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A Story of Miscommunication (and some tips) - by Ed Dearien Blogs - 5 October 2015 - 10:45pm
The story of a miscommunication incident on my team at school, and some tips on dealing with similar issues in the future.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Warning: Are You Hunting Buyers when you Need Fans? - by Filip Wiltgren Blogs - 5 October 2015 - 10:45pm
There's a core difference between a follower and a fan: followers buy your games, fans sell them. And while it's hard to convert followers into fans, it's very easy to inadvertently convert fans into followers.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Free Cross-Platform Arcade Game One Year Postmortem: Max Gentlemen - by Ryan Wiemeyer Blogs - 5 October 2015 - 10:45pm
This postmortem covers the very human side of development and how what was supposed to be a free little 3 month project took over a year. Read on to see how the successful developers of Organ Trail totally flopped on their sophomore game.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Content over Immersion: Using Kinect instead of a VR headset and how it worked better for us - by Zac Zidik Blogs - 5 October 2015 - 10:45pm
A virtual reality teaching simulator that I am working on and why we chose to put a hold on our plans to develop for a VR headset, like the Oculus Rift, and opted to use Microsoft's Kinect instead.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Night Hunt post mortem - by Ahmet Kamil Keles Blogs - 5 October 2015 - 10:38pm
Night Hunt is a pseudo-C64 game. Technical details of Night Hunt and why it was financially unsuccessful. Useful if you make a timing-based or retro game.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Learn How to Better Understand Your Audience - by Logan Williams Blogs - 5 October 2015 - 10:25pm
Creating great games is cool. Understanding who will love them the most is even more cool.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Security Is Not A Game - by Marc Boroditsky Blogs - 5 October 2015 - 10:25pm
Mobile devices had brought about an exciting new era for gaming but with this growth also comes a whole new set of threats and vulnerabilities. In addressing these, game designers are tasked with preserving both the integrity, and security, of the game.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

flink: Views Aggregator Plus revisited: new Economics and Market Research Site

Planet Drupal - 5 October 2015 - 9:45pm

In a previous post, we reflected on how our Drupal module Views Aggregator Plus came about: "….that [government] project was eventually put on ice, but during its course another module baby was born. We called it Views Aggregator Plus and set her free in Drupalland. It seemed a waste not to share it."

Views Aggregator Plus now enjoys thousands of installs across the world. There is a 90 second video about it on YouTube and quite a few mentions on Google etc. To us it’s lovely that our efforts didn’t go to waste.

The three real-live examples described in the previous post highlighted the module’s row aggregation capability. This is where Views result rows are grouped and compressed based on the identical values of one column, while at the same time applying aggregation functions (like sum, average, enumeration) on the other columns -- the project page explains this better with an example.
This type of data summary can provide useful insights on the entire dataset.

But Views Aggregator Plus does straightforward column aggregations easily too.

The following example was mentioned to us the other day. It can be found on, a new online database for economic, demographic, and market research information.

If you look at these examples ....

Industry output by country
Agricultural land by country
Total international trade by country
Imports by industry & country

.... you can see that the grey aggregation row (near the the top) provides totals and averages for any year that is selected.
Also, no matter what configuration of exposed filters is set by the user, VAP automatically updates the totals and averages for that group of countries.

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Image of aggregation taken from Wikipedia, "Pheromone"


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Categories: Drupal

OSTraining: Custom Maps with Clickable Areas

Planet Drupal - 5 October 2015 - 6:52pm

One of our members asked how to create a map with custom points to highlight specific areas.

In this tutorial we will show you how to create custom maps by using the Image-Maps online tool.

Categories: Drupal

PreviousNext: Logging in a Docker Hosting World

Planet Drupal - 5 October 2015 - 6:21pm

Docker is reinventing the way we package and deploy our applications, bringing new challenges to hosting. In this blog post I will provide a recipe for logging your Docker packaged applications.

Categories: Drupal

Drupal CMS Guides at Daymuse Studios: 10 Web Services and Tools for Drupal Developers and Agencies

Planet Drupal - 5 October 2015 - 2:30pm

You're wearing too many hats in your web development firm. Whether you're a freelancer or agency, reduce frustration and cost with these 10 web services.

Categories: Drupal

J-P Stacey: Freelancers unite! (briefly) at Drupalcon Barcelona

Planet Drupal - 5 October 2015 - 12:33pm

Continuing the trend from Drupalcon Amsterdam, I hosted an informal BoF session at Drupalcon Barcelona, for freelancers to chat among themselves. As a lot more of Drupal's space is being occupied by big players these days, I like to think this helps "single players" carve out a space at the conference.

My notes are publicly available, as a g.d.o wiki page no less: so I won't add to them too much here. However, it's interesting to see that:

Read more of "Freelancers unite! (briefly) at Drupalcon Barcelona"

Categories: Drupal

Migrate Manifest

New Drupal Modules - 5 October 2015 - 12:31pm

Migrate manifest provides a Drush command for running migrations using a manifest format.

Originally this functionality lived in Drush. It was briefly maintained in Migrate Tools as part of Migrate Plus but due to lack of interest by the maintainer it has been split into a standalone project.

Categories: Drupal

Unimity Solutions Drupal Blog: Multi Domain MultiLingual Corporate Site Project

Planet Drupal - 5 October 2015 - 11:30am

This Blog covers the highlights of how Drupal could be used effectively to build a multi domain, multilingual site for a large Multi National Company.

Categories: Drupal

Another Drop in the Drupal Sea: Build a Website That Works for You!

Planet Drupal - 5 October 2015 - 9:45am

No matter what tool you use to create a website, you still need to put time into planning before you actually start designing and building the site. If you rush to start with the design and build process you run the risk of having a project that takes more time and money than desired and generates less of a return on investment. There are key questions you need to answer to ensure that you create a clear and comprehensive website definition document.

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Categories: Drupal

Drupal Watchdog: You Know It Don't Come Easy

Planet Drupal - 5 October 2015 - 9:36am

Drupal has long been described as a content management system for developers. It’s been criticized for its Drupal-centric jargon and characterized as unfriendly to inexperienced and experienced web site creators alike. In the DrupalCon Barcelona 2007 State of Drupal address, project creator Dries Buytaert stressed the need to focus on Drupal’s usability.

Not long afterward, the first formal usability study took place at the University of Minnesota, just after the release of Drupal 6 in February, 2008. Several studies of Drupal 7 were conducted in subsequent years. In June, 2015, community members returned to the university for Drupal 8’s first formal evaluation.

These formal usability tests are just one metric about Drupal’s user experience. Anyone who has introduced a new site builder to Drupal, or tried to help a Dreamweaver-savvy friend get started, has a pretty good idea where existing major challenges lie. has methodology suggestions to empower anyone to conduct their own studies, which can take place any time. New features in Drupal 8 are evaluated as they’re introduced, as well. For example, the Drupal User Experience team has conducted more than 70 informal sessions on Drupal 8-specific changes. The formal studies, however, lend a certain gravitas to recommendations for improvements; as we return to Barcelona for DrupalCon 2015, the history from formal evaluations provides a valuable metric to reflect on how far the project has come.

When I was invited to attend Drupal 8’s study, I was eager and hesitant. Eager, because who doesn't want to geek out on eye tracking feedback and all the experience-capturing equipment while spending focused time with key players who are working toward sorely needed improvements? Hesitant, because four years into the development of Drupal 8 seemed like a difficult time in the cycle to introduce meaningful change.

Categories: Drupal Understanding Drupal Security Advisories: Vulnerability type

Planet Drupal - 5 October 2015 - 7:09am

Every Wednesday, the Drupal Security Team publishes "Security Advisories" (or SA's) to tell users about security vulnerabilities in Drupal core and contrib modules, with advice on how to solve the issue so that their site is secure.

This is the second in a series of articles about how to better understand all the information in a security advisory, so that you know how to take the appropriate action for your site!

There are several different types of security vulnerabilities, each with a cryptic (and highly technical) name like Cross Site Scripting (XSS) or SQL Injection.

There's plenty of technical articles on the internet explaining what those mean from a coder perspective, including how to prevent them (by writing better code) or even how to exploit them.

But what do they mean for you, the site builder or site owner?

The most important question for you is: If an attacker exploits your site with a particular vulnerability, what will they be able to do to your site or users?

Of course, you should take action on any security advisory that affects your site as soon as possible (or hire someone else to do it). But what could happen if you didn't?

Some vulnerabilities would allow an attacker to completely take control over your site, whereas others would only allow them to access some non-public data. How can you tell which are which?

Read more to learn how the different vulnerability types could impact your site or users!

Categories: Drupal

Drupalize.Me: Meet Drupal Site Builder Scott Wilkinson

Planet Drupal - 5 October 2015 - 6:02am

In this Drupalize.Me interview, we interview Scott Wilkinson, a builder of Drupal sites that solve problems for his freelance clientele. This interview is part of an ongoing series where we talk with a variety of people in the Drupal community about the work they do. Each interview focuses on a particular Drupal role and this interview with Scott focuses the site builder role, filled by a person who builds Drupal sites by expertly piecing together and configuring modules, themes, and settings.

Categories: Drupal

What Mr. Robot says about bugs

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 5 October 2015 - 4:01am

"Debugging is actually all about finding the bug. About understanding why the bug was there to begin with. About knowing that its existence was no accident." ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Atoms for Bootstrap

New Drupal Modules - 5 October 2015 - 4:00am
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