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Epic Games Store is necessary but it’s tearing the community apart

Epic Games Store is necessary but it’s tearing the community apart

Epic Games is disrupting the gaming market and, just like any disruption, not everyone's too happy about it. It's easy enough to see the appeal of Epic's battle cry: better profits for developers and more choices for users. But in order to effect any significant change, Epic Games is employing some business strategies to get developers on its side. Those same strategies, however, are causing gamers and even some developers to draw the line in the sand, splitting the gaming community into sometimes very vocal camps.

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Unity: SpatialOS games are safe, Improbable isn’t

Unity: SpatialOS games are safe, Improbable isn’t

Earlier this week it was reported by Improbable that their system SpatialOS was in violation of an updated terms of service from Unity. Because of this update, said Improbable, SpatialOS games might not work in the near future - at least not with Unity tech. That would've been a major problem for some games/developers if it were true - but it wasn't. At least, not entirely. It wasn't the entirety of the story - so says an update from Unity.

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Unity rules change suddenly leaves many games in trouble

Unity rules change suddenly leaves many games in trouble

A change to Unity's terms of service (Tos) has left a cloud-based multiplayer service provider in trouble today. Improbable has announced that all Unity-built games using its SpatialOS multiplayer service are now in violation of Unity's updated ToS. This applies to live games as well, which has the potential to be particularly problematic.

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HoloLens Spectator View gives others a look at your virtual world

HoloLens Spectator View gives others a look at your virtual world

Virtual and mixed reality are pretty great, but they offer somewhat solitary experiences most of the time. Microsoft is trying to change that with its HoloLens platform, improvising a way to create a mode it's calling Spectator View. With Spectator View, you can give others a third-person window into what you're seeing through HoloLens, and all you really need is a second HoloLens headset and a camera.

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Facebook and Unity partner to develop new PC gaming platform

Facebook and Unity partner to develop new PC gaming platform

Facebook has long been a major player in the gaming space - one only needs to mention Farmville or Mafia Wars to give people horrible flashback of endless notifications from friends - but the company is facing a lot of competition these days. Facebook has to compete with mobile gaming and the quickly expanding array of PC gaming storefronts for the attention of social and casual gamers, and the company is hoping its latest team up with Unity will give it the edge it needs.

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Unity engine 2016 demo is terrifyingly realistic (paving way for VR)

Unity engine 2016 demo is terrifyingly realistic (paving way for VR)

Today the folks at Unity have revealed a shirt film called "Adam" to demonstrate the abilities of their Unity engine. This clip is part of a longer film that'll be released (in full) by the Unity Demo team at Unite Europe 2016 in Amsterdam. Until then, you have this - a masterpiece in its own right. This demonstrates not only the power of Unity for games, but for the future of film, too. Unity announced this week the availability of both Unity 5.4 and Unity 5.3.4 (stable), as well as the availability of beta releases to personal edition users. In Unity 5.4 this means big things not only for flat, 2D rendering, but for virtual reality rendering as well.

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Unity 5.1 opens the floodgates for VR game development

Unity 5.1 opens the floodgates for VR game development

The Unity game engine is the force behind hit games like Temple Run and Hearthstone, among others. Unity has released a new update, Unity 5.1, to its game engine. Not only does the update add additional multiplayer networking features, but more importantly, it boasts a slew of added VR capabilities. Unity's reaffirmed focus on VR could help push game developers to make the leap towards mass designing for VR headsets such as Oculus.

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Open Source Virtual Reality gets massive with Unity and Unreal Engine

Open Source Virtual Reality gets massive with Unity and Unreal Engine

Plugins for both Unity 5 and Unreal Engine 4 have been released to the public for OSVR, the Open Source Virtual Reality program. This system was first initiated by the folks at Razer, appearing at CES 2015 with a brand new OSVR Dev Kit virtual reality headset. In the very short time between then and now, they've racked up quite a few heavy-hitting partners. This system also works with Vuzix technology and has racked up partners like Ubisoft, Seven Hill Games, Homido, and castAR.

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Unity 5 launches with free Personal Edition: make games now!

Unity 5 launches with free Personal Edition: make games now!

The indie game dev scene might just get a little bit hotter. On the heels of Epic making its Unreal Engine 4 free for personal use, popular game engine Unity is following suit. Along side the release of version 5 of the software, Unity is also launching a new business model that embraces even more types of developers and studios. The new Personal Edition gives the same engine and the same tools all for free and without limitations, though of course it comes with a few caveats.

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Humble Mozilla Bundle brings indie games to your browser

Humble Mozilla Bundle brings indie games to your browser

Humble Bundle has another, well, bundle, but this time it's doing something different, new, and quite exciting. The name that has, for some, changed the way you buy games and support game developers, especially indie ones, is now pioneering another with a collection of 8 titles. These aren't just games you can play on your PC or, in some cases, mobile device. These titles can spring at you right within the confines of one of the most used programs on your computer: your web browser.

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Unity hits Xbox One: free for all Indy Devs

Unity hits Xbox One: free for all Indy Devs

Cross-platform distribution is the name of the game when you’re talking about Unity. They’ve announced today that they’re ready to bring a public preview of Unity 4.3 to the Xbox One this week, partnering with Microsoft to bring their software to all registered ID@Xbox developers with development kits. What does this mean for you, the gamer?

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Unity 5 detailed as “massive update” to Unity Engine

Unity 5 detailed as “massive update” to Unity Engine

Unity 5, the next iteration of Unity Technologies' game development engine, has been introduced at the Game Developers Conference. With the update comes a roster of new features for the development of more advanced games. Unity 5 is up on the Unity Store now for pre-order, and with it comes the promise of better, more realistic games.

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