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10. September 2019


There is a new Humble Bundle of interest to developers, the Humble Level Up Your Python Bundle.  This one is an eclectic mix of Python related content including subscriptions to JetBrain’s PyCharm Python IDE, access to training courses, videos and books.  As always Humble Bundles are organized into tiers, with each tier giving complete access to all the tiers below it.  In this case however it is slightly different, in that subscription duration replace those from the lower tiers with a longer duration and are not cumulative.

Tiers of this bundle consist of:

1$ Tier

  • PyCharm IDE Pro Subscription 2 Months
  • MongoDB for Developers Video
  • PyBites Code Challenge 20
  • Python Tricks The Book
  • Illustrated Guide to Python 3


14$ Tier

  • PyCharm 4 Months
  • Async Techniques and Examples in Python Video
  • Pytbites Code Challenge 40
  • Python  Basics
  • Learning the Panda Library


20$ Tier

  • Building Data Driven Web Apps with Flask and SQLAlchemy Video
  • Pybites 60
  • Managing Python Dependencies with Pip and Virtual Video
  • Effective PyCharm
  • PyCharm IDE 6 Month Subscription
  • Python Morsels: Weekly Practice 6 Month Subscription


Please be aware that many of these items need to be redeemed before the end of 2019 or they will expire.  As always with Humble you can choose how your money is allocated between the publisher, humble, charity or if you choose (and thanks if you do!) GFS.  If you are interested in learning Python for Game Development, check out the following Python Game Engine resource.


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10. September 2019


Fanatical have just entered the book market with a number of eBook bundles on a variety of subjects including Blender, Unity, Unreal and C++ development.  In the case of the Unreal and C++ books you can even buy individual books or smaller bundle packages to suit your needs.  Additionally there are bundles on machine learning, security, blockchain, Wordpress, command line and more.

The primary bundles of interest to game developers are:

The books in this bundle are from Packt Press, which can vary massively in quality.  Several of the books have also been in prior Humble Bundles, so be sure to check your Humble library before making a purchase.  All of the above links contain an affiliate code that helps support the channel if you use them to make a purchase (and thanks if you do!). 

Learn more about the bundles in the video below.

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9. September 2019


Ambiera have released CopperCube 6.3.  CopperCube is a commercial 3D engine with a generous free version available that enables you to create games with little to no programing required.

New features in CopperCube 6.3 include:

  • Publishing new apps to the google play store now works again (Google has upped their minimal API level)
    Android target version is now 29 (instead of previously 26).
  • Improved iPhone WebGL support:
    • iPhone normal map rendering now also works on WebGL. Most iPhones don't support 4 lights at the same time, so rendering is reduced to two lights at the same time for these.
    • Nicer fallback shaders for iPhones
  • Added Italian translation
  • Improved arabic translation
  • When running your WebGL code on a device not supporting all shaders, the "could not link program" error messages isn't displayed anymore.
  • Various other minor improvements here and there

You can learn more about this and previous releases here.  If you are interested in learning CopperCube be sure to check out our complete tutorial series on our sister site DevGa.me or watch the video tutorial available below.

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9. September 2019


Back in February we announced that Godot was a recipient of the annual Google Summer of Code.  Essentially this is an open source effort funded by Google where they pay students to work on open source projects.  This year the Godot game engine had 8 students working on various different projects.  At this point the GSoC is over and Godot released the results of this years efforts.

The projects consisted of:

You can learn more about the results of any individual project by clicking any of the links above or by clicking here.  If you are interested in learning how to use the Godot game engine, be sure to check out our complete tutorial series available here.  Learn more about the GSoC entries for 2019 in the video below.

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6. September 2019


PlayCanvas, the HTML5 based 3D game engine just released version 1.23.0.  The primary new features of the release is that PlayCanvas is now available via the NPM, the Node Package Manager.  Additionally you can now generate TypeScript definitions for the entire API.

Details of the release from the PlayCanvas GitHub:

  • [NEW] PlayCanvas now available on NPM: https://www.npmjs.com/package/playcanvas (@aidinabedi)
  • [NEW] Official TypeScript definitions for the entire PlayCanvas API ('npm run tsd')
  • [NEW] Added pc.Vec2/3#distance (distance between 2 points)
  • [IMPROVEMENT] Post effects now use MSAA render targets when WebGL 2 is available
  • [IMPROVEMENT] Grab pass can now be used in combination with post effects (@aidinabedi)
  • [IMPROVEMENT] playcanvas-latest.js renamed to playcanvas.js
  • [IMPROVEMENT] WebVR Polyfill dependency removed from the engine
  • [DOCS] Build a local copy of the API reference manual ('npm run docs')
  • [DOCS] 100s of fixes and improvements to the API reference manual (@aidinabedi)
  • [FIX] Right to Left text alignment fix
  • [FIX] Entities cloned inside postInitialize now have their own postInitialize functions called


If you are interested in checking out or learning PlayCanvas check out our PlayCanvas Step by Step Bowling Game tutorial.

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