There are many tools designed to assist game designers. Many of these tools have features that provide help with several different aspects of a game development process, such as physics and graphics. In the recent years, game engines like Unity and Unreal have contributed to popularizing the creation of complex AAA titles, once exclusively developed by major companies.
We never saw so demanding an era about videogame consumption, and the indications are that the demand will continue to increase year after year. From mobile phones to powerful console systems, from kids to elders, there seems to be a market for everyoneÕs gaming needs.
In the gaming industry, content is king. To keep players satisfied, game developers need to invest in compelling characters, stories and eye-candy graphics. Creativity and novelty are musts, since the player should not feel that they are playing the "same" game repetitively in each advancing level.
The need for such creativity and content has led to the emergence of advanced AI-assisted game development tools. Unlike generic game creation tools, such tools specifically focus on AI techniques. For example, they can automatically and flawlessly create levels and environments using minimal inputs. AI can also play games and collect data about gameplay sessions, allowing developers and makers a clear and concise window into the development and debugging process. AI can understand and predict how potential players will be interacting with the game, leading to better insights into future installments and personalized gameplay. Although AI-assisted game design tools are still in their infancy, the results are extremely exciting and present an exemplary mixed-initiative future with human-augmented AI.
- Tiago Machado
On Saturday, Mojang held its annual Minecraft Live fan convention. As in years past, the event saw the studio detail the future of its immensely popular sandbox game. And if you're a fan of Minecraft, the livestream did not disappoint. The studio kicked off the event with the announcement of The Wild Update. Set to come out sometime in 2022, Mojang promises this latest DLC will change how players explore and interact with the game's overworld.
Themed gaming chairs aren't completely new, but this example is rather unusual. According to Windows Central, Microsoft and Mojang have collaborated with Secretlab on a Minecraft chair. The Minecraft Edition Titan Evo 2022 includes the obligatory game logos, but it's also made to look like you're sitting on one of the game's infamous Creepers. That sounds more than a little... creepy, but it might be just what you're looking for if you livestream Minecraft or otherwise want to advertise your fondness for the classic creative title. And unlike the in-game Creepers, this chair shouldn't explode.
The seas were blessedly calm as we sailed across the channel and straight up the Seine, into the heart of Francia. The skald led us in song, our voices booming across the placid waters, thundering in our veins. We leaped from our longboat onto the shores of Francia, shouting glory to the All-Father as we charged up the beaches. The sounds of glorious battle filled the air. Squelch, squelch, squish, grunt, clang, yell, grunt, clang, squish, squish, squidge.
This term is a portmanteau derived from two beloved games that arrived on the Nintendo Entertainment System in the mid-1980s, Metroid and Castlevania, and is usually applied to 2D games in which the world is explorable in all directions (as opposed to classic platform games, in which you go from left to right). There are usually secret rooms and areas that can only be accessed once you've found some key or item later on, so players have to mentally map their progress and backtrack when necessary. In this way a good metroidvania world is like a story, with tension, foreshadowing, plants, payoffs and surprise reveals built into the very foundations. Try: Hollow Knight, Axiom Verge, Ori and the Blind Forest. One of the most popular indie game genres, the term roguelike comes from the 1980 game Rogue, originally developed by coders Michael Toy and Glenn Wichman.
A crafty Minecraft fan recently created a homemade lamp in the shape of an ore block in real life. The popular sandbox game often inspires incredible works both in-game and in the real world, thanks to its easy-to-use creative mode, and consistent updates from Mojang that bring new content for its players. Despite the game receiving a texture update in 2019, the look of ores in the game has largely remained unchanged until recently, when Minecraft's Caves & Cliffs: Part 1 update provided a texture overhaul for its ore blocks. This refreshed look was aimed at providing better accessibility for color-blind players, who previously had difficulties differentiating the ore types due to their similarities in shape. Along with these changes, new blocks, mobs, and features were introduced, with more content currently in development in the form of Caves & Cliffs: Part 2. Reddit user TheRoyalEngineer shared some pictures of their recent project, where they crafted a real life Minecraft ore block lamp.
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After four delays spanning nearly a year and a half of missed release dates, New World is finally here. You can download the MMORPG from Steam and Amazon's own marketplace. At launch, the title is available through a $40 Standard Edition or $50 Deluxe Edition. The latter comes with the game, a digital artbook and a collection of bonus items. Beyond the cost of entry, you don't need to pay a subscription fee to play New World. If you buy the game and you're an Amazon Prime subscriber, you can claim the Pirate Pack for free until November 1st.
UPDATE: Sept. 27, 2021, 9:57 a.m. EDT The forthcoming sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is now available for preorder at Amazon and Best Buy -- reserve a copy for $59.99. It doesn't have box art, a release date, or even a name yet, but Nintendo's highly anticipated sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is already up for grabs. As of Sept. 27, you could reserve a copy for your Switch console at Amazon or Best Buy for $59.99; they'll let you know when it's ready to ship as soon as its launch date is announced (which will theoretically be sometime in 2022). BOTW was easily the most unforgettable game of 2017 -- and arguably one of the best gaming experiences of the past 30 years, according to Mashable reporter Kellen Beck -- so saying that we have high hopes for its sequel is quite the understatement. No word yet on what its storyline will entail, exactly, but a teaser trailer shown during June's Nintendo Direct at E1 2021 (below) gave us a sneak peek at some gameplay *and* a gorgeous new aerial world high above Hyrule.
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Sid Meier is famous for creating the video game Civilization. He's also known for having his name on the box. Meier released Civilization thirty years ago this month, after developing it with Bruce Shelley, a veteran board-game designer. The pair were inspired by the illustrated history books you might find on a middle-school library shelf, and by titles like Seven Cities of Gold (1984), a video game of Spanish conquest created by the designer Danielle Berry. In Civilization, you start with a covered wagon on a map that is largely obscured. You learn metalwork, horse riding, feudalism, democracy, and diplomatic relations. Eventually, the rest of the world is revealed--a patchwork of nations.