Doublelife

322 Flips | 3 Magazines | 33 Likes | 1 Following | 115 Followers | @oliharrison | "For though I've led a double life, at least I can say, I have lived." A Flipboard magazine on videogame culture.

How Japanese video games made a comeback in 2017

After scouting the show floor at Tokyo Game Show 2009, Keiji Inafune came to a grim conclusion: “When I looked at all the different games on the event floor, I said, 'Man, Japan is over. We're done. Our game industry is finished.’”<p>The famed game designer, who cut his teeth on the <i>Mega Man</i> series and …

Movement, Memory and the Performance of ‘Bushido Blade’

His sword moves once and dashes against my throat. It is beautiful. It is theater.<p><i>100 Deaths is Robert Florence's exploration of 100 deaths across 100 games, and what they might mean in the grander scheme.</i><p>I am going to die 100 Deaths.<p>In Japanese Noh theater, stillness is essential. The performers …

Harvard Neuroscientist: Meditation Reduces Stress and Literally Changes Your Brain

<i>Futurism only supports products that we use and love. The Gravity Blanket is one of those products. A subsidiary of Futurism launched this product</i> …

Banned Memories Developer Talks About The Natural Eeriness Of PS1 Visuals

<b>By Joel Couture</b> . January 24, 2017 . 4:00pm<p><i>Banned Memories: Yamanashi</i> <i></i>takes players to a haunted school to resolve a dark history, but more than that, …

What 'Silent Hill 2' Gets Right About Mental Illness

15 years later, 'Silent Hill 2' is still doing horror right.<p>Horror has a tendency to misuse dark themes, which is a shame because that’s what the …

YouTube’s biggest stars saw their numbers plummet this year

YouTube stars with more than 10 million subscribers have experienced a sharp drop in viewership since February, according to a new study.<p>In the study commissioned by Kotaku, the social statistics tracker SocialBlade found that 49 big channels averaged almost 4.1 million views per day in January, …

Internet

YouTube's biggest star is a 5-year-old that makes millions opening toys

Blurring the line between playtime and business<p>Ryan is your average five-year-old. He likes playing with toy cars, riding tricycles, and going down water slides. His mom, like most parents, loves to capture and share these moments. What’s different about Ryan is that these everyday events — opening …

The Surprising And Allegedly Impossible Death Of EverQuest's 'Unkillable' Dragon

Rare today are opportunities for gamers to step outside the prescribed outlines of a developer’s intended gaming experience, especially in MMORPGs. …

How to Get Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable, According to a Green Beret

7 steps to acclimate yourself to extreme situations so you can excel at every level.<p>I've been an entrepreneur for seven years. Midway through the fourth year, things were coming to a head. I wasn't getting enough sleep. I wasn't exercising, and I wasn't keeping my mind clear with meditation.<p>In the …

Self-help

There Is No Room in My Life for PlayStation VR

If PSVR is the savior of virtual reality, virtual reality is in for a rough ride.<p>I am an angry dad on Christmas down on the floor trying to plug this goddamn PlayStation VR into the TV and it's a pain in the ass. It comes with a giant, color-coded instruction booklet for idiots, which is apparently …

VR Devs Pull Support for Oculus Rift Until Palmer Luckey Steps Down

Will Oculus Rift lose support from game developers because its inventor supports Donald Trump?<p><i>Update: Palmer Luckey has issued an apology in response to The Daily Beast story, but emails shared with Motherboard show that his statement is not telling the whole truth.</i><p>Several virtual reality game …

Zelda-Like Oceanhorn Coming to PS Vita

It looks like the Zelda-like game Oceanhorn is coming to PlayStation Vita.<p>Publisher FDG Entertainment tweeted the picture below, which appears to show the game running on Sony's portable device. "Thank you all for voting to port Oceanhorn to PS Vita," the company said.<p>Oceanhorn, the full name of …

Gaming

Playing through This Is The Police made me think about morality, bigotry and oppression more than any other video game

Following the release of This Is The Police, developer Weappy penned an open letter to its players, stating that the game isn’t political, but human. Having played and digested the game for a good 30+ hours, I understand what they meant regarding the content of the game. But I disagree. I think …

Comic Books

Are videogames ruining Sleep No More?

She should have died hereafter;<br>There would have been a time for such a word.<br>— To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,<br>Creeps in this petty pace from …

These Mysterious Symbols Have Been in 19 Video Games and No One Knows Why

Players have been slowly assembling clues and hints for a larger puzzle they're still not sure actually exists.<p>Alex Bellavia was a big fan of the rhythm roguelike <i>Crypt of the Necrodancer.</i> When the developers updated the game, he would poke around the files to see what changed, and when <i>Crypt of the</i> …

These Games Explore the Struggle to Seek Psychological Help

We speak to developer Eli Piilonen about using games to show people struggling with mental health that they're not alone.<p><b>This article is the first entry in a new VICE Gaming series, Mental Health Bar, examining the relationship between video games and mental health.</b><p>According to mentalhealth.org, …

What can theatre learn from the £4.2bn video games sector? | Features

On the face of it, theatregoing and gaming make for unlikely team mates. Theatre invites its audiences to watch, listen and reflect; games demand …

Gamification

Martial Arts Sim Absolver Was One Of E3’s Best Games

I saw good games at E3 and I saw great games, but no other game surprised and delighted me as much as Absolver [official site]. It’s a game about …

Martial Arts

These Six Games Just Got Into Gaming Hall of Fame

Six more games have been added to The Strong National Museum of Play's World Video Game Hall of Fame following last year's inaugural class. This year's inductees include titles across many genres and decades.<p>These games were chosen from a pool of 15 finalists. Games that were nominated but did not …

Gaming

How do you make a video game where losses really matter?

<i>Keyboard Geniuses</i><i>is our weekly glance at a few intriguing, witty, or otherwise notable posts from the Gameological discussion threads. Comments have</i> …

Lionhead Studios Closed Today

Lionhead Studios, The English developer behind Fable, The Movies, and Black & White, closed down today. Peter Molyneux and other former members of …

How VR And The Oculus Rift Made An Industry Veteran Excited About Video Games Again

I’m on the phone with Adam Orth, the creator of <i>ADR1FT</i> and co-founder of game studio Three One Zero, and he sounds really excited. Throughout my career I’ve spoken to dozens of game industry execs and veteran developers doing the requisite press tours to promote their latest creations. None of them …

Virtual Reality

Post-mortem: Ms. Pac-Man, Diablo dissected by their original devs

Annual GDC tradition includes Atari legal smack-talk, Battle.net's humblest days.<p>SAN FRANCISCO—Development woes, legal battles, and little-known …

Sony's 'ForwardWorks' will try PlayStation gaming on mobile, again

Sony only just announced an overall restructuring of the PlayStation business under Sony Interactive Entertainment, and now it's launching a new business to focus on mobile gaming. There aren't a lot of specifics, but the new company is called ForwardWorks, and it's promising "full-fledged gaming …

Gaming

This Mental Trick of Olympic Athletes Can Radically Increase Your Productivity

Top athletes use this simple but powerful technique to perform at their best. So can you.<p>This summer in Rio de Janeiro, we're likely to see awe-inspiring displays of physical prowess. What we're unlikely to see is the mental work that goes into those jaw-dropping accomplishments.<p>Everyone knows that …

Building for virtual reality? Don't forget about women

I'm not an exception, I'm your audience<p>Last week at CES, I got to try a haptic jacket straight out of <i>Ready Player One.</i> It's gotten glowing reviews from testers, but in order to work, its electrode-lined fabric needs a direct connection with your body. On anyone built roughly like its male creators, …

Read Diablo's Original Pitch Document

This is how history was made.<p>David Brevik was one of the co-founders of Blizzard North. He was there are the very beginning of the <i>Diablo</i> series, and …

Xbox Kinect Being Used by Orangutans at Zoo

Microsoft has announced a new research initiative which studies the behaviour of orangutans as they use the Xbox Kinect. Researchers from the Microsoft Research Centre for Social Natural User Interfaces are teaming up with Zoos Victoria at the University of Melbourne to "research how orangutans …

Using spaced repetition as a study technique is effective because you are deliberately hacking the way your brain works<p>Late night dates with a 600-page textbook and a multipack of Red Bull are a familiar encounter for many people. Whether in school, university or work, we all find ourselves in …

Neurophilosophy

How One of Japan's Biggest Games Was Created

In Japan, games don’t get much bigger than the <i>Dragon Quest</i> franchise. Recently, series creator Yuji Horii uploaded some of the first game’s original …