July, 2024

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Opinion: How will Project 2025 impact game developers?

Game Developer

The Heritage Foundation's manifesto for the possible next administration could do great harm to many, including large portions of the game development community.

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Aerial_Knight’s We Never Yield developer Neil Jones “I’m proud of the story and design”

PreMortem.Games

Known for his breakout solo project, Aerial_Knight’s Never Yield, Neil Jones has now teamed up with British dev studio BetaJester to bring its successor, Aerial_Knight’s We Never Yield , to life. “I drew heavily from the first game’s reviews to design this one, striving to create something better,” says Jones. “I carefully considered every comment and aimed to improve.

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GoldenEye and Perfect Dark artist Brett Jones has died

GamesIndustry.biz

Game artist Brett Jones, known for his work on GoldenEye and Perfect Dark, has died. David Doak shared the news on social media , accompanied by a screenshot of GoldenEye. "So much of what made GoldenEye and Perfect Dark special came from Brett's talent and rascal humour," he said in another post.

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Affinity Offer All Products FREE For 6 Months

Game From Scratch

GameFromScratch.com Affinity Offer All Products FREE For 6 Months At this point we all know that Adobe screwed up and alienated a lot of their users, with many of those users left looking for Adobe alternatives. One of the biggest alternatives to Adobe, Affinity decided to kick ’em while they were down, offering their entire suite of products 50% […] The post Affinity Offer All Products FREE For 6 Months appeared first on GameFromScratch.com.

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Azur Games migrates all game analytics data to ClickHouse Cloud on AWS

AWS Games

Azur Games , a mobile game publisher and developer, recently achieved over 8 billion game installs across their portfolio of hypercasual games. In the beginning of 2024, Azur Games migrated all 120 TB of their active game telemetry data to ClickHouse Cloud on Amazon Web Services (AWS), a fully managed service that allows companies to easily operate and scale their high-performance analytical workloads without the burden of managing the underlying infrastructure.

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Zenless Zone Zero Shows the Limits of Mobile Action Games

Game Wisdom

Zenless Zone Zero Shows the Limits of Mobile Action Games Josh Bycer josh@game-wisdom.com Zenless Zone Zero is the latest release from miHoYo, who have had hit after hit following the mega-success of Genshin Impact. With their latest, they’ve gone from open-world exploration and RPG, to a brawler, and while the game has … The post Zenless Zone Zero Shows the Limits of Mobile Action Games appeared first on Game Wisdom.

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Squad Busters One Month Later: Down, But Not Out

Deconstructor of Fun

Written by Phillip Black , Game Economist, Game Economist Consulting. Listen to Game Economist Cast for more juicy Game Economist insights. Thanks to Krishna Israney , Mishka Katkoff , and Kenneth Landen for feedback and editing! It's been about one month since Squad Busters launch—enough time for front-loaded marketing spend to subside and the immediate reality to set.

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Shuhei Yoshida and Greg Rice share the secrets behind what makes a great game

GamesIndustry.biz

What makes a great game? It's a question with many answers, and one that came up during this year's Develop Brighton keynote, which featured PlayStation's Shuhei Yoshida and Greg Rice. In a chat with Fundamentally Games COO Ella Romanos, the pair – who have decades of combined experience in working with developers, and particularly indies – shared the common traits they find within the most acclaimed games and studios.

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Zed Editor – Now on Linux

Game From Scratch

GameFromScratch.com Zed Editor – Now on Linux Earlier this year we checked out Zed a new open source performance oriented code editor written in Rust. One of the major flaws of Zed is that it was only available for Mac OS. Thanks to the recent 0.143.6 release this is no longer the case, with Zed now available […] The post Zed Editor – Now on Linux appeared first on GameFromScratch.com.

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Level-Up Mood Board Creation with Amazon Bedrock and Miro – Part 1

AWS Games

Introduction Imagine a visual canvas where ideas converge, sparking inspiration and collaboration. That’s the power of a mood board—a curated collection of images, colors, and textures that encapsulate the essence of a project. These versatile tools empower artists and designers to visualize concepts and establish a cohesive vision across various creative industries, including: Video Game Development: Shaping the visual identity of characters, environments, and user interfaces.

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What is EDI Testing in Healthcare and Why Does It Matter?

Rocket Brush Studio

Discover the critical role of EDI testing in the healthcare industry. This blog explores its importance for accurate data exchange, detailing benefits, challenges, and best practices to help healthcare organizations enhance efficiency and compliance.

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Report: Microsoft shuts down DEI team, ex-lead claims similar programs at risk

Game Developer

Diversity and inclusion initiatives could be facing the axe with large-scale conservative policy potentially on the horizon.

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Kyrgyzstan Trip 2024

The Astronauts

Just spent 10 days around in Kyrgyzstan, so here’s a bunch of pictures! Overall this was a “botanical trip” There’s a local group of gardeners and related people, who do journeys through various famous and beautiful gardens, and so on. This year, they decided to not go through literal gardens, but rather visit foots and valleys of Tian Shan, where a lot of decorative plants originate from and/or just grow in the wilderness.

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Making Horizon: Zero Dawn suitable for eight-year-olds

GamesIndustry.biz

The expansion of the Horizon video game series into a mass media IP took an interesting turn at Summer Games Fest last month. The series has already been adapted into a comic series, a VR game and a board game. There have been toys, and lead character Aloy has made guest appearances in other hit titles including Monster Hunter, Fortnite and Genshin Impact.

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Godot Powered Action Game Maker Engine

Game From Scratch

GameFromScratch.com Godot Powered Action Game Maker Engine The creators of Pixel Game Maker MV and RPG Maker have announced a new game engine, Action Game Maker and this one is being built on top of the Godot open source game engine. This is ultimately a replacement for Pixel Game Maker MV (or PGMMV) although it will not […] The post Godot Powered Action Game Maker Engine appeared first on GameFromScratch.com.

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Cthulhu's Reach: Devil Reef - v0.50!

Indie DB

The Fine Arc team is thrilled and unnerved to unveil the latest update to Cthulhu's Reach: Devil Reef, introducing new challenges, exciting features, and significant refinements.

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What is Technical Debt Accumulation and Its Key Aspects

Rocket Brush Studio

Technical debt is a pervasive issue in software development. If you've ever found yourself bogged down by unresolved bugs or inefficient coding practices, you're not alone. Many development teams struggle with technical debt, which can significantly hinder progress and degrade the performance of their products.

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VFX studio Axis shuts down after 24 years

Game Developer

Axis' famous reveal trailer for Dead Island led to Techland's current popularity and the cinematic trailer being the default marketing for triple-A games.

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More Blender VSE stuff for 4.2

The Astronauts

I did a bunch of work for Blender 4.1 video sequence editor, and since no one revoked my commit access, I continued in the same area for Blender 4.2. Are you one of the approximately seven Blender VSE users? Read on then! Blender 4.2 has just shipped, and everything related to Video Sequence Editor is listed on this page. Probably half of that is my fault work, and since 4.

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Price hike shows Xbox is determined to make Game Pass work | Opinion

GamesIndustry.biz

If there were any doubts about Xbox's commitment to Game Pass (and there was plenty of industry chatter earlier this year that suggests there were), the firm has well and truly silenced them over the past two months. First came the news that Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 would be included in Game Pass on the same day it launches everywhere else. Then there was the barnstorming Xbox Summer Showcase, where every first-party game was followed by the words: 'Play It Day One On Game Pass'.

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Godot Block Coding Plugin

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GameFromScratch.com Godot Block Coding Plugin There is a new visual programming language for the Godot game engine implemented in the Godot Block Coding plugin. This plugin adds a “Scratch-like” Lego brick programming system on top of Godot. While early on, it has a lot of potential and could be a good beginners language for many […] The post Godot Block Coding Plugin appeared first on GameFromScratch.com.

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Bobo's Funzone - New Trailer!

Indie DB

Step into the haunting realm of Bobo's Funzone, in this horror/puzzle adventure. Your mission: find your daughter, who was attending a birthday party here. Navigate the eerie corridors, unearth what happend, and be careful and cautious as Bobo is about.

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Nintendo president says generative AI can be used in 'creative ways'

Game Developer

Contrary to recent reports, Nintendo hasn't ruled out using generative AI technology, but emphasized that games 'cannot be created by technology alone.

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Book Excerpt: Designing Games Meant for Sharing

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'This book talks about the importance of social mechanics in games and how these mechanics evolved over time to accommodate new technologies and new social contexts.

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Tribunal finds Cloud Imperium Games discriminated against disabled employee with return-to-office policy

Game Developer

The Star Citizen developer dismissed a disabled worker who sought to continue working remotely following the pandemic.

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Report: Tales of Kenzera: Zau developer Surgent Studios is cutting jobs

Game Developer

Multiple former employees have shared the news, which comes less than three months after the studio's debut title launched.

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Pocketpair forms Palworld Entertainment with Sony Music and Aniplex to expand IP

Game Developer

'The joint venture will be responsible for developing the reach of the intellectual property and for expanding commercial business endeavors.

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SAG-AFTRA can now call immediate strike if game companies refuse AI protections

Game Developer

The union is attempting to secure better wages, working conditions, and AI protections for voice actors and performers within the game industry.

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Hooded Horse's Tim Bender doesn't think constant growth should define games

Game Developer

The Manor Lords publisher advocates for letting games be measured by their developer's own aspirations rather than the thinking of "number go up.

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Obituary: Rare Studios artist Brett Jones has passed away

Game Developer

Along with his work on GoldenEye and Perfect Dark, Jones did art and VFX for Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Wars, and Doctor Who.

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Ubisoft is still trying to make NFTs happen

Game Developer

The French publisher has partnered with Double Jump Tokyo to bolster 'web3 integration' on upcoming multiplayer RPG, Champions Tactics.

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Adult Swim delists more games, casts doubt on developers re-acquiring rights

Game Developer

The defunct publisher has delisted more indie games, including Super House of Dead Ninjas, Traverser, Mega Coin Squad, and Zenzizenzic.

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Ubisoft touts 'solid' early 2024 financials, thanks xDefiant and reliable franchises

Game Developer

The French developer's newer and long-standing titles have all done exceptional so far, and helped it jump past its initial projections for this quarter.

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SKALD: Against the Black Priory is an old school CRPG with modern sensibilities

Game Developer

Developer Anders Lauridsen talks about balancing contemporary expectations with the look and feel of a retro genre.

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