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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

1:58 PM on 02.07.2013

Warren Spector ends D.I.C.E. talk with a reminder...

As you may have heard, Junction Point recently closed. Studio head Warren Spector just ended his D.I.C.E. 2013 Summit talk this morning with a reminder of that, for all his peers at the event. The audience had a laugh. Someone hire this man!

Dale North

12:48 PM on 02.07.2013

Gabe Newell is a skeptic of cloud gaming

Valve's Gabe Newell gave us his thoughts on cloud gaming this morning at his D.I.C.E. Summit keynote, saying that he's a skeptic of the technology. While he backs in-home streaming as a solution for getting PC games on living...

Dale North

12:34 PM on 02.07.2013

Newell details good, better, best PC living room options

At Valve boss Gabe Newell's D.I.C.E. Summit keynote this morning, he ran down what he feels are three separate but complementary segments for PCs in the living room. Valve believes that the openness of the internet and PCs are what's best for the gaming industry. PCs in the living room will be key for getting away from what he calls the "disruptive console cycle." 

Dale North

11:30 AM on 02.07.2013

Ouya plans to have a new console out every year

The Android isn't the only thing Ouya's borrowing from the mobile market -- the swift obsoletion of hardware is apparently high up on Ouya's checklist, too! According to CEO Julie Uhrman, a new console is being planned f...

Jim Sterling





9:00 AM on 02.07.2013

OUYA CEO outlines 'The Revenge of the TV'

With videogames being everywhere and on everything, OUYA CEO Julie Uhrman took the stage at D.I.C.E. Summit 2013 to remind us how much we love the television. She believes that the big screen in the center of our home is wher...

Dale North

12:30 AM on 02.07.2013

D.I.C.E. Summit's Bar+Cade is pretty damn cool

Where do all the devs and industry types go between sessions and meetings here at D.I.C.E.? They go to Bar+Cade, the event's official hangout. It's a large, circular bar, stocked full with drinks, surrounded by everything you...

Dale North

7:45 PM on 02.06.2013

Double Fine to support OUYA with The Cave, DF Adventure

The importance of quality software for the upcoming OUYA has been harped on for months, but at least in the short term, it sure does look like this console will be successful. Following the news that OUYA will be sold at reta...

Jordan Devore

4:23 PM on 02.06.2013

Best. Tattoo. Ever.

Coming back from lunch here at D.I.C.E. Summit 2013, I ran into an event staffer with the greatest arm tat I've ever seen. You see a lot of tattoos in Las Vegas, but I've never seen one that stopped me dead in my tracks. "Is ...

Dale North

1:32 PM on 02.06.2013

David Cage 'shocked' by violent showings at last E3

During David Cage's presentation at D.I.C.E. Summit 2013 this morning, in a talk on his vision for the game industry, he addressed last year's E3's showing of violent, shocking content. The Quantic Dream boss made it clear th...

Dale North

12:31 PM on 02.06.2013

SF's demonic BART screech was worked into Dead Space

Glen Schofield, GM of Sledgehammer games, in his D.I.C.E. Summit 2013 presentation on details on games, talked about how everyday experiences -- from your favorite lunch place to your morning commute -- can influence game mak...

Dale North



J.J. Abrams and Valve to collaborate on a project photo
J.J. Abrams and Valve to collaborate on a project
by Dale North

J.J. Abrams and Gabe Newell want to work on a game together. Or something. Apparently they've been talking about this for awhile, but they've revealed that to the audience here at D.I.C.E. Summit 2013, after their keynote opening,  that they are in fact doing it -- working together.

J.J. Abrams said that he has an "idea for a game" that he thought Valve could make a reality. Likewise, Newell said he has ideas for collaboration.

What does this mean? Something great, I'm sure.

Stay tuned!

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8:00 AM on 02.06.2013

All the cool kids are here at D.I.C.E. Summit 2013

The 2013 D.I.C.E. Summit kicks off today, starting with the opening keynote from the unlikely duo of Valve's Gabe Newell and Hollywood's J.J. Abrams later this morning. And then it explodes with a constant stream of talks fro...

Dale North