2024

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Volition devs regroup as Shapeshifter Games after Embracer shuttering

Game Developer

"It's been five months since the closure of Volition, but I'm grateful to post that a group of us have re-formed as Shapeshifter Games.

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EA cutting 5% of workforce

GamesIndustry.biz

Electronic Arts today announced that it is laying off approximately 5% of its employees as it leans in on the parts of the business it feels will be the most successful in the years to come. In its most recent annual report, the publisher gave its headcount as 13,400 as of the end of March 2023, which would put the job losses around 670 people. The cuts are just one part of the company's restructuring plan, which also includes closing some offices and sunsetting certain live games, like the prev

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Godot Developed Non-Game Applications

Game From Scratch

GameFromScratch.com Godot Developed Non-Game Applications One of the strong points of the Godot Game engine is it’s use to develop non gaming applications. In the video below we run through 15 non-gaming applications that were developed using the Godot game engine. The applications are: The Godot Editor Material Maker [Learn More] Pixelorama [Learn More] RPG […] The post Godot Developed Non-Game Applications appeared first on GameFromScratch.com.

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I accidentally Blender VSE

The Astronauts

Two months ago I started to contribute a bit of code to Blender’s Video Sequence Editor (VSE). Did you know that Blender has a suite of video editing tools? Yeah, me neither :) Even the feature page for it on the website looks… a bit empty lol. Do I know anything at all about video editing, timelines, sequencers, color grading, ffmpeg, audio mixing and so on?

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Mooncolony

Concept Art World

Concept Art World Mooncolony Mooncolony is a concept art and illustration studio based in Cambridge, UK, founded by Emrah Elmasli. They bring together leading artists and visionaries to provide premium 2D art outsourcing services to the video game industry. These services include concept art, illustration, character design, marketing art and art direction.

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A look at mobile screen reader support in the Unity Engine

Unity Blog

Unity game developers can now make mobile games accessible to iOS and Android screen readers with the launch of Mobile Screen Reader support, available from Unity 2023.2 Tech Stream and above. This is the first of many runtime features slated to enhance gamer accessibility.

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Neo6502 Review

Retro Game Coders

Neo6502 is a “Modern Retro Computer” – a brand new single board computer that features a real 6502 microprocessor – designed by Olimex. Rather than the original 6502 , it comes with a modern W65C02S on board. w65c02 microprocessor RP2040 A RP2040 provides memory, clock, and peripheral emulation. Kind of like what I did with my homebrew Z80 breadboard computer !

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Limiting CPU Threads for Better Game Performance

Nvidia

Many PC games are designed around an eight-core console with an assumption that their software threading system ‘just works’ on all PCs, especially. Many PC games are designed around an eight-core console with an assumption that their software threading system ‘just works’ on all PCs, especially regarding the number of threads in the worker thread pool.

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Enhancing Game and Media Workflows with Global File Systems on AWS

AWS Games

­In today’s global interconnected world, organizations often find themselves distributed across various geographical locations. It all begins as a small local studio, where artists collaborate in a single physical location, relying on local storage solutions like network-attached storage (NAS). As the studio begins to gain momentum and expand to a globally connected organization with studios in multiple locations the adoption of global file systems (GFS) becomes important.

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FTC files complaint against Microsoft for recent Xbox layoffs

Game Developer

Microsoft's large layoffs have drawn the attention (and ire) of the FTC, which has been against its Activision Blizzard merger from the start.

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Former Bungie general counsel says the game industry must unionize

Game Developer

Don McGowan, the former Bungie CLO who pursued Destiny 2 cheaters and players that threatened his coworkers, wants developers to fight for their rights.

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Every Game Has the Community It Deserves

Game Developer

If game designers are to have any success combating toxicity, we must acknowledge that our own design choices are often the underlying systemic cause, and that it is our responsibility to change them.

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Randomizing terrain with Houdini to shape player goals in Pacific Drive

Game Developer

The tiny team making the spooky survival sedan driving game Pacific Drive explains how their procedural terrain tech supercharged the game's artist and level designers.

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IGN workers unionizing to fight for better wages and job stability

Game Developer

A majority of editorial and creative employees at IGN are unionizing to secure better pay, protections from layoffs, and "measurable steps" to increase staff diversity.

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Disney is dropping a cool $1.5 billion to invest in Epic Games

Game Developer

Disney has announced it's acquiring a massive $1.5 billion equity stake in Epic Games. It also plans to collaborate on an "all-new games and entertainment universe" with the Fortnite developer.

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Level Design Process #01: Cube to Temple

Game Developer

Level design is like when you eat a delicious food without knowing its recipe. Experiencing a good taste is NOT enough to make a similar one. You should understand about the entire process; from the fundamentals to polishing the product.

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More layoffs at Visual Concepts Austin after 2K cuts "several" jobs

Game Developer

"The games industry bloodletting continues. Today, Visual Concepts Austin laid off myself and a group of very talented developers.

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Deep Dive: Player-centered narrative design in Slay the Princess

Game Developer

By building the foundations of our games with player agency in mind, we can better take advantage of our medium and build meaningful experiences that connect with even more people.

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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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Devs claim Apple has pulled a Unity in the EU with new Core Technology Fee

Game Developer

App Store devs interested in using third-party services in the EU will need to agree to new terms, and a fee that could eventually cost them €0.50 per install.

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Report: Microsoft follows Activision Blizzard merger with 1,900 layoffs

Game Developer

The company spent $68.7 billion on its merger with Activision Blizzard but claims it must now implement a "sustainable cost structure.

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Dear Publishers, Ownership Matters

Game Developer

There is great potential for video game companies to use this digital future to promote better-preserved products, but they must choose to respect the consumer’s right to ownership.

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Larian boss Swen Vincke says subscription-based future could be "savage"

Game Developer

The studio founder believes that bringing Baldur's Gate 3 and other Larian titles to subscription services could result in a critical failure.

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GDC 2024 State Of The Game Industry: Devs discuss layoffs, generative AI, and more

Game Developer

Over 3,000 game industry professionals weighed in on this year's State of the Game Industry survey with opinions about layoffs, the use of generative AI, return-to-office policies, and more.

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If Hollywood adapts more games, developers deserve a cut

Game Developer

The 2024 GDC State of the Industry report indicates one quarter of triple-A developers are seeing their games adapted for film or television. Will the workers reap the rewards?

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Report: 3D Realms and Slipgate may have been hit with more layoffs

Game Developer

Three days into the new year, and 3D Realms and Slipgate have may have already laid off more staff after its cuts at the end of 2023.

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Microsoft owes everyone more context for mass Xbox layoffs

Game Developer

Costs are down, revenues are up, and its stock has never been higher—yet Microsoft still laid off nearly 2,000 developers.

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Backrooms, Liminal Spaces, And The Subliminal Menace Of Loneliness in Indie Horror Games

Game Developer

The other day I was told that my writing is appreciated and that I need to write more… so I’m taking a moment to write about a rabbit hole that I’ve fallen down since working on BlueSuburbia!

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EA will spend over $125 million laying off 5 percent of its workforce

Game Developer

The publisher is implementing a sweeping restructuring plan that will also result in project cancellations and office closures.

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Obituary: League of Geeks co-founder Adam Duncan has passed away

Game Developer

"Adam dedicated himself to his beloved craft and we consider ourselves so incredibly lucky and forever grateful that he transported us all to those beautiful worlds he dreamed.

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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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Report: Embracer cancels Eidos' unannounced Deus Ex project, lays off staff

Game Developer

The sci-fi franchise hits a setback with the sudden cancellation of the follow up to 2016's Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.

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Report: Star Citizen dev CIG laid off staff following studio relocation

Game Developer

Several Cloud Imperium staffers have left in the past month, with many of them longtime veterans working in key positions.

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Foamstars will feature AI-generated artwork produced by Midjourney

Game Developer

Square Enix has confirmed developer Toylogic "experimented" with Midjourney to create in-game album artwork.

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