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8:00 AM on 03.27.2013

Battlefield 4 not coming to Wii U because it's too risky

Despite the Wii U finally giving Nintendo a console that compares to the PS3 and Xbox 360, quite a few studios have decided to pass on bringing their games to the system. EA DICE is the latest, creative director Lars Gus...

Jim Sterling

8:00 PM on 02.12.2013

Watch people cry during Walking Dead's finale [Spoilers]

In the above video, you will see the season one finale of TellTale's The Walking Dead. You'll also see video of YouTubers OfflimitsPC, Morfar, and PewDiePie bawling their eyes and shouting out as something really bad happens...

Allistair Pinsof

2:00 AM on 02.12.2013

Come on, montage! Drunk man crashes D.I.C.E. Awards

Of everything to come out of the 2013 D.I.C.E. Summit last week, this undoubtedly brought me the most joy. Specifically, the moment I'm referring to happens at 2:07:30, when an intoxicated man jumped up on stage and wanted t...

Jordan Devore



David Cage is wrong: Violence is essential photo
David Cage is wrong: Violence is essential
by Allistair Pinsof

How is it that a walk around the golf course outside my house, with its scummy pond, ugly ducklings, boring grass, and the dull sky above is so much more immersive than exploring the psychedelic world of Proteus or mystical lands of Journey?

Our perception of reality is guided by our senses. The pavement impacts my feet, the grass crunches as I walk upon it, the sky surrounds my area of vision, and the bayou across the way brings about a strong scent of human feces. I couldn't be anywhere else, even if I wanted.

If I were to put a gun in my hand and fire aimlessly at the houses, would I become even more immersed in my environment -- that is, would I become even more aware and emotionally invested in the current moment? Yes, I would. And so it is with videogames.

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2:00 PM on 02.11.2013

Journey dev hints at next game, wants 'financial success'

At the 2013 D.I.C.E. Summit, thatgamecompany co-founder Jenova Chen spoke at length about creating Journey, revealing that the studio ran out of money after significant delays which ultimately resulted in the game many of us ...

Jordan Devore

11:15 AM on 02.11.2013

Schell: Game demos can cut game sales in half

Did you watch Schell Games CEO Jesse Schell's D.I.C.E. presentation last week. Very interesting stuff, right? The most interesting bit comes about 10 minutes into it, where he points out some interesting data on game dem...

Dale North





10:30 PM on 02.08.2013

Half-Life & Portal Movies? Rayman Delayed? What MADNESS!

What a bunch of wacky news today about the video games! There's the ongoing Rayman Legends debacle, with it being delayed for a multi-platform release, causeing devs and fans to speak out. Meanwhile, J.J. Abrahms a...

Max Scoville

5:45 PM on 02.08.2013

Jesse Schell: Marketing BS and good games won't be enough

Dale has been at the 2013 D.I.C.E. Summit all week and left express instructions to pass along Schell Games CEO Jesse Schell's keynote speech to you kind folks. Having now watching it myself, I have to agree -- it's an enter...

Jordan Devore

9:30 PM on 02.07.2013

Horror game Daylight relies on procedural generation

Blacklight Retribution developer Zombie Studios had previously shared a few details on its unnamed horror game, though there was a bit too much left to the imagination. As we now know via IGN, Daylight will utilize procedura...

Jordan Devore

9:00 PM on 02.07.2013

Journey wins Game of the Year at D.I.C.E. Awards

[Update: The show is over! Check below for a recap of all the winners. We'll be posting clips of the show as they become available. The 16th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards are live tonight, and will be starting at any moment. These ...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

7:11 PM on 02.07.2013

Gearbox boss explains console fanboyism with psychology

Gearbox Software president Randy Pitchford's D.I.C.E. Summit presentation focused on how player choice is a good thing for games. In one of his many examples on how choice works in games like Borderlands 2, he touched on a bit of psychology, using the work of Harvard psychology professor Dan Gilbert to show that the choices players make become the 'best' choice.

Dale North

6:11 PM on 02.07.2013

Journey: Chen wanted emotional connections from MMOs

Jenova Chen admitted to being "a nerdy guy that likes to stay at home" during his D.I.C.E. Summit 2013 talk on Journey, but he still wanted to connect with others, and hoped he could do so in MMOs like World of Warcraft. But ...

Dale North



Journey took thatgamecompany into bankruptcy photo
Journey took thatgamecompany into bankruptcy
by Dale North

Jenova Chen's D.I.C.E. Summit talk on my favorite game of last year, Journey, was moving for many reasons, but I was particularly moved when I heard that his team, thatgamecompany, went bankrupt in the struggle to finish the game.

After the allotted two years in development, Journey still wasn't there. It wasn't meeting the emotional peaks and valleys they had hoped to hit. This left them with a rough choice -- ship the game as is, or go back into it to make it as emotionally moving as they had originally hoped it would be.

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5:24 PM on 02.07.2013

Try not to cry from reading this Journey fan mail

thatgamecompany's Jenova Chen shared this fan letter during his D.I.C.E. Summit 2013 presentation today on his team's journey making Journey. Your game practically changed my life. It was the most fun I had with him since he...

Dale North

5:15 PM on 02.07.2013

Gabe Newell's D.I.C.E. keynote on what's next for Valve

Pull up a chair, sit down, and listen to Valve co-founder Gabe Newell's D.I.C.E. keynote that was given today in Las Vegas. If you missed the talk as it happened live earlier this morning, Variety has got your back with reco...

Jordan Devore

2:15 PM on 02.07.2013

Warren Spector addresses violent games again at D.I.C.E.

Speaking at the 2013 D.I.C.E. Summit today, designer Warren Spector took on the concept of how gaming content has changed over time, how tastes may change as you age, and how developers need to address those changes. To stres...

Chris Carter