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The Making Of Axiom Verge - Official Full Documentary

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Unread post by jonaz.dk » 17 Aug 2021, 17:31

Free classic games on GOG until 3rd September 2021. Loved the first Syndicate on Amiga back in the days. Never really got around to play the others.

Syndicate Plus
https://www.gog.com/game/syndicate

Syndicate Wars
https://www.gog.com/game/syndicate_wars

Ultima Underworld 1+2
https://www.gog.com/game/ultima_underworld_1_2

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Unread post by jonaz.dk » 17 Aug 2021, 23:07

SteamDB.info has this nice 'newish' section on how many games are using this or that game engine or SDK.
It's not entirely accurate but close enough and always improving.
And it's exclusivly focused on Steam releases obviously.

The top 6

Unity - 24846
Unreal - 6168
GameMaker - 2483
RPGMaker - 1728
RenPy - 1083
XNA - 541

Worth a look!
https://steamdb.info/tech/

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Unread post by jonaz.dk » 17 Aug 2021, 23:14

Regarding texture/normal baking! Marmoset Toolbag has flown under my radar for soooo many years now. Initially I think they only had viewer functionality and completely missed they had developed it quite a lot since then. And now it is possibly the best and fastest baking tool out there. Haven't tried it myself just yet. But I'll take it for an evaluation spin when the need arises.

Texture Baking - Blender 3d vs. Substance Painter vs. Marmoset Toolbag

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Unread post by jonaz.dk » 19 Aug 2021, 18:21

Good news for indies!

Epic Games Store Self-Publishing Closed Beta Opens Today! (Actually yesterday) ;)
https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/n ... pens-today


Unreal 4.27 is out (Not that much new stuff of interest to the average dev)
But is featuring a lot of VR improvements, new templates to get users started and full support of OpenXR. More on:
https://www.roadtovr.com/unreal-engine- ... ion-ready/



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Epic Online Services releases plugins for Unity and Unreal Engine
Integrating Epic Online Services just got even easier
Epic Online Services powers cross-platform social game experiences with open, modular, and free online services that connect friends on any platform and any store, on the engine of your choice.

Through a new plugin for the Unity engine and an online subsystem (OSS) in Unreal Engine 4.27, integrating Epic Online Services has never been more simple.

http://dev.epicgames.com/en-US/news/epi ... 0NOLMorDEU

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Unread post by jonaz.dk » 20 Aug 2021, 14:36

(DK) Triheart Studio has a launched a playtest demo of their game Golfie!

A rougelike deckbuilding mini golf game. So that sounds new! :)


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Crazy productivity at Aza Game Studio! (DK solodev with some outside help)

CATACOMBIA has a Steampage




Baker Hotel: Beyond Evil in the works.


Cloacaphobia out on itch.
https://azaxor.itch.io/cloacaphobia


Also a lot of older titles on their itch page.
https://azaxor.itch.io/

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Solodev sparetime developer Stig Christensen working on his pixel art zombie game. Looking good!
Update: It has a title now! STROLL.


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Unread post by jonaz.dk » 22 Aug 2021, 11:31

Some of the recent work on Half Past Yellows new title.
So nice to see old colleagues are doing great on their game. :D Used to work (though not on the same project) with Casper and Remy from the Half Past Yellow team a few years ago. Awesome guys! :)

And damn the game just looks so damn adorable! The name of the project is still unknown to me. But I have great expectations if they play their cards right.








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Arx Fatalis - The Forgotten Immersive Sim


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The Beauty of Bézier Curves

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Unread post by jonaz.dk » 24 Aug 2021, 10:13

So with the advent of Windows 11.. well I'm personally not too hot on it. Seems like Microsoft is increasingly pushing for a more controlled platform. But luckily it seems there are seemingly viable alternatives growing ever so. As in Linux running Windows software AND games properly. It has been around for a while with WINE but perhaps never perfect and at a performance cost. But with Valve pushing Proton for SteamOS for games. The compatibility gab is narrowing fast. And in some cases with even better performance in games.
https://www.protondb.com/
https://github.com/ValveSoftware/Proton

Currently I don't personally have the need just right now for the hassle of changing OS. But it could very well become relevant in the near future when Microsoft continues it's current course. Might give my old duct taped emergency laptop a try when I find some time.. (though I usually never have time.. maybe!) ;)

Windows 11 the good the bad and the ugly.


How To Play Windows Games On Linux 2021 (AAA Gaming On Any Linux Distro, Finally!)


PC Gaming Now GREAT on Linux! POP_OS! in 2021


POP_OS! it's probably the easiest option right now. Give a shot here.
https://support.system76.com/articles/install-pop

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Unread post by jonaz.dk » 26 Aug 2021, 22:33

So the recently mentioned game from Half Past Yellow now has a title, trailer and Steam page! :D
Also coming to Xbox, PlayStation and Switch.

It's called Trading Time and it's published by Merge Games.
(If anything Merge Games seems like a lower end tier publisher. I hope they can provide then push the game deserves!)

Freatured on Future Games Show at Gamescom 2021 about 45 minutes in or so.


Trading Time trailer


Or watch the trailer on the Steam page

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Also from yesterdays Gamescom stream DokeV! Looked pretty cool. Open world meets Pokemon'ish vibes.


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VIBORG GAME EXPO 2021

Viborg Game Expo 2021 is back the 30th of September with games, creativity, play and competition, for all ages.
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Room for the startups
The middle of the exhibition hall features the “Indie Park”, an open area for smaller developers, or students who do not have a commercial product, but who would like to share their game with other enthusiasts.

Viborg Game Expo 2021 will be takes place from September 30th - October 2nd in Tinghallen, in connection with Viborg Animation Festival. More information is available at:

https://www.game-expo.com/en/

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DK release: Calturin by Lasse Zacho Malver
Looks cute! Only positive reviews so far.




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Guldbrikken coming up for the boardgamers out there.

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Lumen in UE5: Let there be light! | Unreal Engine

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Next SpilBar coming up in Copenhagen

21 years ago he made his first hit. Ever since then Agent 47 has been one of the most iconic game characters in history. In this special SpilBar 47 made in collaboration with IO Interactive, we will explore and experience the world, character, story and legacy of Hitman. How the game kickstarted a new vein in the Danish game industry, what the public impact was and how you keep a bald and silent assassin fresh for two decades.

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Unread post by jonaz.dk » 07 Sep 2021, 17:51

FarCry 3 is free for a limited time!

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Yay! Game I worked on! 🤓👍
We did multiplayer PVP/Coop in Malmö at Massive. Sadly it doesn't seem like the MP community is very active last time I checked. (Not very often I do). There will probably be a small surge at the moment.
But I highly enjoyed most of the single player campaign! The last island was pretty weak though.
But give it a spin if you haven't been around this old gem of a game. 😁

https://store.ubi.com/ca/far-cry-3/575f ... b4d6e.html

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Troldspejlet lives on! After a longer period where DR had been considering the future of the show! :)
Excellent news for local geek culture!

A little background here:
https://www.ekkofilm.dk/artikler/dr-ove ... ldspejlet/


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Bedtime is looking for beta testers for Figment 2


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Unread post by jonaz.dk » 08 Sep 2021, 23:58

Midnight Girl from Italic (@Thomas Ryder and co). has a Steam page, website and a teaser trailer.
It's coming for mobile and Steam in 2022 if everything goes according to plan. In development since 2015. So a long way coming!
For the moment they are self published.. might be a source of concern. So far they have not been very focused on promoting the game. I hope they have some jokers up the sleeve. Besides making an awesome game. :)

Looking forward to this one! :)
The Silent Age was a nice treat back in the days. Though now this is a new company constellation but I'm sure Mr. Ryder will make something special again. :cool:

**Also might mention The Silent Age did REALLY well! In the millions installs, all platforms combined (Perhaps around 8 million installs if not more). Crossing fingers they will do it again! A rare feat for a point and click adventure game. It was done without much fanfare. I think they got featured on the AppStore and had a free first episode of the game to push it along and some reviews. So at least at the time it was indeed possible with the right game to break through the mold.

Midnight Girl teaser trailer.


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