Writing A Multiplayer Text Adventure Engine In Node.js: Adding Chat Into Our Game (Part 4)

Writing A Multiplayer Text Adventure Engine In Node.js: Adding Chat Into Our Game (Part 4) Writing A Multiplayer Text Adventure Engine In Node.js: Adding Chat Into Our Game (Part 4) Fernando Doglio 2019-11-06T11:00:00+02:002019-11-06T11:06:58+00:00 Any platform that allows for collaborative play between people will be required to have one very particular characteristic: the ability for players to (somehow) talk to each other. That is exactly why our text-adventure engine built in Node.js would not be complete without a way for the party members to be able to communicate with each other. And because this is indeed a text adventure, that form of communication will be presented in the form of a chat window. So in this article, I’m going to explain how I added chat support for the text client as well as how I designed a quick chat server using Node.js. Previous Parts Of This Series Part 1: The Introduction Read the full article…

Smashing Podcast Episode 2 With Liz Elcoate: What’s So Great About Freelancing?

Smashing Podcast Episode 2 With Liz Elcoate: What’s So Great About Freelancing? Smashing Podcast Episode 2 With Liz Elcoate: What’s So Great About Freelancing? Drew McLellan 2019-11-05T16:00:59+02:002019-11-06T11:06:58+00:00 In this episode of the Smashing Podcast we take a look a freelancing. What does it mean to be a freelance designer or developer? How do you structure your day? What are the ups and downs? Drew McLellan talks to experienced freelance brand designer Liz Elcoate to find out more. Show Notes Making Peace With The Feast Or Famine Of Freelancing on Smashing Magazine. Liz is the host of The Elastic Brand podcast, and cohost of The Freelance Web with Sean Johnson. You can follow Liz on Twitter where she is @liz_e or via her website. Transcript Drew: She’s a UK based designer who specializes in building digital brands. She’s worked on campaigns with the likes of Great Ormond Street Hospital, the NSPCC, Read the full article…

Smashing Podcast Episode 1 With Andy Clarke: What Is Art Direction?

Smashing Podcast Episode 1 With Andy Clarke: What Is Art Direction? Smashing Podcast Episode 1 With Andy Clarke: What Is Art Direction? Drew McLellan 2019-11-05T14:30:59+02:002019-11-06T11:06:58+00:00 The new Smashing Podcast is the perfect way to take a little bit of Smashing along with you on your morning commute, when working out at the gym, or just washing the dishes. We’ll be bringing you a new interview with a Smashing expert every two weeks, directly to your podcast player of choice. You can subscribe in your favorite app to get new episodes as soon as they’re ready, or just listen using the player below. To get things off with a bang, we’re launching the first two episodes today. Each episode will be accompanied by a post (just like this one) with a full transcription of the interview here on Smashing Magazine. In this inaugural episode, Drew McLellan talks to designer, author, and Read the full article…

The Xbox Elite Wireless Controller Series 2 is a truly great game controller

Microsoft’s original Xbox Elite controller was a major step up for gamers, with customizable buttons, changeable physical controls and adjustable sensitivity for serious personalization. The new Xbox Elite Controller Series 2 has just landed, and it offers similar features, but with new and improved features that add even more customization options, along with key hardware improvements that take what was one of the best gaming controllers available and make it that much better. USB-C This might seem like a weird place to start, but the fact that the new Xbox Elite 2 comes with USB-C for charging and wired connections is actually a big deal, especially given that just about every other gadget in our lives has moved on to adapting this standard. Micro USB is looking decidedly long in the tooth, and if you’re like me, one of the only reasons you still have those cables around at all Read the full article…

Here’s why Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order won’t let you dismember stormtroopers

The upcoming Jedi: Fallen Order is promising to offer a deep Star Wars experience, with an original story and a big emphasis on incredible lightsaber combat. But one thing won’t be making its way into the game: dismemberment of enemy stormtroopers. Spoilers for Star Wars: Episodes I through VIII below In another franchise, this would be an odd thing to focus on. But dismemberment and Star Wars lightsabers have gone hand in hand since the beginning, when Obi-Wan sliced off Ponda Baba’s arm in A New Hope at the Mos Eisley Cantina. It was a shocking, visceral way to show off the awesome power of a lightsaber. Fans have noticed the lack of lost limbs in the new game, too. A quick glance at the Fallen Order subreddit finds dozens of threads… Read the full article…

Xbox Scarlett Games List Gets Longer + Diablo 4 Impressions

Lots of huge Xbox news to discuss this week, from Ubisoft games that are now coming to Xbox Scarlett (Watch Dogs Legion, Rainbow Six Quarantine, and Gods & Monsters) to Scarlett games we’ll have to wait a bit longer for (Battlefield 6, Battlefront 3). Plus: our hands-on impressions of Diablo 4 (!!) and Overwatch 2, and more! Subscribe on any of your favorite podcast feeds, or grab an MP3 download of this week’s episode. For more awesome content, check out the latest episode of IGN Unfiltered from our new barcade set, featuring a career-spanning interview with Oxenfree and Afterparty creator Sean Krankel. It’s an open bar; come and join us! Read the full article…