“Discoverability” is a tech buzzword that basically indicates how likely someone is to find your product. It’s important on Steam, where indie developers are constantly under pressure to get their product’s name in front of players’ eyes. The stakes involved, and the fact that Valve has largely automated the process, has led to some pretty weird outcomes, as one indie developer learned this past week. Prismata, an early access deck-building RTS by rookie developers Lunarch Studios, hurtled to the top five of Steam’s concurrent player charts recently, and the developers were taken completely by surprise. Here’s what happened. In the last month, Lunarch Studios has done what a lot of indie developers do to attract interest to their game: offering free keys. They also ran a free weekend, letting anyone who played their game keep it forever. Prismata is an interesting little game, but a bit hard to classify - it's a card game with hints of Magic: … [Read more...] about Russian bots propel indie early access game to the top of Steam charts
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Dark Souls was once a tightly locked box of secrets. It’s since been unpacked, rather too thoroughly, and now it’s been remastered. But upon its release it was an enigma, a grand kind of meditation, an object of obsessive fascination. The world of Lordran is much vaster than what is contained within the game you buy on Steam. In my mind and in others’, the world sprawls in directions that will never load in.I didn’t want to play Dark Souls in 2011. The marketing campaign was stupid. It was all about how you were going to die, and it wasn’t any more sophisticated than Daikatana’s promise that John Romero would make you his bitch. I didn’t want a game that promised to punish me. But I played the thing anyway, and I beat the Taurus Demon. It made me feel alive, and willing to go on. But I didn’t want to lose all my souls and needed to know where to go next. So I visited some forums dedicated to discussing Dark Souls.At that point, a … [Read more...] about Is Dark Souls Remastered worth playing without its former mystery?
Google is opening up their Maps APIs to game developers ahead of GDC 2018. The real world as your playground: Build real-world games with Google Maps APIs The mobile gaming landscape is changing as more and more studios develop augmented reality games. In order to mix realities, developers first need to understand the real world — the physical environment around their players. That’s why we’re excited to announce a new offering for building real-world games using Google Maps’ tried-and-tested model of the world. Game studios can easily reimagine our world as a medieval fantasy, a bubble gum candy land, or a zombie-infested post-apocalyptic city. With Google Maps’ real-time updates and rich location data, developers can find the best places for playing games, no matter where their players are. Completely customize your games To make it easy to get started, we’ve brought the richness of Google Maps to the Unity game engine. We turn buildings, roads, … [Read more...] about Google opens Maps APIs to allow game developers to build real-world environments
Rather than protecting your connected devices individually with antimalware software, the Bitdefender BOX takes an alternative approach to protection, at the level of the entire network. This is especially valuable for households with many connected devices, as while every Windows PC should have antivirus software installed, it is not exactly easy to protect the ever proliferative Internet of Things. As our homes become smarter, the weaknesses of these devices that get infrequent (or nonexistent) updates will need to have their vulnerabilities addressed. The Bitdefender BOX here is a followup to their original device by the same name. The original device offered network antivirus protection, a VPN service, and an overall additional layer of protection to the network, than a traditional router firewall. Critics of the device cited it for having only 10/00 networking capabilities, early firmware issues, and less than robust hardware with 16 MB RAM and a pokey 400 MHz internal processor. … [Read more...] about This box sits between your modem and router to anti-virus all your devices
The game industry of 2022 is big, messy and hard to find. Those who define it might be children. They could be solo developers on just enough funding to scrimp by for the next project. They could be retirees, artists or marginalized children in a war-torn country. They may create works of genius that go undiscovered until long after their death. Following up on Polygon’s recent fifth anniversary, we decided to ask a range of experts in the game industry the same question: What will things look like five years from now? While some cited practical predictions, like the rise of virtual reality, most centered around the structures that enable games to be made in the first place. And while many people see things improving, several also sounded warning bells about what the industry may be like and who may be in charge of it. The future isn’t necessarily what you think While many developers imagine a future where the game industry is overrun with new and exciting technology, many … [Read more...] about What will the game industry look like in five years?