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No time to lose (or win): Coping with being an adult gamer

This post has not been edited by the GamesBeat staff. Opinions by GamesBeat community writers do not necessarily reflect those of the staff.<p>Mr. Takahashi’s article about gamers who don’t finish games really hit home. For all of my love of video games, I certainly classify as a lapsed gamer. I am a …

Cyberpunk 2077 "probably" coming to PS4, Xbox One

CD Projekt Red's role-playing game Cyberpunk 2077 is "most probably" coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4, business development manager Rafal Jaki told Polygon in a new interview.<p>"It most probably will be," he said. "But we can't confirm or deny because it's too early for that."<p>The game is …

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From Disney to indie: The birth of Trinket Studios

How three developers went smaller to do bigger things.<p>It's a cool Chicago night in October of 2009, and Tom Eastman and Eric Huang are getting dinner. They're at a restaurant in the West Loop of Chicago, just left of the Chicago River. The mighty Willis Tower looms in the distance. The smell of …

Five PR tips for indie developers without a marketing budget

<i>Alex Josef is the managing partner of VIM Global Consulting</i>.<p>Indie development is tough, especially when the individual or team is putting all their money, time, and soul into a project that takes years to create. One part of the process that’s getting even tougher for indie developers is having the …

SOMA is about exploring consciousness through monsters

<i>SOMA</i> creative director Thomas Grip took to the PlayStation Blog today to expand on the story that underlies eerie trailer that Frictional Games released today.<p><i>SOMA</i>, he wrote, is a "sci-fi horror game" that explores human consciousness and the very nature of being.<p>"Personally, I find it the most …

Want to make indie games? Find a scene!

"For a long time making video games meant big budget development," says Frank Lantz, the Director of NYU Game Center.<p>High rent undercut the mainstream video game scene in New York in the 1980s and 90s. In its place, says Lantz, weirder, smaller communities — interested in stuff like web, mobile and …

Richard Garriott's suggestions for a healthy game development industry

Renowned game designer Richard Garriott, creator of Ultima and now the Kickstarted game <i>Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues</i>, has been around the world and seen it from space. He's been in the video game industry for more than 30 years, with much of that time spent in Austin, Texas, although he …

How Attack of the Friday Monsters depicts Japan like it's our own backyard

This post has not been edited by the GamesBeat staff. Opinions by GamesBeat community writers do not necessarily reflect those of the staff.<p>Little fanfare was made around Attack of the Friday Monsters: A Tokyo Tale’s initial release. It’s not a surprise considering most Nintendo fans were busy …

Sakurai questions industry's appetite for remakes

According to Kirby creator and Smash Bros. designer, the game industry's appetite for and reliance on remakes and sequels is at an "unnatural level."<p>"Is there any industry that relies so much on reusing and reusing their old titles as much as video games?" Sakurai said in his latest Famitsu column, …

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Darkest Dungeon trailer introduces an 'uncompromising RPG'

A trailer released this week for <i>Darkest Dungeon</i> sets the tone for Red Hook Studios' self-described "uncompromising RPG about the true cost of adventuring."<p>Check out the trailer above to learn of the bravado, the hopes and the emotional costs that weigh upon those who venture into the ancient and …

Valve announces Steam Dev Days to give studios access to Steam OS, Steam Machines, and Steam Controller

Valve, game developer and operator of the massive Steam digital-retail service, has some secrets that it wants to share with you — wait, you’re a game developer, right?<p>The company announced today Steam Dev Days, a two-day developer conference for studios to share information. It is planning to hold …

Double Fine holding "Day of the Devs" event next month

Double Fine Productions today announced Day of the Devs, a special event in collaboration with production company iam8bit to be held November 2 in San Francisco, California.<p>The free event will feature a lineup of games from Double Fine, including the first public hands-on opportunity for the …

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For just $20 more than a Nexus 7, you can get a tablet that is also a game console and smart TV

German device manufacturer Sunflex announced the Unu, a new Android tablet that doubles as a microconsole and triples as a smart TV. It’s an all-in-one slate that only costs slightly more than Google’s own top-of-the-line Nexus 7.<p>The Unu is a 7-inch tablet running Android 4.2 and features a 1.6 GHz …

Dark Quest, Zen Accumulator launching on PS Mobile this week

PlayStation Mobile's game library is growing with two new titles this week, <i>Dark Quest</i> and <i>Zen Accumulator</i>, according to the PlayStation Blog.<p><i>Dark Quest</i> (screenshot above), from U.K. studio Brain Seal Entertainment, is a fantasy role-playing adventure starring a barbarian who's on a quest to rid the …

Final Fantasy 6 heading to mobile devices this winter

<i>Final Fantasy 6</i> is currently in development for mobile devices, longtime series director and producer Takashi Tokita told Polygon today at a Square Enix press event.<p><i>Final Fantasy 6</i> was originally released in North America as <i>Final Fantasy 3</i> in 1994. The game has since been ported to PlayStation and …

Horror director John Carpenter loves video games

John Carpenter is a noted film-maker whose work includes notable classics like <i>Halloween, Escape from New York, Christine</i> and <i>Big Trouble in Little China.</i> He's also a video game fan, who'd very much like to make a game of his own.<p>"I'd love to work on an original video game," said Carpenter, in an …

Rantmedia Games teases comeback of retro console ColecoVision

Mobile developer Rantmedia Games is teasing the return of retro gaming console ColecoVision via a website countdown.<p>Rantmedia, a company that proclaims itself as "rather fond of retro," is the team behind <i>Vectrex Regeneration</i>, an iOS emulator of the Vectrex console. ColecoVision shares a few …

Tommo to continue selling NeoGeo X products

Publisher and manufacturer, Tommo, Inc., plans to continue to support and distribute the handheld console NeoGeo X and its games, the company announced today.<p>Last week, hardware company SNK Playmore issued a license agreement termination notice demanding an immediate cease and desist of …

Ouya boasts more than 25,000 registered developers

The Ouya Android microconsole boasts a roster of more than 25,000 developers signed up to create content for the hardware, the company announced today.<p>Ouya's Discover store, which houses the console's downloadable content, now includes 466 titles and apps. The most recent additions to the Ouya …

5 Reasons Why You Should Buy A Wii U

<i>The Wii U has become a much better proposition for gamers.</i><p>Nintendo’s Wii U has been in a sort of generational purgatory since its launch last November.<p>The hardware is more powerful than current generation consoles like the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, but not by leaps and bounds. And the system’s …

Dragon Quest series coming to Android, iOS in Japan

Publisher Square Enix’s Dragon Quest franchise is making the jump to smartphones and tablets — at least in Japan.<p>The publisher revealed that it plans to release most of its main Dragon Quest titles on iOS and Android. Those plans include the original Dragon Quest through Dragon Quest VIII. So far, …

Steam Box, Oculus Rift will define next-gen, says Bleszinski

Valve's Steam Box and the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset will define next-generation gaming, not the Xbox One or PlayStation 4. That's according to former Epic Games design director Cliff Bleszinski, who told [a]listdaily that he is more interested in "disruptive" technology than traditional …

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Why AMD's Mantle Matters

AMD’s Mantle is a brand new API (Application Programming Interface) designed to significantly aid game developers in crafting games targeted for release on multiple platforms. While its prevalence is yet to be determined, its importance is clear. Mantle is a rally cry from AMD to developers, and a …

Square Enix partners with Indiegogo to form its own Kickstarter-like service

The gamer hivemind is capable of great and terrible things, but publisher Square Enix is planning to leverage that power to turn fresh ideas into the games of tomorrow with its new service dubbed Collective.<p>Square Enix revealed today that it will start Collective as an online service where …

Reddit user still playing game of 'Civilization II' after 11 years, inspires fan fiction and new RPG

When last we checked in with Reddit user Lycerius and his marathon, 10-year game of <i>Civilization II</i>, he'd been caught in a stalemate with no obvious path to victory. But after turning to the internet for help, it took just days for someone to come forward with a winning strategy — one that would …

Golem Arcana Kickstarter looks to cast some digital magic on the tabletop experience

Tabletop games are intimidating beasts, with all those rules and … <i>more</i> rules. Gaming developer Harebrained Schemes is looking to open up the genre to new fans by simplifying the physical experience with some digital help, and it’s using crowdfunding site Kickstarter to make the idea a reality. The …

Nintendo bringing MonoGame Framework to Wii U

Nintendo plans to bring the MonoGame Framework, an open source version of the Microsoft XNA 4 Framework used to develop <i>Bastion</i> and <i>Fez</i>, to the Wii U system, Siliconera reports.<p>MonoGame Framework allows deverlopers to create cross-platform games by re-using code. This is currently supported by iOS, …

EVE Online's Fountain War - The largest battle in gaming history and its aftermath

<b>The War So Far: In June 2013, the ClusterFuck Coalition invaded Fountain to gain control of the area’s natural resources. Fountain’s Residents, TEST</b> …

Sony "reengineering" The Last Guardian

Sony is "reengineering" long-awaited PlayStation game The Last Guardian, Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida told GamesIndustry International in a new interview.<p>It is not clear what this means for the project.<p>Yoshida was asked about SCEA Jack Tretton's recent comment about the game being on …

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