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PlayStation London has officially shut down

Game Developer

Over 22 years, PlayStation London broadened PlayStation's appeal with the SingStar games, along with its VR titles Blood & Truth and PlayStation VR Worlds.

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Atari acquires Intellivision brand and over 200 games

GamesIndustry.biz

Atari has a picked up the Intellivision brand name and 200 games from Intellivision LLC. Details on the games were not shared, but Intellivision LLC will continue to develop the Amico games console separately with a license from Atari to distribute games on the platform. The Amico console was originally due to release in October 2020, but a lack of funds has caused a delay to the product and as of November 2023, the firm stated it didn't have the money needed to distribute the machine.

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Voice actor/director Michael Schwalbe “You need the passion for getting good”

PreMortem.Games

Top image: Michael Schwalbe, portrait on his own website. Navigating the landscape of voice acting in the games industry can be daunting, especially in an era where traditional entry-level opportunities are dwindling due to the rise of AI. “The industry is really not in a healthy place at the moment”, says Michael Schwalbe , professional voice actor and director at What He Said Voiceovers.

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Guide to Choosing the Right Summer Coding Class for Your Kids

Real Programming

Every parent wants to prepare their kids today for the world of tomorrow. For many, this means ensuring they understand the digital technology dominating today’s economy, culture, and just about everything else. That’s why online coding classes are so popular, but which one should you take? RP4K has a summer coding class program that lets students take a deeper dive into coding.

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Iwata's comments in restored 2004 interview look downright prophetic

Game Developer

Two years into being Nintendo's global president, Iwata looks ahead to the company's strategy with the Nintendo Wii and DS, and its console competition.

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IGN Entertainment acquires Eurogamer, GI, VG247, Rock Paper Shotgun and more

GamesIndustry.biz

IGN Entertainment has acquired the Gamer Network family of digital brands for an undisclosed sum. As a result of the acquisition, some redundancies have been made across the UK-based organisation. Gamer Network’s publications are GamesIndustry.biz, Eurogamer (including six local language editions) , Rock Paper Shotgun, VG247 and Dicebreaker. The business also holds shares in Outside Xbox, Digital Foundry and Hookshot (which operates Nintendolife, PushSquare, PureXbox and Time Extension ).

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Crank the World: Playdate demo

The Astronauts

You know Playdate, the cute yellow console with a crank? I think I saw it in person last year via Inês, and early this year they started to have Lithuania as a shipping destination, so I got one. And then what would I do with it? Of course, try to make a demoscene demo :) First impressions The device is cute. The SDK is simple and no-nonsense (see docs).

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Rolling Stone launches game vertical with help from Saudi wealth fund

Game Developer

RS Gaming has been launched in partnership with ESL FACEIT Group, which is owned by Saudi state-backed investment fund PIF.

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Arrowhead Games: "We want to be the next From Software or Blizzard"

GamesIndustry.biz

Nobody expected the success of Helldivers 2. The co-op third-person shooter, which was published by PlayStation and developed by Arrowhead Games, was released in February and has gone on to sell 12 million copies in three months. It is now PlayStation's fastest-selling game – bigger than God of War, or Spider-Man or Uncharted. "Depending on who you are, you’ll always point to different things [as to why it was successful]," says Arrowhead's chief creative officer Johan Pilestedt.

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Building A Full-Stack Online Game Framework

Cocos

LukeStapley: Server + Client + Frame Sync! Cocos Creator’s latest full-stack online game framework - free and open source! Introduction There have been more and more frame-synchronized online games in recent years, and there are many discussions and debates about the implementation of such games. The developer “One Brick Two Hundred” wrote a frame-synchronized online game framework in TypeScript and used the framework to create an online game demo, which is free to share with you.

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[From the industry] Metaverse studio Karta hires from Tommy Hilfiger, Epic Games and Emperia

Game Development News

Karta, an award-winning metaverse studio pioneering the world of in-game experiential marketing, announces new hires from Tommy Hilfiger, Epic Games and Emperia.

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Ardán launches development fund for Irish indie studios

Game Developer

The IndieDev program will grant £15,000 / €15,000 to the seven studios in the island of Ireland to generate ideas and create game prototypes.

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Helldivers 2 developer Arrowhead names Shams Jorjani as its new CEO

GamesIndustry.biz

Arrowhead Games Studios has named Shams Jorjani as its new CEO, replacing company founder Johan Pilestedt in the role. Pilestedt will remain chief creative officer and chairman. The move follows the smash hit success of Helldivers 2, which has sold 12 million copies since it launched on PS5 and PC in February. Jorjani is a games business veteran and spent 12 years in senior leadership roles at Paradox Interactive.

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Whispering Lane: Horror

Indie DB

The horror game Whispering Lane takes you to an abandoned house on Whispering Lane Street. Darkness reigns on the street, and strange noises stir unease among the neighbors. The main character, police officer Jackson Harrowfield, is sent to investigate.

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Using rich LLM integrations to power relevance and reliability with Muse Chat

Unity Blog

Unity Muse Chat lets you create real-time 3D experiences within the Editor by assisting with debugging and providing context-aware solutions to issues. Dive into the details of how the LLM pipeline delivers greater relevance and reliability.

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Obituary: Judgement actor Akira Nakao passed away at age 81

Game Developer

Nakao played the mentor figure Genda in the Judgement series, and previously appeared in Godzilla movies throughout the '90s and early 2000s.

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Sega veterans form publisher-agency hybrid Alibi

GamesIndustry.biz

Sega veterans Jarvis Crofts, Luke Greenaway, and Mark Dallamore have formed a new publisher-agency hybrid, Alibi. Based in London, Alibi draws on the three co-founders' experiences in data analytics, publishing, and more to help support developers in pitching and publishing games. GamesIndustry.biz spoke with two of its founders, CEO Jarvis Crofts and CSO Luke Greenaway, about the formation of Alibi and why they believe a publisher agency hybrid is a sustainable way forward in the industry.

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Rocket! - The Survive Update 1.3.0

Indie DB

Version 1.3.0 is now here with new Game Mode, Weapons, Upgrades, Achievements and more! Starting off with a special 35% Sale on Steam.

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How often do game developers miss deadlines/milestones due to unexpected things?

Ask a Game Dev

For developers in the trenches like me or my team, it's a fairly common occurrence that individual contributors will not be able to finish certain tasks by a given deadline. Sometimes the estimates and the actual work needed are nowhere near congruent, sometimes there are dependencies that took longer to work out than expected, sometimes there are unpredictable events like system outages or developers needing to take a medical leave of absence.

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Hooded Horse CEO: Forget success, judge publishers on how they respond to adversity

Game Developer

"When I talk to [developers] I tell them it's a little unfair to judge us by Manor Lords–in the way that you're being way too favourable towards us.

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PlayStation's London Studio shuts down after over 20 years

GamesIndustry.biz

PlayStation's London Studio has officially closed its doors today. The Sony subsidiary posted an official statement on social media , marking the end of its more than 20-year operations. "For over twenty years London Studio has been home to some exceptionally talented and wonderful people in the games industry," said the studio.

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The Fall of Aether Station QoL update

Indie DB

Nibble & Byte is releasing a jam packed quality-of-life update for their demo release in preparation for their 1.0 release in June.

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25 Game Engines in 25 Minutes

Game From Scratch

GameFromScratch.com 25 Game Engines in 25 Minutes Today we are going to take a look at 25 different game engines in 25 minutes (ok, 28 minutes…). The only criteria to show up on this list is the engine is primarily 3D and has a world or level editor. If there is interest we may do a similar […] The post 25 Game Engines in 25 Minutes appeared first on GameFromScratch.com.

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IGN Entertainment buys GamesIndustry, RockPaperShotgun, other Gamer Network outlets

Game Developer

IGN Entertainment has also laid off an undisclosed number of Gamer Network workers in the UK.

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Relic Entertainment partners with investment firm

GamesIndustry.biz

Relic Entertainment has partnered with UK-based investment firm Emona Capital to become fully independent after being sold by Sega in March. As reported by Game Developer , the studio has secured funding to stay independent through Emona Capital. The investment firm will support the developer's current portfolio and will assist in creating partnerships with other publishers.

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Erenshor, A "Simulated" MMORPG update

Indie DB

Brian over at Burgee Media has captured some raw footage of two different styles of combat in Erenshor, and he wants to share them with you!

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Hello, can I ask how difficult is for developers to add accessibility features to games? I am aware it probably varies by type. Recently, I asked if a sound only minigame in one video game could be reworked to add visual cues, as I am deaf. Lot of other fans harped on me its too much work for little gain, too difficult, that it takes away precious developers time, etc. So now I wonder how complicated such thing actually is and how devs view it. Thank you.

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They're not wrong in that building such things isn't free. However, you're also right in that we on the dev side should be thinking about better ways of doing this - there isn't only one solution to these problems. Whatever final solution we implement doesn't have to be the most expensive means of doing so. It's actually up to us to think of better/more efficient ways of doing the things we want to do.

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Naughty Dog boss Neil Druckmann says AI will 'revolutionize' development

Game Developer

Druckmann claims the tech could 'push the boundaries of storytelling in games.

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Lower-cost regions are key to the industry's rebuilding | Opinion

GamesIndustry.biz

The enormous wave of layoffs, studio closures, and corporate consolidations which hit the games industry last year is by no means over – but it does appear to have crested, at least, with the pace of such announcements starting to slow down as we've entered the second quarter of this 2024. The knife will still fall in some painful places before this is over, but at last we're also starting to see early signs of recovery – green shoots amidst the rubble, with new studios being formed

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Werewolf Party is out

Indie DB

Test your deception skills in this thrilling first-person multiplayer game.

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The Evolution of DevSecOps with AI for Enhanced Security

Rocket Brush Studio

Explore the integration of AI in DevSecOps, which highlights advanced AI tools and strategies for enhancing cybersecurity. It includes predictive analytics and real-time threat detection, reshaping the future of secure software development.

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What's made Saber Interactive such a long-lasting studio?

Game Developer

From TimeShift to Space Marine 2, Saber Interactive's in-house technology and international operations are what's kept it alive and thriving, says CEO and co-founder Matthew Karch.

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Did video game investment hit rock bottom, and is it ready to go back up?

GamesIndustry.biz

After the annus horribilis that was 2023 and with the rough start that in many ways characterized 2024, it's probably fair to say that many people are worried about the state of the industry and how it could move forward. At Reboot Develop Blue 2024, a panel tackled this very topic and argued that, while the industry has hit rock bottom, it is ready to go back up.

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Alone - Storming the Fort

Indie DB

In this feature focus we'll take a close look at one of the Missions coming in the next release of Alone.

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