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4:00 PM on 04.21.2014

More games need a Photo Mode like inFamous: Second Son

inFamous: Second Son saw an almost benign update with Photo Mode last week (hashtag many filters). With it, you're photografree to turn off the HUD, adjust depth of field, change time of day, and, well, take pictures. Picture...

Steven Hansen


8:00 AM on 09.06.2013

Metal Gear Solid V: Multiplayer, second screens, & more

We have some new, surprising information about Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Speaking to Official PlayStation Magazine, longtime series director Hideo Kojima detailed some surprises, all of which seem to stem from the...

Steven Hansen

2:30 PM on 08.20.2013

Project Spark closed beta coming in October

Project Spark is shaping up to be one of the most ambitious and creative Xbox One titles that Microsoft is currently showing off, but don't take my word for it -- you can try it out yourself.  A closed beta was jus...

Brett Makedonski



Project Spark has all the tools to be successful photo
Project Spark has all the tools to be successful
by Brett Makedonski

One of the more ambitious looking games that Microsoft had on display as part of its press conference and showcase event was Project Spark. Serving as an obvious attempt to capture the sect of the audience that loves Minecraft, Project Spark has some very impressive terraformation tools in its arsenal that expertly allow the player to create worlds on a whim. Once those worlds are created, the game finds ways to try to make them fun.

There's no question in my mind that the method is sound. During my 15 minutes with the game, Project Spark showed off an astounding attention to detail that was hard to wrap my head around. Paying particular care to fine-tune everything down to the tiniest of metrics, players can either form new environments in sweeping broad strokes or pixel by pixel on both an X and Y axis. Watching the game create vibrant-looking lands right under your brush is...well, it's kind of magical.

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12:30 PM on 06.10.2013

Project Spark shows off multiplayer world building

Project Spark is bringing a huge open universe of creativity to Xbox One players. With the Kinect enabled voice controls, along with terraforming made easier with the use of SmartGlass, Project Spark is looking to make a big splash with its user-generated content. No word yet as to a release date, but those worlds sure look pretty!

Jason Cabral



Should publishers try to profit from user-created videos? photo
Should publishers try to profit from user-created videos?
by Conrad Zimmerman

Last week, it came to light that Nintendo has started making content claims for popular videos on YouTube which feature their products, including "Let's Play" and other forms of walkthrough content, taking the ad revenue which would have normally gone to the uploader. As the first major sign of corporate intervention in the rapidly expanding form of entertainment which (in all but a few circumstances) necessitates the use of another's intellectual property, one has to wonder: Should they even be trying to profit from the content their customers create?

Answer The Question for yourself in the comments!

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4:00 PM on 05.20.2013

This custom Trials Evolution track boggles the mind

When Trials Evolution released last year, I played around with the level editor enough to see huge potential in it and also to understand that I could never personally tap into that potential. Thankfully, there are people li...

Darren Nakamura

5:00 PM on 03.31.2013

Jade Raymond: AAA games will need more user content

Jade Raymond, Ubisoft Toronto's Managing Director, doesn't believe that the continually expanding budgets and costs of AAA game development are necessary, in fact, she thinks they need to stop. Speaking with Gamasutra at GDC,...

Fraser Brown

6:00 PM on 11.26.2012

Observe the Far Cry 3 Map Editor in action

Far Cry 3 releases later this week (unless you're in North America and have to wait until next week, which should happen now and again if we're going to be fair about things) and it's looking pretty tight. Perhaps even -- an...

Conrad Zimmerman

9:00 PM on 08.16.2012

Valve update adds co-op puzzles to Portal 2 level creator

Aperture Science's "Perpetual Testing Initiative" has just undergone a major expansion. An update for Portal 2 released today which allows users to now create puzzles requiring cooperative play to add to the more than 17...

Conrad Zimmerman

2:00 AM on 05.11.2012

Portal 2 Perpetual Initiative serves 1.3 million tests

Released just this week, the Perpetual Testing Initiative expansion to Portal 2 has already resulted in a success of some kind. No, no. Don't tell me. I'll figure out the appropriate adjective eventually. More than 35,0...

Conrad Zimmerman





11:00 PM on 05.08.2012

A message to all Aperture employees from Boss Man Johnson

Mr. Cave Johnson, CEO of Aperture Science, recently issued a message to all his employees, confirming the existence of the Perpetual Testing Initiative (PeTI), and its status being operational as of now. In the message, rath...

Raz Rauf

2:30 PM on 04.26.2012

Valve to release Portal 2 level editor May 8

Starting next month, the possibilities for portal puzzles become as infinite as spaaaaaaaaace. Valve has announced a new update for Portal 2 which will arrive on May 8. The "Perpetual Testing Initiative" will give player...

Conrad Zimmerman

12:30 PM on 10.25.2011

Team Fortress 2 community mods look spook-tacular

C'mon, I'm allowed one Halloween pun at this time of year, right? Anyway, Team Fortress 2 has had plenty of official Halloween updates in the past, whether it's been special themed maps or limited edition hats. Now a group of...

Alasdair Duncan



inFAMOUS 2 gets vehicles for user-generated content photo
inFAMOUS 2 gets vehicles for user-generated content
by Jordan Devore

How's inFAMOUS 2 been going on the user-generated-content front? I honestly couldn't say! But the first of many UGC updates to come is free, and it's hopefully going to keep mission makers interested enough to stay with it.

The update -- which is available now from PlayStation Network -- gives creators cars from single-player to tinker with: Bertrand’s Limo, Bertrand’s Semi-Truck, the New Marais Police Car, the Ambulance, and a bike. I can already picture an amazing Punch-Out!! mission.

And if vehicles aren't necessarily your thing, UGC search functionality from the pause menu has been added.

Free inFAMOUS 2 UGC Vehicles Pack, Search Function Available Now on PSN [PlayStation Blog]

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8:00 PM on 05.19.2011

MERD: A stunning FPS built in Little Big Planet 2

The above video is of Massive Epic Raging Destruction (MERD), a first-person shooter game built using the game creation tools in Little Big Planet 2. As a guy who can barely grasp the idea of what's possible with enough...

Conrad Zimmerman