Neal Crocker

1,215 Flips | 7 Magazines | 12 Likes | 10 Following | 49 Followers | @neal_crocker | I work in Software Development and have a passion for Gaming and Game Development. Like all things Indie and Retro and also have a interest in Science

The best SNES emulators available

Previous Next<p>1 of 6<p>In the ever-changing landscape of video games, it’s easy to jump from one new release to the next, while leaving a slew of …

Retrogaming

How Ubisoft Rebuilt Athens for Odyssey

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is the 11th core game in the franchise, averaging one a year since the original’s launch back in 2007. Considering this, …

Ancient History

How to use portals in No Man’s Sky

The fast travel network will likely be key to exploring the game’s upcoming season of new content<p>The latest update for <i>No Man’s Sky</i>, called Next, piles on the new features. It also lays the groundwork for what Hello Games promises will be its first season of new, free content. If you want to …

No Man's Sky

A major hosting site took down all its ROMs. What’s going on?

Copyright law, legal threats and unorganized efforts at preservation are involved<p>EmuParadise, for 18 years a go-to site for emulators and ROMs to play hard-to-find, if not ancient video games, announced last week that it would no longer offer its vast library of ROMs. The legal exposure, the site’s …

Retrogaming

Epic Games launches new learning platform providing free video tutorials

Epic Games announced today the launch of Unreal Engine Online Learning, a platform which provides game developers with video tutorials covering …

Game Development

Timsort: Fastest sorting algorithm for real world problems.

Timsort was implemented by Tim Peters in 2002, it has been a standard sorting algorithm for Python since Python 2.3. Python's sorted and list.sort …

Programming

In Defense of ROMs, A Solution To Dying Games And Broken Copyright Laws

Various game emulation sites are pulling down their software libraries, or ceasing to exist entirely, following a lawsuit filed by Nintendo against …

Retrogaming

Phantom Doctrine has multiplayer, here’s how it works

Strategic spy thriller Phantom Doctrine launches today, letting players explore the treacherous world of Cold War espionage through XCOM-like stealth …

PC Gaming

12 cool-looking indie games in development right now

By my calculations, approximately 72,000 new games are released on PC every day, and keeping track of them all is basically an impossible task. But …

PC Gaming

Explaining blockchain basics

Following my studies of blockchain, I've focused to have a deeper understanding of what is a blockchain and how it works. Of course a lot of you may …

Blockchain

Doom Eternal’s Most Exciting New Weapon Is a Game Changer

Doom Eternal’s QuakeCon gameplay reveal proved it’s doing far more than just more of the same. Destructible demons and a deeper story quickly set it …

QuakeCon

Fallout 76 PvP Detailed, Aims for 'Danger Without Griefing'

One of the biggest concerns about Fallout 76 so far has been around how PvP will work, and if you can ignore it if you want to. Speaking at QuakeCon …

QuakeCon

Fallout 76's Solution To Dealing With Griefers Is Brutal; More PvP Details Revealed

Bethesda has discussed how Fallout 76 will deal with griefers, namely players that are intent on attacking and killing others, even when their target isn't interested in player versus player combat. As discussed during the game's QuakeCon 2018 panel by game director Todd Howard, Bethesda decided to …

QuakeCon

Flipping Death review – don’t fear the reaper

The makers of Stick It To The Man return with a new adventure that brings LucasArts style comedy and puzzle-solving to modern gaming.<p>Sequels are so …

Indie Gaming

Blog: How to create isometric games like Clash of Clans

Years ago, when there was no support for 3D elements, it was quite hard to develop fully 3D games. But a solution was found, and thus we saw the …

Game Development

Facebook Wants to Teach Machine Learning

When you think of technical education about machine learning, Facebook might not be the company that pops into your head. However, the company uses …

Machine Learning

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DATA SCIENCE, DATA ANALYTICS AND MACHINE LEARNING

So, it’s 2018 and the word is spread about Data boom. There are Tech Giants like Facebook, Amazon, and Google constantly working in the field of …

Machine Learning

RIP EmuParadise, a haven for retro gamers for almost two decades

If you’re a fan of retro games, chances are you have a few emulators installed to let you play Mega Drive or Atari 800 titles. And if you have a few emulators installed, you probably have some ROMs. And if you have some ROMs, it’s likely that sometime since the year 2000 you visited EmuParadise, a …

Retrogaming

Dead Cells: The Kotaku Review

In my first game of Dead Cells, I died after about four minutes. In my most recent one, I lasted almost an hour. The time difference between those …

Indie Gaming

The Best Indie Games Of PAX East 2018

PAX East has slowly grown in to one of the biggest shows one of the biggest gaming shows in the industry, rivaling even its progenitor PAX West in …

Indie Gaming

Blog: How to create amazing effects with animation curves in Unity

The main objective of this blog post is to show you some simple ways to create cool and simple animations using animation curve in the script easily. …

Game Development

How Doom 2016's AI reinforces its 'push forward' combat design

AI expert Dr. Tommy Thompson examines the AI toolchain adopted in id's 2016 revamp of Doom, where it comes from and the secrets that reinforce the …

Game Development

Breaking Down The Design Of Metroid 1

To understand what makes a good Metroidvania - that is, a game that gives people choice and room to explore without leaving them feeling lost and …

Metroid

Bee Simulator, A Game About Being A Bee

Here is <i>Bee Simulator</i>, a video game that is coming to the PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. You are a bee, and you fly around doing bee …

New York City

What is state-of-the-art for text rendering in OpenGL as of version 4.1?

There are already a number of questions about text rendering in OpenGL, such as:<p>How to do OpenGL live text-rendering for a GUI?<p>But mostly what is …

Game Development

Sonic Mania Plus Review – 2D Magic

You have to feel sorry for Sonic the Hedgehog. After dominating the gaming market of the ’90s and being Sega’s answer to Mario, he experienced a fall …

Retrogaming

Nailing Nostalgia In A Game Without Getting Trapped By It

If you’re one of the many millions who regularly peruse what the Switch eShop or Steam store shelves have to offer, chances are that at some point …

Pixel Art

Here attacks Google Maps with new freemium website plan

When visiting the website for a local restaurant or other small business, you'll likely see Google Maps embedded to show the location. Developers of such sites were recently thrown for a loop, however, when Google announced new, more expensive pricing and demanded a credit card and Google Cloud …

Apps

2K/4K texture pack for the Mass Effect trilogy updated with hundreds of new textures

All the way back in 2012 we were talking about installing a texture pack mod to replay the early Mass Effect games, only with slightly prettier …

Mass Effect

Octopath Traveler hits 1 million shipments worldwide

<i>Octopath Traveler</i> is a game that had a lot of excitement backing it before its launch back in July. Fans of old-school JRPGs were quickly drawn to …

Octopath Traveler