Here’s how many people are playing games in America | Polygon

Demographics

The average game player is 35 years old.

26 percent of players are under 18 years old. 27 percent are over 50.

56 percent of players are male. 44 percent are female.

The most frequent female game player is on average 43 years old and the average male game player is 35 years old.

Of the most frequent game purchasers, 41 percent are female and 59 percent are male.

via Here’s how many people are playing games in America | Polygon.

The ‘SimCity’ Empire Has Fallen and ‘Skylines’ Is Picking Up the Pieces | Motherboard

The ‘SimCity’ Empire Has Fallen and ‘Skylines’ Is Picking Up the Pieces | Motherboard:

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Cities: Skylines is a huge critical success as well, earning overwhelmingly positive reviews and an instantaneously devoted community. Skylines was designed to allow players to create their own content for the game. A week later, they’ve already created thousands of buildings and maps. One player recreated Grand Theft Auto V’s fictional city Los Santos within Skylines and another player named Bryan Shannon is making exceptionally high-quality assets, which makes sense as he used to do this professionally for Maxis.

Microsoft closes gap between Windows 10 and Xbox One with ‘crossplay’ plans

Microsoft closes gap between Windows 10 and Xbox One with ‘crossplay’ plans.

In its attempt to make console gaming more accessible, Microsoft has announced that it will be developing universal apps which can run across Xbox One and Windows 10, as well as smartphones and other mobile devices using the upcoming OS.

“Our goal with gaming at Microsoft is to allow people to play games wherever they are […] We know for developers that it’s critically important for you to reach those gamers wherever they are,” said Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft’s video games branch at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco yesterday.

Study: Appealing to Young Women Will Help Developers Sell More Games. Shocker. | The Mary Sue

Study: Appealing to Young Women Will Help Developers Sell More Games. Shocker. | The Mary Sue.

In her role as a teacher, Wiseman gave a survey to 1,583 students aged 11 to 18 over the past year that examined participants’ preference in gendered protagonists, whether or not they would self-identify as “gamers,” and their thoughts on gamers of another gender.

Of the study’s respondents, 28% of girls answered “yes” to the question, “Are you more likely to play a game based on the character’s gender?” as opposed to 20% of boys. 39% of male respondents said they prefer to play as male characters, while 60% of the high-school-aged girls preferred to play as female protagonists. Burch explained to the room of developers,

HTC Vive: Virtual Reality That’s So Damn Real I Can’t Even Handle It

HTC Vive: Virtual Reality That’s So Damn Real I Can’t Even Handle It:

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But the Vive? It’s like nothing that’s ever come before.

HTC and Valve pulled this sensory illusion off in two ways. First, there’s positional tracking. The HTC Vive uses two sensors you need to hang on the wall at a 90 degree angle. These track you pretty much wherever you are or whatever you do. Crouch, jump, lean, turn your head, tilt, look up, down, left, right, and the system will be able to keep tabs on exactly where you are based on the position of your head.

Unreal Engine 4 Is Now Free for All Budding Game Developers

Unreal Engine 4 Is Now Free for All Budding Game Developers:

Today Epic Games, made it possible for anyone to become a game developer with Unreal Engine 4. The Unreal Engine has been used to develop games on almost every platform there is, including Windows, OS X, Linux, Xbox, Playstation, iOS, and Android. Now you can download and use it for free and get all future updates for free as well. The small catch is that you have to pay a 5% royalty on gross revenue after the first $3,000 per product, per quarter, of whatever you make. Considering how versatile the engine is, though, it’s a small price to pay for complete access to their software with no upfront licensing fees. You can download Unreal Engine 4 at the link below.

Unity officially releases its new game engine: Unity 5 | The Verge

Unity officially releases its new game engine: Unity 5 | The Verge.

Unity started as an attempt to democratize game development; it’s not the most powerful engine on the market, but it’s flexible and offers broad support for desktop computers, mobile platforms, and major consoles. Riccitiello says Unity 5 currently supports 21 platforms, including iOS, Android, Windows, BlackBerry, all major consoles, and the Samsung Gear VR. It’s also added support for the browser-based WebGL platform, which makes games very broadly available. Unity’s tech demos still don’t have the breathtaking graphical fidelity of a top-notch AAA game, because they’re not supposed to. But at GDC, we saw a remastered version of high-gloss iPad game Republique, focused heavily on the lighting — it’s definitely a notable improvement, with far softer and more natural shadows.

Autodesk unveils Stingray game engine

Autodesk is to preview Stingray, a new game engine based on the core technology behind the Bitsquid engine it acquired last year, at the GDC 2015 conference this week.

According to Autodesk’s press release, key advances in Stingray include:

  • Simultaneous Platform Deployment
    A live link between Stingray and multiple target devices allows game designers to evaluate their games simultaneously on multiple platforms.
  • Integrated Workflow
    A more efficient pipeline to export 3D content.
  • Modern Data-Driven Architecture and Powerful Rendering Capabilities
    A data-driven core architecture makes it easier for a user to change the look of a game without having to rewrite and re-compile the engine.

Beyond that, the teaser video (top of story) is pretty enigmatic, and the Stingray product site doesn’t yet include a feature list, or any information about pricing or release dates.

The news release does mention that developer Fatshark is using the engine on its upcoming PC/PS4/Xbox One title Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide, but since it’s Bitquid’s old parent company, that’s no real surprise.

— from CGchannel.com