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A Look Back At The Total War Franchise

The Total War series continues to go strong after nearly 20 years, but it didn't start out as a no-brainer success story. The debut title, Shogun: Total War, was released in 2000 by Creative Assembly, a developer that was not exactly known for its experience with the strategy genre.<p>Prior to …

15 Favorite Interview Questions to Completely Disarm Job Candidates (in a Really Good Way)

We asked readers for their favorite interview questions -- and we weren't disappointed.<p>Maybe your favorite interview question is one of the most common interview questions. Maybe it's one of the most common behavioral interview questions. Or maybe you have a less conventional interview question you …

Employment

Digi-Capital: Game software/hardware could hit $170 billion in 2018, $230 billion by 2022

Video game software and hardware together could be a $165-$170 billion range in 2018 (if mobile outperforms again), and it could reach between $230 and $235 billion by 2022 if strong performance continues. That might make games software/hardware bigger in five years than 150 countries’ individual …

SuperData: Stardew Valley is an indie success with over 3.5 million copies sold

Stardew Valley has reaped what it sowed — that is, 3.5 million copies of the Harvest Moon-like farming simulator. It also boasts an impressive 700,000 monthly active players, according to industry analyst SuperData Research. Solo developer Eric Barone, aka ConcernedApe, partnered with publisher …

Breaking: An Entirely New Type of Quantum Computing Has Been Invented

"It's amazing no one had thought of it before."<p>Australian researchers have designed a new type of qubit - the building block of quantum computers - …

Quantum Computing

Analysis: The Psychology Behind Item Collecting And Achievement Hoarding

[<i>Item-collecting has been a staple of video games for many years. What is it inside gamers' heads that makes us want to accumulate items and chase</i> …

Games aren’t always fair, the magic lies in making you think they are

Behind the scenes with the neuroscience of game design<p>I asked fellow game designers to tell me the hidden tricks and mechanics they use to give players their desired experience. That situation got a bit out of control, in a good way.<p>I apologize to all the players who ended up reading it. We may …

Game Development

A Very Disturbing Video Game Theory That Relates With Horrific Real Crime

Petscop is probably the weirdest and the most disturbing game I have seen. For those of who you don’t know what Petscop is please read this. Petscop …

The Undertale Drama

<i>Undertale</i>’s stigma as a toxic fandom arose after incidents involving harassed YouTubers, pornography, and fans who plastered the internet with …

Siblings

How TreasureHunt found mobile gaming gold with research and optimization

We created a game that our target audience wanted, but was not yet available. Essentially, we found a niche with no competition and big reach potential. Launched last month, and featured on both the Apple and Android App Stores, we’ve reached an over 2 percent click through rate with an overall …

Game Production Cycle

<b>The following blog post, unless otherwise noted, was written by a member of Gamasutra’s community.<br>The thoughts and opinions expressed are those of</b> …

What it costs to run an independent video game store

We break down the numbers and look at the challenges facing local game shops.<p>Since 1985, Joel Riplie has opened 45 video game stores. Calling each Video Game Exchange, he approaches them like a reality show — he finds a location, fixes it up, stocks it with games, gets the business running smoothly …

Designing Artificial Intelligence for Games (Part 1)

Over the course of the last few decades, the gaming industry has seen great strides. Beginning with simple games like Pong* and Pac-Man* which offered players a short escape from reality and growing into such involved games like World of Warcraft* and Call of Duty 4* which are serious hobbies to …

How Dangen Aims to Connect Indies With the Devs That Inspired Them

Introducing the new publisher whose mission is to get more awesome Western indie titles into the hands of Japanese gamers.<p>This year’s BitSummit in …

Are video games addictive like drugs, gambling? Some who've struggled say yes

Adam set his alarm for 3 a.m., when he knew his parents would be fast asleep. He crept downstairs to the family's unfinished basement, and there, undetected in the early morning darkness, the Barrington teen fed his habit — a furtive ritual he repeated several times a day.<p>It wasn't drugs, gambling …

University of Illinois

RiME game review: An unforgettable memorial vacation

Simple puzzles, end-game bummers can't tank this masterful interactive story.<p>I have had one of the most gorgeous Memorial Day weekends that I can …

Time Warner Licenses DC Comics Superheroes To Tencent

Disney (DIS) has wisely monetized its Marvel and Star Wars assets by licensing them to third-party mobile game developers. Likewise, Time Warner …

Truly intelligent enemies could change the face of gaming

L<i>ive, die, repeat</i> -- the tagline for the 2014 science-fiction film <i>Edge of Tomorrow --</i> describes its protagonist, who "respawned" every time he died in the real world. Critics noted that the conceit resembled the cyclical experience of playing a video game, in which dying resets a staged arrangement …

Children and video games: a parent's guide

Pro tips on which games your child should play, how long they should play for, how to limit screen time – and what to do if their friend plays violent games<p>For me, parenting often feels like endlessly having to say no. No, we can’t have Kinder Eggs for breakfast. No, we can’t buy a horse. No, it …

The Secret Ending That Helped Redeem Tactics Ogre: The Knights of Lodis

Not many games get a stinger this good, so it’s a shame so few people remember it.<p>Ask someone about their favorite turn-based tactical role-playing …

classicgamingdlda

Stories in Games Aren't Problems, They're Solutions

Lots of video games have terrible stories, but that's no reason to give up telling them.<p><i>Above:</i> Kentucky Route Zero <i>screenshot courtesy of Cardboard Computer.</i><p>Yesterday, the world of games journalism and criticism blew up in response to an Atlantic article penned by the trickster-gadfly-academic Ian …

Caving

“The world we thought we were building this game for is not the world we are currently in”

One of the most eye-watering statistics to come out of 2016 was related to Steam.<p>According to Steam Spy, some 4,200 games were released on the …

indiegames

12 skills you should start building now if you want to be an entrepreneur

People are fed up with working jobs that leave them underpaid and unfulfilled.<p>Although some entrepreneurs say they were born to build a company, it's never been easier for anyone to learn entrepreneur skills that can propel them into building a successful business.<p>Here is a list of 12 effective …

Why are so many devs employing a retro low-poly mid-1990s aesthetic?

A new sort of "retro" visual style has crept into indie development.<p>The flat 8-bit pixel art revival has been with us for some time now. It's …

The digital apocalypse: how the games industry is rising again

From mid-cycle PlayStation upgrades to episodic entertainment and virtual studios, something big is happening in the way games are bought, made and sold<p>For 30 years the games industry worked in a certain way. People rented offices and set up studios to create games; they employed staff to work …

Gaming Industry

Warren Buffett and 26 Other Successful Leaders Share Their Best Piece of Advice for New Graduates

'Follow your passion' won't always cut it.<p>If clichés like "follow your passion," "give 110%," and "be true to yourself" just aren't cutting it for you, we've got some fresh takes on how to get a head start on your career.<p>From "don't work too hard" to "relax," here's some of the best--and oftentimes …

Self-improvement

America's Only Humor Site

Fanatical floating libertarians and Dark Age-fearing fundamentalists have a surprising amount in common.<p>By Kristi Harrison, Alex Schmidt<br>• /<br>• July 02, 2018<p>…

Stereotypes

Why You Should Avoid Entrepreneurship

It is a ride many people dream about and most wish they had never gotten on.<p><i>This article was written for visionaries and masochists alike.</i><p>During a particularly tough business cycle, I asked my friend and mentor Rick Voirin about whether it was the right time for me to change the direction of one of …

Entrepreneurship

Copenhagen professor gets €2m games research grant

The European Research Council (ERC) has gifted Espen Aarseth, Associate Professor at the IT University of Copenhagen, a €2 million research grant for …