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GDC: Designing Path of Exile

Grinding Gear Games’ Path of Exile is a free-to-play success story which began as a modest story in 2013 and since then has been entertaining millions of active players every month. Want to learn about the development techniques behind the title? Don’t miss the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco next month then. As part of the GDC 2019 design talks Grinding Gear’s Chris Wilson will be hosting “Designing ‘Path of Exile’ To Be Played Forever“, which is basically an inside look at how Path was built. “He [Chris] will cover how to structure releases into seasons with predictable release dates and scope, how to re-use content for rapid development, how to use procedural generation to keep content from feeling stale, how to employ multiple overlapping axes of randomness for additional replayability, how to design deep gameplay systems that keep…

Sega’s Rieko Kodama to receive Pioneer Award at GDC 2019

Rieko Kodama is widely considered as the first lady of RPGs. Having worked with Sega for nearly 40 years now, Kodama has helped bring to life such series as Phantasy Star, Alex Kidd, and Skies of Arcadia. To say her work is classic is underselling it. For the 19th annual Game Developer’s Choice Awards, Kodama-san will be receiving the “Pioneer Award” for her contributions to the industry. In a statement given to Gamasutra, GDC’s general manager Katie Stern wrote, “After decades spent developing some of SEGA’s most indelible classics, Kodama-san could easily rest on her laurels, but instead has dedicated herself to creating games that transcend gender and generations to give us countless hours of joy. This award is a ‘thank you’ to Kodama-san and all creators who work so hard to achieve greatness.” The ceremony will be taking place on…

Web Development: What’s Big In 2019?

I try to keep up with web development trends but it’s hard to keep pace since it’s such a fast evolving field. Barely a week goes by without the release of a new JS framework, elaborate build tool or testing suite — all of them touted as the one to learn. Sorting the hype from the genuinely useful is no mean feat, so my aim in this article is to summarise some of the most interesting happenings that web development saw in the last year, and what trends we expect to see more of in 2019. A technology or framework doesn’t have to be brand new to be on our list here, it just needs to be growing rapidly or evolving in an interesting way. Let’s take a look! Looking Back on 2018: SPA,  CSS Grid, and Speed Single Page Applications…

Looking Ahead to 2019: WordPress in the Year to Come

What a year! At the end of 2017, I remember thinking that the previous year had been one of the biggest when it came to change in WordPress. But I didn’t know what was in store for 2018!2018 has seen some of the most fundamental and farthest-reaching changes in WordPress since its inception, embodied by the Gutenberg plugin (and the row over it).But in my view, it’s not Gutenberg that will dominate 2019—it’s the changes it heralds.So let’s take a look at what 2019 might have in store for WordPress and its community of users and developers.The WordPress CodebaseGutenberg represents the beginning of a fundamental shift in the WordPress codebase.Remember Matt Mullenweg’s State of the Word 2015 (yes, it was that long ago), when he told everyone to “learn JavaScript, deeply”?Well, now is the time when those people who listened to him will…

Our Most Anticipated Tabletop Games Of 2019

2018 brought us a ton of great tabletop games, and you can read about some of our favorites in our awards for the best board, card, and miniature games, as well as a separate list that recounts some of the very best tabletop role-playing products of 2018. If you’ve already turned your eye toward the future, you’re ready to get a glimpse of what’s coming next in the hobby. To that end, here are some of the most-anticipated games coming to your table in 2019. Entries are listed alphabetically. Batman: Gotham City ChroniclesPublisher: Monolith It didn’t manage to make its way to our tables as we hoped it might in 2018, but players are still eager to see how it all comes together. In this latest twist on the Dark Knight’s adventures, most players work together…

CES 2019: Dell’s stuck a Core i9 desktop CPU in their new Alienware Area-51m laptop

While everyone else was busy adding Nvidia’s new RTX graphics chips to their laptops at this year’s CES, Dell’s been busy with something else entirely for their new flagship Alienware Area-51m laptop. As well as being the first laptop to bear their new Alienware Legend design, it’s also the world’s first laptop to have a full-blown desktop Intel Core i9-9900K CPU crammed inside it. And to top it all off, it’s even upgradeable, too. (more…)

CES 2019: DisplayLink Showing Wireless Adapter Reference Design For Oculus Rift

At CES 2019 DisplayLink is showing off a reference design for a wireless adapter for the Oculus Rift. The company first showed off wireless VR all the way back at E3 2017. The prototype, in cooperation with Intel, became the official HTC Vive wireless adapter in 2018. There already is a wireless adapter on the market for the Rift- the TPCast. But the HTC Vive adapter powered by DisplayLink seems to have less issues and an easier setup, so this could be a welcome addition to the Rift. Of course, the main issue with all existing wireless VR adapters is price. Both the TPCast and HTC adapter sell for around $300. This is almost as much as the entire Rift package price- now $349. The fact DisplayLink powers the HTC adapter raises the tantalizing possibility that…

DFX.lv Alpha Status

What I mean is “If I want to…”: publish a small game = Itch.io; share a game source code = GitHub; talk about the development = Blog; share a small prototype = ?; broadcast live the gamedev = Twitch; share videos of the gamedev = Youtube; and so on….