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Nov 18

Hack-a-thon 12 Showcase

By Samantha Toews

Agora Games recently held its 12th Hack-a-thon, Thursday, November 7th – Friday, November 8th, a 24 hour period in which employees may work on anything they want so long as it relates to Agora. Internet issues within our region slowed progress throughout the day, but the team managed to deliver some great projects.

We are attempting to better document Hack-a-thon projects with audio and video. The following showcase is our first endeavor. Video quality is not wonderful, but the audio is worth a listen. We will have our technical kinks worked out by Hack-a-thon 13.

Torus Dashboard

Andrew, Aaron, and Vitaly built a dashboard to graph data in Torus. Additionally, Aaron released version 0.8.0 of kairos with support for Cassandra, available here, and wrote a lot of new documentation. He then integrated that with torus.

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Hydra Studio Tutorial

Steve built our first Hydra Studio async tutorial, available here. This tutorial will assist in guiding users through the process of building their very first asynchronous multiplayer game.

Leaderboard Statistics

Jack worked on adding leaderboard percentile information to our Hydra leaderboard listings.

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FP Maze

David Czarnecki began work on “The Maze Game”. It procedurally generates mazes of varying difficulty and you win by making your way to the maze’s exit.

Automate SDK Release

David Andrade wrote a simple gradle script to automatically package and release any of the Hydra SDK’s. It will generate the appropriate archives, update the CHANGELOGs, and upload any files to our site.

Word Game

Brad continued work on his Hydra Studio integrated word game. The real word, async game tracks games played and scores.

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Nov 15

Game Face

By David Czarnecki

“Game Face” will be our weekly round-up of our internal and external open source work here at Agora Games. Internal open source refers to our public projects that you can find over at our Agora Games GitHub account. External open source work refers to projects that we contribute to in off-hours and may or may not have anything to do with video games because we’re swell folks like that. Pretty simple right? Here goes…

leaderboard

leaderboard allows you to build leaderboards using Redis. The leaderboard (Ruby), leaderboard-python and leaderboard-coffeescript libraries all saw updates this week. In leaderboard 3.4.0, we added a method to be able to calculate the score for a given percentile value in the leaderboard. This same functionality was ported to leaderboard-python 2.6.0 and leaderboard-coffeescript 1.4.0.

Contributor(s): Jack Letourneau (GitHub, Twitter)

Nov 12

2013 Rensselaer Game Showcase

By Samantha Toews

Agora recently participated in the 2013 Rensselaer Game Showcase. The event, hosted annually by RPI’s Game Dev Club, provides an opportunity for both students and local hobbyists to display their games and network, while raising funds for The Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center.

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In order to raise funds, attendees were encouraged to purchase an XP card and gain achievements by completing a task determined by exhibitors. Achievements could then be redeemed for reduced rates on snacks and games.

Agora featured two of our most recent Hydra Pro integrated releases, Injustice: Gods Among Us and Saints Row IV. We offered two opportunities for achievements: complete one match of Injustice and search for a character on the Saints Row community webpage. Character searches included Mark Twain, Minion, Nicolas Cage, Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, and Mario, among others.

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Nov 8

Game Face

By David Czarnecki

“Game Face” will be our weekly round-up of our internal and external open source work here at Agora Games. Internal open source refers to our public projects that you can find over at our Agora Games GitHub account. External open source work refers to projects that we contribute to in off-hours and may or may not have anything to do with video games because we’re swell folks like that. Pretty simple right? Here goes…

kairos

Kairos provides time series storage using Redis, Mongo or SQL backends. Kairos is intended to replace RRD and Whisper in situations where the scale and flexibility of other data stores is required. Add Cassandra support to the list of backends supported with the 0.8.0 release. We also added limits when querying properties of a SQL stat, changed behavior of sets to include storage of all datapoints, positive or negative and added a table name option to SQL stores.

Contributor(s): Aaron Westendorf (GitHub, Twitter)

 

Nov 8

Hydra Milestone

By Samantha Toews

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Agora Games is proud to announce that Hydra has reached a major milestone and is now supporting over 100,000,000 profiles. So from all us, to our clients and everyone who has played a Hydra integrated game, thanks!

Nov 4

Kids of Agora - Halloween 2013

By Samantha Toews

For your viewing pleasure, the Kids of Agora in their Halloween costumes.

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You’re welcome!

Nov 1

Game Face

By David Czarnecki

“Game Face” will be our weekly round-up of our internal and external open source work here at Agora Games. Internal open source refers to our public projects that you can find over at our Agora Games GitHub account. External open source work refers to projects that we contribute to in off-hours and may or may not have anything to do with video games because we’re swell folks like that. Pretty simple right? Here goes…

chai

chai provides a very easy to use api for mocking/stubbing your python objects, patterned after the Mocha library for Ruby. As of version 0.4.5, we fixed some issues related to packaging and test running.

Contributor(s): Pierre-Yves Chibon (GitHub)

kairos

Kairos provides time series storage using Redis, Mongo or SQL backends. Kairos is intended to replace RRD and Whisper in situations where the scale and flexibility of other data stores is required. With version 0.7.1, we added configuration options for columns in SQL stores as well as adding a Timeseries.delete_all() to delete all stats in a timeseries.

Contributor(s): Aaron Westendorf (GitHub, Twitter)

Oct 31

GitHub Game Off II

By Samantha Toews

Agora’s David Czarnecki has been invited, for a second year, to judge GitHub’s Game Off. The web-based game challenge kicks off in November and is loosely based on the theme “change”. Participants are encouraged to use open source libraries, frameworks, graphics, and sounds in their game. Last year, David and his colleague of judges played and rated almost 200 games.

Below is a selection of GitHub’s 2012 Game Off winners. All winning, runner up and honorable mention entries are available to play on GitHub.

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Help Hotfix collect stargazers and avoid enemies. Collect commits to upgrade hotfix and add new features.

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Rock Kickass is a shoot’em up platformer about an android who can merge the code of the enemies he kills to gain their powers.

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An addictive game where you guide little Pappu around obstacles while collecting coins, stars, and berries and avoiding enemies known as Pakias.

Oct 29

Hydra Marble Maze

By Samantha Toews

Hydra Marble Maze, a Hydra Studio supported version of Window’s stock SDK Marble Maze game, is now available for download on the Windows Store.

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The modified game for Windows was made available by our team following the release of Agora’s first iteration of a low-level C++ SDK, available for download on our Hydra Dashboard Downloads page. Features include Hydra Profile Data, Hydra Leaderboards, and the ability to sign-in via Windows Live.

Global Leaderboard

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High Scores

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Oct 25

Agora's Steven Flenory Speaks at RPI

By Samantha Toews

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Steven Flenory, Studio Director at Agora Games, was recently invited to speak at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Steve provided the group of mostly freshman with an overview of the company, Agora’s beginnings and how we got where we are today. By speaking to such groups, Agora hopes to provide firsthand knowledge of the technology and gaming industry, while inspiring young, budding developers and entrepreneurs.

Agora Games was founded in 2005, born from the Incubation Program at RPI. The nation’s first such program, wholly sponsored and operated by a university, is open to all start-up enterprises with a technology-based product or service.

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