Pakistan’s First Games Conference is Coming in December

Pakistan’s first-ever Games Emerge Conference (GEC) is slated to happen in Islamabad in December 2016.

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Designed to promote video game development and creative industry in Pakistan, GEC will run over three days and include industry talks, workshops, networking opportunities, and a two-day game jam.

GEC is helmed by Sadia Bashir, the founder and CEO of the PixelArt Games Academy (PGA). PGA is the first institute in Pakistan to provide specialised education and training to games industry aspirants. PGA is funded in part by Pakistan Center, which is in turn funded by the US State Department and aims to provide support and training for entrepreneurial women.

“The biggest barrier to growth of Pakistan’s video game development industry is the lack of relevant education and awareness regarding development of video games,” Bashir said during a recent interview. “PGA aims to overcome the educational deficit in the video games sector of Pakistan over the next decade but in order to attract sufficient pool of talent we believe events like GEC 2016 are necessary for creating awareness.”

Other PGA leaders include Irrational Games co-founders Ken Levine and Jonathan Chey, former Ubisoft Montreal AI programmer Brie Code, and noted speaker, traveller, and Vlambeer Games co-founder Rami Ismail.

“I can’t wait to see what the academy grows into. I can’t wait to meet the people who will get involved in the academy and I can’t wait to see the product they are eventually going to create,” said Levine via press release.

from GameSpot http://www.gamespot.com/articles/pakistans-first-games-conference-is-coming-in-dece/1100-6445264/

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Windows 10 to blame for slump in Steam Machine interest, says Alienware exec

“I think the need right now, for Steam Machines and for SteamOS, isn’t as great as it was,” Alienware cofounder Frank Azor said. “That’s contributed to the reason why the momentum has faded.” …

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Here’s Skyrim: Special Edition Looking Prettier With Mods

The whole point of Skyrim’s special edition was to improve the game’s visuals, but just because Bethesda did it officially doesn’t mean folks aren’t out there trying to make things look even better.

As is the cast with most PC games (Skyrim especially, see above), some of the most effective ways have come from the use of ENB, a series of mods that mess with everything from lighting to shaders.

Users in ENB’s forums are sharing screenshots they’ve taken using their custom configurations. They’re very pretty (click the magnifying glass icon on each image to expand).

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Note that because ENB is about customising the mods to suit your own tastes, each of these screens uses slightly different settings. If you want to try it out yourself, you can get the downloads here.

from Kotaku http://kotaku.com/heres-skyrim-special-edition-looking-prettier-with-mod-1788970887

GS News – Project Scorpio Will Deliver Native 4K; Watch Dogs 2 Easter Egg Teases New Game

The new Xbox Scorpio console will deliver “really true 4K”, a Watch Dogs 2 easter egg appears to tease a new Ubisoft space game, and details on Skyrim Special Edition’s 1.2 patch.

from GameSpot http://www.gamespot.com/videos/gs-news-project-scorpio-will-deliver-native-4k-wat/2300-6435732/

Annotated version of an original Deus Ex design doc surfaces

Years after Eurogamer published excerpts of an early Deus Ex design document annotated by Warren Spector, an eager Reddit user has convinced the writer of that piece to share the whole thing. …

from Gamasutra News http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/285520/Annotated_version_of_an_original_Deus_Ex_design_doc_surfaces.php

The Best Cosplay From Blizzcon 2016

Blizzard’s annual celebration doesn’t just attract the studio’s biggest fans, it also attracts some of the biggest cosplayers, some of whom were even there in an official capacity.

Below you’ll find a big gallery showcasing the talents of these cosplayers (and some photographers), who show that one of the few things that can match their combined talents are those of the folks at Blizzard who designed these awesome characters in the first place.

First up are two cosplay videos, the first from Sneaky Zebra, the second from Mineralblu:

Next another video, this one of the official cosplay contest that went down at the show (first and second place will feature further down):

Now for the photos. These are courtesy of Mineralblu:

Cosplay by Ladee Danger | Photo by Mineralblu
Cosplay by Woodwarder Creations | Photo by Mineralblu
Cosplay by Yashafluff | Photo by Mineralblu
Cosplay by Gurl With Red Hair | Photo by Mineralblu
Cosplay by Soni Aralynn & Henchmen Props | Photo by Mineralblu
Cosplay by Danielle Beaulieu | Photo by Mineralblu
Cosplay by Oshley Cosplay | Photo by Mineralblu
Cosplay by Milynn Sarley (based on this art) | Photo by Mineralblu
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Cosplay by Steven Scott & Mike Biasi | Photo by Mineralblu
Cosplay by Vivid Vivka | Photo by Mineralblu
Cosplay by Hoku Props | Photo by Mineralblu
Cosplay by Rian Synnth Cosplay | Photo by Mineralblu
Cosplay by Jessica Nigri, Danquish and Fake Nerd Boy | Photo by Mineralblu
Cosplay by Pyrofly | Photo by Mineralblu
Cosplay by Sheena Duquette, Elizabeth Rage, Rian Synnth Cosplay, Milynn Sarley, Maid of Might Cosplay, Alicia Marie, Reagan Kathryn & Castle Corsetry | Photo by Mineralblu
Cosplay by Okageo | Photo by Mineralblu

And here are some bonus shots of Oshley Cosplay’s Varian Wrynn, which took out second place in the official competition (first place went to the Grommash above). Photos by The Will Box.

Cosplay by Oshley Cosplay | Photo by The Will Box
Cosplay by Oshley Cosplay | Photo by The Will Box
Cosplay by Oshley Cosplay | Photo by The Will Box
Cosplay by Oshley Cosplay | Photo by The Will Box
Cosplay by Oshley Cosplay | Photo by The Will Box

And finally, here are a couple of shots from photographer Martin Wong:

Cosplay by genjichu | Photo by Martin Wong
Cosplay by Unknown | Photo by Martin Wong

from Kotaku http://cosplay.kotaku.com/the-best-cosplay-from-blizzcon-2016-1788933771

Sombra Hack Perfectly Timed

Today on Highlight Reel we have Vonnegut glitches, pot abuse, genji genocide, Sombra hacks, and much more.

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