Road to the IGF: Garbos, Kvale and Nyström's Progress to 100
"I completely stopped looking at an iPhone as a touch screen device and started looking at it as a magic little box full of possibilities."
Rovio spins off books business as restructuring continues
Rovio is attempting to shed even more weight by spinning off its books business with the creation of new affiliate company, Kaiken Publishing.
Hard stats on the development and sales of a 2D survival adventure/RPG on PC
Candid game development costs and sales stats, as well as a breakdown on player behavior, piracy, and lessons for the future: it's all here, served up by Dead in Bermuda
Writing Firewatch, and capturing the beauty of being alone
"People go to Wyoming because they’re captivated by the beauty and the aloneness. Growing up there creates a certain feeling inside you that you don’t really get rid of for the rest of your life."
Blog: How can eSports go mainstream?
"eSports is essentially a spectator sport. So, for eSports to really explode, focus needs to change from the 'best-of-the-best' to the common competitor."
Amazon launches new, free, high-quality game engine: Lumberyard
Built using CryEngine's tech and completely free to download and use, this new engine -- which can currently deploy products on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One -- is powered by Twitch and Amazon Web Services.
Video game video hub GameTrailers is shutting down this week
GameTrailers announced today via its Twitter account that the video game video hub is shutting down, over a year after it was sold to Defy Media by Viacom in a layoff-ridden 2014 deal.
Get a job: Zenimax Online Studios seeks a Sound Designer
Elder Scrolls Online
developer Zenimax Online Studios seeks to hire an experienced sound designer to work alongside the team at its studio in Rockville, Maryland.
Dofus dev unlocks in-game rewards based on movie ticket sales
How do you get people to go watch your video game movie? If you're Dofus
developer Ankama, you take a page from Kickstarter and tie tiers of in-game rewards to movie ticket sales milestones.
Top brass resign amid MadCatz executive shuffle
Change is in the wind at video game peripheral maker Mad Catz, as president and CEO Darren Richardson, senior VP of business affairs Whitney Peterson and company chairman Thomas Brown have resigned.
Short vs. long-term progression in game design
How do you keep players interested? "Combining both short and long-term progression provides the best combination of progression models to keep someone engaged in your title."
Don't Miss: Designing for choice and exploration in Firewatch
Campo Santo team members Nels Anderson and Jake Rodkin speak at length about how Firewatch
is being designed to tell a story and allow meaningful player exploration/choice -- without combat.
State of the Industry: Enough with the skeletons
Over 2,000 devs surveyed in GDC's State of the Industry survey answer the vague question: “Is there anything else you'd like to say about the game industry?” As you can imagine, it gets quite heated.
Road to the IGF: Red Hook Studios' Darkest Dungeon
'Developing in Early Access is like working while naked in a transparent cube suspended above Times Square. But Darkest Dungeon
is a stronger game for having gone through it.'
Respawn looks to buck the 'no campaign' trend with Titanfall 2
Respawn is reportedly trying its hand at a single-player campaign and a TV spin-off for Titanfall 2
, according to comments made by lead writer Jesse Stern in an interview with Forbes.
Techniques for procedurally generated worlds in Unity
This post gets deep into world generation technique: "A heat map defines the temperature of our generated world. The heat map we are going to create will be based on latitude and height."
Q&A: Serious VR design lurks just beneath Job Simulator's goofy premise
Beneath the humor and disembodied white gloves of Owlchemy Labs' Job Simulator 2050
is a virtual reality game that incorporates some seriously solid VR interaction design fundamentals.
Blog: Why are RPGs so hard to classify?
"I've decided to sit down and rant a bit on why it's so hard to define this genre, and also why it's a genre that sometimes end restricting its games. Some of it will be obvious, but I hope to offer some decent insights."
GDC: See how Paradox balances historical accuracy with good game design
Paradox Interactive senior game designer Chris King is going to delve into the tricky balancing act that comes with making games about historical events at GDC 2016
. Don't miss it!
Daigo 'The Beast' Umehara gets nostalgic on Street Fighter II's 25th anniversary
"Street Fighter II
enthralled me just as it did to so many others. If there had been no SF2
, I would not have been here today as a pro gamer."
Independent VR platform Transport nets $25 million
California-based virtual reality startup Wevr has received $25 million from investors including HTC and Samsung to further develop its independent VR distribution platform, Transport.
Twitch's top 10 for 2015: League of Legends cracks 1 billion hours watched
"Four PC games, League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, DotA 2
, are literally dwarfing the competition on Twitch."
Blog: Austin's secret histories
"I'm fascinated by all the things that lead up to people making up pastimes, toys and time-wasters generally referred to as 'games.' That includes where they live, who they associate with, how they regard themselves and each other."
Final Fantasy Tactics designer's crowdfunded RPG, Unsung Story, put on hold
"For the financial strength of the company we need to focus on a few products in the near term that have the ability to get to a retail release before Unsung Story
is able to."
Apple rejects The Binding of Isaac due to depictions of violence towards children
An iOS port of psychological-horror shooter The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth
has been rejected by Apple due to its depiction of violence towards children.