April, 2023

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'Unpacking' the design pillars of a chill puzzle game

Game Developer

In this free GDC Vault talk, creative director Wren Brier talks about the design pillars behind Unpacking's creation

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Epic Games v. Apple Is Over

Game From Scratch

GameFromScratch.com Epic Games v. Apple Is Over The ongoing lawsuit between Epic Games and Apple, started all the way back in August 2020 is now over, with Apple winning on 9 of 10 claims. This was decided by the US Ninth Court of Appeal upholding the decisions of Judge Rogers in September 2021 (TL;DR summary here). Details … Epic Games v. Apple Is Over Read More The post Epic Games v.

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Are developers allowed to copy themselves? | This Week in Business

GamesIndustry.biz

One of the fun parts of being a games journalist for a trade site is that you get to semi-regularly read through impossibly dense legal filings full of painstakingly detailed arguments about the finer points of contract law. Another of the fun parts is that being a games journalist for a trade site eventually breaks your brain so you really do think that counts as fun.

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Solo developer Kaighen Finley: “It’s easy to lose myself in game development”

PreMortem.Games

Fresh out of school Kaighen Finley started his own web & game development company Team iNtuition. Just to be on the safe side he mainly focused on web development, but his heart was not in it. “Game development is a natural medium for my range of skills and interests”, he says and so he ‘pivoted sharply’ into game development after two years. That’s when he started working on Q’Redux that’s out now in Early Access on Steam.

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Hello, BGFX!

That One Game Dev

In this article I will show you how to work with the BGFX graphics library through my BIG2 stack. This is a good intro to graphics programming The post Hello, BGFX! appeared first on That One Game Dev.

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Build a production-ready multiplayer game with Netcode for GameObjects

Unity Blog

In this roundup of a four-part webinar series from the Multiplayer team, dive into our Boss Room sample game and explore how you can build a production-ready multiplayer game with Unity and Netcode for GameObjects.

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Dev snapshot: Godot 3.6 beta 1

Mircosoft Game Dev

It's time to start testing the next feature release of Godot 3, packed with over 500 fixes and enhancements which don't require any compatibility breaking changes!

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Microsoft vows to appeal as the UK regulator blocks its acquisition of Activision Blizzard

GamesIndustry.biz

Sign up for the GI Daily here to get the biggest news straight to your inbox The UK's Competition and Markets Authority has announced it's "preventing" Microsoft's proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard "over concerns the deal would alter the future of the fast-growing cloud gaming market." In its statement , the CMA said that Microsoft "failed to effectively address the concerns in the cloud gaming sector.

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Popul8 uses AI to assist developers with the creation of digital game characters

PreMortem.Games

The use of AI in game development has the potential to revolutionize the way games are designed and created. Although there is controversy about the unfair use of human-made art to create AI generated artworks, there’s no denying that AI has added value when it comes to automating tasks that are typically time-consuming for developers. One interesting AI driven solution is the character creation tool Popul8 by Didimo.

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C++ Conditional Statements

That One Game Dev

In this article I explore conditional statements in C++ and there are a few more advanced examples for intermediate programmers. The post C++ Conditional Statements appeared first on That One Game Dev.

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6 ways ScriptableObjects can benefit your team and your code

Unity Blog

ScriptableObjects are often described as data containers, but they can be used for much more: Creating better code architecture by implementing design patterns, speeding up your Unity workflow, and improving collaboration between programmers and artists. Discover six ways they can benefit your next project.

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Bandcamp employees accuse CEO and Epic Games of union busting

Game Developer

As Bandcamp employees are attempting to have their union recognized by the NLRB, they're also shining a light on alleged actions to stop the union by its CEO and parent company.

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Supercell’s Strategic Initiatives that Will Transform the Company

Deconstructor of Fun

In February, Ilkka Paananen, the beloved CEO of Supercell, and arguably one of the faces on the Mount Rushmore of Mobile Games Executives, published his yearly blog post. Just like in the years prior, the blog post travels at lightspeed across the mobile gaming industry, achieving two distinctive outcomes: EXCITEMENT: Ilkka’s annual blog posts excite game developers everywhere.

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UK games market dipped to £7.05bn in 2022

GamesIndustry.biz

Sign up for the GI Daily here to get the biggest news straight to your inbox The UK video games market shrank slightly in 2022, with spending on software, hardware and other related products slipping to £7.05 billion. This is 5.6% less than the record-breaking £7.47 billion achieved in 2021, and marks the first decline in spending since 2019.

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Loom

Grumpy Gamer

All the dialogs in Return to Monkey Island were done in a format called yack. These we created for Thimbleweed Park and (very) loosely based on Ink. During the Secret of Monkey Island and LeChucks Revenge, these were all hand-coded in SCUMM and a pain in the [REDACTED]. The goal is to free the writer from "programming" and focus just on the writing and logic of the scene.

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Team17 has partnered with Expression Games to co-develop Hell Let Loose

Game Development News

Team17 Digital has announced that Expression Games will now work with them to co-develop Hell Let Loose

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more8bit’s Bleak Sword showcases a minimalist approach to mobile game design

Unity Blog

See how more8bit kept development streamlined with a clear vision and smart prototyping to launch Bleak Sword , an Apple Arcade hit.

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The best free game making tools

Game Developer

From small and specialized game engines like Bitsy and Ren'Py to the free versions of bigger tools like Unity and Unreal, here are a few of the best tools with the lowest barrier to entry.

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DPaint.js — Modern Deluxe Paint Inspired Pixel Art App

Game From Scratch

GameFromScratch.com DPaint.js — Modern Deluxe Paint Inspired Pixel Art App DPaint.js is a free and open source pixel art application heavily inspired by Deluxe Paint. Deluxe Paint was the most common painting application for game art in the 80s-90s, used by studios such as iD Software, Lucas Arts, Sega and more. DPaint.js as the name implies is written in Javascript … DPaint.js — Modern Deluxe Paint Inspired Pixel Art App Read More The post DPaint.js — Modern Deluxe Paint

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What is an open salary policy and should you consider having one?

GamesIndustry.biz

At GDC last month, Lightforge Games CEO Matt Schembari shared the studio's approach to salary transparency and the benefits across the company to have an open salary policy. Schembari is part of the group of Blizzard and Epic veterans who formed Lightforge Games in 2020. He previously worked at Epic Games as Fortnite's UI director, after spending a decade at Blizzard.

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How QASource Solves Health Insurance App Testing Challenges

Rocket Brush Studio

In today’s world, having health insurance is of utmost importance since hospital expenses can burn a hole in your pocket and all your finances. All of this can be prevented by simply spending a small sum regularly, which would decrease stress in the case of medical extremities. There are numerous benefits of health insurance, such as cashless treatment, transportation charges, room rent, medical checkups, financial cover, etc.

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The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt Freezing: How to Fix it

Game Errors

The game is the third in the series, and developers said that it’s not necessary to have played the previous games to enjoy Wild Hunt fully. Because the game is mainly developed for consoles, it has some bugs and issues that people are complaining about on Steam’s Dashboard of the game. The major The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt issu es affecting players are random crashes, freezes, black screens, and performance issues.

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Motors in Unity Physics

Unity Blog

Motors have been supported by Unity Physics as of 1.0.0-pre.22, since the prerelease of ECS for Unity. Explore the four different motor types and discover future plans.

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China's game art industry reportedly decimated by growing AI use

Game Developer

The widespread use of AI art is reportedly diminishing the work of game artists in China, who worry about how it'll be used in other departments of game development.

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Groundbreaking inventions in cinema history pt.2

Filmustage

Hi! We continue to delve into the fascinating history of progress and cinema. In our new blog, we've covered some more of the interesting phenomena and inventions that have changed cinema forever. Steadicam Cinematography exists since the beginning of the 20th century, but until the 70-s cinematography technique was in a somewhat cramped position. There were only two ways to show a moving picture on the ground - either you mounted a heavy camera on a dolly carried on rails, or you filmed the pic

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Black Girl Gamers: "There's more work to be done" on representation in games

GamesIndustry.biz

Sign up for the GI Daily here to get the biggest news straight to your inbox After eight years of diversity, equity, and inclusion work for Black women and gender non-conforming individuals, Black Girl Gamers (BGG) continues to stay the course. Sitting down with GamesIndustry.biz , CEO Jay-Ann Lopez reflects on the organization's work and the games industry's stubborn stance when it comes to better reflecting the real world.

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Adoption of AR/VR in eLearning

Rocket Brush Studio

The increasing prevalence of online learning in modern education brings with it the need for more immersive, engaging, and interactive learning experiences. Unfortunately, traditional 2D online learning often fails to provide these experiences. Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) offer great potential to revolutionize eLearning, by providing learners with a more interactive and engaging way to learn.

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How to Fix WRC 5 Errors, Crashes, Lag and other Issues

Game Errors

World Rally Championship 5 was released this week on Steam and by now it got some pretty bad reviews. The game needs a lot of fixes to the handling, the sounds, the FFB on the wheels, older wheel support, and many more things. Also, the game has no mouse support. Other issues with the game are: most car engines sound like blenders, you can barely hear the sound of tires on the road and the sound of gear shift, and some corners have weird reset-on-track spots.

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Coming soon: Recipes for popular visual effects using the Universal Render Pipeline

Unity Blog

A dash of post-processing, a cup of decals, a pinch of color grading, and some sparkling water: Our new Universal Render Pipeline (URP) cookbook is coming soon. Here’s a sneak peek at what’s on the menu.

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Microsoft shuts down third-party emulation on Xbox Series X|S

Game Developer

Over on the Xbox Series X|S, unofficial emulators are out as Microsoft cracks down on third-party apps that let players access games from older console hardware.

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A powerful Holocaust videogame

Game Daily

Games have a unique power to teach us about the full range of human experience. They allow us to walk in the shoes of others. The Light in the Darkness is one such game. The free game teaches us about the Holocaust from the point of view of an ordinary Jewish family whose lives are destroyed by anti-semites and Nazi collaborators in World War II France.

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Apple wins appeal against Epic Games' antitrust lawsuit

GamesIndustry.biz

Sign up for the GI Daily here to get the biggest news straight to your inbox Apple has won an appeal in an antitrust claim from Epic Games' following years of legal battles. As reported by Bloomberg , the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision supports the 2021 ruling , which rejected nine out of ten claims from Epic.

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Performance Testing for Conversational Chatbot Platform

Rocket Brush Studio

This expert series tells the importance of performance testing for conversational chatbot platforms, the architecture of chatbot performance, key performance indicators, key scenarios for testing, and best practices for performance testing.

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My week at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) and what I learned

CG Spectrum

The annual Game Developers Conference (GDC) was held last week in San Francisco, boasting 28,000 attendees ! Among those conference-goers were members of the CG Spectrum team, including the Community Manager—and proud alum—Penny Gaubatz. Penny was kind enough to share her experience at GDC and why she believes it's such a valuable event for people looking to break into the games industry.