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Ex-Escapist staff launch new games media website Second Wind

Game Developer

Less than a day after resigning from The Escapist, Yahtzee Croshaw and ex-EiC Nick Calandra have established a new site to pick up where they left off.

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Insights from Xsolla Funding’s VP on Slowdowns, Self-Publishing and Smart Funding

PreMortem.Games

This article has been written as a part of a paid cooperation with Xsolla. In his working life Justin Berenbaum, VP Strategic Planning at Xsolla & GM Xsolla Funding Club, has read thousands of pitch decks and seen thousands more pitches in person. He has helped numerous developers close deals and accumulated a ton of invaluable experience in the world of game publishing and funding.

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GamesIndustry.biz crowns 2023 Best Places To Work Awards Canada winners

GamesIndustry.biz

We can at last reveal the winners of the 2023 Canada GamesIndustry.biz Best Places To Work Awards. The awards are built around the idea of making the games industry a better place to work, and the winners are ultimately decided by an in-depth survey of employees. Just shy of 50 Canadian games companies signed up to take part, with 15 winners in total.

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Nixie game aims to highlight British Blackness

Game Daily

London-based developer and YouTuber David Akinola is working on a game called Nixie , that was the focus of a successful Kickstarter campaign earlier this year. The game follows the life of Fiona Soul, a soup kitchen worker with hoverboard skills. It’s a game that Akinola says will “give the Black children of the next generation characters to fall in love with,” something he felt was lacking as he looked in vain for Black British characters in games, when he was growing up.

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Unity is reviewing its product portfolio and says layoffs are "likely"

Game Developer

Interim CEO Jim Whitehurst said interventions will "likely include discontinuing certain product offerings, reducing our workforce, and reducing our office footprint.

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Solo dev Simon Taylor saw his game Smash Dungeon fail “The journey comes to an end”

PreMortem.Games

It’s a hard pill to swallow if you’ve worked on your game for five years, only to launch it to a largely indifferent audience. That’s what happened to solo developer Simon Taylor (working under the name Plastic Cow Games ) and his game Smash Dungeon. First week’s sales were 117 units. That’s a 4% wishlist conversion. After that, the game never gained any traction and faded away in obscurity.

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Our first-ever e-book for level designers is here

Unity Blog

Our introduction to game level design e-book is filled with tips on how to use the Unity tools that are most relevant to worldbuilding.

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Valve is building on the Steam Deck's success with a new OLED version

Game Developer

Valve's new Steam Deck OLED promises an improved battery life and stronger Wi-Fi than its original model, which will be fully phased out once supply runs out.

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Analysis • How startups can survive the coming storm

PreMortem.Games

Author David Kaye is co-founder and General Partner at F4 Fund. This article originally appeared on his Substack Game Stuff. Specialist VC firms that fund game development are a relatively new phenomenon. Most of them were started in the 2010s, and most of those in the latter half of the decade. For our purposes, there are two important things to remember about the 2010s: It was a period dominated by low interest rates, which increased the risk appetite of all investors and allowed many new vent

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Microsoft, EA, Activision, Ubisoft and Epic face game addiction lawsuit

GamesIndustry.biz

Four of the biggest companies in the industry have been targeted by a lawsuit accusing them of enabling video game addiction. A complaint filed on October 30 in the Eastern District of Arkansas, spotted by Insider Gaming , names Microsoft, EA, Activision, Ubisoft, and Epic Games, as well as some of their studios, as defendants. The suit lists 14 counts of action, including strict liability and negligence for failure to warn users of games' addictive qualities, deceit and fraudulent misrepresenta

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I’m making an RPG!

Keith Burgun

(Above: some WIP pixel art from Wizbane) You might have noticed I’ve been writing about and playing a lot of RPGs recently. Starting somewhere in 2020, I started this huge dive into the Final Fantasy series – strangely enough, starting with the XIII trilogy. Over the past year and a half I’ve been diving hard into a huge number of different RPGs: Nearly all the 1-player Final Fantasies, Dragon Quest, Trails in the Sky, the Tales games, Scarlet Nexus, a really cool Japanese GBA

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Exclusive: Laid-off Keywords union members set to strike outside of BioWare Edmonton

Game Developer

EA and BioWare allegedly attempted to block members of Keywords Edmonton United from protesting outside of the company's office.

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Game Development for Kids: Unlocking Potential Through Play and Creation

Game Development for Beginners

The digital age has presented an unprecedented opportunity for the younger generation to not only consume content but to create it. Game development for children is a frontier that combines the allure of play with the rigors of education, offering a unique blend of fun and learning. It is an artistic and scientific playground where. Read more The post Game Development for Kids: Unlocking Potential Through Play and Creation appeared first on VionixStudio.

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Embracer COO leaves amid restructuring to form new company

GamesIndustry.biz

Sign up for the GI Daily here to get the biggest news straight to your inbox The chief operating officer of Embracer Group has left in the middle of the company's turbulent restructuring program to form his own company. Egil Strunke announced his departure via LinkedIn , spotted by PCGamesInsider.biz , in which he reflects on his two stints at the publishing group.

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Top 5 Essential AI Skills in Demand for Testing in 2024

Rocket Brush Studio

Analysts predict AI's market size in software testing will reach an impressive $4 billion by 2024. But the impact of all this AI is tied to the precision and robustness of the underlying models.

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Worker co-op dev The Glory Society has shut down

Game Developer

The four-year-old studio founded by two of the Night in the Woods developers is closing down and cancelling its debut project Revenant Hill.

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Godot Tactics RPG – 01. Intro & Setup

The Liquid Fire

It is my privilege to welcome my first contributor to the website, William Allen aka 7thSage! What & Why Hi, I’m William Allen aka 7thSage, you may notice I’m not the regular author here, though you may have seen me in the comment section here and on the forum, commenting on tweaks or fixes in the Tactics tutorial here on the site. Like many people, I’ve recently been looking at other engines for ‘reasons’ and have been checking out Godot.

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Unity announces layoffs despite increased revenue and reduced losses

GamesIndustry.biz

Unity has released its financial results for the three months ended September 30, 2023, announcing layoffs despite a significant growth in revenue and a drop in overall net loss. Unity's revenue increased 69% year-over-year to $544 million, while it reported a net loss reduced by half to $125 million, compared to $250 million during the same period last year.

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Update to the Unity Editor Software Terms

Unity Blog

A summary of key changes we’ve made to the Unity Editor terms today to better support you, based on community feedback.

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Digital Extremes lays off devs on external projects and publishing teams

Game Developer

The Warframe developer has reportedly made cuts across its external projects publishing teams, which may affect Airship Syndicate's online game Wayfinder.

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5 Simple Coding Projects for Kids to Tackle During the School Year

Real Programming

If you have a son or daughter who’s started to show a keen interest in coding, you’re right to nurture their curiosity. Computer programming is an excellent way to foster key problem-solving and critical thinking skills while cultivating creativity — to name just a few benefits! Fortunately, there are plenty of simple coding projects that integrate basic coding concepts that kids can tackle during the school year.

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Are video game consoles set for a bumper Black Friday?

GamesIndustry.biz

On the surface, it looks like it's been a banner year for video game console sales. Overall in every major market, video game console sales are up. PS5 sales are up over 100% in some European countries, while Nintendo Switch sales are incredibly up year-on-year, despite it approaching its seventh anniversary. But as is often the case, topline numbers hide some other concerning trends.

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3XTINCTION

Indie DB

3XTINCTION is an Online Co-op Top Down Shooter with tactical and strategic elements. After a series of experiments on spiders gone wrong, the world is devasted by an outbreak. Prepare yourself before every wave, buy weapons, ammos and set up turrets.

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Microsoft to bring generative AI design tools to Xbox devs

Game Developer

Microsoft wants its Xbox developers to use AI in their quest and narrative design, and eventually leverage that technology out to third-party studios.

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The Evolution/History of the Godot Game Engine

Game From Scratch

GameFromScratch.com The Evolution/History of the Godot Game Engine The Godot game engine release was first announced in January 2014 then was released in open source in February of the same year. This wasn’t actually the beginning for the game engine though, it actually started life as the Larvita 3 engine, which was also recently open sourced.

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Ubisoft sees layoffs across VFX and IT teams

GamesIndustry.biz

Sign up for the GI Daily here to get the biggest news straight to your inbox Ubisoft has conducted layoffs that have affected its VFX and IT teams. The Assassin's Creed maker said the move was attributed to reorganizing headcount in Hybride and its worldwide IT staff. Overall, 124 employees were affected by the job cuts.

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Colony Defense

Indie DB

The minimalist tower base defense game COLONY DEFENSE is now on Steam. If you have made any other plans for 2024. you shouldn't. The game is highly addictive.

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Making RoboCop: Rogue City a shooter was too "obvious"—so the devs made an RPG instead

Game Developer

Game director Piotr Łatocha discusses the making of a RoboCop RPG, and how the state of movie-based games has evolved in the last few years.

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Unity Update Licensing Terms

Game From Scratch

GameFromScratch.com Unity Update Licensing Terms In the aftermath of the Unity Runtime Fee fiasco on the of the major changes announced by Unity Create head Marc Whitten was: We will make sure that you can stay on the terms applicable for the version of Unity editor you are using – as long as you keep using … Unity Update Licensing Terms Read More The post Unity Update Licensing Terms appeared first on GameFromScratch.com.

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Kotaku staff hit by redundancies

GamesIndustry.biz

Sign up for the GI Daily here to get the biggest news straight to your inbox G/O Media has conducted layoffs across the company and its publications, including the gaming site Kotaku. As reported by Adweek , the decision has resulted in 23 redundancies across G/O Media sites and the shuddering of women's cultural outlet Jezebel after 16 years.

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Cyborg3003 game details

Indie DB

Cyborg3003 began production in March 2023 and is being developed by the same creator of the game Parallel, released in 2022.

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Naughty Dog's technology head Christian Gyrling departs after 17-year tenure

Game Developer

Gyrling worked as a programmer on nearly every Naughty Dog game starting with Uncharted: Drake's Fortune , and also worked on Darkwatch and The Bourne Conspiracy.

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Unreal November 2023 Asset Giveaway

Game From Scratch

GameFromScratch.com Unreal November 2023 Asset Giveaway It is time for the November 2023 Unreal Engine asset giveaway. The first Tuesday of every month Epic Games give away a number of Unreal Engines from the UE Asset Marketplace and November is no exception. This month we have 5 “Free for the Month” assets, that are yours to … Unreal November 2023 Asset Giveaway Read More The post Unreal November 2023 Asset Giveaway appeared first on GameFromScratch.com.

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Nintendo raises profit forecast to $2.8bn as Zelda shifts close to 20m units

GamesIndustry.biz

Sign up for the GI Daily here to get the biggest news straight to your inbox Nintendo has increased its profit forecast for the current financial year following a strong first half, boosted by the launch of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and The Super Mario Bros Movie. For the six months ended September 30, 2023, the platform holder reported a 21.2% year-on-year increase in net sales to ¥796.2 billion ($5.3 billion) and a 27% increase in operating profit to ¥279.9 billion ($1.9 billion).