Is there a good environment, to develop simple games within a few hours, for kids to learn programming? Not only games in the end, but such games are a good way to get familiar. Best with a common language, that is available under Windows: Java/JVM, .NET stack (C#, Visual Basic etc.), Python or even native C++. But without the need to learn complex game frameworks or graphical APIs first. Best would be to have a coordinate system of characters, which all have an equal size. Like the text screens on the 1980s VIC-20/VC-20 and C64 computers. For the beginning, even ASCII characters would be enough, for something like a Snake game (snake eats and grows, must not stumble upon wall or itself). Later, graphical or custom charsets can be used as building blocks for a game environment. Or is it better to start with a simple 2D surface, using something like C64 Sprites (small bitmap images, easily moved around, used for game characters in C64 games, mostly in front of a character background)? I … [Read more...] about Any way for simple, educational game programming, VIC-20 style?
Electronic Arts said during a financial call yesterday that Origin Access Premier, an upgraded version of its subscription-based Origin Access service that will provide full, unlimited access to EA games, will go live next week. More quietly, it also pulled the plug on Origin's "On the House" program, which provided free games to everyone—including non-Access subscribers—on an intermittent, time-limited basis. On the House debuted in 2014 with the most excellent survival-horror game Dead Space, and since then has made numerous other games, including Bejeweled, Battlefield 3, Theme Hospital, Syndicate, Peggle, and Dragon Age: Origins, free for the taking, without catches or take-backs. The games generally weren't EA's latest and greatest but free is free, and dated or not a lot of the games it offered were really quite good. Earlier today, however, Reddit noticed that the link to the On the House page is, without notice, redirecting to Origin's front page. EA had … [Read more...] about Origin’s free game program On the House has been ‘retired’
Last week, Xbox Live announced its schedule of Games With Gold for December, bringing to 48 the number of free games it offered in 2016. Were they any good? What would they cost otherwise? In short, what do the numbers say about the value of this Xbox Live Gold benefit? We’ll try to answer that question this year as we have the past three years. To that, however, we’ve added a few more questions: How old is the game? Did Microsoft publish it? What publisher did Games With Gold use the most? Did these appear earlier on PlayStation Plus? These questions may shed light on where these free games programs are headed, particularly as the previous console generation ages and the Xbox One’s backward compatibility program continues to pile up old titles. What about PlayStation Plus? Getting Started In all, there were 48 games in Xbox Live Games With Gold for 2017, with an average Metacritic score of 77.19 and a combined retail price (at the time of the offer) of $1,029.52 The … [Read more...] about Xbox Games With Gold gave out $1,029 worth of games in 2017. Were they any good?
On Wednesday, PlayStation announced the last batch of free games to PlayStation Plus subscribers for December, bringing to 74 the number of titles it offered in 2017. Were they any good? What would they cost otherwise? In short, what do the numbers say about the value of this PlayStation Plus benefit? We’ll try to answer that question this year as we have the past two years. To that, however, we’ve added a few more questions: How old is the game? Did Sony publish it? What publisher did PlayStation Plus use the most? Did these appear earlier on Xbox Live Games With Gold? These questions may shed light on where these free games programs are headed, particularly as the previous console generation ages. What about Xbox Live Games With Gold? Getting Started In all, there were 74 games in PlayStation Plus’ free games offerings for 2017 (two were PlayStation VR bonuses, and counted among the averages and totals here), with an average Metacritic score of 71.3 and a combined … [Read more...] about PlayStation Plus gave out $1,287 worth of games in 2017. Were they any good?
The Gamasutra Job Board is the most diverse, active and established board of its kind for the video game industry!many, many positions being advertised right now. Location: Woodland Hills, California About Us: We’re looking for two additional Engineers to join our Game Code engineering team. We need people passionate about games with strong C++ and math skills. The Game Code engineering team tends to work closely with Designers and Animators to solve complex engineering problems. We have a very close, friendly atmosphere and hope to find developers that fit that culture. Our group likes to share knowledge, so be prepared to teach others your strengths. We are seeking one Senior and one Associate Engineer, so don’t be afraid to apply at any level. Responsibilities: Collaborate with Game Designers to implement original gameplay features using C++ Field game code related support tickets that help the design teams work efficiently Optimize game code for … [Read more...] about Get a job: Infinity Ward is hiring Game Code Engineers