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8:51 PM on 04.02.2015

Personality from Pixels: Kirby's Adventure

In any visual medium, the artist strives to convey more information about the story and its characters through "showing," as opposed to "telling." With the amount of technical wizardry that modern developers have at thei...   read

1:22 PM on 03.12.2015

Difficulty Done Right: Why is it fun to fail?

Difficulty may be impossible to quantify outside the context of a specific game or genre, yet the delicate balance that developers must strike with player input is essential to ensure that the game is more fun than frustration. In this video, I take a stab at defining difficulty and attempt to identify how Dark Souls did well in achieving a sense of fairness.   read

10:32 PM on 05.10.2012

Kickstart to Lightspeed Ė An FTL Interview

In February, Double Fine Productions made international headlines for their successful utilization of Kickstarter to crowd-fund their upcoming game Double Fine Adventure. In the months since, many other independent videogame ...   read

9:43 AM on 04.09.2012

Upcoming interview with FTL dev team: Submit your ?'s

Later this week I'll be interviewing the Shanghai-based, two man development studio behind the upcoming FTL: Faster Than Light space strategy game. If you're not already familiar with FTL, you'll likely be familiar with the ...   read

4:47 AM on 11.27.2011

Being the nice bad guy - SW:TOR beta weekend impressions

I played the SWTOR beta all day Saturday. Given that the confidentiality clause has been lifted with this latest beta weekend, I figured I'd share my impressions regarding the story/conversation system because maybe writing t...   read

4:14 PM on 08.10.2011

Chinajoy - China. Joy. 2011

You read correctly - Chinajoy 2011, bud, it's what E3 could have been if it had stood up for itself when all the sissies started complaining about the booth babes stealing the show a few years back. Granted, I've never been t...   read

9:17 AM on 07.18.2011

Blizzard theme park 'Joyland' EXPOSED

You may recall reading about a certain theme park here on Destructoid in months previous. Several gaming-related sites carried stories relating the apparent effort of CCJoy, a large, online game developer in China, to open an...   read

5:02 AM on 07.07.2011

Another One Bites: EA/PopCap Deal

It would seem that Electronic Arts is poised to devour another developer in an effort to dominate the casual sector of the games industry. This in and of itself isnít anything new for a company that has earned a reputation fo...   read

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