Online Game Development

All aspects of Online Game Development, including genres, monetization, technical aspects such as hosting, servers, clients, and programming

A NoSQL Alternative: Disk Folders

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One of the joys of programming is that there are often many different ways to accomplish the same goal. That comes in handy when you’re not feeling too confident about a given solution. Consider this problem I recently faced. I was choosing between a relational database or NoSQL for a game server I was working on. Whichever I chose would contain a couple dozen tables and would need to support up to 100,000 users. My real-time needs were very modest,… continue…

What PlayStation 4 Winning the Console Wars Means for Developers

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  Sony’s PlayStation 4 is plunging ahead of Microsoft’s Xbox One in total sales, according to reports. The PlayStation 4 has managed to sell 7 million consoles in its first five months of release, along with 20.5 million games. That’s a striking contrast to the Xbox One, which has sold 5 million units since its November debut. Click here for game development jobs. In an attempt to put a positive spin on the numbers, Microsoft executive Yusuf Mehdi released an… continue…

Amazon’s Fire TV Offers Big Opportunity for Game Developers

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Amazon is serious about conquering the living room: the online retailer has launched Fire TV, a set-top box that not only allows viewers to stream content, but also play games. That streaming-and-gaming capability makes Amazon a threat to Apple, which rumors suggest is hard at work on an Apple TV capable of doing the same things. In addition, Fire TV puts the screws to other streaming hardware, including Roku and Google’s Chromecast, as well as smaller game consoles such as… continue…

This Is What Studios Look for in Game Developers

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Is there a golden ticket for software developers searching for jobs in games — aside from mad math skills and passion? From where recruiters stand, the only real unifying factor is experience. “The common denominator for most software development ads we see isn’t that surprising. It’s experience,” says Paul Teall, a New Orleans-based game industry veteran. “Studios are looking for people who can jump right in and get the job done. Candidates need real-world examples of work that they’ve done… continue…

Disney Interactive Surprises With 700 Layoffs

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Disney Interactive laid off roughly 700 people Thursday, about 26 percent of its global workforce, as it moves to bring itself to profitability. While the Walt Disney unit showed revenue of $403 million and operating income of $55 million in the most recent quarter, it’s lost more than $1.3 billion since 2008. The New York Times says the restructuring is “a humbling acknowledgment that, despite the company’s repeated pronouncements that long-term profitability was on the horizon, the unit remains challenged.”… continue…

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How Shaders Can Render Awesome 3-D Graphics

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Creating 3-D graphics involves more than just creating objects — you also have to tell the GPU how to best render them. To do that, you use shaders. Shaders are computer programs that are run on graphics processor units (GPUs) when 3-D images are rendered, that rapidly calculate colors, lighting and special effects. Here’s how it works: The Graphics Pipeline Graphics processing units run a pipeline of processing stages with instructions — compiled shader software — and geometry data. The… continue…

Using Microsoft’s OneNote as a Creative Tool

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For many years I designed games, projects, to-do lists, and more using Wiki on a Stick, a single page wiki which worked beautifully in Firefox until three or four years ago. It held everything in one HTML file with embedded CSS and JavaScript. It still exists but is a bit awkward to use because of changes in the Firefox security model. A file that writes itself to a local folder? That sounds dodgy, but it worked well until they removed… continue…

PlayScript: Zynga Playing Clever

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The need to convert Web content to mobile has exploded with users’ adoption of mobile technologies and mobile apps. And while mobile isn’t replacing the Web, content providers need to create content for both places. In the earlier days of mobile development, that meant re-writing Web apps for each mobile platform. To combat this hugely inefficient process, a variety of compilers have been developed that generate code compatible with other platforms. For example, there are C++ compilers for Android that… continue…

‘Fighting Fantasy’ as an App-Game Genre

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Those of a certain age who played games in the 1980s or 1990s may recall the Fighting Fantasy (FF) books. Published beginning in the 1980s, they weren’t the first gamebooks but they were the most well-known and became the embodiment of the genre. The series consists of 59 books, each a standalone single-player role playing game, where the reader has just two dice, a pencil and an eraser to complete a quest. The paragraphs in the book present challenges for… continue…