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Building an epic space game with $50 million in crowdfunded cash

Chris Roberts wants to be Han Solo. But since he can’t be an intergalactic smuggler in real life, he’s spent his career building video games that turn you into a space scoundrel.<p>That includes the 1990 space-combat sim <i>Wing Commander</i> and its galaxy-hopping spin-off <i>Privateer</i>. He got the closest to his …

Stop Licking The Screen, Doofus, This Is A Screenshot

By my count (*checks watch*) this is about the 117th time I've posted screenshots for the upcoming Project Cars. Whatever. They keep looking this …

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Double Fine's Massive Chalice Kickstarter ends successfully with $1.2M raised

Massive Chalice successfully funded<p>Double Fine Productions' Kickstarter campaign for a tactical strategy game, <i>Massive Chalice</i>, ended today with $1,229,015 raised.<p>The campaign, which launched back in May, had a funding goal of $725,000 — this goal was reached and surpassed in early June. Project …

Report: Google developing an Android-powered console

Google is developing an Android-powered gaming console, the Wall Street Journal reports citing "people familiar with the matter."<p>The company is also developing an Android-powered, internet-connected wrist watch and is aiming to release one of the devices this fall, according to the Wall Street …

TrackMania 2 Valley set for July 4 launch

<i>TrackMania 2 Valley</i> has been given a July 4 release date by Ubisoft and subsidiary developer Nadeo.<p>The auto-track construction racer follows sharp on the launch of <i>TrackMania 2 Stadium</i> last week, which recreated the earlier title <i>TrackMania Nations</i>, offering wacky racing courses inside vast stadia. …

Contra Evolution brings '80s shooting back for iOS

Classic side-scrolling shooter <i>Contra</i> is set to launch for iOS on June 27. <i>Contra Evolution</i> is the work of Chinese outfit CocoaChina/Chukong, which released the game in the company's local market earlier this year.<p>The original <i>Contra</i> was launched by Konami in 1987 as an arcade machine, followed by …

The Apple obstacle for serious games

Making a serious game for iOS devices is not as easy as you'd think<p>When the iPhone launched in 2007, it changed the video game landscape in a way that no one could have predicted. Where gaming was once confined to PCs and consoles, millions of people — self-identified gamers or not — now had a …

Company of Heroes 2 dev diary explores the single-player campaign

In a video released today by Relic Entertainment, developers on <i>Company of Heroes 2</i> discuss the single-player campaign that lets players take command of the fierce fighting on World War II's Eastern Front.<p>Players will command actual historical battles like the grueling siege of Stalingrad, the fight …

The Chaos Engine reboot heading to Steam, pre-order available now

A reboot of <i>The Chaos Engine</i>, the Bitmap Brothers' top-down run-and-gun game, is being developed for Windows PC via Steam and is available for pre-order now.<p>The original game was released in 1993 and took players to a steampunk Victorian-era England. According to <i>The Chaos Engine</i>'s website, the …

Prison Architect is Introversion’s most successful project to date

<i>Prison Architect</i>, Introversion's prison-management simulator, is the developer's most financially successful project "without a shadow of a doubt," co-founder Mark Morris said during a panel at Rezzed 2013.<p><i>Prison Architect</i> has not yet been released in its full form, but currently operates through a …

Three for three: How AMD won the war for the heart of next-gen consoles

The era of speculation is over. We now know the details of all new next-gen consoles. Post-E3 2013, all of the major players have revealed the platforms, the games and the hardware that will power console gaming for the next several years.<p>Sitting at the heart of the consoles are three related cores …

Super Pole Riders' two extra players turn the game into a frantic, strategic sport

The experience pitched by the <i>Sportsfriends</i> bundle, a Kickstarted package of four local multiplayer indie games for PS3 and PC, can be seen in a single match of <i>Super Pole Riders</i>, <i>QWOP</i> creator Bennett Foddy's contribution to the package.<p>The game's un-Super version is already free to play on browsers, …

Bring on the vehicles; Arma 3 ready for beta

Predictions based on emerging technology is a perilous business, and never more so than when talking about the military.<p>Marconisaid the radio would render warfare pointless. An aide to General Haig scoffed at the notion that tanks could ever replace cavalry. Churchill was confident that atomic …

How 22Cans' Curiosity helped shape Godus

Curiosity's influence on Godus<p>Peter Molyneux's studio 22Cans released <i>Curiosity: What's Inside The Cube</i> as an experiment to gather information that could be used in the development of its upcoming god game for touch devices, <i>Godus</i>.<p>Speaking to Polygon, Molyneux said the reason the studio made <i>Curiosity</i> …

'Vlambeer got stolen,' Ridiculous Fishing dev says

Cameras, laptops and at least one indie developer's debug kit and game code were among the items stolen during this week's E3.<p>Rami Ismail, co-founder of indie darling Vlambeer, said his backpack was swiped at the Figueroa Hotel's pool bar, a popular post-E3 hangout for developers, early Thursday …

Your Guide to Japanese Capsule Hotels

Maybe you are going to Japan. Maybe you're not, but one day, you hope to. There is an array of options—from fancy hotels and traditional inns to more …

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A Quick Look at Outlast at PAX East 2013

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