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What is a Game Jam?

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The question, “What is a Game Jam” was undoubtedly asked multiple times this past weekend, while Ludum Dare was going on. Novice and professional developers, programmers, artists, voice actors and those with other talents worked together or independently to create a game with “an unconventional weapon”. They made these games in less than 3 days. 2820 of them were made and the weapons ranged from clouds to muffins and everything in between. It sounds insane because it is and any extra strain, even a simple question can be frustrating when the clock is counting down. So, simply put a game jam is an exciting event where ambitious individuals work to make games under extreme time restraints.

Why would anyone want to do that? Well, a number of reasons exists. Some might want to practice using a new tool, others might want to show of their skills working under pressure and for those working with a team they might just enjoy being part of something bigger than themselves. For some it is a hobby and for others it is a first attempt at something new. However, no matter what the original goal was, for those who finish a game jam they have on huge reward, a completed project which is something a lot of novice individuals simply do not have.  Perhaps, it is something that could be added to a portfolio.

Additionally, game jams provide valuable feed back. A large number of those who participate take part in the judging process after and often times have advice and suggestions on ways games could be improved. They also give good advice before hand like reminders to take time to sleep and eat something while creating games. So what does it take to participate? Depending on the game jam there is often no entry fee so it just takes blocking out the time, dedication and perseverance. Those not interested in creating a game can often watch streams of others creating during the event on Twitch and as of this last game jam, Ludum Dare has made a public vote category for those just interested in playing.

Who doesn’t enjoy listening to a good story. Personally I love reading about the people who inspire me and what it took for them to achieve their success. As I am a bit of a self confessed tech geek I think there is no better way to discover these stories than by reading every day some articles or the newspaper . My bookcases are filled with good tech biographies, they remind me that anyone can be a success. So even if you come from an underprivileged part of society or you aren’t the smartest person in the room we all have a chance to reach the top. The same message shines in my beliefs. All it takes to succeed is a good idea, a little risk and a lot of hard work and any geek can become a success. VENI VIDI VICI .

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Raiden, the famous shmup series, will come back as a twin-stick shooter on PS5, PS4, and PC

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Raiden has a long and interesting history as a vertical shooter in arcades. However, the series is going to get a Super Stardust HD makeover, which means it will switch to a twin-stick format. It comes out in Japan on October 31. There’s no word yet on when it will come out in the West, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it did.

A Gematsu translation of the game’s website says that the full version will have an arcade mode with up to six stages. There will also be an “Unlimited” option for people who want to be at the top of the rankings. It sounds like a pretty straightforward package in terms of what’s inside, but we think the action will be what makes it worth it.

There’s a trailer up top that should help you figure out what to expect. There are, however, different versions of Raiden 3, Raiden 4, and Raiden 5 that you can play right now on the PS5 and PS4, if you can’t wait for this game to come out in the West.

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Bandai Namco and Nike designed Tekken 8 sneakers with tag-team designs

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Nike, the maker of high-quality shoes, is working with Bandai Namco, the company that makes the Tekken series, to make a pair of sneakers. The fun competition is part of the franchise’s 30th anniversary celebrations. You can get your own pair for $250 or the equivalent in your country, though they’ll probably be worth a lot more on the sneakerhead black market.

Two pairs of Tekken 8 x Nike Air Foamposite One Fist sneakers are set to come out in September 2024, according to shoe fan Sole Retriever (thanks, VGC). The designs are based on Kazuya and Jin, two main characters in the series. You can get them at Nike and some other stores. People who like hypebeasts and fighting games are likely to buy these quickly, so if you like Tekken and shoes that make people talk, you should probably act fast.

Should Bandai Namco and Nike work together? What do you think? Are you going to fight for your own pair? Make sure to take good care of your shoes and keep their value in the comments section below.

 

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You can now preorder the official Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree strategy guide

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There will soon be a new book in Future Press’s Books of Knowledge series, which is FromSoftware’s officially licensed line of hardcover strategy guides. This will help players who are having trouble with Elden Ring’s Shadow of the Erdtree expansion. The base game came with two books, and now you can get the unholy trinity for $45 (or the equivalent amount in your currency). It will ship on September 30th.

Like the first two games, The Lands Between and Shards of Shattering, Shadow of the Erdtree is both a complete guide to how to play and a beautiful artbook with full-page pictures of enemies, landscapes, and weapons. This big book has 352 pages and is likely to sell out quickly, based on how quickly the ones that came before it did.

Do you know a lot about strategy guides? You could read the first two Books of Knowledge. If so, what did you think of them? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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