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'We Just Need More Flavor': An Afternoon With Game Developers Of Color

Being at the Game Devs of Color Expo feels different than being at other gaming conventions. It’s looser, less focused on networking. When you talk to developers about their games, they’re less interested in making a pitch than wanting to know how you feel. It’s also looks different. White people are the minority.…

Microsoft Buys Four Independent Studios Microsoft Buys Four Independent Studios

Microsoft announced it’s acquired four new game studios at its press conference today in an effort to increase the the number of exclusive first-party games it can deliver to Xbox One owners.

Google Backtracks On Chrome Update That Broke Browser Games Google Backtracks On Chrome Update That Broke Browser Games

Google has rolled back the Chrome update that broke the sound on many browser games, at least temporarily. Google removed the update until October to give developers a chance to patch their games.

For Honor's Creation Ended With A Behind-The-Scenes Break-Up For Honor's Creation Ended With A Behind-The-Scenes Break-Up

The most interesting moment from a new documentary about the making of For Honor comes just over 70 minutes in when the team at Ubisoft Montreal is celebrating the game getting certified on Xbox One and PS4. Speeches have been made and the champagne is flowing freely when the game’s then creative director Jason…

Game Studio's 'Joke' About 90-Hour Work Weeks Did Not Go Over Well Game Studio's 'Joke' About 90-Hour Work Weeks Did Not Go Over Well

Crunch is one of the gaming industry’s biggest issues. Devs work countless extra hours to get games out the door, wringing themselves dry of blood, sweat, and tears for weeks or months at a time. It destroys people. Development studio Neocore was reminded of this when it announced earlier this week what it planned to…

A Lot Of Work Goes Into Adding Just One Suit To Spider-Man A Lot Of Work Goes Into Adding Just One Suit To Spider-Man

Sometimes when you see a skin or an alternate costume in a video game, you think “hey, that’s neat!” and don’t give it a second thought. Xavier Coelho-Kostolny, a 3D character artist at Insomniac Games, actually broke down the process of getting a cool piece of video game art from concept to your television screen in…

How The Makers Of Mafia III Lost Their Way How The Makers Of Mafia III Lost Their Way

In mid-2016, a few months before the release of their first game, Mafia III, the developers at Hangar 13 in Novato, California gathered for an all-hands meeting. There, according to two people in attendance, Christoph Hartmann, president of the game’s publisher, 2K, told employees that their bonuses would be tied to…

Shovel Knight Sold Fewer Copies In 2017 Than Its Best Year But Made More Money  Shovel Knight Sold Fewer Copies In 2017 Than Its Best Year But Made More Money 

A new blog post from the makers of the excellent 2D platformer Shovel Knight breaks down the game’s sales in surprising detail.

Game Developers Mourn (And Celebrate) The End Of Steam Spy Game Developers Mourn (And Celebrate) The End Of Steam Spy

In the wake of changes to Steam’s default privacy settings yesterday, unofficial data and sales tracking kingpin Steam Spy is doomed. Many developers who relied on it are mourning its passing, but some are saying good riddance.

The Story Of Two Games That Took Forever To Make The Story Of Two Games That Took Forever To Make

Earlier this week, Chasm, the years-in-development action-adventure platformer inspired by games like Super Castlevania IV, finally got a release window of summer 2018. Below got similar news last month when its developers announced that the long-awaited roguelike would be out before the end of the year. It’s been a…

Developers At One French Game Studio Have Been On Strike For A Month [UPDATE] Developers At One French Game Studio Have Been On Strike For A Month [UPDATE]

Félix Habert is a game designer and staff representative at Eugen Systems, a small French studio behind several well-received strategy games, including the recent Steel Division: Normandy 44. He joined the company as an intern five years ago, but walked out last month alongside 20 other employees because of unpaid…

Developers At One French Game Studio Have Been On Strike For A Month Developers At One French Game Studio Have Been On Strike For A Month

Félix Habert is a game designer and staff representative at Eugen Systems, a small French studio behind several well-received strategy games, including the recent Steel Division: Normandy 44. He joined the company as an intern five years ago, but walked out last month alongside 20 other employees because of unpaid…

Why Women Don’t Report Sexual Harassment Why Women Don’t Report Sexual Harassment

In March 2015, at a party at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Megan Farokhmanesh met a developer from the respected studio Naughty Dog. As they were talking, she says, he asked if she “fucked all her sources like on House of Cards.”

The Company That Wants To Replace Textbooks With Video Games The Company That Wants To Replace Textbooks With Video Games

On any given day, CEO André Thomas arrives at his company Triseum’s office in Bryan, Texas at nine in the morning. While this is when Thomas gets in, his work day usually starts hours before by checking sales on the company’s educational video games. On one of the days that Thomas and I spoke, he told me he had been…

Game Designer Says Developers Would Be More Candid If Gamer Culture Wasn't So Toxic Game Designer Says Developers Would Be More Candid If Gamer Culture Wasn't So Toxic

Video game enthusiasts often muse about the secrecy surrounding game development, which is at times treated as if it were operated by the NSA. Over the weekend, one developer offered an interesting take: Game developers are secretive because being open can lead to too much toxicity.

Why Video Games Cost So Much To Make Why Video Games Cost So Much To Make

Video game publishers are notoriously secretive about the budgets behind their games, but when a number does slip out, it can be shocking. Games like Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto cost hundreds of millions of dollars to make, which is tough to fathom—until you do the math.

Game Developers Explain Some Of Their Favorite Ways To Trick The Player  Game Developers Explain Some Of Their Favorite Ways To Trick The Player 

Games lie to us all the time. Recently, some developers took to Twitter to share a few of their ones, revealing design tricks used in games ranging from Surgeon Simulator to Bioshock.

Why Video Games Are Delayed So Often Why Video Games Are Delayed So Often

In the wake of yesterday’s news that Rockstar has bumped Red Dead Redemption 2 to 2018, you may be wondering: why do so many video games get delayed?

At First, Nintendo Couldn't Agree On How To Depict Zelda In Breath of the Wild  At First, Nintendo Couldn't Agree On How To Depict Zelda In Breath of the Wild 

The Legend of Zelda has legacy, and every entry in the series is a chance to embrace or refute that tradition. Nintendo’s considerations on how to do away with conventions even trickled down to established characters, such as Zelda.

The Game Developers Who Are Also Witches

Kitty Horrorshow was the first game maker to tell me she was a witch, and it wasn’t a joke. On the contrary, Horrorshow was revealing the spirituality that allowed her horror games, ANATOMY and CHYRZA, to have a sense of mystique and danger.

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