Game Development

Steamed Over Steam | Gaming

Where would the PC gaming market be without Steam, the digital distribution platform that was developed by Valve Corporation more than a decade ago? …

Gaming Industry

I’m boycotting Zenimax and you should too.

Zenimax, the parent company of Bethesda, is currently seeking an injunction as part of their ongoing lawsuit against Oculus. That injunction would …

Gaming Industry

Mass Effect: Andromeda, Here are the minimum requirements for this Game

Bioware has created a lot of excitement with the continuation of its Mass Effect franchise, and for now we have to wait a little longer until the …

PlayStation

Marvel Games Developers Can Tell Original Stories, Don't Need to be Tied to Existing Canon

In a recent conversation with IGN at DICE 2017, Marvel Games Creative Director Bill Rosemann spoke about future video games in the Marvel universe …

Superheroes

Dynamic vs Static Procedural Generation

<i>Preface: These are some rough notes written for</i> <i>#NotGDC</i> <i>2017, a non-event for those game developers who couldn’t attend GDC. Feedback welcome.</i><p>Lately …

Game Design

'Apocalypse Now' video game creators seek help from military veterans

A Vietnam War epic that took a decade to make and was financed largely outside traditional channels is becoming a video game ... that will take a …

Gaming Industry

Of course someone made a version of “La La Land” as a retro video game

Need more <i>La La Land</i>? You’re not alone! Someone actually made a version of <i>La La Land</i> as a retro video game, and it’s awesome.<p>We never knew that we …

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Meet President Obama’s former video game guru, now helping shape Seattle’s tech education efforts

For Mark DeLoura, returning to Seattle after two years working for the White House was a blast from the past.<p>“There’s the Pacific Science Center,” he …

Education

Lost In Translation: Why Video Game Movies Always Disappoint

<i>Jordan Jones on video game movies and why they always disappoint…</i><p>Hollywood doesn’t understand the rules of video games. Can all we agree on …

Gaming

With The Switch Almost Here, The Graphical Focus Of Microsoft's Scorpio Already Feels Outdated

Considering that the Nintendo Switch is almost upon us with its focus on functional variety, can console gaming really support another graphical powerhouse like Microsoft’s Scorpio?<p>Set for release this summer, Microsoft’s Scorpio is already being touted as a big step up in terms of graphical …

Gaming

21 Video Game Stats That Will Blow You Away

No longer just child's play, gaming is big business.<p>For decades, video games have brought joy to countless children around the world. And with more …

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Biggest Video Game Comebacks Of All Time

While most games inevitably lose players and die off, some rebound and recapture strong player bases and interest.<p>Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege<p>When …

Gaming

Two New Free Amazon/Twitch Prime Games Revealed

Amazon and Twitch Prime members can pick up a pair of free games in the coming weeks, and there's an added benefit to doing so.<p>From now until the end of the month, anyone with a Twitch Prime membership (which is one of the perks of subscribing to Amazon Prime) can download The Banner Saga for free. …

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Want to play your friend’s Steam games? Here’s how to use Steam Family Sharing

Steam is the most popular digital distribution platform for PC games, and if you are into PC gaming, it’s likely you and your friends have built up a …

Gaming Industry

Why Mass Effect Andromeda Took Five Years To Create

Any of the three <i>Mass Effect</i> games that have been released are absolutely massive. They are experiences with so much depth and life that it is …

Gaming Industry

How GameStop is faring as a video game publisher

GameStop has more than 7,000 retail stores for selling games, but it has also diversified into publishing games under its GameTrust label.<p>Instead of competing head-on with game publishers, the company is going after games that might otherwise not get published or not get noticed. It is targeting …

Gaming Industry

One Night Stands Added to Mass Effect Andromeda, Because Immersion

Everything Said, If Mass Effect Andromeda Doesn’t Get a Mature Rating, Then Somebody’s Lying<p>Before games like <i>Witcher</i> 2 <i></i>came along, BioWare has been …

PlayStation

A Fresh Narrative in Gaming

A mixed-race man comes home from the Vietnam War to more carnage: His adoptive father, the leader of the black mob, is betrayed and killed by the Italian mafia, the main criminal power in a fictional city based on New Orleans. So the veteran, Lincoln Clay, starts taking retribution, leaving …

Gaming

Marvel Video Games Will Be Excluded from the MCU

Canon can be such a headache. I can remember being a <i>Star Wars</i> fan growing up and feeling overwhelmed by the amount of stories out there that were …

Superheroes

How SteamWorld Heist brought skill into turn-based tactics

<b>This is The Mechanic, where Alex Wiltshire invites developers to discuss the inner workings of their games. This time, SteamWorld Heist [official</b> …

Game Design

The George Ziets Interview Part 2: Writing For Video Games, Collaboration In Game Development

George Ziets is the Lead Area Designer for InXile’s RPG <i>Torment:Tides of Numenera</i>. He graciously consented to devote a good deal of his time to this four-part interview about the video game writer’s job and the special challenges and opportunities of writing <i>Torment</i>. The interview took place through …

Game Design

The MMO Alpha and Beta List: February 24, 2017

The Latest MMO Alpha and Beta News<p>Check out below the latest news from the MMO Alpha and Beta world to find out what’s been going on since last …

Gaming

Mass Effect: Andromeda lead designer Ian Frazier on 'fulfilling the promise of Mass Effect 1'

Andromeda is lead designer Ian Frazier's first Mass Effect game, but you wouldn't pick up on that by talking to him. He seems like he's been there …

PlayStation 4

Video games can and should inspire entire societies to do better

Reach for the stars<p>If the medium of video games wants to be considered great art it needs to move beyond simply motivating the individual and strive to move entire societies.<p>"If you want video games to be treated as art, some, not all of you, are going to need to step it up," Dr. Jeff Norris, …

Gaming Industry

Pillars Of Eternity 2 Fig Funding Ends With $4.4 Million

The PC RPG is the most successful fan-funded new game since 2015, though Star Citizen has made more.<p><b>[UPDATE]</b> The Fig crowdfunding campaign for Deadfire has now ended. It made $4,407,598 from 33,614 backers. $2.25 million came from investments and $2.15 million from traditional pledges.<p>Though Fig …

Gaming

Valve’s Steam Audio will bring better sound to games and VR

Valve today released a new tool called Steam Audio that represents the fruit of its purchase of Impulsonic in January. The tech promises sound which very realistically responds to a virtual environment and would serve as an improvement over the standard 3D audio.<p>In the demo video below you can hear …

Virtual Reality

Retro Video Games That Always Make You Rage Quit

Nothing feels better than taking your video game-related frustrations out on an unsuspecting console controller. Let’s face it, we’ve all fallen …

Nintendo

Pick up Northgard for Steam with a 20% discount and refund guaranteed

A nice offer on an Early Access title<p>Released just three days ago as an Early Access title on Steam, <i>Northgard</i> shot straight up to the #2 top-selling …

Gaming

Pillars of Eternity 2 is the biggest crowdfunding success since 2015

Obsidian raises 400 percent of its goal<p><i>Pillars of Eternity</i> <i>2: Deadfire</i> is now the most-funded video game on any crowdfunding platform since 2015. Obsidian Entertainment’s crowdfunding campaign for <i>Pillars of Eternity 2</i> wrapped up today with $4.4 million in pledges from more than 33,000 backers — the …

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Bravely Default dev to release its own game engine: Xenko

Game engine enthusiasts, take note: After roughly two years of beta testing, Japanese game and tech company Silicon Studios Corporation has announced …

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