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10:39 PM on 03.19.2014

GDC Awards led by The Last of Us, Papers, Please

The Game Developers Choice Awards, the premiere peer-based awards show in the gaming industry, took place today in San Francisco, and the big winner of the night was The Last of Us with Game of the Year.  Other bigg...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

10:30 PM on 03.19.2014

Division devs brag about Ubisoft's Snowdrop engine

Ubisoft dropped this video today featuring some of the people working at Massive Entertainment, talking about their experience using the Snowdrop engine to develop Tom Clancy's The Division. If you're hoping to see some addi...

Conrad Zimmerman

9:21 PM on 03.19.2014

Papers, Please leads 2014 Independent Game Festival winners

Papers, Please took the $30,000 Seumas McNally Grand Prize at this year's IGF awards, joining last year's Cart Life.  The other winners include Gorogoa (Excellence in Visual Art), Papers, Please (Excellence in Narrative...

Steven Hansen

7:45 PM on 03.19.2014

Grave is an ever-changing surrealist nightmare with Oculus Rift

The sensory deprivation the Oculus Rift provides is great for immersion. And immersion is great for moody, atmospheric, scary games like Grave. Though there is a non Rift coming, so if you haven't sold your eye souls to virtu...

Steven Hansen

7:33 PM on 03.19.2014

Inafune: Mega Man has indie roots, and those remain with Mighty No. 9

In Keiji Inafune's GDC talk, titled "Meanwhile, In Japan...," he recalled that the feeling around the first Mega Man game was comparable to that of indie game making today.  "Mega Man was the first original total that ca...

Dale North

7:17 PM on 03.19.2014

Does Keiji Inafune still believe that 'Japan is over' now?

Keiji Inafune's GDC talk, titled "Meanwhile, In Japan..." opened by addressing a comment he made a couple of years back during another GDC talk. He was quoted as saying "Japan is over" back then. Today he was asked if he stil...

Dale North

6:50 PM on 03.19.2014

Double Fine's Hack 'N' Slash is like Zelda, but you hack the game

Borne out of Double Fine's yearly Amnesia Fortnight game jam, Hack 'N' Slash (as well as Spacebase DF-9) is getting a full release this summer. The top down action adventure game may look like a Legend of Zelda clone, but tha...

Steven Hansen

6:00 PM on 03.19.2014

Crytek to offer royalty-free CryEngine subscription

Well, would you look at that. After hearing Epic Games has plans to roll out a $19.99-per-month subscription plan for Unreal Engine 4, we've know learned Crytek has announced a similar approach for its own CryEngine. But unli...

Jordan Devore

5:38 PM on 03.19.2014

Shenmue: from peach tree prototype to Virtua Fighter RPG to final release

At Yu Suzuki's GDC postmortem of Shenmue, he fully detailed the classic Dreamcast game's development, from an early prototype to a Virtua Fighter RPG to its final beloved form. Many details, images, and concepts were shown for the first time ever, which was a total thrill for me as a huge fan of the game and Suzuki's other works. 

Dale North

4:41 PM on 03.19.2014

'When will Shenmue 3 be released?'

Yu Suzuki took the very first question after his GDC Shenmue postmortem just now, probably knowing exactly what would be asked. You can guess the question.  Suzuki replied, "Of course I want to make one if I have the rig...

Dale North

4:30 PM on 03.19.2014

Animal Crossing is so successful because of its diverse team

Almost half of the people that worked on Animal Crossing: New Leaf are women. When its director Aya Kyogoku started with Nintendo in 2003, she was the only female game designer there. A decade later and that's no longer the c...

Steven Hansen

1:15 PM on 03.19.2014

Nero: First-person visual novel is part Journey, part Myst

Imagine the exploratory experience of Journey, the first-person puzzle solving of Myst, and the look of the world of Avatar, all mixed together in one new game. That's how Storm in a Teacup's Executive Producer, Alberto Belli, describes their upcoming title, Nero. They call it a visual novel, though it's nothing like the Japanese text-based titles you might imagine from that label.

Dale North

12:05 PM on 03.19.2014

Epic Games' new Unreal Engine 4 subscription plan detailed

Epic Games announced a new subscription model for Unreal Engine 4 this morning. Any user can gain full access to their tools and source code for only $19 a month and 5% revenue. Developers can deploy to PC, Mac, iOS, and Andr...

Dale North

11:12 AM on 03.19.2014

Epic Games announces new $19.99/mo Unreal Engine 4 subscription plan

Anyone can gain access to Unreal Engine 4 now with a new subscription plan, priced at $19.99 a month. This was announced this morning in a GDC press conference by Epic co-founder Tim Sweeney.  With this new plan, users c...

Dale North

10:01 AM on 03.19.2014

Oculus on virtual reality competition: 'We're excited'

When we met with them yesterday morning, the people at Oculus VR were not surprised to hear my questioning on what they thought of the rumors of a potential Sony VR headset announcement at GDC. We spoke with them just hours b...

Dale North

10:00 AM on 03.19.2014

Oculus Rift Dev Kit 2 pre-orders open today, priced at $350

As of this morning at 8 a.m. PST, pre-orders are open for the Oculus Rift development kit 2 (DK2). They're priced at $350, and will ship beginning in July of this year. Oculus tells Destructoid that the kits will be shipped o...

Dale North