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Ads are the new face of virtual reality

VR promos are like Super Bowl commercials: fun, but disposable<p>"So, what’d you think?" said the man who had gotten me into the cockpit of a <i>Pacific Rim</i> Jaeger.<p>I grinned. "Great! But I was a little disappointed that I didn’t fall or get eaten."<p>He looked at me quizzically. "Having a Kaiju punch into …

Video Game Hype Train Better Watch Your Speed

These days, it’s almost impossible to be involved in video games and not be a part of the hype train.<p>We’re inundated not just by advertisements for AAA blockbusters like <i>Call of Duty</i>, but by a constant deluge of hype and promotion all across the board, from indie titles to the biggest releases of …

Game Developer Salary Survey 2014: The results are in!

Gamasutra recently polled over 4,000 game developers worldwide, asking them the question: How much money did you make?<p>We did this as part of the …

Ubisoft Says Its Assassin's Creed, Watch Dogs, Far Cry Movies Won't Be Terrible

Video game movies, despite often making a lot of money, do not have a great track record from a critical standpoint. One video game company that is pushing hard in the movie space is Ubisoft, which is currently making a total of six movies based on its popular franchises like Assassin's Creed, …

Making Movies

Raptr: League of Legends and Dota 2 take up 25 percent of PC gamers' play time

Gaming-based social media site Raptr gave us a look at what its members are playing, and it’s easy to see a couple of big trends among its over 28 million users from over 100 countries.<p>Notably, multiplayer online battle arenas (MOBAs) like League of Legends and Dota 2 rule Raptr’s list of the most …

Can video games be sports?

The Olympic Games are as ancient a Greek tradition as the Athenian concept of democracy. So long as there’s been human culture, sports have been an integral part of it. In their many forms and over their long history, sports have provided relief from the trudgery of daily life and a less bloody way …

Sony Lays Out The Future Of Playstation

Sony and the Playstation 4 have a fairly firm grasp on the present. While the next holiday season could yet bring about change in this still-young war between the Xbox One and the PS4, it’s difficult to imagine that the currently dominant PS4 will be sitting anything less than pretty come 2015. It …

Developers use Oculus Rift and GoPro cams to let you view real life in third-person

Some game developers opt for a first person view angle in their projects in order to, at least in part, better immerse the player into the fictional …

PC Games: The Best of Times, The Worst of Times

By some measures, PC games are dying out. You can barely find boxed PC games in retail stores any more. That product category used to fill long …

Video Game Software Market To Hit $100 Billion By 2018, Says Report

Video game software sales are expected to skyrocket, or rather, continue to skyrocket. A new report from DFC Intelligence has revealed that they …

Lessons That Videogames Have Taught Me

Sony Dramatically Outspending Microsoft In PS4/Xbox One TV Ad Campaigns

Last we heard, Sony had sold 7 million PS4s to consumers while Xbox One had sold 5 million to retailers. It’s a significant gap, even early in this new console generation, and everyone has their own opinion as to why the PS4 is ahead. The usual suspects are the Xbox One’s higher price (which now …

E-sports catching up with the Majors

SAN FRANCISCO -- The prize pool for the annual championship for the battle-arena video game <i>Dota</i> 2 hit $10 million this week, making it by far the largest e-sports event and moving it ahead of the Masters golf tournament.<p><i>Dota 2</i> is an online game pitting two teams of five players against each other. …

Google Is Finally Poised To Bring PC-Class Gaming To Your Living Room -- Will The Content Follow?

The concept of core (read: controller based) gaming on Android has been a somewhat laughable notion until recently. Despite valiant efforts from companies like Nvidia, MadCatz, and OUYA to push the platform forward, it has become a victim of its own openness, resulting in frustrating barriers. …

What do IGN's MOBA Experts Think of Arena of Fate?

Short matches. Immediate action.<p>Crytek's newly announced MOBA, Arena of Fate, was playable at E3 this year. We sent some of IGN's biggest eSports …

PlayStation Now: A Good Idea With A Bad Plan

Sony has revealed new details regarding their PlayStation Now Beta pricing scheme. They say that the prices for the service are being set by the content owners themselves, not Sony, which has resulted in some pretty steep costs across the digital rental service. But the real problem may be the …

To infinity and beyond: VR games embrace space travel and innovation at E3 2014

We can finally talk about virtual reality games with a straight face.<p>At this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) video game trade show in Los Angeles, a small pool of VR games held their own against a big slate of indie titles and triple-A blockbusters. This is the first year that Oculus VR, …

Writing in Games: It’s Much More Than Narrative

Why some of the best writing has nothing to do with character or story.<p><b>Warning: This feature contains a minor spoiler for The Last of Us: Left Behind.</b><p>…

If Microsoft Won't Wave PC Gaming Flag, These Companies Are Happy To

Here I was looking for a way to encapsulate all the PC gaming goodness I discovered at E3, and Microsoft's Phil Spencer comes along and states that E3 is “a console show.”<p>To give you some context, Brian Crecente at Polygon asked Xbox chief Phil Spencer why they didn’t discuss PC gaming during their …

The 32 World Cup countries have 734M gamers & will spend $55B on games in 2014

World Cup fever is upon us, and the beautiful game will soon be played out on screens all over the globe. But while 736 soccer players will hit the pitch in Brazil, 734 million play console games at home.<p>Collectively, these 734 million gamers will spend $55 billion on games this year.<p>Newzoo, which …

Hunt: Horrors of the Gilded Age wants to be a AAA co-op shooter that just happens to be free

<i>Hunt: Horrors of the Gilded Age</i> is Crytek's attempt to break into the North American free-to-play games market in a big way.<p>On the surface, the game seems to be modeled on <i>Left 4 Dead</i>. But if everything goes according to the developer's plan, Austin-based Crytek USA hopes to create a multilayered …

Lessons About Native Advertising From Mobile Games

<i>Robert Weber is the co-founder and senior vice president of business development at</i> <i>NativeX</i><i>, the leading native advertising platform for mobile games.</i><p>If you only know about native advertising as it’s described in most major media coverage (such as this recent Wall Street Journal report), you might …

Comparing MMOs: World of Warcraft vs. Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn vs. The Elder Scrolls Online vs. Wildstar

Why settle for just one life? Massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs, or MMOs for short) give players the chance to explore, tame, and battle in fantastical worlds unlike anything they’d ever experience in boring, old Earth.<p>For almost 10 years, World of Warcraft has dominated and …

The One Problem Titanfall, Watch Dogs And Destiny May All Share

It’s been a big year for new IPs in the wake of the debut of the Xbox One and PS4, and it’s abundantly clear what the three biggest arrivals of the year have been/will be.<p>That would be EA/Respawn’s Titanfall, Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs and Activision/Bungie’s Destiny, two released already, with one still …

What Oculus Rift and virtual reality mean for sex, death, violence, and identity

Human recorded history is a few thousand years old, and we still haven’t really figured out things like sex and death. We can do both, but we don’t really understand their full power over us — and it’s all about to get a lot more complicated thanks to virtual reality.<p>The Oculus Rift virtual-reality …

League of Legends' most important map is getting a facelift

Ranked and pro players of League of Legends should pay close attention to an upcoming update from publisher Riot Games.<p>In an official news release and developer blog this morning, League of Legends developer Andrew “Riot Aeon” Brownell outlined Riot’s extensive plan to apply visual and functional …

Gamers are social, educated, and hanging out on Twitch

That stereotypical picture of gamers that you probably have in your head is no longer relevant.<p>Gameplay-livestreaming website Twitch recently commissioned a study of gamers by Neil Howe, who coined the term “millennial.” The researcher looked into the attitudes and outlooks of people who play games …

Why frame rate and resolution matter: A graphics primer

Graphics has always been the foremost battleground in the console wars. The participants in those never-ending debates try to bring in objectivity by quoting numbers — and in the case of visual prowess, <i>resolution</i> and <i>frame rate</i> are the two figures most commonly cited.<p>But what do they even mean? …

Steam Early Access: Your rights when game development stops

Early Access in an interesting beast. Part of Steam, the world’s largest online gaming platform, this portal enables consumers to buy into games that are still in early development. In theory, you’re buying the right to help test and shape these games and then getting the finished version when it …