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How Puzzle & Dragons coerces players to pay big bucks

Developer GungHo Online Entertainment generates around $2.5 million every day with its mobile role-playing game Puzzle & Dragons. Earlier this week, designer Ramin Shokrizade wrote a blog for Gamasutra explaining some of the methods that helps the Japanese developer “coerce” players into spending …

Dota 2 ban system results in a rise in improved behavior

The negative communication ban system Valve is testing with multiplayer online battle arena <i>Dota 2</i> has resulted in a significant drop in negative behavior and number of banned players, as well as a rise in players who improve their behavior, according to a post on the <i>Dota 2</i> blog.<p>The system was set …

The Five Biggest Problems With The Xbox One

<i>From concerns over used games to questions about an always-online requirement, the Xbox One is growing more controversial by the day.</i><p>Sony’s PS4 reveal was met with mixed reactions by most gamers. This was largely due to the system’s mixed-bag debut—some things were good, some bad, but mostly it was …

What Games Are: Xbox One Is Microsoft’s Spruce Goose

<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>During the 1940s Howard Hughes spent millions developing and building a plane with the largest wingspan in history and …

Do you deserve forgiveness in Metro: Last Light?

<i>Warning: This article contains story spoilers for Metro: Last Light</i>.<p>Metro: Last Light is watching you, silently judging your every move, deciding whether you are worthy of redemption.<p>Are you a good person? More precisely, are you unselfish? Are you concerned for the well-being of others? Do you …

Five Things To Watch For During Microsoft's Xbox Announcement Tomorrow

At 10 AM PDT tomorrow, Microsoft will announce its next generation Xbox mere weeks ahead of E3, where such a reveal would normally take place. It’s an effort to get on equal footing with Sony, who premiered the PS4 months ago, and presumably there’s so much to talk about with each system, that two …

How the $4,000 'Cards Against Humanity' Kickstarter became a multi-million dollar business

When <i>Cards Against Humanity</i> saw its $4,000 Kickstarter campaign successfully raise almost four times its original goal, its makers were ecstatic. Two years later, the cards-based party game, which is available as a free PDF download or for $25 as a ready-made package, has generated an estimated $12 …

Former Grand Theft Auto dev says industry needs methods other than violence to depict conflict

Former Grand Theft Auto producer Jeremy Pope left Rockstar games determined never to work on violent video games again, because explaining to others he was working on the controversial and mature titles made him uncomfortable, he said in a recent Games Industry International interview.<p>Pope — who …