Most Hearthstone players have, at one time or another, employed outside assistance in an attempt to boost their winrate. Scouring the internet for the hottest new decks created by pro players—otherwise known as ‘netdecking’—is the most obvious method, but hiring a coach is an expensive but potentially more beneficial option. And at the other end of the reliability scale, there’s always a desperate prayer to RNGesus that you don’t mill your most important card. Your mileage will vary, but what’s beyond doubt is that external tools are now a core part of the game.Where once netdecking was frowned on by elitists who felt that brewing your own decks was the real way to have fun in a CCG, these days resource sites offer a larger library of proven decks than anyone could ever hope to test. But there are also a number of data-driven ways to enhance your chances. Unofficial in-game overlays provide access to more information than ever before. Even … [Read more...] about How data analysis is helping Hearthstone players crush their opponents
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Mike Laidlaw can still remember his first day at BioWare, even though it was over 15 years ago. He even remembers the date he answered the phone and found out he had got the job: 23rd December 2002. Laidlaw was used to answering the phone; at the time he was working at Bell, Canada's largest telecommunications company, in the province of Ontario. When Laidlaw first joined Bell's call centre, he worked the phones. Later, he got promoted to lead a team on the phones, "which was somehow way worse than being on the phones," Laidlaw told me last March, the day after his star turn at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. "I went in and said, I'm sorry, I'm quitting. I'm not coming in tomorrow. They said, 'you can't quit two days before Christmas! If you quit you'll never work here again!' I said, 'that is pretty much the plan, yes.' So I walked out, and a bunch of people high-fived me because - yay! - I got out."We're upstairs at Zero Zero, a pizza and pasta place just a 10-minute … [Read more...] about Being the boss of Dragon Age
After decades of fierce rivalry and bitter lawsuits, you'd be forgiven for thinking it would be a cold day in hell before Intel and AMD would team-up to produce a brand new kind of product, but here we are with Hades Canyon - a unique melding of Intel processor and AMD graphics technology. The NUC8i7HVK here is the top-end configuration, and the latest in a long line of ultra small form-factor PCs from Intel, the difference here being that alongside the quad-core, octo-thread Core i7 processor we have Radeon Vega graphics - a semi-custom design AMD has provided for Chipzilla. It's a cutting-edge piece of kit, but just how powerful is it?First things first. While this is by far and away the fastest integrated graphics solution ever put out into the market, it shouldn't be compared with AMD's own Ryzen 3 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G, each with their own integrated Vega GPU. AMD's processor is incorporated onto the chip die itself, sharing space - and memory bandwidth - with the x86 cores. … [Read more...] about Intel Hades Canyon NUC8i7HVK review: how powerful is the i7/Radeon Vega combo?
Take your monetization to the next level by promoting in-app purchases (IAPs) throughout the player lifecycle. New from Unity, IAP Promo gives you this functionality for FREE, by serving existing product offers to players as a new type of ad unit. Surfacing these promotions helps players discover your offers organically, rather than having to search for them in your game’s store. In this article, you’ll learn about three promotion strategies you can easily implement today to grow your IAP revenue. Throughout this post, we’ll cover some strategies, tips, and learning materials that provides everything you need to get up and running. Promo strategies 1. Awareness campaigns If you’ve ever stood before a larger-than-life display of a double-foam latte drizzled with chocolate while waiting in line at a coffee shop, you’re already familiar with this technique and how effective it can be.The same concept can work wonders in your game. Surface existing … [Read more...] about 3 Ways to make more money with Unity IAP Promo. – Unity Blog
Amid all the hustle and bustle of the 2018 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco this month, make sure you don't overlook one of the most intriguing tech topics being discussed at the show: how top devs are applying machine learning techniques to make better games. For example, Naughty Dog technical art director Andrew Maximov is hosting a multi-day roundtable dedicated entirely to the art and business of machine learning in game dev. Come by to engage with (or listen in on) the lively discussion about how deep learning based artificial intelligence is going to affect video game production in the years to come. A wide swathe of topics wll be covered, including the use of neural networks in game content generation, their value at runtime, and how you can integrate this technology into your creative process. Also, Ubisoft Montreal animation researcher Daniel Holden will be delivering a presentation on "Character Control with Neural Networks and Machine … [Read more...] about Don’t miss all the cool machine learning talks at GDC this year!