Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Don't Miss: Examining human survival instincts to design better levels

Christopher Totten explores how human psychology is understood by architects, how that can apply to level design, and what games that use these techniques effectively. ...



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South Australia sections off $1.5M for local game dev community

The government of South Australia has put aside $2 million AUD, roughly $1.5 million USD to assist local game developers through both grants and the creation a game dev focused co-working space. ...



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Mafia 2 and the original Prey are now backward-compatible on Xbox One

Microsoft has announced another batch of new additions to Xbox One's ever-expanding backward-compatibility list - this time in the form of Mafia 2 and the original 2006 Prey.

You really couldn't ask for two more different games; one is a rip-roaring open-world crime caper set in the early 50s, the other's a first-person sci-fi shooter featuring physics-confounding portals and spaceships with bumholes for doors.

Mafia 2 certainly has plenty of fans, but it wasn't especially well-liked by John Teti, who reviewed it for Eurogamer back in 2010. Mafia 2, he said, is "a 14-year-old's vision of the mafia, although that slanders the many 14-year-olds who would see through this game's desperation to appear adult". Damningly, he concluded by saying "Mafia II gets the last word by destroying the myth that the mafia is interesting at all".

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Road to the IGF: Pocketwatch Games' Tooth and Tail

Tooth and Tail looks to simplify and streamline the RTS to make it approachable, quick, and focus on improvisation and strategy over reflexes and memorization (plus add fun animal units). ...



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Madgarden's Chill Space Shooter 'Chillaxian' Resurrected for iOS 11 and Gains New Features in Latest Update

You all are probably familiar with developer Paul Pridham, aka Madgarden, through his collaboration work with Rocketcat Games on titles such as Punch Quest [Free] and Death Road to Canada [$11.99], but did you know this one man wonder has also been making and releasing solo projects for many years now? It's true! One such project is the extremely laid back space shooter Chillaxian [$1.99], which he originally launched back in July of 2013. As you might have guessed from the game's title, this is an homage to the classic arcade shooter Galaxian, but like… more chill, maannnn. Move back and forth across the bottom of the screen as you fire at waves of enemies at the top of the screen. However, in Chillaxian these groups of enemies are much more lively and expand and contract in a mesmerizing–and yes, chill–kind of way. Blast through as many levels as you can, with checkpoints every ten levels and boss fights every 5 waves. It's simple, relaxed alien blasting that we really enjoyed in our original review from 2013.

Well, if you were a Chillaxian fan back in the day then you may have noticed it got swept up in the great 32-bit Appocalypse of 2017. Madgarden isn't going to let that slide though, and so this past Friday he released a brand new update to the game bringing it compliant with 64-bit and iOS 11 requirements. But wait, there's more! He also added full screen support for the iPhone X, added some new enemy types and special effects, added humans that are floating through space for some reason which can be collected for extra points, and revamped the whole power-up system. Now you can actually scavenge and collect various power-up parts which can be combined to create a variety of unique setups. Hey, I would have taken iOS 11 and iPhone X support and been perfectly happy, but WHATEVER Madgarden go ahead and add new features if you must. I'm happy seeing such a fun space shooter continuing to live on, so if you've missed out on this one before definitely give it a look and if you're already an iOS 11 sporting Chillaxian owner, hey, you can play the game again!



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Fully Loaded Pack – Awesomenauts Assemble! Game Bundle Is Now Available For Xbox One

Content: Fully Loaded Pack – Awesomenauts Assemble! Game Bundle
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Game Description: Awesomenauts Assemble! is a MOBA fitted into the form of an accessible 3-on-3 action platformer. Head out to the online battlefields together with your friends as an online party or in local splitscreen, and never worry about having to wait for an online match because of drop-in matchmaking!

The below character packs contain skins for Awesomenauts Assemble! Click the links for specific details about what is included with each bundle.

Purchase Fully Loaded Pack – Awesomenauts Assemble! for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

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Purchase Rocket’s Renegades – Awesomenauts Assemble! Character Pack for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: Ronimo Games
Publisher: Ronimo Games
Website: Awesomenauts Assemble!
Twitter: @RonimoGames



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Horizon Zero Dawn writers honored at annual Writers Guild Awards

Guerrilla Games' Horizon Zero Dawn has beat out three other nominated games to receive the Writers Guild of America's Outstanding Achievement in Videogame Writing award. ...



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Now Available on Steam - Kingdom Come: Deliverance

Kingdom Come: Deliverance is Now Available on Steam!

Kingdom Come: Deliverance is a story-driven open-world RPG that immerses you in an epic adventure in the Holy Roman Empire. Avenge your parents' death as you battle invading forces, go on game-changing quests, and make influential choices. Explore majestic castles, deep forests, thriving villages and countless other realistic settings in medieval Bohemia!


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Midweek Madness - LEGO® Marvel Super Heroes 2, 30% Off

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Now Available on Steam - Crossing Souls, 20% off!

Crossing Souls is Now Available on Steam and is 20% off!*

It’s 1986 in California. A group of friends discover a mysterious pink stone that allows to travel between two realms. This gang will live the summer of their lives in an adventure that will get them involved in a government conspiracy. Control five kids with special skills while fighting and solving puzzles.

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Now Available on Steam - Knockout League - Arcade VR Boxing, 10% off!

Knockout League - Arcade VR Boxing is Now Available on Steam and is 10% off!*

Welcome to the Knockout League, an arcade style boxing game built from the ground up for VR. Its intuitive gameplay involves moving and dodging with your body and 1:1 punch movement that lets you attack how you want. Fight a crazy cast of characters to become the champion of the Knockout League!

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Here are the charming indie games you'll play at the GDC 2018 Mild Rumpus

Warm and welcoming indie game collective Wild Rumpus returns to GDC 2018 with games like Nour, Hypnospace Outlaw, Palmystery and more! ...



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Sci-fi horror Dead Space is currently free on PC

EA's classic sci-fi horror game Dead Space is currently free on PC via Origin.

For those poor souls unfamiliar with Dead Space (no judgement - it did come out ten years ago, after all), it's an honest-to-goodness big-budget, single-player horror yarn - the kind that pretty much never gets made any more. It follows the exploits of unfortunate space engineer Isaac Clarke on the stricken USG Ishimura - a vessel with a rather serious... infestation.

What transpires is a genuinely nerve-wracking third-person horror escapade, which tonally lands somewhere between the straight-up terror of Ridley Scott's Alien and the gleefully gruesome haunted-house-in-space hijinks of Event Horizon.

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Citadel Changes Feature in February EVE Online Update

The February update for EVE Online has been deployed and it brings a host of changes.

Love is in the air… or space… or whatever

As noted in the headline, the biggest changes are probably to citadels, which got the
“Upwell 2.0” firmware update.  Or so they say.  This is covered in detail in a Dev Blog, including changes that were made after it was initially published, so I won’t repeat all of that.  Instead, a few highlights.

Low Power Mode – This is a new state for citadels that have no service modules active which, one would assume, means that they aren’t being used for much besides docking and tethering.  When in low power mode any attack will get to skip the second round of assaulting the citadel, skipping the armor cycle and having to just do the shield and structure rounds.  Shield hit points for structures in low power mode are also reduced by 33%.  This should make clearing unused or abandoned structures, something of an issue in high sec currently, easier.

Updated Vulnerability and Reinforcement Cycle – The timing of attacks have been changed.  Probably the biggest aspect of that is now one can attack a citadel and finish the shield cycle at any time rather than having to wait until a specific weekly vulnerability window.  After that attackers have to come back during a time chosen by the defenders.

  • An initial attack that can occur at any date and any time chosen by the attackers
  • A second attack that occurs in the timezone of the defenders, on the day chosen by the attackers
  • A final battle that occurs in the timezone and day chosen by the defenders to allow them a last stand

CCP posted a news item suggesting that owners of citadels set these new timers before the update.

The flow of attacking an Upwell structure now follows this flow chart.

How to explode a citadel

There has also been an overhaul of citadel weapon systems that includes the removal of void bombs, which were restricting the composition of attacking forces to doctrines that could hold up while being neuted out.

Moon mining is now available in wormhole space and in 0.5 high sec systems, two items promised since last year.

Again, there is a huge list of changes covered in the dev blog (and clarified in some cases in the patch notes) for those interested.

On to other items, Assault Frigates got a balance pass to make them more attractive, so they are all now a bit faster, a bit lighter, and have 30% more capacitor.  In addition the Ishkur, Retribution, and Jaguar got some extra attention, which is covered in this thread and the patch notes.

There is also a new series of Assault Damage Control modules that may be fit only to Assault Frigates or Heavy Assault Cruisers.  The new modules give less passive resistance, but can be activated for a short period (13-17 seconds depending on the type) to provide a 75% boost to resists, after which it takes 150 seconds for the module to recycle.  We shall see if this makes Assault Frigates or HACs more useful in a universe where battlecruisers, strategic cruisers, or T3 destroyers are usually a better or cheaper option.

Then there is the Guardians Gala Event, which kicks off today and runs through to the 27th of the month,

Guardians Gala Comes Again

The event consists of sites that will pop up on your overview all over New Eden which you can attack for loot.  They will show up in The Agency interface.  The sites come in two flavors this year, normal and VIP.  The VIP sites are alleged to require more than one ship according to CCP, but I’m sure somebody will come up with a fit to solo them.  There is a scouting report for the event over at The Nosy Gamer.

Among the prizes this year are slot 8 stasis webifier enhancing implants and Eros Blossom SKINs, which are pink… and you know how we all love pink SKINs.  In addition some Eros Blossom SKINs (and pink fireworks as well) will be available in the New Eden Store for PLEX.

On NPC structures, Bloodraiders and Guristas shipyards will now no longer be locked into a select set of regions but will now spawn all over low and null sec.  I do not see a mention of whether or not there will be more spawns, but I assume that at least the Bloodraiders, which used to be limited to a single spawn, will be increased in numbers.

And both the shipyards and the forward operating bases will have a cap put on the size of their defense fleets.

Objects seen on missions (which CCP still calls “dungeons” in the patch notes because they hate me and want to give me an aneurysm) have been updated for the V5 shader so are probably a lot shinier than they were before.  They might even look better too.

Finally, there is a line item in the patch notes that indicates that CCP has updated the Wwise audio engine in order to improve audio stability and performance, which I am sure will get any number of readers to respond with, “EVE has sound?”  Audio has long had performance issues in the game and people who end up in fleet fights generally turn sound off just to eke out some additional performance from the client. (Closing Local helps too.)  I’ve run this way so long that I’ve become used to fight in space being silent affairs aside from voices on comms.   But silence is probably right for battles in a vacuum.

Anyway, the update is now live.  You can read up on it in the Patch Notes or on the Updates Page.



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Midweek Madness - Heat Signature, 33% Off

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Blog: Creating my top-down roguelike Outrealm - Part 2

The second half of my Outrealm postmortem series. This part focuses on the challenges I faced during development, and how the game concept and design evolved over time. ...



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'Warhammer Quest 2' is Coming to Android Next Month and Needs Beta Testers

One of the heavy hitter releases of last year was Perchang's Warhammer Quest 2: The End Times [$4.99], a long-awaited sequel to the beloved 2013 tactical turn-based strategy game Warhammer Quest [$2.99], originally from Rodeo Games. Built on the same solid foundation of the original, Warhammer Quest 2 offers a brand new storyline to play through and also expands on that first game in a number of interesting ways, the most dramatic of which being the visuals which are now in full 3D. Sure, fancy visuals are nice to look at and all, but here it also allows you to zoom into the action and get a much better sense of your perspective while playing, which was very cool. Overall Warhammer Quest 2 offered exactly what you'd hope for from a sequel, retaining everything that made the first game so good while expanding and improving on the formula. We really loved it in our 5 star review.

If you're an Android gamer, then chances are you aren't aware of any of that, as Warhammer Quest 2 is not currently available on Android. But that's about to change! Perchang has announced that they're finishing up work on the Android port of Warhammer Quest 2 and expect to have it out towards the end of March, but in the meantime they're looking for some Android folks to help test the game. If that sounds like something you'd enjoy doing then shoot an email to beta [at] perchang [dot] com and throw your hat in the ring. The Android version should launch with equal content to the iOS version and will include all current Warriors and Expansions, including the fantastic The Lord of Khorne expansion which just launched last week. So if you're one of our Android friends and want to get in on the test then hit up Perchange about the beta, otherwise just hang tight for another handful of weeks until Warhammer Quest 2 is finally available on Android.



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Video: Feel Our Horror as We Play Layers of Fear: Legacy

Video: Video: Feel Our Horror as We Play Layers of Fear: Legacy

Subtlety is king



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Dungeon Defenders II Heartwarming Bundle Is Now Available For Xbox One

Content: Dungeon Defenders II Heartwarming Bundle
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Game Description: Rekindle even the coldest of hearts with the power of love! This bundle for Dungeon Defenders II contains: The Abyss Lord uses the powers of darkness to summons armies of skeleton defenses. The Molten Master Costume to cloak your Abyss Lord in the power of flame! A Legendary Narwhal Pet to defeat your enemies, and you friends, with the power of cute! 10 Large Pet Affection Boosters to empower the bond between hero and companion. 5 Defender Packs to bolster your cosmetic collection.

Dungeon Defenders II is an Action Tower Defense game, packed with classic roleplaying elements like loot, leveling, and pets.

Purchase Dungeon Defenders II for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Download Dungeon Defenders II for Xbox One from the Xbox Games Store

Product Info:
Developer: Trendy Entertainment
Publisher: Trendy Entertainment
Website: Dungeon Defenders II
Twitter: @TrendyEnt



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Come hone your skills at the GDC 2018 Community Management Summit

Come to the Community Management Summit at GDC 2018 for a ton of great talks from experts at Psyonix, King, Blizzard, and many more! ...



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