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Paranormal Activity VR

Paranormal Activity made me yelp in a GDC crowd, and then sit in a bathroom for fifteen minutes

The next Paranormal Activity isn't a film. It's a virtual reality game -- one I felt compelled to check out when I spied its demo booth GDC. I just had to know what the heck it was like. I have a dopey soft spot the "found footage" gen...   read

 
 
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Oddworld: Soulstorm

Lorne Lanning's plans for the Oddworld series include Foxxcon allegories

I was a few minutes late for my appointment with Lorne Lanning, twisted father of the Oddworld series. My last appointment had run long, so I made my way to the same hotel where I saw Starr Mazer DSP, embarrassed that I had kept him wa...   read

 
 
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Starr Mazer

Starr Mazer DSP was easily the highlight of my GDC

GDC, like most gaming conventions, is a chaotic endeavor where there's virtually no chance that we'll cover every game that we want to. Steven, Brett, and I all walked an average of ten miles a day as we dashed across San Francisco from app...   read

 
 
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Lego Star Wars

Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens has three improvements to the Lego formula

It's easy to forget that a fair amount of iteration has come to the Lego video game series over the past decade. All the titles -- there are upward of 20 now -- are similar in that they're whimsical, lighthearted takes on popular subje...   read

 
 
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GDC HANDS-ON

Hands-on with Insomniac's crack at metroidvania, Song of the Deep

If you're going to make a metroidvania, getting your acronym (SotD) as close to the gold standard (SotN) is a good a start as any, I suppose. Song of the Deep is the surprise, GameStop-published (the store and Game Informer magazine owner, ...   read

 
 
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Below

I've seen Below twice now, and I still have no idea what to expect

Maybe my Bad Journalist seams are showing a bit here, but I cannot pin down exactly what I think Below is. When I saw it at PAX East in 2014, it looked Dark Souls-esque in both combat style and its unforgiving nature. Despite writing a...   read

 
 
C-Wars GDC preview photo
C-Wars GDC preview
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C-Wars is still alive and kicking, just like its moon zombies

It's been three years since Jonathan Holmes squealed over C-Wars, "a post-apocalyptic ARPG + RTS + OMG." And it's not even out yet. Take that, Kickstarter backers! On the other hand, the game does exist in a playable state, so there are mo...   read

 
 
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The Turing Test

Walk the line between man and machine in The Turing Test

Around this time last year, a first-person puzzle game called Pneuma: Breath of Life released. Although it was built around an interesting conceit, I didn't find myself too enamored with it. The puzzles mostly failed to grab me, and I ...   read

 
 
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Podtoid

Podtoid 328: Buckwild GDC Party

Subscribe to the podcast via iTunes or download it here. This week's Podtoid is coming to you straight outta GDC, where ya boys Steven Hansen, Zack Furniss, and Brett Makedonski overdosed on virtual reality, avoided the indie...   read

 
 
Keen preview photo
Keen preview

I'm keen on Keen, a Zelda-inspired puzzler

During GDC I met with a couple of lovely Brazilian gents from Cat Nigiri, a studio whose logo is a kawaii-looking kitty draped under slab of raw fish. The duo was showing off its commander-less Keen, a Zelda-inspired game that's basically o...   read

 
 
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Super Impossible Road

Super Impossible Road is a racer that's all about falling off the track

During every Awesome Games Done Quick event, I pay particular attention to the Mario Kart block. The reason is that I love watching the speedrunners hit every shortcut with surgical precision. It requires knowing the exact angle and ti...   read

 
 
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Bioware
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A BioWare developer wore a t-shirt with its new IP on at GDC

Did you see BioWare’s Alistair McNally at GDC this year? Did you see his t-shirt? If so, you’ve just seen the first teaser for BioWare’s newest IP. According to McNally, who is the head of design and art at BioWare, he was...   read

 
 
Sniper Elite 4 preview photo
Sniper Elite 4 preview

Sniper Elite 4, now with more Assassin's Creed

For whatever reason -- perhaps through no fault of its own -- I can't help but see the workings of other games when I look at Sniper Elite. Rube Goldberg-lite environmental executions remind me of Hitman. Third-person stealth melee killing ...   read

 
 
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Old piracy paid up

Diablo pirate pays up in person 19 years later

In a much more tender (than poop-suicide) end to the Game Developers Conference, at today's post-mortem talk on the first Diablo, writer Shivam Bhatt stepped up during the Q&A session of the talk to apologize to Diablo creator David Bre...   read

 
 
Ark poop, explained photo
Ark poop, explained

Ark: Survival Evolved's poop button was a suicide alternative

Dino-themed survival sandbox Ark: Survival Evolved is a bit poop-obsessed, reaching Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain "Do it (Defecate)" heights of in-game feces. And while Ark's poop button is funny and even has resource use in the craf...   read

 
 
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Tobii

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

 
 
Frog Fractions 2? photo
Frog Fractions 2?

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

 
 
The Witcher 3 photo
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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GDC VIDEO
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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

 
 
Rock Band VR photo
Rock Band VR

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

 
 
PlayStation VR photo
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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