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Friends List: Are video games ready for real horror?

You know what's scarier than flesh eating zombies and head bludgeoning mutants: dying alone from an untreatable disease.<p>If this is your first episode, Friends List is a daily web series in which members of Polygon's editorial staff answer an important, unusual or agitating question related to video …

Day Zero: How the Oculus Rift dev community is collaborating to change the world

The software development environment for the Oculus Rift is the Wild West, and Teddy Lipowitz is as clever a prospector as they come.<p>Maybe that analogy is a bit off; the violence and competitiveness that characterized the 19th century gold rush doesn't exist among Oculus Rift game developers. …

Game writers explain how character diversity prevents boredom and repetition

Game writers talk about the importance of diversity<p>Video game developers should aim to be as inclusive as possible when designing characters for their games because this allows them to explore fresh perspectives and stories, according to a panel of developers who spoke at a PAX panel in Seattle …

How an indie game made a word-of-mouth rise to the top of the eShop charts

<i>Steamworld Dig</i>, the excavation-heavy Nintendo 3DS title from Gothenberg, Sweden-based indie developer Image & Form, has taken over the eShop in a number of territories across the globe — and it did so almost entirely thanks to the unpaid evangelism of its earliest adopters.<p>It's a peculiar success …

Elon Musk just started building a real 'Iron Man' laboratory

The SpaceX founder plans to unveil gesture-based system next week<p>SpaceX and Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk has often been compared to a real life version of Tony Stark, aka Iron Man. Director Jon Favreau has openly said that Musk inspired his depiction of Stark in the first <i>Iron Man</i> film, and both …

Gran Turismo film based on life story of racer Lucas Ordonez

The full-length Gran Turismo movie will life the of the life story of Lucas Ordonez, Polyphony Digital's Kazunori Yamauchi told Destructoid at Gamescom.<p>Ordonez is a gamer who got his start in the racing profession from playing the video game series.<p>According to Yamauchi, they had been turning down …

GameSprout offers anyone the opportunity to make games

GameSprout offers chance for everyone to make games<p>Game development can be an intimidating field, especially for those who have no experience with it. But if someone really wants to make a game, not being able to program, animate or draw should not deter them from giving it a go, according to game …

Crowdtilt Launches Crowdhoster To Let Anyone Create, Customize And Host Their Own Crowdfunding Campaigns

Thanks to the JOBS Act and the rise of Kickstarter, Indiegogo and the parade of startups that have emerged in their wake, crowdfunding has gone mainstream. However, according to the minds behind Crowdtilt — the Y Combinator-incubated platform that caters to the many types of “group fundraising” …

Metrico's 'infographic' gameplay detailed

Digital Dreams' upcoming atmospheric puzzle action game, <i>Metrico</i>, will allow players to travel a world built from infographics, level designer Roy van de Mortel announced via the PlayStation Blog.<p><i>Metrico</i> includes everything from pie charts to line graphs, which "constantly change" based on player …

Core gamers, mobile games and the origins of the midcore audience

Developers talk about the rise of midcore games<p>The rise in popularity of "midcore" video games is partly fueled by technology advancements, increasing player sophistication and core gamers demanding more from mobile devices, according to developers from the mobile games industry.<p>Until the past …

Psychologist calls for devs to do more to thwart game addiction

Developers of massively multiplayer online games are responsible for addictive aspects of gameplay, according to university lecturer in psychology Dr. Zaheer Hussain in a new study titled "Social Responsibility in Online Videogaming: What should the Videogame Industry Do?"<p>The study, authored by Dr. …

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How Middle Eastern studios are overcoming game development challenges

Game development in the Middle East can often be an uphill battle. Between the lack of game publishers, strict government-imposed censorship guidelines, trade sanctions and a lack of financial investors, game developers in the region also have to deal with geographic isolation and the lack of a …

From DARPA, A Virtual Tool To Revolutionize Robotics

The DARPA-funded Gazebo simulation software could make robotics accessible to everyone.<p>The DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC), the most ambitious robot competition in history, cleared a key milestone yesterday. The Pentagon's research wing announced the results of the Virtual Robotics Challenge, a …

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Sony's 'The Playroom' tech demo showcases PlayStation 4 Eye possibilities

A new tech demo from Sony titled The Playroom showcases the PlayStation 4 Eye and the camera's interplay with the PS4's new, light-filled controller, as seen in a trailer released by Sony today.<p>As seen above, the video shows two players, each with their own PS4 controller, interacting with …

NASA funds 3D food printer, pizza is the first item on the menu

Last week we had lab-grown burgers; this week it's powdered pizza. NASA's gotten in on the synthesized food action by awarding a $125,000 grant to Anjan Contractor, head of Systems & Materials Research Corporation, to develop a 3D food printer. The first device Contractor plans to build under the …

Dawngate is EA's latest unannounced MOBA game

Electronic Arts is pushing into the multiplayer online battle arena genre, according to a website that has surfaced for the currently unannounced competitive title <i>Dawngate</i>.<p>The upcoming MOBA game — whose website was discovered by Superannuation — is slated to be the first release from developer …

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