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SAG-AFTRA says strike likely if publishers disagree with AI protections

Game Developer

Negotations are being held up by a lack of consensus on the controversial technology and what it means for voice actors.

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Astro Bot beats Doom as the No.1 wishlisted game of the summer games showcases

GamesIndustry.biz

Astro Bot is the winner of the summer games showcases (so far), with the most wishlists of all the games shown and announced over the past two weeks. The data comes from IGN Playlist, which is a backlog and play activity tracker that is available on the web and via a mobile app. The chart below is based on the purchase intent of over 43,000 gamers, and factors in new wishlists from May 30 (the day of the PlayStation State of Play conference) to June 12.

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Aurion: Legacy of the Kori-Odan on Xbox is a big milestone for the African games industry

PreMortem.Games

In 2023, Olivier Madiba , the CEO of Cameroon-based Kiro’o Games , shared a profound insight into the ‘paradox of naivety’ In a PreMortem Games interview , he revealed how his initial lack of industry knowledge became his greatest ally when he first embarked on his journey as a game developer. “Sometimes, knowing a little is better, because some people get paralyzed by knowing too much,” Madiba mused.

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Optimal Methods and Metrics for LLM Evaluation and Testing

Rocket Brush Studio

AI and ML revolutionize Application Performance Management (APM) through real-time data correlation, automated anomaly detection, and root cause analysis. However, they enable proactive issue resolution and superior user experiences without specifying tools.

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'We did not set everyone up for success': VRChat cutting 30 percent of jobs after overhiring

Game Developer

'These decisions are not a reflection of the quality of the team members who are leaving, but rather one of a changing business and market.

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There was no E3 – but Microsoft won it anyway | Opinion

GamesIndustry.biz

There is at least one long-standing E3 tradition that has now outlived E3 itself: the picking of winners and losers from the event. This is a distributed, largely subjective process of judgment and evaluation which has on some occasions been quite spurious and misguided, but at other times has genuinely set the tone for the competitive landscape of the year to come.

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Neon Sword - Steam Next Fest Demo

Indie DB

Neon Sword is taking part in the June Steam Next Fest. The demo is live now and will continue during and after the event. I will be updating the demo when major bugs are found and fixed.

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How to get better fps on PC while porting games to consoles

Game Developer

In this article, we will discuss the best optimizing practices for console builds, which may also help you improve PC build performance.

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Which Xbox and Summer Game Fest games grabbed the most headlines?

GamesIndustry.biz

It was quite the week for the games industry with not one, not two, but… well many live shows and events occurring last week with more still to come later this month. Arguably two of the biggest were Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Fest, which aired on Friday, and the Xbox Games Showcase, which went live on Sunday – both promising big announcements and fresh looks at upcoming software.

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Epic Games Release 500+ Free AAA Quality Game Animations

Game From Scratch

GameFromScratch.com Epic Games Release 500+ Free AAA Quality Game Animations Epic Games are the kings of free stuff, from their monthly giveaways to today’s announcement, 500+ game ready motion matched game engines for Unreal Engine 5.4. Back at GDC 2024 during the State of Unreal they announced they would be releasing this library of animations: Animation takes big strides forward […] The post Epic Games Release 500+ Free AAA Quality Game Animations appeared first on GameFromScratch

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Developing Smaller, Lighter Extended Reality Glasses Using AI

Nvidia

Today's immersive extended reality (XR) devices require heavy optics and displays to be secured with head straps, a necessity that adds bulk and presents a. Today’s immersive extended reality (XR) devices require heavy optics and displays to be secured with head straps, a necessity that adds bulk and presents a social barrier. In the envisioned future, head straps will not be required.

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Valve sued for allegedly overcharging 14 million UK Steam players

Game Developer

The Competition Appeal Tribunal claims Valve's 30 percent revenue cut from game purchases lets it hold a monopoly and breach the UK's competition law.

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Lego Horizon Adventures shows even PlayStation knows growth lies beyond your own platform | Opinion

GamesIndustry.biz

The unveiling of Lego Horizon Adventures was not a surprise. As is often the case around major debuts, hints and details had leaked out in the days before. What was surprising, however, was that not only is the game coming to PlayStation 5 and PC (as expected), but it is also coming to Nintendo Switch. Let's take a moment to process that: a PlayStation-owned IP on a Nintendo platform.

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Bosca Ceoil Blue

Game From Scratch

GameFromScratch.com Bosca Ceoil Blue Today we are checking out Bosca Ceoil Blue, a port of Terry Cavanagh’s ( VVVVV, Super Hexagon, Dicey Dungeons ) beginner friendly music creation software. Bosca Ceoil was released for free several years ago (we covered it five years back) and was originally written using Flash. We are discussing it […] The post Bosca Ceoil Blue appeared first on GameFromScratch.com.

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Picking Apart Baldur's Gate 3, Part 3 (The Only Thing You Should Care About: Loot.)

The Bottom Feeder

It was a bold choice to ship this game with only one romance option. I wanted to write a third and final article about Baldur's Gate 3 (BG3 for short), a really great game that most people have moved on from, but I want to talk about the most important part of any RPG: LOOT. Treasure is the main driving factors of RPGs. The reward. The dopamine rush.

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ZeniMax Union secures Juneteenth holiday for all ZeniMax staff

Game Developer

Along with applying Juneteenth as a day off to contractors jumping to full-time, the ZWU reinstated Christmas Eve as a paid holiday for union members.

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Mock reviews and game evaluations: what are they, and why are they useful for devs?

GamesIndustry.biz

Mock reviews are a widespread practice within the games industry, yet due to the secretive nature of the work involved, they remain an under-discussed branch of the feedback process – particularly in comparison to fields such as QA and player testing. With most mock reviews and game evaluations written under heavy NDA, it's perhaps unsurprising that we hear little about this line of work.

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Blender Market 10 Days of Blender Asset Giveaways

Game From Scratch

GameFromScratch.com Blender Market 10 Days of Blender Asset Giveaways The Blender Market just turned 10 and to celebrate their 10th anniversary they are giving away a free asset for 10 straight days. The first days giveaway is the hugely popular RetopoFlow 4 Alpha. RetopoFlow is described as: RetopoFlow is a full retopology mode for Blender that helps make quick work of creating […] The post Blender Market 10 Days of Blender Asset Giveaways appeared first on GameFromScratch.com.

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The Dragonhood demo

Indie DB

After almost a year and a half of development, The Dragonhood will be available in demo version to be downloaded and played on your PCs with the Windows operating system!

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Genre Bending: Taking Outbreak from Action Survival Horror to Horror Visual Novel

Game Developer

How and why did we, as a small studio, end up with a visual novel side series? And was it worth it? Now that What Lydia Knows is complete, I wanted to share our process, what our motivations were, and how it’s changed our company’s approach to game development.

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Sumo Group to reduce staff by up to 15%

GamesIndustry.biz

Sumo Group has announced it is seeking to cut costs with up to 15%, or nearly 250, of its employees at risk. The firm says it hasn't been immune to the challenges facing the games industry and needs to reshape its organisation to 'navigate upcoming challenges'. The company is best known for its work-for-hire and co-development services, and has built games for the likes of PlayStation, Microsoft and Sega.

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Coding Camp Chronicles: How Kids Can Spend Their Summer Productively Behind Screens

Real Programming

Most people have heard the phrase “screen time” before, as it’s become a cautionary expression. The basic idea is simple: the movies and games we see on screens can be addictive, and if you’re not careful, they can suck you in and consume much of your life. Adults need to watch themselves, but the thinking goes, it’s even more important for kids. RP4K would never advise against kids playing outdoors in the summer!

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TILT - coming soon

Indie DB

In Tilt, forget everything you know about gravity, as you use your A.E.R.O.G.R.I.P. to walk on walls, put cubes on the ceiling, and manipulate your gravity at will. After being selected to take part in Ascendium Tech's newest training course, you will.

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Gearbox is officially out from under Embracer Group

Game Developer

The Borderlands developer has found a new home under the Take-Two banner.

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Phil Spencer on studio closures: "I have to run a sustainable business"

GamesIndustry.biz

Microsoft's Phil Spencer has addressed the backlash to Xbox's recent studio closures, emphasising that there were "hard decisions" that needed to be made "to run a sustainable business." Phil Spencer was interviewed on stage during IGN Live in Los Angeles on Sunday, where he was asked about Xbox's decision last month to close four ZeniMax-owned studios , including Redfall developer Arkane Austin and Hi-Fi Rush creator Tango Gameworks.

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Games Made with Unity: May 2024 in review

Unity Blog

Stay updated with the latest and most anticipated creations from the Unity community. Explore our list of standout games made with Unity in May 2024.

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Ionization update

Indie DB

Enjoy some athmosferic in-game footage test scenes with new props and other objects including cinematic field of view and a little bit noir filters. Waiting your feedback.

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Postmortem: The journey of Inkbound through Early Access

Game Developer

We used Early Access to get additional feedback and iteration time on our new combat system before reaching 1.0. Here's how it went.

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V Rising tops UK charts in May | UK Monthly Charts

GamesIndustry.biz

Vampire survival game V Rising emerged from Early Access and swooped to the top of the charts in the UK during May. The PC game received strong reviews upon release, with a PS5 version due in June 11. However, it was a slow month for game sales overall, with 1.85 million games sold, a drop of 21% compared with May 2023. Last year, the games market was boosted by the release of The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, plus the release of Hogwarts Legacy on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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Get our first-ever guide about animation in Unity

Unity Blog

Our new e-book aims to provide animators and technical artists with an in-depth understanding of the animation features in Unity.

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Hell Denizen: v8 released!

Indie DB

Version 8 has new death animations for all monsters, improvements on some of the weapon models and a new look for the player character.

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World of Warcraft GM John Hight exits Blizzard after 12 years

Game Developer

Hight worked at Blizzard since 2012, and along with World of Warcraft, helped with development on Overwatch and Warcraft 3: Reforged, among other Blizzard titles.

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Our favourite indie games from the 2024 summer games showcases

GamesIndustry.biz

A number of headlines on other sites have declared this year's array of showcases as 'The Year of the Indie' – and they're not wrong. The titles seen across the likes of Guerrilla Collective, Wholesome Direct, and Day of the Devs were superb, with indie titles even turning up during Summer Game Fest and Xbox Games Showcase. Across the week, there were dozens if not hundreds of titles from smaller or solo developers bringing original and innovative ideas to the table, or telling stories fro

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Introducing Grouped GEMM APIs in cuBLAS and More Performance Updates

Nvidia

The latest release of NVIDIA cuBLAS library, version 12.5, continues to deliver functionality and performance to deep learning (DL) and high-performance. The latest release of NVIDIA cuBLAS library, version 12.5, continues to deliver functionality and performance to deep learning (DL) and high-performance computing (HPC) workloads. This post provides an overview of the following updates on cuBLAS matrix multiplications (matmuls) since version 12.

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