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The Walking Dead: 400 Days is a successful but brief experiment in storytelling (review)

Telltale Games’ critically acclaimed adventure series The Walking Dead is back with all-new downloadable content called 400 Days (for PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Mac), an anthology of short stories that bridges the gap between Seasons One and Two. Playable in any order, the five vignettes take …

Project Spark will let you 'build whatever you want'

Project Spark's depth<p>Microsoft Studios' world-building game, <i>Project Spark</i>, will let players build whatever they want and share it with others, according to game designer Claude Jerome.<p><i>Project Spark</i> was announced yesterday at Microsoft's E3 press conference, where its developers showed how players …

Kixeye raised more than $50k to donate to Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

Online strategy and combat game developer Kixeye raised more than $50,000 for non-profit organization Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America in partnership with VirtGood, according the a recent press release.<p>The first and largest non-profit for new veterans, IAVA has more than 200,000 members. …

The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot is like two games in one

Take the silliness of a Shrek movie, the dungeon crawling in Diablo, and a level-editing system a la Dungeon Keeper, mix all that together with …

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The best villains in video games

How do you measure good without evil? Every heroic protagonist needs an antagonist to make their journey compelling, and games are no exception. A …

Civilization V’s Brave New World expansion feels like a culture club (hands-on preview)

Under my leadership, Morocco had become the cultural center of the world. Culture flourished in my capital, Marrakesh, and it had become the top tourist destination (thus spreading my ideology to other places). I’d attracted more Great Artists and Great Musicians than any other Civilization, and my …

Temple Run 2 update adds a dangerous new course, more chances to earn loot

The latest update for endless runner <i>Temple Run 2</i> adds a new level fraught with peril and more chances for players to earn in-game loot, developer Imangi Studios announced today.<p>The new landscape, The Narrows, is a maze of obstacles. Players will have to dodge spinning saw blades, speed across a …

Ubisoft's mighty quest for free-to-play user-generated content

The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot preview<p>The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot is Ubisoft Montreal's first foray into free-to-play games, and lead writer Matt Zagurak hopes the game will achieve two things: be a fair experience where players can't pay to win, and encourage users to get creative with the …

At death's door: the dreams and decline of Ambient Studios

Ambient Studios' short life was characterized by false hope. The developer's Kickstarter campaign for strategy management game <i>Death, Inc.</i> lost momentum precipitously after a strong start. The game's success on Steam Greenlight came too late to be of any consequence to the company's solvency.<p>Even …

Gamifying your health with Google Glass: a glimpse into the future

<i>Chris Hollindale is cofounder and CTO of seed-funded stealth startup Hasty.</i><p>If you’ve ever tried out a Nike+ FuelBand, a Jawbone UP, or apps like RunKeeper or Strava for runners and cyclists, the chances are that you’ve seen the powerful effects that gamification can have.<p>Gamification is an …

Mojang sells 10 million copies of Minecraft on mobile devices alone

Mojang’s<p>money factoryMinecraft is megapopular. On PC and Xbox 360, the title continues to soak up metric tons of cash from gamers that live and breathe for the block-building game.<p>Today, the developer revealed that Minecraft: Pocket Edition, which brings the Lego-like world to mobile devices, has …

World of Warcraft patch 5.3 adds new Scenarios, Heroic mode

Blizzard Entertainment's upcoming 5.3 patch for <i>World of Warcraft</i> will add four new Scenarios and a new Heroic mode for them as well as for two existing Scenarios, the studio announced today.<p>The four Scenarios are "Blood in the Snow," in which you assist with the defense of the dwarven capital; …

Google hires video game veteran Noah Falstein as chief game designer

Noah Falstein, a 30-year veteran of the video game industry, has been hired by Google as a chief game designer, according to an update on his LinkedIn profile spotted by TechCrunch.<p>According to TechCrunch, Falstein's title was previously listed as Chief Game Designer at Android Play Studio, but has …

Playing with paper: with Pixel Press, design your own game by drawing it

Are you the next Shigeru Miyamoto?<p>What if you could design a video game simply by drawing it on a piece of paper? That's the goal behind Pixel Press, an upcoming app that aims to make game design a much more approachable task. It's still in the prototype phase, but Pixel Press could potentially be …

What Games Are: Ok Glass, Let’s Talk Games

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Tadhg Kelly is a veteran game designer, creator of leading game design blog What Games Are and creative director of Jawfish Games. You can follow him on Twitter here.</i><p>It’s very much in its infant phase, the time when the design looks a bit silly and people take photos of those who have …

Camelot Unchained developers create prototype for building system

A new in-game demo for City State Entertainment's Kickstarter-funding hopeful <i>Camelot Unchained</i> offers the first look at a working prototype of the game's building system as introduced by studio programmer Tim Mills.<p>This latest prototype video shows off an early and unfinished version of the game, …

Smartphones & Tablets To Be Primary Screen For Gamers, Says Analyst, Powering 64BN+ Games Downloads By 2017 (3X 2012 Figure)

Games app downloads to smartphones and tablets are set to grow significantly over the next four years, according to a new report by analyst Juniper Research which projects there will be 64.1 billion such downloads in 2017 — more than three times the 21 billion downloaded in 2012. Key drivers …

Outernauts' 'biggest content update' adds a sector, planets, beasts and arenas

The "biggest content update" to date for <i>Outernauts</i> added a new sector, planets, beasts and battle arenas to Insomniac Games' browser-based action role-playing game, according to an overview posted on Insomniac's website.<p>The update brought the Final Frontier, a "space-time altering mess of a …

Dragon's Maze: Evaluating Gruul

Gruul smash! <b>Magic: The Gathering’s</b> <i>Dragon’s Maze</i> prerelease events are happening on April 27-28 2013, so it’s time to take a look at what the green/red Gruul guild has to offer players in Limited formats. <i>Dragon’s Maze</i> officially releases on May 3, but players will have an opportunity to play with …

Activision's Bobby Kotick One of Top Paid US CEOs

While EA CEO John Riccitiello recently stepped down because of the company’s lackluster performance, his counterpart over at Activision is moving in completely the other direction.<p>Activision, forever rolling in cash from yearly Call of Duty billion dollar hauls and World of Warcraft subscriptions, …

The Story of StarCraft outlines saga from 1998 beginnings to StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty

Blizzard Entertainment launched a "chapter-by-chapter outline" of StarCraft's lore, beginning with the original <i>StarCraft</i>, called The Story of StarCraft, the company announced via Battle.net.<p>The nine-chapter saga extends to the end of <i>StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty</i>. Each section is a summary of major …