There was a period of time, through the 1990s and into the early 2000s, when many game critics and analysts speculated that PC gaming was on its last legs. They argued that the platform had become a creative backwater, and would soon be completely overtaken by modern consoles thanks to their burgeoning, easy-to-use online capabilities. Those who kept the faith through those troubled times knew the truth of the matter. PCs have flexibility, moddability and power unavailable in consoles. As a result, PC gaming is able quickly pivot to serve its players. In the past 15 years, digital distribution has made it easier for creators to sell games directly to players, no longer relying on publishing deals. More and better development tools have made the creative process more accessible than ever before. This combination has led to an era of abundance. In 2017 some 7,672 games were released on Steam alone. That’s roughly 21 games per day. Now most of the biggest new games (Minecraft) and … [Read more...] about The best PC games
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LOOKING for a cheap 4K TV for the World Cup 2018? Or have you got money to burn and want a top model? We've hand-picked the best Ultra HD televisions for any budget. It's a great time to buy a new TV too: there's loads of 4K content available to watch these days, and it's cheaper than ever to pick up a high-spec television. 4K TVs – what you need to know Before we dive into our recommended models, here are some key terms you need to know about first: 4K / Ultra HD / UHD – These terms all mean the same thing. They mean that a TV screen has four times the number of pixels as a regular Full HD television. So if you've got a TV show or movie that's been filmed in 4K (from Netflix or Amazon Video, for instance), then you'll be able to watch it in its "native" resolution i.e. the high quality it was originally filmed at. HDR – This stands for High Dynamic Range, and it simply means that a piece of video has improved contrast (so better lights and darks) and a wider range of … [Read more...] about Best 4K TVs – we reveal the best cheap 4K televisions for any budget for the World Cup 2018
A challenge in agile game development is managing cross-discipline teamwork where a wide range of skills is required. As a result, following some practices and artifacts by-the-book doesn’t work as well as it does for software-only teams. One of these artifacts is the task board. These boards are used for teamwork transparency during an iteration and are a tool for the team to manage their day-to-day progress. However, for a highly diverse game team, task boards are often modified. This article is about one such modification, called a “Feature Board”. Task Boards A strength of the physical task board is that the team owns it. A physical task board is always visible and requires no licenses and little training to use. The only limitations are that it requires wall space and team collocation. The photo above demonstrates some example modifications made by the team using it, such as adding columns for verification or … [Read more...] about Feature Boards
The Gamasutra Job Board is the most diverse, active and established board of its kind for the video game industry!many, many positions being advertised right now. Location: San Francisco, California We're seeking a talented, self-starting QA Contractor to help our team! At Shiny Shoe, QA is expected to create and execute test plans for our projects to ensure we deliver the best games possible. Some of our recent projects include Death's Door, Full Throttle Remastered, and The Banner Saga. Candidates should have a good understanding of professional software/game testing principles. They should be able to efficiently isolate any issues and communicate them effectively to the team both verbally and via issue tracking software. You will be expected to identify and report all issues found in each project as well as regress and verify existing issues. Requirements A minimum of 2 years experience testing games at a professional game studio. Experience testing web-based and … [Read more...] about Get a job: Shiny Shoe is hiring a QA Contractor
When the Nintendo Labo was revealed it blew our minds a little bit. How does it work? When can we get the kits? And will our cats sit on the boxes for all eternity? Pitched as a "new interactive experience" for the Nintendo Switch, "specially crafted for kids and those who are kids at heart", no-one quite expected the Japanese gaming giant to pull build-your-own cardboard controllers out of the bag - of course, the internet went madWith that in mind, here's everything you need to know about the Nintendo Labo, from what the heck it is, to how much it'll cost and when you can get it. But first, watch the trailer below and prepare to fully appreciate the magic of something as simple as cardboard:Best Switch gamesBest upcoming Switch gamesBest Switch accessoriesWhat is the Nintendo Labo?"Imagine being able to turn a simple piece of cardboard into almost anything". That's what Nintendo is suggesting is possible with Labo. That's not quite the case, but the kits are capable of creating … [Read more...] about Nintendo Labo: What is it, how much is it, and when can I get it?