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GameStop & Nintendo: Game devaluation must stop - by Matt Matthews

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 20 November 2014 - 11:24pm
You've heard Nintendo's Iwata say it, and now GameStop's joining in: Don't drive game values to zero.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Analysing Gamification with the SAMR Model - by Andrzej Marczewski

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 20 November 2014 - 11:24pm
SAMR is a great analytical model used by those in education to assess the impact of new technology. It seemed to me like it would be rather handy for gamification as well!
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Ten Years of World of Warcraft - by Raph Koster

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 20 November 2014 - 11:24pm
World of Warcraft has now been with us for ten years, dominating the MMO landscape in the Western market. From where did it spring, why was it so successful, and what has its influence been on MMOs?
Categories: Game Theory & Design

World of Warcraft: Ten Years of Change - by Laralyn McWilliams

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 20 November 2014 - 11:24pm
It's World of Warcraft's tenth anniversary! The game has remained so popular (and profitable) not just because the team working on it is talented and dedicated, but also because they're not afraid of change.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Toy Ninja VR Movement Paradigm - by Jack Pritz

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 20 November 2014 - 11:24pm
In this post I discuss mapping player input into movement of a 3rd person avatar in virtual reality.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Cross-Functional People - by Charles Palmer

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 20 November 2014 - 11:24pm
Production problems abound when you rely too heavily on specializations. This blog lays out a few of the pitfalls of over-reliance on specialization and the advantages of breaking free.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Secondary Steam Features for Developers - by Ulyana Chernyak

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 20 November 2014 - 11:24pm
Steam's importance cannot be understated for game development and there are some features that developers are not aware of that they can leverage for their titles.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Quit the Grind: New Ways to "Level" - by Zack Wood

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 20 November 2014 - 11:24pm
Any RPG fan knows the feeling when battle stops being fun and starts being work, when you're just grinding because you feel you have to. But it isn't necessary- just look at what some of the classic RPGs have done to keep "leveling up" fun!
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Alien: Isolation Technical Observations - by Jack Pritz

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 20 November 2014 - 11:24pm
Technical Observations of Alien: Isolation.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Volcano GameJam Post-Mortem - by Thierry Brochart

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 20 November 2014 - 11:24pm
This is a post-mortem on our Volcano GameJam in Reunion island
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Why do developers make 7x less money outside the US? - by Martin Koppel

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 20 November 2014 - 11:24pm
With low user income and the resulting lack of revenue for developers in emerging markets, most companies either ignore these regions or burn money when seeking to enter them. So is there a way US developers can approach these markets and not fail?
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Design and safety tips for leaderboard - by Priyadarshi Chowdhary

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 20 November 2014 - 11:24pm
Leaderboards play a crucial role in many online competitive games. Design properly, they can provide an incentive for players to get more involved with your game.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Károly Négyesi: Where does migrate in core stand?

Planet Drupal - 20 November 2014 - 2:48pm

Migrate is horribly broken! Migrate works awesome! Both are true. (Yes!) So Keith Dechant reported migrating a live Drupal 7 site to Drupal 8. Melissa Anderson is migrating a Drupal 6 site and gets mostly bugs. How is this possible? Well, Keith was coding his way around bugs, not just using what core provided (this should be obvious since we do not yet provide Drupal 7 sources in core) and Melissa had a site builder approach to it. Both of them are poised to contribute: Keith will share his code for Drupal 7 in the sandbox and Melissa files great bug reports and writes documentation with tips of how to use xdebug to find out what's broken with a migration. At this juncture if you are not prepared for either you will have a bad time with using migrate. Otherwise, see, it works!

Categories: Drupal

Drupal.org Featured Case Studies: The Weather Channel (weather.com)

Planet Drupal - 20 November 2014 - 2:41pm
Completed Drupal site or project URL: http://www.weather.com

Weather.com is the highest trafficked Drupal site in existence, with over 1 billion unique visitors per month. The Weather Channel teamed up with Mediacurrent to migrate from their previous content management system to Drupal. Not only were we able to help The Weather Chanel adopt an open-source solution, but the new website has drastically improved page load times and reduced infrastructure requirements.

Key modules/theme/distribution used: PanelsServicesWysiwygOrganizations involved: MediacurrentAcquiaTeam members: jeffdiecksSilicon.ValetKendall TottenkbasarabjamesrutherfordAndrew M Rileypaulmckibbenderek.derapsmrjmdmarkie
Categories: Drupal

Another Drop in the Drupal Sea: A new approach to Drupal training

Planet Drupal - 20 November 2014 - 10:30am

There are many paid and free Drupal training sites on the internet. To the best of my knowledge, none of them is open source. And I'm quite certain none of them is "ridiculously open."

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Categories: Drupal

Acquia: Custom Distributions on Acquia Cloud: Part 2 -- Updating with Drush Make

Planet Drupal - 20 November 2014 - 9:57am

In the first post of this series on Drush Make we looked at building a custom Drupal install profile on Acquia Cloud using Drush make. In this installment, we look at managing and updating the code in your install profile and deploying it onto Acquia Cloud. Keeping up with new releases is one of the most important aspects of maintaining any site and leveraging Drush make can dramatically reduce the effort involved with that process.

Categories: Drupal

Drupal Association News: Better than FTP

Planet Drupal - 20 November 2014 - 9:42am

As things stand today, Drupal.org's mirror network is an essential part of the Drupal.org infrastructure. The ftp.drupal.org infrastructure hosts millions of files, serving everything from Drupal Core to contributed modules and themes, but it's beginning to show its age.

Our current FTP mirrors (co-located, in Oregon, Illinois, and New York) have been behaving erratically: projects have been failing to sync to the mirrors, being deleted before update, and sometimes disappearing from the mirrors for hours or days at a time. Even when working properly, the replication from the primary to additional mirrors can take as much as 45 minutes.

Compounding these issues is the fact that we do not have robust control or access to the existing architecture when problems arise.

So we've taken a step back to ask:

How can we deliver these files in a more reliable way?
On the modern web, the key elements of file delivery are:

  • High availability
  • Peering capacity designed for global delivery
  • Fast replication
  • HTTPS/TLS support

A Content Delivery Network is the answer to these problems, which is why we're evaluating MaxCDN to replace the ftp.drupal.org infrastructure.

But wait - does this mean the ftp:// protocol will no longer work?
Yes. The FTP protocol is aging as well...

  • In the month of October 2014, ftp:// had 96 unique visitors. Of those 96 unique visitors, only 33 of them made over 10 requests.
  • The ftp pathing differs from http, making the experience of using ftp:// confusing and inconsistent.
  • Replacing the ftp:// protocol with http will enable us to secure Drupal.org with HTTPS across all domains.

How you can help
We need users to help us test MaxCDN as an alternative for file delivery. You can track the issue here, and help us by testing the MaxCDN based downloads. Please report back your findings (good or bad) and let us know if there are any showstoppers.

To test, add this line to your /etc/hosts file:

~$ sudo vim /etc/hosts
198.232.124.192 ftp.drupal.org

And continue using ftp.drupal.org as you normally would through Drupal.org project pages, drush dl, etc.

Categories: Drupal

Mediacurrent: The Weather Channel’s Journey to Drupal

Planet Drupal - 20 November 2014 - 9:00am

When my business partner, Paul Chason, and I joined forces over seven years ago we had a rather simple vision for Mediacurrent. We were convinced that open-source software offered a superior value proposition over proprietary, licensed based solutions. We had an ambitious goal of starting a digital agency that was going to revolutionize how companies thought about the way they managed their web properties. As Simon Sinek so eloquently describes, this was our "why" and purpose.

Categories: Drupal

Drupal Watchdog: Different, Not Difficult

Planet Drupal - 20 November 2014 - 8:36am
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As AppNeta’s developer evangelist, I work with customers in five different programming languages to monitor application performance. Drupal is just one part of one language, but I’ll always have a soft spot for it because it’s where I learned to program. When I get a chance, I like to keep my skills sharp by contributing to the community-maintained TraceView integration module. Last spring, I decided to port it and learn Drupal 8 the hard way.

Like most Drupal developers, I’d never tried writing Symfony code or using Composer to manage packages. Before attempting it, I decided to research both Symfony in its own right and how it is being leveraged to rewrite Drupal. Thankfully, there were many rich tutorials on “the basics” even then, and, after a relatively painless porting process, I had the module running with a skeletal Symfony bundle inside it.

Initially, I relied on the same strategy as the Drupal 7 version of the TraceView module, which monitors hook execution time by installing two additional modules: an “early” module with a very low weight and a “late” module with a very high weight. As each hook was removed from core, I moved its implementations from the modules into the bundle and tagged that event with listeners at maximum and minimum priority.

Categories: Drupal

Weather.com using Drupal

Dries Buytaert - 20 November 2014 - 8:06am
Topic: DrupalAcquiaDrupal sites

One of the world's most trafficked websites, with more than 100 million unique visitors every month and more than 20 million different pages of content, is now using Drupal. Weather.com is a top 20 U.S. site according to comScore. As far as I know, this is currently the biggest Drupal site in the world.

Weather.com has been an active Drupal user for the past 18 months; it started with a content creation workflow on Drupal to help its editorial team publish content to its existing website faster. With Drupal, Weather.com was able to dramatically reduce the number of steps that was required to publish content from 14 to just a few. Speed is essential in reporting the weather, and Drupal's content workflow provided much-needed velocity. The success of that initial project is what led to this week's migration of Weather.com from Percussion to Drupal.

The company has moved the entire website to Acquia Cloud, giving the site a resilient platform that can withstand sudden onslaughts of demand as unpredictable as the weather itself. As we learned from our work with New York City's MTA during Superstorm Sandy in 2012, “weather-proofing” the delivery of critical information to insure the public stays informed during catastrophic events is really important and can help save lives.

The team at Weather.com worked with Acquia and Mediacurrent for its site development and migration.

Categories: Drupal
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