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Blender 2.80 released with a new UI interface, Eevee real-time renderer, grease pencil, and more

After about three long years of development, the most awaited Blender version, Blender 2.80 finally shipped yesterday. This release comes with a redesigned UI interface, workspaces, templates, Eevee real-time renderer, grease pencil, and much more. The user interface is revamped with a focus on usability and accessibility Blender’s user interface is revamped with a better […] The post Blender 2.80 released with a new UI interface, Eevee real-time renderer, grease pencil, and more appeared first on Packt Hub.
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Google announces early access of ‘Game Builder’, a platform for building 3D games with zero coding

Last week, a team within Area 120, Google’s workshop for experimental products, introduced an experimental prototype of Game Builder. It is a “game building sandbox” that enables you to build and play 3D games in just a few minutes. It is currently in early access and is available on Steam. For the past 6 months […] The post Google announces early access of ‘Game Builder’, a platform for building 3D games with zero coding appeared first on Packt Hub.
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Obstacle Tower Environment 2.0: Unity announces Round 2 of its ‘Obstacle Tower Challenge’ to test AI game players

At the end of January, Unity announced the ‘Obstacle Tower Challenge’ to test AI game players. The Obstacle Tower Challenge examines how AI software performs in computer vision, locomotion skills, and high-level planning. The challenge began on 11th February and will run through 24th May. Round 1 ran from 11th Feb till 31st March and […] The post Obstacle Tower Environment 2.0: Unity announces Round 2 of its ‘Obstacle Tower Challenge’ to test AI game players appeared first on Packt Hub.
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Riot games is struggling with sexism and lack of diversity; employees plan to walkout in protest

Riot games employees are planning to walkout in protest of the company’s sexist culture and lack of diversity. Riot has been in the spotlight since Kotaku published a detailed report highlighting how five current and former Riot employees filed lawsuits against the company citing the sexist culture that fosters in Riot. Out of the five […] The post Riot games is struggling with sexism and lack of diversity; employees plan to walkout in protest appeared first on Packt Hub.
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GLFW version 3.3 releases with Vulkan macOS support via MoltenVK, better HiDPI & Scaling

GLFW is traditionally the OpenGL library that offers a basic API for the creation of windows/contexts/surfaces across software platforms. GLFW version 3.3 is now available with exciting feature enhancements to it. GLFW works for both desktop and mobile, various devices, and works across all major operating systems while being under the liberal Zlib license. Notable […] The post GLFW version 3.3 releases with Vulkan macOS support via MoltenVK, better HiDPI & Scaling appeared first on Packt Hub.
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Epic releases Unreal Engine 4.22, focuses on adding “photorealism in real-time environments”

Epic games released a new version of it’s flagship game engine, Unreal Engine 4.22. This release comes with a total of 174 improvements, focused on “pushing the boundaries of photorealism in real-time environments”. It also comes with improved build times, up to 3x faster, and new features such as real-time ray tracing. Unreal Engine 4.22 […] The post Epic releases Unreal Engine 4.22, focuses on adding “photorealism in real-time environments” appeared first on Packt Hub.
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Epic Games announces: Epic MegaGrants, RTX-powered Ray tracing demo, and free online services for game developers

Epic Games, an American video game and software development company, made a series of announcements, earlier this week. These include: Epic Game’s CEO, Tim Sweeney to offer $100 million in grants to game developers Stunning RTX-powered Ray-Tracing Demo named Troll Epic’s free Online Services launch for game developers Epic MegaGrants: $100 million funds to Game […] The post Epic Games announces: Epic MegaGrants, RTX-powered Ray tracing demo, and free online services for game developers appeared first on Packt Hub.
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Google announces Stadia, a cloud-based game streaming service, at GDC 2019

Yesterday, at the ongoing Game Developers Conference (GDC), Google marked its entry in the game industry with Stadia, its new cloud-based platform for streaming games. It will be launching later this year in select countries including the U.S., Canada, U.K., and Europe. Thanks for all the kind words 🎮💖 See first impressions from our #GDC […] The post Google announces Stadia, a cloud-based game streaming service, at GDC 2019 appeared first on Packt Hub.
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Researcher shares a Wolfenstein real-time ray tracing demo in WebGL1

Last week, Reinder Nijhoff, a computer vision researcher, created a project that does real-time ray tracing in WebGL1 using Nvidia’s RTX graphics card. This demo was inspired by Metro’s real-time global illumination. Inspired by Metro's real-time GI, I took a shot at real-time ray tracing in #WebGL. The demo features diffuse GI, reflections and runs […] The post Researcher shares a Wolfenstein real-time ray tracing demo in WebGL1 appeared first on Packt Hub.
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Godot 3.1 released with improved C# support, OpenGL ES 2.0 renderer and much more!

On 13 March, Wednesday, the Godot developers announced the release of a new version of the open source 2D and 3D cross-platform compatible game engine, Godot 3.1. This new version includes the much-requested improvements to the major release, Godot 3.0. Improved features in the Godot 3.1 OpenGL ES 2.0 renderer Rendering is done entirely on […] The post Godot 3.1 released with improved C# support, OpenGL ES 2.0 renderer and much more! appeared first on Packt Hub.
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Microsoft announces Game stack with Xbox Live integration to Android and iOS

Microsoft has good news for all the game developers out there. It launched a new initiative, called Microsoft Game Stack yesterday, which includes an amalgamation of different Microsoft tools and services into a single robust ecosystem to ‘empower game developers’. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a rookie indie developer or an AAA studio, this developer-focused […] The post Microsoft announces Game stack with Xbox Live integration to Android and iOS appeared first on Packt Hub.
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OpenAI introduces Neural MMO, a multiagent game environment for reinforcement learning agents

On Monday, the team at OpenAI launched at Neural MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online Games), a multiagent game environment for reinforcement learning agents. It will be used for training AI in complex, open-world environments. This platform supports a large number of agents within a persistent and open-ended task. The need for Neural MMO Since the past […] The post OpenAI introduces Neural MMO, a multiagent game environment for reinforcement learning agents appeared first on Packt Hub.
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US Labor organization, AFL-CIO writes an open letter to game developers, urging them to unionize for fair treatment at work

The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), the largest labour organization in the United States, published an open letter on Kotaku, a video game website and blog, last week. The letter urges the video game industry workers to unionize and voice their support for better treatment within the workplace. The letter […] The post US Labor organization, AFL-CIO writes an open letter to game developers, urging them to unionize for fair treatment at work appeared first on Packt Hub.
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Unreal Engine 4.22 update: support added for Microsoft’s DirectX Raytracing (DXR)

On 12th February, Epic Games released a preview build of Unreal Engine 4.22, and a major upgrade among numerous other features and fixes is the support for real-time ray tracing and path tracing. The new build will extend its preliminary support for Microsoft’s DirectX Ray-tracing (DXR) extensions to the DirectX 12 API. Developers can now […] The post Unreal Engine 4.22 update: support added for Microsoft’s DirectX Raytracing (DXR) appeared first on Packt Hub.
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Game publisher, Activision-Blizzard to begin massive layoffs, 800 employees to be dismissed

Game publisher Activision-Blizzard announced that it will lay off 8% of its staff of 9,600 employees. This announcement was made during the company’s fourth-quarter earnings call on Tuesday. A total of nearly 800 employees, that will be laid off will mostly belong to non-game development and administrative areas of the company. CEO of Activision-Blizzard Bobby […] The post Game publisher, Activision-Blizzard to begin massive layoffs, 800 employees to be dismissed appeared first on Packt Hub.
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Microsoft is planning to bring Xbox Live gaming to Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch, and more

Microsoft is reportedly planning to bring Xbox Live cross-platform gaming features to PC, Xbox, iOS, Android, and Nintendo Switch. This news was first reported by Windows Central via a GDC 2019 schedule on Xbox Live. “Xbox Live is expanding from 400 million gaming devices and a reach to over 68 million active players to over […] The post Microsoft is planning to bring Xbox Live gaming to Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch, and more appeared first on Packt Hub.
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Unity has launched the ‘Obstacle Tower Challenge’ to test AI game players

Unity has announced a video game challenge, the Obstacle tower challenge which will test the vision, control, planning, and generalization capabilities of AI software. The Obstacle Tower Challenge will use a game-like environment of platform-style gameplay with puzzles and planning problems inside a tower setting maneuvering almost 100 floors. The challenge will examine how an […] The post Unity has launched the ‘Obstacle Tower Challenge’ to test AI game players appeared first on Packt Hub.
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Introducing SCRIPT-8, an 8-bit JavaScript-based fantasy computer to make retro-looking games

Adding to the list of several fantasy consoles/computers is the newly-introduced SCRIPT-8, written by Gabriel Florit, a graphics reporter at the Washington Post who also likes working with augmented reality. Introducing SCRIPT-8, a JavaScript fantasy console. Make pixel-art games with a livecoding browser editor. Featuring 128x128px resolution! 8 colors! (nyx8 palette by @Xavier_Gd) https://t.co/vX4vjmZ8b1 pic.twitter.com/fDdxWDLztx […] The post Introducing SCRIPT-8, an 8-bit JavaScript-based fantasy computer to make retro-looking games appeared first on Packt Hub.
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Google DeepMind’s AI AlphaStar beats StarCraft II pros TLO and MaNa; wins 10-1 against the gamers

It was two days back when the Blizzard team announced an update about the demo of the progress made by Google’s DeepMind AI at StarCraft II, a real-time strategy video game. The demo was presented yesterday over a live stream where it showed, AlphaStar, DeepMind’s StarCraft II AI program, beating the top two professional StarCraft […] The post Google DeepMind’s AI AlphaStar beats StarCraft II pros TLO and MaNa; wins 10-1 against the gamers appeared first on Packt Hub.
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Per the new GDC 2019 report, nearly 50% of game developers think game industry workers should unionize

The 2019 Game Developers Conference published the results of their seventh annual state of the industry survey two days ago. The report added two new questions this time, should the games industry unionize? and will the games industry unionize?. Almost 4000 developers participated in the survey and nearly 50% of them believed that game industry […] The post Per the new GDC 2019 report, nearly 50% of game developers think game industry workers should unionize appeared first on Packt Hub.
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Adobe Acquires Allegorithmic, a popular 3D editing and authoring company

Yesterday, Adobe announced that it has acquired Allegorithmic. Allegorithmic is the creator of Substance, and other 3D editing and authoring tools for gaming, entertainment, and post-production. Allegorithmic’s customer base is diverse ranging across gaming, film and television, e-commerce, retail, automotive, architecture, design and advertising industries. Popular Algorithmic users include Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, Ikea, BMW, Louis […] The post Adobe Acquires Allegorithmic, a popular 3D editing and authoring company appeared first on Packt Hub.
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Unity updates its TOS, developers can now use any third party service that integrate into Unity

Last week, a lot of drama had been going between Improbable and Unity, when Unity updated their TOS Clause 2.4 to restrict developers who planned to use Unity in any kind of distributed network capacity. Yesterday, in a blog post Unity improved on their  End User License Agreement to make it more open for developers. […] The post Unity updates its TOS, developers can now use any third party service that integrate into Unity appeared first on Packt Hub.
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Valve plans to bring new events system and store discoverability feature to Steam this year

Valve, a US-based video game development company, shared a sneak-peek of eight new features and changes that it’s planning to work on in 2019, earlier this week. Let’s have a look at some of these new features that Valve is working on shipping this year. Store discoverability One of the things that Valve is focussing […] The post Valve plans to bring new events system and store discoverability feature to Steam this year appeared first on Packt Hub.
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CES 2019: Top announcements made so far

CES 2019, the annual consumer electronics show in Las Vegas will go from Tuesday, Jan. 8 through Friday, Jan. 11. However, the conference has unofficially kicked off on Sunday, January 6, followed by press conferences on Monday, Jan. 7. Over the span of these two days, a lot of companies showcased their latest projects and […] The post CES 2019: Top announcements made so far appeared first on Packt Hub.
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Unity has won the Technology and Engineering Emmy Award for excellence in engineering creativity

Yesterday, Unity Technologies won its first Technology and Engineering Emmy Award for excellence in engineering creativity. Unity has won this award for their collaboration with Disney Television Animation on the broadcast-quality shorts Baymax Dreams. The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), a service organization for advancement in arts and sciences of television, have […] The post Unity has won the Technology and Engineering Emmy Award for excellence in engineering creativity appeared first on Packt Hub.
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