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27. September 2019


Cocos2D-x, a popular open source cross platform C++ powered game framework, just released the first release candidate of Cocos2D-x 4.0.  Highlight features of RC0 over that last Beta 0 release include:

  • optimize Sprite creation speed
  • add some documentations
    • migration from v3 to v4 or using using v4 with cocopod can refer to this doc 4
    • new concept of v4 can refer to the docs 6
    • API changes doc is here 1
    • some examples can be found here 2
  • update luajit to latest 2.1
  • update GLFW to 3.3
  • remove tiff
  • Webview and VideoPlayer adapt to iOS 13
  • fix system font issue on macOS 15
  • fix memory leak on mac
  • many bugs fixed

Cocos2D-x 4 RC0 is available for download here.  If you are interested in learning Cocos2D-x, we have a 3.x based tutorial series available here.

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27. September 2019


Unity Technologies just held a developer conference, Unite Copenhagen, where they unveiled the future of Unity, both in the immediate release of Unity 2019.3 and going into 2020.  The migration to the DOTS technology stack continues with networking, audio and physics stacks coming to a production release.  2D and 3D both got a lot of new functionality while the UI continues to be updated with new tools such as the Device Simulator were added.

The entire two hour Unite Copenhagen keynote is available online.  Even better, they released the roadmap presentation, which we take a look at in depth in the video below.

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26. September 2019


Ubisoft, in partnership with Concordia University in Montreal and e-learning company Knowledge One, have launched Game Creators Odyssey.  It’s an online curriculum for schools to teach game development and design using best practices learned at Ubisoft.  The course is wrapped up in a game, that progresses as the student completes the course.

Details from the Concordia University press release:

Ubisoft and Concordia, through its online training provider KnowledgeOne, are partnering to offer the video game company’s expertise to university campuses around the world.

Designed as a video game, Game Creators’ Odyssey is an online course that takes students through the development process of video games. The course is based on Ubisoft’s know-how as one of the leaders of the gaming industry.

It offers a hands-on approach to game design that allows students to learn from a game developer’s perspective.

“At Concordia, we are always looking at ways to expand and improve learning,” says Concordia Interim President Graham Carr.

“Game Creators’ Odyssey is a great illustration of the innovation and creativity both Ubisoft and Concordia are known for.”

Some small details about the “game” aspect of GCO are also described:

Game Creators’ Odyssey takes students through the story of Nagato, a shinobi warrior-ninja in feudal Japan who’s on a quest to discover his true calling and craft his legacy.

The hero’s story evolves with the students’ own learning journey. Just like Nagato, students practice their skills and challenge their knowledge. They earn experience points allowing them to unlock further content and level-up in the leaderboard.

The course is available in both English and French and is ultimately being targeted at educational institutions.  You can learn more about Game Creator’s Odyssey at the website available here or learn more by watching the video below.

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25. September 2019


Following hot on the heels of yesterday’s excellent Unity Humble Bundle, today we have the Humble Software Bundle: Painter - Create With Confidence bundle.  This one is a collection of tools for artists including the excellent natural media Corel Painter 2019.  As always the bundle is split into tiers.  Those tiers are:

1$ Tier

  • PhotoMirage
  • Corel Plugin – ParticleShop
  • Brush Pack – Animation

12$ Tier

  • Gravit Designer (Learn More)
  • PaintShop Pro 2020 Ultimate
  • Brush Pack – Superheroes

25$ Tier

  • Corel Painter 2019
  • Pinnacle Studio 23 Ultimate
  • Brush Pack – Manga
  • Brush Pack – Concept Design


As always you get to decide how your money is allocated when you purchase this bundle, split between the publisher, Humble, Charity and if you so choose (and thanks if you do!), GameFromScratch.  You can learn more about this bundle by watching the video below.

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24. September 2019


This new Humble Bundle may be the single best value of any bundle yet, as long as you are a Unity developer that is.  The Unity Bundle 2019 is a collection of Unity assets, training materials and plugins from the Unity marketplace as well as a year subscription to Unity’s premium learning portal previously described here.

As always the bundle is broken into tiers.  You buy a higher value tier you get access to all the lower tiers.  This bundle consists of the following tiers:


1$

  • Easy Mobile Pro
  • Mtree Tree Creation
  • Snaps Prototype Asian Residential
  • Snaps Prototype Asian Residential HD

11$

  • Dynamic Bone
  • UMotion Pro Animation Editor
  • Doozy UI: Complete UI Management System
  • Snaps Prototype:Construction Site
  • Snaps Prototype:Construction Site HD

15$

  • 1 year Unity Learn Premium
  • PlayMaker
  • Aura 2 Volumetric Lighting & Fog
  • Snaps Prototype Buried Memories Volume 2:Serekh
  • Snaps Prototype Buried Memories Volume 2:Serekh HD
  • The Ultimate Guide to Game Development with Unity 2019


When you purchase the bundle you receive a number of keys to be registered on the Unity Store or Unity Learn, with the keys expiring in 1 year.  Don’t worry, once redeemed your purchase does not expire.  As with all Humble Bundles, you can decide how your money is split, between the publisher, Humble, charity or if you choose (and thanks if you do!) supporting GameFromScratch. 

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