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The Elder Scrolls Online tweaking game opening, combat based on beta feedback

ZeniMax Online Studios is making changes to <i>The Elder Scrolls Online</i> based on feedback collected during beta testing, including tweaking the game's opening and leveling curves as well as parts of its combat system, according to a post on the game's official blog.<p>Over the past weeks, more than 5 …

Graham does Adelson a solid

Sen. Lindsey Graham is giving a little help to his friend — Republican mega donor Sheldon Adelson.<p>Graham is expected to introduce a bill to ban Internet gambling as soon as next week, according to sources working on the issue.<p>Adelson launched a coalition late last year to ban online gaming. The …

Eve Online game designer recalls game's hot mess of a policing system

Massively-multiplayer online game <i>Eve Online</i> is known for having a fairly robust policing system, but this wasn't always the case, according to senior game designer Matt Woodward.<p>Speaking at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco today, Woodward said until the studio rebooted its Crimewatch …

EA exec: Our games won't 'require an online connection'

Peter Moore, chief operating officer of Electronic Arts, took to his company's blog on Tuesday to clarify a statement he made last week at Gamescom in Germany suggesting all EA titles would require an online connection.<p>"Many, if not most, of our games include single-player, offline modes that you …

Sony Online Entertainment makes the rules, and the players make the games

SAN FRANCISCO — Sony Online Entertainment was one of the first developers to learn that massively multiplayer online games need to be continuously evolving in order to keep potentially millions of players engaged over the course of many years. In today’s market, players need to have a hand in …

Sony Online chief turns directly to gamers on Reddit and Twitch to promote his zombie apocalypse game H1Z1

When Sony Online Entertainment wanted to tout H1Z1, an upcoming game where thousands of players can gather online as humans holding out against the zombie apocalypse, it didn’t take out an ad in a slick magazine or run a TV commercial. Rather, John Smedley, president of SOE, a division of Sony and …

Why Capcom wants to make more games like Deep Down

Capcom has a plan, and it involves making more games in the style of the upcoming PlayStation 4-exclusive role-playing game <i>Deep Down</i>.<p>As part of its Digital Contents plan, Capcom lists one of its "strategic objectives" as developing "titles exclusively for online games, such as <i>Deep Down</i> for the PS4."<p>…