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30. October 2019


Humble are running a new bundle of interest to game developers, the Humble Learn and Play VR-AR Game Dev Bundle.  This is a collection of courses by Zenva on the topics of Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality development using the Unity game engine.  Additionally it contains several VR games as well, each redeemed on Steam.

As always the bundle is broken into tiers, this bundle’s tiers are:

1$

  • Intro to Augmented Realitry
  • Intro to Game Development with Unity
  • Create Your First 3D Game with Unity
  • VR Game Development for Beginners
  • VR Game Development with Controllers
  • Insect Revolution VR

11$

  • AR Projects – Job Training App
  • AR Projects – Geology App
  • VR Pointers – Space Station App
  • VR Projects – Night with Mosquitos Game
  • VR Projects – Space Invaders
  • Intro to ARKit
  • Intro to ARCore
  • AR Projects Science App For Kids

20$

  • Project Based Oculus Avatars and Platform SDK
  • VR Projects 360 Photos Experience
  • VR Projects 360 Video Quiz App
  • VR Projects Puzzle Game
  • VR Projects Fitness Game
  • VR Projects Cabin Experience
  • VR Projects Third Person Platformer Game
  • VR Projects Underwater Shark Experience
  • VR Projects First Person Shooter
  • VR Projects Build an RPG
  • AR Game Development Space Shooter
  • VR Projects Exploration Game
  • Stunt Kite Masters VR
  • Devil and the Fairy

As with all Humble bundles, you can decide how your money is allocated, between the Publisher, Humble, Charity or if you choose (and thanks if you do!) GameFromScratch by using this link.  You can learn more about this bundle in the video below.

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30. October 2019


The Haxe Programming Language just hit a major milestone with the release of version 4.0.0.  The programming language gains several new features such as:

  • New function type syntax
  • Arrow function syntax
  • final keyword
  • New and faster Haxe built-in interpreter
  • Unicode support on all targets
  • Key-value iterators
  • Auto-"using" for types
  • IDE services protocol for better IDE support
  • New high-performance run-time HashLink, a successor of Neko
  • .. and much more!

Check the complete What’s New Guide for a full list of changes in this release, including possible breaking changes from Haxe 3.x.  There is a thriving ecosystem of game engines and frameworks for Haxe which we showcased here.  Of particular interest are the Blender based Armory3D engine (tutorial series here) and the popular and mature 2D frame HaxeFlixel (tutorial series here).

You can learn more about the Haxe 4.0.0 release in the video below.

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29. October 2019


Unity have just released a new resource for game developers, the FPS Microgame.  It consists of two parts, a project available for download on the Asset Store and a set of courses available on the Unity Learn platform.  The project is structured around teaching game development buy modding an existing game.

The courses are structured around extending the game in the following manner:

  • Add new power-ups and enemies – add loot items (such as a jet pack) and new weapons (like a sniper rifle), make weaponized projectiles (like chocolate chip cookies), create custom enemies, and boost your player’s lifespan with health (or cookie) packs.
  • Design your own levels – reconfigure the battle arena, build new levels with easy-to-use snap-in assets, set constraints for enemies’ movements, and customize the game’s look with props and level art.
  • Mod the look – change the sky, create your own title screen and menus, and give your game a unique splash of color.
  • Test, tune, and optimize – adjust hit points and damage, modify player mechanics like speed and jump strength, optimize your game’s performance, and create a WebGL build to share your game online

More details are available on the Unity blog.  You can learn more about the template and see it in action in the video below.


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28. October 2019


GDevelop 5 beta 82 was just released.  GDevelop is a completely open source game engine with a very beginner friendly visual programming language and a complete set of tools for creating 2D games.  A new tool addition this release is integration of a Yarn dialog editor enabling your game to support complex and branching dialogs.

Details on new features from the release notes:

  • The Yarn Dialogue editor is now embedded in GDevelop (thanks @blurymind!). Yarn is a powerful editor allowing to create advanced and dynamic dialogues with multiple choices.

    • When choosing a dialogue to load using the Dialogue Tree actions, you can edit or create a json file containing a dialogue in Yarn format.
    • Read the help page about dialogue trees to learn more about how to use them.
    • See the example "Dialogue Tree with Yarn" to see how to use dialogue actions. You can also try the example online.
  • Improved Shape Painter object with new shapes and advanced features (thanks @Bouh!).

    • Add ellipse, rounded rectangle and star to Shape Painter
    • Add support for other advanced shapes (arc, bezier curves), and shapes composed of multiple shapes.
  • Various new smaller features:

    • Add condition to check for WebGL support (thanks @Wend1go!)
    • Add "Scene just resumed" condition (thanks @Wend1go!)
    • Add menu item to extract events into a new group (thanks @Bouh!)

Be sure to check out the complete release notes for a full list of improvements and changes in this release.  If you are interested in learning more about GDevelop be sure to check out our hands-on video below.

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27. October 2019


Talos is an open source Java based particle system creation tool powered by the LibGDX graphics framework.  The source code is available on GitHub under the Apache 2.0 open source license, while the executable is available here in JAR format.  Currently there is a LibGDX runtime with hopefully more game engines to follow in the future.

Version 1.05 was just released with the following features:

  • legacy libgdx particle file importer full functionality
  • Modules can now be renamed with double click on the title
  • Full Copy/Paste functionality for modules from emitter to the emitter. Works between different talos windows.
  • Additive blend mode support in renderer and config properties for emitter
  • Global dynamic user set vars (global scope input)
  • Dynamic Drag point support for visualizing vector2 values in the preview window
  • Filtered search drop-down for module creation
  • Dropping curve in empty location auto-open's module popup.
  • Preview supports background and foreground images.
  • Viewport width can be changed with exact numbers in input box instead of just scroll for zoom
  • Particle in the preview window can be moved with right-click
  • Module multi-select with rectangle hit, with SHIFT, and with Ctrl+A
  • Categorized module list
  • Some modules now have their default values exposed as input fields
  • Performance numbers such as triangles, particle count, render times and more shown in preview
  • Runtime: attached mode
  • Runtime: loopable effects and support for API methods such as pause/start/stop allow completion
  • Batch legacy import functionality
  • Export for runtime format
  • Settings dialog for default asset location
  • Module Grouping with Ctrl+G, color and custom text for module groups
  • Up & Down positioning for emitters.
  • Fixed samples list to work, now you can see 3 example .tls in File->Samples menu
  • Offset dynamic shape module
  • Module to script in java code and manipulate inputs/outputs
  • Beam Renderer module
  • Random Input slot module
  • Perlin Noise module
  • From To to Position/Size/Rotation converter module

Given the new ability to import existing LibGDX particle effects, you can download plenty of examples to play around with in this project.  If you are interested in learning LibGDX be sure to check out our complete tutorial series available here.  To learn more about Talos and see it in action, check out the video below.

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