Drops brings viewers closer to games by rewarding them for viewing. It allows you to create an ecosystem that extends outside the game and enriches the experience when viewers return. This code sample is a simple PHP application illustrating how to authenticate players, create connections to VHS, and process VHS heartbeats. Twitch will POST the Viewer Heartbeat Service JSON formatted data to your designated HTTPS endpoint every minute, on each reported channel. The Twitch API allows you to develop your own applications using a rich feature set and provides a way to get data about which streams are live, change information about specific channels, and use Twitch Identity to log into your application. Twitch is a video platform and community for gamers and developers that want to learn how to build tools and integrations for social video platforms.
It's just about two months until the next U.S. Presidential election. And regardless of who you plan to vote for, you probably have an opinion about which candidate you think will win. The new mash-up web site VoteNight gives you an opportunity to share your predictions with the slick use of the Google Maps API.
Often we like to highlight mashups that offer useful features such as searching for a new house, planning a vacation or saving on energy costs. Sometimes though, it's nice to use a mashup for no other reason than it is fun. Today we'll look at several gaming mashups that allow users to take a quiz, conduct a treasure hunt and even modify Minecraft.
If space-squads, emperors, dungeon-masters, planets, starships and space wars are your thing, you've probably heard of VGA Planets. It's a popular play by email, space strategy game created in 1991, and Planets Nu is the online browser based version launched in 2011. Planets Nu now provides the Planets Nu API, which is good news for developers who want to programmatically access the game's functionality.