If you’re an avid gamer who loves computers, you may be thinking about pursuing a career as a game developer. Game development is a specialized, comparatively small, and lucrative industry. Retail gaming in the United States is estimated to be worth $4.19 billion in 2023. As expected, graduates who work on video games are well […]
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Just like reality, games need an internal mechanism for the distribution of resources during gameplay. This system is known as the video game economy. The in-game economy creates balance within the game by enabling the player to earn and spend resources as part of the game’s progression. A game economy design will differ from one […]
More than 730,000 video game apps are available for download on Google Play and the App Store. Over 10,000 video games are released each year on Steam and other platforms. With so many video games on the market, an avid gamer may have a hard time choosing one to play. They could do the trial-and-error […]
One of the most important steps in game development is iterative game design. It’s built on the idea that games aren’t perfect after one round of development. It encourages developers to repeatedly perform certain steps in an effort to come up with a final version that is playable, enjoyable, and as technically glitch-free as possible. […]
If you’re looking for efficiency, performance, and data-oriented programming in your game development platform, Unity’s Data-Oriented Technology Stack (DOTS) may just be what you need. Apart from leveraging its powerful engine, you also get to widen your skillset and enjoy a growing market demand for Unity DOTS professionals. Today, we take a closer look at […]
Artificial intelligence (AI) has been making its presence felt in a wide range of industries, including art and design. AI art — meaning art created with AI — is now a popular art form that offers many benefits and applications. But what is AI art? In this article, we answer this question and share examples […]
Virtual production is one of the hottest new developments in film production and is now being used by many studios across the world. Virtual production is the practice of combining virtual worlds with the real world to create exciting and beautiful film productions. Virtual production covers a number of different techniques and uses many tools […]
Video games today are far more immersive than ever, and that isn’t simply because consoles and PCs have gotten more powerful. A lot of the beauty and appeal in modern games comes down to a less quantifiable factor: Atmosphere. Atmosphere, when done right, can turn the bundle of programming, art, and sound that we call […]
Coding camera angles for games and animation has been a pain … Until now. Before Unity Cinemachine, camera movement needed to be directly keyframed or, using code, had to be carefully scripted. What Is Unity Cinemachine? In short, Unity Cinemachine opens up an entirely new world of opportunities for animation, game design and development, and […]
In just a few years, the 3D graphics of video games, movies, and television have improved tremendously. Comparing the character models in the recent Crash Bandicoot or Spyro The Dragon remakes with their originals is like night and day. Likewise, famous characters such as Mario, Master Chief, and Agent 47 have seen similar improvements from […]
Strategy games have been an important part of video game history, and have certainly evolved over time. With the success of titles such as Armello, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, and Xcom 2, it is clear that the market for the strategy game genre is still going strong to this day. But what separates a boring […]
There has never been a better time to learn technological skills, especially through an online learning platform. Always wanted to learn something like HTML and make your own game? Learn full-stack web development and create your very own web page? Luckily, there are quite a few different outlets out there to hone your tech skills. […]
One day you decide to play Dark Souls. You’ve heard of things like fake difficulty, making the game much harder than other RPGs, but maybe that’s an exaggeration. You’re making your way through a level when all of a sudden, an enemy comes out of nowhere and attacks—pretty standard stuff. However, this time, the enemy […]
Introduction Video games have been known to have some of the most breathtaking modern visuals in any medium, only rivaled by technological advances in film. Although seemingly being debated all the time, we firmly believe that video games are art. I mean, the whole thing is made up entirely of art. Well, okay, it’s a […]
While there are a ton of options when it comes to designing your own game, which engine do you choose? What if you don’t want to get all mixed up learning a new coding language that seems way too complicated? Why not explore your options in HTML5? That’s right, and you can still make some […]
Card games are and have always been immensely popular. You can see the wildly different iterations of old favorites like Go Fish and Apples to Apples even today. Building on a proven formula is a tried and true method. Like video games and other forms of interactive media, card games have evolved with the times. […]
What It Means to Draw Video Games If you’re reading this, chances are, you are of the camp that believes video games are art (they are!). To prove our point, we’ll tell you about how video game art has some striking parallels with the world of traditional and classical art. While game graphics and art […]
It’s a night like any other. You have nothing to do, so you decide to fire up your console (or PC) of choice. You choose an open-world game that you hear great reviews about. It was advertised as having excellent ‘game immersion.’ Okay, sounds good. Next thing you know, it’s 3 in the morning. Where […]
A game that we have all been dying to play is about to come out. The hype has never been more palpable. Preorders are through the roof, people are talking in online forums, and YouTubers get early copies to make videos about it. The game finally comes out, and people enjoy it. However, after a […]
In 2009, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 was released. It was then the most expensive video game ever developed. With a 50 million dollar development budget, a 200 million dollar marketing budget redefined what it meant to develop games. Why Does It Cost So Much? How did games like Grand Theft Auto V and […]
You may think that having the most current console will give you the best visuals. While that technically may be true, are you getting the most out of your visual gaming experience? Monitors and displays are capable of some genuinely staggering visual heavy lifting these days, and to better experience gaming, you need to find […]
What Is Video Game Marketing? If you have ever seen a trailer for a game, movie, or show (and the chances are good that you have), then you have taken part in the marketing process. But how? Marketing is the culmination of the different practices and strategies to advertise a product or brand. While you […]
What Is AI? Artificial intelligence and games go together like peanut butter and jelly, mac and cheese, or whatever perfect food combination metaphor works best. Without artificial intelligence, games we love wouldn’t even be functional. How long do you think that you’d be able to play the Witcher 3 with the monsters and humans not […]
Introduction What Is Photogrammetry? Although it sounds fancy, photogrammetry merely is compiling a bunch of detailed information about structures or an environment based on multiple recording techniques. The specific form of photogrammetry that we’re interested in is 3D scanning. There are two types of photogrammetry: aerial and terrestrial. Aerial is when the area is scanned […]