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Getting/Making Game Music that Fits - Comparative Music Series - Atmospheric vs Ambient - by Harry Mack Blogs - 25 June 2015 - 10:42pm
Tips for new audio designers composing video game music out of their comfort zone. Useful for producers as well, looking to put together design directions for their audio designers.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

The Poor Man's Postmortem - Lemma - by Evan Todd Blogs - 25 June 2015 - 10:42pm
Things I did that you should never do, ever.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

It's Not About _____ - by Jay Holden Blogs - 25 June 2015 - 10:42pm
______ everywhere rally against the recent takedown of apps and games featuring a certain kind of _____ in the App Store.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Pointless Grind - by Matthew Jenkin Blogs - 25 June 2015 - 10:42pm
A common approach to the complaint of grinding in RPGs is adding rewards or achievements for those players that persist. Thinking about why people dislike grind may suggest other solutions.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Review of Unite Europe conference in Amsterdam - by Oleg Pridiuk Blogs - 25 June 2015 - 10:42pm
Unite Europe felt like a perfectly orchestrated symphony that invoked a single thought at the end of day two: I want more of this.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Rewarding Failure – Super Rude Bear Resurrection - by Alex Rose Blogs - 25 June 2015 - 10:42pm
Tackling issues with hardcore platformers - how it's possible to make them beatable by newbies without alienating hardcore players.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Gamedev Mutations: A game as mutability potential. - by Joao Requiao Blogs - 25 June 2015 - 10:42pm
When an indie game gets its first steps out of its developers’ minds, it is nothing but potential. Potential to grow, to be good (or bad) … and potential to change.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Music for Games: Does it increase sales? - by Jonathan Barnes Blogs - 25 June 2015 - 10:34pm
We all love to play a video game or two. Whether it’s a mobile game app, on a console, or an Internet application, video games play a major role in entertaining the human mind. What is attracting gamers to purchase these games? Maybe the music?
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Avatar Kit

New Drupal Modules - 25 June 2015 - 7:25pm

D8 incarnation of Gravatar/UserPicKit

Categories: Drupal

DrupalCon News: Share Your Thoughts: Future of the Community Summit at DrupalCons

Planet Drupal - 25 June 2015 - 5:16pm

If you are interested in Drupal community and you are coming to Drupalcon, we are looking for your opinions!

Take the Community Content at DrupalCon Survey.

Categories: Drupal

Drupal Association News: Share Your Thoughts: Future of the Community Summit at DrupalCons

Planet Drupal - 25 June 2015 - 5:10pm

If you are interested in Drupal community and you are coming to Drupalcon, we are looking for your opinions!

Take the Community Content at DrupalCon Survey.

For a very long time, community conversations at DrupalCon took place at sessions in the community track, which ran alongside all the other content at DrupalCons. The community track allowed for presentations on topics related to our community. While it was good to be able to raise the topics, there were real concerns that the session format meant that nothing productive came from the conversation. Further, the community track was just much less attended than other sessions, with 25 or so folks in a room that holds 200.

At DrupalCon Prague in 2013, we launched the first Community Summit. Held on the Monday of DrupalCon week, it is a day-long event designed in an un-conference style to bring community members together to tackle the issues that help our community achieve more together. Morten DK, Addison Berry, and others (bless you all - you have been great collaboratrs) ran the program and led a number of very useful conversations.

For the last few DrupalCons we have run these community summits, and have heard a whole new round of feedback, including:

  • Work at the Summit does not tend to continue after the Summit, so we lose momentum.
  • We don’t always have the right people in the room to really solve some of these problems.

We also did some surveying of our community leaders at the beginning of last year and heard that they are very hungry for skills training that can help them take their camps, meetups, trainings, etc. to the next level. They want to learn about how to manage the finances of a camp, how to recruit sponsors, and how to be better public speakers. The current community summit format does not really allow for this kind of skills training either.

So - we are looking for your feedback about how we might restructure the community content at DrupalCons.

Take the Community Content at DrupalCon Survey.

Just so you know, I hit the woods with my family and no internet and no phones for one week a year, and that week is next week. I won’t be able to respond to comments or the survey while I’m gone, but I will do so when I return. If you have feelings, ideas, or feelings about ideas - stick them in the survey! I’ll share the results back out. If you have book recommendations for my trip, hit me up on Twitter.

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Field revision cache

New Drupal Modules - 25 June 2015 - 1:47pm

This is a simple module that allows the field cache to cache for revisions on entities not just the current version.

Categories: Drupal

Matt Glaman: Commerce entity's and storing arbitrary data

Planet Drupal - 25 June 2015 - 1:39pm

Drupal Commerce entities all make use of the "data" attribute. The data attribute is a blob that contain just about anything you would like - for example, Commerce Shipping utilizes this for shipping line items. Recently there was a StackExchange question on the documentation of this attribute. The best way to learn about an entity (in Drupal 7) and how it operates is to review it's controller class, which each Commerce module has in its includes folder.

/** * Unserializes the data property of loaded orders. */ public function attachLoad(&$queried_orders, $revision_id = FALSE) { foreach ($queried_orders as $order_id => &$order) { $order->data = unserialize($order->data); }

The database layer will always serialize items on save, but you're required to unserialize when returning data.

Categories: Drupal

Want to find the right game? UC Santa Cruz debuts a new discoverability tool

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 25 June 2015 - 1:33pm

It's a big problem: Players can't find the games they might like. And developers can't locate prior art, either. Here's an attempt at solving discoverability issues. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Cruiskeen Consulting: Drupal Time in the Midwest!

Planet Drupal - 25 June 2015 - 12:59pm

Some people call it spring, but obviously they're not coders. Twin Cities Drupal Camp is just starting up and runs through the weekend. This is always a great camp, and has a lot of Drupal heavy-hitters.  You're bound to learn a lot (and my heart is broken that I cannot cross the river to go to it this year due to a bunch of other commitments).

Even nearer to our hearts over here in the land of cheese is Drupal Camp Wisconsin - which this year is going to be a little later than normal (August 7 and 8), but will be in the stunning new Madison Public Library. I just opened up session proposals on the site, so if you're interested in coming to Madison, WI for some Drupal goodness, come register for the free Drupal Camp WIsconsin, and sign up to present. This is a lower key sort of camp than a lot, and will feel more familiar to those who remember Drupal camps from a few years back. But great fun, and this year it will be downtown right next to lots of great Madison places for food, spirits, and relaxation.

Lastly is the ever-wonderful Drupalcorn in Iowa.  I'm actually planning on going this year and have put in a couple of session proposals. You should go too, since there's no such thing as too much Drupal conversation. July 30-Aug. 2 in Cedar Falls Iowa. Don't miss the Powerpoint Karaoke, where hapless souls get to do Powerpoint presentations based on random selections of slides.  Heck, that's what most of my presentations look like anyway, so I should be GREAT at that.

See you all at the various spring and summer Drupal activities in fly-over land.

Categories: Drupal

Open Source Training: Drupal: What If Your Clean URL Test Fails?

Planet Drupal - 25 June 2015 - 12:34pm

By default, Drupal 7 creates URLs that look like this, "".

This type of URL can be hard to read, hard to remember and may not be search engine friendly. The solution is to configure Drupal's clean URLs.

Drupal provides a test so you can see whether your site is ready fror clean URLs:

Categories: Drupal

Computer simulation predicts development, progress of pressure sores

Virtual Reality - Science Daily - 25 June 2015 - 11:52am
A computational model that could enhance understanding, diagnosis and treatment of pressure ulcers related to spinal cord injury has been devised by investigators. The team also described results of virtual clinical trials that showed that for effective treatment of the lesions, anti-inflammatory measures had to be applied well before the earliest clinical signs of ulcer formation.
Categories: Virtual Reality

Cheeky Monkey Media: Easy Site Administration for Both Site Builders and Site Admins

Planet Drupal - 25 June 2015 - 10:00am

Coming up with a way to easily navigate and administer a Drupal site has always been a bit of a struggle. Usually you’ve pleased the site builders and confused the normal site admins. Or pleased the site admins, but then caused the site builders to pull out their hair in frustration. We like to use admin_menu for site builders, and to use navbar as a nice and easy site admin toolbar. Admin_menu is great to give site builders quick access to almost every admin page there is. Navbar keeps things nice and simple – trying to avoid site admins getting overwhelmed with menu options,...

Categories: Drupal

Hook 42: A Path from Drupal Newbie to Core Contributor

Planet Drupal - 25 June 2015 - 9:28am
Thursday, June 25, 2015

Patrick Storey answers a few questions about working with the Drupal community and contributing to Drupal core. Just goes to show you do not have to be a ninja programmer or have 30 years Drupal experience to have a positive impact in the Drupal community! Thanks, Patrick. :)

1. When did you start working with Drupal?

I started working with Drupal around a year and a half ago. I was working on a small site in WordPress when my older brother, John Storey, suggested I check out Drupal as he had about a decade's worth of experience using Drupal.

2. What's your favorite thing about Drupal development?

While this technically might not be a Drupal thing, I greatly enjoy the cat references or funny commentary I find while googling answers, or asking for answers on IRC, to my Drupal questions. To which… there are always more questions about what is going on with my Drupal site.

3. What was your first interaction with the "Drupal Community"?

My first interaction with the “Drupal Community” was at a Bay Area Drupal Learners Group Meetup hosted by Kalamuna. It was a welcoming experience to newcomers, and Kalamuna always provides booze and popcorn.

4. How did you start contributing to Drupal core?

I started contributing to Drupal core after spending hours trying to find something a newcomer to Drupal could do in the issue queue. I found the experience very troublesome and discouraging. Then Kristen Pol read about a mentorship by Cathy Theys to try to clean up that exact problem and help newcomers find ways to contribute to Drupal Core.

5. What types of contributions to you do?

Currently I review Drupal 8 issue queues and see if they are appropriately tagged with the Novice Tag or as I like to call it the “New Drupal Contributor” tag. I also help out with any Issue Reviews, Beta Evaluations, Patch re-rolls that I find as I go. I am now studying for my “Acquia Certified Developer” certification so I can help with all the patches I see that need reviews. I’ve noticed patches needing reviews are a HUGE need in the Community. I also wrote a blog about how I got started contributing and how any new contributor can start contributing too. (There is plenty of work to be done for this so please feel free to jump in!)

6. What's your favorite part of community work?

My favorite part of community work is the combination of being able to contribute back to Drupal, while getting to know those who contribute to Drupal. It’s almost universal that anyone who is contributing back to Drupal seems to be a really cool person. Everyone I have met is either far smarter than they have any right to be and/or has an amazing sense of humor. It’s also cool to think about after you helped out “Wow, the code I just wrote is going to be used by thousands and thousands of people to help them survive and feed their families”. That’s the kind of thing I think everyone can get behind.

7. What are some challenges of working with the Drupal community?

Some of the challenges are the “blah blah blah blah and something about my ego”. :-) As you might expect when in an open source environment, there are a lot of RIGHT ways to do things, and a lot of people who demand it be done their right way. But in order to make true progress in some cases we all have to decide on one way to proceed and follow it so we can have standards to our work.

8. What community work are you doing now?

Right now I’m working on running the Multilingual Sprints for NYC Camp so we can help get Drupal 8 over the finish line! NYC Camp runs from July 13th to July 19th at the United Nations! If you are interested in helping get Drupal 8 over the finish line, please sign up for the Drupal 8 Multilingual Sprints here!

9. What's next for you in the Drupalverse?

Next for me in the Drupalverse is: gain my “Acquia Certified Developer” certification, figure out how I can best help with BAD Camp, and start writing code that will allow Drupalers to spin up sites quickly and efficiently so they can make enough money to rent out entire apartments at the Trump Tower for their cats like they work for FIFA.



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Makina Corpus: Howto: using Twig in Drupal 7

Planet Drupal - 25 June 2015 - 7:47am
Using Twig in Drupal 7 is indeed possible: here's how to anticipate Drupal 8, and use right now the theme engine bundled in the next version of our favorite CMS.
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