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Amazon Releases Its Own Game Engine (based on Crytek) For Free

Amazon Releases Its Own Game Engine (based on Crytek) For Free | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it
Amazon’s releasing their very own game engine. Lumberyard, as they call it, is based on Crytek’s famous CryEngine, and can be used to develop games for both PC and consoles. It’s also free to download, and comes with “no seat fees, subscription fees, or requirements to share revenue.”
Jed Fisher's insight:

When i started my career 3D and gaming were small niche markets - boy that changed! 3D is everywhere these days and gaming is booming, add to that VR and AR and the hundreds of use cases and industries that can be reimagined thanks to these technologies.

Amazon too is obviously seeing the potential.

They are now releasing their own game engine (competitor to Unity and Unreal) - it's based on the third player - Crytek of which they made a major deal with a few month ago to basically use Crytek as they want. Now their intention is clearer and they release Crytek as LUMBERYARD (with a logo of a penguin with a saw!?!)

Amazon may have licensed out the engine to use for their games, or, as some sources have suggested, they may be using it as a baseline to build their own proprietary gaming engine.

It's also worth highlighting the engine is completely free! 

In additional Amazon acquired Double Helix, the development studio behind 2013’s Killer Instinct.

My guess - expect to see more games on Kindles and my bet - Amazon releasing a VR headset or making a major partnership.

Games, games, games, VR, VR, VR! what else is there to say!

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Remembering Hiroshi Yamauchi, The Man Who Made Nintendo

Remembering Hiroshi Yamauchi, The Man Who Made Nintendo | 4D Pipeline - trends & breaking news in Visualization, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D, Mobile, and CAD. | Scoop.it

Hiroshi Yamauchi was the president of Nintendo from 1949 to 2002, and might be the person most responsible for bringing gaming into mainstream culture. He shepherded the company when it was a small business selling playing cards, and, through ingenious marketing, turned hobbyist idols like Zelda, Mario, and a swath of others, into cultural touchstones. He died today at 85.

Jed Fisher's insight:

RIP Hiroshi-San...

Remember a time before Xbox's? Way back when there was a company called Sega? And when the only serious computer was a Commodore64? If you remember this you remember the beginning of the computer game era - you remember Nintendo fondly, you remember the Nintendo Power Glove (20 years before it's time!), you remember the first Super Mario Brothers. You remember arguing which was better Sega or Nintendo.

People like Apple as a company but man - look at Nintendo. Seriously for me it is one of the most awesome companies ever - largely thanks to Hiroshi Yamauchi.

Why do i love Nintendo, the company Yamauchi build, here are some of the reasons:

- Made millions of kids happy;

- Broke new ground repeatedly in hardware - (consoles, gloves, dance mats, handheld consoles, Wii), in design, in characters, and of course in gaming - Super Mario Brothers is just one example;

- Was/is always the underdog - survived and often beat Sega, Sony, Commodore, Atari, Microsoft, and many others;

- Chose not to make or allow violent (rated M+ games) - they made their business on "wholesome fun" - no Grand Theft Auto, no Wolfenstein, no blood, no sex, just good ole fun games and great characters. 

- Made games that girls and mums and dads played (look at Wii).

- Affordable

- Transitioned from Board games to Computer games, started in 1949.

 

A nice company that treated it's customers right and made games that people love. 

 

Thank you Hiroshi Yamauchi, RIP...

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VR at E3 2015

As the last day of #E32015 approaches, it's clear that the video game industry's biggest players have poured much of their imaginations into virtual and augmented reality. From #Sony's#ProjectMorpheus shown here, to#Microsoft's #HoloLens and the Oculus Rift, the future of gaming is evidently out of hand. 

Jed Fisher's insight:

Yup VR is just really finally just about "now"/here.

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