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Microsoft Won’t ‘Distract Developers’ With Xbox One X VR Support Just Yet

We’re still expecting Microsoft’s Xbox One X console to get VR support at some point down the line, but the company doesn’t want to “distract” developers with integration in 2017. Albert Penello, Senior Director of Product Management and Planning at Microsoft, said as much to Wired in a recent interview. “We learned with Kinect and the Wii that just translating a typical game experience to VR is not a winning strategy,” he said. “It’s the …

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Games developers raise funds to get people with disabilities back into gaming | Science

Video games can get a pretty raw deal in the news. At worst, we see stories claiming links between playing violent games and some of the worst aspects of humanity, or that games are robbing children of time spent in nature. At best, we hear news stories where games are regarded with a certain distain; something to be smirked at, and not taken seriously. But these sorts of stories completely miss the varied, rich and …

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Online toxicity is why the industry is so secretive, say developers

Players want more openness and communication from developers in order to understand the process of making games better. Many players are also willing to throw an obscene amount of abuse at developers, be it for dodgy animations, poor promises, or the mere existence of DLC. In a Twitter thread this week, Charles Randall – a game developer with seven years at Ubisoft and several elsewhere – explains why that toxicity means developers can’t be candid …

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How to make publishing fun for developers AND investors

Back in 2011, Netherlands-based Paul Hanraets started a brand new company called Gambitious. This was initially an investment platform designed to connect developers with a network of investors. The organisation started to include publishing in its line-up of services in 2014 with the launch of the highly successful Train Fever.  But last month, the company underwent a total rebrand. What emerged was Good Shepherd Entertainment, an organisation that is simultaneously an investor network and publisher …

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Zelda’s most dedicated fan game developers built an engine anyone can use

Art by Deviantart user oclero for Zelda: Mercuris’ Chest, a Solarus engine game. Nostalgia runs deep in videogames. Despite the huge technological leaps the industry has made in recent years, fans still cling to the 16-bit graphics and addictive midi rhythms of their favorite games from the 80s and 90s. Official remakes of games like Metroid and Final Fantasy resurface on a regular basis, but some folks feel the urge to take matters into their …

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Everything you need to know about Into the Breach, the next game from the developers of FTL

Humanity was wiped out twice before I finally understood how to survive in Into the Breach. My Godzilla-sized mechs were overwhelmed by the insectoid Vek, helpless to stop as they butchered the last human cities. There is no game over in Into the Breach—not in the thematic sense. Instead, as the last vestiges of civilization were wiped out, a wormhole opened to send a single one of my pilots back to an alternate timeline to …

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Inside one developer’s quest to make gaming a better place for women | VentureBeat | PC Gaming

Men dominate the video game industry, as they have for most of its history. But perhaps as a result of the perpetual spotlight that has been shone on the issue of gender equality in the games industry, statistics show the percentage of females in development roles in the industry is, in fact, rising slowly. According to the IGDA’s 2014, 2015 and 2016 Developer Satisfaction Surveys, game developers are still generally still white males, most of …

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Here are a load of in-game secrets the developers never told us about

A couple of days ago, Jennifer Scheurle – Game Design Lead at Opaque Space – sent out a tweet. Using Assassin’s Creed and Doom as an example (both games “value the last bit of health as more hit points than the rest of it to encourage a feeling of *JUST* surviving”) – as well as Hellblade’s permadeath myth – Scheurle set out to find out what “brilliant mechanics in games are hidden from the player to get across …

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Indie developers show support for Nintendo Switch with a surge of upcoming games

Indie developers show support for Nintendo Switch with a surge of upcoming games The already robust library of Nintendo Switch games is about to get even more diverse. In a new Nindies Showcase video, Nintendo detailed 20 of the many indie games that are coming to the hit console. Some of these Nindies* include new games in the beloved Super Meat Boy and Shovel Knight franchises, as well as indie collaborations in games like Travis …

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Darkwood torrent is put online by its own developers

It took Acid Wizard Studio over four years to get their atmospheric horror Darkwood ready for full release… and just one week to intentionally release a clean, free copy of the game on Pirate Bay. Here’s our list of the very best horror games on PC. As reported by Eurogamer, the decision to put the game out to torrent comes purely down to wanting to share the game with people who couldn’t afford it. Rather than …

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Gamasutra – Press Releases gamers and game developers and brands.

[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource GamesPress.] A Kiwi gaming startup Uproar, founded in 2016 rewards gamers for playing games and Game developers use Uproar to promote their games. Uproar.gg is completely free to join and players earn points for completing in-game objectives or taking part in the Uproar community. They can use the points to buy in-game items like skins and currency …

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What game developers are saying about Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox One X

The Xbox One X is a six teraflop “monster,” according to Microsoft’s Xbox marketing, but of course the company is going to praise it — it’s their product. But what do developers think? The third-party developers seem to have nothing but praise for the console, from small indie studios to huge well-known outlets, there’s no shortage of positivity from developers in regards to the power and ease of development for building on the console. Here …

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The Long Dark developers double down to address bugs and issues

Subscribe to PCGamesN on YouTube Hinterland Studios have been working to fix issues uncovered since their survival game, The Long Dark, released earlier this week.  There are possibly spoilerific things in these bug reports, so move along now if you’ve yet to play… Gather food, seek shelter, and try to stay alive in our list of the best survival games.  The latest fix aims to resolve a problem in episode two where, after the Bear Hunt …

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Games might be a good tool for fighting fake news. Here’s what three developers have learned » Nieman Journalism Lab

Want to create your own fake news? Yep, there’s an app for that. Want to have fun while learning how to dump fake news from your media diet? Fortunately, there are a few apps for that too. The epidemic of fake news during and after the U.S. presidential election convinced several game designers and journalists to think outside the box for trying to tackle the problem. They say that great minds think alike — and …

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The Dolphin emulator developers spent two years fixing a nearly-impossible-to-solve stuttering problem

Image via NeoGAF user Barrow Row (Image: © NeoGAF user Barrow Row) Every month, the developers of the GameCube/Wii emulator Dolphin write an interesting that digs into the emulator’s new features, bug fixes, and recent changes. These updates offer some great insight into complex emulation topics and the inner workings of an open source project—you’ll always learn something, even if you’re not too technically minded. But a lengthy blog updated goes far beyond the usual …

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