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Eye-tracking tech makes The Division's cluttered UI way more bearable

For as much as I like admiring The Division's take on a New York City that's mid-social collapse, it's hard sometimes. There's so much happening on the screen that it distracts from the environment. Several different augmented reality-type ...   read

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Frog Fractions 2?
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This Frog Fractions promotional art is amazing

These stickers for Frog Fractions III (which is actually Frog Fractions VI in Japan) were found floating around GDC, and they might just be my favorite promotional materials ever. Of course, I'm still waiting on Frog Fractions II (also know...   read

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The Witcher 3

And the award for the GDC's Game of the Year goes to...

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been crowned Game of the Year at this year’s GDC Awards. The RPG also received recognition with a Best Technology Award. It wasn’t the biggest winner of the ceremony, however; Sam Barlow’s Her ...   read

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It's a magical night
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Let's watch the 2016 IGF and GDC Awards right here, right now

The video game industry isn't done handing out awards for last year's titles. There are a pair of ceremonies happening tonight in San Francisco, one right after the other. First up, it's the Independent Games Festival Awards, hosted by Capy...   read

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Mutants in Manhattan

Platinum calls Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles leaks a pleasant surprise

"It basically sucked," Activision producer Robert Conkey told me. "We don't know what happened." I had just finished playing a demo of Platinum's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan with Conkey and game designer Eiro Shi...   read

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Stellaris release date
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Space jam: Stellaris is out May 9

Paradox's space-is-the-place grand strategy game Stellaris has a firm release date, announced last night during the company's live-streamed event. It's beating Hearts of Iron IV out the gate by about a month, which apparently is not as big...   read

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We're in our pajamas talking GDC

If you're reading this in a timely manner it is Wednesday now. This video is from Monday night (or, technically, 2AM Tuesday morning). It's about our (me, Brett, Zack) first day at GDC. We were so, so tired. We still are. I am, right now. ...   read

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Rock Band VR
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Rock Band in VR is the best way to play alone

Faux-rocking in the living room has been a wildly popular pastime over the years, as Harmonix married the rhythm and party genres with Rock Band. So many people have fond memories of the franchise partly because they enjoy playing musician,...   read

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Tyranny announced
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Tyranny is Obsidian's new RPG in the Pillars-style

Now that it has been thoroughly expanded, Pillars of Eternity can be left to sit and digest while folks work on that Triple Crown achievement. In the meantime, though, Obsidian has a new game in the Pillars of Eternity style called Tyranny...   read

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PlayStation VR

There will be a PlayStation VR bundle with a PS Camera

According to TechInsider, Sony will release a bundle containing the PlayStation VR headset, a PlayStation Camera, and a Move controller. A Sony rep confirmed the bundle for North American release, but did not mention a price window in ...   read

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Everest VR

I just climbed Mount Everest in the middle of San Francisco

I still haven't had much exposure to VR. Last August, I used the Oculus Rift to high-five a dead alien (please read that and tell me I'm funny) and pluck bullets out of the air. I still remember those events as if they were physic...   read

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We Are Chicago preview

We Are Chicago is a bit rougher than its namesake

We Are Chicago takes place in Chicago's south side. It is a city whose residents are besieged by violent crime, with homicide rates that make Los Angeles and New York look like Pleasantville. Much of that is confined to the gang-heavy south...   read

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Strafe preview
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Strafe might be the Spelunky of first-person shooters

One look at Strafe and its influences are obvious. The first-person shooter looks like a lot of first-person shooters. Quake, Doom, and Half-Life are a few titles that developer Pixel Titans grew up revering. Game director Thom Gl...   read

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GDC 30 Live!

GDC 30, we in hair

'Ello 'ello 'ello. I'm an here in sunny San Francisco (as I am most of the time, on account of living here) with Brett Makedonski and Zack Furniss in tow for the 30th annual Game Developers Conference. I can't believe we've been covering th...   read

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Oddworld: Soulstorm

Oddworld: Soulstorm is the Exoddus remake, set for 2017

Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty did great justice to Abe's Oddysee. It took the already fantastic puzzle-platformer and made it friggin' gorgeous, up to today's resolution standards. It only made sense to do the same with the next game in Abe's sto...   read

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So, what the hell's this GDC talk about?

When I am in San Francisco for GDC next month, I can tell you one talk that I won't attend. It's "Decoding programmatic demand for gaming: Good, better, programmatic!" Like the saying goes "Good, better, programmatic. Never let it rest unti...   read

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IGF & GDC voting

Let's help pick the 2016 IGF Audience Award winner

Audience voting has begun for the 2016 Independent Games Festival Awards (vote here) and the 2016 Game Developers Choice Awards (and here). If you'd like to have a say in who claims the Audience Awards at next month's ceremonies, you just n...   read

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GDC awards

Bethesda's Todd Howard to receive GDCA Lifetime Achievement Award

Hot on the heels of Fallout 4, Todd Howard, director of later The Elder Scrolls and Bethesda's Fallout 3 and 4, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 16th annual Game Developers Choice Awards in March. Fallout 4 will also ...   read

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2016 IGF

These are the 2016 Independent Games Festival finalists

The 2016 Independent Games Festival has figured out its finalists. The Seumas McNally Grand Prize will go to either Darkest Dungeon, Her Story, Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes, Mini Metro, Superhot, or Undertale. If you're a regular reader...   read

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Alt.Ctrl.GDC 2016
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Licking and sucking are just two ways you'll control games at GDC 2016

The games lineup for GDC 2016's Alt.Ctrl.GDC showcase has been announced, and the control schemes sound crazy as heck, if not tasty.  Hello, Operator! has players acting as a telephone switchboard operator in the 1930s by physical...   read

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Free GDC talks

Free advice from smart, funny, handsome game developers

The Game Developers Conference is a tremendous resource for creators. I wish I could attend every year, and not just as an excuse to hang out with Steven. GDC is insightful, energizing and, this is key, not physically and mentally stressful...   read

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Escalator Pitch: Nina Freeman argues for perpetual Sailor Moon cosplay

Indie developers make some cool as heck games, but they're not always so great at selling them. We want to them work on their pitch game until they're at Bumgarner levels and we want to take advantage of the the horrible, horrible GDC esca...   read

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Escalator Pitch
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John Romero's about to make you his pitch for Gunman Taco Truck

Indie developers make some cool as heck games, but they're not always so great at selling them. We want to them work on their pitch game until they're at Bumgarner levels and we want to take advantage of the the horrible, horrible...   read

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Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries is a dark reinvention of classic fairytale fiction

Over the last three years, Kickstarter has totally changed the game for many developers. With the option to crowdfund projects, cut out the middle-man (publishers), and communicate directly with fans to help create the game, we've seen a nu...   read

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Escalator Pitch
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Escalator Pitch: Funktronic Labs sells me on some all-time classics

It may not be as enthralling (or wacky) as a cat cafe timeshare, but Funktronic Labs has something it wants to sell me.  You see, these two guys heard I was wandering around GDC last week with a satchel full of money, just looking to ...   read

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While you laughing, we're passing, passing away. So y'all go rest y'all souls, 'Cause I know I'ma meet you up at the crossroads. Y'all know y'all forever got love from them Bone Thugs baby... ...



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