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Top Emerging Free Game Development Tools and Trends!

Big Games

Have you ever dreamt of crafting your own epic game? Buckle up, aspiring developers, because the barrier to entry just shrunk to the size of a pixel! Yes! We’re talking free game development software , mind-blowing technology, and trends hotter than a dragon’s breath. Think AI that helps you build landscapes, real-time 3D sculpting like magic, and coding made accessible even for total newbies.

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Valve welcomes AI games onto Steam (but only if devs promise they aren't doing anything illegal)

Game Developer

"We are making changes to how we handle games that use AI technology. This will enable us to release the vast majority of games that use it.

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Solo dev Evan Polekoff of Critter Crossfire “Motivation is a limited resource” 

PreMortem.Games

During the day he works as a Senior Software Engineer at Blizzard Entertainment, creating games like Hearthstone, together with a large group of specialized professionals. In his spare time however, Evan Polekoff likes to work solo on whatever crazy project his mind thinks of. For the last five years, off and on, he worked on Critter Crossfire , a turn-based tactics and first person shooter hybrid.

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Video games is no longer the biggest entertainment medium in the UK

GamesIndustry.biz

The the first time in over ten years, video games is not the UK's biggest entertainment medium. ERA, which is the UK trade body representing video, music and games retailers, says that revenue made by video games in the UK reached £4.74 billion, a rise of 2.9% over the year before. That includes sales of digital and physical video games, covering PC, mobile and consoles.

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IronSource Founders Leaving Unity

Game From Scratch

GameFromScratch.com IronSource Founders Leaving Unity In the wake of the recently announced “reset” at Unity that resulted in first the closing of Weta Digital followed by the announcement that 25% of Unity’s staff will be let go there is another massive disruption at Unity, and one I think many Unity developers will be happy to … IronSource Founders Leaving Unity Read More The post IronSource Founders Leaving Unity appeared first on GameFromScratch.com.

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SAG-AFTRA's new agreement lets game devs use AI voices

Game Developer

Amidst continued AI negotiations, SAG-AFTRA's locked down a way for developers to use digital voice replicas in future works.

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Nacon exec says industry's problem is "too many games"

GamesIndustry.biz

The industry is starting 2024 in much the same way as it spent most of 2023, with news of layoffs and "for sale" signs and closures arriving alongside charts showing modest sales growth for the industry. Speaking with GamesIndustry.biz before the holiday break, Nacon head of publishing Benoit Clerc acknowledges the frequency of setbacks coming alongside less-than-dire news for the industry, and points to a specific culprit for the seeming mismatch in events.

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Unity Announce Massive Layoffs

Game From Scratch

GameFromScratch.com Unity Announce Massive Layoffs Since their successful IPO Unity has sadly been no stranger to massive layoffs. Back in June 2022 the first round of layoffs were announced, followed by another round, then another. Following the departure of CEO John Riccitiello incoming Interim CEO James M. Whitehurst said the company would be facing a … Unity Announce Massive Layoffs Read More The post Unity Announce Massive Layoffs appeared first on GameFromScratch.com.

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Why this dev made a spiritual sequel to the infamous CD-i Zelda games

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Seedy Eye Software's Arzette faithfully recreates the aesthetic of Link: The Faces of Evil and Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon.

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How to use Kickstarter for your indie game “It’s a tool, not the end goal”

PreMortem.Games

Using Kickstarter for a game shouldn’t be solely about the campaign but about building a company working on multiple games. “View Kickstarter as a tool, not the end goal”, says Michael Liebe , Lead Outreach Games Europe at Kickstarter on the IndieGameBusiness podcast. It should complement other funding sources, fostering creativity in fundraising.

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EA Sports FC 24 and PS5 delivered December growth | UK Monthly Charts

GamesIndustry.biz

6.9 million digital and physical games were sold in the UK during December, an increase of 2% over the same period in 2022. This is based on GSD data, which tracks all physical game sales plus digital game sales from most major publishers. It's a strong result when you consider November and December didn't feature too many big new releases. EA Sports FC 24 reclaimed No.1 for the month, and was boosted by some pre-Christmas sales activity.

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Steam Makes Massive Update To AI Generation Policy

Game From Scratch

GameFromScratch.com Steam Makes Massive Update To AI Generation Policy Back in June 2023 Valve Software started rejected games submitted to the Steam Store that used assets created using AI generation tools. This was first discuss in this reddit thread by a developers whose game was rejected: Hello, While we strive to ship most titles submitted to us, we cannot … Steam Makes Massive Update To AI Generation Policy Read More The post Steam Makes Massive Update To AI Generation Policy appeare

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Discord is laying off 170 employees after getting too big

Game Developer

Discord's reductions come days after cuts were made at Unity and Twitch. Like at those companies, its cuts are by the hundreds.

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My Programming Journey – What’s Yours?

Retro Game Coders

How did you get into programming? Are you now getting started? Which languages have you learned? Which do you still use? Where would you like to go with your coding? A conversation on social media sparked this idea, I thought it would be interesting for the Retro Game Coders community to share how you got into programming and your journey from starting out to what you do now?

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UK PC and console sales grew 2.6% in 2023 | UK Annual Report

GamesIndustry.biz

38 million video games were sold in the UK during 2023, the latest GSD figures reveal. It's a slight increase of 2.6% over the year before, with EA Sports FC 24 continuing where FIFA left off as the UK's best-selling video game. Sales for the rebranded series are down 8.4% over the year before to 2.39 million units sold. It's worth noting that FIFA 23 benefitted from the FIFA World Cup, which ran over December 2022.

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The Golden Twig Awards 2023

Deconstructor of Fun

Ladies and gentlemen, the moment we've all been waiting for has arrived! The results for the Golden Twig Awards 2023 are here. Firstly, a heartfelt thank you to everyone who participated in voting and shared their greetings and critical feedback. Your engagement has been invaluable, and we appreciate every moment of it. Without further ado, let's dive into the Golden Twig Awards results, recognizing both the positive and challenging aspects of the gaming industry in 2023 – from innovation and cr

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Tencent and Ubisoft are making NPCs with NVIDIA's AI-generated tools

Game Developer

The two developers have started integrating NVIDIA's AI-generated tools into their respective pipelines to help make NPCs for their games.

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Tutorial: Cocos Creator: Giving A 2D Look For Your 3D Game

Cocos

The interesting gameplay of the camera’s perspective, to achieve the same visual performance of “Don’t Starve” We highly recommend watching the video as you read this tutorial to get a full understanding of the tutorial. Introduction The visual presentation of the game of Octopath Traveler and Don’t Starve is very interesting. You can clearly know that it is a 2D material, but it presents a feeling of a 3D world.

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Sony gives Gran Turismo Sport the boot | This Week in Business

GamesIndustry.biz

This Week in Business is our weekly recap column , a collection of stats and quotes from recent stories presented with a dash of opinion (sometimes more than a dash) and intended to shed light on various trends. Check every Friday for a new entry. January is New Year's Resolution season, a time to reflect on ourselves and our actions, and to take steps to be better people in some small way.

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Safe in our World January Raffle Prizes

OPM Jobs

We at One Player Mission are excited to announce our initiative to combat the January blues by raising funds for Safe in our World (SIOW), a wonderful charity dedicated to promoting mental health awareness in the gaming community. Visit our raffle page to get your tickets now and stand a chance to win some of these generously donated prizes while supporting Safe in our World!

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Spider-Man's Mary Jane face model asks players to stop "crossing boundaries"

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Stephanie Jones, whose face is used for Mary Jane in the Spider-Man games, is kindly (but firmly) asking players to stop crossing boundaries and harassing her.

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The Fall of Aether Station Wishlist

Indie DB

Battle through the stars defending your space station against waves of merciless aliens in this challenging tower defense game. Upgrade, customize, and tactically place your ships in 15 levels of sci-fi action!

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Cyberpunk’s redemption took both hard work and uncanny luck | Opinion

GamesIndustry.biz

Working on the basis that time heals all wounds (well, time and a hell of a lot of patches), I finally took the plunge back into Cyberpunk 2077 over the year-end holidays, and found myself enthralled by Night City – just as I’d fervently hoped I would be three years ago when the game originally launched. So good is the game at this point, in fact, that I was happy to fork out for the Phantom Liberty expansion – a DLC pack whose very existence would have seemed laughable in Dece

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From AI to code style: The best of Unity on YouTube in 2023

Unity Blog

Discover the best Unity tutorials, livestreams, and session recordings on YouTube from 2023. Plus, find out more about everything from Unity Muse’s generative AI features to programming patterns for your next real-time 3D project.

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Importance of Contrast (The Game Music of Jurassic World Primal Ops: GDC 2023)

Game Developer

A continuation of the article series based on Winifred Phillips’ top-rated GDC 2023 lecture discussing her award-winning Jurassic World Primal Ops musical score. Included: how to incorporate thematic material into a chaotic musical score.

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Power Network Tycoon

Indie DB

Power Network Tycoon is a city-building game uniquely focusing on power network management, developed by a power engineer. It features realistic simulations like EPR/GPR for electrical hazard management and an EMF Meter aligning with ICNIRP guidelines.

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How Unreal Engine for Fortnite can make your game development dreams come true

GamesIndustry.biz

It's hard to believe it now, but Dylan "TheBoyDilly" Johnson – CEO and founder of the wildly successful Good Gamers – didn't ever plan to be a game developer. Back in early 2020, Johnson was one of millions of health workers at the forefront of the fight against COVID. After an exhausting year caring for unwell patients day after day, Johnson turned to his wife and said he had to take a break from nursing.

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First Unreal Engine 6 Details From Tim Sweeney

Game From Scratch

GameFromScratch.com First Unreal Engine 6 Details From Tim Sweeney Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic Games, just made a tweet that sheds some major insight into Unreal Engine 6, I believe the first details that have emerged about the upcoming version of the popular game engine. The following conversation occurred on Twitter: There is a lot of information packed into … First Unreal Engine 6 Details From Tim Sweeney Read More The post First Unreal Engine 6 Details From Tim Sweeney appeared first on G

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Obituary: Jennell Jaquays, game designer, passed away at age 67

Game Developer

The late Jaquays' decades-long tenure in games includes the Quake series, Age of Empires, and Halo Wars.

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Middlesbrough game studio Dink worked on the third season of CBBC’s Lagging

Game Development News

Dink has announced that it was commissioned to work on Season 3 of Lagging

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How can Nintendo Switch 2 surpass its predecessor? | Opinion

GamesIndustry.biz

We all thought Nintendo Switch would be a disaster. I've told this story before, but I enjoy telling it. Nintendo fully revealed the console almost exactly seven years ago. It held an event at Hammersmith in London to showcase the product to media, retail and assorted industry people and celebrities. A group of us convened in a pub afterwards and the view was unanimous: this might be Nintendo's last console.

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Learn Unreal Engine with GameDev.Tv Humble Bundle

Game From Scratch

GameFromScratch.com Learn Unreal Engine with GameDev.Tv Humble Bundle There is a new Humble Bundle of interest to game developers, the Learn Unreal Engine with GameDev.TV bundle. As the name implies, this bundle is a collection of video courses (on the Teachable Platform) from GameDev.tv on learning to use Unreal Engine, both with Blueprints and C++.

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To Mod or Not to Mod: Why The Future of Gaming is User Generated

Game Developer

It's time for the game industry to fully embrace this new era, recognizing that it not only leads to better content for players but also fosters deeper engagement for game studios.

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Dev snapshot: Godot 4.3 dev 2

Mircosoft Game Dev

After a well-deserved holiday break, the team is back on Godot 4.3 development at full speed, with over 200 improvements merged in the first 10 days of the year!

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