BlizzCon 2021 Online Dates Announced

Blizzard Entertainment has announced the official dates for the BlizzCon 2021 Online event. Sadly, none of the juicy stuff was added to the revealed schedule. Only the special community events. All we can do is guess: Diablo 4? Overwatch 2? World of Warcraft Classic: What’s Next? Diablo Immortal?

We won’t know until Blizzard decides to share a more comprehensive schedule.

Google Android Developers helped optimize Diablo Immortal for Android 11 devices

Yesterday, the Google Android Developers blog posted an update on their latest Android GPU Inspector tool that entered Open Beta. This graphics profiler tool is available to game studios developing for the Android platform.

The Android GPU Inspector (AGI) tool finds graphic bottlenecks to help fine tune and optimize the game’s performance.

The AGI tool closed preview was available only to a few game developers — including Blizzard Entertainment and NetEase — and compatible with Pixel 4, Pixel 4XL, Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy S10 running Android 11.

Apple Event 2020 Transcript: New iPad (A12) and iPad Air (A14)

Apple threw the sink out of the window announcing the new iPad with an A12 bionic chip for only $329 and the iPad Air with an A14 bionic chip. Both with Retina Display; and neural engine on the cheapest iPad for the first time.

If you have no mobile device, and you are interested in playing Diablo Immortal and don’t want the hassle of paying over $800 for a phone — the new iPad with the A12 bionic chip for $329 might be your very best decision.

Not only can you use the tablet for playing Diablo Immortal, but it has a plethora of productivity apps at the reach of your fingertip which you can also use on-the-go, at the office, or school. The A12 bionic chip is in the flagship iPad Pro tablet, now available to the cheapest new generation iPad.

You can read a partial Apple Event transcript (focused on iPad, iPad Air, and iOS14) after the break.

How to stream gameplay video and audio from Android to Youtube/Twitch?

In preparation for Diablo Immortal, and of course, to record Raziel: Dungeon Arena Beta I stumbled straight into a wall.

My original idea was to search for an Android app able to mirror the smartphone’s screen and audio from Android to PC.

I installed several alternatives from Google Play, and some suggested through sites I found in Google and YouTube. All of them failed miserably.

All apps I tried mirror the screen, but no audio.

Defeated, then I went for the next possible alternative. After all, the only reason I wanted to mirror video and audio from Android to PC was to make the app fullscreen on my PC monitor to record the video using OBS Studio (Windows 10, 64-bit).

Samuel Alicea Demo Reel 2020: Diablo 4 and Diablo Immortal

Redditor ArcTriumvirate posted sighting of a Demo Reel by Samuel Alicea (senior texture and lookdev artist at Blizzard Entertainment).

Very good find considering this is the first time Samuel Alicea shares his work online, and he promises to share more characters in the future:

This is a compilation of my work in recent years. I have a lot more to upload and I’ll be doing some breakdowns and turntables on separate posts for the different characters. There’s a lot of them! I specialize on both Texture Painting and Look Development. This is also the first time I post any of my work online, ever!

Samuel Alicea

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