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Mysterious and beautiful indie game Below is coming out this summer

<i>Below</i>, a stunning-looking indie title from Toronto-based studio Capybara Games, is set to release on Xbox One and PC this summer. Capybara has said in the past the game would make its way out some time in 2016, but today announced the more narrowed release window at the Game Developers Conference …

The Complete Game Developer Course: Build 60 games

The video game industry earned twice as much revenue as the entire film industry last year, an astounding testament to the incredible advancements in gaming technologies.<p>If you’ve got a knack for creativity and a passion for gaming, you could secure yourself a slice of that enormous money pie by …

Game Development

What's it like for a developer to watch speedrunners break their game?

A conversation between a game developer and a speedrunner<p>Game developers serve an interesting role in speedrunning. They create the games players speedrun, obviously crucial to the process. At the same time, most runners are trying to beat a game by any means necessary, and they often work glitches …

5 Coding Bootcamps That Can Land a 6-Figure Job

With the constant creation of new technologies in overdrive, and almost all of them revolving around the computer industry, it makes sense that …

Would You Pay for a Piece of a Video Game’s Revenues?

While Fig was the first startup to jump into the crowdfunding equity game, another company has quietly been offering accredited investors the …

Indie Gaming

Could Undertale actually be 2015's most violent game?

PBS takes the choice-based indie to task<p><i>Undertale</i>, Toby Fox's JRPG-style indie hit, is remarkable for many reasons, but that the player can elect to complete the game without ever attacking is one of its most interesting features. While the standard fight option is present, players can also talk …

Way to the Woods and its teen developer land publishing deal

A 16-year-old game designer's teen dream realized<p>Teen designer Anthony Tan has found a publisher for his deer-starring adventure game, <i>Way to the Woods</i>. Team17, the label responsible for crowdfunding projects <i>Allison Road</i>and <i>Yooka-Laylee</i>, along with the Worms franchise, has signed Tan — the head of …

Gaming

Hero's Song Kickstarter canceled one week in

But the development lingers on<p>The crowdfunding campaign for <i>Hero's Song</i>, Pixelmage Games' debut project, has been canceled, the studio announced. The Kickstarter period launched just one week ago.<p>Studio head John Smedley detailed the news in an update to the Kickstarter page today, attributing the …

Crashlands developers say pirates ripped off their game, sold it on Amazon

Crafting RPG was built by a cancer survivor and his two brothers<p>A pirated version of <i>Crashlands</i>, a game co-developed by a 23-year-old man battling stage 4 cancer, is being sold on Amazon's mobile games store, the game's makers said this afternoon.<p>Built by Sam Coster and his two brothers (a studio …

Gaming

Pokémon's Super Bowl commercial asks fans to 'train on' (update)

Now you don't have to watch the game, Poké-fans<p>Pokémon is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year in a variety of ways, with the latest being a special Super Bowl commercial. The Pokémon Company released the ad in advance of Feb. 7's big game, which you can watch above.<p>The 60-second spot — which …

We made a livestream, got a little press and launched a successful indie game

This is how it happened<p>It's Jan. 8, a Friday afternoon, and it's squeaky bum time at TinyBuild Games.<p>Hang on, that's maybe a little too British for the Polygon audience. What I mean to say is that it's Friday afternoon and we're closing the day up with a nail-biter that has us nearly gnawing our …

Parse The Sky – Game Jam Build Download

<i>Parse The Sky</i> is a beautiful yet simplistic, low-poly flight simulator built during the Ludum Dare 34 game jam.<p>As you glide around <i>Parse The Sky</i>’s …

Game Development

Pokémon GO is one of Nintendo’s most important games ever

Pokémon GO is the most important game Nintendo has developed in recent years and potentially the most important one in their history and is due for …

Imposter syndrome: Game developers who feel like frauds | Polygon

"It is like being in a room with the Avengers and having them all put up their hand going, 'Yeah, look, I'm a fraud.'"<p>"Having a steady career at a game company can have such a legitimizing effect."<p>"I couldn't shake the feeling that I had no reason to be there because it didn't matter that it was me …

Super Mario sisters: Women now outnumber men in top video game design program

In video games, an arena of pop-culture that's long been characterized as a boys' club, the news that women now outnumber men in the University of Southern California's graduate video game design program feels revolutionary. It may well be.<p>The women in the USC program, ranked by Princeton Review as …

UI Animation. Microinteraction for Macroresult.

Microinteraction is one of the key things to care about in UI/UX design. They are, perhaps, the best proof that attention to small details is able to …

Undertale offers a new spin on retro RPG video games

<i>Undertale</i> is a new 8bit RPG that's much different from the rest. In most games, you have to kill bosses and monsters to survive. In this game, it’s …

Independent Games Festival nominations include Her Story, Undertale

The 18th Independent Games Festival finalists have been announced, celebrating a host of the last year’s most impressive independently developed …

Indie Gaming

BBC Micro:bit delayed further due to 'fine-tuning' issues

The BBC launched the "Make it Digital" campaign early last year as a multi-pronged effort to get our young ones interested in coding and other creative pursuits within technology. A key piece of the puzzle was the BBC Micro:bit, a tiny Raspberry Pi-like computer the broadcaster promised to …

Uber Hires Programmers Who Can Win A Fight With Their Robot

<b>Startup</b>: CodeFights<p><b>Founders</b>: Tigran Sloyan CEO; Aram Shatakhtsyan, CTO; Felix Desroches, head of product<p><b>Launched</b>: August 2014<p><b>Employees</b>: 12<p><b>Location</b>: San Francisco, with offices in Armenia and Russia (for programming)<p><b>The pitch:</b> Although the market for programmers and developers is robust, it’s still …

Employment

Check out this reimagining of how computer interfaces work

The concept of using windows to manage our operating systems dates all the way back to the 1970s, when Xerox introduced the first basic window manager on the Alto computer.<p>Fast-forward to today, and it’s still the most popular way of interacting with computers — at least on laptops and …

InterAct

Wolfram Language gets its own online programming lab to cater to a new generation of coders

Wolfram Language, a language of mathematical computation program Mathematica, now has its very own online hub for budding programmers and computer scientists.<p>Announced yesterday by renowned mathematician and computer scientist Stephen Wolfram, the Wolfram Programming Lab is described as an …

Mathematics

25 Promising Digital Design Blogs To Follow This Year

Let me ask you a simple question. How much value you get from the blogs you read every day? Are they worth your time?<p>Whether you are a startup founder, entrepreneur or a creative freelancer you read a lot of blogs and magazines every day. In the age of digital noise, it is extremely hard to find …

UX Design

The 16 best Mac games: top macOS titles to satisfy your gaming itch

Introduction<p><b>Update:</b> <i>At number 16 on our list, we've added Darkest Dungeon, a dungeon-crawler RPG that's ostensibly cutesy on the outside but a tough</i> …

The 9 Graphic Design Trends You Need to Be Aware of In 2016

<i>More than the patterns that emerge from the Popular feeds on Dribbble and Behance, design trends can be a mysterious thing.</i>They’re influenced by …

Graphic Design

What does Disney know about interface animation anyway?

Disney’s 12 classic principles of animation from Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas’ <i>The Illusion of Life</i> are mentioned in nearly every article about …

Knuckle Sandwich could be the Pokémon-EarthBound mashup you've been waiting for

The next big JRPG-style indie looks great in new preview<p>When we last saw <i>Knuckle Sandwich</i>, indie designer Andrew Brophy's latest Windows PC and Mac project, we remarked upon the role-playing game's similarities to <i>EarthBound</i>, the beloved Super Nintendo adventure. But the game draws more inspiration …

Minecraft 'Education' is a version of the game for schools that costs $5

Microsoft has announced a new version of its popular open-world building game Minecraft aimed directly at schools and other educational institutions.<p>The company says that it will bring new education-specific features to the platform, like letting students keep their created characters between …

Minecraft Education

Overwatch: How Blizzard turned its biggest failure into its next great hope

Blizzard finally seems to understand that the company exists in a post-<i>World of Warcraft</i> era, and there is no clearer sign of that than the game maker's investment in upcoming squad-shooter <i>Overwatch</i>.<p><i>Overwatch</i> is a game born out of the wreckage of Blizzard's last attempt at a massive, <i>World of</i> …

World of Warcraft

Startup Says New 3-D Printing Technique Could Shift Use From Prototype to Production

Carbon3D, which has raised $41 million, is showing its technique for the first time at the TED conference in Vancouver.<p>Already, 3-D printing has emerged as a means for rapidly making prototypes of new products. But Carbon3D says its new process could allow 3-D printing to also be a useful means of …

3D Printing