SNES Sprite Engine Design Guidelines

SNES sprite limitations are much more forgiving than NES limits but there are still design considerations when it comes to producing high-quality games. This guide will explain the technical aspects of creating sprites for the Super Nintendo and highlight some important terms for developers and artists.
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Proc Gen My Friend

If there’s one genre that’s taken the world of indie games by storm in the last few years, it’s the roguelite. Or, perhaps, the roguelike-like? While the specifics of what to call these games is often argued, most of them are addictive, replayable, and challenging thanks to the magic of procedural generation. Procedural generation is a technique that game developers employ in order to create content that generates its own unique challenges. This means it can reduce development times and costs, and thanks to its unpredictable nature, sometimes surprises both players and developers. What Is Procedural Generation? Simply put, data...
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Let's Talk: A Couch Co-op Work Space

I was reading through one of my absolutely favorite start-up culture evangelists, Pat Riley of GAN, and he brought up something I’ve seen trending more and more the past year:  no cell phone zones in offices. As someone who’s holistically connected to their devices more often than I should be, it really resonated with me, and I had to move forward with it. Check out this photo that Pat was so willing to share from HATCH in Bergen, Norway.  No Phone Zones are for refreshing your mind, switching gears, and keeping it analog.     I couldn’t resist but to collaborate...
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Better Branding with Games

Importance of Having Brand Games Branded games give your audience an extra way of interacting with your brand. Games are the only form of media that you have to actively engage in to utilize. While music and movies can be enjoyed from an engaged audience, most of that audience is consuming the media passively, with something else on their mind. Video games require active participation in order to continue the experience, which leads to higher consumer levels of engagement. Increased engagement with a brand will help keep customer retention and drive consumer promotion via word of mouth, which has been...
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A Case for Local Multiplayer

Couch Cushion Roots I picked up my first controller when I was 7. I spent many afternoons at my babysitter’s; she had two teenage sons, and naturally they owned an Xbox. I spent hours gaming beside them on the couch, getting my ass kicked over and over. I’d never had more fun. Many of my best memories from childhood consisted of playing Halo (2001) on co-op with a couple of friends, slaughtering the Covenant—or each other—late into the night. Those experiences where what got me into gaming. Next thing I knew, I was playing Animal Crossing: Wild World (2005) on...
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