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Warren Spector says gaming can only borrow and steal so much from other narrative media

In a far-ranging talk bursting beyond its 25-minute running time, newly unemployed game designer Warren Spector discussed the "role, forms, problems, and potential" of narrative in games, beginning with a simple question: "What can we learn from other narrative media?"<p>First, Spector asked the …

Sex, religion and violence: The big concerns for international game ratings

Content localization can be a minefield for game developers as they work to release their games around the world. Add the wrong content, make a localization mix up and your game could get pulled from stores nationwide.<p>Speaking during a GDC panel about localization and ratings, Zeb Wedell, …

Look to LucasArts adventure games for exploration cues, Blizzard AI engineer says

When designing artificial intelligence, developers should look to classic LucasArts adventure games for inspiration and avoid Sierra adventure games, Brian Schwab, senior AI/gameplay engineer at Blizzard said today at a GDC 2013 talk.<p>Schwab believes that artificial intelligence needs to give …

MIT Lincoln Lab researchers discuss games as tools for teaching, evaluating real-world skills

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Lincoln Lab, a federally funded research and development center, focuses on real-world problem solving through applications of technology. That technology now includes video games, although the kinds of games being made by the Lincoln Lab often don't …

Character diversity means better games, says Microsoft Studios writer

Creating stories with a range of characters spanning different ethnicities, sexual orientations and genders will help developers make more satisfying, richer game experiences, according to Microsoft Studios narrative designer Tom Abernathy.<p>Speaking in a panel at the 2013 Game Developers Conference …

Blizzard GDC panel elaborates on the challenges of localization

Localizing <i>Diablo 3</i> was no easy task and required thousands of new audio lines, hundreds of movies and more for each localized game, a team of Blizzard employees revealed during a GDC panel.<p>"Implementing Blizzard's Localization Vision in Real Time" featured senior manager of global localization …

North Dakota governor signs law banning most abortions

What is being called the nation's toughest anti-abortion measure -- a law that bans most abortions after six weeks, when a fetal heartbeat can be first detected -- was signed into law on Tuesday by North Dakota's governor.<p>The law sets the stage for an almost guaranteed legal showdown, with …

SpaceX Dragon returns, officially completing a second ISS resupply trip

It wasn't without hiccups, but Dragon succeeds on trip two of 12.<p>"SPLASHDOWN!" "Special delivery!" However SpaceX wants to frame it, the company's …

Your robot army, controlled by Arduino and Bluetooth

Open-source hardware project shrinks Arduino, adds wireless, creates awesome.<p>Soon, you could make everything in your life …

What About the Children? Prop 8 and Procreation

This is what we’ve come down to: a lawyer arguing, before the Supreme Court, that a ban on same-sex marriage should be upheld in the interest of discouraging elderly heterosexual men from cheating on their similarly aged female partners with younger women who might get pregnant. At least, that is …