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Report: Unity's Runtime Fee quietly gave large devs exemptions in launch rush

Game Developer

Smaller studios would've taken the biggest hits from Unity's Runtime Fee policy, and also helped it retaliate against would-be merger partner AppLovin.

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Three Minutes to Eight developer Chaosmonger Studio “Multiple stories moving parallel”

PreMortem.Games

Chaosmonger Studios , based in Tallinn, Estonia, is a multimedia production company specializing in everything from documentaries, science fiction films and animations to music video, graphic design and video games. All the more impressive if you realize it’s actually a ‘one-man-band company’, as founder and CEO Nicola Piovesan calls it. His latest game Three Minutes to Eight is a real tour de force, both in storytelling and visual flair.

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Microsoft drops Game Pass growth target for CEO compensation

GamesIndustry.biz

Sign up for the GI Daily here to get the biggest news straight to your inbox For the first time in three years, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's pay targets did not include a specific growth milestone for Xbox Game Pass. A Microsoft SEC filing , spotted by Axios , instead shows Nadella's only games-related performance-based incentive for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2023 was to grow Xbox Content and Services revenue by 4.4%.

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Frightful Favourites: The GameDev.tv Community’s Top 10 Halloween Game

DameDev.tv

🎃 Halloween is upon us, bringing along its chilling breeze, eerie nights, and the insatiable desire for spine-tingling experiences. For gamers and game developers alike, this is the season to dive into the world of horror games, immersing ourselves in atmospheres filled with suspense, mystery, and pure fright. As the leaves turn and the shadows grow longer, what better way to celebrate than by revisiting some of the most terrifying games ever created?

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PlayStation lays off staff at Visual Arts support dev

Game Developer

Layoffs have hit the support developer that's been aiding with some of PlayStation's biggest franchises since 2007.

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Solo dev Michael Schmidt “Adding spiritual traditions to games is hard”

PreMortem.Games

Michael Schmidt has been interested in spirituality and Islamic spiritual tradition for a long time, and in his latest game Islands of the Caliph it all comes together. It’s an old-school Action RPG that draws on Middle Eastern folklore and religion. Schmidt developed the game by himself, because “I’ve never been any other kind of developer”. Schmidt’s own spiritual journey and later his conversion to Islam, were all kickstarted by the video game Windwalker by game developer Greg Malone (

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Filmustage update: Tag Editor 3.0 & Enhancements

Filmustage

This update doesn't stop here! Discover numerous enhancements across Script , Summary , and Analysis tabs, providing a more intuitive and powerful environment to manage your projects. Let’s explore the slew of features designed to cater to the ever-evolving needs of modern filmmakers: Tag Editor 3.0: A Leap Forward Bulk Tag Operations : Easily group, edit, or delete tags, revolutionizing your script cleanup process after performing your AI breakdown.

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Dreams and LittleBigPlanet developer Media Molecule is making layoffs

Game Developer

The PlayStation-owned studio is reportedly trying to reduce its headcount as it prepares to kick-start a new project.

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Porting Unity to CoreCLR

Unity Blog

Unity Engineering Manager for.NET Compilers and Runtimes Josh Peterson walks through the latest efforts the team has gone through to allow the CoreCLR GC to work hand in hand with native engine code.

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Microsoft joins the publishing top table | Opinion

GamesIndustry.biz

Sign up for the GI Daily here to get the biggest news straight to your inbox With the Activision Blizzard acquisition finally going through and the news that Starfield was the top-selling game of September , Microsoft's games ambitions are in a stronger place than they've been for years – arguably, since the first few years of the Xbox 360 era.

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Elevating Performance Testing of Microservices With AI

Rocket Brush Studio

Micro-services architecture excels in complex, large-scale apps with diverse tech needs and evolving features. Performance testing is crucial for smooth interactions, scalability, bottleneck detection, and reliability. This series explores AI-driven techniques for assessing efficiency and system performance in micro-services architecture.

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PlayStation 5's detachable disc drive requires an online connection

Game Developer

An online connection for the PlayStation 5's upcoming detachable disc drive may be an added complication for the hardware and its lifespan.

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At what stage of the developing process of a game mocap is recorded? How much time does it usually take? And in case of expansions/DLCs are actors called again or they record this content together with the content for the main game?

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Motion/Performance capture usually happens fairly early during development, because animators need time to take the captured data and turn it into actual performances. Despite what some actors might suggest, there's a huge amount of work, skill, and artistry necessary in order to convert a recorded motion and turn it into a performance that reads well from the viewer's perspective.

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Sarah Bond promoted to Xbox president amid leadership changes

GamesIndustry.biz

Xbox has changed its leadership structure, announcing the promotion of four executives and one departure. As reported by The Verge , Sarah Bond, Matt Booty, Takeshi Numoto, and Yusuf Mehdi have been promoted to new roles. Bond is now Xbox president, overseeing Xbox hardware and software platforms, including "player and creator experiences, platform engineering, strategy, business planning, data and analytics and business development," Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer explained in an internal me

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Negative Testing in Software Testing: A Guide for 2023

Rocket Brush Studio

Software testing is vital because it allows you to test if an application is working properly. There are various types of tests that you can perform if you work in the software industry. Nevertheless, all these tests fall under one of these two classifications: positive and negative testing. Both categories are equally important, but positive testing is more popular than negative testing.

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Animation studio Digic Pictures laid off 35 staff this past summer

Game Developer

Digic is best known as the animation studio behind cinematics and marketing for popular games such as Rainbow Six Siege, Elden Ring , and Marvel's Midnight Suns.

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Toxicity in gaming is escalating: Find solutions for safe and engaged communities

Unity Blog

Introducing Unity Community Solutions – a suite of products designed to strengthen player connections, enhance safety, and enrich the social gaming experience.

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Growing Indigenous worlds in games

GamesIndustry.biz

Sign up for the GI Daily here to get the biggest news straight to your inbox Among the presentations in last month's Game Devs of Color Expo was Achimostawinan Games' talk on Growing Indigenous Worlds in Games, which explored the themes of reappropriation and combating stereotypes of creative works for Indigenous people. Creative leads Meagan Byrne and Sadekaronhes Esquivel also spoke about their game design inspirations for the March release Hill Agency: Purity Decay, as well as some of their f

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Forgive Me Father 2 Launches Into EA!

Indie DB

The time has finally come, madness is taking over and Forgive Me Father 2 is available in Early Access! As the Priest from the first installment, fight your way through the first ten levels in this Lovecraftian, comic-like retro FPS, more will come in.

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Valve wants Steam developers to submit new pricing for Argentina and Turkey

Game Developer

Valve is changing the currency for Steam sales in those regions to USD due to "exchange rate volatility.

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The Future of Godot Particles

Game From Scratch

GameFromScratch.com The Future of Godot Particles There are some major changes coming to particle systems in Godot 4.x starting with the Godot 4.2 beta. There has been a complete refactor of the GPUParticle3D class, with new features added and a clean up of the entire system enabling future updates. At the same time, it has become … The Future of Godot Particles Read More The post The Future of Godot Particles appeared first on GameFromScratch.com.

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Media Molecule to reduce workforce

GamesIndustry.biz

Sign up for the GI Daily here to get the biggest news straight to your inbox Dreams and LittleBigPlanet maker Media Molecule is reportedly looking to cut nearly 20 staffers from the studio. According to a report by Sports Illustrated , employees were informed about the layoffs via an internal meeting today.

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Playtown released in 11 days

Indie DB

Playtown is almost released. Is it in your wishlist yet? It better be. or else steg will come for you and stare are you like this at the end of your bedside.

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Microsoft reorganizes ZeniMax staff into Xbox leadership team

Game Developer

Key figures such as Sarah Bond and Matt Booty have been promoted as Microsoft begins "advancing our mission for the next era of Xbox in service of players.

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Cave Game Engine Overview

Game From Scratch

GameFromScratch.com Cave Game Engine Overview The Cave game engine is a free Windows based game 3D game engine with a full editor and a Python API. The Cave game engine is described as: Key Links Cave Engine Homepage Cave Engine Documentation Discord Server You can learn more about the Python powered free Cave game engine … Cave Game Engine Overview Read More The post Cave Game Engine Overview appeared first on GameFromScratch.com.

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Artisan Studios to open new studio in Saudi Arabia

GamesIndustry.biz

Artisan Studios is setting up a development studio in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The Canadian-based company plans to employ over 200 developers in its new offices, collaborating with local artists across the MENA region to develop new IPs. The developer will expand into publishing its titles, in addition to developing what it says will be "the first AAA titles in the GCC region.

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Project Gunship - EA Build 0.6.5

Indie DB

This month (and a half) of development unfortunately had a lot of spinning wheels, so I couldn’t make a lot of progress in areas that I was hoping to make. However, I was able to knock out some of the important features that needed to be added.

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Microsoft CEO's compensation no longer tied to Game Pass growth

Game Developer

Xbox Game Pass has missed its projected growth target for the third year in a row, and Satya Nadella's compensation is no longer linked to its performance.

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Ink – Programming Language for Game Narrative

Game From Scratch

GameFromScratch.com Ink – Programming Language for Game Narrative Ink is a programming language and set of tools for creating in-game branching dialogs and game narrative creation. It is not only a programming/scripting language and runtime, it is an entire ecosystem of tools and game engine implementations including Godot, Unreal Engine and recently thanks to the open source of … Ink – Programming Language for Game Narrative Read More The post Ink – Programming Language

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Sony expects boost in PS5 sales now supply chain issues have finally been resolved

GamesIndustry.biz

Sign up for the GI Daily here to get the biggest news straight to your inbox Sony is confident it's heading into one of its best holiday periods to date as it declares that the supply chain issues that have been hindering PlayStation 5 sales have been fully resolved. The platform holder confirmed plentiful supply of its current console to both the BBC and Barron's , the latter spotted by VGC , meaning the PS5 will be widely available in the run up to Christmas.

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Noxia Somnia

Indie DB

Unveiled on IndieDB, Reframe Games presents "Noxia Somnia," an evocative journey into the depths of personal anxiety, despair, and the battle against one's own mental demons. An expression of real personal struggle, the game is more than just a tale.

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Digital Extremes founder James Schmalz is stepping down as CEO

Game Developer

Schmalz founded Digital Extremes in 1993, and his exit comes after its sci-fi shooter has hit the 10-year milestone.

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Geany IDE Release Version 2.0

Game From Scratch

GameFromScratch.com Geany IDE Release Version 2.0 Geany is an open source IDE/Code editor that has been in active development since 2005. In celebration of their 18th birthday, Geany released version 2.0, which among other features adds support for the Godot game engines scripting langauge, GDScript. Key Features of the Geany IDE: New features added in Geany … Geany IDE Release Version 2.0 Read More The post Geany IDE Release Version 2.0 appeared first on GameFromScratch.com.

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How to successfully run a remote studio, and make it last

GamesIndustry.biz

Roll7 has been a remote working studio for seven years now, and as such the OlliOlli and Rollerdome developer might have a little more experience than most in how to make the set-up work. In a presentation at last month's GamesIndustry.biz HR Summit, Roll7 head of people and operations Nisha Minhas shared some of the studio's learnings on how to embrace remote work for the long haul.

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