November, 2023

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Game Development for Kids: Unlocking Potential Through Play and Creation

Game Development for Beginners

The digital age has presented an unprecedented opportunity for the younger generation to not only consume content but to create it. Game development for children is a frontier that combines the allure of play with the rigors of education, offering a unique blend of fun and learning. It is an artistic and scientific playground where. Read more The post Game Development for Kids: Unlocking Potential Through Play and Creation appeared first on VionixStudio.

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The ascent of Indian video game development

Game Developer

Indian video game development seems to be displaying more and more potential and exposure; we spoke to three different developers based in India about their current projects and their own experiences.

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Attracting investors and publishers with the right kind of game demos

PreMortem.Games

Disclosure: This article has been written as a part of a paid cooperation with Xsolla Game demos are as important to a successful game marketing strategy as trailers and advertising. They enable developers to establish a connection with their target audience early on, while turning interested players into buyers. A game demo is more than a condensed snapshot of your game.

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Unity Layoff 3.8% Of Workforce – Weta Digital Closed

Game From Scratch

GameFromScratch.com Unity Layoff 3.8% Of Workforce – Weta Digital Closed Acquired back in 2021 for an eye watering 1.6 BILLION dollars by Unity, today Weta Digital is being closed. In the face of high business costs not being offset by revenues, partially from expensive purchases like Weta, Unity proposed the Unity Run-time Fee. To say this was poorly received by … Unity Layoff 3.8% Of Workforce – Weta Digital Closed Read More The post Unity Layoff 3.8% Of Workforce – Wet

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Atari's re-focus on retro

GamesIndustry.biz

Atari has been considered a retro brand for decades now, but it hasn't always leaned into that designation. While licensed T-shirts and plug-and-play consoles have been a fairly consistent offering, the company's growth plans focused less on its own games and more on branching out to wearables, movies, gambling, blockchain, and hotels. That changed a couple years ago with the arrival of new CEO Wade Rosen.

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New Shader Graph Node Reference Samples

Unity Blog

Announcing the new Shader Graph Node Reference Samples – a set of samples, examples, and reference assets that help new Shader Graph users learn faster and enable advanced users to gain a deeper understanding of the tool.

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Suda51 on 25 years of making strange masterpieces at Grasshopper Manufacture

Game Developer

Grasshopper Manufacture CEO and game designer Goichi “Suda51” Suda dishes on 25 years of toilet humor, ultraviolence, and his love for Takashi Miike.

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Insights from Xsolla Funding’s VP on Slowdowns, Self-Publishing and Smart Funding

PreMortem.Games

This article has been written as a part of a paid cooperation with Xsolla. In his working life Justin Berenbaum, VP Strategic Planning at Xsolla & GM Xsolla Funding Club, has read thousands of pitch decks and seen thousands more pitches in person. He has helped numerous developers close deals and accumulated a ton of invaluable experience in the world of game publishing and funding.

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WarThunder Game Engine – Dagor – Engine – Open Sourced

Game From Scratch

GameFromScratch.com WarThunder Game Engine – Dagor – Engine – Open Sourced Out of nowhere and with no announcements, Gaijin Entertainment, the makers of the popular MMO War Thunder have just released the source code to the underlying game engine Dagor Engine. The project is hosted on GitHub under the BSD-3 open source license. This move is unusual as Dagor Engine is … WarThunder Game Engine – Dagor – Engine – Open Sourced Read More The post WarThunder Ga

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ReedPop seeks buyer for Eurogamer, GI, VG247, Rock Paper Shotgun and more

GamesIndustry.biz

ReedPop is 'investigating the potential sale' of its Gamer Network business. The UK-based operation includes GamesIndustry.biz, Eurogamer, Rock Paper Shotgun, VG247 and Dicebreaker. The business also holds shares in Outside Xbox, Digital Foundry and Hookshot. Not included in the sale are UK-based events EGX or MCM, or the digital brand Popverse.

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Unity announces updates to it's web runtime support

Unity Blog

The latest Unity platform support for mobile web game development, including Instant Games and the latest WebGPU and WebGL integration for advanced rendering, is now available.

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Nixie game aims to highlight British Blackness

Game Daily

London-based developer and YouTuber David Akinola is working on a game called Nixie , that was the focus of a successful Kickstarter campaign earlier this year. The game follows the life of Fiona Soul, a soup kitchen worker with hoverboard skills. It’s a game that Akinola says will “give the Black children of the next generation characters to fall in love with,” something he felt was lacking as he looked in vain for Black British characters in games, when he was growing up.

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Sony sued for $7.9 billion over UK PlayStation Store pricing

Game Developer

Players in the UK claim Sony has unfairly jacked up PlayStation Store prices and created a monopoly after preventing third-party retailers from selling digital games.

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The Forever War: How CCP’s sci-fi universe Eve might outlast us all

Game Development News

Richie Shoemaker flew over to attend Eve’s 20th anniversary celebrations in Iceland, to see how plans for the game’s everlasting afterlife were coming along

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I’m making an RPG!

Keith Burgun

(Above: some WIP pixel art from Wizbane) You might have noticed I’ve been writing about and playing a lot of RPGs recently. Starting somewhere in 2020, I started this huge dive into the Final Fantasy series – strangely enough, starting with the XIII trilogy. Over the past year and a half I’ve been diving hard into a huge number of different RPGs: Nearly all the 1-player Final Fantasies, Dragon Quest, Trails in the Sky, the Tales games, Scarlet Nexus, a really cool Japanese GBA

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US kids want games subscriptions and virtual currency more than games this Christmas

GamesIndustry.biz

A report by the Entertainment Software Association has found that 72% of children in the US want games-related products for Christmas, but only 22% have asked for physical games. Of the 500-plus children surveyed (ages 10 to 17), most are planning to ask for video game-related gifts for the holidays. Subscriptions were the most popular gift idea at 39%, followed closely by consoles (38%), games accessories (32%), and in-game currency (29%).

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Explore cross-platform mixed reality development on Meta Quest 3

Unity Blog

With the recent release of the Meta Quest 3 headset, Unity tools for cross-platform mixed reality development on the device have moved from experimental to fully supported in the Editor’s 2022 LTS.

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Submissions open for Godot 2023 showreel!

Mircosoft Game Dev

Showcase your Godot creations in 2023! We're inviting submissions of short videos featuring your published or in-progress Godot games or tools. Don't miss this chance to be a part of it!

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Unity is reviewing its product portfolio and says layoffs are "likely"

Game Developer

Interim CEO Jim Whitehurst said interventions will "likely include discontinuing certain product offerings, reducing our workforce, and reducing our office footprint.

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Recruiter Hotseat – Joe Sutcliffe, recruiter at Aardvark Swift

Game Development News

Joe Sutcliffe, recruiter at Aardvark Swift, tells us what recruitment market looks like in video games right now, and how his agency can help people looking for new studios to work at

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Black Friday with Filmustage: We Gonna Make You an Offer You Can’t Refuse!

Filmustage

? From November 16 to December 1 , 2023 , Filmustage presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: a lifetime subscription to the Amazing Studio Plan for a one-time fee of just $299!!! ? Compared to the standard rate of $59/month , this deal is not just a saving – it's an investment in your legacy. Because "a man who doesn't spend money wisely, will never be rich".

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GamesIndustry.biz crowns 2023 Best Places To Work Awards Canada winners

GamesIndustry.biz

We can at last reveal the winners of the 2023 Canada GamesIndustry.biz Best Places To Work Awards. The awards are built around the idea of making the games industry a better place to work, and the winners are ultimately decided by an in-depth survey of employees. Just shy of 50 Canadian games companies signed up to take part, with 15 winners in total.

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UI Toolkit: New and updated demos for programmers and artists

Unity Blog

Two new and updated samples are now available to support programmers and artists/designers in creating professional in-game UI with Unity’s UI Toolkit.

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Overcoming Job Search Anxiety

OPM Jobs

Let’s chat about job search anxiety. Maybe you’ve been crushing it at a studio for what feels like an eternity, but suddenly, the game loses its sparkle. Maybe you’ve been struggling after being hit with redundancy or have simply outgrown your current level, leaving you feeling stuck in a rut. The thought of exploring new opportunities might seem daunting.

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Ex-Escapist staff launch new games media website Second Wind

Game Developer

Less than a day after resigning from The Escapist, Yahtzee Croshaw and ex-EiC Nick Calandra have established a new site to pick up where they left off.

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OPM’s Kim Parker Adcock joins us for episode 2 of the MCV/DEVELOP Podcast

Game Development News

The second episode of the MCV/DEVELOP Podcast is avaibale now, and features Kim Parker Adcock, the founder of One Player Mission and vice chair of Safe In Our World

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The Limits of Esports

Game Wisdom

The Limits of Esports Josh Bycer josh@game-wisdom.com One of the entries in the Deep Dive series that I’m going to be writing is on Real-Time Strategy (or RTS) games. The RTS genre is one that has changed the most with the advent of trying to grow the … The post The Limits of Esports appeared first on Game Wisdom.

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Assassin's Creed, Spider-Man, Mario and PS5 deliver strong sales in October | European Monthly Charts

GamesIndustry.biz

10.21 million PC and console games were sold across Europe according to GSD, a slight drop of 2.3% year-on-year. This data covers all games sold digitally by most major games publishers across the Eurozone (for UK market analysis, click here) , and physical game sales in all major Eurozone markets. The sales decrease is still impressive when you consider that Call of Duty launched in the October sales window last year, but this year's CoD came out in November.

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Our first-ever e-book for level designers is here

Unity Blog

Our introduction to game level design e-book is filled with tips on how to use the Unity tools that are most relevant to worldbuilding.

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The Industrial Metaverse: What Is It and How Will it Shape the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

Perforce

The industrial metaverse might seem like something from an advanced, sci-fi universe far in the future, but the building blocks of this concept are already present and functioning today.

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GameMaker expands with more free options, replaces two subscriptions with one-time fee

Game Developer

The 2D engine is now free for non-commercial use on all non-console platforms and has introduced a new one-time fee catered towards hobbyists and indies.

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Godot Tactics RPG – 01. Intro & Setup

The Liquid Fire

It is my privilege to welcome my first contributor to the website, William Allen aka 7thSage! What & Why Hi, I’m William Allen aka 7thSage, you may notice I’m not the regular author here, though you may have seen me in the comment section here and on the forum, commenting on tweaks or fixes in the Tactics tutorial here on the site. Like many people, I’ve recently been looking at other engines for ‘reasons’ and have been checking out Godot.

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Studies cite video gaming’s well-being positives

Game Daily

The positive effects of gaming – their psychological and practical benefits – has become a fertile field for researchers in recent years, boosted by health organizations seeking new ways to treat patients, as well as commercial entities with skin in the game. Recent reports include one from Skillprint (a company dedicated to science-based gaming), another from the Entertainment Software Association, and – about a year ago – a one from the National Institute of Health.

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PlayStation Portal has sold out two days after launch

GamesIndustry.biz

The PlayStation Portal, which launched on November 15, has already sold out in the UK and the US. As noted by Eurogamer , it seems as though scalpers may have hoarded some of the supply as there are already listings for the device (which retails at £199) on Ebay for between £200 t0 £290, with some reaching over £300. The UK PlayStation Direct store says the PlayStation Portal is "currently unavailable" and to check back for more information on November 22, while the US store

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