest news straight to your inbox Valve, owner of Steam, is shifting from accepting AI-made games on its digital store. The news was first reported by an AI game developer that shared their rejection letter on Reddit nearly a month ago.

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Want to make a great game trailer? Stop pretending it’s a movie trailer

PreMortem.Games

Top image: Nobody Saves the World – DrinkBox Studios. Why? Great game and great trailer ! Most games do not call for the flashy or stylistic trailer editing you see in a typical Hollywood movie trailer. This is because a game trailer often has to communicate more, or at the very least, different information than a movie trailer. MORE editing does not mean BETTER editing and LESS editing does not mean WORSE editing.

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Now available: 12 recipes for popular visual effects using the Universal Render Pipeline

Unity Blog

The all-new URP cookbook provides 12 recipes for popular visual effects that can be applied to a wide range of games, art styles, and platforms. If you work with stencils, instancing, real-time ambient occlusion, decals, and more, then this is the resource for you.

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Neal Stephenson talks metaverse and AI’s gaming future

Game Daily

Can a 30-year old book tell us anything about the shape of the metaverse, and digital entertainment more broadly, in 2023? After all, a great deal has happened in the intervening years since the release of Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash, in which the word “metaverse” was coined. For a start, metaverses now exist, albeit in rudimentary forms such as multiplayer social spaces like Fornite and Minecraft.

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Unity 2022 LTS Released

Game From Scratch

GameFromScratch.com Unity 2022 LTS Released Unity have just released Unity 2022 LTS. This is an LTS or Long Term Support release of the Unity game engine, meaning it will continue to see patches and updates for two years and is therefore the recommended version to use if you are starting a project today. There are … Unity 2022 LTS Released Read More The post Unity 2022 LTS Released appeared first on GameFromScratch.com.

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FF16's demo is a masterclass in pre-launch marketing | Opinion

GamesIndustry.biz

Sign up for the GI Daily here to get the biggest news straight to your inbox It's rare to be able to watch public opinion about a game change in real time – and in the cases when we do, it's usually not a change for the better. Goodwill for a game (or for any other product or brand) is usually built up slowly but squandered quickly. It's been refreshing, therefore, to watch the incredibly positive swing in opinion and word of mouth about Final Fantasy 16 this week, following the release of

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Olivier Madiba’s Kiro’o Games is building a Pan-African entertainment ecosystem

PreMortem.Games

Kiro’o Games is an ambitious game development company based in Yaounde, Cameroon. Founder and CEO Olivier Madiba is pursuing his dream of creating the biggest African game studio by building a Pan-African entertainment ecosystem which encapsulates games, comics, animation and even restaurants. This is his story. Olivier Madiba recalls playing games on warm sunny afternoons at his grandmother’s home with a spark in his eyes.

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Introducing Unity Muse and Unity Sentis, AI-powered creativity

Unity Blog

Every object, every system, and every pixel in games will eventually be touched by AI. Get to know Unity’s newest AI products for creators: Unity Muse, an expansive platform for AI-driven assistance during creation, and Unity Sentis, which enables developers to embed neural networks in the Unity Runtime.

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Label Plus – An SDF-based BMFont generation and rendering plug-in is here!

Cocos

Editor Introduction Many developers want to have as much uniqueness in their games as possible. Some with their art style, some with their music, and some with gameplay. Some developers share their uniqueness with the perfect font for their game, and some have played around with their font to make for some fun and interesting story-building. But finding that perfect one for your game might not be available or even created.

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CWA rescinds three Unfair Labor Practice charges against Activision Blizzard

Game Developer

The labor union has withdrawn some Unfair Labor Practice charges against the Call of Duty publisher, but feels Kotick is "undermining this productive process.

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Vermintide 2 Keeps Crashing: How to Fix & Avoid Crashing on Startup

Game Errors

Warhammer: Vermintide 2 has launched for PC and consoles and like many PC ports, Warhammer: Vermintide 2 is also a victim of issues like Vermintide 2 crashing on the computer. Here we will discuss all the errors that PC players have been experiencing while trying to play the game and will also provide you with a possible fix or a workaround so that you can play the game without any problems.

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After 13 years, Remedy's dream of Alan Wake 2 is real – and it's really going for it

GamesIndustry.biz

Remedy's last game, Control, was a real breakout hit for the developer. Released in 2019, the action adventure attracted ten million players and plenty of critical praise. So the smart business play would be to double down and immediately begin work on a sequel. But Remedy didn't do that. Although more Control is coming, the Finnish studio has chosen to do something decidedly more risky and build a sequel to its 2010 Xbox game, Alan Wake.

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RP4K Teacher Profiles: Eduardo Soto

Real Programming

Real Programming 4 Kids is continuing our instructor profile series to shine a light on another gifted computer programmer we’re lucky to have, Eduardo Soto. Eduardo is a full-time programmer and software engineer working with the federal government who also teaches for RP4K and has since 2019. Eduardo builds custom CRM solutions to automate processes for the Canada Border Services Agency.

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Get started developing mixed reality for Meta Quest 3 with Unity

Unity Blog

Mixed reality development with Meta Quest 3 and Unity is here. Create captivating, cross-platform, immersive experiences that blend the real with digital content.

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Keeping Scores in your Unity game

Game Development for Beginners

Keeping scores is a major engaging factor in games. Players are always eager to beat that high score and to make sure no one surpasses them. Implementing a score system in your game could be the key to unlocking player engagement. In this tutorial, we will see how to calculate scores and how to store.

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Fallout creator Tim Cain on his past and future as a gay game developer

Game Developer

Tim Cain, lead designer and programmer of InterPlay's first two Fallout games, released a video on his time in the game industry as a gay man.

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Compiling Unreal Engine 5 Dedicated Servers for AWS Graviton EC2 Instances

AWS Games

Epic Games (Epic) is a leading interactive entertainment company and provider of Unreal Engine (UE), one of the most open and advanced real-time 3D creation tools that powers some of the world’s leading games including Fortnite, and is also utilized by creators across industries to deliver cutting-edge experiences. Epic Games and AWS recently collaborated to introduce AWS Graviton instance support for Unreal Engine.

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What crisis? Xbox plays its hand, and it's impressive | Opinion

GamesIndustry.biz

Ahead of Xbox's latest showcase, Phil Spencer took to the stage to speak with fans. During it, he apologised for being emotional on a podcast – referring to his appearance on Kinda Funny, where he reacted to the poor performance of Bethesda's Redfall, and expressed his frustration with the console business. I don't believe he should apologise for anything.

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Developer Shares Building Fabrics, Ropes, And Soft Bodies

Cocos

A dev, Night by Night 00, shared his work on building warpable and wearable materials for games. Though not fully complete, the demos already show a lot of progress, and the developer is selling their findings on the Cocos store for Chinese developers. The developers love it, so we thought we’d share the insights this developer gave with our Western community.

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The new Water System in Unity 2022 LTS and 2023.1

Unity Blog

The new Unity water system was first introduced for the High Definition Render Pipeline (HDRP) as part of the 2022.2 Tech Stream. The latest LTS release and upcoming 2023.1 Tech Stream extends the system’s feature set for better integration with worlds and gameplay. Dive into all that you can do with these tools.

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Efficient Log Analysis with ChatGPT: Boosting QA Efficiency

Rocket Brush Studio

Log analysis is a critical aspect of the quality assurance (QA) process, enabling testers and developers to uncover defects, diagnose issues, and enhance application performance. To meet the growing demand for efficient and accurate log analysis, organizations are increasingly adopting automated log data analysis like ChatGPT. In this article, we will explore how leveraging ChatGPT enhances log analysis, boosts productivity, and delivers exceptional testing outcomes.

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After two years, Paradox refunds Vampire Bloodlines 2 pre-orders

Game Developer

Paradox confirmed Vampire: The Masquerade — Bloodlines 2 is still in development, and is issuing full refunds for those who pre-ordered it before its delay.

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Meta is looking to casuals to lift the metaverse’s fortunes

Game Daily

Meta this week unveiled its next virtual reality hardware iteration, Quest 3. Separately, the company opened up about its expectations for the VR / metaverse market and its hopes that the casual sector holds the key to widespread adoption. Speaking at Gamesbeat Summit , Meta’s Tim Lion (head of gaming marketing, global brand & programs) shared a research paper created alongside Newzoo.

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Xbox: We will do a $1bn on PC this year

GamesIndustry.biz

Xbox chief Phil Spencer says Microsoft will generate $1 billion from PC games this year. In a panel called 'What's Next For Gaming', Spencer observes that contrary to popular opinion, Xbox is a far bigger business today than it was during the Xbox 360 era. Part of that is the growth it's seen on other platforms, including PC. He reiterates the company's mission to bring "new players and new creators" to what gaming is all about, for the benefit of everyone in the games industry, not just Xbox.

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Developer Shares Building Fabrics, Ropes, And Soft Bodies

Cocos

A dev, Night by Night 00, shared his work on building warpable and wearable materials for games. Though not fully complete, the demos already show a lot of progress, and the developer is selling their findings on the Cocos store for Chinese developers. The developers love it, so we thought we’d share the insights this developer gave with our Western community.

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9 Verified Solutions on the Unity Asset Store's new AI Marketplace

Unity Blog

Discover a wide range of third-party solutions for AI-driven development and gameplay enhancements, curated by Unity and available on the Unity Asset Store.

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Empowering Retail Testing with AI and Machine Learning

Rocket Brush Studio

AI and ML are transforming the way that retailers do business, and their use in retail app testing can help organizations improve their accuracy, efficiency, and customer experience. In this blog post, we will explore the benefits of AI and ML in retail testing, the different types of AI and ML used in this context, the challenges of implementing these technologies, and best practices for successful implementation.

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PlayStation exec thinks cloud game market will be "meaningful" by 2025

Game Developer

The cloud games market is said to be "very, very small" right now, but PlayStation and Xbox seem poised for it to grow into something bigger in a few years.

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Fix: Quantum Break Crash on Launch, Low FPS & Stuttering

Game Errors

Quantum Break is only available for users with Windows 10 and DirectX 12 support in the Windows Store. Because the game is a PC port, a lot of gamers are encountering Quantum Break errors , such as crashing on launch which is making the game unplayable. These issues are related to graphics, the stability of the game, framerate, and stutter. Our guide provides solutions for the most common and encountered Quantum Break issues: crashes, low fps, and stuttering.

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Embracer announces restructuring program, studio closures expected

GamesIndustry.biz

Sign up for the GI Daily here to get the biggest news straight to your inbox Embracer has announced a restructuring program, which will lead to studio closures. The "comprehensive" program, CEO Lars Wingefors said, is to "better optimise the use of [Embracer's] resources.

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Kim Parker Adcock on harnessing the potential of neuro-divergent talent in the games industry

Game Development News

Neuro-divergency in games was discussed at length at the inaugural UK Games Mental Health Summit last month and One Player Mission’s Kim Parker Adcock was taking notes

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A Long Journey to an Uncertain End: Crafting an inclusive, queer space opera in Unity

Unity Blog

Crispy Creative’s Kylan Coats shares his team’s passion for creating immersive gaming experiences and how it led to the thrilling journey of developing the studio’s first title, A Long Journey to an Uncertain End (out June 28).