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19. September 2018


Tiled, the open source 2D map editor, just released version 1.2.  This release has several key new features including multi layer selection, multi map world view, improved object and polygon editing tools, as well as several smaller fixes and improvements.  Be aware that Tiled made changes to simplify the JSON export format, which may have broken support for several game engines importer.  If you are interested in learning more about Tiled, be sure to check out our complete tutorial series.


Full changelog from the release notes:

  • Added multi-layer selection, including multi-layer tile layer editing
  • Added support for multi-map worlds (#1669)
  • Added ability to extend existing polylines (with Ketan Gupta, #1683)
  • Added option to highlight the hovered object (#1190)
  • Added news from website to the status bar (#1898)
  • Added option to show object labels for hovered objects
  • Added option to embed tilesets on export (#1850)
  • Added option to detach templates on export (#1850)
  • Added option to resolve object types and properties on export (#1850)
  • Added Escape for switching to the Select Objects tool and for clearing the selection
  • Added Escape to cancel the current action in all object layer tools
  • Added double-click on polygon objects to switch to Edit Polygons tool
  • Added interaction with segments for polygons, for selection and dragging
  • Added double-clicking a polygon segment for inserting a new point at that location
  • Added action to lock/unlock all other layers (by kralle333, #1883)
  • Added --export-tileset command line argument (by Josh Bramlett, #1872)
  • Added unique persistent layer IDs (#1892)
  • Added ‘version’ and ‘tiledversion’ to external tileset files
  • Added full paths to Recent Files menu as tool tips (by Gauthier Billot, #1992)
  • Create Object Tools: Show preview already on hover (#537)
  • Objects view: Only center view on object on press or activation
  • Objects view: When clicking a layer, make it the current one (by kralle333, #1931)
  • Unified the Create Polygon and Create Polyline tools
  • JSON plugin: Made the JSON format easier to parse (by saeedakhter, #1868)
  • Tile Collision Editor: Allowed using object templates
  • Templates view: Don’t allow hiding the template object
  • Python plugin: Updated to Python 3 (by Samuli Tuomola)
  • Python plugin: Fixed startup messages not appearing in debug console
  • Python plugin: Fixed file change watching for main script files
  • Lua plugin: Include properties from templates (#1901)
  • Lua plugin: Include tileset column count in export (by Matt Drollette, #1969)
  • tBIN plugin: Don’t ignore objects that aren’t perfectly aligned (#1985)
  • tBIN plugin: Fixed “Unsupported property type” error for newly added float properties
  • Automapping: Report error when no output layers are found
  • AutoMapping: Changed matching outside of map boundaries and added ‘MatchOutsideMap’ option
  • Linux: Modernized the appstream file (by Patrick Griffis)
  • libtiled: Allow qrc-based tileset images (#1947)
  • libtiled-java: Fixed loading maps with multiple external tilesets
  • Make Ctrl+Q work for quitting also on Windows (#1998)
  • Fixed performance issue when deleting many objects (#1972)
  • Fixed randomizing of terrain, Wang tiles and stamp variations (#1949)
  • Fixed tilesets getting added to maps when they shouldn’t be (#2002)
  • Fixed issue with default font size in combination with custom family (#1994)
  • Fixed the tile grid to render below labels, handles and selection indicators
  • Fixed confirming overwrite when exporting a tileset
  • Fixed reading of infinite maps that don’t use chunked layer data
  • Updated Bulgarian, Dutch, French, German, Norwegian Bokmål, Portuguese (Portugal) and Turkish translations

You can download Tiled right here.  If you are unfamiliar with Tiled, check it out in action in the video embedded below.

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17. September 2018


Humble Bundle is a charity driven store, that bundles together books, videos and software around a given theme, with a portion of the revenue going to a charity.  Right now they have teamed up with Packt Publishing to release the Humble Game Development Book Bundle.  This bundle contains several books and videos from Packt on many game development topics.  Contents of the bundle include:

Books

Video

  • Creating a Game with Blender Game Engine
  • Basics of Coding with Unreal Engine 4
  • Modern OpenGL C++ 3D Game Tutorial Series and 3D Rendering
  • Mastering Unreal Engine 4.x Game Development
  • Building a Character using Blender 3D
  • Learning C++ by Creating Games with Unreal Engine 4
  • Learning C# by Developing Games with Unity


Wow, that’s a lot of value for $15!

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13. September 2018


In this chapter of our ongoing Game Engines by Language series, today we are going to look at the game engines, both 2D and 3D, available for Python.  If  you are interested we have already created versions for C++, C#, Lua, JavaScript and the Haxe programming languages.  Keep in mind, only engines/frameworks still under active development have been included on this list.  If we have done a tutorial or video on the subject there will be a learn more link to the right.


2D

PyGame

Pyglet

Arcade

Ren’Py

Cocos2D


3D

Panda3D (Learn More)

Blender Game Engine (Learn More)

UPBGE (Learn More)


Bindings

PyOgre

PySFML

PySDL

Allegro (Learn More)


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12. September 2018


Back in July, Unity announced a partnership with Google on future game based networking solutions.  Open Match, an open source matchmaking solution.  Matchmaking is one of those challenges all networked games face.  Do you run your own custom servers, or use a 3rd party service for matchmaking?  Running your own servers obviously comes with a cost as well as additional support requirements, while farming it out to a third party leaves you exposed if they ever shutdown.  Open Match might be a good compromise solution, enabling game engine agnostic networking that runs in standard docking containers or in the future, hosted on Unity servers.


Primary features of Open Match:

Extensibility. Custom match logic examples are available for simple player matchmaking based on latency, wait time, and an arbitrary skill rating.

Flexibility. Because Open Match runs on Kubernetes, you can deploy it on any public cloud, local data center, or even on a local workstation.

Scalability. Open Match is designed using proven web microservices patterns, and with Kubernetes as the underlying platform, adding additional capacity to your APIs when you have more customers is as simple as a single command. Kubernetes autoscaling can be used to automate it as well.

Open Match is not tied directly to Google nor Unity:

Although Open Match is co-founded by Google Cloud and Unity, it’s game engine agnostic. It can be integrated into any game, regardless of how the game is built or what infrastructure it’s running on. Unity will be basing future matchmaking technology on Open Match, so Unity customers will be able to more easily take advantage of its features, such as through integration with Unity-provided servers. The Open Match GitHub repo is now open for contributions, and you can follow the example provided in the development setup guide to start experimenting today.

Open match is in alpha now and is not ready for production usage.  It is released under the Apache 2 open source license and is written using the Go programming language.

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12. September 2018


The first beta of Unity 2018.3 was just released and can be downloaded here or from the Unity hub.  By far and away the star of the 2018.3 release is the new ability to nest prefabs, instead of forcing you to organized your prefabs in giant monolithic structures or tiny granular detail, you can now mix and match, composing prefabs out of other prefabs.  If you are interested in learning more about this new feature, be sure you check out the dedicated Unity page on prefabs.

This release also included several other improvements including:

  • Improved Prefab workflows
  • Terrain System Improvements (Preview)
  • Isometric 2D Tilemaps
  • 2D Animation V2
  • High Definition Render Pipeline (Preview)
  • Memory Profiler (Preview)
  • New Default Scripting Runtime
  • Editor Improvements

Additionally there are an absolutely huge number of fixes and improvements in this release.  For full details be sure to check the complete release notes for details.

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