Discord Launched a Game Store
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by Nils Arenz
2 hours ago

@Tristan: I studied computergrafics for 5 years. I'm making 3D art now since about half a year fulltime, but I had some experience before that. Its hard to focus on one thing, it took me half a year to understand most of the vegetation creation pipelines. For speeding up your workflow maybe spend a bit time with the megascans library. Making 3D vegetation starts from going outside for photoscanns to profiling your assets. Start with one thing and master this. @Maxime: The difference between my technique and Z-passing on distant objects is quiet the same. (- the higher vertex count) I would start using this at about 10-15m+. In this inner radius you are using (mostly high) cascaded shadows, the less the shader complexety in this areas, the less the shader instructions. When I started this project, the polycount was a bit to high. Now I found the best balance between a "lowpoly" mesh and the less possible overdraw. The conclusion of this technique is easily using a slightly higher vertex count on the mesh for reducing the quad overdraw and shader complexity. In matters visual quality a "high poly" plant will allways look better than a blade of grass on a plane.

by Anthony Thomas Gaines
6 hours ago

Is this not like gear VR or anything else

by Starkemis
7 hours ago

Thank you!

Discord Launched a Game Store
9 August, 2018

The initial lineup includes Dead Cells, Frostpunk, Hollow Knight, The Banner Saga 3 and many other indie titles. What do you think is going to happen to Steam?

Discord and Steam are apparently not big friends anymore. A few weeks ago Steam launched its own chat system. This week Discord launched the beta of its own store, which is going to sell a lot of video games. So far this product is limited to a small slice of its user base: 50,000 users from Canada.

Discord explains, that this will be a more “curated” platform, offering a smaller number of games (for now). This will definitely give a better visibility to the developers. So far you can purchase the following games through Discord:

  • Dead Cells
  • Frostpunk
  • Omensight
  • Into the Breach
  • SpellForce 3
  • The Banner Saga 3
  • Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire
  • Hollow Knight
  • Moonlighter
  • This is the Police 2
  • Starbound

Discord will also be getting temporary exclusive deals, which will be available on the platform for the first 9- days or so. The company is also enriching the feature list of Discord Nitro. Now for $5 per month, you’ll get access to a bunch of cool games, including Saints Row: The Third, Metro: Last Light Redux, Darksiders, De Blob, Tormentor X, Kingdom: New Lands, System Shock Enhanced Edition, Super Meat Boy.

Discord is making itself a launcher, so you’ll be able to launch games directly from the launcher.

Why is this important? Well, we still have to wait and see, but it does look like you’ll be able to sell your games on Discord, and if you’ve got a really good game it never hurts to show it to 150 million Discord users. Just saying. What do you think is going to happen? Will it eat Steam? Will Steam eat Discord? 

Here’s the official blog post about the new store from Discord team. 

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