Archive for October, 2012

First Ever Official Adobe Game Jam

We recently held our first-ever, official Adobe Game Jam at the San Francisco office – and had quite the turn out with more than 40 attendees, including Zynga, Idle Games, Kabam and Buffalo Studios. The event far exceeded our expectations in every way and we kicked things off Friday night with a short demo session to level the knowledge playing field and allowed attendees – ranging from developers, designers and musicians – to select their teams. By Saturday, game development was well underway, and up for grabs were one-year Creative Cloud memberships.

To foster creativity, there were only two rules to follow: 1) ensure the game executed our theme, San Francisco, and 2) build the game using Stage 3D. The theme alone offered participants many visual landmarks and local cultural details to incorporate into their games (e.g., one of the winning games was based on a gay, roller skating Sean Connery escaping from Alcatraz).

The crowd judged the games in three categories – Best Art, Best Tech and Best Game. The winners of each category were:

Given the success – and fun of our first Adobe Game Jam – we’re looking forward more events, including the next one in Chicago on November 30. Stay tuned to our Adobe Game Jams events page for the latest updates: http://gaming.adobe.com/events/gamejams. Check out the recap video below:

From Rock the Vote to Smash Vote!

With the U.S. elections in high gear, it’s time to channel your pre-election day passion and energy into Smash Vote, a new game from Mighty Bits built with Adobe Gaming technology. Mighty Bits is a mobile development shop in Las Vegas that focuses on mobile games, utilities and entertainment apps for iOS and Android. In their latest creation, you can choose your representative and get ready for some arcade style fighting action in this mobile app.

Built using Flare 3D and AIR 3.4, Mighty Bits’ tongue-in-cheek take on politics gives players a chance to debate the old fashioned way – a bi-partisan chance to learn who can really rumble – much like last night’s debate. Featuring crisp graphics, six playable politicos straight from Washington D.C., and a global ‘exit poll’ tracking system to compare against other players, there’s lots of fun to be had. To find out more about games with Adobe Gaming technology visit gaming.adobe.com.

Maid Marian – Modernizing MMO Gaming with ‘Sherwood Dungeon’

Gene Endrody, CEO of Maid Marian Entertainment Inc., has a clear vision for keeping his best known title, Sherwood Dungeon, current and viable by bringing a 3D, multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPGs) to your web browser with the help of Adobe Flash Player.

Using the hardware acceleration enabled by the Stage3D APIs in Flash Player running in the browser, the team at Maid Marian was able to modernize Sherwood Dungeon to feature top-of- the-line visuals and responsive game play. By deploying the game in the browser, Maid Marian can now expand the revenue potential for Sherwood Dungeon as it can now be distributed through game portals that only support Adobe Flash® technology. Currently, Sherwood Dungeon is enjoyed by up to 3,000 social gamers simultaneously and more than one million unique players globally each month, attributable in part to the wide reach of the Flash Player on over 1.2 billion connected desktops.

The Maid Marian team looks to the future of the Adobe Gaming technologies and expanding their opportunity to grow their audience. “Marrying the ubiquity of Flash with GPU-accelerated graphics,” continues Endrody, “elevates the potential of browser-based games. We can now take on the big publishers with something small, independent, and disruptive.”  Read more from Endrody here: http://adobe.ly/RajbRM.

I Didn’t Know Flash Could Do That!

A common refrain at the Adobe booth at GDC Online has been, “wait, that game is running in Flash? I didn’t know Flash could do that!” With games ranging from previews of high-end games running in the browser – like Herokon or Kings Road on Facebook – to great indie games already available in the AppStore like Wonderputt and Super Hexagon for the iPad, we had lots of amazing games to show off, and some great conversations. Developers stopped by to talk, try games out, and exclaim at the possibilities now available to them to get great 2D and 3D games to market.

While the draw was all the great games at the Adobe booth, it also gave the Adobe team a chance to show and tell developers how to deliver their C/C++ and Unity games in the Flash Player, and highlight how the soon to be released Adobe Flash Runtime C++ Compiler (flasCC) can help game developers cross compile their games to reach a global audience of over 1.3 billion desktops and over 500 million smartphones and tablets. Since the Adobe Gaming team took root last year, we’ve been talking to publishers and game developers at conferences and events throughout the country. We still have some more people to impress, but an increasing number of game developers and publishers are looking to Adobe to help with reach, game discovery, and monetization across platforms and devices, including the Apple AppStore, Google Play, and Amazon Appstore.

Adobe Gaming technology was also highlighted at the 2012 GDC Developers Choice Online Awards. Many of our partners were nominated this year, and chose to develop their award winning, cutting edge games using Flash Player and AIR because it works. We’re very proud of the nominees and winners who put their heart and soul into creating visually stunning and rich gaming experiences made possible with Adobe Game Development technology.

It’s been a great GDC Online, and a fantastic opportunity for the Adobe Gaming team to meet some new game developers as well as greet old friends. If you’re looking to build your own titles for Flash Player and AIR, check out our Adobe Gaming site at gaming.adobe.com to find out more, and see what your fellow game developers have already done with Adobe Game Dev technologies!

GDC Online: Game On for Adobe Gaming

With the leaves changing color and cooler temperatures on the horizon, I always feel like fall is a great time to reflect on the accomplishments of the past year and take stock. Looking back at GDC Online 2011, I am incredibly excited about how Adobe Gaming has progressed over the past year!

At this year’s GDC Online, the Adobe Gaming team is thrilled to show off some of the amazing accomplishments from game developers using Adobe technology, including runaway indie game successes like Song Pop, Wonderputt, and Botanicula, along with Stage 3D hardware accelerated browser and social games from bigger studios like Square Enix’s Legend World, SilverStyle Studio’s Herokon, Zynga’s FarmVille 2 and Ruby Blast. Even if you’re not able to join us at the show, check out the new Adobe Gaming channel on YouTube – it’s jam-packed with demos, how-tos, and product previews that help you get started with 2D and 3D game development.

But that’s not all we’re showing off at GDC Online 2012, far from it! We’ll be previewing software codenamed Project Monocle, and demonstrating how this advanced profiling tool for Adobe Flash Player and Adobe AIR can help developers gain much more insight into their code and increase their productivity. Believe me, you’ll never go back once you’ve seen Monocle :).

Two of our Adobe game superstars – Thibault Imbert and Renaun Erickson – will be demonstrating not only how developers can target the reach of the Flash Player, which is on 1.3 billion connected desktops, but also how super-charged 3D games like Madfinger’s Shadowgun and Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have begun to take advantage of that huge reach even though their games were developed using Unity. More details on their sessions on, “Adobe Gaming at GDC Online 2012.”

And if you’re inspired to develop your own game, don’t forget that you could win cash thanks to the Epic Flash Games contest happening now.

There’s a lot to show in Austin, and we’ll be posting some of the highlights later this week. In the meantime, check out the Adobe Gaming showcase, and tell us if you’ve got a great game you’ve developed using Adobe Game technologies!

Go DRY

Building mobile apps is at the same time exciting and challenging for developers. The pace of technology and tool advancement is exciting, yet the ever-growing list of platforms and devices poses significant challenges.

With all this technology, there are many solutions to help you to build and create the apps you want to reach the platforms and devices you care about. Broadly, these manifest in two categories: native and cross platform.  Go “native” if you have good knowledge of both Objective C for iOS and Java for Android and can afford the time developing for both environments. A cross platform solution, though, will enable you to learn and program in a single environment.

This is where Adobe and AIR comes in. With Adobe AIR, you can deliver Flash Player browser content as an application.  Leverage the tools you are familiar with, like Flash Professional and ActionScript 3.0. With a few simple changes and clicks, you can publish the same code to iOS and Android: no major re-architecture or new languages to learn. This is what our friends at Gree call DRY (Don’t Repeat Yourself).

Having one code base can help cut your debugging, testing, and development costs. This is what you get when you go with Adobe AIR. No need to do things two or three times when you can do it once with Adobe AIR.

15,000+ iOS and Android apps have been built, submitted, and approved using Adobe AIR. For example, Machinarium was built using Adobe AIR for iOS and Android devices. NBC Universal’s Olympic applications used Adobe AIR to deliver Olympic content to millions of devices. You can see some of the best games through the showcases at the Adobe Gaming site (http://gaming.adobe.com/).

Check out this cool video demonstrating one code base running across desktop, Android, and iOS all connected through p2P:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-JH35CyagE

Maybe you, too, can go DRY!

Unboxing the Adobe AIR SDK

Watch and learn as the GREE Dev Com Ninja opens up the hood on the GREE Platform SDK for Adobe AIR.

He’ll show you what you get, and run through a test drive with some included sample code. This is a great first look at an awesome new tool set to add social features into your Adobe AIR-powered mobile games. Enjoy!