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Every Game Has the Community It Deserves

Game Developer

If game designers are to have any success combating toxicity, we must acknowledge that our own design choices are often the underlying systemic cause, and that it is our responsibility to change them.

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Solo dev Rohan Nowell of Doggy Don’t Care “Just start building and ideas will come” 

PreMortem.Games

Twenty years ago Rohan Nowell made a game for a high school project and it was then that the seed was planted. However, it took another 15 years for his debut game Swoopy Boi to come out. The mobile game about a Magpie that swoops down and attacks pedestrians was successful enough for Nowell to keep developing games. “I like variety in my work”, he says.

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Embracer CEO says layoffs are "something that everyone needs to get through"

GamesIndustry.biz

Embracer CEO Lars Wingefors said that the current reduction in workforce at the company and across the industry is "something that everyone needs to get through," later adding that the group's strategy has been to cut the things that have "the lowest chance of success going forward" and to only keep "the most iconic studios." This conversation was part of the Q&A portion of the company's earnings call yesterday, as it announced its Q3 results.

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FlightStuff - To roll the camera?

Indie DB

The greatest thing about other people having a look at your game is that they most likely find something you are just not aware of. The camera is the window into the game world and as such plays a central role in the presentation of the whole game. This.

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Dear Publishers, Ownership Matters

Game Developer

There is great potential for video game companies to use this digital future to promote better-preserved products, but they must choose to respect the consumer’s right to ownership.

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Escape the sinking ship in Globiss Interactive’s VR game Titanic: A Space Between

PreMortem.Games

In VR horror title Titanic: A Space Between players find themselves entangled in a bizarre time-travel mishap. On a mission to locate and rescue a missing time-traveler named Diana, you end up on the ill-fated RMS Titanic. Trapped within the confines of history’s most infamous vessel, players must navigate the ship’s decks as they gradually succumb to the icy depths of the Atlantic Ocean.

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Enhancing Data Migration Testing with AI in 2024

Rocket Brush Studio

Integrating AI into data migration processes in today's data-driven landscape enhances efficiency, accuracy, and speed. This post explores the concept of AI-assisted data migration, detailing its necessity due to the challenges of traditional migration methods and how it leverages machine learning to automate and optimize various stages, from data mapping to testing.

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Obituary: League of Geeks co-founder Adam Duncan has passed away

Game Developer

"Adam dedicated himself to his beloved craft and we consider ourselves so incredibly lucky and forever grateful that he transported us all to those beautiful worlds he dreamed.

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Disney’s $1.5 billion push into gaming and the future of entertainment

PreMortem.Games

Disney’s renewed push into interactive is a watershed moment in entertainment with video games at the center. The investment suggests that conventional media and entertainment firms are finally ready to dive into the games industry. It took a while, though. Bob Iger, who grew Disney’s market cap from $48 billion to $257 billion during his 15-year tenure that ended in 2020, came out of retirement two years later to navigate the firm’s push into digital.

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For Sony and Microsoft, revenue growth is more important than any "console war" | Opinion

GamesIndustry.biz

Not so long ago, the announcement that Sony didn't have any new entries in its major first-party franchises in the pipeline for the coming year would have been viewed as an extraordinary opportunity for Microsoft to gain ground on the market leader. There are many reasons why Xbox has faced an uphill struggle against its major rival. Brand strength and digital library lock-in are certainly among them, but the ultimate, seemingly insurmountable barrier was Sony's first-party studio system, which

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Featured Developer Sessions at NVIDIA GTC 2024

Nvidia

Advances in AI are rapidly transforming every industry. Join us in person or virtually to learn about the latest technologies, from retrieval-augmented. Advances in AI are rapidly transforming every industry. Join us in person or virtually to learn about the latest technologies, from retrieval-augmented generation to OpenUSD.

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Embracer says it's looking out for shareholders after cutting almost 1,400 jobs

Game Developer

"Our overruling principle is to always maximize shareholder value in any given situation.

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Black One: Blood Brothers v1.48

Indie DB

We are thrilled to announce that update 1.48 for "Black One Blood Brothers" is now available! This release introduces a plethora of new content and exciting improvements to enrich your gaming experience.

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PlayStation generates $9.6 billion in holiday quarter, but expects hardware decline in 2024

GamesIndustry.biz

Sign up for the GI Daily here to get the biggest news straight to your inbox Sony has released its latest financial results, showing an increase in sales for both the whole company and its PlayStation division. But the company has lowered its sales forecasts for PlayStation, in part due to an expected hardware decline with the company adding that it is not planning to release any games from its biggest franchises in the next fiscal year.

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Streamlining Changes: The Introduction of Filmustage's Script Revisions

Filmustage

In the ever-evolving landscape of filmmaking, the script serves not just as a blueprint. It stands as a living, flexible entity, set to evolve and adapt amidst the unfolding pressures and demands of production. This fluidity can be the crucible in which good films are forged into great ones. The history of cinema is replete with examples where script revisions during production not only saved films from potential mediocrity but elevated them to iconic status.

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Homeworld 3 developer Blackbird Interactive is making layoffs

Game Developer

Multiple posts on social media indicate job cuts are happening "across the company.

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Prometheus Wept - Militia Faction

Indie DB

This development update covers the addition of options at your disposal to strengthen the Sunny Pines Militia faction management, before the showdown with the rebels. This includes buying or crafting better equipment, recruitment, morale and more. Also.

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Disney teams up with African studio Maliyo Games on Iwájú tie-in

GamesIndustry.biz

Nigeria-based games developer Maliyo Games is behind a new Disney game coming to mobile this month. The smartphone developer, which also employs staff in Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya and South Africa, is creating the official tie-in to Disney's Iwájú, which is a new animated series launching on Disney+ on February 28th. The animation is co-produced with Kugali Media and set in a futuristic Nigeria, while the game is called Disney Iwájú: Rising Chef, and is due to launch on the same

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Perforce in Agreement To Acquire Delphix

Perforce

We are delighted to announce Perforce signed a definitive agreement to acquire Delphix, a best-in-class leader in enterprise-class DataOps and Enterprise Data Management.

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Ex-ZA/UM writers allege studio has become a 'cold, careless company'

Game Developer

Writers Argo Tuulik and Dora Klindžić allege ZA/UM has been completely broken by management in a permanent manner.

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Toytopia releasing soon

Indie DB

Toytopia is coming out on STEAM this month on 19/02/2024. Be sure to check it out and wishlist it on steam to stay updated!

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Sony seeking growth by bringing more first-party games to other platforms

GamesIndustry.biz

PlayStation is looking at bringing more of its exclusive first-party titles to other platforms, such as PC, in an effort to grow its games business. During an earnings call following the release of its latest financial results , Sony president and COO Hiroki Totoki told investors that making PlayStation exclusives multi-platform would help its operating income improve, which was down 15% to ¥979.4 billion ($6.5 billion).

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What’s Next for Teams After Jira Server End of Life

Perforce

Dive into the specifics of Jira Server end of life, exploring how your team can respond, and explore free Jira alternatives or Jira similar tools.

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Report: ZA/UM will lay off 25 percent of staff after recent project cancellation

Game Developer

Workers at ZA/UM allege management is mishandling the Disco Elysium studio and mistreating its veteran staff.

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The Lessons Learned From Palworld’s Success

Game Wisdom

The Lessons Learned From Palworld’s Success Josh Bycer josh@game-wisdom.com Palworld is looking to be 2024’s Vampire Survivors — with a game that came out to massive, overwhelming success within two weeks. The game, and the studio is now set up for a very long time. While things can always … The post The Lessons Learned From Palworld’s Success appeared first on Game Wisdom.

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Empowering play for all: The path to true accessibility in games

GamesIndustry.biz

The behemoth that is the games industry has profound responsibilities towards its players, and these are ever-evolving. Unfortunately, right now, actions towards accessibility – making games suitable for their disabled audiences – fall short of where they should be. Thankfully, accessibility is gaining more attention and traction across the industry though.

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Announcement World of Stickman RTS

Indie DB

World of Stickman - classic war strategy with stickman heroes. Collect resources, build your base and hire a powerful army.

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Embracer-owned studio Flying Wild Hog has unionized

Game Developer

The union hopes to "change the industry for the better.

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Get RPG Maker XP Free This Week

Game From Scratch

GameFromScratch.com Get RPG Maker XP Free This Week In celebration of RPG Maker Festival 2024, you can currently get a copy of RPG Maker XP completely free. This is the version, that while very dated at this point, was used to create perhaps the most successful RPG Maker game, To The Moon. Getting your free copy of RPG […] The post Get RPG Maker XP Free This Week appeared first on GameFromScratch.com.

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Embracer restructuring nears "final stretch" but unlikely to reach net debt target by March

GamesIndustry.biz

Sign up for the GI Daily here to get the biggest news straight to your inbox Embracer Group has released its latest financial results and offered an updated on its ongoing restructuring program, which the company claims is "approaching the final stretch." The results for the three months ending December 31, 2023 showed decent sales across the company, despite declines in its PC/console games segment, but the group still ended the year with a net debt of SEK 16.1 billion ($1.5 billion).

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GPU synchronization in Godot 4.3 is getting a major upgrade

Mircosoft Game Dev

Say goodbye to placing barriers, hello to the new acyclic graph

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Xbox confirms multiplatform push for four first-party games

Game Developer

After weeks of rumors,Xbox confirms it'll open up some of its exclusives to PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch.

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Odyssey – Unreal Engine Powered 2D Animation Software

Game From Scratch

GameFromScratch.com Odyssey – Unreal Engine Powered 2D Animation Software Odyssey is a 2D animation software that just released version 1.0. This interesting 2D animation tool is built on top of Unreal Engine, in that it is a built upon the Unreal Engine foundation using a branch of the UE source code. Epic Games are supportive of this project, as […] The post Odyssey – Unreal Engine Powered 2D Animation Software appeared first on GameFromScratch.com.

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Microsoft bringing four games to other consoles

GamesIndustry.biz

Microsoft today addressed recent reports and rumors about a change to its first-party strategy in an Xbox podcast presentation, confirming that a slate of four titles would be released on non-Xbox consoles. Xbox head Phil Spencer said that Starfield and Indiana Jones – two games that reports had named as multiplatform candidates – are not among the four titles, reassuring players that this is "not a change to our fundamental exclusive strategy.

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