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Power to the People: How eSports Goes Mainstream - by Adam Sellke

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 8 February 2016 - 2:24am
eSports is a booming but still nascent industry. But here’s the problem: eSports is essentially a spectator sport. So, for eSports to really explode, focus needs to change from the “best-of-the-best” to the common competitor.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Fuzzy Thinking: Monsters Are People Too!

RPGNet - 8 February 2016 - 12:00am
Fuzzy Orcs
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Janez Urevc: janezurevc.name runs on Drupal 8!

Planet Drupal - 7 February 2016 - 10:30pm
janezurevc.name runs on Drupal 8!

Drupal 8 was officially released last November. Since then I was planning to try migrating my blog from previous version of this great CMS. Drupal 8 comes with many improvements and I definitely wanted to leverage those also on my site.

Besides that I always used my personal site also as an experimental sandbox where I tested new Drupal modules, themes, technologies. Even if I am very active contributor to Drupal core and contributed modules and I've been working on an enterprise Drupal 8 project at my work I actually never migrated a site to Drupal 8 to this date. It was definitely something I wanted to try.

Previous version of janezurevc.name was running on Drupal 7. It is important to note migration from 7 to 8 isn't officially supported yet. Drupal 7 won't reach EOL for at least few more years, which makes this migration not critical. However, migrations from Drupal 6 have been fully supported since the day 8 was release. 6 will reach EOL this month, which makes migration from 6 to 8 an absolute priority.

Migration

My site is actually very basic. I am using content (2 content types), taxonomy (1 vocabulary), few contributed modules and that is really it. It turns out that every that I needed migrates reliably.

I started the process by reading official documentation. Besides Migrate and Migrate Drupal modules that come with core I needed few contributed modules. Drupal upgrade, Migrate tools and Migrate plus.

Migration itself was extremely easy. I installed Drupal 8 site, enabled migrate modules, started migration and waited for a few minutes. That's it! At least for core stuff. There are some glitches when it comes to contributed modules, but even that was fairly easy to resolve.

I can just thank to everyone that contributed to Migrate in Drupal core. You did an awesome job!

Theme

Drupal 7 version of my blog used Sky theme, which is unfortunately not ported to 8 yet. For that reason I needed to search theme repository and came across Bootstrap clean blog.

It looked nice and it had a Drupal 8 -dev release. Regardless of that it works as a charm. I even contributed minor patches and am planning to contribute few more.

How do you like the theme?

Modules

Like almost every Drupal website out there mine also uses few contributed modules. Let's see how that went.

Disqus

Disqus module has been ported as part of the Google summer of code project, which I've mentored in 2014. Module itself works very well. We changed architecture a bit; instead of having a custom database table we rather used a dedicated field type. This approach comes with many benefits. By doing this we're not limited to nodes any more. Disqus can be used on any entity type now.

Even if the port was there migration was not. I used this opportunity to dig into this part of Drupal a bit more. I wrote 7 to 8 migration support for everything Disqus needs. This includes general configuration, fields on entities, statuses and identifiers. My code is already committed and you can give it a try.

Did you try Disqus migration? Let me know how did it work for you.

Pathauto and Redirect

D8 ports are available on their Drupal.org project pages. They work as a charm. While core migrates existing aliases alias patterns, redirects and other configuration aren't supported yet. I had just 3 alias patterns and less than 10 redirects on my old site so this wasn't hard to fix manually.

If you meet @Berdir please buy him a beer. He did an awesome job porting this (any many other) modules.

Media

I was using media to embed images in WYSIWYG, which is using legacy embed token in Drupal 7. This part was unfortunately not ported yet. I was using this on lees than 10 places so I decided to fix this manually too. I used a simple SQL query to get node IDs of content that used legacy token. Then I simply changed it to standard tag with data-entity-* attributes, which Drupal 8 uses for it's own image embeds.

Markdown filter

Recently I found out that I prefer Markdown when producing written content. It doesn't interfere my writing flow nearly as much as WYSIWYG editors do. When using Markdown I focus on content instead of the appearance (for the same reason I really liked LaTeX during my university years).

Guess what? There is a module for that! Markdown filter comes with a text filter that will convert Markdown syntax to HTML when displaying it. And it also has a Drupal 8 port. Download, install, configure, use. It was as easy as that!

How does Markdown work for you? Do you prefer it over WYSIWYG editor as much as I do?

Other modules

I use few other modules on the page. All of them have some kind of Drupal 8 release:

All of them work without any problem. I downloaded, installed and configured them. Google analytics even comes with support for migration (which meant 3rd step was not needed).

Great work maintainers and contributors!

Other interesting stuff

I also used this migration to move my blog to a new hosting solution. Old blog was hosted on a VPS that I used in the past and am slowly moving away from it. Most of my sites and services are currently hosted on a dedicated server at Hetzner (they provide excellent value for a price so I'd definitely recommend them).

Recently I started using Docker for my development environments and I wanted to try it in production too (I mentioned I am (ab)using my personal site for experimenting, right? :)). As a result of that I'm hosting janezurevc.name in a Dockerized environment managed via Docker compose. Compose is super nice as it allows you to describe your infrastructure stack in a single YAML file. This allows you to commit it to a VCS repository and replicate infrastructure anywhere you want. But this is already a topic for some of my future posts.

Did you try to migrate your Drupal 6 or 7 sites to 8? How did it go? Which contributed modules are you using?

slashrsm Mon, 08.02.2016 - 07:30 Tags Drupal

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Categories: Drupal

Designing Interactive Story (PART THREE) - by Greg Johnson

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 7 February 2016 - 10:14pm
This is the third post in a 6-part series on Designing for Interactive Story. You can find Part 1 here and Part 2 here.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Encrypting Text in Unity - by Nathaniel Stevens

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 7 February 2016 - 10:14pm
An easy to follow Unity tutorial on displaying a second font in place of encrypted letters.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

GGJ16 in KL - by Charles Cordingley

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 7 February 2016 - 10:14pm
My experience at Global Game Jam 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Using the Whally Index to discover new games in January - by Allison Bilas

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 7 February 2016 - 10:14pm
With the number of games ever increasing on the app store, keeping an eye on up and coming games with the Whally Index can help provide some insight into where users are spending their time, and what developers/publishers are making headway.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Is extra content worth extra cash? The DLC Dilemma. - by Drew Giovannoli

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 7 February 2016 - 10:14pm
"Downloadable Content," or DLC has both benefits and costs for the publishers and the gamers they serve. This article by [Red Fox Insights](http://www.redfoxinsights.com) takes a look at both sides of the argument and discusses how how developers can prop
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Pony Island and the Horror of Social Anxiety - by Sean May

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 7 February 2016 - 10:14pm
A short description of a sequence in Pony Island that transcended usual metafictional tropes to become something truly terrifying.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

A Difference of Difficult Progression in Game Design - by Josh Bycer

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 7 February 2016 - 10:14pm
Today's post looks at the different progression models of two of the hardest games recently, and how the philosophies differ to create two unique experiences.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Virtual Reality: A Focus on Focus. - by Freddi Jeffries

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 7 February 2016 - 10:14pm
The second in my Virtual Reality bog series!
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Dead In Bermuda Post Mortem in Numbers – part 2 - by Matthieu Richez

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 7 February 2016 - 10:14pm
The Numbers of the Beast. 5 months after releasing our indie game on PC, a whole lot of data on how much did it cost, how we fund it, how did it sold and some datas about the players. Real fun!
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Your game's trailer isn't for you! - by M. Joshua Cauller

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 7 February 2016 - 10:14pm
Your game isn’t for you — it’s for the players. There’s a magical transition the moment the controller hits a player’s hands: the game becomes theirs. This is also true the moment a player sees your trailer. Hopefully.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Extra Field Formatter

New Drupal Modules - 7 February 2016 - 1:58pm

This module provides "field" formatters for extra fields, configurable through entity display, just like regular field formatters.

Bundled with this module is the module Extra Field Properties, which provides all entity properties as extra fields.

For multilingual aware extra field labels, see #1810178: field_info_extra_fields() is not language-aware, may return wrong values

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