Google’s Game Builder Lets You Create Your Own Game With No Coding Experience

Google’s Game Builder is one of the most successful tools to come out of the low- and no-code trend in the past year. Although it has been available on Steam since November 2018, it was only officially publicized by Google last June, following a huge malware attack via the Play Store the previous month.

The drag-and-drop Game Builder is exactly what it sounds like, as it lets users drag items to populate an empty sandbox world and create their own games. It’s one of the few projects to come out of Google’s secretive Area 120, which is an experimental project that the company is pursuing. Harry Mccracken’s discussion on Area 120 on Fast Company explains that the incubator-like space is a place where developers can work on their passions full-time, resulting in innovative software like the job-seekers’ Kormo and educational coding app Grasshopper. Game Builder is so far one of the most popular releases from Area 120, garnering positive reviews in and out of Steam.

How it Works

Google takes Minecraft’s UI one step further by giving users the option to make their characters and scenery interact. Making these interactions possible would usually require advanced knowledge in coding, but are conveniently translated into a card-based drag-and-drop interface on Game Builder. This means that you can choose an action on a panel and drag it to a character you’ve built, which is then instantly ‘programmed’ to perform this action.

The tool also allows for a unique co-op mode, where you can play and live-create games with friends. These games can be shared with others who can either edit or play them, even while you’re still building the game!

Advanced Features

Game Builder features more advanced options for those with coding skills, as well. Its JavaScript editor lets you type in code that is automatically brought to life in the sandbox world — a great way to see your coding in action or to simply practice your JavaScript and HTML skills.

This is the only part of Game Builder that is exclusive to those who know how to code, and is a great addition to an already rich and exciting tool. Those who don’t have skills in this area may feel like they’re missing out, but thankfully, there’s a myriad of resources available online that you can use to get a surface understanding of coding. Case in point, Next Edge Coding’s game development course, which is just one of the many specialized courses hosted on Udemy that provide a crash course on the various components of JavaScript and HTML that are required to build games from scratch. Having just a basic understanding of these components will make it more enjoyable to use Game Builder’s more advanced features, which will allow you to experiment on a whole new level and improve your skills in the process.

The final advanced feature on Game Builder is that you can choose and manipulate 3D models from Google Poly to give your game a more professional feel. You can populate your game with characters like unicorns, spaceships, or cacti — the options are limitless. Combined with JavaScript and HTML coding, you could end up creating a realistic world filled with handpicked models that act exactly how you want them to.

All in all, Game Builder is a fun tool to play around with, whether you’re already into building games or just want to try it out. To top it all off, Game Builder is absolutely free for Windows and Mac via Steam.

Nintendo Releases Switch V2 – Things Will Be Different

We still have one more month to go before the release of the Nintendo Switch Lite. Until then, we, fortunately, have another Nintendo device to focus our attention on. The Nintendo Switch V2 version is a new dockable model of the highly-popular device that took on the video gaming market lately.

The new piece of hardware has already made its way into stores without much advertising. People even began giving up their original Switch for the new model.

The two devices are not widely different. The only major improvement that the V2 model brings is that it offers a longer battery life. The Nintendo Switch V2 features new processors, and it promises a battery life of 4.5 to 9 hours, compared to the original model that only offered 2.5 to 6.5 hours of playing.

Of course, tech enthusiasts already took it upon themselves to test out the improved battery of the new Switch version. A test ran on both the V1 and V2 version, made by playing YouTube videos with the screen brightness set to 100%, showed the real results. As it turns out, the original version of the Nintendo Switch lasts for 3 hours and 30 minutes, while the newer version lasted for 4 hours and 55 minutes. Therefore, there is no denying that improvement is visible.

However, is this improvement worth trading your current Switch for a new one? Keep in mind that you would have to transfer all of your saved game files from a system to the other. Nintendo does not help this process, as the data from your original Switch is automatically erased during the transfer.

Nintendo will swap out your original Switch purchased recently (after July 17) for a brand new Switch V2 if you contact them. The new model comes in a box with a red background.

Witcher 4 Might Come Sooner Than Expected

Witcher 3 is developed by one of the most appreciated companies in the industry, CD Projekt. Currently, the company is working on Cyberpunk 2077, but most fans are still hung up on the Witcher series.

We already know that Witcher 4 will be released sometime in the future, but people are eager to find out the exact release date as soon as possible. And most of them believe it’s coming sooner than we might expect.

Here are 5 reasons why Witcher 4 will be released surprisingly fast:

  1. Endless Possibilities

The game series continues the story of the books written by Andrzei Sapkowski, meaning that the storyline is semi-original. A brand new Witcher sequel featuring an original storyline would be phenomenal, and fans don’t dismiss the possibility of this idea becoming true with the 4th title in the series.

  1. The Netflix Show

Netflix will soon release a Witcher show that proves to have a huge potential. This could bring a ton of popularity to the franchise. The show will be released towards the end of the year, so keep an eye out for the next big from Netflix.

  1. The Characters

The characters are the essence of the Witcher series, offering a wide range of possibilities to continue their stories. The developers could take a smaller character and base the plot of Witcher 4 around them, which would be extremely interesting to see.

  1. Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077 is one of the most awaited upcoming video games. This game could raise the popularity of CD Projekt RED even more, especially since Keanu Reeves embodies one of the main characters of the game.

  1. CD Projekt Red

CD Projekt RED is one of the most popular video game developing companies of the moment. The company might profit off their popularity to release the next Witcher title.

Google Play Store Alert As Disturbing Disk Unveiled

A warning for the Android users has been released, causing them huge trouble. Some security reports appeared to show that the so-used app could be an actual threat.

Recent Android reports made users to question the system’s effectiveness. Many of them received odd and alarming alert messages, in which the system informed them by a possible threat. It appears that the Google Play Store generated such alerts. Android experts came in our help with further details and explanations.

Reports indicated how an incredible number of 6 Android apps, which users preferred downloading them, are full of a malware called PreAMo. Now, another 50 malware apps were recently found to have infected over 30 million Android devices. Users out there seem unsure anymore and the fact that they have to suffer so much from this, give them a wicked feeling of discomfort and unsafe. And the fact that they receive more and more alert messages make them not to understand anymore how a severe company like this, could ever put them in such a situation.

The team os security specialists explained how this rogue spyware app was identified on the Google Play Store, secondly this month. This troubling thing is based on an open-source which has an espionage provenience, name AhMyth and is very covered in a complete running app that streams music. What’s more unfortunate is that this spyware used Android users’ details. The threat was part of an app playing Balochi music but is believed that the spying skills were coming from another app.

Google decided to eliminate the app from the Play Store, immediately, even if the attachers put it back on the market. Lukas Stefanko, ESET malware specialist, stated that this threat functionality in AhMyth is not covered, secured or obscured. He further added that the music app must be put in the AhMyth malicious category.

Try Sling TV Free for 7 Days

If you are planning to cut the cable or satellite TV, then you could opt for a good version of a streaming service. If the TV bills are getting too high, then maybe trying the services the Internet has to offer can be an essential step for you. We are going to explain what Sling TV Free Trial is and how to use it for seven days. Take note that with Sling TV, you will not feel the absence of content. The streaming service has a lot of channels to keep you busy in the long term.

Sling TV

You could think about Sling TV in the same way you see Netflix, Amazon, or Hulu. It is an OTT service that is providing you all your favorite channels live on the Internet instead. Of course, Sling TV is not the only streaming service online. If it’s not your cup of tea, you can also choose between DirectTV Now, Playstation Vue, Hulu, Showbox, Youtube Tv, and many more.

What You Have to Do for Accessing Sling TV?

The first thing to do is to sign-up on the platform, download the application, and you can enjoy it for free in a 7-Days trial. You must create an account on Sling.com by using your Email Address and a password for creating your account. As the following step, you will have to choose a plan from the list of channels. You can choose between Sling Orange, Sling Blue, or both of them in a pack.

Finally, at this plan, you can add more channels than you have. After going through the list and added the channels, go on to the next step. The final step requires entering all your Credit or Debiting card information. In this 7-Day free period you will not be charged, so don’t worry. But if you don’t want to continue with the account, you better delete the information before the trial expires.