Microsoft is gearing up to release a software development kit that will allow Android and iOS developers to integrate Xbox Live features into their games.
The SDK, which will be officially confirmed by Microsoft next month, will also be available to Nintendo Switch developers. It will make Microsoft the first console-maker to open up its platform to third-party systems.
This week, our intrepid Games Editor Rob LeFebvre brings readers of Cult of Mac Magazine all the news from the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.
There were dueling VR 3D headsets, discussions about sexism in the games industry, contests, awards and plenty of action on the show floor.
But the million-dollar question this year was: How do I make the next Flappy Birds?
Rob takes you on his quest to find the elusive dev of the indie breakout hit and also talks to luminaries in the field like Peter Molyneux about what makes a hit game. Devs share what mistakes they made on the way to “instant” success” in the iTunes store and the folks with the stats drop the numbers on what the hottest trends are in the gaming world. Rob also wants you to know that he also made himself thumbsore trying out games you’ll be able to play in a few months and highlights the best of them.
The mag also features the best in gadgets, apps, movies, books and music from the Appleverse, too.
And this week’s cover is the brainchild of designer — and, we’re proud to say, Cult of Mac fan — Lucy Chen.
The Independent Games Festival (IGF), held every spring at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, is a celebration of the independent spirit. It’s both a gauge of the cutting edge in game design as well as an increasingly popular event among gamers of all stripe.
This year, the list of nominees for the awards contains a veritable boat-load of games that are available on iOS or Mac. It’s a who’s-who of the hot new games tat everyone’s talking about as well as a notice that mobile gaming is definitely on the map.