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'Absolver' shakes up everything you know about fighting games

There are two main things to know about <i>Absolver</i>: it's visually gorgeous, and its combat will ask more of you than most other games would dare.<p>It’s …

10 amazing games you may have missed this year

2016 was a great year for big games. There were fantastic sequels like <i>Uncharted 4</i> and <i>Final Fantasy XV</i>, long-awaited adventures like <i>The Witness</i> and <i>The Last Guardian</i>, along with fantastic indie gems like <i>Firewatch</i> and <i>Inside</i>. But amidst all of the big names, the year was also filled with many smaller, …

The games of 2017

Polygon picks 50 games to look out for over the next 12 months<p>Here's a selection of 50 games that are announced to be released at some point in 2017. Covering consoles and PC, it comprises only about a third of the games that we know of.<p>They include major sequels as well as small projects, …

From Overwatch to Firewatch: the best video games of 2016 - chosen by developers

We asked 50 game makers what they thought was the best game of 2016. Here are their often surprising responses<p>It may have been a difficult year for the wider world, but 2016 did at least see a lot of excellent video games, from the glossy action movie thrills of Uncharted 4 to the agenda-setting …

Action Movies

The state of split-screen gaming, fall 2016

Ready player two?<p>You remember playing games with friends on the same couch, right? <i>Goldeneye</i> on the Nintendo 64. <i>Modern Warfare</i> on the Xbox 360. While today’s online multiplayer experience is better than ever — with thrilling battles, complex raids, and cooperative missions — playing with friends in …

Call of Duty

AAA game dev lifestyle is 'unwinnable,' says veteran game designer Amy Hennig

Amy Hennig knows more about triple-A development than most, having steered the <i>Uncharted</i> ship for so long as the series' creative director and head …

7 games with entertaining fail states that every dev should study

Winning is great. Losing stinks.<p>Still, losing doesn't have to be a negative part of the game's experience. Of course, trial and error and learning …

The realities of being a game designer in a big studio like BioWare

James Ohlen has been in the game industry for a while now – 20 years just at BioWare. Today, he’s design director of the EA-owned developer, looking …

Heads up, devs: Here's the list of this year's IndieCade finalists

We're well into September, and that means the kids are back in school, the nights are getting longer -- and IndieCade is gearing up for its annual …

The 10 VR Commandments: the rules every virtual reality gamer should follow

In the beginning, there was Pong. And while we've not yet reached the seventh day of videogame creativity, the coming of virtual reality headsets …

Virtual Reality

GameDev Protips: How To Break Into The Game Development Industry As A Newcomer

Start building right away as soon as you have you first idea. When you have chosen your idea, it is best to get started right away. Don’t wait. …

Captain Sonar is the 8-player party game that blew up at Gen Con

Crowds mobbed the game’s debut in Indianapolis<p>Tensions were at their highest when the enemy sub had us cornered along the edge of the map. I wiped the sweat from my brow and stared at the engineer’s console in front of me, desperate for a way to maneuver out of this mess. The captain wanted to head …

Board Games

Should You Quit Your Job To Go Make Video Games?

Your boss just pulled you into another surprise meeting. You’ve got a case of the Mondays. And your raise got rejected. Why not leave it all behind …

These Imagine Cup competitors turned their project into a published Xbox One title | On MSFT

In January 2013, three students of Perm National Research Polytechnic University founded Brainy Studios. A year later, they won first place in the …

Building a UX Team

<i>Originally published in</i> <i>The UX Newsletter</i> <i>on Feb 10, 2014.</i><p>User experience is such a nebulous term. It’s a container that can hold almost any …

UX Design

6 assumptions that will kill your mobile app design

User interactions have evolved so rapidly during the last few years that designers can barely keep up—making it tempting to use interaction design techniques from other media (or even legacy app design) when we build mobile applications.<p>In reality, it’s important to remember that our interaction …

9 Promising Games You Missed at E3 This Year

E3 is always a showing of the biggest and best things to look forward to in gaming. It’s a chance for everyone to puff out their chests and peacock …

Indie Gaming

30 great PC gaming sound effects

Sound designers are the unsung heroes of game development. We enthusiastically discuss visuals, music, and game design, but we don't often celebrate …

Weird and wonderful Xbox controller designs from 1999, the year of mutant hands

If you thought the original Xbox’s enormous controller was unwieldy, take a look at these.<p>Xbox founding father Seamus Blackley has shared a series of …

Xbox

The 10 best independent games at E3 2016

Every June, the game industry descends upon Los Angeles to see the best that gaming has to offer at E3. Even though the triple-A studios have the …

A Quick Guide to Getting Started with User Experience Design

The better it is, the less people notice it.<p>That’s the paradox of user experience design. If you make a website or app with a good user experience …

UX Design

I Want to Push a Crappy Game Through Steam Greenlight; What Should I Do?