Tuesday, 21 July 2020

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White Nights Summer 2020 - An Overview Of The Gaming Industry in San Francisco

July 21st, 2020 - White Nights Summer 2020 will provide an overview of the game industry in San Francisco and the US, delivered by Game World Observer.

The 2nd day of the global games industry conference counting more than 10.000 online attendees. The event will virtually move you to five different cities - London, Saint Petersburg, Berlin, Shenzhen, and San Francisco - introducing you to the local markets and regional ambassadors. The program of today (Tuesday) will include:

Chartboost - "Into the Kitchen of an Advertising Platform: the Ins and Outs of UA in 2020"
How do the advertising algorithms work? What makes a programmatic bidder different from an adnetwork? How can I apply bid multipliers successfully into my campaigns? What can I do when my conversion is not high? These are few of the questions that we frequently get from advertisers. In this session we'll uncover the way advertising platforms work internally so that UA managers can run their campaigns more effectively in the future.

Mixi - "Entertainment and Beyond: Key Strategies for Successful Games"
When trying to be successful in games, it is important to have a purpose beyond entertainment. Monster Strike, a worldwide top grossing mobile game, is more than just a game - it is an entertainment institution with a diverse media mix strategy. Langer Lee, Director of Corporate Planning & Strategy at mixi, will share their key strategies for success and how developers can adopt them.

Audience network by facebook - "3 Ways App Bidding is Transforming Businesses”
App bidding is marking a new era in ad monetisation thanks to the real-time, fair and transparent auctions. By removing the need to manage complex waterfalls, publishers can focus more energy on growing their business. Join us to hear how app bidding is transforming companies and how it can help you drive greater revenue, efficiency and more.

Snapchat - "A Destination for Games”
Snap Inc. is becoming a platform for new and immersive gaming experiences. Snap Games just turned one year old and during this first year more than 100 Million Snapchatters have played our games. Snap Kit, our SDK for social, brings identity and sharing to these experiences. And, the Bitmoji For Games SDK now enables Developers to bring 3D Bitmojis directly into their games, across mobile, PC and console. In this session, Pedro will share the different ways developers are leveraging our platform to build, engage and grow their audiences.

Game World Observer & Geogrify and Global Game Jam - "American Game Industry in a Nutshell”
Oleg Nesterenko as a field reporter of Game World Observer will provide a quick overview of the game industry in San Francisco and the US with Kate Edwads, CEO and Executive Director of Geogrify and Global Game Jam.

VK - "Games in Superapp”
This lecture is about future of the largest Russia and CIS social network - VK, and place of html5 games in this future. Alexander will talk about the VK Superapp and advantages, that html5 game developers can find at VK mobile gaming platform in the nearest future.

Zimad - "What You Should Do to Make Your Retargeting as Bad as Humanly Possible”
ZiMAD has prepared the worst retargeting advice there is. Step by step we’ll teach you the basics of bad retargeting. Who said retarget will get you more paying users? Do you really need to segment them? A fresh look at retargeting may generate some good ideas.

FIRESIDE CHAT - "Game Monetisation: The In-game Advertising Edition"
COVID-19 has highlighted the power of gaming not just as a form of entertainment but also its ability to connect. Because of this, it’s attracted a lot of premium brands and advertisers attention. So how can game publishers and developers use this new momentum to their advantage in terms of monetization of their IP? Charlotte Cook, Bidstack’s VP Gaming and Ronak Patel, tmwi’s Group Planning Director are sitting down with Vanessa Goff-Yu, Bidstack’s Marketing Director to talk about one form of game monetization: native in-game advertising. They’re going to take a deeper look into what attracted brands like MG Motor UK to the space and give the audience a couple of hints and tips around what game publishers and developers should be looking for in an in-game advertising partner.
Speakers: Charlotte Cook, VP Gaming, Bidstack / Ronak Patel, Group Planning Director, tmwi & Vanessa Goff-Yu, Marketing Director, Bidstack

Huuuge Games - "How To Create Great Publishing Pitch”
Choosing & approaching publisher with good pitch is hard. Many presentation we see at Huuuge Publishing are still missing crucial points which allows publisher to evaluate company & games fast. In this session we will show important steps in finding publisher & walk through Huuuge Publishing Pitch Template we ask developers to fill in. This session will be valuable for studios at any stage who are currently looking for Publishers & Investors.

Riot Games - "Forging Your Path: How to Stand out From the Crowd”
Leanne is head of Riot Forge at Riot Games, during this talk she will give an introduction to Riot Forge and present some key ideas for how your studio can stand out from the crowd in order to obtain partnerships and publishing support. Leanne will give examples of how a studio or developer, can position themselves to be the best possible candidates for collaboration. As well as give some insight into what Riot Forge is looking for next.

PANEL DISCUSSION - "Sound Design in AAA Games”
Join the panel discussion hosted by Dolby to learn the insights on creating the sound design for AAA games.
Speakers: Robert Ridihalgh, Sr. Technical Audio Director, Microsoft  / Jason Kanter, Principal Audio Lead, Avalanche Studio / Mark Petty, Audio Director, Gearbox Software  & Jay Weinland, Audio Director, EA Industrial Toys.
Moderator: Andy Vaughan, Sr. Developer Relations Manager, Dolby

SuperEvil MegaCorp - "From Vainglory to Catalyst Black : Journey to Build Next Generation Mobile Games”
Super Evil Megacorp has a rather unique positioning as a rare core game only development company. In 2014, they shocked the world with Vainglory by showing that mobile game's production value can be as good as PC or Console games. After six years of silence, Super Evil is getting ready to come back with their second title Catalyst Black, next generation battleground shooter. Taewon Yun, CBO of Super Evil, will be giving a behind the scene sneak peak on Catalyst Back's development and how they will evolve it for crossplatform future.

We wish you all a great day at White Nights Summer 2020!



White Nights Summer 2020 - An Overview Of The Gaming Industry in San Francisco



About
The White Nights Conference is a leading B2B event for the game industry in Europe. It gathers key companies from European countries, Russia & CIS, Asia, and the US - over 4,500 attendees per year offline and over 10,000 participants online. The main reason to attend the White Nights events - according to the visitors' feedback - is an opportunity to meet decision-makers face-to-face. You can have direct communication with any conference attendee with the help of the WN Hub, the game industry communication platform. 
This summer the White Nights Conference is going online unlocking new regions and opportunities for business networking. Is it possible to travel when the borders are closed? We say yes!
The White Nights Summer will help you do that. The conference will take place not in one, but in five different cities:

Berlin (20.07)
San Francisco (21.07)
London (22.07)
Shenzhen (23.07)
Saint Petersburg (24.07)

Each day of the show will be devoted to one of the cities.  What does it mean?
The conference will ‘travel’ around the world sharing the latest industry news and insights on those particular regions.

Events list: 
White Nights Summer 2020 – 20-24 July, 2020 (online)
White Nights Moscow – October 14-15, 2020
White Nights Berlin – January, 2021
White Nights CEO Summit Barcelona — Spring 2021

The White Nights events is a part of a business ecosystem powered by WN Media Group. It also includes such services as WN Hub, TalentsInGames.comPublisher Wanted, GameWorldObserver.com and App2Top.ru. Besides, one of the company's divisions is a game development studio called WN Games.

For more information: 
White Nights Summer’20 Online: https://wnconf.com
Ticket and register here: https://wnconf.com/#registration


Media contact: 
Eisvita Ziemelyte

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

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Here's how you can increase the storage for your PS4 using external HDDs and SSDs.
Although we live in the most advanced times in terms of technology, we are still dealing with one particular problem. There is just never enough storage. Whether it is your PC, smartphone, and even PS4, the problem is the same. Therefore we decided that today, we are going to help all console gamers out there and share some tips on how to increase PS4 storage.

How Much Space Your PS4 Really Has?

A standard PlayStation 4 comes with 500 GB of storage space on its internal hard drive, but is it all at your disposal? Not really. A total of 93 GB goes on OS, so you actually have 407 GB to store your apps and games. Now, 407 GB is still a lot, but if you're a gamer who likes to try every new game and explore them, you're definitely going to need more than that.  
There is also 1 TB version, perfect for those who don't want to bother with having to delete a game every time they want to install a new one. But some games require up to 100 GB, which makes it clear that even with 1 TB, your free storage space can disappear in no time. Games like RDR2, CODMW, and GTAV need almost 100GB of space and in this case, you’ll only own a handful of games and if we were to count the regular updates then it’s clear as a day that even 1TB storage is not enough.

Why Should You Upgrade Your PS4 Storage?

The obvious reason is, of course, to have more space for new games, without deleting some of the old ones. Investing in a faster hard drive or even SSD will increase the speed and overall performance of your PS4. HDDs and SSDs can be easily installed in a PS4 but if you want to increase the performance then I’d suggest buying an SSD. However, SSDs are quite expensive and if you don’t feel like spending a lot of $$$ then HDDs are the best option out there.
How to Increase Storage on PS4
When it comes to options you have for expanding the room, there is not a lot of them, but they are all worth considering. The easiest solution works just as well as the more complicated one, so you shouldn't worry about that. However, the price can be a determining factor for some gamers, so let's explore your options and compare them.

Getting an External HDD

This is by far the easiest solution you can pick. You can purchase any USB 3.0 hard drive to serve as external storage, but keep in mind that PlayStation 4 only supports drives up to 8 TB. All you have to do is to plug it in and format it so that it works as external storage where your games would be installed by default. Tbh, 8Tb is definitely a lot and you won’t be getting low on storage any time soon. This is one of the best options to increase the storage for your PS4 because all you will have to do is simply plug n play.

Getting an External SSD

Solid-state drive, known as SSD, became popular since they are a more durable, faster, and, therefore, more cost-effective solution. Portable SSD can help reduce loading time and boost the performance of your PlayStation. It is very straightforward to use, and it does not differ much from installing an external HDD. 
An SSD has been around for quite a while but they were not part of the previous-gen consoles. But after the PS4’s software update, the console was able to support external storage devices to increase the memory of the PS4. Moreover, SSDs are quite expensive when compared with normal HDDs but they twice as fast as an HDD and you won’t have to stare at loading screens for much longer. Having an SSD in your PS4 is definitely worth every penny. 

Replacing the Inner HDD With SSD or HDD

If you always wondered how things work or what's inside of a PlayStation 4, and you're not afraid to open it, this is the task for you. PS4 uses a 2.5-inch SATA HDD that can be found in laptops, so finding a new one won't be a problem. Here are the main steps you'll have to go through:

  • Back up the data from your PlayStation on a USB or external HDD, or upload them on a cloud if you're a PlayStation Plus member
  • Unplug all the wires and power down the device
  • Uncover the hard drive by removing the casing, but keep in mind that it is not the same for every type of device
  • Unscrew the frame holding the hard drive, pull out the caddy, and unscrew four screws that are connecting the frame and hard drive
  • Feel free to swap drives, screw back everything, and close it
  • Download the software and install it

What Is Better for Upgrading PS4 Storage, HDD, or SSD?

In terms of performance, longevity, and speed, SSD is hard to beat. But there is just one drawback, its price. Although the prices are slowly but surely going down, SSD is still more expensive than an HDD, which means that it is not available to all users. The higher the capacity, the higher are the prices. For the same amount of space, the difference in price between SSD and HDD can be double, depending on the brand. However, with an SSD, you're making a long-term investment, so carefully consider all the pros and cons and make the final verdict.

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

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The Basics of LoL for New Players

League of Legends, also known as League or just LoL, is a MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena). It is a team-oriented strategy game that was inspired from Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne mod, Defense of the Ancients.

League has been around for more than a decade, and now, since its release, the game has become a worldwide phenomenon, with 100 million active users tuning in to play it every month. League is among the most popular professional E-sport game to date and in this article, we’ll go over its basics in case you’re considering picking it up as well!

How does League Work?

The game takes place traditionally on a map called The Summoners Rift, where two teams are pitted against each other.

Each team's goal is to bring down the enemy’sNexus, which is located in the middle of their respective base.

Both teams have to defend their Nexus and attack their opponents simultaneously.

Although League of Legends seems to have a very simple premise, the way you reach your goal in this game canbe very difficult. This is also a factor to consider since it being a PvP game, things can get tense pretty quickly, so make sure you avoid being rude towards other players in order to avoid getting banned from LoL.

That being said, let's look at some of the most basic League of Legends mechanics before we proceed further.

Which types of champions can I choose in League of legends?

In League of Legends, each player has the option to choose from a number of Champions, all of which have different abilities and personalities.

Champions come in various classes. Some are ranged, preferring to attack enemies from a distance, or their opposites, brawlers who like to get up close with their opponents. Others are Arch Mages, who cast powerful spells in order to bring down their foes.

How do I level up my Champion in League of Legends?


There are two ways in which you can better your champion.

One is through leveling up, you gain experience by being in the area where your enemies die. Each level of experience grants you ability points, which you can then use to unlock special abilities and make your Champion even more powerful. At level 6, you can unlock your Champion’s Ultimate ability, which can grant you a major advantage during the faceoffs.

The second way to get stronger is to buy items. You can do this by using the gold that the enemies drop at the shop in your base.

Once you buy an item, it goes straight to your inventory and you immediately gain its ability and powerups.

When you start a League match, you and your team appear in the fountain, which is your base, and here, you can restore your health and buy items from the shop that I just mentioned above.

Once out of the base, you can go down three lanes, the one in the bottom is called Bot, the one in the middle is called Mid, and the one at the top is called Top.

In between these lanes, there is a jungle filled with vile monsters that you can kill to farm gold for items.

The lanes in the map are filled with powerful turrets, your half of the map has your turrets that defend your base, and the enemies’ half of the map has their own turrets that attack you when you get close enough.

You need to destroy these towers before you can target your opponent's Nexus. One-minute after the game begins, both bases at the opposite end of the map will start spawning minions indefinitely.

You need to use these minions as fodder to defeat your opponent towers and heroes. After you have destroyed your enemy's towers and gained enough levels to push enemy heroes off the map, you can target your opponent's base and destroy their Nexus. That, of course, is easier said than done.

These are the basics in League of Legends and, to compete with other players, you need to constantly improve, but we hope that this guide has given you a basic understanding of the game and prepared you enough to begin a League match.

Sunday, 22 March 2020

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MADELA - A Master Class From Indie Game Developer

Madela - A third-person open-world with an amazingly crafted world and classic surroundings. The developer of Madela, Habib Alejalil did a pretty job with optimizing and overall gameplay of Madela.

 Madela is one of the first few projects of the talented Habib Alejalil and he is already making an impact in the gaming industry. 

In a wide world, you’ll play as Aiden who is the main character living in posh areas of Istanbul, Turkey. The developer made a statement that this game is based on real-life events where you’ll go through different scenarios to proceed in this game. 

Unlike some other indie developers, this game is very well-balanced and offers great value for money. It’s quite obvious that this game might have some bugs and errors that need fixing but keep this in mind that the whole project is managed by a 21-year old independent game developer.

Developing an open-world game at the age of 21 with a very tight budget can be a very difficult challenge for some but Habib Alejalil went above and beyond and made a pretty good looking game. This is not the first project of Habib Alejalil, he also worked on many different projects which also includes iOS apps and few other gaming-related projects.

There were some flaws in the initial game but the developer and co were able to fix most of the bugs and offer a smooth experience to the audience. The one thing that I didn’t like about this game was that it is very short. I mean you could end the whole thing within an hour and there’s really not much action or a solid story behind the characters. Then again, working on a tight budget will force you to compromise on a lot of things but still, the guys really delivered.

There are not many open-world games made by small-time developers because it needs a lot of hard work and dedication. Developing an open-world game at such a young age is definitely an amazing feat and I’m sure that this kid has what it takes to make it to the top leagues.

One thing that I liked the most about this game is that it is constantly getting regular updates and more content is being added to the game with each update. The developer is making sure that everything works smoothly and adding new content to keep the audience interested in the game.

The artists also did a great job of creating realistic 3D objects that are making things quite professional. I mean a FedEx van moving on the road with very smooth engine backing it is really something that you don’t expect from such indie games. 

Check out the Madela on Steam.

Saturday, 7 March 2020

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New World - An Amazon's upcoming MMO.
Source - TechRadar




New World feels truly anomalous. It's a new MMO, however now not a wildly bold Kickstarter project, not a survival sport, not free-to-play, and it does now not take region in space. It seems like a recreation that could've released along Guild Wars 2 in 2012—however, it's modern-day and it's releasing here in 2020. It's additionally Amazon's first massive PC sport launch, so expectations are high.

A few things assist New World to stand other than other fable MMOs: It takes area on Earth and the participant characters are all human; swords, bows, and guns seem to be more not unusual than magic; and the active fight requires aiming and timing, stay away from rolls and blocks—it's not stand-and-whack-every-other MMO fight.

There's also a territory capture machine that pits player groups against every other. It is not as wild as EVE Online's unregulated company warfare, but brings some of that taste into the arena, and the 50v50 siege battles can be fun. If PvP and politics are not your thing, though, you can simply discover and combat the world's many monsters—New World doesn't definitely ditch MMO conventions.

Below, we've got summarized the whole lot we understand approximately that world, its monsters, and the PvP factors of New World. Check out our current hands-on preview for more.

What is New World's launch date?The official phrase is that New World will release sometime in May 2020, with no specific date, but the Amazon listing says the date is May 26, 2020.

Does New World require a subscription?No, there will not be a subscription fee to play New World. You only need to make a one-time purchase—it's $forty for the usual edition—although there can be expansions or different matters to spend cash on inside the future.

On whether you should buy in-game gadgets with actual cash, Amazon truly says that "players could be able to purchase optional in-sport objects."



Will there be a New World beta?Yes, Amazon is planning to run a closed beta in April, which you can get admission to via pre-ordering. You can also sign-up right here for a hazard to get free get admission to to the beta.

How many players can be in a New World server at a time?Amazon says that we are going to share the arena with "over 1,000" players at a time.


Credits - PCGamer

Read more on New World Fans.

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

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Counting down some best arcade games that are still popular in 2020.


We’ve entered a new decade and gaming has really evolved over the last few years and so does the arcade games. We saw a lot of arcade games in the past decade but which one is still popular in 2020? Read on because we will be remembering some of the best arcade games that are still popular in 2020.

Golden Axe

The gem from SEGA and one of the most admired arcade games, Golden Axe is still ruling the hearts of many gamers. Golden Axe offers one of the best hack n slash gameplay which is still praised around the world. Golden Axe is now available on Google Play and you can enjoy this game on your android devices.

Super Mario


Super Mario is one of those few handful titles that don’t need any introduction because almost everyone has played this game at some point in their life. The award-winning Nintendo title is still going strong and has millions of players around the world. Nintendo has developed a lot of Super Mario games and Super Mario Maker 2 is one of their latest games in this series. You can enjoy Super Mario games on Nintendo, Android as well as IOS devices.

Street Fighter

Street Fighter is without any doubt, one of the best arcade fighting games and we have many fond memories of this game. Street Fighter games have come a long way since it’s debut in the 1980s and now there are more than twenty-five games in the series. Street Fighter is still quite famous around the world and people still play this game on their Nintendo Switch and other emulators.


Minecraft

The best-selling game of all time, Minecraft still has millions of players as it is now available on android device as well. Minecraft is one of the most loved games of all time and it is still going strong in 2020. Many AAA titles came and went down but Minecraft managed to gain more and more attention with the passage of time. Minecraft is truly one of the best and most popular arcade games of all time.

Sonic Mania

One thing is for certain, the best speedy side-scrolling games are still trending in the gaming community and Super Sonic games have mastered this genre. Sonic Mania is the newest edition in the Super Sonic flagship and people seem to really enjoy this one. Sonic Mania has millions of downloads and a lot of gamers are still playing this game in 2020. Sonic Mania is surely one of the best and most popular arcade games of 2020.

Final Verdict

These were our picks for some of the best and most popular arcade games of 2020. Tbh, many different gaming genres were evolved in the past decade but arcade game seems to die slowly as most of the major developers are mostly focusing on RPG, Action/Adventure and racing genres. However, we believe that we will get our hands on some great arcade games this year.

Furthermore, Some of these games cannot be played on modern devices but there are many alternatives and roomsie.com is one of those alternatives which you could use to play these games.

Friday, 10 January 2020

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Minecraft Farms - A Beginner's Guide



On the surface, Minecraft looks like a simple game where you get blocks and place blocks. In reality is a very complicated game with multiple facets to it.

Minecraft Farms

One of the draws of Minecraft is making automated farms, and there are plenty of Minecraft videos  showing exactly how to do this.

The AFK Fish farm
This farm is very useful as it can get you a lot of awesome items early on. Make sure to build one of these to get the most out of your early survival worlds.

Automatic Pumpkin Farm
This farm is very useful for food, but also if you want to go to the end. A carved pumpkin head protects you from enderman.



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A Wheat Farm
Although this is impossible to automate, you can the collecting completed with a lever and some flowing water. So the key to this farm is making sure you build it big enough, so that when you collect, you don't need to do it again for a while.

Using wheat to make bread is a very easy food to obtain early on. All you need is a hoe, some seeds and a water source.

The Cow Farm
Getting cows and using their leather is incredibly useful in Minecraft. You will need it for books, which can help to increase your enchanting table. The enchanting table can then increase the quality of your tools, making your productivity a lot better.

The other great thing about cows is that they give you steak, which is one of the best foods in the game. Just make sure you cook it first.

An Iron Farm
This is probably the best, but most tedious farm to build when you start making Minecraft farms. It requires some specifically placed villagers and a zombie jumping up and down. It can be done though and means you have an unlimited supply of iron. When done correctly this can really start to churn iron like crazy.

If you are able to, make sure you try and build one of these farms as they are so useful. You can make iron pick axes without worrying about using up your iron. Then you can just keep on mining to find those diamonds.

I hope you enjoyed this little run down of Minecraft farms, thanks for reading.

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