2021

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Start Profiting From Texture Compression in Unity

The GameDev Guru

In this blog post, you'll learn what texture compression is, why it is important for your project and how to apply it to improve your GPU and memory performance.

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The Art of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Concept Art World

Concept Art World. The Art of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. Ubisoft and Dark Horse Books provide a look into the world of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: A world defined by the harsh beauty of Viking life, rich with fascinating characters and breathtaking landscapes. This oversized hardcover art book offers an insider’s look at the immersive art direction of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla the first title in the franchise to explore Norse culture and the Viking invasion of England in t

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Godot has been renamed to Godette Engine

Mircosoft Game Dev

Edit: We have seen many comments on our April Fool's joke. We strive to make the Godot community, and game development in general, a welcoming place for everyone. By not understanding the various ways in which our joke could be interpreted we have failed in this goal. The Godette character was made years ago. It was not created for this joke. The joke itself was intended to poke fun at a very vocal minority of users who think that our robot logo isn't "professional", thus the joke was

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Royal Match - The New King from Turkey?

Deconstructor of Fun

Early this year the Turkish mobile startup Dream Games has raised $50 million in new funding ($57.5M total funding), despite having only soft-launched its first game, Royal Match. Dream Games was founded by two of Peak’s former Product Directors. The latest funding round was led by Index Ventures , a high-profile VC firm known for investing in some of the biggest companies in the games industry: King, Roblox, and Supercell.

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Six Truths About Video Game Stories

The Bottom Feeder

We sell words. We’re in the word-selling business. Our tiny company has been earning (well, "earning") a good living making indie computer games for 27 years now. This is an extremely tough, competitive business, and we've been workin' it for a longer continuous period than just about everyone. We write super-retro, super-low-budget games that don't look great.

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Vertical Slice vs MVP: What’s the Difference?

Tiny Hydra

When talking to teams that are early in the development process, they often tell us they want to make either a vertical slice or an MVP (minimum viable product) of their game. We find these two terms get used interchangeably when in fact, they are very different. To clear up any confusion, let’s take a look at what the two terms mean, and better yet, how to use the concepts behind them to make a great game.

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The most badass Christmas movies - Filmustage edition

Filmustage

Hello, hello, there are only days left until the new year 2022, so we've put together a small list of the team's favorite and non-trivial New Year's Eve movies for you. Wrap up in a plaid, grab a cup of cocoa and get the New Year's Eve vibe going. Here we go! But before we dive into this journey, we want to remind you that the main idea of the blog is to bring love of art and try to inspire the shy guy sitting in the corner and keeping his creative ideas for himself to take a camera and impleme

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Network game architecture

That One Game Dev

In this post I explain a simple network architecture for a MMO game that will have a central server and room based matchmaking. The post Network game architecture appeared first on That One Game Dev.

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Video Game Tuesday: Most Anticipated 2022 Games

Game Industry News

Hey all I’m back with a look at this upcoming year and it’s games for Video Game Tuesday. It’s my Most Anticipated 2022 Games! Hogwarts Legacy: I’ve always been a sucker for the Potter books, as I loved them as a kid and some of my fondest memories of travel was the road trips me and my dad took around the country listening to the books on tape/cd. Whether this can live up to the premise of delivering a full “Hogwarts” experience remains to be seen.

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Lego Report 7

Grumpy Gamer

Placing the last piece. And then disaster stuck while moving it. Most of the debris is still assembled large chucks, so it shouldn't take long to fix. I'm sure this happened to the real coliseum.

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Unity Raycast Commands: A New Era

The GameDev Guru

Learn how to stop your current raycasts from stealing performance and upgrade them to the new era of Unity raycast commands that finally scale

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Mitchell Mohrhauser

Concept Art World

Concept Art World. Mitchell Mohrhauser. Mitchell Mohrhauser is a concept designer and illustrator working in the game industry. He has worked on games titles such as Ghost Of Tsushima , EVE Online , Dust 514 , World of Darkness and various other AAA games. He is currently working as a Senior Concept Artist at Sucker Punch Productions and freelancing as an illustrator.

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Why isn't Godot an ECS-based game engine?

Mircosoft Game Dev

About. The topic of why Godot does not utilize ECS comes up often, so this article will explain the design decisions behind that, as well as shed some light on how Godot works. Note : In hopes to avoid misunderstandings, I did changes to the article to better stress that this is not an inheritance vs composition or anti-ECS article to spark a flame-war.

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What Comes After Battle Royale and Why You Need to Know Vigor

Deconstructor of Fun

This post is sponsored by Xsolla. If you’re interested in growing your business on mobile and beyond, look no further. Xsolla has dedicated tools that will help you create your own online commerce platform, improve your performance marketing and discoverability, and expand your game business on mobile and PC. Check out Xsolla’s solutions for more information.

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Tiny Player for Mac 1.6.3

Catnip Games

Recently I had been getting reports that the playlist wasn’t saved properly but I couldn’t reproduce this error. I added tons of extra logging and asked people to send me log files. Here’s what I discovered: A database migration was failing while renaming a table column. …and it would happen only on macOS 10.14 or older. …because those systems include an older version of SQLite. …which doesn’t support renaming columns the way newer ones do. …and I

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VR on standby

Played with Fire

2022 is coming! The end of the year is usually a time for summaries and making big, exciting plans. We got a taste for it too! It’s been a good year for us, for many reasons. Did you know that our team has already increased three times since 2019? We’re constantly growing, hiring new people and developing. We look forward to more great people joining us in the coming year.

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Challenges and Solutions to Achieve an Efficient Quality Process — A Mobile Game Developer Perspective

Game Global

A video game can only attract a global user base if it doesn’t compromise on localization quality: 3 industry experts reveal how to get ahead of the game. You didn’t attend Game Global Digital Summit October 2021 or did you miss the chance to watch the “Challenges and Solutions to Achieve an Efficient Quality Process — A Mobile Game Developer Perspective” panel with Natalie Gladkaya, Director of Localization at Plarium , Mikhail (Mike) Gorbunov, Head of Localization at Social Q

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From broken dreams - to script breakdown

Filmustage

Hi all, today we release the blog in a slightly unexpected format. This time we want to acquaint you with the backstory of how the idea of an AI-based script breakdown platform was born. Even the date is not a coincidence: on Christmas Eve we want to share with you an inspiring story that proves dreams do actually come true. Our guest today is Egor Dubrovsky, co-founder and CEO of Filmustage.com who wants to share his exciting story with the reader.

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new Quake map: "When There Were Wolves"

Radiator Blog

I made another Quake map, this time in collaboration with fellow mapper @mrtaufner for the 2021 Quake community Xmas Jam. Taufner handled the initial blockout and gameplay, while I did the art pass and tweaks. (With textures by Makkon as usual.) The collaboration here was ideal because I didn't feel like doing gameplay stuff, and Taufner didn't want to art pass, so we exchanged duties and took turns working on the level. the original blockout version of the first encounter, by MrTaufner Since 20

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Retro Game Friday: Soul Reaver 2

Game Industry News

Hey all I’m back with the sequel to a game I covered over three years ago for this week’s Retro Game Friday. It’s Soul Reaver 2! Plot: The plot is a direct continuation of the first Soul Reaver game, and it deals with time travel in a way that is fairly well handled. About as well as Time Travel can ever be handled at least. Frankly looking back this story was quite dark, and the fact that it ended so open-endedly may have helped shape my dislike of that particular story telling technique, altho

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The Kristala Dev Blog - Issue #35

Astral Clock Tower Studios

Greetings, beautiful beings! Thanks for joining us for another exciting and epic issue of the Kristala Dev Blog. We're so glad you're here. If this is your first time joining us, welcome to the family! The dev blog is where we share all the behind-the-scenes dev action for Kristala, a 3D Dark Fantasy ARPG developed by the incredibly talented team at women-owned indie game studio, Astral Clocktower Studios.

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The "KISS" Transaction Pattern

The GameDev Guru

Learn how to protect your most sensitive code from the classic "sloppy programming" by using the KISS Transaction Pattern for Unity.

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MoM Dev Diary #6 December 2021

Muha Games

Community month continued As a continuation from last week’s community led Q&A, I will talk a little about community feedback and how we try to balance it as we develop the remake. We’ll also share a few pictures of our own improvements and try to explain the process behind it… Continue reading.

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Joan Fons is hired to work on Godot's rendering

Mircosoft Game Dev

Hello! This is Joan speaking. I'm happy to announce that, starting today, I will be working as a full-time Godot developer! A bit about me. I started contributing to Godot about 3 years ago while I was still studying at uni. I quickly felt at home and I started focusing on 3D editor and rendering contributions. Not long after that, I got a job as a Godot consultant at Prehensile Tales, which I kept till last Friday.

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Overgrowth Online Multiplayer Prototype

Wolffire Blog

Prototype. As a lot of you know, Overgrowth has been a beloved project for us at Wolfire and for the Wolfire community at large. The love for the game has never failed to humble us and we are so grateful for all the people who have played it. The continued enthusiasm for Overgrowth from the community and from us has pushed us to always try to make the game better and better wherever we can, and one thing we have wanted to implement into the game for a long time is the ability to play with friend

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It Takes Two (Of the Worst People In the World)

The Bottom Feeder

“Hell is other people.” - Jean-Paul Sartre This is the second part of my It Takes Two review. In the first part , I went on about the lack of family in video games and the danger of paying attention to critics. Now I'll talk about the actual game. TL;DR: It's really good. Play it. The Plot of It Takes Two It Takes Two tells the story of an unhappily married couple and their child who wants to keep them together.

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Value chains – A method for creating and balancing faucet-and-drain game economies

Lost Garden

INTRODUCTION The problem with picking up sticks Recently I was designing the harvesting and crafting system for our Animal Crossing-like game Cozy Grove when I ran into a problem: picking up a stick is not that fun. The core activities in a life sim are generally not full of mastery and depth. You chop trees. […].

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Axie Infinity: Infinite Opportunity or Infinite Peril?

Deconstructor of Fun

This deconstruction is done by our friends at Naavik. If you like it, you will love Naavik’s monthly Blockchain Games report! Use code “NAAVIKDOF” at checkout and you’ll receive a -10% discount for the first subscription year. This report was written by Jimmy Stone , Lars Doucet , Anthony Pecorella , Aaron Bush , Abhimanyu Kumar , from left to right.

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Camera angles - explained

Filmustage

Hello friends. Without further ado, today we continue our series of informative blogs where we tell you about how movie is shot. If shot size and camera movement determine what we see in the frame, then perspective is how we see the object or subject in the frame. That's why it's so important to understand the means by which filmmakers achieve unique and expressive shots.

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Maps Between Maps, and DSFs

Grid Sage Games

I’ve described a few times (most recently when introducing Cargo Convoys ) how Cogmind’s world is divided into two primary types of maps: main areas and branches. There is technically a third category serving special purposes, one that after many years is once again growing as part of Beta 11. This other category is what I call “maps between maps,” essentially much smaller maps forming optional bridges between the regular maps.

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Movie Monday: I Robot

Game Industry News

Hey all I’m back with another action movie for this week’s Movie Monday. It’s I Robot! Plot: First off let me say that I really don’t like this movie, for multiple reasons. The main one is that this is clearly in the Dystopian genre and I hate that genre with a passion. But frankly the plot isn’t that great and takes the Three Rules of Robotics from Asimov and tries to make a summer blockbuster out of it.

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Designer Notes #62: Josh Sawyer – Part 1

Designer Notes

In this episode, Soren interviews veteran RPG designer Josh Sawyer, best known for his work on Icewind Dale , Fallout: New Vegas , and Pillars of Eternity. They discuss how making a website for a tattoo parlor led to his game career, what is the purpose of traps in an RPG, and how much lore is too much lore. This episode was recorded March 24, 2018.

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Shader Variant Stripping — Get Rid of That Performance Waste!

The GameDev Guru

Discover the true cost you're paying for the sneaky "shader variants" that Unity creates by default and how to stop paying for it.

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“Put that planet to the left!”

Played with Fire

User experience in VR games. Creating a video game is a real adventure full of interesting problems to solve and unexpected twists and turns. When VR comes into play – it gets even more exciting! So today we’re going to talk about UX (user experience) in virtual reality games and tell you about the most interesting solutions we used in our game Stargaze!

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