Developer stuff

One of the great joys of attending GDC is going to panels conducted by developers talking about your favorite games. Not only will you learn new and exciting details about the development, but you might even see somethi...
Folks who helped crowdfund Broken Age have gotten an up-close look at how Double Fine operates thanks to episodic videos chronicling development of the adventure game. With 18 episodes down, 2 Player Productions has produced...
Epic unveiled its new free-to-use (with eventual royalties) pricing model for Unreal Engine 4 this week during the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, while Unity launched the new iteration of its engine, Unity 5, wi...
Epic Games is no longer charging developers a monthly subscription for Unreal Engine 4. The engine is now free for anyone to use. Well, free to a point -- "When you ship a game or application, you pay a 5% royalty on gross re...
Ooh, a chance to talk about clay animation and armatures without straying away from videogames. Better jump on it. This video takes us behind the scenes of Armikrog, a point-and-click adventure that made it through Kickstar...
There's nothing that quite replicates the gritty '90s synth of the Super Nintendo's Sony SPC700 sound chip. Electronic dance music team elix, consisting of cTrix and ferris, have developed a music track creator, so that chip...
There's a sub-community of emulation fans out there dedicated to disassembling and modifying the arcane code of yesteryear's classics. Brad Smith, a.k.a. rainwarrior, is one such individual, who after hearing the errors in t...
To foster a healthy ecosystem for its gaming framework, Epic needs a stable of developers that are comfortable, well-versed, and dedicated to creating games around Unreal Engine 4. A fair share of large studios build their ga...
In a YouTube video posted by Double Fine Productions, founder and CEO Tim Schafer provided an update on the current state of the point-and-click adventure Broken Age's second and final act. Schafer also t...
With several big-budget titles sitting in my home uncompleted (Destiny, Sunset Overdrive, Shadow of Modor), more games -- specifically, more types of games -- on Xbox One sounds grand to me. And the ability for apps to output...
BioWare has made some of the most critically acclaimed games of all time. Unfortunately, it's also made some of the buggiest. Dragon Age: Inquisition is no exception. It is a wonderful adventure and one of my favorite games o...
Today's trend seems to be leaning towards larger and larger installs, some clocking in at 40+ GB. Developers are concentrating on bigger textures, lossless sound, and zero compression. Even patches can be multiple GB, many of...
More fun times from Double Fine's Devs Play series. This episode, if you've seen the exceptional Lion King and Doom videos already, is centered on the studio's own baby, Psychonauts. Double Fine founder Tim Schafer and co. f...
I've fallen behind on Double Fine's developer-led Let's Play series Devs Play, but I can't resist jumping back in now, order be damned, for the episode about Doom featuring John Romero. The id Software co-founder is joined b...
With so much crap out there, it's pleasant to see the mobile-games marketplace value quality. Ustwo Games has released a bunch of data for its delectable iOS and Android puzzler Monument Valley, including sales and revenue fi...
Do you ever take a moment to stop and admire the scenery? Too often are we focused on mindlessly pushing forward to the next objective to notice the little details. Foliage, man. Take it in. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts...
In sharing that Telltale Games president and co-founder Kevin Bruner will become the new CEO while Dan Connors shifts to an advisory role, the company hinted at what's in store for us: lots of games, including one not based o...
Part of the beauty of the Mass Effect series is that you can be whomever you want. There isn't a pre-ordained hero that tries to save the galaxy; you can make Shepard male or female, good or evil, gay or straight. "I'm C...
When Flappy Bird left its mark on the world last year, it was glaringly obvious that it was a simple game. However, to the layman, there's rarely an apparent connection between the presentation and the amount of develope...
As someone who has tinkered with Game Maker a few times before, made little to no tangible progress, and called it quits only to try again moments later and then really call it quits, this new video tutorial series from Gun ...
Even if you aren't usually one for Let's Play videos, I'd suggest taking a look, if only for a moment, at Double Fine and 2 Player Productions' slick, informative new YouTube series Devs Play. The debut episode is The Lion K...
High Voltage Software, the studio behind The Conduit, is opening a new office in New Orleans. The company has been looking to expand for some time, and considered new locations in both Georgia and Florida before setting on Ne...
Patrice Désilets is a man whose name you may not know, but whose work you probably do. Patrice used to be the creative director on the Assassin's Creed series, before Ubisoft kicked him to the curb and held on to the r...
In celebration of Doom's 21st birthday, Brett shared a personal anecdote about how the iconic game came into his life at an early age and refused to leave. He didn't include Doomguy's midriff in the article, much to my chagri...
2K has announced today that they have formed a new game studio called Hangar 13, located at their HQ in Novato, California. It's led by developer Haden Blackman (who began at LucasArts and has worked with DC and Marvel), and ...
Super Smash Bros. fans are all about Ridley, and I get it. The Metroid character would be cool to play as, but it's just not happening. Not this time. Speaking to IGN, director Masahiro Sakurai laid out why: "...if we made Ri...
Assassin's Creed creator Patrice Désilets has announced the formation of a new Montréal-based studio, Panache Digital Games. Aside from the name, location, and this moose antler logo, (pictured below) no ot...
When Rare announces its next game in what I hope will be a matter of months, not years, I'm going to look back on this post just like how I'm planning to revisit this Battleborn description. Head of Xbox Phil Spencer twe...
Like the universe itself, Star Citizen's ambitious scope continues to infinitely expand. Chris Roberts himself, infectiously enthusiastic as always, was at PAX Australia last week to unveil the first public demonstration of ...
343 and Run Studios' hour-long Halo 2: Anniversary documentary is now up on YouTube. I enjoyed the first 20 minutes, a nostalgic look at the original game and its sequel with fun behind-the-scenes tidbits sprinkled throughou...
Earlier this year, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata missed E3 and the company's annual shareholder meeting due to a growth in his bile duct. He underwent surgery to remove the tumor back in June and has since returned to his normal ...
Cinematography, lighting, and geometry. Those are three visual aspects that Q-Games really focused on in The Tomorrow Children by taking advantage of the power of the PS4. That's how it's creating that unique and gorgeous lo...
Former Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello, the man whose impossible name led to the invention of the copy and paste commands, is now in charge of game engine maker Unity Technologies. Co-founder David Helgason has stepped d...
You may have heard that Halo: The Master Chief Collection will require a 20GB day-one update, but did you also know that there's a documentary for Halo 2 Anniversary, one of the games in this compilation, on the way? (I hope...
Jade Raymond, the managing director at Ubisoft Toronto, is parting ways with Ubisoft after ten years with the company, the publisher announced today. Raymond produced Assassin's Creed and served as executive producer on Assas...
So many of us love videogames but are intimidated by the idea of making them. Devi Ever has taken on the problem as part of her self-declared purpose in life. She wants people to make videogames. Literally all the people.&nbs...
As if we don't have enough canceled Star Wars games to mourn already, here's a couple more. During a recent Nintendo Voice Chat appearance, Factor 5 president Julian Eggebrecht opened up about a Rogue Squadron compilation and...
The Paris depicted in Assassin's Creed Unity is shaping up to be a juggernaut among videogame cities. Larger than all other Assassin's Creed locales to date and significantly more detailed, the development team is t...
Ubisoft will continue to make smaller, more personal projects like Child of Light going forward. Speaking to CVG, Ubisoft Montreal vice president of creative Lionel Raynaud remarked that the company is "super happy" with the ...
Omega Force has gotten its hands on properties like Gundam, One Piece, and now The Legend of Zelda and Dragon Quest -- but, in an ideal world, the studio would be working on something bigger: Star Wars. Yes, a Star Wars Musou...