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Epic, Improbable start fund to lure devs away from Unity amid engine kerfuffle

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 10 January 2019 - 7:55pm

Epic Games said Thursday night it has partnered with Improbable to establish a $25 million fund to "assist developers who are left in limbo by the new engine and service incompatibilities that were introduced today." ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Context Message

New Drupal Modules - 10 January 2019 - 5:48pm

Context Message allow site editor can easy hide, change Drupal error messages

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Digitalmeasures Migrate

New Drupal Modules - 10 January 2019 - 12:02pm
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Pubble.io Field

New Drupal Modules - 10 January 2019 - 10:24am

This is a simple field formatter that turns an integer field into a the necessary code to load Pubble.io.

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God of War nominated for 12 awards at 2019 DICE Awards

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 10 January 2019 - 10:13am

Winners in each category are set to be announced at the DICE Awards show on February 13, while AIAS members will start the voting process to determine this year†™s winners on January 11. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Thor, Pirate Software: Leaving AAA to go Indie - by Jessica Paek

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 10 January 2019 - 8:14am
For our last developer interview of the year, we got to talk to Thor from Pirate Software to talk about how he left AAA to start his own indie studio.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

CSS Layout Debugger

New Drupal Modules - 10 January 2019 - 7:48am

Installation
Enable module and have your layout visualised as shown on image.

Implementation of tweet-sized debugger for visualising your CSS layouts. Outlines every DOM element on your page a random (valid) CSS hex color.

Original here https://gist.github.com/addyosmani/fd3999ea7fce242756b1

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How A Small Cleavage Got PIXELMAN Censored On Google Play - by Matias Kindermann

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 10 January 2019 - 7:46am
Our game PIXELMAN was removed from Google Play because it features a small cleavage.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Candy Raid: The Factory Post Mortem - by Kayne Ruse

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 10 January 2019 - 7:43am
Candy Raid: The Factory was made by Kayne Ruse and Evan Hartshorn. In this post mortem, they break down what went right, what went wrong, and what they learned along the way.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Kliuless #18: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order - by Kenneth Liu

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 10 January 2019 - 7:42am
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

When the UI is the Game - by Julian Colbus

Gamasutra.com Blogs - 10 January 2019 - 7:20am
The sci-fi MMO Prosperous Universe is played entirely through a futuristic user interface. Read about our initial inspirations, the biggest challenges and the solutions we have come up with over the past three years.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Research fosters communication between smart buildings and people

Virtual Reality - Science Daily - 10 January 2019 - 7:14am
Researchers found people connect better with a computer-generated avatar that represents building management -- and small talk helped, too.
Categories: Virtual Reality

Vardot: 3 Reasons Why Drupal Distributions Are Essential

Planet Drupal - 10 January 2019 - 6:13am
Firas Ghunaim January 10, 2019

Amongst ambitious brands and serious digital operators; Drupal adoption rate on the rise.

Governments and major brands across the globe are already testifying to the positive impact that Drupal has made on their digital business.

As a developer, you might be approached by a client that insists on developing their digital platform and/or experience using Drupal.

Here are 3 key reasons why Drupal distributions will make your life much easier:

 

1. Time

“How long do you need to complete the project? That long?!?”

Dealing with continuous amendments and changes to the project requirements is the bane of all developers.

Distributions feature tons of tried and tested best-in-class features, modules and components that are already integrated and tested together. This allows developers to successfully complete project tasks that normally consume a scary amount of time to build.

For example; should you be required to build a Media Entity Browser for a certain project may consume up to 6 to 8 hours from your time.

 

Source: Varbase

Imagine it took you that long for project A... now you have to repeat the same process for project B.

However; with Drupal distributions such as Varbase, the Media Entity Browser is already built-in, optimized and integrated with other modules you might require.

Total time consumed on Media Entity Browser development: Zero.

Thanks to DRY (Don’t-Repeat-Yourself); Drupal distributions will shorten the project development time by hundreds of hours. You won’t ever have to repeat the same development process for any other project.

 

LEARN MORE ABOUT VARBASE

 

2. Efficiency

Not all programmers and web developers are equal in skill and expertise. But, we all face challenges and issues that might arise during the project development process.

Drupal distributions offer a wealth of solutions that fix issues you might not even realize you had. Why? Open-source.

For example; you are currently developing an e-commerce platform for a client and face an issue with a particular component.

The fact is that you weren’t the first developer to encounter this issue.

When using Drupal distributions, you will find almost all challenges and issues related to components or modules you may need have been solved and addressed by someone before you.

Working on almost ready-built websites not only saves time but also affords you the opportunity to personalize any ready-made component or feature based on your project requirements.

Take the aforementioned example; you already have a Media Entity Browser ready, but you wish to match it to your clients’ requirements. In no time at all, you can build upon the ready-made feature via customization or integration. Simples.

 

3. Standards

At Vardot, we refer to “websites” as digital experiences. The difference between them?

Standards.

Drupal has built a name for itself due to the focus on building the best user-friendly digital experiences possible and the fact that Drupal is open-source has enabled its evolution based on actual feedback from various practical perspectives.

Your ability to develop a website (e.g.) the best online equestrian market; depends entirely on the standards you apply throughout the development process.

For example; Varbase is an ideal distribution to develop platforms that rely on rich multi-media content such as Al Jazeera and Georgetown University. On the other hand, Drupal distributions such as Commerce Kickstart feature every possible component needed by a developer to build an e-commerce digital experience.

Case Study: Georgetown University - Qatar

Of course, when we speak of standards; we are not referring solely to quality standards. You will be able to develop the best possible digital experience for any industry using Drupal distributions whilst maintaining all W3C standards and accessibility standards.

 

Bonus: Drupal Distributions Maintenance

Drupal distributions are rich in features that are all integrated with each other.

You will never have to scour for individual updates for each module you need. All you’ll ever possibly need is to update the distribution itself.

Since all modules and features are integrated. All would be updated and tested together.

If you are considering starting a Drupal project or to build a Drupal-based digital experience, let us know. We'd love to help.  Contact Us.

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Gnomecast #57 – Maintaining Tone

Gnome Stew - 10 January 2019 - 5:01am

Join Ang, Kira, Senda, and Wen for tools and tips for maintaining game tone at the table. Can these gnomes keep their tone steady enough to avoid the stew?

Download: Gnomecast #57 – Maintaining Tone

Keep up with all the gnomes by visiting gnomestew.com, following @gnomestew on Twitter, or visiting the Gnome Stew Facebook Page. Check out Gnome Stew Merch, and support Gnome Stew on Patreon!

Follow Kira at @kiranansi on Twitter and pre-order her game Something Is Wrong Here.

Follow Senda at @IdellaMithlynnd on Twitter and find her at her other podcasts, Panda’s Talking Games (@PandasTalkGames) and She’s a Super Geek (@sasgeekpodcast). You can download Love & Justice for free from Encoded Designs.

Follow Wen at @WendelynReischl on Twitter or Wendelyn Reischl on Facebook and check out Tabletop Gaymers and Wrath & Glory.

Follow Ang at @orikes13 on Twitter and find her in the Misdirected Mark Google+ Community.

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Klipfolio field

New Drupal Modules - 10 January 2019 - 4:57am

The module provides a field for Klipfolio Klips.

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Scroll Up

New Drupal Modules - 10 January 2019 - 3:24am

Scroll up allows users to scroll page back to the top of the screen using a button. Scroll up uses Simple JQuery for smooth page scrolling.

Module provides configuration for:

  • Theme-wise visibility of Scroll button
  • positioning scroll button on bottom of the page
  • Speed of the scrolling
  • Amount of scroll after which scroll button should be appear
  • Background color and hover of the scroll button
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Digital Echidna: Thoughts on all things digital: Join Us for Drupal Global Contribution Weekend

Planet Drupal - 10 January 2019 - 3:01am
Drupal. It’s been the foundation of our solutions for a few years now and it powers some of the top sites around the world in fields ranging from commerce to government. If you’ve ever been interested in getting your feet wet with the CMS, or…
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GDPR Cookie Compilance

New Drupal Modules - 10 January 2019 - 2:24am

WHAT IS GDPR?
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a European regulation to strengthen and unify the data protection of EU citizens. (https://www.eugdpr.org/)


Synopsis

This module provide you user alert regarding cookie allows policy.
Installation
For installing the module:

Copy the entire cookie_gdpr directory the Drupal /modules/custom directory.
Login as an administrator, Enable the module.
For removing the module:

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OpenSense Labs: The SIWECOS: German Government Sponsored CMS Security

Planet Drupal - 10 January 2019 - 1:34am
The SIWECOS: German Government Sponsored CMS Security Vasundhra Thu, 01/10/2019 - 17:49

Website owners are often trapped inside an imaginary bubble where they make conclusions like “There are more valuable sites in the web world, why would mine be targeted by the hackers?” 

And Alas the bubble is busted when they observe that hackers have attacked their site because let's face it- they would never discriminate between any choice they are getting. They want a website to attack, and they have it.

For opensource CMS like Drupal, WordPress, and Joomla, the scenario is the same. As popular as these platforms are, they are the targets of all sorts of attacks. Cybercriminals discover the security loopholes and hack your website in no time.


Which leaves us with the assumption that these platforms ( which together conquer 68.5% of the CMS market) must be providing some form of protection. 

And yes, the assumptions are true.  

Birth of SIWECOS 

SIWECOS project or the “Secure Websites and Content Management Systems” project is the security project which is funded by the German ministry of Economics that desires to improve the security of the CMS based websites ( which of course includes Drupal, WordPress, Joomla, and many others)  

The project was designed to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) identify and correct the security loopholes that they witness on their websites. It focused on concrete recommendations of action in the event of damage and also taking care of sensitizing SMEs to cybersecurity.

The utilization of the vulnerability scanner in the project helped SMEs to regularly check the server system and made them acquaint well with the vulnerability that might occur in a web application. Not only this but a service for web hosts were also presented which actively communicated with acute security vulnerabilities and offered filtering capabilities to prevent cyber attacks. 

The end users were also protected with potential data losses as well as financial losses.  Initiative-S 

The aim of SIWECOS in longer run was to increase web security and raise a proper awareness of the relevance of IT security for SMEs. Thus, Initiative-S came out as a ray of hope for the support of the small and medium-sized enterprise. It was a government-funded project which was built by the initiative, the association of the German internet industry echo. 

The association built a web interface called “clamavi”. This was done for the users to grant them with the ability to enter their domain and conduct a malware scan of the source code once per day. Thus the website check of Initiative-S was integrated into the new project of SIWECOS. The proven Initiative-S technology now supplements the portfolio of the new SIWECOS service with a check for possible malware infestation.

Importance of the Project 

As mentioned, the whole project revolved around the security of the CMS platform, Since the time it was started, the project took 2 years to complete. The mission was to introduce the end users with:

  • Importance of security in cooperation and provided the end users with individual notifications and recommendation on security issue of a website.
  • Increase in web security for a longer period and to identify and address security vulnerabilities of their website.
  •  The project helped ordinary users patch more quickly. Patching is the application of updates (patches) to existing code that either increase the functionality or correct patch vulnerabilities.
  • It also scanned registered user websites. If any security vulnerabilities were found then the person in the field of IT security was contacted directly.

What does SIWECOS have in General?

SIWECOS, in general, had three things 

Awareness Building

It is the detailed version of the introduction and the process on how to subscribe it. They reached out to the end users that not only included the site owners but also the ones that have to maintain it later. The major purpose of the awareness campaign was to influence the behavior of the users since improvements cannot take place without changes in their attitudes and perceptions.

Skinning Service

The whole scanning system in Skinning Service is based on an API which is an open source that is embedded inside. It gave the end users with score count between zero and hundred to give them an idea on how secure or insecure the setup is.

Behind the score, there were five scanners which were used to check malware in the HTML code. Scanners like:

  • HTTP Header Scanner

Ensures that your server conveys the browser to enable security features.

  • Info leak Scanner

Verifies if the site exposes security-relevant information.

  • TLS scanner

Checks the HTTPs encryption for known issues, outdated certificates, chain of trust etc

  • Initiative S Scanner 

This scanner checks the website for viruses or looks for third-party content such as phishing.

  • DOMXSS Scanner

This scanner verifies that the website is protected against DOMXSS attacks. 

Web Host

The companies that power the service behind the website are likely to be called as web hosts. Web hosts team generally should have all the basic technical knowledge, security awareness and should have an active communication of filter rules to defend against attacks.

The need for Filter rules - to limit the circle of recipients. 

Firewall rules made it easy for experienced attackers to build and exploit the website as they want. Thus, by filtering incoming and outgoing network traffic (based on the set of user-defined rules) there was a reduction in unwanted network communication.

Another reason to use web host was server-side protection. The server- side was protected against all these attacks on the web pages that were installed in the web hoster. This was done to protect web page operators.

Partner in the Project

SIWECOS project included four partners mainly that contributed highly to the project. The four partners were:

Eco

Eco or electronic commerce is the largest association of the internet industry in Europe. The association sees itself as the representation of the interests of the internet economy and has set itself with the goal of promoting technologies, shaping framework conditions and representing the interests of its members. The Eco group includes all the internet industry and promotes current and future internet topics. 

The awareness building section was mainly done by eco association because of the fact that they were really good at marketing and networking. 
 



RUB 

The Ruhr-University Bochum, located on the southern hills of central Ruhr area Bochum, is one of the partners in the whole project. It has one of the greatest and most proven track records in the general IT security industry. They were included in the project with the agenda of building a scanning engine that gave the business owners feedback about potential security problems on their site such as SSL misconfiguration or vulnerability to cross-site scripting attacks.



HACKMANIT

Hackmanit GmbH was founded by IT security experts that were from Ruhr University Bochum. They have an international publication of XML security, SSL/TLS, single sign-on, cross-site scripting, and UI redressing. The priorities of the company were designed by high-quality penetration testing, hands-on training, and tailor-made expertise. The organization has in-depth knowledge about the security of web application, web services, and applied cryptography. The team offers a white box and black box tests which protects the application from the effects of all sorts of hackers attack.



CMS Graden 

The CMS garden is the umbrella organization of the most relevant and active open source content management system. In other words, the security team started with CMS planning in 2013 by making a shoutout to the CMS community to join the team. Surprisingly, there were CMS platforms which were interested. Thus, by 2013, there were 12 open source CMS systems in one place. 

CMS garden also contributes to a series of plugins for different open source CMSes that provides feedbacks from within the CMS management interface so that the site owners have the ability to act immediately when they encounter with any security vulnerability. 
 

In the End 

Website attacks and cyber attacks are rapidly growing. These attacks cost the organizations millions of dollars, subject them to the lawsuit and ruin their lives. 

SIWECOS is like a shield for all the websites and the CMS platforms, it protects them against cyber attacks and hackers of all sort, helping in keeping up with the security and protection against vulnerabilities. 

We know how important web security is to protect your online identity and personal information. If you’re concerned about your web security for your business, or other network issues, our services can help. Contact us on hello@opensenselabs.com the professionals would guide you with all your queries and questions and help you leverage security for your website.

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Sandy's Soapbox: Pep Talk for College-as-Video-Game

RPGNet - 10 January 2019 - 12:00am
Is college an easier game than high school?
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