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Zynga reports record Q3 revenues and weaker-than-expected profits

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 30 October 2019 - 4:08pm

Record-setting performance from games like Merge Dragons! and Empires & Puzzles is a key reason Zynga today reported better-than-expected earnings during its most recent quarter. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Bounteous.com: Introducing Migrate Source JCR

Planet Drupal - 30 October 2019 - 11:55am
Migrate Source JCR is a Drupal module that allows you to extract AEM data, transform it, and load directly into Drupal to assist with AEM to Drupal migrations.
Categories: Drupal

File Delete (D8)

New Drupal Modules - 30 October 2019 - 11:47am

The File Delete module adds the ability to easily delete files within Drupal administration.

It changes files from the "Permanent" status to the "Temporary" status. These files will be deleted by Drupal during its cron runs.

If a file is registered as being used somewhere, the Module will not allow it to be deleted.

Categories: Drupal

Revenue up at Rovio, though high user acquisition costs impact operating profit

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 30 October 2019 - 10:17am

The end of Rovio's Q3 sees the company with year-over-year gains in revenue for both its game division and the group as a whole, though operating profit came in below estimates. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Link No Protocol Widget

New Drupal Modules - 30 October 2019 - 10:14am

This module provides a widget that allows you to not contribute the protocol at the start of the URLs when you want to contribute a Link field.

Why this module?
You find it annoying to have to type https://www.mozilla.org with HTTPS instead of just www.mozilla.org? Then this module is for you, it will make the life of your users easier when they have to contribute external links.

Categories: Drupal

Language Suggestion

New Drupal Modules - 30 October 2019 - 10:10am

Drupal 8 module built for multilingual websites with a friendly suggestion box about other versions of the site with browser based language detection.

The module supports auto redirects based on visitor selection and custom prompt messages per language. Here is the full list of configurable options:

Categories: Drupal

Quiz Game Multichoice

New Drupal Modules - 30 October 2019 - 9:43am
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The GDC Film Festival returns for GDC 2020 -- submit your film today!

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 30 October 2019 - 8:59am

Heads up, film-makers: The 2020 Game Developers Conference will play host to the third annual GDC Film Festival, and you have until Friday, December 6th to submit your work for potential inclusion! ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

VariationCache Shim

New Drupal Modules - 30 October 2019 - 8:51am

A contrib implementation of #2551419: Abstract RenderCache into a separate service that is capable of cache redirects in a non-render array-specific way which provides a shim for the VariationCache to Drupal 8 site owners who wish to take advantage of this functionality/test before this feature lands in core.

Categories: Drupal

Remnant: From the Ashes sells 1 million copies in just over 2 months

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 30 October 2019 - 8:36am

Publisher Perfect World Entertainment shared the milestone alongside future content plans for the recently released game. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Drudesk: Modules to work with databases in Drupal

Planet Drupal - 30 October 2019 - 8:12am

Working with databases can be challenging and cumbersome. Luckily, there are useful Drupal modules that make complicated tasks easy (or possible at all). Of course, the best way to achieve the desired results is to rely on Drupal development and DevOps services by Drudesk. In the meantime, we are sharing great modules for working with databases in Drupal with you.

Some challenges with databases in Drupal

While working with databases, it may be needed to:

Categories: Drupal

We Were Here Together - Developer Diary - by Lucia de Visser

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 30 October 2019 - 7:48am
This video dev diary offers a behind the scenes look at the cooperative gameplay in We Were Here Together.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Changing Videogame’s Sport Storytelling - by Pietro Polsinelli

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 30 October 2019 - 7:43am
Sports in videogames are represented either through simulators or as management games. We explore an alternative "anthropological" path using narrative and strategy to represent football's universe and its paradoxical epic.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Unity Addressables Migration: Music to my Ears (Part 1) - by Ruben Torres Bonet

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 30 October 2019 - 7:39am
You've seen the potential benefits of Addressables and you want to give it a shot in your game. But there're so many possibilities! Where to start with your Unity Addressables Migration? Here's an option for you: Music.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

5 things to know about Game Art Outsourcing Studio before working with one - by Tom Safarov

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 30 October 2019 - 7:39am
Tips for game developers contemplating outsourcing their game art production to the external studio.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Yusef Blog: Update Drupal Automatically - new feature

Planet Drupal - 30 October 2019 - 7:31am
Auto-update Drupal core and modules always have been a high demand in Drupal. hopefully, in the Amsterdam 2019 DrupalCon , Automatic Updates modules has been introduced.  a great module but in begging on its way. but Automatic updates is a great feature in drupal. it has been introduced as a contrib module, but it will finally go to the core of Drupal. as you can see in its page in will developed in two phases.  
Categories: Drupal

GraphQL Export

New Drupal Modules - 30 October 2019 - 6:38am

If you have a decoupled Drupal site that leverages GraphQL, you may want to use this module.

This module has a very simple purpose:
Every time your Drupal configuration is exported, also export the full GraphQL schema.

If you have the Drupal and front-end application (for example, React) in the same repository, you can use this module to push the full schema to the front-end application. The front-end tooling can then use this, without the front-enders having to do this manually from a running Drupal installation.

Categories: Drupal

Joachim's blog: Multi-site search using Feeds and SearchAPI

Planet Drupal - 30 October 2019 - 6:08am

[This is an old post that I wrote for System Seed's blog and meant to put on my own too but it fell off my radar until now. It's also about Drupal 7, but the general principle still applies.]

Handling clients with more than one site involves lots of decisions. And yet, it can sometimes seem like ultimately all that doesn't matter a hill of beans to the end-user, the site visitor. They won't care whether you use Domain module, multi-site, separate sites with common codebase, and so on. Because most people don't notice what's in their URL bar. They want ease of login, and ease of navigation. That translates into things such as the single sign-on that drupal.org uses, and common menus and headers, and also site search: they don’t care that it’s actually sites search, plural, they just want to find stuff.

For the University of North Carolina, who have a network of sites running on a range of different platforms, a unified search system was a key way of giving visitors the experience of a cohesive whole. The hub site, an existing Drupal 7 installation, needed to provide search results from across the whole family of sites.

This presented a few challenges. Naturally, I turned to Apache Solr. Hitherto, I've always considered Solr to be some sort of black magic, from the way in which it requires its own separate server (http not good enough for you?) to the mysteries of its configuration (both Drupal modules that integrate with it require you to dump a bunch of configuration files into your Solr installation). But Solr excels at what it sets out to do, and the Drupal modules around it are now mature enough that things just work out of the box. Even better, Search API module allows you to plug in a different search back-end, so you can develop locally using Drupal's own database as your search provider, with the intention of plugging it all into Solr when you deploy to servers.

One possible setup would have been to have the various sites each send their data into Solr directly. However, with the Pantheon platform this didn't look to be possible: in order to achieve close integration between Drupal and Solr, Pantheon locks down your Solr instance.

That left talking to Solr via Drupal.

Search API lets you define different datasources for your search data, and comes with one for each entity type on your site. In a datasource handler class, you can define how the datasource gets a list of IDs of things to index, and how it gets the content. So writing a custom datasource was one possibility.

Enter the next problem: the external sites that needed to be indexed only exposed their content to us in one format: RSS. In theory, you could have a Search API datasource which pulls in data from an RSS feed. But then you need to write a SearchAPI datasource class which knows how to parse RSS and extract the fields from it.

That sounded like reinventing Feeds, so I turned to that to see what I could do with it. Feeds normally saves data into Drupal entities, but maybe (I thought) there was a way to have the data be passed into SearchAPI for indexing, by writing a custom Feeds plugin?

However, this revealed a funny problem of the sort that you don’t consider the existence of until you stumble on it: Feeds works on cron runs, pulling in data from a remote source and saving it into Drupal somehow. But SearchAPI also works on cron runs, pulling data in, usually entities. How do you get two processes to communicate when they both want to be the active participant?

With time pressing, I took the simple option: define a custom entity type for Feeds to put its data into, and SearchAPI to read its data from. (I could have just used a node type, but then there would have been an ongoing burden of needing to ensure that type was excluded from any kind of interaction with nodes.)

Essentially, this custom entity type acted like a bucket: Feeds dumps data in, SearchAPI picks data out. As solutions go, not the most massively elegant, at first glance. But if you think about it, if I had gone down the route of SearchAPI fetching from RSS directly, then re-indexing would have been a really lengthy process, and could have had consequences for the performance of the sites whose content was being slurped up. A sensible approach would then have been to implement some sort of caching on our server, either of the RSS feeds as files, or the processed RSS data. And suddenly our custom entity bucket system doesn’t look so inelegant after all: it’s basically a cache that both Feeds and SearchAPI can talk to easily.

There were a few pitalls. With Search API, our search index needed to work on two entity types (nodes and the custom bucket entities), and while Search API on Drupal 7 allows this, its multiple entity type datasource handler had a few issues to iron out or learn to live with. The good news though is that the Drupal 8 version of Search API has the concept of multi-entity type search indexes at its core, rather than as a side feature: every index can handle multiple entity types, and there’s no such thing as a datasource for a single entity type.

With Feeds, I found that not all the configuration is exportable to Features for easy deployment. Everything about parsing the RSS feed into entities can be exported, except the actual URL, which is a separate piece of setup and not exportable. So I had to add a hook_updateN() to take care of setting that up.

The end result though was a site search that seamlessly returns results from multiple sites, allowing users to work with a network of disparate sites built on different technologies as if they were all the same thing. Which is what they were probably thinking they were all along anyway.

Tags: drupal planetsearchFeeds
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