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How to dive into game design without a degree

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Aug 8, 2016 8:30 pm

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Contrary to popular belief, you don't need to be a programming whiz to make games. In fact, you can learn the fundamentals of game design with zero coding experience. The Complete Game Design & Developer Bundle can turn even the greenest coder into a bona fide game designer for only $59.

 

This bundle includes the following courses:

 

  • Build iPad, iPhone & OS X Games for SpriteKit in Swift: Use Apple's own coding language to make iOS games
  • Professional Video Game Art School Course: Get exposed to 2D and 3D animation, layout, and design
  • The Complete HTML5 Mobile Game Development Course: Use HTML5 to make apps across several platforms
  • Unity3D 2016: Build, Program & Publish a Crossy Road Game: Create cross-platform games with minimal code
  • Learn 3D Modelling and Texturing from Scratch with Blender: Configure scene lighting, run basic simulations, and more with Blender
  • Learn Essential Game Development Principles by Designing Games for Apple TV & iOS: Build a 2D side-scroller for an emerging platform

 

Packed with over 120 hours of training in 2D and 3D game design, the Complete Game Design & Developer Bundle will help you master the tools needed to create hit games from the ground up on several platforms.

 

Normally $1,112, the Complete Game Design & Developer Bundle is available to TweakTown readers for more than 90% off its retail price, bringing the price down to only $59.

Hulu ending free streaming, expanding Yahoo parternship

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Online Video | Posted: Aug 8, 2016 7:31 pm

Hulu is ending its free streaming service and moving to a subscription only model. By no coincidence, it's also expanding its partnership with Yahoo, who will be launching Yahoo View, an ad-supported TV streaming site.

 

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View will feature the five newest episodes of shows from ABC, NBC, and Fox, among others -- eight days after the original air date. Also available: day-after clips and full seasons of anime shows and Korean dramas.

 

"For the past couple years, we've been focused on building a subscription service that provides the deepest, most personalized content experience possible to our viewers," Hulu senior VP and head of experience Ben Smith explained in a statement. "As we have continued to enhance that offering with new originals, exclusive acquisitions, and movies, the free service became very limited and no longer aligned with the Hulu experience or content strategy."

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Watch the No Man's Sky dev livestream right here

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 8, 2016 6:48 pm

Sean Murray is playing No Man's Sky right now on Twitch, showing exactly what you can expect from the new patch.

 

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After years of development, No Man's Sky is almost upon us. Tomorrow it launches on PS4 and our long wait comes to an end. Hello Games boss Sean Murray has launched a livestream of the game to sample some of the new content added in by the massive day one patch, taking us on a tour of what we can expect with our journeys on the morrow. He's also revealing quite a bit about the game, showing us some interesting tidbits, including what happens when you die, planet-specific discoveries, and tons of items.

 

Also remember that No Man's Sky servers will be wiped twice ahead of the game's launch, so no one will have the upper edge when it comes to discoveries. Anyone who has an early copy will have to delete their save data to play the new patch.

 

Be sure to check out our huge list of No Man's Sky content to catch up on the game, and enjoy the stream!

NX getting a MMORPG hints at home console component

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 8, 2016 5:43 pm

Square Enix has confirmed that popular MMORPG Dragon Quest X will be coming to Nintendo's new NX, hinting the NX will have its own console-like component.

 

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Over the past few days there's been lots of speculation that Nintendo's new NX hardware will have its own dedicated console hardware and won't just be a transforming handheld. Now Square Enix has added some credence to the console argument by confirming to Famitsu (via DualShockers) that Dragon Quest X, a popular MMORPG, is coming to the NX. Some time ago Square Enix implied DQX would jump to NX, but then backpedaled. Now they've confirmed it.

 

There's just one huge problem here: MMORPG's aren't designed for handhelds. With tens of hours of grinding, MMOs are best played on dedicated central platforms like PCs or consoles. Oddly enough Dragon Quest X was released on 3DS and mobile phones in Japan, but the experience is absolutely awful as the game is streamed from Square Enix's servers, leading to constrained bandwidth and latency issues. So why would Square Enix even port Dragon Quest X over to NX if it's so bad on a handheld? Simple: because the NX could have a console portion.

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PlayStation Neo reveal coming September 7, sources say

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 8, 2016 4:10 pm

Sony's new 4K-ready PlayStation Neo console will be unveiled during an official event in September, sources say.

 

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The PlayStation 4 Neo console, which upscales original PS4 games to 4K resolution and features upgraded hardware, will be revealed on September 7 at a special Sony event in New York. The news comes from French gaming site Gameblog, and the same sources have confirmed the news to renowned industry sources like VICE Gaming's Patrick Klepek, who's well known for accuracy when it comes to leaks.

 

Sony president Andrew House officially confirmed the PlayStation 4 Neo (PS4.5, PS4K) before E3 2016, saying that the new console "is intended to sit alongside and complement the standard PS4. We will be selling both [versions] through the life cycle," and that the PS4 Neo will be fully backward compatible with all existing PS4 games: "All games will support the standard PS4 and we anticipate all or a very large majority of games will also support the high-end PS4."

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Make top dollar as a certified AWS developer

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: Aug 8, 2016 3:30 pm

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Bringing storage, computing power, and content delivery to the table, Amazon Web Services is a cloud services platform that helps businesses create flexible apps. Given its reputation, it's no wonder businesses are willing to pay big for pros who know their way around the platform. The Developer's AWS Mastery Bundle will teach you the ins and outs of AWS and get you certified for only $29.

 

This bundle includes the following courses:

 

  • AWS Certified Developer Associate Exam Prep: Master the concepts found on one of the industry's most sought-after certification exams
  • Intro to AWS Lambda: Create fast-acting apps with lambda functions
  • GitHub For DevOps: Build a DevOps pipeline by connecting GitHub with AWS
  • AWS CloudFormation: Dive into cloud computing as you write your own CloudFormation templates and automate app deployment

 

With 15 hours of combined training, the Developer's AWS Mastery Bundle will teach you the skills AWS devs use day-to-day, and you'll prepare for an industry-respected certification that will give you an edge over the competition.

 

On sale for only $29, the Developer's AWS Mastery Bundle is available to TweakTown readers for more than 80% off its $199 retail price.

Save JFK in our '11.22.63' Blu-ray giveaway!

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Aug 8, 2016 4:22 am

To celebrate this week's release of 11.22.63 on Blu-ray and DVD, we have ten Blu-ray copies to give away thanks to our friends at Roadshow Home Entertainment.

 

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When you fight the past, the past fights back. Based upon the bestselling novel written by King and starring a terrific ensemble cast embodying deeply complex characters, 11/22/63 hurtles viewers deep into the unpredictable darkness of the American dream. James Franco stars as Jake Epping, a high school teacher at a loss with his life, who wants to make a difference and do something meaningful. Encouraged by his ailing friend (Chris Cooper), Jake journeys back in time to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The story transports audiences into the world of 1960s Texas as Jake explores the multiple mysteries surrounding the alleged assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. But Jake's mission faces threats not only from Oswald, but from Sadie, a beautiful librarian he falls in love with, and from the Past itself... which doesn't want to be changed. And if the Past doesn't want to be changed, it will push back-often violently.

 

To go into the running to win a prize, simply answer the following question in 50 words or less:

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NES Mini has retro TV display modes

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 7, 2016 11:23 pm

One of the main worries about Nintendo's new NES Mini was the aspect ratio support, especially considering old NES games were built for old CRT TV's with 4:3 aspect ratio. Anyone who's played retro games on a HDTV can tell you the picture is quite bad. Now Nintendo has stepped in to clarify.

 

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Nintendo kicked off a wave of NEStalgia last month by announce the NES Classic Edition console, a miniature NES that comes with 30 built-in classic games, connects to modern HDTVs via HDMI, and costs just $59.99. The system will launch on November 11, and we've broken down all the info here. One of the main worries about the NES Mini was the aspect ratio support, especially considering old NES games were built for old CRT TV's with 4:3 aspect ratio. Anyone who's played retro games on a HDTV can tell you the picture is quite bad. Now Nintendo has stepped in to clarify.

 

Although the NES Mini connects directly to HDTV's via HDMI, the system will have different built-in display modes that mirror gaming on older CRT tube TVs: "What is interesting is that we can play through HDMI, but there will be different modes of how we will see the screen - a mode simulating the retro aspect of our old CRT screens. Here will be a mode which can be at the resolution of the modern screens in 4:3 format, and a pixel perfect mode which will display each pixel as a square, so people can have fun with this too," Nintendo Canada communications manager Julie Gagnon told French radio show Energie.

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No Man's Sky to evolve with major future content updates

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 7, 2016 10:19 pm

When No Man's Sky releases this Tuesday, it won't technically be complete: Hello Games' Sean Murray promises to continue evolving their interstellar space sim with major free content updates--the first of which will be the game's beefy day one update.

 

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Hello Games just dropped a massive news update on No Man's Sky's expansive day one update, revealing just how much the update changes the game. The infamous Atlas Stones exploit has been fixed, so don't expect to fly to the center of the universe in 40 hours, and they've even adjusted the ugly texture pop-ins I complained about. Check here for a list of known bugs in the unpatched pre-release version, most of which have been now fixed. The day one patch will be available on Monday, August 8 when PS4 press review copies are sent out. We have a list of patch notes below.

 

Murray also reveals that this is just the first No Man's Sky update, and the studio will release a bunch of patches to add in future content and fixes--all of which the studio plans to offer for free. "Hello Games will continually update No Man's Sky this way. This is the first of many," he said in the update. The next update, Murray teases, will let gamers build their own personal bases, possible in space and on planets: "Next up we're adding the ability to build bases and own giant space freighters. Temporal AA and my new cloud rendering tech should be coming soon too. It will really change the game again, and enhance it visually."

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iPhone 7 caught on video, still missing its 3.5mm jack

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 7, 2016 8:19 pm

A new video of the iPhone 7 has emerged, with the three versions of Apple's next iPhone still lacking its 3.5mm headphone jack. A new 4K video has turned up from Dutch blog TechTastic.nl.

 

 

It looks like the 4.7-inch version of the iPhone won't be disappearing, while the larger 5.5-inch phablet iPhone 7 Plus smartphones come in two versions. There's one mock up with the single lens camera, while the one in the middle has a dual lens camera. We don't know if this will turn into the three models being; iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Pro and iPhone 7 Plus, but it would definitely make sense.

 

Apple is expected to launch its new iPhone 7 models on September 9, with availability on September 16.

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