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The Power of Audience Development for Indies - by Joel Dreskin Blogs - 22 October 2014 - 12:19am
While PR, advertising, channel promotions and other vehicles can perform well for games marketing – with audience and community development, YOU can control and manage communications through the programs you build in these areas.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Can Game Design be Appraised? - by Josh Bycer Blogs - 22 October 2014 - 12:19am
The Game Industry is facing a severe issue of devaluing content which has been our fault and part of it has to do with the problem of understanding and evaluating game design.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Suddenly, Thousands Post Mortem - by Taro Omiya Blogs - 22 October 2014 - 12:19am
Suddenly, Thousands is a mob-controlling puzzle game developed for Bacon Game Jam 08. In this Post Mortem, we discuss the strength in Suddenly, Thousands' level progression, embracing accidents, and danger of making your development process open-source.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

SIEGE 2014 Investment Conference Lessons and Feedback - by Scott McCutchen Blogs - 22 October 2014 - 12:19am
The Southern Interactive Entertainment & Games Expo is one of the largest events of it's kind in the southeast. As a participant in this year's Investment Conference event, I'm about to provide you with some of the lessons I learned during my first pitch.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

What Does a COPPA Compliant Game Really Look Like? - by Roy Smith Blogs - 22 October 2014 - 12:19am
Now that the FTC has signaled it will enforce COPPA is the industry’s “wait and see” period finally coming to an end? Read on for my thinking on how mobile games can become COPPA compliant without ruining user acquisition or game flow.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Bevan Rudge: Your Drupal website's backdoor

Planet Drupal - 21 October 2014 - 7:09pm

I estimate hundreds of thousands of Drupal websites now have backdoors; between ten and fifty percent of all Drupal websites. Automated Drupageddon exploits were in the wild within hours of the announcement. Updating or patching Drupal does not fix backdoors that attackers installed before updating or patching Drupal. Backdoors give attackers admin access and allow arbitrary PHP execution.

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Categories: Drupal

U.S. government releases open source gamification software

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 21 October 2014 - 3:30pm

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has made some of its internally-developed gamification software available for free on GitHub under the MIT free software license. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Aten Design Group: Automating Drupal Configuration

Planet Drupal - 21 October 2014 - 2:42pm

Last month at the Central Denver Drupal meeting, Nick Switzer from Elevated Third showed how they are using a structured spreadsheet format for describing their Drupal configuration in a way that makes it easy to build. They based their spreadsheet format on a template Palantir published a while ago, and someone mentioned Lullabot has been using something similar. This looked to me a lot like what we were doing at Aten, even though we had missed the de facto standard that was developing. We are now using that de facto standard.

This was particularly interesting to me because I've been doing a lot of work lately around declarative interfaces and standardized Drupal configuration. Spreadsheets are declarative and CINC has a working YAML import, so when we got to the question and answer portion of the presentation, I knew exactly what I wanted to ask: "Why are we still building Drupal sites manually when these spreadsheets contain everything we would need to automate it?"

No one offered a reason not to automate this process, so I volunteered to present at this month's meeting and show an automated process that did not yet exist. I have since built that process. It still needs a lot more testing and bug fixes, but it's already a compelling alternative to the traditional Drupal site building process.


Sheet2Module takes a Google spreadsheet and produces a Drupal module that will create the configuration described therein. The exported modules use YAML files for configuration, which works natively in Drupal 8, and works in Drupal 7 with the CINC YAML submodule. With a standard spreadsheet format, Sheet2Module, and CINC YAML, you can build a reasonably complex Drupal site configuration in a few minutes. The process looks like this:

  1. Describe your Drupal configuration in a Google spreadsheet.
  2. Use Sheet2Module to auto-generate a module from that spreadsheet.
  3. Enable that module to auto-generate your Drupal configuration.
  4. (Optional) Spend the hours you would otherwise spend on Drupal configuration helping improve this process.

Both Sheet2Module and CINC YAML almost certainly have bugs, as they've had very limited testing. Both are open source (CINC on, Sheet2Module on GitHub), and patches and pull requests will be met with enthusiastic appreciation. Beyond my appreciation, I'm convinced custom-tailored interfaces like this are the future of Drupal configuration, and you have a lot to gain from helping shape that future.

Outside code contributions, simply trying out the process and giving feedback is very useful, and a good way to make sure this works for your own workflow. Even the incomplete current solution will likely save you hours on your next Drupal build, and you can still manually add any configuration that doesn't work automatically. So you have nothing to lose and hours to gain by trying it out.

Drupal Spreadsheet Standard

I suspect there are more than a few shops already using a similar spreadsheet format to describe Drupal configuration, so before we go too far down the path of building tools around this format, we should turn this into a real, documented community standard. To that end, I've started creating a Drupal Configuration Spreadsheet Standard on GitHub. If you're already using spreadsheets to describe your Drupal configuration, take a look at the documentation and contribute your own format improvements to the wider community. If you're just getting started using spreadsheets to describe your Drupal configuration, this is a good place to start.

Own Your Process

Even if you're not using spreadsheets to describe Drupal configuration, it's worth taking a look at this automation for ideas on how you can improve your own process. I've mentioned before that the declarative format for Drupal configuration adopted in Drupal 8 (and available Drupal 7 with CINC) allows us all to customize our workflows. I'm going to keep mentioning it until this becomes common enough in the Drupal community that it's boring to mention. But for now, this is still a new and exciting space to be working in, and you should join the fun.

Categories: Drupal

iMIS Webservices

New Drupal Modules - 21 October 2014 - 12:39pm

iMIS webservice integration.

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Redirect File

New Drupal Modules - 21 October 2014 - 12:25pm

This module provides support for redirecting public file assets.

The following problem exists with the redirect module:

Categories: Drupal

Don't Miss: Why devs share responsibility for YouTuber disclosure

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 21 October 2014 - 11:44am

Gamasutra speaks with Mary Engle, associate director for Advertising Practices at the FTC, about what both YouTubers and publishers should be considering when it comes to disclosure. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Creative Juices: 27 Questions (and Answers) from My First Drupal 8 Site Build

Planet Drupal - 21 October 2014 - 10:10am
27 Questions (and Answers) from My First Drupal 8 Site Build I recently built my first site with Drupal 8, off of the public beta. It was a great experience. I kept a list of questions as I worked, and wrote down the answers when I found them. matt Tue, 10/21/2014 - 13:10
Categories: Drupal

Code Karate: Drush Cheat Sheet

Planet Drupal - 21 October 2014 - 8:42am

As developers we always are looking for ways to become more efficient. After all, time is money.

Categories: Drupal Inline Entity Display

Planet Drupal - 21 October 2014 - 8:31am

At we love the Drupal ecosystem and it became very important to us to give back and participate.
Today we're proud to announce a new module that we hope will help you !

Inline Entity Display module will help you handle the display of referenced entity fields directly in the parent entity.
For exemple if you reference a taxomony "Tags" to an Article node, you will be able directly in the manage display of the article to display tags' fields. It can become very usefull with more complex referenced entity like field collection for exemple.



- You can control, for each compatible reference field instances, if the fields from the referenced entities would be available as extra fields. Disabled by default.

- You can manage the visibility of the referenced entities fields on the manage display form. Hidden by default.

- View modes are added to represent this context and manage custom display settings for the referenced entities fields in this context {entity_type}_{view_mode} Example: "Node: Teaser" is used to render referenced entities fields, when you reference an entity into a node, and you view this node as a teaser if there are no custom settings for this view mode, fields are rendered using the default view mode settings.

- Extra data attributes are added on the default fields markup, so the field of the same entity can be identified.

Compatible with Field group on manage display form.

Compatible with Display Suite layouts on manage display form.


- Entity API
- One of the compatible reference fields module.

The install of this module will come automatically with these modules: entity_reference, field_collection, field_group, display suite.


We are currently developping a similar module for Drupal 8 but more powerful and more flexible, Stay tuned !

Categories: Drupal

Blink Reaction: Blog and ebook Series; Responsive Content and Design

Planet Drupal - 21 October 2014 - 8:23am

Blink Reaction's Director of IT, Kenny Silanskas takes a look at why content is crucial when it comes to creating responsive design. Here Kenny breaks it down with a few easy sports analogies.

Categories: Drupal

Quantum holograms as atomic scale memory keepsake

Virtual Reality - Science Daily - 21 October 2014 - 7:10am
A new study demonstrates that quantum holograms could be a candidate for becoming quantum information memory. Scientists have developed a theoretical model of quantum memory for light, adapting the concept of a hologram to a quantum system.
Categories: Virtual Reality

Drupalize.Me: Including Image Styles With Your Drupal 8 Theme

Planet Drupal - 21 October 2014 - 6:21am

One of many new features in Drupal 8, made possible by the configuration management system, is the ability to add a default image style to your theme, instead of needing to use a module in tandem with your theme, or creating the image style by hand. Here's a look at working with this new feature in Drupal 8.

Categories: Drupal

File Resumable Upload

New Drupal Modules - 21 October 2014 - 6:18am

File Resumable Upload aka file_resup adds large files multiple and resumable upload to the File and Image field widgets.

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Floating Decimal

New Drupal Modules - 21 October 2014 - 1:32am

Provides a field widget and formatter, for treating decimals like floats (trims trailing 0's and dots).

Categories: Drupal

Superseeds: The Body Shop, Part 1

RPGNet - 21 October 2014 - 12:00am
Shazam! A new body for your hero!
Categories: Game Theory & Design
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