Hello! Welcome to a new semi-regular series (we're aiming to do one a month but who knows right?) in which we'll be looking at world-building, the art of creating interesting settings, and talking to the people who do this stuff for a living. Games have a rare power to take us to new places, but they share world-building with many other art forms and disciplines. Alongside video games, we're also going to be investigating books and films and architecture and anything else that seems worth exploring. Today Chris Donlan's been re-reading the gloriously strange novel Only Forward, and talking to its author, Michael Marshall Smith. It's a lovely book, and we're going to try our best not to spoil any of it. Only Forward, by Michael Marshall Smith When winter comes around, and Chicago sets its railway tracks on fire, I'm not the kind of person who settles in and starts googling sunny holiday destinations on comparison sites. Instead, I track down a very specific list of strange … [Read more...] about A whole new world and exactly the same one: prescient world-building in Only Forward
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APPLE became the first company in the world to be valued at $1trillion on August 3, but poor holiday sales figures saw it slump back below that mark. When the computing company shares were launched in December 1980 they were worth just 51 cents each - but now shares in the company can mean major wealth. Here's what you need to know about one of the world's most successful companies. How much is Apple worth and what is its share price? The US tech giant became the first public company valued at $1trillion (£767bn) on August 2, but poor holiday sales figures has seen the value dip by as much as seven per cent - wiping $70billion off the company's market price. Apple had beaten its nearest rival, internet retailer Amazon, to the accolade. Fast forward three months to November 2018 and CEO Tim Cook admitted "weakness" as he unveiled plans to stop reporting the sales for iPhones, iPads, and Macs. Sales of all three of the company's flagship products failed to show significant … [Read more...] about What is Apple’s share price, when did it fall below $1trillion and what is CEO Tim Cook’s net worth?
As part of our commitment to solving challenges for connected games development, we’ve focused first on real-time multiplayer games, and we’ve learned a lot from our prior attempts to democratize this space. First and foremost, we know that in order to build the right new technology, we need your feedback every step of the way. So as we begin this new chapter, we welcome you to build alongside us, give us feedback, and in return, we promise to give you frequent updates and high transparency. Following a previous blog post announcing the deprecation of UNet, it became immediately apparent from the feedback we received that we would need to provide more details about our plans moving forward. In this blog post, we will address this by sharing both our long-term vision and the first releases, which will be available this fall. Networking: Performance and scalability Long-term: “Performance by Default” is how we describe several ongoing feature-initiatives, … [Read more...] about Multiplayer Connected Games: First steps forward – Unity Blog
PUBG is already a legend, perhaps a cult for it has nailed down so many flags that most of the game developers, fear from it in a way. While the fear sinks in deep of that game taking over the throne, let us add more to the fear. It seems like PUBG has become the first ever game, to hit one million concurrent players for 365 days. Yes, that is correct, this global phenomenon may have had a few bumps lately by its competitors but after the recent record-breaking strike, it has made, breaking a major concurrent player record on Steam. The world has yet again be shaken from its roots. This news comes from the Steam charts, where the whole trend of the concurrent players for this game can be seen. Starting from September of 2017 till the present day, the game has not only managed but has been consistently having, more than one million concurrent players. In the month of January this year, PUBG peaked with 3.2 million concurrent players, then following that the numbers remained above 2 … [Read more...] about PUBG Becomes The First Ever Game To Hit One Million Concurrent Players For 365 Days
As you gear up for the 2018 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco next week, remember that this year marks the return of the Vision Track - a series of mini-keynotes featuring great speakers and forward-thinking companies discussing the future of the game industry! These talks will give you new opportunities to learn from companies or individuals who are doing amazing work outside game dev that then feeds back into game innovation. You'll also see talks from leaders in video games that will give you vibrant insight into how to take your work forward in the years ahead. For example, NYU Game Center director Frank Lantz will deliver "This Is Your Brain On Games", a session devoted to interrogating whether there's any evidence that games are having this effect on us. Lantz will look at examples from specific games and extrapolate to a broad vision of how games might have the capacity to increase our collective … [Read more...] about Supercell, Pixar, and top devs share insights at the GDC 2018 Vision track!