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24. October 2019


The Game Creators have just released the AppGameKit Studio: Particle Editor, which despite the name will work with both AppGameKit Classic and the newer AppGameKit Studio.  It is a combination editor and runtime making creating and controlling particle systems for AGK a breeze. 

Key features include:

  • Create effects with as little as 1,000 to 1 million particles
  • Emitter types include box, circle, disc, filled sphere, spherical shell, line
  • Burst emitters for explosions and sparks
  • Particle type settings from size, colours, lifespan and more
  • Animated image particle support
  • Particle blend modes supported, opaque, alpha, additive
  • Particle colouring controlled using gradients
  • Particle orientation control
  • Turbulence system
  • Vector field controls, paint, push, attract, repel, swirl
  • Function packed runtime code for your projects (Win, Mac & Linux)
  • Custom textures and gradients supported
  • Reflector system used to bounce particles off floors and walls

The Particle Editor is available as DLC with an MSRP of $30 USD.  If you are interested in checking out AppGameKit Studio, be sure to check out our hands-on getting started tutorial series available here or check out the video below.

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23. October 2019


2019 has been a massive year for the open source 3D application Blender.  Back in July Blender 2.80 was released, perhaps the biggest release in Blender’s history.  Just a few days later, Epic Games announced that they would be giving Blender 1.2M dollars as part of their Mega-grant program.  Then earlier this month, NVIDIA became a Patron level sponsor, the highest tier possible.  Today another company joined that tier, announced in the following tweet:


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No formal details of the partnership have been announced by either Blender or AMD as of yet, but a patron level sponsorship means that AMD will be giving the Blender Foundation at least 120K Euro/month, enabling the hiring of at least two developers full time!

Learn more about this and prior announcements in the video below.

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21. October 2019


LowRes NX is a cross platform and open source fantasy console.   Fantasy consoles are designed to create a virtual game console as well as providing all the tools you need to create games for the console.  It’s a way of harkening back to a simpler time in game development and is an excellent way of introducing game programming while keeping the complexities down, as well as teaching more experienced programmers how to deal with more constrained environments.

LowRes NX is described as follows:

Virtual Game Console

Imagine LowRes NX as a handheld game console with a d-pad, two action buttons and a little rubber keyboard below a slidable touchscreen. LowRes NX was inspired by real 8- and 16-bit systems and simulates chips for graphics, sound and I/O, which actually work like classic hardware. It supports hardware sprites as well as hardware parallax scrolling, and even offers vertical blank and raster interrupts to create authentic retro effects.

Old-School Programming

The programming language of LowRes NX is based on second-generation, structured BASIC. It offers all the classic commands, but with labels, loops and subprograms instead of line numbers. Graphics and sound are supported by additional commands and you can even access the virtual hardware directly using PEEK and POKE. You have complete control over the program flow, there is no standard update function to implement.

Creative Tools

LowRes NX includes all the tools you need: The Character Designer for editing sprites, tiles and fonts, the Background Designer for tile maps and screen layouts, as well as the Sound Composer for music and sound effects. All of these are just normal BASIC programs. You can change and improve them or even create your own custom editors.

Share and Play

Send your games directly to other users or share them via the website. All programs are open source, so you can play them, learn from them and edit them. Do you prefer making just art or music? Share your creations as assets and let other programmers use them in their projects.

One of the most interesting aspects of LowRes NX is there is a completely free iOS implementation available on the Apple App Store enabling game development on the go.  There is also a community of games you can learn from.  The source code is available on GitHub under the LGPL v3 open source license.  You can check out LowRes NX in action in the video below.

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20. October 2019


The creator of MagicaVoxel just released a new free interactive path renderer for heightmaps called AerioLOD.  It is a very early version, labeled 0.0.0 and available for 32 and 64bit Windows machines.

The very brief description from the homepage:

An interactive path tracing renderer for height maps.

  • support rendering height maps of size up to 16384^2.
  • support importing and exporting 8-bit and 16-bit png images.

Current release notes:

0.0.0 - 10/19/2019

You can check out AerioLOD in action in the video below.

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17. October 2019


For the first time since moving to a subscription based pricing model, Unity Technologies have announced an increase in price for their Plus and Pro subscriptions.

Here are the current subscription costs:


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Effective January 1, 2020 prices will rise to $40 a month for Plus and $150 a month for Pro subscriptions.

Some details from the Unity blog:

What’s changing and when?

Effective January 1, 2020 at 12:00 am UTC, the price for Unity Pro subscriptions will be USD $150/month and Unity Plus subscriptions will be USD $40/month. This pricing applies to new subscriptions, additional seats, and renewals of expiring custom agreements. Current seat subscriptions and current custom agreements are unaffected. If you wish to confirm this, please check your email or contact the Customer Service team.

Why are you raising the price of subscriptions?

The price has remained the same for over three years and we are making these increases in order to continue investing in new technology, features and services that will benefit all Unity creators.

Will there still be a free Unity version?

Yes. Unity Personal remains free to creators with revenue or funding (raised or self-funded) below USD $100K in the past year.


Subscriptions purchased before January 1st will remain at the current pricing, so if you are looking to subscribe, now is the time!

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