Improving the mixer interactivity authentication experience on PC

We recently finished our second game with Mixer integration, and wanted to share what might be a helpful resource for other devs in the future.  It's short and sweet! For the PC platform, users who want to enable Mixer interactivity in your game must first authenticate through a short key. This entails providing the user with a key, them visiting a website, and then entering the key. By default, the Mixer Interactivity for Unity plugin makes this process very time consuming by simply showing the key and the url to the user, without any accessibility shortcuts to speed the process...
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Super Nintendo Graphics - Read in the voice of Brendan

Hello again, ya’ll! It’s me. Your ol’ pal Brendan back to talk about some GRAPHICS. When I first walked into this subject, I thought it was much simpler than it turned out to be. I was once like you. Stupid. Ignorant. Talentless. But then, I learned how to do SNES graphics and that ALL CHANGED. True story. So where do we even start? Well, think about your favorite SNES game. What do you like most about it? Gameplay is always a good answer, but what comes before that? What you see on the screen. Admit it. If the graphics look...
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The Coffee Crisis Lessons: 3 Game Design Choices That Drive Organic Marketing

As the indie scene has grown and as Steam has lowered visibility for indie developers on its platform, discoverability for smaller studios is an incredible challenge. Even when you do all of what the marketing the gurus tell you to do, meaningful traction is hard to come-by. Classic marketing advice usually includes some or all of the following:         Press releases         Soliciting reviews from bloggers and streamers         Social media marketing         Attending cons and expos         Building your email list We go hard on all of these points, with physical and digital boots to pavement to drum-up exposure for our games, but we...
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Organizing NES Graphics Banks

A guide to organizing banks of sprite and backgrounds tiles to optimize memory for the NES.
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Retro Games Are for Lovers

This Valentine’s Day, Mega Cat Studios has 14% off all orders with the coupon code LUSTYMEAT. This discount code ends Friday, but there’s plenty of time to break some hearts and make some memories with 8 & 16 Bit dessert A curated list of examples and suggestions are below, for new games and old, to celebrate this exciting day. The Player's Kit Mayo seen above for reference only. Disclaimer: This is not representative of Mayo’s character, and is a work of fiction.   V-Day is the most romantic day of the year. So what's a Casanova supposed to do when...
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