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
Friends, gamers, countrymen: lend me your ears! Fall is here, and that means some of the year's biggest games are finally dropping after an agonizingly long wait. Adventurers and sports fans alike finally have something new to load into their consoles. Some of those new PS4 games are already on sale, courtesy of Walmart. You can pick up Shadow of the Tomb Raider for $44.95, NBA 2K19 for $39.88, or Madden NFL 19 with a free 1050 Point Card for $39.99 from Walmart right now.
If you have ever felt the shoulder ache brought on by too much gaming, have an indent permanently worn into your couch in your "spot," or have ever blown on a gaming cartridge to get it to work, then these deals are about to make you very happy. SEE ALSO: Save nearly $3,000 on one of Samsung's best 4K TVs of 2018 There are a number of deals on video game consoles, such as save $20 on a Microsoft Xbox One S 1TB with Minecraft bundle from Walmart. Amazon is offering an Xbox One S 1TB Console with NBA 2K19 bundle for $299.99, Of course, gamers need to stay alert. Keurig's K525 Single Serve, K-Cup Pod Coffee Maker is on sale for $149.99.
In a hellion cross-promotion, Activision Blizzard and Nintendo have partnered up to release a special edition Switch console for Diablo III exclusively at GameStop. The bundle will include the 2012 game, plus its two expansions, Rise of the Necromancer and Reaper of Souls. Included in the set will be a black and gray Switch console -- and dock -- featuring Diablo III artwork, a carrying case, as well as the standard trove of of items and accessories, like Joy-Cons, a grip and an HDMI cable. But it wouldn't be a third-party Nintendo cross-promotion if it didn't include some iconic, (and somewhat out-of-place) character cameos. These include items from The Legend of Zelda, such as Ganondorf's Transmog Armor, a companion Cucco pet, and a Golden Triforce Portrait Frame.
Microsoft launches Xbox One S Minecraft Creators Bundle. Microsoft today announces Xbox One S Minecraft Creators Bundle. The Xbox One S Minecraft Creators Bundle includes Xbox One S with 1TB hard drive, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player, Xbox Wireless Controller and more. Microsoft launches Xbox One S Minecraft Creators Bundle The Xbox One S Minecraft Creators Bundle includes: Xbox One S with 1TB hard drive, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player and 4K video streaming Xbox Wireless Controller Full-game download of Minecraft 1,000 Minecoins for use in the Minecraft Marketplace Starter Pack DLC: Greek Mythology Mash-up, Plastic Texture Pack, Skin Pack 1, and Villains Skin Pack. Creators Pack: Adventurer's Dream Mash-up and Winter Mini-Games Festival by Noxcrew, Relics of the Privateers by Imagiverse, PureBDcraft Texture Pack by BDcraft, Pastel Skin Pack by Eneija, and Wildlife Savanna by PixelHeads 1-month Xbox Game Pass trial so you can play 100 great games out of the box Also included in the Xbox One S Minecraft Creators Bundle is a 14-day Xbox Live Gold trial, so you can experience adventures in the community of 91 million Minecraft players each month across Windows 10 PC, mobile, VR, Xbox One or Nintendo Switch.
Assassin's Creed: Odyssey is not nearly as romantic as I'd been led to believe. Her name is Odessa, and, a few hours into Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, she's the first person in the entire world I can flirt with. A descendant of Odysseus, supposedly, she's on the island of Ithaca to visit his ruined palace, hoping to find clarity and meaning. Instead, she finds me, Kassandra, a mercenary with a pet eagle. The game tells me I can call her pretty.
A lot has been written about the epic story of Assassin's Creed Odyssey, and it's true that the main quests of the game span a massive map and take players on a journey that blends myth, mystery, and the requisite boatloads of murder. But I think the game is at its best in its quieter beats. Far from the battle against the Cult of Kosmos or the search for Alexios or Kassandra's family are the Silver Islands of Mykonos and Delos. They are home to a pair of revolutionaries who are very much in love, bound together in a battle driven by hate. These are Kyra and Thaletas, and when the player character arrives to aid their rebellion, their story becomes one of Odyssey's best and most tragic arcs.
Assassin's Creed Odyssey is aptly named. It is an enormous, meandering journey through ancient Greece at the beginning of the Peloponnesian war as the struggle between Sparta and Athens begins to reshape the Greek world. It will shock you with its breadth and depth: the sea hides sunken ruins, the detail of temple paintings is impeccable, authentically clothed characters wander enormous cities whilst chatting in Greek, soldiers clash on roads as citizens scatter. You play a mercenary, choosing between the equally statuesque and self-assured Kassandra or Alexios. There is an element of family drama that propels the story forward in counterpart to the overarching historical drama of the setting.
I don't know why the developers made that decision, although the map is certainly cluttered enough without these Historical Locations. It's too bad you could play through the whole of Assassin's Creed: Odyssey ($60 on Humble) without stumbling on this other layer though. There's a lot of interesting historical information contained within, and a lot of great pseudo-historical information as well--insight into the Ancient Greece of Odyssey that explains how and why it differs from the strictly historical Ancient Greece we might know.
You probably didn't have a hankering to build Minecraft worlds on your Apple TV, and Microsoft has quietly acknowledged that reality. The company recently started notifying players that it had stopped updating and supporting the Apple TV version of the game on September 24th in order to "reallocate resources to the platforms that our players use the most." To phrase it differently, there weren't enough people playing to justify the investment. The game will continue to work, including Marketplace purchases, but you won't see new features. If you made any Minecraft purchases for Apple TV within 90 days of the original announcement, you can ask for refunds.