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Can Video Games Help Fight the Obesity Epidemic? - by Jori Hamilton

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 20 May 2019 - 7:33am
For years, America has been facing an obesity epidemic. Does playing video games help to solve that issue? Or hinder progress?
Categories: Game Theory & Design

What's gonna happen if a psychologist would make a video game? - by Vyacheslav Grivorev

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 20 May 2019 - 7:32am
The answer is psychedelic metroidvania where you play as a phobia.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

What are games? - by Vitor Bulbovas

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 20 May 2019 - 7:30am
In this post I'll talk about what are games, but, more than that, the importance they have in our society.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

10 useful links for game developers - by Vasiliy Sabirov

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 20 May 2019 - 7:28am
We at devtodev collected 10 great links which could be useful for game analysts and game developers and tried to organize them in the most logical way possible - by topic of interest giving you enough resources to learn from.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

When Single player is way better than multiplayer - by Abdurrahman Khallouf

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 20 May 2019 - 7:22am
in one chapter of The Art of Game Design: a book of lenses. Jesse Schell suggests that "The single-player phenomenon appears to have been a temporary abnormality". well... that's one powerful claim! and I am going to tackle that in this article.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Kliuless #35: Microsoft & Sony Partner in Streaming - by Kenneth Liu

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 20 May 2019 - 7:20am
Each week I compile a gaming industry insights newsletter that I share broadly within Riot. This edition is the public version that I publish broadly every week as well. Opinions are mine.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

AN ADVENTURE CALLED DATA ANALYSIS - by Katarina Sostakova

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 20 May 2019 - 7:19am
What it is like to work as a data analyst in a free2play game dev studio? Walk through the week of Katarína and get a grip of her adventurous work!
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2019 - by Ian Hamilton

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 20 May 2019 - 7:18am
Summary of some of the great things the industry was doing for GAAD 2019
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Crime fighting just got easier as burglars reveal all

Virtual Reality - Science Daily - 20 May 2019 - 6:34am
The first study of burglars committing crime in virtual reality could change the way we protect our homes from burglars.
Categories: Virtual Reality

Make Time for What You Love

Gnome Stew - 20 May 2019 - 5:30am

To create a game is to learn that the act of gaming is more important than your creation. The same can be said for preparing a game.

     The activity is bigger than the product or plan. The product is a tool of the activity, not the other way around. The same could be said about any creative endeavor.

An Augmented Reality

We live in an interesting world full of more things to do and more places to see than we can ever hope to accomplish.

Marketing teams remind me every time I check my email.

  • RE: your next trip—Just For You
  • Must-Try Activities
  • NEW Weekend Deals

Social media knows what I look at and who I care about, targeting me with content.

  • Flashy pictures of who, what, and where I search
  • Click bait headlines of what I read about
  • The ever-evolving drama of friends, family, and associates

Overwhelming amounts of advertisements lead the lists of our search engines and surround our shows, it is almost inescapable! Our constant connection to the internet can distract us with something new or something noteworthy at nearly every moment. Trying to reduce the number of notifications by unsubscribing, changing settings (in each app), and unfollowing people is a constant battle as software updates and mailing lists grow.

When was the last time you were bored? When was the last time you didn’t have something you needed to do?

I didn’t ask the last time you had to replace your cell phone.

I mean truly bored. Bored enough to try something new.

A War Is Being Fought For Your Attention

Your attention, your time, is precious and you only have so much of it. Just think about it.

When do you have a valuable attention span?

  • First thing in the morning?
  • Just before noon?
  • After the kiddos are asleep?

What do you do with it and when do you spend time doing what you love?  Do they align?

 

Fight Back

Make time for what you love to do. In the battle for your attention, you must make it a point to spend time doing what you love.  Because when you are not, you are allowing all the distractions, all the advertising, all the junk—to occupy your valuable time.  If you don’t choose how to spend your time, someone else will choose for you. Share1Tweet1Reddit1Email

What activity will make your heart sing? What do you create to share with others, enrich others?

Look around, if you have even one person nearby, you’ll see it. It isn’t just you or me. The clutter is robbing us of time with our loved ones too. Why do you think it is so hard to get people to show up to game? Everyone is short on time. Everyone is a victim.

If you are not standing up for what you love, you are letting it wither. Letting it just fade into the background—the void. So many things are vying for your time and the time of others, don’t lose the things you love in the process. Maybe you draw dungeons, maybe you write worlds, maybe you write for Gnome Stew. When people no longer pay attention to tabletop role-playing games, what is left of your creations?

If a tree falls in the woods and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?

Don’t let your thing go quietly.

 

 

I love role playing games. We have been through thick and thin together. Like a constant companion, we have visited dangerous places, faced great challenges, and even managed to save the day on occasion. I have so many great friends and shared memories thanks to this hobby. I have been able to explore new worlds and creatively express myself without the repercussions of a society that is too quick to judge. I’ve been so many different characters and lived so many different lives. Who else can say that?

Profess your love, don’t hide from it.  Don’t hide it from other people.  

Take the time to stand up for what you are passionate about.  Make a point to pursue the things you love, before they fade behind the noise of notifications or the next new iphone game.

Make time for what you love.

 

What do you need to make more time for? How do you remind players to make time for gaming? How do you find more time for gaming? 

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Guide

New Drupal Modules - 20 May 2019 - 3:17am

Do your website users need a Guide to find content or do you have large and complex search facets?

This module might help. It provides a guiding system in form of a decision tree where each answer can lead the user to a specific node or add filters to a faceted search.

Categories: Drupal

Social networks wall

New Drupal Modules - 20 May 2019 - 1:56am
Synopsis

This module provides a block that display feeds from any social network.
New social networks and the way they are displayed can be implemented in your module.
Available configurations :

Categories: Drupal

Elfsight Yelp Reviews

New Drupal Modules - 20 May 2019 - 12:29am

Introduction
Elfsight Yelp Reviews is a widget, which enables you to display on your website reviews about your business from Yelp. With the help of the widget, you are able to apply filters to sort out the negative reviews, display the star and number rating from Yelp, show detailed info about the authors, and place an active call-to-action button that will help users to write one more review about you. Elfsight Yelp Reviews widget will help boast your great social proof on the site and have new sales.

Categories: Drupal

Lullabot: Behind the Screens: Behind the Screens with Adam Bergstein

Planet Drupal - 20 May 2019 - 12:00am

For years, SimplyTest.me has provided a once-and-done tool for testing Drupal, and Adam Bergstein has recently taken over maintainership. In this episode we find out why, how you can help, and coffee!

Categories: Drupal

Ramsalt Lab: The ultimate guide for faster Drupal: Part 2: Aggregation, CDN and Image Optimization

Planet Drupal - 19 May 2019 - 11:44pm
  • We are on our journey to master the Drupal performance, after having our previous Part 1: Caching published a couple of weeks ago, we've been lucky enough to get into Issue 386 of TheWeeklyDrop newsletter, Planet Drupal, and got much love and good feedback on Twitter.

    If you haven't already read the first part of the series, the ultimate guide for faster Drupal: Part 1 Caching, please feel free to read that article too.


    Note: You don't necessarily have to do all of these, some items listed here are replaceable with each other as well, so proceed with caution!

    Faster Drupal - Part 2: Aggregation and CDN
    • The one and the only holy grail: Advanced CSS/JS Aggregation
      On every Drupal optimization post you’d read you have to setup and configure AdvAgg module, but you gotta do what you gotta do!
      AdvAgg features and core benefits are listed on the module page completely, so go ahead and read them all, configure it the way that works best for you and move on
      Advanced CSS/JS Aggregation Drupal module

      Note: If you have Mod Pagespeed you might not need AdvAgg module, make sure that you don't overlap your own work

      But that’s not all, if you are on Drupal 7, you should consider checking Speedy module as well, in some areas, this might work a bit better so make sure to check it out as well
      Speedy module

    • For good JavaScript minification in Drupal, you can use modules such as minify but we’d like to recommend minifyJS instead, they listed the differences and benefits on their module page so check it out
      Drupal MinifyJS module

    • CDNize the whole project, as much as you can! You may use CDN module too

    • Move JavaScript to the footer if necessary, some JS files need to be rendered in the head based on the use case and what does the JS do! Also in Drupal 8, it’s quite easy to append your necessary library (Read it JS files) in the footer in twig template files

    • Consider if you can make your own scripts defer/async (a new challenge when it comes to Drupal js aggregation)

     

    Okay, this round was much easier thanks to AdvAgg module for taking care of half of the things we need to do for us! Note that on the frontend side you can Uglify, Minify and make sure everything that you code, will become compressed, whether it’s CSS, JS or even images or SVG files! Now let's get to it, Image optimization. 

    Image optimization
    • Drupal 8: Use the Responsive Image module wherever possible and create the appropriate styles. It uses the <picture> tag which is what we really want

    • One might say we have one too many image optimization modules in Drupal, which is a good thing! For that we tested some, experienced with some of them and here’s what we suggest: Use blazy and lazyload_images (Drupal 8 that uses IntersectionObserver instead of scrolling events), Also consider: lazyloader and image_lazy_loader when using the picture module for responsive images in Drupal 7. There is also a lazy loading option that works well

    • Image optimization: for main images/icons used in the design (Yes you can optimize SVG files as well), also the best tool for that is not in Drupal, try ImageOptim desktop app, Also there’s an API-based service available with a Drupal 7 module, take a look here, might worth setting/selling this up to clients

      Also in the same context, we can use ReSmush.it which is free (But should donate some beer to them)
      Drupal 7 Module, Drupal 8 Module

    • Image formats like JPEG 2000, JPEG XR, and WebP often provide better compression than PNG or JPEG, which means faster downloads and less data consumption. There's a really good module that help you serve WebP, it's called, you guessed it; WebP.

    • Serve WebP images with your web server with the MOD PageSpeed by Google for Apache and Nginx.
      Or conditionally serving WebP images with Nginx.
       

    Bonus tip: Even favicons should be optimized. Sometimes people ignore the weight of a favicon file. You shouldn’t! 

     

    For the next week, we will be covering subjects regarding Drupal database/web server tweaks & improvements, stay tuned.

     

    Written by Sohail Lajevardi
    Developer at Ramsalt Lab

     

    Categories: Drupal

    Promet Source: Great Websites are Created before the First Line of Code is Written

    Planet Drupal - 19 May 2019 - 2:44pm
    When you’re surrounded by a team of awesome developers, you might think that a statement such as, “Great Websites are Created before the First Line of Code is Written,” isn’t going to be met with a lot of enthusiasm. As it turns out, our developers tend to be among the greatest supporters of the kind of Human-Centered Design engagements that get all stakeholders on the same page and create a roadmap for transformative possibilities. 
    Categories: Drupal

    Spinning Code: SC DUG May 2019

    Planet Drupal - 19 May 2019 - 12:45pm

    For this month’s SC DUG, Mauricio Orozco from the South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs shared his notes and lessons learned during his first DrupalCon North America.

    We frequently use these presentations to practice new presentations, try out heavily revised versions, and test out new ideas with a friendly audience. If you want to see a polished version checkout our group members’ talks at camps and cons. So if some of the content of these videos seems a bit rough please understand we are all learning all the time and we are open to constructive feedback.

    If you would like to join us please check out our up coming events on Meetup for meeting times, locations, and connection information.

    Categories: Drupal

    Upload files

    New Drupal Modules - 19 May 2019 - 12:12pm

    This module allows you to upload files without the need to be associated with a type of content.

    Drupal 8.5.x or higher is required.

    In the configuration section, an administrator can enable the required extensions. These can be enabled and disabled without problems by an administrator.

    Categories: Drupal

    Srijan Technologies: Site Owner’s Guide to a Smooth Drupal 9 Upgrade Experience

    Planet Drupal - 18 May 2019 - 11:39pm

    While upgrading to the latest version is always part of the best practice, the process can be staggering.

    Drupal 8.7 is already here and 9 will be released in a year, in June 2020.

    Although a lot of discussion is happening around the upgrade and possibilities it brings along, the final product can only be as good as the process itself.

    The good and important news is that moving from Drupal 8 to Drupal 9 should be really easy — radically easier than migrating from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8.

    As a site owner, here’s what you need to know about the new release and what to take care of to make the process easier without many glitches.

    Categories: Drupal

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