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What the Seven “Star Wars” Films Reveal About George Lucas

Star Wars

Meet the man whose job it is to remember the ENTIRE Star Wars canon (and what he'd change)

You might think you know Star Wars inside-out and back-to-front, but is it <i>literally</i> your job to know every midichlorian-sized detail? It is for Pablo …

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Star Wars

The Wonder of Wondering: Star Wars Mysteries in the Prequels

Star Wars has always posed questions, even when we expected answers. Michael O’Connor examines why the prequels confounded expectations by creating …

Getting the Most out of your Playtests

Drag-and-Drop

Drag-and-drop functionality is useful for many types of games – an inventory system in an RPG, dragging letters onto a word game board, etc. With a …

Complete Unity Pong Clone Tutorial for Beginners | Unity School

Here is a list of the posts in my 10-part Pong Clone tutorial.<p>If you want to make games, but have no idea where to start…start here!<p>You don’t need …

Game Development

2D Liquid Simulator With Cellular Automaton in Unity

One interesting way to represent liquids in a grid based world, is to use a form of cellular automaton. You may have heard of cellular automata from …

George Lucas and the Cult of Darth Vader

As the 'Star Wars' saga reaches its conclusion with 'Revenge of the Sith,' the men behind the masks look back on the greatest villain in movie history<p>…

Darth Vader

What does HBO's Westworld have to teach us about game design?

<i>Spoilers for Westworld ahead.</i><p>Earlier this month, HBO premiered its new sci-fi show Westworld. The premise is that in a utopian/dystopian future, a …

Simple mechanics, complex puzzle creation - Part 4: Interesting challenges

<b>The following blog post, unless otherwise noted, was written by a member of Gamasutra’s community.<br>The thoughts and opinions expressed are those of</b> …

Game Design

Power to the Prequels: The Prequel Trilogy Worlds of Star Wars

Grab your intergalactic passport and join Michael O’Connor as he investigates the prequel trilogy worlds and environmental storytelling.<p>I can’t count …

Star Wars

Power to the Prequels: I, Anakin

What makes such a flawed character as Anakin Skywalker an appealing protagonist? Michael O’Connor explains.<p><i>Michael O’Connor explains why Anakin</i> …

Indie Puzzle Game 'Hue' Is Unfinished but Still Highly Addictive

'Hue' is the brain-teasing triumph of 2016 that you've probably not seen coming—clever, compelling, and still in the works.<p>Henry Hoffman and Dan Da Rocha, working under the banner of Fiddlesticks, are the architects behind <i>Hue</i>, a puzzle game that is both reassuringly familiar and fantastically …

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Why it's time to stop hating George Lucas

He is cinema's most enduring villain. The worst of the worst. Artfully disguised beneath avuncular beard and Fifties throwback quiff, but more machine now than man; twisted and evil. Capable of fooling us all with his creations of great wonder, heroism and romance – but then, with a wave of a …

The Star Wars franchise—even the prequels—is a work of weird genius

<i>With Run The Series,</i> The A.V. Club <i>examines film franchises, studying how they change and evolve with each new installment.</i><p>Imagine that there’d never …

You may hate the ‘Star Wars’ prequels – but they predicted our current political era

Cool people dislike the “Star Wars” “prequels” – Episodes 1, 2, and 3. The dialogue is wooden, the actors are stiff, and there’s far less energy and …

Open your App with a File Association (Windows 10 UWP)

When you double-click an .mp3 file you expect your music player to play the song; when you double-click an .xls file you expect Excel to open the …

Use Secondary Tiles to Modify App Launch [UWP]

Modern Windows apps are famous for their live tiles, but most apps don’t take full advantage of the available functionality. One great piece of live …

Microsoft details Universal Windows Platform (UWP) improvements in Windows 10 SDK Build 10586 | On MSFT

Microsoft’s Universal Windows App platform (UWA or UWP, depending on whom you ask) is vitally important to the success of Windows 10 and, perhaps …

UWP: How to Navigate among pages

Create a new UWP project<p>Go to add new item and add 3 'Blank Pages', page1, page 2 and page3 respectively<p>Now add two stackpanels and a frame in it and …

Set up your UWP on Xbox development environment - UWP app developer

The Universal Windows Platform (UWP) on Xbox development environment consists of a development PC connected to an Xbox One console through a local …

Getting started with UWP app development on Xbox One - UWP app developer

4 minutes to read<p>Contributors<p><b>Carefully</b> follow these steps to successfully set up your PC and Xbox One for Universal Windows Platform (UWP) …

Using C++ Coroutines to simplify async UWP code

The Universal Windows Platform (UWP) introduced many async APIs; there are now almost 1700 of them. In fact, the team switched every API that could …

Microsoft: Universal Windows apps will keep 'bit rot' from slowing your PC over time

Why might you want your favorite apps recoded into Microsoft’s UWP format? According to one Microsoft executive, it's because your app will help your PC run more efficiently over its lifetime.<p>Longtime PC owners often refer to “bit rot”—the general slowdown that affects PCs as they age. “You …

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