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Model of quantum artificial life on quantum computer

Virtual Reality - Science Daily - 20 November 2018 - 9:58am
Researchers have developed a quantum biomimetic protocol that reproduces the characteristic process of Darwinian evolution adapted to the language of quantum algorithms and quantum computing. The researchers anticipate a future in which machine learning, artificial intelligence and artificial life itself will be combined on a quantum scale.
Categories: Virtual Reality

Having a Vision with thatgamecompany Eric Koch - by Larry&Brandon GDU

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 20 November 2018 - 8:59am
When the folks over at thatgamecompany start moving on a new project hoping to follow up the success of their previous games Journey and Flower, there was only one person they trusted to help head up development, Eric Koch. Eric’s career started out in
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Fortnite Creator Facing Potential Lawsuit Over 'Stolen' Dance Moves - A Legal Analysis - by Pete Lewin

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 20 November 2018 - 8:58am
Epic Games faces potential lawsuit over 'stealing' popular dance moves. But is there any legal merit here? Are dance moves actually protected by copyright?
Categories: Game Theory & Design

IBM Watson Integration

New Drupal Modules - 20 November 2018 - 7:54am

Powered by the latest innovations in machine learning, Watson lets you learn more with less data. You can integrate AI into your most important business processes, informed by IBM’s rich industry expertise.

This module aims to be a collection of modules that integrate with various IBM Watson AI services, such as Natural Language Classifier and text analysis to augment content authoring tools within Drupal and Watson chatbots for customer assistance.

Categories: Drupal

Acro Media: Live Component Guide, Part 2: Drupal 8

Planet Drupal - 20 November 2018 - 7:45am

A while ago we introduced a Live Component Guide to our corporate website that gives our designers and content creators and quick way to lay out content on new and existing pages. It’s worked out great so far and has generated quite a bit of interest. A couple months old now, that initial blog post explaining why we did it and how it works has had over 400 views and the recorded demonstration on YouTube has been watched for more than 1500 minutes. Not bad considering it’s a very Drupal specific, niche post.

While I was working on our corporate site components, others at Acro Media were working away on adding similar components to our internal Drupal 8 framework. Our corporate website is currently running on Drupal 7, and so, in some of the feedback that we received, people naturally wanted to see an example of the Live Component Guide in Drupal 8. After all, that’s the latest version of the Drupal platform that all new Drupal sites are being built using it.

I’m happy to announce now that those components have made their way into Acro Media’s Drupal Commerce demo site, Urban Hipster! Want to see it? I know you do. Check out the video demonstration below or go straight to the Urban Hipster’s Live Component Guide and take look for yourself.

Categories: Drupal

CoC Webform Auto Exports

New Drupal Modules - 20 November 2018 - 7:03am

INTRODUCTION
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The CoC Webform Auto Exports module provides the ability to export Webform results automatically according to the configured schedule and email and/or SFTP generate files to configured email address and/or SFTP location.

You can enable automatic export and do configurations form wise, which is providing more control over forms and automatic export configurations.

Categories: Drupal

20 Things #31: Blue Dragon's Lair (System Neutral Edition)

New RPG Product Reviews - 20 November 2018 - 2:17am
Publisher: Raging Swan Press
Rating: 5
An Endzeitgeist.com review

This installment of the #20 Things-series clocks in at 11 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of advertisement, 1 page editorial/ToC, 1 page SRD, 1 page back cover, leaving us with 5 pages of content, so let’s take a look!


On the first page, we get 8 names for male and female blue dragons, as well as a table of 12 blue dragon lair features – from fine shifting sands covering deep drift to rippled dunes blocking passage, the entries here present some rather cool details that can add genuine depth to the exploration: Sinkholes, veritable scorpion swarms and yes, even a pool that is fed by underground springs make for plausible and cool features to add to the lairs of the masters of deserts.


Beyond these features, which can have a more pronounced impact on lair exploration, we also get 12 entries of dressing that are more cosmetic: Vanquished gnoll raiders, mangled shields that tell, by their presence of the failures of those that came before, faded words pronouncing doom – if you need to add a bit of character to a complex, there you go. Speaking of which: There also is a table that lets you cosmetically customize your dragons: Vivid scars of malformed scales, horns missing their top, wings pierced by holes and curved fangs – these tell the tales of previous altercations and could well result in monikers for the respective draconic foe.


A further 8-entry table on the next page expands on that, providing suggestions for what the dragon may be doing: You could witness a dragon rolling on its back, scratching an itch, finishing a snack of camel plus rider, or, if you’re lucky, it may be out there, hunting…for now. A table of 12 entries may be found on the same page, providing a plethora of sights and sounds that may be encountered. The least perceptive PC may be stricken by a kind of paranoia, and the floor may be crossed by cracks, from which steam emerges. Thunderous roars echo, and the heavy stench of ozone seems to emanate from the floor.


Of course, you do brave a dragon’s lair due to their fabled treasures, right? Well, no less than 20 different trinkets and 8 additional worn trinkets may be found, including ourouboros-like rings, a silk rope interwoven with silver as a kind of necklace – great means of showing, not telling, how vain dragons can be. Oh, and smart PCs may well find a map to Gloamhold here – nice little easter-egg/cross-reference there.


The final page, then, would be devoted to hoard dressing – from the splintered remains of whole wagons to ornately-carved statues of half-nude warriors buried half in sand to packages filled with sawdust containing chandeliers, this section provides quite a lot of evocative entries.


Conclusion:

Editing and formatting are top-notch, I noticed no glitches. Layout adheres to an elegant, minimalist 2-column b/w-standard, and the pdf sports a couple of really nice b/w-artworks. The pdf comes fully bookmarked for your convenience, and the pdf comes in two different versions, one of which is optimized for screen-use, and one is optimized for printing it out.


Creighton Broadhurst’s dressing for blue dragon lairs is a great little file: The entries do feel like they have a strong blue dragon theme going and don’t fall into the trap of being generic dragon dressing. The lair features in particular made me smile more than once, and as a whole, this supplement provides a great, well-written array of entries that can enhance the experience here. A minor complaint could be fielded in that the electricity/lightning-angle of blue dragons could have featured a bit more prominently. Lightning bolts can create glass (look that up if you haven’t seen the like!), so that could have also featured and added some surreal, majestic shapes and forms…but that may be me. As a whole, this is certainly worth the low asking price. Hence, my final verdict will clock in at 5 stars.

Endzeitgeist out.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Unique Logs

New Drupal Modules - 20 November 2018 - 2:05am

Most of the time when dealing with APIs or external systems we end up needing logs for all the faulty data or structure. In run-time at times we end up logging messages for a particular entity/case multiple times since it is inside a function which is invoked multiple times during the request but we want to see the log only once.

Module here provides a wrapper function to default Logger methods which can be used to reduce number of log messages per request by logging only the unique messages.

Categories: Drupal

Observations From A Gamer's Chair: Over-eager Players at the Table

RPGNet - 20 November 2018 - 12:00am
When excitement can be a problem.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Code Karate: Drupal 8 FlexSlider Module

Planet Drupal - 19 November 2018 - 10:27pm
Episode Number: 220

The Drupal 8 Flex Slider Module allows you to use the Flex Slider library to build out slideshows on your Drupal website. This video covers how to get Flexslider to integrate with Drupal views as well as Drupal fields.

Tags: DrupalContribViewsDrupal 8Image HandlingMediaSite BuildingDrupal Planet
Categories: Drupal

OpenSense Labs: Building Strong Roots of Digital Customer Experience with Drupal

Planet Drupal - 19 November 2018 - 10:15pm
Building Strong Roots of Digital Customer Experience with Drupal Vasundhra Tue, 11/20/2018 - 11:45

As a part of the audience, we unanimously measure the quality of experience by one simple factor - how long does it take to get what we want.

Right?

In today’s customer experience economy, organizations are no longer compared on the basis of their direct competition, but they are compared on the basis of the services they provide to their end users.

And according to the National Retail Federation, the e-commerce growth for the US grew from 3.7% to 4.2% in 2017, which included tech giants like Amazon, E-bay etc. These techies were successful in reaching the customer funnel ecosystem. 

'How' you may ask?

Well, they acknowledged that the key of constructing successful and best in class digital experience was through website users and their experience. 


Why Digital Customer Experience is Important?

Satisfied Customer usually returns and buy more, they tell other people about their experience. Thus, it is important for organizations to understand that end-to-end experience is essential for future growth as well as customer loyalty of a company. 

A customer satisfaction survey conducted by B2B International conveys the importance of the customer's expectations. The study reveals that it is crucial for businesses to improve their ability to deliver great digital customer experiences. 

Thereby, reaching the customers or the audience through digital channels is something which every organization must do to survive and grow in this digital era. 

Enhanced digital customer experience not only becomes a salient strategy for the organizations but helps them evolve beyond conventional web development.

Depending on the audience’s situations, aim, and expectations a poor customer experience can make or break a business emblem. Obstacles Faced by Organizations in Digital Customer Experience 

Forbes states that only 16% of the organizations were successful in the journey of digital transformation, which of course is a very low percentage. 

84% of companies fail at Digital Transformation

Digital transformation, here, implies the integration of digital technologies into the areas of business, fundamentally changing the way they operate and deliver values to the customers.

But why do companies fail to walk along digital transformation?

Because adapting to changes is tough! 

Echoing the same sentiment, a survey by Mckinsey reads that some 70% of change programs fail to achieve their goals mostly due to employees’ resistance or lack of management support. 

Digital transformation includes a significant change and the type of work the organization does. Making changes is kind of difficult. It becomes important for the organizations to have someone on board who is aware of the people’s mind and how they adapt to business models.

Major barriers faced by organizations in digital customer experience include:

  1. Limited Budget 
  2. Lack of (overall) digital strategy 
  3. Organizational structure
  4. Employee pushback/ resistance
How to Offer the Best Digital Customer Experience?

Here are the ways by which an organization can eliminate the obstacles and cuddle a digital native process of working out that allows them to deliver a class intuitive customer experience.

  • Know your Customers

There is no point in designing and constructing a digital platform if you are not aware of your audience. If you really want to understand customers needs and wants, then you have to connect and empathize with customers situations.  

You can begin with customer-facing teams and CRM software followed by social media monitoring to gain deeper and diverse understanding. This would provide a foundation to construct data-driven and customer-centric decisions. 

“The best way to connect with the customer is to empathize with their situation and needs.” 

The happier the customer is with you, the longer they stay connected. If the customers are being treated poorly and the feedbacks are being ignored, then there are chances that they would be less sustainable and engaging to the products you sell. This is the reason why organizations that deliver a superior customer service outperforms the ones which do not.

 

  • Being Data Driven 

A report by Aberdeen states that there are organizations which have implemented data-driven culture, and they have witnessed a seven percent annual increase in terms of revenues which they make in a year. 

“By implementing a data-driven culture, organizations can witness a 7% annual increase in revenue.”

The increase in the revenue has been conquered through the increase in the efficiency of the operational activities. 
 
83% of the organizations and businesses that have made the shift in data-driven culture have experienced an improvement in the time taken for one operational cycle to complete. 

“83% of businesses which switched to data-driven culture have experienced shorter operational cycles.”

Moreover, the shift in the time taken per cycle was coupled with the fact that organizations have implemented the data-driven model witnessed a reduction of 12% in the organizational costs.
 
Thus, by harnessing the power of data analysis, the organization can create a detailed plan for customer-focused marketing messages. Using data to make customer communication more personalized can lead to a mass-marketing campaign. 

“By implementing data driven culture, organizations have witnessed a 12% decrease in operational cost”

Dynamically tailoring the experience and needs of the customer or the audience can result in an increase in the online relating. Delivering a delightful personalized experience is now what every retailer must aim for. 

  • Integrating the data stack 

Doesn’t it sound exciting when I say that disparate data sources can be rolled up into one single tool? Simply put it there are tools that marketers can use to efficiently execute initiatives, across a number of channels at the same time. 

The list includes:

  • Social Media scheduling tools like Buffer and Hootsuite
  • Analytical tools like Kissmetrics and Google Analytics 
  • CRM software like Salesforce and HubSpot

Integrating these tools isn’t just pleasant when it comes to offering leading digital experiences, but it also constructs a consistency across the marketing stack. 

In the age of assistance, where the customers want brands to give them exactly what they desire for, leading marketers use integrated data and technologies to understand their audience. 

According to a recent study by the Association of National Advertisers, companies that spend the most on marketing technologies yield an average of 10 percent new revenue.  Integrating marketing and advertising stack provides the organizations with a better understanding of the customer. 

Intent signals for the shoppers that might be weak on their own become powerful when they are integrated. Things like search intent, videos viewed, and the content that is read across the web help the marketers engage and assist customers just at the moment they need.

  • Optimizing your digital assets 
Website is one of the most important assets in digital experience

This is the mantra which should be followed by every organization. Your website is literally a virtual storefront for the brand, and it has only a few seconds to mark a solid impression.

The digital marketing industry is rich with acronyms like SEO (search engine optimization), SEM (search engine marketing), SERPs  (search engine result page). Search engine marketing would have numerous changes. Those changes would include search engine algorithms, change in customer behavior, and evolvement of search channels.

With these changes come opportunities which are customer, market, and search driven. Optimization of digital assets would refer to the practice of taking inventory of the company’s marketable and digital assets and implementing a process of keywords for promoting relevant channels. 

The search done by end users tends to be more conversational in nature. Content creators and marketers are challenged to meet those demands through more robust asset optimization efforts without losing the essence of the organization. Each website has digital assets including web pages, images, videos, blog post etc. A digital asset optimization strategy identifies content in all these forms and formats and applies them to qualify what we call as “promotion”. 

Dedicating the time to design and understand the needs of the customer is the most effective way to win the race in digital transformation. 

  • Intuitive Graphical User Interface and the Web Property

Once you have identified your customer, it is important to recognize the barriers they face while engaging with your website or product.  
 
Users are becoming more experienced with the use of digital display and expect a splendid experience on the platform they choose. Providing the user with immediate visual feedback about each action, and allowing multiple programs to display simultaneously is the key for a better user experience
 
One of the major advantages of using minimalistic and easy graphics and icons is that it makes the system operation more intuitive, and easier to learn. 
 
Allowing the users to tweak elements on the screen using a mouse, stylus or even fingers, GUI lets them process words and web design program as an option for a better customer experience.
 

Simpler GUI can make the process more intuitive and user-friendly
How does Drupal Help in Constructing Strong Digital Customer Experience?

Since the release of Drupal 8 (in 2015), the CMS has opened a large variation of digital experience possibilities for millions of websites and applications. 

Focussing on the customer experience was the part of the idea. It is a high-quality open source content management system which not only provides strong digital customer experience but understands the website users to move from website to different devices. 

How? 

Let's read.

  • CRM Integration

A CRM software records the customer's information (phone number, email address, social media profile) to create a user persona and give an understanding of user choices to the organization. 

Drupal 8 supports the website creators to keep using their favorite marketing tools to stimulate customer interest and actions. With easy third-party integration, merging a CRM with your Drupal website is a seamless process.  

Even if Drupal is a content management system at the core, it is evolving into a web experience management system delivering quality content across a range of device and third-party system. 

  • Mobile Responsive 

This is a technological constraint era and our world has gone all innovative. The number of mobile web users is increasing with each passing day. According to the new 2018 Global Digital suite of reports from “We Are Social” more than 3 billion people around the world now use social media each month, with 9 out of 10 users accessing their chosen platform as mobile. 

It is important to make sure that the website is accessible for mobile users, and set campaigns and content targeted for the mobile users. 

Drupal caters to this need as it is mobile responsive and offers out-of-the-box mobile theme, building a strong platform for the organizations to bring a quality audience. 

One of the most inevitable advantages of choosing Drupal is that it works well for almost all devices including iPhone, iPad, Android, and even blackberry. With each improved version of Drupal, the focus is centered around a “Mobile first architecture”. So it meets even the future needs of the mobile experience.

 

  • Personalization

Web personalization indicates that on the basis of attributes like profile, behavior and the location of the internet users, the website creator should construct a dynamic and personalized content to provide the users with the relevant website experience.

Website personalization is the key to the effective user experience.

It becomes important for the websites to implement personalization, allowing them to customize and display content. 
Personalization is one of the most conventional features of Drupal 8, letting the website holder determine what a user is interested in, and based on the data collected, Drupal allows the user to create a good user experience and uphold the demands of the audience. Its services initiatives have streamlined the process of sharing meaningful information with external systems.

There is no limit as to which marketing tool the user can apply, as Drupal managed content can be turned standardized data sharing formats. 

  • Multilingual 

Customer support is the backbone of the business, and offering multilingual support has become increasingly important for the business and the organizations. 52.4% of online customers prefer to buy products in their native language (according to a report by Common Sense Advisory), and the percentage was higher in certain countries like Japan and France. 

What Next to Expect in Drupal?

DrupalCon Seattle 2019 will also focus on improving and evolving the needs of customers with sessions on Content and Digital Marketing.

The track would cover the sessions on overall customer experience and ways to improve it. Discussions around the role of CMS (and Drupal specifically) in the world where personalization, automation and customer experience would be the prime focus.

Whether you are using a Drupal-specific tool or integrating third-party marketing platforms, there are many critical things that will be discussed.  

To Wind Up

Understanding and measuring customer experience is the biggest challenge faced by organizations. Customer’s expectations are higher than ever and word of the mouth travel fast. As the customer becomes even more powerful with digital innovation, the importance of customer experience becomes more vital. It includes the identification of consumer brand interaction and the perception of the audience.

At  OpenSense Labs, we aim at improving your customer's journey by nurturing and taking care of the methods that entirely focuses on the experience. Contact us at hello@opensenselabs.com to discuss your customer strategies for higher retention and increased revenues.

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Categories: Drupal

PUBG Corp. details the results of its 3-month 'Fix PUBG' push

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 19 November 2018 - 12:53pm

The PlayerUnknown†™s Battlegrounds dev has shared a post rounding up the various changes made during its three-month-long Fix PUBG campaign. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Group form mode manager

New Drupal Modules - 19 November 2018 - 12:44pm
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Roadmap

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Categories: Drupal

Star Citizen has now crowdfunded over $200 million in 6 years

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 19 November 2018 - 11:44am

Star Citizen's sizable crowdfunding sum has now surpassed the $200 million mark as the game progresses through its alpha stages. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Blue Drop Shop: I give you 600-plus Drupal talks. You’re Welcome!

Planet Drupal - 19 November 2018 - 11:38am
I give you 600-plus Drupal talks. You’re Welcome! bds-admin Mon, 11/19/2018 - 13:38
Categories: Drupal

DrupalCon News: A First Look at DrupalCon Seattle’s Scholarship & Grant Recipients

Planet Drupal - 19 November 2018 - 10:06am

We extend a hearty congratulations to our 10 scholarship and 12 grant recipients. A global team of community members were given the green light to award more funds than ever before, aiming to have a cross-section of contributors in attendance at DrupalCon Seattle 2019. As a result, we’re awarding aid to people from nearly every continent: six attendees from Europe, nine attendees from the Americas, two attendees from Africa, four attendees from South Asia, and one attendee from Australia.
 

Categories: Drupal

Game Designer Spotlight: Reiner Knizia - by Caleb Compton

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 19 November 2018 - 9:25am
The second in my "Game Designer Spotlight" series, this time focussing on the incredibly prolific Reiner Knizia. I look at his design process and philosophy, and try to figure out how he makes so many darn games!
Categories: Game Theory & Design

@Play 86: Interview with ADOM Creator Dr.Thomas Biskup - by John Harris

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 19 November 2018 - 9:24am
An interview with ADOM creator Dr. Thomas Biskup, about the game's recent arrival on Steam and various other things, both about it and in general.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Squeaky Wheel's Productivity Tools - by Ryan Sumo

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 19 November 2018 - 9:23am
I talk about some of the productivity tools like Flock, Hacknplan, and Airtable that we use to make making games easier.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Kliuless? #12: NFL aka National Fortnite League - by Kenneth Liu

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 19 November 2018 - 9:19am
Each week I compile a gaming industry insights newsletter that I share with other Rioters, including Riot’s senior leadership. This edition is the public version that I publish broadly every week as well. Opinions are mine.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

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