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System Shock 2 hits Steam today, discounted for a limited time

<i>System Shock 2</i>, developer Looking Glass Studios' first-person shooter/role-playing game, was released on Steam today and is discounted through mid-May, according to the game's Steam listing.<p>Steam's Windows PC version retails for $9.99, but will be available fo r $6.99 until May 17, a discount of 30 …

The Quest for the Golden Nintendo Game

One Friday afternoon in 2010, Pat Contri got the Facebook message of every videogame collector's dreams. A friend who worked at the local game store …

Thief takes major cues from Dishonored, the game inspired by Thief (preview)

The master is stealing a few lessons from its prized student.<p>It’s been a decade since apathetic rogue Garrett last took something he shouldn’t have in the Thief trilogy of first-person stealth games, but you’ve likely felt his sneaky influence in many top-tier franchises ever since. Thief wrote the …

Ouya review: can an indie console take on Sony and Microsoft?

Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo may no longer be the only names that matter in gaming, but the "big three" is still very much alive in people's minds. Even as iOS and Android have gotten better games, and better hardware to run those games, capital-G Gaming remains something done with a controller …

Average 2012 US dev salary $84,000

How much does the average game developer make? According to the <i>Game Developer</i> magazine's 12th annual Salary Survey, the average United States industry salary in 2012 was $84,337, up from $81,182 in 2011.<p>Sixty-four percent of developers made more money than last year (down from 66 percent), while 29 …

Game Development

What generation of gamer are you?

What is your gaming age?<p>Gaming is one of the worlds most popular hobbies. It spans every age generation, caters to almost every taste, and cares …

Inside Gaming - YouTube

Are We Growing War Weary of Ultra-Violent Games?

I read an interesting article yesterday by Chris Plante over at Polygon. He was discussing how his wife was very interested in BioShock Infinite, the art, the philosophy and so on, but was limited in her enjoyment of the game because she simply couldn’t stomach the widespread gore and violence that …

13 awesome maps from classic video games (gallery)

Video games inspire all kinds of peripheral art. Gamers love to build costumes, compose music, and paint original works. It’s only natural that cartographers would eventually get in on the action.<p>The mapmakers at City Prints art studio in Atlanta decided to take their skills at charting real-world …

Gamestop: Customers Significantly Less Likely to Buy Consoles that Block Used Games

The perpetual rumor that either Sony’s Playstation 4 or Microsoft’s next Xbox could potentially block used games got a little attention from Gamestop in<p>a recent earnings call, as reported by gamesindustry.biz. The video games retail giant expressed optimism over the next wave of consoles, …

Game of the year 2013

The best games of 2013<p>As we inch ever closer to 2014, December's light release schedule provides a perfect opportunity to reflect on all the great …

Gaming

'They don't set the tone': Dragon Age lead writer on the men who don't want women in games

"Confession, my lecture isn't actually about sex," said David Gaider, a senior writer and designer at BioWare EA. The lecture, he revealed, was actually about how BioWare has had to address sexism and sexuality.<p>From there, Gaider's Game Developers Conference lecture, bluntly titled "Sex in Games," …

If Uncharted’s Nathan Drake had a dating site profile

Welcome to another edition of our dating site for our favorite gaming characters, Extra Hearts. This time we’re unearthing the profile of Nathan Drake, the witty hero of Sony’s Uncharted franchise. Will the famed treasure hunter find love, or will his prospects for romance come crumbling down …

Blizzard marks StarCraft's 15th anniversary with achievement, portrait reward, wallpaper

Blizzard Entertainment launched the original <i>StarCraft</i> 15 years ago this weekend, and the studio announced Friday that it is marking the milestone with a new achievement and special rewards for <i>StarCraft 2</i> players.<p><i>StarCraft</i> was released March 31, 1998, and from today through 2:59 a.m ET on April 18, …

Time Sink: Columbia Tourism And Gaming Photojournalism In 'BioShock Infinite'

I recently played through the opening 20 minutes of Irrational Games’ <i>BioShock Infinite</i>, but nearly 2 hours of real-world time ticked away. This protracted session wasn’t caused by protagonist Booker DeWitt dying, nor by any work distractions pulling me away from the PC. No, I simply couldn’t stop …

'Journey' Sweeps Game Developers Choice Awards: Some Alternative Winners

<i>Journey took home top honors at this year’s Game Developers Choice Awards. Here are some alternative picks.</i><p><i>Journey</i> swept the Game Developers Choice Awards last week, taking home six awards, including Game of the Year. While I loved the game, and was genuinely moved by my experience with it, I’m …

11 things video games can learn from Game of Thrones

Game of Game of Thrones<p>The increasingly popular <i>Game Of Thrones</i> returns on March 31, having captured popular and critical imagination in a way that no …

The surreal, inspiring and beautiful games of GDC's experimental panel

Wrapping up the 2013 Game Developers Conference, the Experimental Game Design panel showcased over a dozen unusual, exciting, wacky, funny, scary, sad, ugly and sometimes profound video games.<p>The Castle Doctrine<p>The panel began with the latest game from Jason Rohrer, who won the Game Design …

7 Secrets We Learned About The 'LEGO Marvel's Avengers' Game

Gaming<p>Find out what the hottest game news, new game releases.<p>Gaming<p>Actors from the 'Harry Potter' films will also reprise their roles in the …

Ouya looks pretty but lacks killer games so far (preview)

Ouya has begun shipping its $99 Android game console to consumers who pre-ordered the system and backed the company’s successful crowdfunding campaign.<p>The San Francisco company is celebrating the launch with a party Thursday evening near the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. The event is …

Tomb Raider sets franchise sales record

Today during a Game Developers Conference panel, Crystal Dynamics studio head Darrell Gallagher revealed that Tomb Raider set a franchise sales record. He explained that the series reboot enjoyed the highest week-one sales in the history of the series.<p>Tomb Raider was also the "biggest opening" of …

Tomb Raider

The One Twist in BioShock Infinite's Ending You Might Have Missed Completely

I’ve had a blast the past few days reading through the hundreds of comments on this post. In it, I spent 3,000 words discussing the mind-bending ending of the BioShock Infinite, and readers spent thousands more giving their own opinions on all the events that unfold in the finale.<p>There are …

Jane McGonigal on the good and bad of video game escapism

Game designer Jane McGonigal began her GDC talk this year with a quote from author Jack Finney: "It seems too bad — this universal craving to escape what could be a rich, productive, happy world." Finney was writing about the ‘40s, but McGonigal said the trends he was talking about are magnified in …

Double Fine teases the storybook world of its Kickstarter game 'Broken Age'

When Double Fine — the studio behind the cult hit <i>Psychonauts —</i> went to Kickstarter in February of last year asking for $400,000 to make a point-and-click adventure game, backers responded with overwhelming approval and a total pledge of over $3 million. At the time, the company gave no details on …

Hands on with the Ouya

The Kickstarter darling comes home: hands on with the Ouya

And that's the Ouya. It's an early product full of potential energy.<p>On July 10, just one week after announcing the project and less than eight hours after putting it on Kickstarter, Ouya reached its $950,000 goal.<p>A few minutes later it broke the million dollar mark, only the eighth project in …

Journey's vast desert setting was chosen to help players connect on a 'human level'

<i>Journey</i>'s rolling deserts were designed to help players connect with one another, lead engineer John Edwards said during a GDC presentation.<p>Speaking at the "Sand Rendering in <i>Journey</i>" panel, Edwards explained how the team wanted to create a game that had an experience similar to finding someone on a …

How Bungie shaped Destiny from fantasy to 'mythic sci-fi' world

When Bungie set off on its journey to build an all-new universe for <i>Destiny</i>, the mythic science fiction, "shared world shooter" it unveiled earlier this year, it started with a more traditional fantasy concept starring wizards, grub lords and giant frogs battling in ancient settings.<p>Bungie also …

Short but sweet - 8 games that were proud to be brief

The candle that burns twice as bright<p>There are many rubrics to judge a game by, like graphics or controls. The varying lengths of different games …