Open gaming roundup for August 30 - September 5, 2015

For gamers, a new digital currency; For developers, a new SDK; and more open gaming news

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Hello, open gaming fans! In this week's edition, we take a look at Amazon's new open source SDK for game developers, GameCredits' new open source digital currency for games, and more.

Open gaming roundup for August 30 - September 5, 2015

Amazon SDK for game developers

Jordan Novet writes for VentureBeat writes that a open source software development kit (SDK), based on C++, from Amazon "makes it easier for more developers and game studios to start building code with hooks into Amazon Web Services infrastructure." Find it on GitHub.

"This SDK has been specifically designed with game developers in mind," writes Amazon engineer Jonathan Henson in a blog post.

Digital currency for gamers and game developers

Bitcoin magazine has news on the first free open source gaming currency, made by gamers for gamers and game developers. It's called GameCredits, with its own altcoin called GMC. This new cryptographic payments platform will be integrated into three video games, with TurboCharged being the first.

Vulkan against OpenGL benchmark on Intel

Gaming on Linux shared an interesting video from Intel of a demo comparing Vulkan and OpenGL. Vulkan clearly wins when it comes to CPU load and frames per second; and it looks promising for future gaming performance.

Pick of the week: 10 open source alternatives to Minecraft

Opensource.com staffer Jason Baker took at look this week at 10 open source alternatives for Minecraft. Jason said, "countless Minecraft tinkerers would love to be able to get under the hood and play around with the source code," but the source code for the original Minecraft is not available. In this article, he reviewed alternatives that license their code as open source, like Minetest, Terasology, and TrueCraft.

If you're a Minecraft fan and want to go beyond modding, check out the full article.

New games out for Linux

Renowned Explorers: International Society

Renowned Explorers: International Society, also available on Linux, is a strategy adventure game set in the 19th century. Its developers are also running a contest, with full details on Steam.

Take command of a hand-picked group of diverse explorers and travel across the globe in search of legendary treasures while staying ahead of your rivals. Earn prestige in the Renowned Explorers International Society and become the world's most Renowned Explorer!

Satellite Reign

Linux Game News covers the release of Satellite Reign by 5 Live Studios.

Satellite Reign is a real-time, class-based strategy game, set in an open-world cyberpunk city. You command a group of 4 agents through rain-soaked, neon-lit streets, where the law is the will of mega-corporations.

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