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Unity 5.5’s Release Is Augmented With More Particles Than Ever Before

Unity 5.5
It feels like Unity 5.4 just left beta, doesn't it? Yeah, but… that was in fact several months ago, and now Unity 5.5 is upon us. What this one brings to the table, on top of performance improvements across the board - especially in the rendering department - is the inclusion of Microsoft Holographic support. That's right: it's time to get augmented, HoloLens style!
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Speculating Screenshots (26th November 2016)

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For most, weekends means two days off work with some much-needed R&R. But for game developers, it’s also a time during which they get to show off what they’ve been working on. I am of course referring to Screenshot Saturday, which involves tweeting screenshots with the #ScreenshotSaturday hashtag. Screenshots which I will be critiquing some of every single Tuesday, in Speculating Screenshots.
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Bees Won’t Exist Impressions: Time to Teach Them a Sting or Two

Bees Won't Exist
Much as I dislike bees, they're hardly a major nuisance… in this world. See, in whatever alternate dimension Bees Won't Exist takes place, they're pretty much in charge. No one really knows how or why, but one day, giant bees simply appeared - and the rest is history. Oh, and just in case you haven't figured that part out already: you've been tasked with defeating these vile creatures. Bee the best that you can, and all that good stuff. Fight!
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Speculating Screenshots (19th November 2016)

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For most, weekends means two days off work with some much-needed R&R. But for game developers, it’s also a time during which they get to show off what they’ve been working on. I am of course referring to Screenshot Saturday, which involves tweeting screenshots with the #ScreenshotSaturday hashtag. Screenshots which I will be critiquing some of every single Tuesday, in Speculating Screenshot
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Let’s Get It Kickstarted: Mars Underground

First day at a new school - what could possibly go wrong? Bullied? Arrive late to class? Unable to figure out where to go? Or perhaps something far worse? In the case of Mars, definitely far worse: the world ends, and then resets, every night. Does this mean his actions won't have consequences? Is Mars free to do whatever, knowing that no one will remember, come midnight? Maybe. Maybe not. But it'd make a lot more sense, in the long run, to find a way to stop whatever - or whoever - is triggering this cataclysmic event in Mars Underground...
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Sentry Knight Tactics Impressions: Hack, Slash, Snipe and Heal

Sentry Knight Tactics
Being warriors of the King's Army isn't the worst gig out there. You get to journey across the land, helping people in need, making the world a better place and all that good stuff. Simple enough and quite manageable. But then one day, some jerk decided to launch an attack from another dimension (wait, what?), basically waving a red flag in front of every last hero in Sentry Knight Tactics. No more easy times and no more mr. nice guy. Death to the invaders!
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The Day the Music Died: Development of Troll Song Canceled

Troll Song
Bad news time, and to make matters worse, this one's been a long time coming: Troll Song has been canceled! Darn shame too, as I for one would have liked to experience a pointy and clicky adventure focusing entirely on trolls - and their way of life, as it were. More often than not, whenever this particular lot is portrayed in popular media, it's in the form of mindless brutes... as I'm sure you've noticed here and there. Wouldn't have been the case with Troll Song, however, but alas... now we'll (likely) never know just how that might have looked.
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Latest Slime Rancher Update Is In the Name of Science, Big Time

Slime Rancher
Beatrix LeBeau, Slime Rancher protagonist, has had fun wrangling slimes for a while now, and if this latest update is any indication, she'll have plenty to see and do… until the cows come home. Get it? Because… even though it's somewhere in the far reaches of space, Slime Rancher is still about farm-- right. Anyway: science! SCIENCE! Wicked creations, powered by Slime Science. Muahahahaha!
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GERM Impressions: One Virus to Gobble Them All?

GERM
Ain't easy being a tiny microorganism - or whatever germs are - in this land, danger lurking in every shadow. But hey, at least there's no shortness of food to smash to pieces and gobble up! Ah, the destructive nature of a germ. So simple, so peaceful, so… hungry. Always on the look for that next meal, as only when all have been dealt with, shall the door to the next area reveal itself. Such is the way of GERM…
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Speculating Screenshots (12th November 2016)

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For most, weekends means two days off work with some much-needed R&R. But for game developers, it’s also a time during which they get to show off what they’ve been working on. I am of course referring to Screenshot Saturday, which involves tweeting screenshots with the #ScreenshotSaturday hashtag. Screenshots which I will be critiquing some of every single Tuesday, in Speculating Screenshots.
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This War of Mine Celebrates Anniversary With an Expanded Experience

This War of Mine
This War of Mine, with all its doom-and-gloom scenarios, has come a long way since its launch back in 2014. Among other things, children became part of the torn, post-apocalyptic world, because the game clearly wasn't depressing enough already. And I mean that in a good way. Kinda. Right. Anyway, while not as expansive, the recent Anniversary Edition update is not only free but… does come with a brand new ending. Good ending? Bad ending? Who knows!
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Train Jam: Tracks Laid For Another Choo-Choo Game Jam In 2017

Train Jam 2017
Game jams are all over the place these days. Some take place in a fixed location, while other are more of a global (ie. online) thing. What makes Train Jam so special is that, well, it's neither, taking place on... a moving train! Yup. A train, of all things, set to depart from Chicago’s Union Station next February, arriving in Emeryville, California later that same month. Very groovy and unique.
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Speculating Screenshots (5th November 2016)

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For most, weekends means two days off work with some much-needed R&R. But for game developers, it’s also a time during which they get to show off what they’ve been working on. I am of course referring to Screenshot Saturday, which involves tweeting screenshots with the #ScreenshotSaturday hashtag. Screenshots which I will be critiquing some of every single Tuesday, in Speculating Screenshots.
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Mars Underground Demo Impressions: Today Is Also Tomorrow… and Every Day After

Mars Underground (demo)
Mars - Mars Underground's protagonist - could be worse off: new school means there's an opportunity to make new friends and leave what was / happened behind. Because everyone has something they'd rather just wasn't, didn't happen, or some such. Unfortunately for Mars, something causes him to relive the same day, over and over, the world ending with the arrival of night time, everything resetting the following morning.
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From Random to Randomness: Procedural Generation Jam 2016 Is Underway

Procedural Generation Jam 2016
Ah, procedurally generated content. Or perhaps... entire games? Heck, for this particular jam, it doesn't even have to be a game. Could be art, a sound clip, a piece of software - so long as it has procedural generation at its core. Does that mean it's not a game jam? Probably, but who cares? I mean, games will still come to be during its seven-day run, I'm sure. So there - it's a semi-game jam (because that's a thing)!
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MAGS November: Game Jam In the “Afterlife”

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Adventure Game Studio. Easily my favorite engine, second only to SCUMM. So, MAGS! Unlike most jams, which tend to last from 72 hours to a full week with no engine restriction, this one spans a month and requires participants to use... wait for it... Adventure Game Studio! Who's in the mood for creating some adventure games?
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Speculating Screenshots (29th October 2016)

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For most, weekends means two days off work with some much-needed R&R. But for game developers, it’s also a time during which they get to show off what they’ve been working on. I am of course referring to Screenshot Saturday, which involves tweeting screenshots with the #ScreenshotSaturday hashtag. Screenshots which I will be critiquing some of every single Tuesday, in Speculating Screenshots.
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