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You can play Alto’s Adventure on your Mac now

Everyone’s favorite endless, serene snowboarding game just made the leap from mobile to the Mac App Store. Available now for $9.99, Alto’s Adventure for Mac is a desktop port of the side-scrolling snowscape game that’s won hearts and accolades since it first hit iOS in 2015.

Earlier this year, the team behind Alto’s Adventure introduced a second game, Alto’s Odyssey, which trades the first game’s snowy terrain for sand and sun while maintaining its charm. If you’ve already spent some time with Alto’s Odyssey, the Mac version of the classic is a good reason to circle back.

The game’s serene setting and blissed out music make Alto’s Adventure eminently replayable, even if you’ve already sunk tens of hours into lengthening your scarf in an infinite procedurally generated snowy world dotted with charming villages, dramatic slopes and many, many things to trip over.

If you’ve yet to dive into Alto’s Adventure, and we really recommend that you do, the Mac version is probably a good starting place. For everyone else, progress in the game syncs across devices through iCloud, so it’s a good excuse to push a little further into one of the most thoughtful, pleasant mobile game experiences to date.

And while you’re hanging out in the Mac App Store, don’t forget to update to Mojave — Apple’s latest desktop operating system is available now.

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Start a career in VR game development with these e-learning bundles

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Want to become a VR developer and make bank? Of course you do.
Want to become a VR developer and make bank? Of course you do.

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Virtual reality gaming is having a moment. It’s either because people are treating it as escapist entertainment, or because immersing yourself in an alternate dimension is just too darn amusing not to get hooked. Whatever the case may be, there’s no better time than now to join in on the VR craze.

Since the industry has started picking up the pace only recently, there might not be a game that suits your taste just yet. Take it as an opportunity to craft your own. The following three e-learning bundles can help you get started.

Unity is one of the only gaming development platforms that won’t intimidate a beginner. In this bundle, you’ll get to acquire the coding and scripting skills to help you build the game of your dreams. You’ll explore the fundamentals of Unity 3D scripting principles, discuss modeling, rigging, animating, and lightmapping techniques, and dive into game dynamics like as movement animation. You’ll even learn how to make your game mobile-ready, so it will run seamlessly on smartphones and tablets.

This five-course package delves deeper into virtual reality and covers everything from creating VR websites and all the VR standard assets, to 360-degree photos, and how to churn gaze-based interactive quizzes. Regardless of your experience, you’ll be on your way to create a VR game from scratch just by taking all the courses. The best part of it all, you learn by doing, and you’ll get to craft a collection of projects to add to your portfolio.

If you want to branch out of VR and absorb all aspects of gaming development, the School of Game Design is the place to start. With the lifetime membership, you’ll gain unlimited access to a vast galaxy of step-by-step training videos. From the absolute basics to performing advanced techniques with Unity3D to the newest advancements in the industry, this website essentially has it all.

YouTube will close YouTube Gaming, move it all to the main site

YouTube Gaming is officially dead.

In a blog post today, YouTube announced that it’s dedicated YouTube Gaming app will soon cease to exist. The app will officially be retired In March 2019. 

But, don’t be mistaken. The shutdown of the YouTube Gaming app has more to do with the inability of the dedicated outlet to take off than anything concerning the success of video game livestreaming on YouTube. 

On the contrary, according to YouTube’s Global Head of Gaming, Ryan Wyatt, gaming is bigger than ever on YouTube. “50 billion hours of Gaming content watched on YouTube in the last 12 months and 200M daily logged-in users watch Gaming every single day on YouTube,” Wyatt said in a tweet.

Which is why it’s all not bad news. YouTube Gaming will live on as part of the main YouTube platform.

Back in 2014, Amazon spent nearly $1 billion on Twitch, the video game livestreaming platform. This move spurred YouTube to give gaming videos a harder look. This resulted in YouTube’s release of a separate YouTube Gaming app in 2015. Unfortunately, if anything, the dedicated app just made choosing between watching gaming content on there versus YouTube in general more confusing. 

YouTube Gaming will now live on the main site at “youtube.com/gaming.” It will also be featured on the left hand sidebar along with other sections of the website such as Trending and YouTube Premium. 

The Gaming page for YouTube, which is now live, features top livestreams, top videos, as well as the top games currently being livestreamed on the platform. The new YouTube Gaming section will also put a spotlight on new, rising creators every week in an effort to help the community grow. The first recommended gamer, called Gaming Creator on the Rise, has also already been unveiled with Erin Plays taking the first spot. Currently, YouTubers from the United States with over 1,000 subscribers are eligible.

The The YouTube Gaming app was often a testing ground for features, like Super Chat where users can pay to highlight their comment in the live chat feed, that later crossed over to the main YouTube platform. As YouTube points out on Twitter, there are a few YouTube Gaming features and settings, like Channel Memberships that are live on certain channels on the app but not on the main site, that still need to be ported over — hence the app lives until March of next year.

YouTube is clearly still struggling a bit to find its direction with one of the most popular categories on its site. YouTube may be the premiere online video destination for nearly every other niche, but they have extremely popular competitor out there in Twitch that specifically caters to gamers. YouTube needs to give gamers a reason to keep coming to them. While the reaction online to the changes seem to be mixed, it looks as if YouTube is taking the right steps to stay in the game.

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Nintendo is offering an exclusive Fortnite bundle with the Switch

Fortnite has taken the world by storm. In fact, the game is so popular that Epic has released versions for PC, Xbox, PS4, iOS, Android and the Nintendo Switch, making the game about as accessible as possible.

The popularity of the game stems from the general popularity of the Battle Royale genre and popular streamers like Ninja, who have made the game so much fun to watch. But it also comes from the fun, and often fleeting, skins, dances and pick axes the game offers in its Item Shop.

On October 5th, folks interested in the Switch can pick up some extra Fortnite swag.

Nintendo is releasing a bundle that will include an exclusive Fortnite skin, glider and pick-axe, as well as an extra 1,000 V-Bucks. To be clear, 1,000 V-bucks is the equivalent of $10 and won’t get you much from the Item Shop.

Plus, as pointed out by the Verge, Nintendo has offered several different bundles which would allow customers to pick up a Switch for $329 alongside one of a few games. In most cases, those games cost money, whereas Fortnite is a free to play game.

But the Nintendo Switch bundle is the only way to get your hands on the Switch gear that comes with it.

This isn’t the first time that Epic has given out exclusive gear to players using different hardware or services. There is an exclusive Twitch Prime skin, a Sony PS4 skin, and even a skin for Galaxy Note 9 owners.

The Bundle is available for $329 on October 5.