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  1. During the 13th annual IndieCade international festival of independent games, top honors were awarded to more than a dozen standout titles from this year's North American event. Hosted by games actor and voiceover artist Sarah Elmaleh and indie games developer Asher Vollmer, the IndieCade awards ceremony took place on the evening of Friday, October 11th at the festival. Among this year's winners recognized for excellence and innovation were Grand Jury Award Winner Dicey Dungeons, as well as a selection of spotlight awards for design, performance, narrative and adaptation; developer and audience choice awards; and honors celebrating overall achievement in independent game development. IndieCade 2019 Festival winners include: The Grand Jury Award: Dicey Dungeons, Terry Cavanagh, Chipzel & Marlowe Dobbe Top honors at IndieCade 2019 were awarded to Dicey Dungeons, a deckbuilding RPG where players fight monsters, find loot and level up, balancing carefully planned strategies against the chance of dice rolling. The Jury Prix Award: Grace Bruxner Presents: The Haunted Island, a Frog Detective Game, Grace Bruxner, Thomas Bowker & Dan Golding Grace Bruxner Presents: The Haunted Island, a Frog Detective Game was honored with the annual Jury Prix Award for titles that stand above the rest through demonstrating excellence in craftsmanship, innovation and design. In this adventure, a renowned frog investigator finds clues and questions suspects to track down a mysterious ghost. The Innovation in Interaction Design Award: HOT SWAP: All Hands On Deck, Peter Gyory & Clement Zheng This year's Innovation in Interaction Design Award was presented to HOT SWAP: All Hands On Deck, a two player cooperative arcade survival game were players must swap out and trade inputs on their controllers survive the onslaught of approaching enemy ships. The Innovation in Interactive Design Award celebrates specialized craftsmanship and innovations to engage audiences with games on a new level. The Innovation in Experience Design Award: Moncage, Dong Zhou Yijia Chen Honoring craft or design of games that provide a unique, curated experience, Moncage received this year's Innovation in Experience Design Award. In this visual puzzle game, players must rotate a mysterious cube, with each face of the cube displaying a different scene with clues to unravel the secrets of the inner world. The Performance Award: The Occupation, White Paper Games The Performance Award honors a game with a unique or particularly sublime performance: voice, motion capture, video, live and more. This year's winner, The Occupation, is a first-person, fixed-time, investigative thriller set in northwest England on October 24, 1987. Players become a journalist in a detailed, systems-driven world where every action counts and time is the biggest enemy. The Narrative Design Award: Neo Cab, Chance Agency / Fellow Traveller Neo Cab is an emotional survival game and this year's winner of the Narrative Design Award. Players become the last human driver-for-hire, tasked with choosing passengers and navigating the city grid while balancing emotional wellbeing and star rating. Hold on to humanity in a world overcome by automation, and discover the secrets of the city from the front seat of your cab. The Adaptation Award: When the Rivers Were Trails, Elizabeth LaPensee & the Indian Land Tenure Foundation When the Rivers Were Trails was honored with the Adaptation Award for games that examine and interpret using the logic of play and the power of interaction. The educational 2D adventure game follows an Anishinaabeg in the 1890's who is displaced from Fond du Lac in Minnesota to California due to the impact of allotment acts on Indigenous communities. The Location Based and Live Play Award: Ama’s Momento, Awu C., Maryyann L. & Kevin K. Celebrating games that explore new forms and play and interactive experiences, this year's Location Based and Live Play Award was given to Ama's Momento, a multimedia installation that uses virtual reality for immersive storytelling. Players journey to Taiwan to meet Ama ('Grandmother' in Taiwanese) to learn her personal stories and reconnect with the past. The Tabletop Award: Inhuman Conditions, Tommy Maranges, Cory O'Brien, & Mackenzie Schubert This year's Tabletop Award winner is Inhuman Conditions is a five minute, two-player interrogation game inspired by the Turing Test and "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep." Through five-minutes of intense, targeted questioning, an Investigator attempts to determine whether the Suspect they're talking to is a human - as they claim - or a robot in hiding. The Procedural Design Award: Blabyrinth, Sleeping Beast Games Blabyrinth is a procedurally-generated cooperative escape room for mobile devices and this year's winner of the Procedural Design Award, which honors titles that leverage randomness and algorithmic content to create unique and innovative interactions. In Blabyrinth, players are thrown into a mysterious labyrinth with each level randomly generated, so layout, scenery, puzzles and clues are always different. The Cooperative Design Award: Tick Tock: A Tale for Two, Other Tales Interactive Celebrating games that innovate how we play together, Tick Tock: A Tale for Two was honored with this year's Cooperative Design Award. In this narrative adventure, communication skills are put to the test as players must escape a magical clock world filled with secrets and puzzles. The IndieCade Choice Award: Kroma, Carol Mertz, Kai Karhu, Francesca Carletto-Leon & Temitope Olujobi The IndieCade Choice Award, voted on by attendees and media, was bestowed upon Kroma, a stylish strategy game in which 2-3 players capture territory by blending colors on top of a custom-made backlit lightboard, resulting in a unique composition of hues and shapes. By layering transparent plastic pieces of cyan, yellow, and magenta, players create a colorful collaborative art piece through competitive play. The Developers Choice Award: Patrick's Parabox, Patrick Traynor The IndieCade Developers Choice Award is voted on by nominated IndieCade Festival developers. This year's winner, Patrick's Parabox, is a puzzle game about playing with recursion and infinities by pushing boxes into and out of each other. Each box contains its own 2-dimensional space that other boxes can enter and exit, creating ever deeper layers of boxes-within-boxes. This unique system gives rise to mind-bending puzzles which require a whole new way of thinking. The Night Games Award: Nightmare Temptation Academy, Lena NW & Costcodreamgurl This year's Night Games Award went to Nightmare Temptation Academy, a dating-simulation, choose your own adventure, roleplaying game and rap musical. Set in high school in an alternate universe at the end of the world, the game is filled with visual tropes from anime, videogames and early 2000's digital culture to evoke nostalgia and allegorize the uniquely Millennial adolescent experience caused by first-generation internet addiction and media oversaturation. Additional information on the awards, with full details on all titles showcased is available on the IndieCade website: https://www.indiecade.com/awards/ View full story
  2. During the 13th annual IndieCade international festival of independent games, top honors were awarded to more than a dozen standout titles from this year's North American event. Hosted by games actor and voiceover artist Sarah Elmaleh and indie games developer Asher Vollmer, the IndieCade awards ceremony took place on the evening of Friday, October 11th at the festival. Among this year's winners recognized for excellence and innovation were Grand Jury Award Winner Dicey Dungeons, as well as a selection of spotlight awards for design, performance, narrative and adaptation; developer and audience choice awards; and honors celebrating overall achievement in independent game development. IndieCade 2019 Festival winners include: The Grand Jury Award: Dicey Dungeons, Terry Cavanagh, Chipzel & Marlowe Dobbe Top honors at IndieCade 2019 were awarded to Dicey Dungeons, a deckbuilding RPG where players fight monsters, find loot and level up, balancing carefully planned strategies against the chance of dice rolling. The Jury Prix Award: Grace Bruxner Presents: The Haunted Island, a Frog Detective Game, Grace Bruxner, Thomas Bowker & Dan Golding Grace Bruxner Presents: The Haunted Island, a Frog Detective Game was honored with the annual Jury Prix Award for titles that stand above the rest through demonstrating excellence in craftsmanship, innovation and design. In this adventure, a renowned frog investigator finds clues and questions suspects to track down a mysterious ghost. The Innovation in Interaction Design Award: HOT SWAP: All Hands On Deck, Peter Gyory & Clement Zheng This year's Innovation in Interaction Design Award was presented to HOT SWAP: All Hands On Deck, a two player cooperative arcade survival game were players must swap out and trade inputs on their controllers survive the onslaught of approaching enemy ships. The Innovation in Interactive Design Award celebrates specialized craftsmanship and innovations to engage audiences with games on a new level. The Innovation in Experience Design Award: Moncage, Dong Zhou Yijia Chen Honoring craft or design of games that provide a unique, curated experience, Moncage received this year's Innovation in Experience Design Award. In this visual puzzle game, players must rotate a mysterious cube, with each face of the cube displaying a different scene with clues to unravel the secrets of the inner world. The Performance Award: The Occupation, White Paper Games The Performance Award honors a game with a unique or particularly sublime performance: voice, motion capture, video, live and more. This year's winner, The Occupation, is a first-person, fixed-time, investigative thriller set in northwest England on October 24, 1987. Players become a journalist in a detailed, systems-driven world where every action counts and time is the biggest enemy. The Narrative Design Award: Neo Cab, Chance Agency / Fellow Traveller Neo Cab is an emotional survival game and this year's winner of the Narrative Design Award. Players become the last human driver-for-hire, tasked with choosing passengers and navigating the city grid while balancing emotional wellbeing and star rating. Hold on to humanity in a world overcome by automation, and discover the secrets of the city from the front seat of your cab. The Adaptation Award: When the Rivers Were Trails, Elizabeth LaPensee & the Indian Land Tenure Foundation When the Rivers Were Trails was honored with the Adaptation Award for games that examine and interpret using the logic of play and the power of interaction. The educational 2D adventure game follows an Anishinaabeg in the 1890's who is displaced from Fond du Lac in Minnesota to California due to the impact of allotment acts on Indigenous communities. The Location Based and Live Play Award: Ama’s Momento, Awu C., Maryyann L. & Kevin K. Celebrating games that explore new forms and play and interactive experiences, this year's Location Based and Live Play Award was given to Ama's Momento, a multimedia installation that uses virtual reality for immersive storytelling. Players journey to Taiwan to meet Ama ('Grandmother' in Taiwanese) to learn her personal stories and reconnect with the past. The Tabletop Award: Inhuman Conditions, Tommy Maranges, Cory O'Brien, & Mackenzie Schubert This year's Tabletop Award winner is Inhuman Conditions is a five minute, two-player interrogation game inspired by the Turing Test and "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep." Through five-minutes of intense, targeted questioning, an Investigator attempts to determine whether the Suspect they're talking to is a human - as they claim - or a robot in hiding. The Procedural Design Award: Blabyrinth, Sleeping Beast Games Blabyrinth is a procedurally-generated cooperative escape room for mobile devices and this year's winner of the Procedural Design Award, which honors titles that leverage randomness and algorithmic content to create unique and innovative interactions. In Blabyrinth, players are thrown into a mysterious labyrinth with each level randomly generated, so layout, scenery, puzzles and clues are always different. The Cooperative Design Award: Tick Tock: A Tale for Two, Other Tales Interactive Celebrating games that innovate how we play together, Tick Tock: A Tale for Two was honored with this year's Cooperative Design Award. In this narrative adventure, communication skills are put to the test as players must escape a magical clock world filled with secrets and puzzles. The IndieCade Choice Award: Kroma, Carol Mertz, Kai Karhu, Francesca Carletto-Leon & Temitope Olujobi The IndieCade Choice Award, voted on by attendees and media, was bestowed upon Kroma, a stylish strategy game in which 2-3 players capture territory by blending colors on top of a custom-made backlit lightboard, resulting in a unique composition of hues and shapes. By layering transparent plastic pieces of cyan, yellow, and magenta, players create a colorful collaborative art piece through competitive play. The Developers Choice Award: Patrick's Parabox, Patrick Traynor The IndieCade Developers Choice Award is voted on by nominated IndieCade Festival developers. This year's winner, Patrick's Parabox, is a puzzle game about playing with recursion and infinities by pushing boxes into and out of each other. Each box contains its own 2-dimensional space that other boxes can enter and exit, creating ever deeper layers of boxes-within-boxes. This unique system gives rise to mind-bending puzzles which require a whole new way of thinking. The Night Games Award: Nightmare Temptation Academy, Lena NW & Costcodreamgurl This year's Night Games Award went to Nightmare Temptation Academy, a dating-simulation, choose your own adventure, roleplaying game and rap musical. Set in high school in an alternate universe at the end of the world, the game is filled with visual tropes from anime, videogames and early 2000's digital culture to evoke nostalgia and allegorize the uniquely Millennial adolescent experience caused by first-generation internet addiction and media oversaturation. Additional information on the awards, with full details on all titles showcased is available on the IndieCade website: https://www.indiecade.com/awards/
  3. InnovateHer is teaming up with Sony’s PlayStation brand to expand its eight week tech programme for teenage girls to more locations across the country. The Digital Bootcamp programme aims to give girls aged between 12-16 key tech and interpersonal skills whilst encouraging them to consider STEM subjects and careers in tech. Currently, girls make up only 20% of computer science entries at GCSE, and just 10% at A-level, with nine times more boys than girls gaining an A level in Computer Science this year. InnovateHer, whose mission is “to get girls ready for the tech industry, and the industry ready for girls”, recently pledged to tackle these figures by committing to work with schools to reach over 1,000 girls by 2020. PlayStation previously worked with InnovateHer’s sister brand Liverpool Girl Geeks to deliver a similar educational programme in Liverpool in 2016. The programme saw 20 girls take part in technology themed workshops across 6 weeks, and included an invitation to PlayStation’s Wavertree offices to meet technical staff and learn more about how games are developed and tested. Now, InnovateHer is working with PlayStation again to develop a scalable 8-week Digital Bootcamp programme in order to reach more girls in new locations across the UK. The after school programme will teach girls technical skills, build confidence, and highlight local opportunities within the tech and digital industries. Working with PlayStation has allowed InnovateHer to extend the programme further afield, including Guildford and London. Programmes will start in selected schools during January 2020, and graduates of the programme will have a chance to showcase their work at next year’s Develop conference in Brighton. Chelsea Slater, Co-founder of InnovateHer says, “We’re proud to be working with PlayStation again on our tech programme for girls. The issues we see around the gender pay gap and low numbers of women in the tech community are the culmination of the seeds that get sown early in young women’s academic careers. Our mission is to get girls ready for the tech industry, and to get the industry ready for girls, and a huge part of this is challenging the misconception that girls “can’t do” STEM subjects like Computer Science, equally that the STEM industry doesn’t cater for women. That’s why it’s important for us that our programme reaches girls not just locally, but nationally, too, and that it aims to show young women just what opportunities are open to them. Thanks to PlayStation’s support and recognition, we are able to do just that.” If schools in the three areas wish to have the InnovateHer programme, then an expression of interest form can be found at; http://bit.ly/iher2020 To find out more about InnovateHer, or to enquire about partnerships, visit: www.innovateher.co.uk If your school is based in London, Liverpool or Guildford and wishes to take part in the InnovateHer programme, then an expression of interest form can be found here: http://bit.ly/iher2020 To find out more about InnovateHer, or to enquire about partnerships, visit: www.innovateher.co.uk
  4. InnovateHer is teaming up with Sony’s PlayStation brand to expand its eight week tech programme for teenage girls to more locations across the country. The Digital Bootcamp programme aims to give girls aged between 12-16 key tech and interpersonal skills whilst encouraging them to consider STEM subjects and careers in tech. Currently, girls make up only 20% of computer science entries at GCSE, and just 10% at A-level, with nine times more boys than girls gaining an A level in Computer Science this year. InnovateHer, whose mission is “to get girls ready for the tech industry, and the industry ready for girls”, recently pledged to tackle these figures by committing to work with schools to reach over 1,000 girls by 2020. PlayStation previously worked with InnovateHer’s sister brand Liverpool Girl Geeks to deliver a similar educational programme in Liverpool in 2016. The programme saw 20 girls take part in technology themed workshops across 6 weeks, and included an invitation to PlayStation’s Wavertree offices to meet technical staff and learn more about how games are developed and tested. Now, InnovateHer is working with PlayStation again to develop a scalable 8-week Digital Bootcamp programme in order to reach more girls in new locations across the UK. The after school programme will teach girls technical skills, build confidence, and highlight local opportunities within the tech and digital industries. Working with PlayStation has allowed InnovateHer to extend the programme further afield, including Guildford and London. Programmes will start in selected schools during January 2020, and graduates of the programme will have a chance to showcase their work at next year’s Develop conference in Brighton. Chelsea Slater, Co-founder of InnovateHer says, “We’re proud to be working with PlayStation again on our tech programme for girls. The issues we see around the gender pay gap and low numbers of women in the tech community are the culmination of the seeds that get sown early in young women’s academic careers. Our mission is to get girls ready for the tech industry, and to get the industry ready for girls, and a huge part of this is challenging the misconception that girls “can’t do” STEM subjects like Computer Science, equally that the STEM industry doesn’t cater for women. That’s why it’s important for us that our programme reaches girls not just locally, but nationally, too, and that it aims to show young women just what opportunities are open to them. Thanks to PlayStation’s support and recognition, we are able to do just that.” If schools in the three areas wish to have the InnovateHer programme, then an expression of interest form can be found at; http://bit.ly/iher2020 To find out more about InnovateHer, or to enquire about partnerships, visit: www.innovateher.co.uk If your school is based in London, Liverpool or Guildford and wishes to take part in the InnovateHer programme, then an expression of interest form can be found here: http://bit.ly/iher2020 To find out more about InnovateHer, or to enquire about partnerships, visit: www.innovateher.co.uk View full story
  5. Cubic Motion is proud to announce a major hardware update to Persona – the technology behind the world's first high-fidelity digital humans across video games, films, broadcast media, and immersive technologies. Known for bringing to life characters such as Siren, Meet Mike and most recently Akali, Persona continually captures and translates an actor's performance onto a computer-generated counterpart. This enables immediate animation in real-time engines such as Epic’s Unreal 4. Persona’s core technology also drives facial animation for the iconic game characters seen in Marvel’s Spiderman, God of War, Anthem and other AAA titles. Steve Caulkin, CTO at Cubic Motion, comments: “Persona continually evolves to deliver the world’s best capture and live animation solution. This new release, which makes the hardware even more actor-friendly, is especially significant for immediate broadcast and live events.” New features and functionality Many of the improvements to Persona are based on customer feedback, gathered since its initial release in April 2019. Persona’s latest update focuses on performer flexibility and ease-of-use. Most significantly, the helmet-mounted camera system (HMC) and on-body animation system are now 70% smaller – going from 2.3kg to 1.25kg. Additional features include: Quick-release on body mounting system for rapid setup and ease of use Smart battery device with 1.5 hours run time on a single battery, or infinite lifetime with hot-swap capability Physical record button for quick, manual capture in emergency situations LED indicators that allow everyone on set to monitor whether the system is idle, recording or streaming to UE4 Basic audio recording capability to aid animation quality and allow for quick turn around on set Persona’s update will be available from 1st October 2019, paving the way for a new era in digital performance and virtual production. An era where characters, actors and audiences all co-exist and interact. View full story
  6. Cubic Motion is proud to announce a major hardware update to Persona – the technology behind the world's first high-fidelity digital humans across video games, films, broadcast media, and immersive technologies. Known for bringing to life characters such as Siren, Meet Mike and most recently Akali, Persona continually captures and translates an actor's performance onto a computer-generated counterpart. This enables immediate animation in real-time engines such as Epic’s Unreal 4. Persona’s core technology also drives facial animation for the iconic game characters seen in Marvel’s Spiderman, God of War, Anthem and other AAA titles. Steve Caulkin, CTO at Cubic Motion, comments: “Persona continually evolves to deliver the world’s best capture and live animation solution. This new release, which makes the hardware even more actor-friendly, is especially significant for immediate broadcast and live events.” New features and functionality Many of the improvements to Persona are based on customer feedback, gathered since its initial release in April 2019. Persona’s latest update focuses on performer flexibility and ease-of-use. Most significantly, the helmet-mounted camera system (HMC) and on-body animation system are now 70% smaller – going from 2.3kg to 1.25kg. Additional features include: Quick-release on body mounting system for rapid setup and ease of use Smart battery device with 1.5 hours run time on a single battery, or infinite lifetime with hot-swap capability Physical record button for quick, manual capture in emergency situations LED indicators that allow everyone on set to monitor whether the system is idle, recording or streaming to UE4 Basic audio recording capability to aid animation quality and allow for quick turn around on set Persona’s update will be available from 1st October 2019, paving the way for a new era in digital performance and virtual production. An era where characters, actors and audiences all co-exist and interact.
  7. Expanding its offerings for the global videogame industry, ALIBI Music Library (“ALIBI”) has launched a new label for game developers. ALIBI Orange features an initial 16 albums across numerous genres (Action, Adventure Fantasy, Casual, Horror, Sci Fi and Kids), with all tracks formatted especially for game play. The ALIBI Orange label – now available in both the Unity Technologies’ Asset Store and Unreal’s UE4 Marketplace – brings developers music with the same professional quality that has made ALIBI a leading partner to the film and television industry, but with a looping structure catering to the nuances of the gaming experience. “Getting the chance to work with and really listen to game developers over the years, we created this label with their unique interests in mind,” said Kent Carter, ALIBI’s Vice President, Strategic Initiatives. “We’re proud to be able to share these albums, which are first-of-their-kind offerings for this industry, with Unity and Unreal developers.” Included with each expertly crafted loop are instrument stems, musically-related stingers, multiple endings and beat-mapped transitions that give game developers maximum flexibility and make implementation easy. At a price point of $39.99 per album, the ALIBI Orange label offers Unity and Unreal developers non-exclusive, royalty-free license to use the music and associated assets for any video game or VR/AR project worldwide and in perpetuity. This pricing reflects ALIBI’s commitment to music creators, with 50 percent of all sales going back to the composers. Unity is the creator of the world’s leading real-time 3D development platform, giving users the most powerful and accessible tools to create, operate, and monetize experiences for the real-time world. Epic Games' Unreal Engine technology brings high-quality games to PC, console, mobile, AR and VR platforms. Creators also use Unreal for photorealistic visualization, interactive product design, film, virtual production, mixed reality TV broadcast and animated entertainment.
  8. Expanding its offerings for the global videogame industry, ALIBI Music Library (“ALIBI”) has launched a new label for game developers. ALIBI Orange features an initial 16 albums across numerous genres (Action, Adventure Fantasy, Casual, Horror, Sci Fi and Kids), with all tracks formatted especially for game play. The ALIBI Orange label – now available in both the Unity Technologies’ Asset Store and Unreal’s UE4 Marketplace – brings developers music with the same professional quality that has made ALIBI a leading partner to the film and television industry, but with a looping structure catering to the nuances of the gaming experience. “Getting the chance to work with and really listen to game developers over the years, we created this label with their unique interests in mind,” said Kent Carter, ALIBI’s Vice President, Strategic Initiatives. “We’re proud to be able to share these albums, which are first-of-their-kind offerings for this industry, with Unity and Unreal developers.” Included with each expertly crafted loop are instrument stems, musically-related stingers, multiple endings and beat-mapped transitions that give game developers maximum flexibility and make implementation easy. At a price point of $39.99 per album, the ALIBI Orange label offers Unity and Unreal developers non-exclusive, royalty-free license to use the music and associated assets for any video game or VR/AR project worldwide and in perpetuity. This pricing reflects ALIBI’s commitment to music creators, with 50 percent of all sales going back to the composers. Unity is the creator of the world’s leading real-time 3D development platform, giving users the most powerful and accessible tools to create, operate, and monetize experiences for the real-time world. Epic Games' Unreal Engine technology brings high-quality games to PC, console, mobile, AR and VR platforms. Creators also use Unreal for photorealistic visualization, interactive product design, film, virtual production, mixed reality TV broadcast and animated entertainment. View full story
  9. Yoyo Games has released v2.2.4 of GameMaker Studio 2. This release includes an update to the build toolchain to match the requirements of Android 10 and macOS/iOS/tvOS following Apple's recent announcements. IAP support has also been updated with subscriptions support and receipt verification. The release also includes additional Websocket support for HTML5 games and a long list of additional updates. View the full announcement on the YoYo Games blog.
  10. Yoyo Games has released v2.2.4 of GameMaker Studio 2. This release includes an update to the build toolchain to match the requirements of Android 10 and macOS/iOS/tvOS following Apple's recent announcements. IAP support has also been updated with subscriptions support and receipt verification. The release also includes additional Websocket support for HTML5 games and a long list of additional updates. View the full announcement on the YoYo Games blog. View full story
  11. The Pixel Game Maker MV Game Development Challenge, a contest seeking talented developers using the intuitive yet fully-featured 2D game engine from Playism and Kadokawa Corporation, is now underway. Taking place until March 30, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. PT, the competition offers a grand prize award of ¥1,000,000 JPY (approx. $9,332 USD) and opportunities to be among the first Pixel Game Maker MV creations published on Nintendo Switch. In addition to the grand prize, there are award categories for side view, top view, multiplayer games, and more. Winning entries may also be adapted into books, comics, and more. Sister software to RPG Maker, which sold more than 2,000,000 copies worldwide, Pixel Game Maker MV puts 2D game development in the hands of first-time developers with no programming knowledge while maintaining the flexibility, power, and depth required by long-time game creators through extensible scripting. Featuring native physics and local multiplayer support as well as 20 sample games and a host of modern, sci-fi, and fantasy assets, Pixel Game Maker MV makes it easy to get started prototyping. Developers can carry their games through to completion using the assets to hand or import their own to create top-down or sidescrolling action games in any genre. “If you can imagine it, you can create it with Pixel Game Maker MV,” said Noboru Mogami, producer, Kadokawa Corporation. “With this contest, we’re hoping to find amazing talents to highlight and nurture. We’ve already seen some truly wonderful things come out of our community so far and we’re looking forward to the delights our creators still have in store for us.” Pixel Game Maker MV is available now on Steam in Japanese, English and Simplified Chinese for $84.99 USD/€71.99. The full official rules can be found on the Pixel Game Maker MV Game Development Challenge page. For more information about the engine, please visit the Pixel Game Maker MV official website, Facebook page and follow @PixelGameMaker on Twitter. View full story
  12. The Pixel Game Maker MV Game Development Challenge, a contest seeking talented developers using the intuitive yet fully-featured 2D game engine from Playism and Kadokawa Corporation, is now underway. Taking place until March 30, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. PT, the competition offers a grand prize award of ¥1,000,000 JPY (approx. $9,332 USD) and opportunities to be among the first Pixel Game Maker MV creations published on Nintendo Switch. In addition to the grand prize, there are award categories for side view, top view, multiplayer games, and more. Winning entries may also be adapted into books, comics, and more. Sister software to RPG Maker, which sold more than 2,000,000 copies worldwide, Pixel Game Maker MV puts 2D game development in the hands of first-time developers with no programming knowledge while maintaining the flexibility, power, and depth required by long-time game creators through extensible scripting. Featuring native physics and local multiplayer support as well as 20 sample games and a host of modern, sci-fi, and fantasy assets, Pixel Game Maker MV makes it easy to get started prototyping. Developers can carry their games through to completion using the assets to hand or import their own to create top-down or sidescrolling action games in any genre. “If you can imagine it, you can create it with Pixel Game Maker MV,” said Noboru Mogami, producer, Kadokawa Corporation. “With this contest, we’re hoping to find amazing talents to highlight and nurture. We’ve already seen some truly wonderful things come out of our community so far and we’re looking forward to the delights our creators still have in store for us.” Pixel Game Maker MV is available now on Steam in Japanese, English and Simplified Chinese for $84.99 USD/€71.99. The full official rules can be found on the Pixel Game Maker MV Game Development Challenge page. For more information about the engine, please visit the Pixel Game Maker MV official website, Facebook page and follow @PixelGameMaker on Twitter.
  13. For mobile games and applications performance analysis, Qualcomm has released Snapdragon Profiler 2019.3. This looks to be primarily a bug fix release addressing several crashes and graphics debugging issues: Speed up the connection process Added ability to auto connect if a single device is detected Added support to display YUV EGL images Clarify when Launch Application button should be used Fixed issue where Vulkan returns no data after a few captures Fixed SDP crash when switching between trace and snapshot Fixed issue where used resources shown for a snapshot were incorrect Few other bug fixes Learn more at https://developer.qualcomm.com/software/snapdragon-profiler/.
  14. For mobile games and applications performance analysis, Qualcomm has released Snapdragon Profiler 2019.3. This looks to be primarily a bug fix release addressing several crashes and graphics debugging issues: Speed up the connection process Added ability to auto connect if a single device is detected Added support to display YUV EGL images Clarify when Launch Application button should be used Fixed issue where Vulkan returns no data after a few captures Fixed SDP crash when switching between trace and snapshot Fixed issue where used resources shown for a snapshot were incorrect Few other bug fixes Learn more at https://developer.qualcomm.com/software/snapdragon-profiler/. View full story
  15. Simon's Tech Blog has posted a blog entry on ambient occlusion with DirectX ray-tracing (DXR). From the entry: If you're interested in learning more about DX Ray-tracing techniques then check out the full blog post at DXR AO View full story
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