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The Gunsmiths: how MachineGames create the feel of Wolfenstein 2’s weighty guns

This is The Gunsmiths, a PCGamesN series about videogames’ favourite interaction: shooting people directly in the face. There is no shortage of great games where gunplay is the main draw, so we wanted to dig down into these games’ inner workings, breaking them apart at a tool bench and seeing the components spread out across its surface. First up, it’s MachineGames and Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus.  From the very first day of pre-production, MachineGames …

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Valve will allow fans to create and sell merchandise based on its games

Shapeways is a 3D printing service that enables people to upload their designs for jewelry, toys, or whatever, and have them made into real, physical products. It also provides an avenue to sell the stuff: This lovely Amulet of Mara, for instance, goes for $28 (or higher, depending on material) plus shipping. All of which is relevant to our interests because today the company announced a deal with Valve that will allow people to upload, …

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The new Humble GameMaker Bundle is making the software to create your own games cheap

There’s been a few software-focused Humble Bundles recently, offering licenses and such for pretty cheap. The new one – which is now live – is a ‘Humble Re-Bundle’, a redo of the Humble GameMaker Bundle which ran in September 2016, but with some added bonuses this time around. Maybe use our list of the best indie games as inspiration for your first creation? The key thing for the bundle is that you get a copy …

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Nintendo Has Partnered With a Beauty Brand to Create Super Mario-Themed Makeup

For years gamers have questioned Mario’s sanity for spending so much of his time chasing down a princess who just seems to love getting kidnapped. Despite all the trouble this relationship causes, Mario is always ready to battle dangerous foes in order to safely bring Princess Peach back home. So what could it be that keeps Mario chasing after Princess Peach and vowing to always protect her? Some say it’s the selflessness that comes with …

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How to create an Xbox Arena tournament on Xbox One or Windows 10

Xbox Arena tournaments are here, and they are extremely easy to create! Xbox Arena is a system that allows users to create their very own tournaments complete with notifications, scheduling, and more. The feature is rolling out more broadly as part of the July 2017 Xbox update, after being in testing for several weeks on the Xbox Insider program. If you want to create your very own tournament, you’ll have to follow these steps! Create …

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Actually, violent video games don’t create violent children, study says

Fans of video games have spent decades insisting that there is no causal link between playing violent titles and engaging in violent real-world behavior. New data supports their assertions. A the scholars behind Dutch study published in the April 2017 edition of the “Journal of Youth and Adolescence” called “Video Gaming and Children’s Psychosocial Wellbeing: A Longitudinal Study” studied 194 children at two periods separated by one year. Their findings should be generally comforting for parents who have concerns …

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EA have a new tech division who are trying to create virtual humans

EA announced a new division at today’s EA Play conference. The new team is committed to developing cutting-edge technology for use in future games from the studio.  If you want to play with another human, for now you best try our list of the best multiplayer games.  The internal incubator is called SEED, which stands for the ‘Search for Extraordinary Experiences Division’. The division was announced by EA executive vice president Patrick Söderlund.  Söderlund says …

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Xbox chief Phil Spencer wants to create the Netflix for gaming

We’re in a golden age of television, and it’s largely due to the massive popularity of subscription services like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and HBO.  Without Netflix, we might never have seen shows like “Stranger Things,” “House of Cards,” or “Orange is the New Black.” Netflix Without Amazon, there might be no “Man in the High Castle” or “Mozart in the Jungle.”  Amazon Without HBO, well — you get the idea. HBO It’s possible that these shows …

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How The Xbox One’s Troubled Launch Helped Create A “Fan-Centric” Culture At Microsoft

It’s no secret that the Xbox One had a problematic launch. The tough time wasn’t all bad news for Microsoft, however, it seems. Microsoft corporate vice president Yusuf Mehdi wrote a new piece on LinkedIn in which he talks about “How Xbox fans inspired a fan-centric culture at Microsoft.” “It was really the Xbox One launch that reinforced for me the power of fans,” Mehdi said (via NeoGAF). He added that, after attending the Xbox …

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Portland man accused of swiping data from LA gaming company to create competitor zombie-survival game

markohatfieldcourthousedavekillen.jpg A 27-year-old Portland man faces federal indictment, accused of gaining unauthorized access to data of a Los Angeles-based video gaming company to create a competitor zombie-survival game online. The accused, Brent Junker, 27, made his first appearance in U.S. District Court in Portland Friday afternoon. (Dave Killen |Staff) A Portland man accused of obtaining unauthorized access to the software supporting a zombie-themed survival video game and then creating a competitor online game faces federal indictment. …

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