Another developer sees diminishing returns on Kickstarter
"Itís impossible not to notice a sense of apathy towards Kickstarter these days," writes designer Agustin Cordes "In short, few people seem to be backing games these days, including our own."
Blog: The story of the Halloween Mod for Half-Life
An interview, by a fan and game design student, with the creator of a popular Halloween-themed mod from 2002: Swiss_Cheese Halloween Mod
How a mobile studio's fight for survival ended with a $500K investment
Traplight Games was founded back in 2010 by three game industry veterans. While the team aimed to create their own original games, they soon found themselves collaborating with other bigger studios...
Thoughts on the glorification of violence
"I think the glorification of violence is something that people -- particularly males -- are taught to value. I don't think it's something we would otherwise naturally value."
GDC Next: Lecture recommendations for press
GDC organizers have helped put together a list of some of the most interesting lectures at next week's s GDC Next
event, with an eye towards what would work well written up for a larger audience.
She's not playing it wrong
"If we want to encourage more women to apply to our companies and work in game development, we need to treat it like a usability problem," writes veteran developer Laralyn McWilliams.
'de Blob found a new home today'
If you thought all of THQ's assets had been sold off by now, think again. Nordic Games today announced that it has purchased the IP rights to the de Blob
How I got my dream job in the game industry
"Trawling through 20,000+ job posts. Applying to 4,000+ jobs, giving out over 1000 business cards, talking to over 250 people on the phone for contacts and recommendations, and a 100+ interviews later, I finally have my dream job!"
5 things we learned from Kickstarter... after canceling our campaign
"In retrospect we certainly donít regret going on Kickstarter. Maybe we didnít get the money from itbut the way that the campaign played was key in shaping how our game now looks and plays."
Denis Dyack is still making his Eternal Darkness followup
Denis Dyack, formerly the founder of Silicon Knights and most recently Chief Creative Officer of Precursor Games, has revealed his next move: an all-encompassing entertainment company.
Blog: Making games is hard
On difficult decisions, and not being able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. "It feels like the number one enemy in any act of creation is time; thereís never enough of it."
Sega swings to losses, citing 'sluggish consumer spending'
Sega saw a swing to losses during the first half of this fiscal year, due to what the company described as "sluggish consumer spending."
Surprising no-one, Bethesda cancels Prey 2
Bethesda has officially cancelled development of first-person shooter Prey 2
, as the company says that it simply wasn't good enough quality.
The Witness artist reminds us to keep it simple, stupid
"To evoke emotions through art, in games or anything else, you have to break down your medium," says The Witness
artist and Twelve Minutes
developer Luis Antonio.
Sony posts hefty losses, although its PlayStation business is not the problem
Sony posted significant losses for the last fiscal quarter, although the company's PlayStation business was not the problem.
Just a level solver: Why my puzzle game took over a year to complete
"I was stumped. Out of optimization ideas, I considered giving up. Maybe I could just put in the best solutions I found on my own and make it a competition for my players to beat those scores?"
Composing an indie RPG title track
On the collaborative process of working with a composer: "I gave some specific feedback... but I ultimately needed to trust his ability to polish the piece."
Two Finnish studios band together: Next Games acquires Helsinki GameWorks
Two startups with veterans from notable developers like Rovio, Supercell, and Remedy have joined up. Next Games is currently working on a Walking Dead mobile game.
OnLive expands service to Europeans outside the U.K.
If your game is available on OnLive, people in countries other than the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom can now create OnLive accounts and pay to play it.
Final Fantasy creator's F2P game hits 1M downloads in 3 weeks
, the debut free-to-play mobile game from Final Fantasy
creator Hironobu Sakaguchi's Mistwalker studio, has been downloaded more than a million times worldwide in the three weeks since its October 9th launch.
Ex-Blizzard frontman Rob Pardo shares his approach to game design
designer Soren Johnson talks to ex-Blizzard designer Rob Pardo (Warcraft 3
, Starcraft II
) about his career and his approach to design in the new Designer Notes podcast.
Don't Miss: The neuroscience of survival horror
How do survival horror games like The Evil Within
work on our brains? Neuroscientist M. Tajerian unpacks the mechanism behind the scares in Amnesia
, Dead Space
and Silent Hill
in this classic feature.
Get a job: CCP is seeking a Senior Backend Programmer
CCP is looking to add a strong industry experienced Backend Programmer to its programming team in the Newcastle Studio, UK.
Blog: How much friction? Tension in Alien: Isolation
"The game is good, evoking the tension of Ridley Scott's original movie by pitting a single protagonist against a nigh-unstoppable xenomorph. But about 2/3 of my way through the game I started feeling annoyance, rather than tension."
Ubisoft reports better-than-expected sales thanks to Watch Dogs
The company beat its modest sales goal for the second fiscal quarter thanks to a growing digital games business and ongoing strong sales of Watch Dogs
, which has shipped 9 million units to retail.