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7 uses of procedural generation that all developers should study

In the right game — <i>Diablo</i>, <i>Rogue</i>, <i>Spelunky</i>, <i>Daggerfall</i>, <i>Elite</i>, <i>Spore</i>, even the likes of <i>Football Manager</i> — procedurally-generated content is magical. It …

Desert Golf - One small gameplay idea distilled and refined to perfection.

This is one of those games that made me step back and think about how I design games. I think I go too wide too fast when developing a game. For …

People are paying $30 on eBay to play the Final Fantasy 15 demo

People are finally playing <i>Final Fantasy 15</i>, thanks to the <i>Episode Duscae</i> demo that's included with copies of <i>Final Fantasy Type-0 HD</i>. But for Final Fantasy fans unwilling to drop the full $60 on <i>Type-0 HD</i>, there's another option: eBay.<p>Vouchers with download codes for <i>Final Fantasy 15: Episode Duscae</i> …

Using Gamification 2.0 to Improve Your Businesses Productivity

Gamification 2.0 might sound like the latest buzzword in a long line of Internet trends that has gained widespread use, particularly in the …

Nintendo Has Sold 3.5 Million amiibo Figures

Since November 21st, 2014 Nintendo has sold 3.5 million amiibo figures according to the company.<p>The toy line, which is reminiscent of Activision’s <i>Skylanders</i> franchise, launched alongside <i>Super Smash Bros.</i> last year and Nintendo can barely keep up with demand.<p>Numerous amiibo figures are sold out or …

Retrogaming

World of Warcraft tokens bring 30 days of gameplay

World of Warcraft’s creator has announced a new in-game item that’ll give gamers 30 days of gameplay for redeeming it (or gold, depending on …

Evolve, The Order, And The 'Impossible' $40 Price Point

Two games came out this month that couldn’t be more different from one another. One is Evolve, the 4v1 multiplayer shooter than has players hunting down a giant alien monster while the game barely even hints at a narrative. The Order is a cover shooter/quick-time-fest that is almost nothing <i>but</i> …

Indie Gaming

No one is getting rich from Exploding Kittens' $8.7 million Kickstarter

Exploding Kittens is the work of game designers Elan Lee and Shane Small, along with artist Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal.<p>It's a card game for two to five players that has become the most successful gaming Kickstarter of all time, raising $8,782,571 from 219,382 backers.<p>Which is absurd, right? How …

Exploding Kittens

Five Things I Didn’t Get About Making Video Games (Until I Did It)

Before I joined Gearbox Software, I worked at <i>Destructoid</i> as a features editor. I worked there from 2006 to 2010 and specialized in highlighting indie …

Metal Gear

Getting to know the business of Dota 2 's indie Announcer Packs

As of January 2015, <i>Dota 2</i> has well over 10 million active users. And, as of January 2015, Steam Content Creators have made $57 million from sales in</i> …

Playtesting Mobile Games at the DMV

We can’t afford to make a game that isn’t fun, which is why we’ve been playtesting Patchmania since the first month of development. Playtesting …

Evolve's week one stats show a well-balanced game with short, brutal matches

<i>Evolve</i> has been in the wild for a bit over a week, and 2K Games has released an infographic that gives some interesting insight into the real-world stats of the game.<p>The good news is that the numbers show a well-balanced game, and the better news for people who like a focused fight is that rounds …