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OverActive Media Names New Marketing and PR Vice Presidents

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Splyce and Toronto Defiant parent company OverActive Media has added marketing and PR vice presidents. OverActive Media acquired Splyce in November after launching the Defiant together in October. Yesterday, the company confirmed that it laid off six employees in the sales and marketing departments. OverActive Media  (OAM), the holding company behind Splyce  and the Toronto...

Rocket League New Update Brings Different Platform Invites, Season 9 Rewards, and More

Permalink - Posted on 2019-02-20 19:18


Invite your friends from all platforms now!

The post Rocket League New Update Brings Different Platform Invites, Season 9 Rewards, and More appeared first on Gameranx.


SPICY PIGGY | Pocket Gamer Review

Permalink - Posted on 2019-02-20 19:17

Nitrome is known for knocking out high quality pixel art platform puzzlers for mobile, but they've decided to smash the difficulty up several notches for Spicy Piggy. This is a relentlessly touch platformer which wants you to die over and over, and gets its wish 9 times out of 10.

Free to download, can be unlocked via an IAP.

APP STORE: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/spicy-piggy/id1299099865?mt=8
GOOGLE PLAY: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nitrome.spicypiggy&hl=en_GB



Senior FX Artist at 343 Industries

Permalink - Posted on 2019-02-20 19:16

343 Industries, the developers of Halo, is seeking a Senior FX Artist to join their team.

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Unity Plans for GDC 2019

Permalink - Posted on 2019-02-20 19:16

What are Unity plans for this year’s GDC? Let’s see what’s in store here.

To begin with, for the first time ever the team will be hosting Keynote Parties in their San FranciscoBellevue and Montreal offices, which are open to the public, so you don’t even need a GDC badge.

What is more, select Unity User Groups will also be hosting their own local viewing party events. The Portland, OR and Austin, TX Unity User Groups are the first announced.

The team has planned a full day of in-depth sessions for their Developer Day on Tuesday, March 19 from 10:00 am to 6:30 pm PST. “Come and learn about new and upcoming technologies in Unity, like how to create instant games with DOTS using Project Tiny.”

There will be numerous other sessions, of course. “Attend “Connecting the DOTS: The Unity Data-Oriented Technology Stack” with Mike Acton and learn how it was applied in the Megacity sample project. Or check out Natasha Tartarchuk’s “Assisted Artistry: Applying Deep Learning to Games Content Creation” session, where attendees will learn practical approaches for applying deep learning techniques to content creation workflows for games resources and more. Operating a multiplayer game on a global scale is quite challenging – grab some tips from Larry Rye in the session “Scaling Multiplayer Worlds for Success”.”

You can check the Unity at GDC page for the full schedule. Learn more here.

Simple River Stones by Stan Brown is a procedural material for your environments fully made in Substance Designer. The package includes a fully commented and organized graph for study and customization.

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Sculpting Destiny-Style Characters in ZBrush & Substance

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Eduard Oliver gave a little talk on the way he created his Casmir character using ZBrush, Substance Painter, and Marmoset Toolbag.


My name is Eduardo Oliveira, and I live in Brazil – São Paulo. I started designing when I started playing some games of the season online. I am currently working in the area of games as a character artist. I have worked on Evasion, a VR game. There are others that have not been published, but unfortunately, I cannot talk about them due to NDA.


I wanted to do Casmir because of an interesting and aesthetic concept behind it (this concept was made by Jarold Sng and Sergey Vasnev). The references that I used are from games similar to the concept like Destiny, Titanfall, and others that has this style.

The main sculpt always starts from a sketch, first I need to find the shape and silhouette of the character, usually start with a basic shape (sphere), pulling and modeling.

Many of the character’s parts are symmetrical, and I use symmetry to save time. The biggest challenges is about finding the right shape, silhouette, and everything that makes the project look aesthetic.

I made the textures in Substance Painter, starting with basic colors and adding variations, dirt and wear for more details. For personal work, I like to create everything, observing and comparing the materials to achieve the best result.

The lenses were made with separate materials, to obtain a better refractive and transparency result using the Marmoset preset and playing with the material values. I always start with some Sky light to get the reflections of the environment, then I add KeyLight, RimLight and FillLight.

For the rendering part, I used Marmoset Toolbag. I just painted the textures that determine how materials react to light.

Eduard Oliver, Character Artist

Interview conducted by Kirill Tokarev


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FCC says broadband deployment is going great despite 20 million lacking access

Permalink - Posted on 2019-02-20 19:15

One of the FCC's members is calling BS on the report's conclusion.

What is happening to everyone in The Sims 4 StrangerVille?

Permalink - Posted on 2019-02-20 19:15

They can't stop smiling and giggling. Must be aliens.

Mr. X becomes Mr. Sex in a revealing Resident Evil 2 thong mod

Permalink - Posted on 2019-02-20 19:15

Finally, a reason to let Mr. X catch you.

Road to the IGF: Zachariah Chandler's Nth Dimension[al] Hiking

Permalink - Posted on 2019-02-20 19:11

nth%20logo.jpgNth Dimension[al] Hiking explores places you're not supposed to be, leaving players to explore and wander them as they seek the hidden truths buried within seemingly dead ends. ...

Episode 4 Of IGN, GameSpot, Jeuxvideo And Mein-MMO Playing Anthem Together In 4-Player Co-op

Permalink - Posted on 2019-02-20 19:07

(Presented by Anthem) It’s the final instalment of our unlikely allies, GameSpot, IGN, Jeuxvideo and Mein-MMO, playing 4 player co-op together. Join us in this stronghold mission as we go deep underground and battle a huge adversary in Anthem.

Resident Evil 2 Invades PUBG In Scary New Battle Royale Mode, But Only On Mobile

Permalink - Posted on 2019-02-20 19:07

The new Resident Evil 2-themed mode, titled Zombie: Survive Till Dawn, has gone live in PUBG Mobile. The crossover introduces Resident Evil 2's enemies into the mobile version of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, and also adds the extra challenge of bosses to the battle royale game.

Added in patch 0.11.0, Zombie: Survive Till Dawn, has 60 players face off in a 30-minute battle royale match that's divided into three days and two nights. During the day, you still must contend with other players and scavenge for weapons and resources, but wandering computer-controlled enemies from Resident Evil 2--such as lickers and undead police officers--present an added challenge. Killing these enemies rewards you with resources, but doing so might telegraph your position to other players.

At night, the game gets even more tricky. The darkness makes it hard to see, and computer-controlled enemies become much more aggressive. During both the day and night, you'll have to be on the lookout for the mode's bosses as well. William Birkin, aka G1, spawns in PUBG Mobile's police station. Regardless of the time, you'll have to contend with him if you want the location's excellent loot. Resident Evil 2's Tyrant, aka Mr. X, randomly appears around air drops to pursue those who try to claim them. To help hold back these threats, the Zombie: Survive Till Dawn introduces the new MI34 minigun.

If you play Zombie: Survive Till Dawn, you can unlock Leon and Claire skins for use in PUBG Mobile, as well as costumes inspired by Ada and Marvin. PUBG Mobile is available for both Android and iOS.

After braving the horrors of Resident Evil 2 in a battle royale setting, consider picking up the actual game as well. In our Resident Evil 2 review, we gave the game a 9/10, describing it as "a stellar remake of the original" that "delivers anxiety-inducing and grotesque situations" and tops "some of the series' finest entries."

Apex Legends Adds Its First New Gun, Havoc--See It In Action

Permalink - Posted on 2019-02-20 19:07

Respawn Entertainment has said it intends for Apex Legends to be a live-service game, and that means we'll see changes and events pop up in the future. What exactly those are isn't quite clear yet--the game's first season, and the new content Respawn has teased with it, doesn't come until March--but players are just getting their first taste of long-term Apex Legends today, along with a new update that makes a few fixes.

In a new trailer, Respawn showed off the first new gun it's adding to Apex Legends since the game's launch earlier this month. The weapon is the Havoc energy rifle, which looks to be a fully automatic assault rifle that handles in a similar way to current weapons like the R-301 Carbine or the Devotion light machine gun. The Havoc is live in the game now--check it out in action in the trailer below.

The most interesting thing about the Havoc as seen in the trailer is that it's different from the rest of the guns in Apex Legends. It accepts two kinds of "hop-up" attachments; these are rarer items you can add to certain guns that change the way they perform, but usually guns only support one kind of hop-up. For the Devotion LMG, for instance, you can add the Turbocharger hop-up, which speeds up the charge time when the gun begins to fire. The Prowler submachine gun can take the Select Fire hop-up, which can switch the gun from its default burst-fire mode to a fully automatic mode that makes it even more deadly.

The trailer shows that the Havoc can handle either the Turbocharger hop-up or the Select Fire hop-up, and each has a different effect on the gun. The Turbocharger speeds up the rate at which the gun hits its top speed in fully automatic mode--like the Devotion, the Havoc seems to have a short charge time before it gets up to its full energy bullet-spewing potential. With the Turbocharger, the gun looks pretty effective at short and medium ranges.

The Select Fire hop-up allows you to switch the Havoc to a single-fire mode, which fires one charging shot. In the trailer, Select Fire makes the gun effective at longer ranges and, from the looks of things, can turn the Havoc into a sniper or scout rifle.

That's a whole lot of versatility in one gun, and more than we've seen so far in Apex Legends. The Havoc also suggests that future additions to the Apex armory could offer even more customization depending on the attachments and loot you find in the game once you drop into a match. That could make the potential changes coming with Apex Legends' first season pretty powerful, but we'll have to wait until March to find out for sure.

Here’s Why a Nintendo Revival of Scalebound is Unlikely

Permalink - Posted on 2019-02-20 19:05

Game Informer's Imran Khan recently dropped the juicy teaser that he's heard Nintendo is reviving a game that was officially canceled. Naturally, this has excited Nintendo fans around the world and triggered widespread speculation. What buried treasure could Nintendo be digging back up? One of the most popular suggestions is former Xbox One exclusive Scalebound from PlatinumGames, but we have our doubts. As it turns out, so does Liam Robertson, the man who first broke the story that it was canceled.

Head inside for details!

Rumor: Pokémon News is Coming Soon

Permalink - Posted on 2019-02-20 19:05

Millions of fans around the world are currently enjoying Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu and Pokémon: Let's Go, Eevee, but Game Freak isn't just coasting on the strong sales of their most recent releases. In fact, long before the Let's Go games released, Game Freak confirmed that they were working on a "core series RPG" coming in late 2019. So when will the next chapter of Pokémon finally be revealed? Possibly quite soon!

Hit the jump for details!

Kingdom Hearts 3 Was The Highest Selling Game of January 2019 In USA

Permalink - Posted on 2019-02-20 19:04

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The NPD Group shared its report for the bestselling video game software and hardware in the United States earlier today, and while the Nintendo Switch was the top selling console for the month in the country, it was Kingdom Hearts 3, a game that is not available on the Switch at all, which topped the software charts. Kingdom Hearts 3 had the best debut in franchise history, with dollar sales up by 2.5x over the previous record holder, Kingdom Hearts 2.

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown also created a franchise record, with launch sales 70% higher than Ace Combat 6’s. That said, it wasn’t the game that came in second—that was Resident Evil 2, which saw sales 80% higher than Resident Evil 2 in 1998. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe sales were 30% higher than sales for the original Wii U game, and it came in third place. Tales of Vesperia managed 12th place, while longstanding games such as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Red Dead Redemption 2 continued to chart well as well.

You can check out the full chart, courtesy of VentureBeat, for yourself below.


Top 20 best selling titles (January 2019) – Includes Physical and Digital sales

  1. Kingdom Hearts III
  2. Resident Evil 2 2019
  3. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe*
  4. Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII^
  5. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate*
  6. Red Dead Redemption II
  7. Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown
  8. NBA 2K19
  9. Mario Kart 8*
  10. Grand Theft Auto V
  11. Madden NFL 19^
  12. Tales Of Vesperia
  13. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  14. Battlefield V^
  15. Super Mario Party*
  16. Minecraft#
  17. Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
  18. Marvel’s Spider-Man
  19. FIFA 19^
  20. Super Mario Odyssey*

* Digital sales not included
^ PC digital sales not included
# Minecraft sales include all physical & digital on PlayStation and Xbox platforms

Nintendo Switch Was The Highest Selling Console In January In The US

Permalink - Posted on 2019-02-20 19:04

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The NPD Group has shared its report for video game hardware and software sales in the United States for the month of January, and as many may have expected, the Nintendo Switch emerged as the top selling console of the month, ahead of the PS4 and Xbox One. It was also the console that generated the most revenues during the month in hardware sales.

The Switch managed this in spite of missing out on two of the biggest releases of the month—Resident Evil 2 and Kingdom Hearts 3, suggesting the continued momentum from Pokemon Let’s Go and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, alongside the new launch of New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, was enough to explain the continued demand for it.

In fact, the Switch was the only console to see a year on year increase in January, Venture Beat reports. However, its year on year gains were not enough to offset the losses suffered by PS4 and Xbox One, and overall spending on hardware fell to $199 million (down 28% from $278 million in January 2018).

Given the absurdly packed lineup the Switch has for this year, I think we can expect to see it topping the charts reasonably frequently from here on out.

Teatime Games launches Hyperspeed with face-to-face camera gameplay

Permalink - Posted on 2019-02-20 19:04

Mobile racing game lets players see one another as they play, use Snapchat-style filters

Embark Studios grows to over 50 people, working on first title

Permalink - Posted on 2019-02-20 19:04

Patrick Söderlund's new studio larger than anticipated as it starts work on co-op, free-to-play action game

The Sims 4 visits the very normal town of StrangerVille next week

Permalink - Posted on 2019-02-20 19:04


Body-snatchers, government conspiracies and potentially extraterrestrial menaces are headed to The Sims 4 in its next add-on, the StrangerVille game pack, due out Tuesday, February 26th. Set in the kind of quiet desert town where apparently only this kind of thing seems to happen, there’s a whole bunch of new paranormal detective activities to get tied up in, and a story to unravel. While clearly not as important as hoarding pets, it looks like a fun time in the vein of previous adventure-focused game pack Jungle Adventure. See the debut trailer below.


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