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Hearthstone’s developers are still trying to figure out how to fix ranked mode

Even with its wild success, there’s always room for improvement with Hearthstone. The digital card battler has been struggling with how to managed ranked players for some time, and it remains a priority for the team in the short term, as they explained during a Q&A session at BlizzCon. Don’t miss everything we know about Hearthstone’s newly-announced Dungeon Run. “We’ve got a number of different goals we want to change up with the ranked system,” …

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds developers “sincerely apologise” for cheaters

With PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds rapidly heading towards its December release date, one major problem remains: cheaters. Since the game launched and all through its booming success, cheaters have been a constant source of frustration for players. Bluehole, the game’s developers, have posted an apology for the persistent annoyance cheaters have caused and reiterated its plans to solve the problem. “We would like to sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused by the cheaters and we are sorry …

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The biggest issues with Steam in 2017, according to 230 developers

Image via Youtuber Retro4214 In the past, PC Gamer has interviewed developers about what it’s like to release a game on Steam as a small team, and written about what we think Valve needs to do to make Steam a better store for PC gamers. We’re publishing the results of this developer survey to give you more insight into the business of releasing games on Steam, and how developers feel about the biggest PC game …

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Destiny 2’s developers expect PC players to do “interesting and nefarious” things

Subscribe to PCGamesN on YouTube One of the challenges involved in bringing Destiny 2 to PC was working out how to keep the game secure. Ahead of the game’s PC release later today, the developers have been discussing the potential threats it faces. Here’s how Destiny 2 on PC compares with console. In an interview with the Telegraph, Bungie’s PC project lead, David Shaw, and Thomas Garys, lead engineer at Vicarious Visions, who developed the …

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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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