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3ds Max 2015 Review

Published in Visual Arts

By Kelly L. Murdock - This version has a few nice surprises, but the biggest changes are under the hood. The viewports seem more responsive and the software doesn't...

Mobile Game Crowdfunding Experience from Two Kickstarter Campaigns

Published in Production and Management

By Andrey Vlasenko - A look at two kickstarter campaigns run for the mobile iOS game Demolition Lander, what worked and what didn't.

Making a Game with Blend4Web Engine. Part 1: The Character

Published in APIs and Tools

By Evgeny Rodygin - Today we're going to start creating a fully-functional game app with Blend4Web.


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3ds Max 2015 Review UNDER REVIEW

Jul 22 2014 04:30 PM | Posted By Kelly L. Murdock in Visual Arts
This version has a few nice surprises, but the biggest changes are under the hood. The viewports seem more responsive and the software doesn't crash nearly as often as the previous version

Tagged With:  review  3ds max  3d modeling  visual arts 
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Mobile Game Crowdfunding Experience from Two Kickstarter Campaigns UNDER REVIEW

Jul 21 2014 06:57 PM | Posted By Andrey Vlasenko in Production and Management
A look at two kickstarter campaigns run for the mobile iOS game Demolition Lander, what worked and what didn't.

Tagged With:  ios  arcade  demolition lander  crowdfunding  kickstarter 
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Making a Game with Blend4Web Engine. Part 1: The Character UNDER REVIEW

Jul 18 2014 01:49 PM | Posted By Evgeny Rodygin in APIs and Tools
Today we're going to start creating a fully-functional game app with Blend4Web.

Tagged With:  Blend4Web  WebGL  Game  Programming 
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The Art of Feeding Time: Interface UNDER REVIEW

Jul 17 2014 09:08 AM | Posted By Derek Koncewicz in Visual Arts
In the third article about the art from the iOS game Feeding Time, the iterative process of narrowing down styles and motifs for the game's user interface is described.

Tagged With:  user interface  art  Feeding Time  game art  visuals  interface  graphics  graphic design  design  game design  game development  game dev 
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Abusing the Linker to Minimize Compilation Time

Jul 15 2014 04:21 PM | Posted By Tom Roe in Game Programming
Constantly recompiling a mountain of files because a single file has too many compile-time dependencies? Move the dependencies to link-time and minimize compilation time!

Tagged With:  compiler  linker  context  c++ 
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Investing in Community Management UNDER REVIEW

Jul 11 2014 01:00 PM | Posted By Kevin Harwood in Business and Law
I seriously hope you see the benefits of proper community management. It yields so much value to your game and this article covers some of the most important examples.

Tagged With:  community management  community 
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Design of an Indie Action Game UNDER REVIEW

Jul 10 2014 12:26 PM | Posted By Mike Shafer in Game Design
During the development of Bain's Redemption, I had to wear many hats. This article tries to convey what works and doesn't work in the context of the design of a third-person action game.

Tagged With:  gameplay  ai  custom  3d  design  action  bain 
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The Art of Feeding Time: Backgrounds

Jul 10 2014 01:56 AM | Posted By Radek Koncewicz in Visual Arts
In part two of a series about the art of new iOS game Feeding Time, learn about the process of nailing down background art.

Tagged With:  artanimation  feeding time  background art  background  puzzle  ios  development  indie  papercraft  unity  visual  unity2d 
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The Art of Feeding Time: Characters

Jul 05 2014 08:43 AM | Posted By Radek Koncewicz in Visual Arts
Lead designer of Feeding Time, an iOS game with a papercraft visual style, describes the iterative process of designing characters in a grid puzzle game

Tagged With:  art  animation  feeding time  puzzle  ios  development  indie  papercraft  unity  unity2d  unity3d  visual  characters 
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Path Finding for innovative games: Navigation

Jul 04 2014 07:36 AM | Posted By Giovanni Guarino in Artificial Intelligence
The current main approaches to the path finding issue are good for simple and classic games, but not for innovative ones, and often cause performance and human simulation issues. A new approach that starts from the findings of the evolution psychology could help making AI models for innovative games

Tagged With:  path finding  ai  artificial intelligence  navigation meshes  navigation grid  mental navigation  intelligent agent  dynamic avoidance  biological path finding  psychology 
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Haskell Game Object Design - Or How Functions Can Get You Apples

Jul 02 2014 05:52 AM | Posted By Marc Sunet in Game Programming
This tutorial shows how to model game objects in Haskell using closures to dodge the everyday use of subtyping and dynamic dispatch in object-oriented languages.

Tagged With:  haskell  game object  design  subtyping 
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The 4Ps of Marketing

Jul 02 2014 05:52 AM | Posted By Joseph Lieberman in Business and Law
Covers the bases on marketing strategy: Product, Price, Placement, Promotion

Tagged With:  marketing  product  price  place  promotion 
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RPG Character Design: Technical Blueprints 101

Jul 02 2014 05:49 AM | Posted By Ivan Spasov in Game Programming
In this article we will take a look at how you can design and develop from a technical standpoint your character classes for an RPG game.

Tagged With:  technical  design  blueprints  rpg  character 
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Modern Garbage Collectors under the Hood

Jul 02 2014 05:36 AM | Posted By Bluefirehawk in General Programming
More and more Applications are written in a language that manages its memory with a Garbage Collector, since that is what the cool kids are doing now. But weirdly, even experienced programmers seem to have a distorted image of the good and bad sides of the Garbage Collector. In this Article, I try to show how modern Garbage Collector work and discuss some common misconceptions.

Tagged With:  garbage collection  memory management  tutorial  c++ 
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Dynamic Narrative in The Hit UNDER REVIEW

Jun 25 2014 04:18 PM | Posted By Dan Stubbs in Game Design
I'm currently working on a player-driven dynamic narrative system. This is the blog post I wrote in response to Ken Levine's 'Narrative Lego' GDC talk, which was originally published on Gamasutra.com. Since then I've filled in some of the gaps, and I'm planning a follow-up article, but for now I'm working full-time on developing The Hit.

Tagged With:  narrative  story  design  writing 
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Flexible particle system - The Container

Jun 23 2014 11:49 PM | Posted By Bartlomiej Filipek in Graphics Programming and Theory
One of the most crucial part of a particle system is the container for all particles. It has to hold all the data that describe particles, it should be easy to extend and fast enough. In this post I will write about choices, problems and possible solutions for such a container.

Tagged With:  cpp  particles  animation  optimization  simd 
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4-Layers, A Narrative Design Approach

Jun 21 2014 01:51 AM | Posted By Thomas Grip in Game Design
A new "4-layers" approach to narrative design in games, based on a talk Thomas gave at GDC 2014.

Tagged With:  narrative  design  story 
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The Latest Evolution in Microtransactions

Jun 21 2014 01:03 AM | Posted By Kevin Harwood in Business and Law
This seems to be a huge change in the microtransaction world and no one is talking about it

Tagged With:  microtransactions  mtx 
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Introduction to Unity Test Tools

Jun 20 2014 03:09 PM | Posted By Lior Tal in APIs and Tools
This article introduces Unity Test Tools - an official solution for creating and executing automated tests for Unity projects without leaving the comforts of the editor.

Tagged With:  unity  testing  unit-testing  automated-tests  test  qa  automatics-tests  automated-testing 
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Pathfinding and Local Avoidance for RPG/RTS Games using Unity

Jun 19 2014 04:08 AM | Posted By Nikolay Dyankov in Game Programming
If you are making an RPG or RTS game, chances are that you will need to use some kind of pathfinding and/or local avoidance solution for the behaviour of the mobs. This article gives you a detailed guide how to build a solid pathfinding solution in Unity Free.

Tagged With:  unity3d  ui  navigation  rpg  rts  local avoidance  navmesh  pathfinding 
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Getting into Games through Education: Preparing for Interview UNDER REVIEW

Jun 16 2014 02:19 PM | Posted By Liyaan Hasan (stitchs) in Breaking Into the Industry
University interviews. They're scary... but this article aims to provide you with the tools you need to prepare, to get onto that Games Degree Course!

Tagged With:  art  design  programming  education  science  coding  university 
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Ensuring Fluent Gameplay in MusiGuess - Forward-Caching JSON/JSONP with Nginx

Jun 13 2014 08:22 AM | Posted By Carsten Germer in Multiplayer and Network Programming
Querying a third-party API one of our games gets data from was sometimes getting slow. The solution: Forward-caching the JSON objects with NGINX on our dedicated game-server

Tagged With:  forward proxy  forward cache  nginx  musiguess  json  jsonp  caching  proxy  cache  web accelerator 
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From Game Prototype to Release in 2 Months UNDER REVIEW

Jun 10 2014 11:18 AM | Posted By Dmytro Hreshko in Production and Management
A look at the development of a mobile hidden object game based on research of existing games' shortfalls

Tagged With:  hidden object game  postmortem  ios  mobile  android  windows  unity3d  advertising 
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Pitching Your Game to Asian Publishers UNDER REVIEW

Jun 09 2014 10:45 PM | Posted By Michel Mony in Production and Management
This article aims to support indie businesses that are interested in publishing their successful games in Asia.

Tagged With:  asia  publishing  pitching  f2p  localization 
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Advertising Through YouTubers

Jun 09 2014 03:24 PM | Posted By Kevin Harwood in Business and Law
Advertising through YouTubers is a really solid marketing strategy, but requires some basic strategy forethought.

Tagged With:  advertising  marketing  youtubers  social media 
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