Flight-sim devs say hidden password-dump tool was used to fight pirates [Updated]

Enlarge The usually staid world of professional-grade flight simulations was rocked by controversy over the weekend, with fans accusing mod developer FlightSimLabs (FSLabs) of distributing “malware” with an add-on package for Lockheed Martin’s popular Prepar3d simulation. The developer insists the hidden package was intended as an anti-piracy tool but has removed what it now acknowledges […]

CROSS POST – Smithsonian American Art Museum Puts Out Call For Indie Devs

The following is a repost from Gamasutra. To see the original post, click here. The Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) Arcade is a yearly event that celebrates game culture and the work of indie game developers, and submissions for the museum’s fourth annual SAAM arcade are now open. This is a good opportunity for devs […]

Interaxon measures brainwaves to give VR devs more data for game design

Interaxon started out developing wearables like its Muse headband meditation tool, and it’s now applying its learnings to virtual reality. Its new Muse Virtual Reality aftermarket add-ons will attach to the HTC Vive and Samsung Gear VR headsets to pick up users’ brainwaves and collect information about how they’re reacting to stimuli. The company is […]

‘Dreams,’ the new game from ‘LittleBigPlanet’ devs, lands in 2018

We’ve been wondering about Dreams for a while now. First announced in 2015 as a trippy, user-controlled kind of world-creating game, Dreams is the new title from LittleBigPlanet studio Media Molecule and it’s due to hit PlayStation 4 in 2018. The release date is new — Media Molecule has been remarkably silent about Dreams over […]

World of Warcraft devs explain how Legion takes us to Battle for Azeroth

The World of Warcraft is going back to its roots: war. Blizzard Entertainment announced earlier this month at BlizzCon that its next expansion, Battle for Azeroth, is coming out in 2018. The massively multiplayer online role-playing game’s seventh expansion focuses on the war between its two player factions: the Alliance and the Horde. But it’s also adding new […]

Game devs: Build your community as you build your game

GUEST: Mobile gaming communities provide publishers with an opportunity to engage users who want to become better players, share experiences, and discuss the nuances of games. For developers and marketers alike, communities can be a means to monetize games while also improving user experience, which builds deeper bonds with players, ultimately increasing player retention. By […]

VRTK helps devs get started in VR with open-source dev kit

What’s becoming clear in VR development is that with the market split across Rift, Vive and PlayStation VR, the developers of some of the most successful apps like Job Simulator, Fantastic Contraption and Raw Data work hard to make their software work well across all three headsets. Even if it is hard to stand out from dozens of apps launching […]

Fortnite devs inadvertently prove cross-console play is possible

Enlarge / It’s now apparent there’s no technical reason why Fortnite players on Xbox One and PS4 can’t play together. (credit: Epic Games) People playing Epic’s Fortnite on consoles recently were surprised to discover a new feature had been quietly added to the game: the ability to play with gamers on other consoles. Over the […]

Devs unknowingly use “malicious” modules snuck into official Python repository

Enlarge (credit: Cedar101) The official repository for the widely used Python programming language has been tainted with modified code packages, a computer security authority in Slovakia warned. The authority also said the packages have been downloaded by unwitting developers who incorporated them into software over the past three months. Multiple code packages were uploaded to […]

The near-final macOS High Sierra golden master has been seeded to devs

Enlarge / High Sierra’s default desktop wallpaper. (credit: Apple) The golden master (GM) candidate of macOS High Sierra was released to developers today. The GM doesn’t add any significant new features over the previous beta version, but it can be helpful for QAing Mac software updates for High Sierra before the public roll-out, as minimal changes […]