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Study: Why anonymity makes players cheat, but can still be a good thing

Anonymity, long thought to be one of the reasons people misbehave in online games and online in general, may actually be a powerful tool for correcting bad behavior, according to researchers in Singapore.<p>In a recently published study into the effects of player anonymity on cheating in online games, …

Oregon youth game design camp returns

Following a successful launch in the summer, Pixel Arts, a non-profit organization based in Portland, Ore. is planning a winter game design youth camp at the end of the year.<p>The four-day course features hands-on workshops to create tabletop and video games. Attendants will be building game worlds …

Civ 5 mod creates D&D world of Faerun

A new <i>Civilization 5</i> mod has been launched set in Faerun, a fictional continent in the <i>Dungeons & Dragons</i> world of <i>Forgotten Realms</i>.<p>Built by modder framedarchitecture, the mod offers 25 civilizations based on Faerun's races including Humans, Elves, Orcs and Dwarves. Policies have been replaced with …

PS4 PlayStation App coming to Vita with next firmware update

The PlayStation 4 app that will link the PlayStation Vita to Sony's next-gen console will be added to the handheld with its next firmware update, according to a tweet from Sony Worldwide Studios' president Shuhei Yoshida.<p>In response to a question on Twitter about the PlayStation app — which was …

Kickstarter might not be so good for consumers

This post has not been edited by the GamesBeat staff. Opinions by GamesBeat community writers do not necessarily reflect those of the staff.<p>The success of Double Fine Adventure’s Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign in 2012 changed the gaming industry overnight. All of a sudden, developers had a …

AAA devs get back to making games, not products

"It was not the way I envisioned creating video games," says Simon Darveau. He'd been with Ubisoft for half a decade, where he worked as a game …

City of Titans Kickstarter launches for City of Heroes successor

Missing Worlds Media launched a Kickstarter campaign for <i>City of Titans</i> today, a successor to the defunct massively multiplayer online role-playing game <i>City of Heroes</i>.<p><i>City of Heroes</i> developer Paragon Studios shuttered last year, ending the superhero-infused MMORPG. A group of programmer-players …

Ryse's PvP scrapped in favor of Gladiator: Blood-Brothers co-op mode

Xbox One launch title <i>Ryse: Son of Rome</i> included a PvP mode before it was scrapped in favour of the Gladiator: Blood-Brothers cooperative mode.<p>"We jumped on the gladiator two-player co-op mode set in the colosseum," Crytek producer Mike Read told Polygon. "We tried the whole PvP thing but it really …

EA: Console evolution after Xbox One, PS4 won't be hardware based

With the release of Xbox One and PlayStation 4 later this year we will begin to see a change in philosophy around the development of both hardware and software — one that will affect how Gen 5 platforms will form in the years to come, EA's chief creative director Rich Hilleman said during …

Activision seeks to 'do the right thing' for players, says Hirshberg

Amidst criticisms of Activision being a Call of Duty machine or a "heartless" corporation, the company is striving to "do the right thing" for its players by honing in on and developing strong franchises, Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg told Edge Online in a recent interview.<p>"Look, this is …

Divinity: Original Sin delayed, now launching Feb. 28, 2014

<i>Divinity: Original Sin</i>, Larian Studios' Kickstarted prequel to <i>Divine Divinity</i>, is now scheduled to be released at the end of February 2014 instead of its original planned launch window of fall 2013, the studio announced today.<p>Larian's Kickstarter campaign, which ended this past April, pulled in 236 …

Why gamers hate free-to-play, and how developers can work around it (interview)

The game’s got old-school <i>Dungeons & Dragons</i> trappings, turn-based tactical-strategy gameplay, and treasures (and rare loot) to find. And you don’t need to pay a dime for it.<p>What else does a developer have to do to win gamers over? Perhaps charge people $60 to play? No, seriously.<p>Independent …

PlayStation 4 exclusive Deep Down to be free-to-play

Capcom has announced at Tokyo Game Show 2013 that its upcoming PlayStation 4 exclusive Deep Down will be free-to-play.<p>The news comes from a tweet sent out by Sony's president of worldwide studios Shuhei Yoshida. The Sony executive also mentioned that Capcom's fantasy role-playing game is scheduled …

Capcom details Dead Rising 3 co-op

Microsoft and Capcom Vancouver have released new details about the online co-op mode for the Xbox One launch title Dead Rising 3.<p>In the online mode, players can jump in or out of a friend's game at any time. All progression and experience points achieved in a friend's game will carry back to their …

Diablo 3 review: angels and demons

Diablo 3 arrives after 11 years, and brings Heaven and Hell with it.<p><i>Diablo 3</i> is the first game to render Diablo 2 obsolete.<p>With <i>Diablo 2</i> and its 2001 expansion, <i>Lord of Destruction</i>, Blizzard set a standard for loot-based action RPGs that everyone else struggled to meet. There were better looking …

Microsoft's Siri competitor to be called Cortana - Report

Microsoft is currently developing Siri-like virtual assistant technology under the name Cortana, GameSpot sister site ZDNet reports. The technology will be able to learn and adapt using "machine-learning technology" and the "Satori" knowledge base that powers search engine Bing.<p>Cortana is, of …

Software

Why six triple-A developers gave it all up to make spooky indie game Betrayer

While wandering through a nightmarish black-and-white world, I follow a path through the woods to an abandoned settlement huddled inside of a tall, wooden wall. I pass through the gate and, like a true child of the video-game generation, immediately start looking for boxes to loot. I find some, of …

Can games be designed by public committee?

Game developers and publishers have made a fetish out of placing their quivering ears to the lips of consumers and 'listening' to feedback about their products being, in the perverted argot of the marketing department, 'transparent.'<p>How much this is an exercise in public relations, and how much it …

Square Enix president looks to free-to-play to keep HD games profitable

The president of Square Enix called the company's fiscal 2013 "a very difficult year." Sluggish performance of the publisher's high-definition games and slow sales of new arcade games contributed to a $145 million net loss for the Final Fantasy and Tomb Raider publisher.<p>Square Enix's poor …

Elder Scrolls studio trademarks Soulburst

The Elder Scrolls and Fallout parent publisher Zenimax Media has filed two trademark applications for "Soulburst" covering online and console games.<p>The applications (via Siliconera) were filed with the United States Patent & Trademark Office on September 2.<p>No other information is available and a …

'Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn' Review (PC)

After the debacle that was <i>Final Fantasy XIV</i>, Square Enix’s MMORPG <b>Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn</b> (PC) breathes new life into the title and the franchise as a whole. <i>FFXIV:ARR</i> is nothing short of a miraculous resurrection that brings together classic and modern MMORPG elements in the universe of …

Lords of the Fallen offers a less punishing form of demon slaying

The tactical melee combat of <i>Lords of the Fallen</i>, CI Games and Deck13 Interactive's medieval fantasy action role-playing game, may draw some justifiable comparisons to From Software's Souls series for its weighty, deliberate combat encounters. Players must take care in both offense and defense when …