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
Video game fans frequently try to crown one favorite or another as "The Best." There are tens of thousands of words scattered across the internet, all devoted to identifying the titles that represent the absolute pinnacle of games one can play. There's also no consensus: My dull experience is another person's transcendent awakening. Even the basic definition of "best" and how it's applied to one or a list of games is open to debate. Instead of trying to crown a set of games as the one-size-fits-all best video games of all time, I turned to the members of Mashable's games-loving team and asked them to share what they considered the best games for them. No other context given, and no guidance as to how "best" should be measured.
The Legend of Zelda games have an amazing sense of adventure that ought to translate well to an animated series. But videogame journalist Blake J. Harris says that Nintendo's only attempt at a Zelda cartoon, in 1989, is spoiled by its unlikeable protagonist. "There was nothing that showed me that Link was loyal to anyone, or treated other people like family, or respectfully, or did things for the right reasons," Harris says in Episode 421 of the Geek's Guide to the Galaxy podcast. "So I was like, 'This guy is just a smug jerk.'" Fantasy author Erin Lindsey agrees that Link's personality completely ruins the show.
Fortnite: Battle Royale will celebrate its three-year anniversary at the end of July, and in a symbolic gesture recognizing its immense popularity, it's going to shed its Early Access label. As a multi-billion dollar title with hundreds of millions of players and numerous updates, seasons and events, Epic has decided that the multiplayer shooter, as well as its PvE sibling Save the World, will no longer carry the tag as the company shifts the development cycles for parts of its popular franchise. Its Save the World portion, meanwhile, will remain a premium title, and not become free-to-play as it has originally hoped. "Development of new content will slow down after this official release," Epic said in a statement, noting that Save the World will move to ongoing annual scheduling, and that its main story is now "complete." The company added that in the coming months, Save the World will no longer be able to support all upcoming Fortnite Battle Royale cosmetic purchases, but Epic will let players know when this is slated to happen (your existing library of cosmetics will keep functioning in both modes).
Disco Elysium has been a critical hit in the game world, and now it's poised to reach a wider audience. Developer ZA/UM and production house Dj2 Entertainment have unveiled plans for a TV series based on the detective RPG. It's still very early and doesn't have a distributor or even a writing team, but Dj2 is meeting potential writers in hopes of pitching the show later in 2020. The ingredients are there for a promising series, at least. DE revolves around a detective trying to solve a crime that could provoke a civil war.
LG's 4K OLED screens are universally praised for having a picture superior to just about anything else out there, and that is a pretty good start for any gamer considering a new TV. Perhaps even more valuable for gamers is the touted 1 millisecond response rate, which effectively does away with lag between your actions and what you see on the screen. Add to that variable refresh rates, HDR 10 and even NVIDIA G-Sync and Freesync for all the PC gamers out there and you've got an unbeatable package. Other perks include an extremely intuitive smart TV system and four HDMI ports to handle your console collection.
Is it...is it summer already? I locked the door to my apartment in March when it was cold and blustery outside and...well, it's June in San Francisco, so it's probably cold and blustery outside. But the point is that I'm reduced to marking time by the various Steam sales, and that means today it's summer. Yes, the Steam Summer Sale kicks off Thursday, and runs through July 9 at 10AM Pacific. "Rewards" is a bit strong of a term maybe, given it's all profile backgrounds and chat effects and the like, but hey, it's a "souvenir" of the sale, as Valve puts it.
It's time to face one of those uncomfortable truths: 2020 is only half over. It feels like 10,000 years have gone by. We're six months into the year, and that means we have six months worth of games to distract us, in their own ways, from what's going on outside. As the summer weather sets in, you're probably spending more time browsing through the assortment of (relatively) newly released games. Nothing beats the heat like an engrossing story that keeps you glued to your TV for multiple hours, right?
TL;DR: A 12-month subscription to PlayStation Plus is available for £31.72 using the code PLAYSTATION2020. We have some seriously good news for any gamers out there. You can now save over 30% on a PlayStation Plus subscription with the help of a handy code. A 12-month subscription to PlayStation Plus is now available for £31.72 using the code PLAYSTATION2020. When you take advantage of this deal, you're getting a full year subscription for roughly the same price as a four month membership.
As Chambersburg Area School District in Pennsylvannia kept delaying the return of students this spring, the inevitability began to set in. This was something Chambersburg Magnet School rising junior Everyn Kenney noticed, and despite not personally missing out on a commencement at Trojan Stadium, he decided to find a way to help out those who were. So after some joking about the idea at first, Kenney turned to a game he's played for years: Minecraft. Using the block-by-block multiplayer cooperative game, as well as some home-brewed coding, Kenney and his crew of nine friends set out to build a virtual, to-scale Trojan Stadium on Minecraft, and set up a virtual commencement for June 25 that graduates can attend either as a game character or watch on Twitch, all the way down to virtual caps and gowns. "I decided to just try putting it into my own hands because the school wasn't really doing anything yet," said Kenney, who is doing the project in conjunction with the school's Video Game Club.
EA fans, come out to Play. That intro only works if you say it in a creepy, sing-songy voice while clacking three glass bottles together, but you get the idea. EA Play Live is a digital marketing event hosted by Electronic Arts in lieu of its annual, in-person pre-E3 showcase, which was scrapped amid the coronavirus pandemic. The show kicks off at 7PM ET on YouTube and Twitch, and EA is poised to unveil a handful of new games, from indie gems to AAA extravaganzas. You can watch along with Engadget Senior Editor Devindra Hardawar and myself right here, starting at 6:40PM ET.