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BY JAMES NAGEL
There are lots of people who at some point in their life decided to develop a mobile game, which indeed can be quite a lucrative venture. They pick up an engine, start diving in, and quit before even finishing their first game because their experience is just frustrating. Hopefully, some of our advice from today’s article will help you avoid common pitfalls and disappointments that often befall game development startuppers.
Mind the Scope!
The first thing you’re going to be careful about is scope. Lots of entrepreneurs choose a game engine dreaming of making the types of games they liked playing. Unfortunately, it often is just not possible. Truth is such games as God of War or Final Fantasy are created by professional game development teams that have at least 40 people over the course of several years. It’s a rare business owner who is capable of paying their developers that much and is willing to wait that long and.
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So, even if you throw your whole life into creating your game, you won’t create another God of War or Final Fantasy. Especially, not on your first attempt. Your goal with your first game should be creating something you can play, even in the most rudimentary fashion, as soon as possible. Think of your first games as a learning exercise, not your masterwork. If you start with a huge project, you’ll find you don’t even know where to begin and you’ll get bogged down doing little bits and pieces having no tangible result. In other words, keep it simple and start small.
Choose the Right Engine
The second thing you need to decide is what platform or framework you’re going to use to create your game. Our recommendation is that you use Unity, a cross-platform engine that is now widely employed for creating VR and augmented reality titles, three- and two-dimensional games, simulations, and much more. If you opt for this engine, you will be able to run your game on pretty much any device, which means there’s no need to develop natively for each specific platform. To learn more about Unity development services, visit this website and familiarize yourself with an exhaustive article. Other possible options may include Unreal Engine, CryEngine, GameMaker Studio, and LibGDX.
Another thing to keep in mind is don’t go into your first game with a specific idea. Though it may sound weird, you shouldn’t aim to create meaningful and highly conceptual on the first attempt. Learn what you can do and build up to creating something really impressive. Even if you hire experienced game developers, do some experimenting. Don’t lock yourself into an idea and beat your head against it for weeks and months. Instead, watch a few tutorials, then start working towards something you’re pretty sure you can build and subsequently sell.
It’s OK if there are still a few parts of the development process you have no idea how to even start to do. But make sure it’s only a few parts when breaking your project down and planning things out. Should you have any problems figuring out some aspects or have a hard time putting your ideas into practice, don’t hesitate to ask your development team for advice or recommendation.
Invest in User Acquisition
Tons of new mobile games are created and published every day. It’s no wonder that so many of them end up gathering dust in app stores. It doesn’t necessarily mean that these games are boring, low-quality, or undeserving of users’ attention. The truth is the gaming market is really flooded with offers and oftentimes, supply does exceed demand. Don’t let the same sad lot befall your game. You would be well-advised to invest some money in pure organic growth.
Create a buzz around your game by paying for the initial 3,000 or 4,000 downloads. By doing so, you’ll manage to get the ball rolling and attract real consumers. It’s a good idea to harness the power of social media and try to reach potential customers on Facebook, Instagram, or TikTok. You may also consider collaborating with an experienced game marketing expert to attract new users and convince them to download and actively engage with your product.
Choose a Monetization Strategy
As with any application that hits an app store, your game should bring you not only laurels but also tangible profits. To monetize your game app, consider including various in-game purchases and third-party ads. That being said, don’t go overboard with it. In-game purchases shouldn’t give your users too much advantage over other players, and your advertising content should be relevant, inoffensive, and non-distracting. Furthermore, try and collaborate with other game app developers and publishers to cross-market your game. You could also work with affiliate marketing, advertising other products within your app. This is more subtle and therefore often proves to be more effective compared to traditional advertising techniques.
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NEW DELHI - India Navy sending four ships for exercises and port visits with the Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia and Australia to strengthen cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region, its navy said Wednesday, as China's maritime power grows in the area.
The Indian ships will spend more than two months in the region, the navy said in a statement.
Commander Vivek Madhwal, the Indian navy spokesman, said four ships will take part.
The ships will also participate in a multilateral exercise, MALABAR-21, along with the Japanese, Australian and U.S. navies, the statement said.
It said the exercises will enhance coordination with friendly countries, based on common maritime interests and a commitment to freedom of navigation.
"Besides regular port calls, the task group will operate in conjunction with friendly navies to build military relations and develop interoperability in the conduct of maritime operations," the statement said.
The U.S., India, Japan and Australia are part of the Quad regional alliance created in response to China's growing economic and military strength. Washington has long viewed New Delhi as a key partner in efforts to blunt increasing Chinese assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific region.
India is also in a continuing standoff with China over their disputed border in the eastern Ladakh region. The countries have stationed tens of thousands of soldiers backed by artillery, tanks and fighter jets along their de facto border, called the Line of Actual Control.
Last year, 20 Indian troops died in a clash with Chinese soldiers involving clubs, stones and fists in a portion of the disputed border. China said it lost four soldiers.(VOA/HP)
The UK government on Thursday announced that it will move India from the red to the amber list on Sunday, in the country's latest update to the 'Red-Amber-Green' traffic light ratings for arrivals into England amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
This means the visit visas for the UK from India are open, in addition to other long-term visas that have remained open. But travellers from India arriving in England can complete a 10-day quarantine at home or in the place they are staying (not mandatorily quarantine in a managed hotel).
The UK government also announced that arrivals from France to England will no longer need to quarantine if they are fully vaccinated. The step aligns France with the rest of the amber list now that the proportion of beta variant cases has fallen, where those who are fully vaccinated with a vaccine authorised and administered in the UK, the US or Europe do not need to quarantine when arriving in England.
This move also simplifies the system to three categories, as well as the green watch list to give travellers notice where green status is at risk.
To continue cautiously reopening international travel, Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Slovakia, Latvia, Romania and Norway will be added to the government's green list, having demonstrated they posed a low risk to UK public health.
Besides India, Bahrain, Qatar and the UAE will also be moved from the red to the amber list, as the situation in these countries has improved.
The data for all countries will be kept under review and the government will not hesitate to take action where a country's epidemiological picture changes, a statement by the UK government said.
Following an assessment of the latest data, Georgia, La Reunion, Mayotte and Mexico will be added to the red list as they present a high public health risk to the UK from known variants of concern, known high-risk variants under investigation or as a result of very high in-country or territory prevalence of Covid-19.
Arrivals from Spain and all its islands are advised to use a PCR test as their pre-departure test wherever possible, as a precaution against the increased prevalence of the virus and variants in the country.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: "We are committed to opening up international travel safely, taking advantage of the gains we've made through our successful vaccination programme, helping connect families, friends and businesses around the world.
"While we must continue to be cautious, today's changes reopen a range of different holiday destinations across the globe, which is good news for both the sector and travelling public."
Since February, anyone who arrives in the UK from a red list country has been required by law to book a stay in a managed quarantine facility for 10 days.
In order to ensure taxpayers are not subsidising the costs of staying in these facilities, which have gone up, the cost will increase from August 12. Alternative payment arrangements remain available to those who genuinely cannot afford to pay and rates remain the same for children up to 12.(IANS/HP)
A Hindu temple in Pakistan's Punjab province was reportedly vandalized by hundreds of people after a nine-year-old Hindu boy, who allegedly urinated at a local seminary, received bail, a media report said on Thursday.
According to the Dawn news report, the incident took place on Wednesday in Bhong town, about 60 km from Rahim Yar Khan city.
Besides the vandalization, the mob also blocked the Sukkur-Multan Motorway (M-5), the report added.
Citing sources, Dawn news said that a case was registered against the minor on July 24 based on a complaint filed by a cleric, Hafiz Muhammad Ibrahim, of the Darul Uloom Arabia Taleemul Quran.
The sources said that "some Hindu elders did tender an apology to the seminary administration saying the accused was a minor and mentally challenged".
But, when a lower court granted him bail a few days ago, some people incited the public in the town on Wednesday and got all shops there closed in protest, the report quoted the sources as further saying.
A video clip showing people wielding clubs and rods storming the temple and smashing its glass doors, windows, lights, and damaging the ceiling fans went viral on social media.
In response, one Twitter user said: "Ganesh Temple, village Bhong in Rahim Yar Khan, Punjab has been ravaged. Another day, another attack on Hindus in Pakistan."
Another said: "Yesterday, the mob ran amok at Temple over minor boy issue who allegedly urinated, the boy said to be mentally handicapped. Hindu community made an apology for the boy — a case registered against the nine-year-old boy. Those vandalized temples, no FIR registered against them."
District police spokesman Ahmed Nawaz Cheema said Rangers had been deployed in the troubled area and the situation was under control.
A small town close to the River Indus and Sindh-Punjab border, Bhong houses a number of gold traders who originally hail from Ghotki and Dehrki (Sindh), according to the Dawn news report.
A ruling PTI member representing the minority said he had been in touch with the local Hindu community and influential Rais family of Bhong since the issue surfaced.