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A Game Jam Diary - by Howard Tsao

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 22 September 2014 - 2:36am
Chronicling an alternative team game jam format we tried that helped us be better focused and brought us closer together.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

A key ingredient for successful game studios: Positive energy

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 22 September 2014 - 2:15am

"Game development work is inherently and by necessity creative, yet often we don't work in environments conducive to creativity." ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Becoming the Brand - The Art of Wind Waker and Twilight Princess - by Mary Lee Sauder

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 22 September 2014 - 1:46am
Which game created the most distinctive art style after the huge impact of Ocarina of Time?
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Game Industry Myths 1 - by Josh Bycer

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 22 September 2014 - 12:32am
The Game Industry is not immune to having incorrect information floating around out there and today's post is the first of possibly many examining three popular myths and why they are wrong.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Success is Scrappy - by Karl Schmidt

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 22 September 2014 - 12:09am
The path to successfully shipping a game is often messy. Here are my thoughts on how to set yourself up for success, including some real-world examples.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Fuzzy Thinking: What AC is that?

RPGNet - 22 September 2014 - 12:00am
Fuzzy clothes.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Acquia: Ultimate Guide to Drupal 8: Episode 7 - Code changes in Drupal 8

Planet Drupal - 21 September 2014 - 11:25pm

Welcome to the 7th installment of an 8-part blog series we're calling "The Ultimate Guide to Drupal 8." Whether you're a site builder, module or theme developer, or simply an end-user of a Drupal website, Drupal 8 has tons in store for you! This blog series will attempt to enumerate the major changes in Drupal 8.

Categories: Drupal

Google Should Make Amends with Developers After Settling with the FTC - by Jovan Johnson

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 21 September 2014 - 11:12pm
Google and the Federal Trade Commission settled an action regarding questionable consumer practices surrounding in app purchases. This settlement includes refunds and improved consumer controls. A closer look reveals that Google owes developers an amends.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

The Gender Gap in VR - by E McNeill

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 21 September 2014 - 10:44pm
Discussing the gender gap in the VR community.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Drupal Commerce: Updating Drupal Commerce created usernames

Planet Drupal - 21 September 2014 - 7:10pm

Thanks to the work of the Drupal security team, we released Drupal Commerce 7.x-1.10 on September 10 to address an information disclosure vulnerability. Last week we released a companion module to that update, Commerce Username Update, to help administrators manage the username update the release requires. The new version also includes a handful of minor bug fixes and a new feature to better support free order notifications on the checkout form.

Read more to learn more about the patched vulnerability and new feature.

Categories: Drupal

Drupal Easy: The Big Picture: Drupal 8 Migrate in Core

Planet Drupal - 21 September 2014 - 12:45pm

Migrating from major version to major version of Drupal core has always been a significantly large task for all but the simplest sites. The upgrade path that has traditionally been part of Drupal core has always been limited in what it can do, so most sites were forced to use alternative methods to migrate configuration and content. Sometimes these migrations were manual, sometimes automated, and most often a combination of the two.

Drupal 8 aims to greatly reduce the friction of migrating sites from Drupal 6 and Drupal 7 by adopting a proven and extensible approach to site migrations. The Migrate module has been the go-to tool for migrating a large number of sites to Drupal 7 from earlier versions of Drupal as well as from other content management systems (including custom ones.)

This blog post aims to provide an overview of how the migration system in Drupal 8 works, our current progress, and how new contributors can get involved. The Migrate in Core initiative began in earnest about a year ago at DrupalCon Prague, when it was decided to use some code and concepts from the Migrate and Drupal-to-Drupal Data Migration modules as a starting point for a new and improved upgrade path.

At the current time, the Drupal 6 to Drupal 8 migration is almost complete, while the Drupal 7 to Drupal 8 migration is just getting started. There are a few blocking issues that we're trying to get past in the next couple of weeks (including files migration and link field migration). We feel that we'll be able to leverage much of the work we've done on the Drupal 6 to Drupal 8 migration for the Drupal 7 to Drupal 8 migration. In fact, we have a great issue for a new contributor to help us kick of the Drupal 7 work just waiting for someone to tackle.

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Categories: Drupal

Features Overridden Notify

New Drupal Modules - 21 September 2014 - 4:15am

This module notifies you when there are overridden Features on your site. Helping you to ensure that all your Features are on default state, and alerting you to unknown configuration changes.

Notifications can be configured to either be a site message (that appears on every page to any user with the permission to see it). Or via Rules, using the provided "Features are overridden" event.

Feature states are checked on cron.

Requires Features 7.x-2.1 or higher.

Categories: Drupal

PreviousNext: What is the Drupal Community Summit?

Planet Drupal - 20 September 2014 - 2:31pm

It's the community behind the open source Drupal Content Management project that really sets it apart.  Thousands of developers around the world take part in building Drupal, and building the web with Drupal. This post peers behind the scenes at what makes the community tick.

Categories: Drupal

Reflections on Drupal in Japan

Dries Buytaert - 20 September 2014 - 11:46am
Topic: DrupalLocation: Japan

I spent the last week in Japan. The goal was two-fold: meet with the Drupal community to understand how we can grow Drupal in Japan, and evaluate the business opportunity to incorporate an Acquia subsidiary in Japan (we already offer Acquia Cloud in Japan using Amazon's Tokyo data center).

I presented at two Drupal meetups in Japan; spent the week meeting with members of the Drupal community, Drupal agencies, large system integrators (IBM, Accenture, Hitachi, Fujitsu, Ci&T and SIOS) and the Japanese government. In between meetings, I enjoyed the amazing food that Japan has to offer.

The community in Japan is healthy; there are some noteworthy Japanese Drupal sites and there are passionate leaders that organize meetups and conferences. The Japanese Drupal community is bigger than the Chinese Drupal community but compared to North America and Europe, the Japanese Drupal community is relatively small; the largest Drupal agency I met with employs 20 developers.

The large system integrators, with the exception of Ci&T, have not done any Drupal projects in Japan. We're way behind our competitors like Sitecore, Adobe Experience Manager and SDL in this regard. All of them enabled the large system integrators to sell and use their products. It was great to meet with all the system integrators to make them aware of Drupal, and the potential it could have to their business. It's clear the large system integrators could benefit from an Open Source platform that allows them to move faster and integrate with more systems.

The biggest challenge is the lack of Japanese documentation; both marketing materials as well as developer documentation. Most of the Japanese do not have much confidence in their English speaking ability and struggle to use Drupal or to participate on drupal.org. My recommendation for the Japanese Drupal community is to organize regular translation sprints. Translating one or more of the best-selling English Drupal books to Japanese could also be a game-changer for the community.

Another problem has been the historic challenges with drupal.jp. The anonymous owner of the domain drupal.jp claims that drupal.jp is the official Drupal site in Japan (it's not officially approved) and runs it without much regard or consultation with the broader Japanese Drupal community. I promised the Japanese community to help fix this.

I returned from my trip feeling that the Japanese market offers a great opportunity for Drupal. Japan is the world's third-largest economy, after the United States and China. With continued leadership, Drupal could be huge in Japan. I’d love that, as I would like to go back and visit Japan again.

Categories: Drupal

Dries Buytaert: Reflections on Drupal in Japan

Planet Drupal - 20 September 2014 - 11:46am
Topic: DrupalLocation: Japan

I spent the last week in Japan. The goal was two-fold: meet with the Drupal community to understand how we can grow Drupal in Japan, and evaluate the business opportunity to incorporate an Acquia subsidiary in Japan (we already offer Acquia Cloud in Japan using Amazon's Tokyo data center).

I presented at two Drupal meetups in Japan; spent the week meeting with members of the Drupal community, Drupal agencies, large system integrators (IBM, Accenture, Hitachi, Fujitsu, Ci&T and SIOS) and the Japanese government. In between meetings, I enjoyed the amazing food that Japan has to offer.

The community in Japan is healthy; there are some noteworthy Japanese Drupal sites and there are passionate leaders that organize meetups and conferences. The Japanese Drupal community is bigger than the Chinese Drupal community but compared to North America and Europe, the Japanese Drupal community is relatively small; the largest Drupal agency I met with employs 20 developers.

The large system integrators, with the exception of Ci&T, have not done any Drupal projects in Japan. We're way behind our competitors like Sitecore, Adobe Experience Manager and SDL in this regard. All of them enabled the large system integrators to sell and use their products. It was great to meet with all the system integrators to make them aware of Drupal, and the potential it could have to their business. It's clear the large system integrators could benefit from an Open Source platform that allows them to move faster and integrate with more systems.

The biggest challenge is the lack of Japanese documentation; both marketing materials as well as developer documentation. Most of the Japanese do not have much confidence in their English speaking ability and struggle to use Drupal or to participate on drupal.org. My recommendation for the Japanese Drupal community is to organize regular translation sprints. Translating one or more of the best-selling English Drupal books to Japanese could also be a game-changer for the community.

Another problem has been the historic challenges with drupal.jp. The anonymous owner of the domain drupal.jp claims that drupal.jp is the official Drupal site in Japan (it's not officially approved) and runs it without much regard or consultation with the broader Japanese Drupal community. I promised the Japanese community to help fix this.

I returned from my trip feeling that the Japanese market offers a great opportunity for Drupal. Japan is the world's third-largest economy, after the United States and China. With continued leadership, Drupal could be huge in Japan. I’d love that, as I would like to go back and visit Japan again.

Categories: Drupal

Inline Entity Form Preview

New Drupal Modules - 20 September 2014 - 4:23am

Displays a preview of referenced entities in the Inline Entity Form widget table.

This patch has to be applied first to the Inline Entity Form module in order to get this module working.

Categories: Drupal

altscan

New Drupal Modules - 20 September 2014 - 2:26am

Altscan checks for missing `alt` attributes in images in Drupal Field API data.

Alt text is required on all images that are not "purely decorative" in order for
a site to meet WCAG 2.0 level A (the lowest/basic level) compliance. WCAG is
also currently structured so that a site's overall rating is only set at the
level of the lowest scoring page within that site. The WCAG recommendation is
that even images that are "purely decorative" should be provided with NULL `alt`
attributes rather than completely ommitting the `alt` attribute altogether.

Categories: Drupal

DQX AdminMenu Theme

New Drupal Modules - 19 September 2014 - 5:02pm

This module adds some very simple CSS to the DQX AdminMenu Module that increases the text size to readable dimensions and adds a dropshadow effect, classing it up slightly.

Categories: Drupal

Kickstarter updates terms: 'The creator must complete the project'

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 19 September 2014 - 4:33pm

The popular crowdfunding site has added some serious new stipulations to its terms of service -- which are designed to ensure backers get what they back. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Video: Perfectly pitching your game in three sentences or less

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 19 September 2014 - 1:54pm

Speaking at GDC Europe 2014 earlier this year, Vlambeer co-founder Rami Ismail shared some useful advice on how developers can perfect the art of pitching their game. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design
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