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“Significant, Temporary” Layoffs Affect Dev Behind Xbox One/PC Game Gigantic

10 February 2016 |Motiga, the startup studio behind the upcoming Xbox One and PC game Gigantic, today announced a round of temporary layoffs that impacted a "significant percentage" of the studio's staffers. It is unclear exactly how many jobs were ...

This Week’s PS4, PS3, and PS Vita Deals Revealed

10 February 2016 |The PlayStation Blog has revealed another week of deals for the PS4, PS3, and Vita. And if you're still holding on tight to your PSP, there are even some deals for you.The PS4 is treated to discounts on Assassin's Creed IV: Black ...

Mad Catz Cutting 37 Percent of Total Workforce Amid Restructuring

10 February 2016 |After announcing a major management shakeup yesterday that involved the company's CEO resigning, Mad Catz today posted earnings for the latest quarter--and they were up and down. First, Mad Catz announced a restructuring effort ...

BioWare Veteran Joins Baldur’s Gate Developer

10 February 2016 |A few weeks ago, Dragon Age and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic writer David Gaider announced his departure from BioWare after nearly two decades with the company. Today, it was announced that he's joined Canadian developer ...

Star Wars Battlefront Will Offer Double XP This Weekend

10 February 2016 |The completion of Star Wars Battlefront's latest community mission has rewarded players with double XP this Valentine's Day weekend. It starts on February 12 and runs through February 14.EA tasked the community with its second ...

Battlefield 4 Xbox One/PS4 Netcode for Some Servers Getting Better This Week

10 February 2016 |More than two years after its release, DICE continues to support Battlefield 4 with new updates. The developer has now announced that it's increasing the default "tickrate" for the game's "small" servers (32 players and below) from ...

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Microtransaction Store Adds 100-Plus Items, Including Crowbar and Sword

10 February 2016 |Call of Duty: Black Ops III's "Black Market" in-game store has been restocked with new wares. Activision announced today that more than 100 new items were added to the store, including three additional guns and two melee weapons. ...

Destiny February Patch Notes Cover Crimson Days and Crucible Changes

10 February 2016 |Destiny's latest update has been detailed, and players looking forward to the recently announced Crucible changes will finally be able to experience them.The February update is available now, including its Valentine's Day event. ...

Metal Gear Solid 5 Online Changes to Health and Damage Detailed

10 February 2016 |The Phantom Pain's Metal Gear Online will see some changes in its next update, most notably to health and damage. Konami took to its blog to explain how the changes would affect gameplay in the multiplayer shooter.Konami said that ...

Street Fighter 5’s First DLC Character Revealed, PS3 Controllers Work on PS4

10 February 2016 |<iframe src="/videos/embed/6429419/" width="100%" height="100%" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe>Street Fighter V doesn't launch for ...

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Review: Bending Genres in Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon

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Review: Bending Genres in Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon

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Review: Shambling Mirror of Fate Signals Time to Jam a Stake in Castlevania’s Heart

8 March 2013 | <!--Begin feature--> <!-- for syndication --> Castlevania: Lords of Shadow: Mirror of Fate brings the series back to Nintendo's portable systems, ...

Review: Shambling Mirror of Fate Signals Time to Jam a Stake in Castlevania’s Heart

8 March 2013 | <!--Begin feature--> <!-- for syndication --> Castlevania: Lords of Shadow: Mirror of Fate brings the series back to Nintendo's portable systems, ...

An Unflattering Boll Cut

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An Unflattering Boll Cut

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The Trials and Tribulations of Gears of War: Judgment

6 March 2013 | <!--Begin feature--> <!-- for syndication --> <body> As the next generation of home consoles slowly emerge into the limelight and enter the ...

The Trials and Tribulations of Gears of War: Judgment

6 March 2013 | <!--Begin feature--> <!-- for syndication --> <body> As the next generation of home consoles slowly emerge into the limelight and enter the ...

The Cinematic Nature of Parasite Eve

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Big layoffs at Gigantic developer Motiga

10 February 2016 |The development of the upcoming MOBA, currently in beta, appears to be in danger -- as the developer lays off staff and seeks funding to complete the game. ...

Mad Catz lays off 63% of staff in restructuring plan

10 February 2016 |The embattled peripheral maker, which shed a large number of executives yesterday, is making deep cuts across the board. ...

Post-hack, Vtech is back, and shifting resonsibility for data security to its users

10 February 2016 |"YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT ANY INFORMATION YOU SEND OR RECEIVE DURING YOUR USE OF THE SITE MAY NOT BE SECURE AND MAY BE INTERCEPTED OR LATER ACQUIRED BY UNAUTHORIZED PARTIES," the new TOS reads. ...

‘Oculus Ready’ PCs debut, from $949 to $2,549

10 February 2016 |The cheapest bundle, including headset, will set buyers back $1499, as the launch of the much-anticipated headset draws near. ...

BioWare scribe David Gaider joins Baldur’s Gate dev Beamdog as creative director

10 February 2016 |The company best known for enhanced remakes of BioWare games now appears poised to leap into more original products, with the offical blog saying Gaider will "direct new creative endeavors." ...

Blog: Pony Island and the horror of social anxiety

10 February 2016 |"Pony Island appeared to reach outside of those confines, out into the real world, into the world of my friends. The game scared me in ways that no game has ever scared me before." ...

Come to GDC for a behind-the-scenes look at Vainglory’s eSports success

10 February 2016 |Kristian Segerstrale, COO and executive director of Super Evil Megacorp, will share some lessons learned from the development and promotion of the studio's standout mobile MOBA Vainglory at GDC 2016. ...

Structures and techniques for interactive story

10 February 2016 |"We're going to run down a list of some of the techniques existing games have used to promote a sense of player-involvement in story. We'll start by looking at a few variants on the Path Structure." ...

Encrypting in-game text in Unity

10 February 2016 |Want to include encrypted text in your game? This highly technical how-to spells out everything you need, complete with programming code and font examples. ...

Video: Watch Tim Schafer play Beyond Good & Evil alongside its designer, Michel Ancel

10 February 2016 |Beyond Good & Evil designer Michel Ancel sat down with Double Fine's Tim Schafer and Greg Rice to wax lyrical about the open-world adventure game 13 years after it made its PlayStation 2 debut. ...

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Motiga temporarily lays off staff

10 February 2016 |Gigantic developer drops "significant percentage" of headcount, hopes new investment will let it rehire

Mad Catz axing 37% of staff as Q3 profit dips 10%

10 February 2016 |Rock Band sell-through failed to meet expectations, which led to higher inventory balances and lower margins

David Gaider joins Beamdog as creative director

10 February 2016 |Former Bioware senior writer joins Baldur's Gate studio

ESA: SuperData’s critique on us "gratuitous, misinformed"

10 February 2016 |Rich Taylor, ESA's Senior VP, Communications and Industry Affairs, responds to Joost van Dreunen's opinion piece

Com2us posts record sales in 2015

10 February 2016 |Summoners War, Ace Fishing continue driving business as international revenues now account for 85% of Korean publisher's business

Bandai Namco sees growth in video games arm

9 February 2016 |Firm expects to sell 25.7 million units before end of FY2016

Rovio spins off book publishing arm

9 February 2016 |Kaiken publishing formed as Angry Birds company continues to streamline

20% reader discount on Gaming Analytics Summit tickets

9 February 2016 |Talks from King, Rovio, Zynga, Wooga, Paradox, Square Enix and more

Amazon launches free AAA game engine

9 February 2016 |Royalty-free "Lumberyard" engine is based on the CryEngine, calibrated for multiplayer and streaming

Hex: Cryptozoic’s cards of fate

9 February 2016 |How Cory Jones wants to create a whole new genre: MMOTCG

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Nintendo and its fanboy – one of them doesn’t understand ‘Fair Use’

10 February 2016 |Last month, on January 9th, I uploaded a video to YouTube called “Captain Toad Headbutts Toadette In the Crotch.”  The two and a half minute video uses gameplay and cutscene footage from Nintendo’s Captain Toad: ...

After 13 years, GameTrailers is no more

10 February 2016 |Defy Media has shut down GameTrailers, the long-running video-centric gaming site founded in 2003 and once part of the Viacom family. According to several published reports, tweets from the site’s founder and the site’s ...

Mad Catz executives resign

9 February 2016 |Several executives and board members have resigned from video game peripheral maker Mad Catz, the company announced today. It is unclear why these people have resigned at this time and whether these departures were amicable ones.  ...

Unsung Story development halted

9 February 2016 |Japanese developer Playdek announced that it has suspended development of its game Unsung Story. You may recall that in early 2014 Playdek successfully funded the game via Kickstarter generating $660,126 from backers – it was ...

The Offworld Collection gets fully funded

9 February 2016 |Writers Leigh Alexander and Laura Hudson’s collection of Offworld articles has surpassed its funding goal on Kickstarter. The duo, two former primary contributors to Boing Boing’s alt-games blog Offworld, were looking to ...

Apple rejects The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth

9 February 2016 |Apple has rejected the iOS version of The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth from the App Store because it contains depictions of violence and abuse against children. According to Tyrone Rodriguez, the founder of publisher Nicalis and a ...

Infamous Chinese group will stop cracking games for a year

9 February 2016 |Chinese cracking group 3DM says it will stop trying to crack single-player games “for at least a year” so it can assess whether its activities actually affect game sales. This follows the group saying last month that it ...

Super Podcast Action Committee Episode 176 – Face Poking Fun!

9 February 2016 |On this week’s show (episode 176), hosts Andrew Eisen and E. Zachary Knight discuss the latest GamePolitics poll (“Should tattoo artists be paid for their tattoos showing up in movies/games?” – 20:15 mark), ...

Join us tonight at 6p PST for Super Podcast Action Committee

6 February 2016 |Dumb trademarks, questionable customer service, CENSORSHIP!!!  All that and more on tonight’s episode! I’ll embed the stream closer to showtime.

How exactly did Nintendo change the ‘petting’ minigame in Fire Emblem Fates?

6 February 2016 |In the Japanese version of Fire Emblem Fates, you can invite characters to your private quarters for a chat and increase your affinity with them (which has certain gameplay advantages) by stroking their face with your 3DS stylus. ...

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Joystiq Presents: That’s a wrap

4 February 2015 |Our final Joystiq Presents podcast gives members of the staff a moment to thank the Joystiq community and say a final farewell. Listen to the MP3 Listen to other Joystiq Presents episodes....

Here’s a video

4 February 2015 |We've been debating publishing this video for weeks. Now, as imaginary armed men pound on the fictional doors of Joystiq's nonexistent office, we have precious little time to debate any further. So here it is, a video of Satoru ...

Off the Grid: The Witcher Adventure Game and Star Wars Imperial Assault

4 February 2015 |Like most sci-fi shows on Fox, Off the Grid is getting canceled (we're all saying goodbye, actually). In this series finale of the board and card game series I had hoped to evolve over time, we're keeping our spirits high with a ...

Joystiq Photo Album

4 February 2015 |Like all good photo albums, our look back at ten years of Joystiq is a hot mess of nostalgia, out-of-focus shots, and GIFs (you've been warned). Now, gather round and mind the edges. >>Joystiq Photo Album...

There is No End

4 February 2015 |Joystiq will not grow to be much older than ten years. That's a massive expenditure of time, if only to receive an unfinished creation in return. I, and my best friends in the world, leave Joystiq unfinished. We leave it as it was ...

Joystiq Presents: Team spirit

4 February 2015 |In this episode, Mike Suszek (@mikesuszek) chats with News Content Director Alexander Sliwinski (@Sliwinski) about Team JOY and Team Joystiq. He also discusses the "Internet dating" side of working in the industry. Listen to the ...

Joystiq Presents: Can’t stop

4 February 2015 |In this episode, Mike Suszek (@mikesuszek) takes his turn in the hot seat as he tells Features Content Director Xav de Matos (@Xav) about the rant that landed him the job of his dreams. He also talks about barely surviving his ...

Joystiq Presents: Close project

4 February 2015 |Mike Suszek (@mikesuszek) talks with Joystiq's Editor in Chief Ludwig Kietzmann (@LudwigK) about the site's history as well as a newfound opportunity to grow. Listen to the MP3 Listen to other Joystiq Presents episodes....

Games of a Lifetime: Alexander’s picks

4 February 2015 |After more than ten years devoted to video games and the people who make them, Joystiq is closing its doors. We won't be reporting on the best games of 2015, so join us for one last hurrah as the Joystiq family reveals their Games ...

Joystiq Streams: Once more, with feeling

4 February 2015 |Ladies and gentlemen it's time/for all the good that's in you to shine/for all the lights to lose their shade/for all the hate that's in you to fade. Ladies and gentlemen it's time/for the maracas and the ...

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Amazon Launches Free Game Engine Lumberyard

10 February 2016 |Dave Knott writes: Amazon has both announced and released a new, free game engine, Lumberyard, which offers deep integration with its Amazon Web Services server infrastructure to empower online play, and also with Twitch, its video ...

Video Gamers From the ‘90s Have Turned Out Mostly OK

8 February 2016 |A study reported on by Ars Technica indicates that video games, much ballyhooed (alleged) source of mental, physical and psycho-social ills for the kids who spent a lot of time playing them, don't seem to have had quite as big a ...

Video Gamers From the ‘90s Have Turned Out Mostly OK

8 February 2016 |A study reported on by Ars Technica indicates that video games, much ballyhooed (alleged) source of mental, physical and psycho-social ills for the kids who spent a lot of time playing them, don't seem to have had quite as big a ...

Report: Google Will Go In Big For VR Hardware This Year

8 February 2016 |The Financial Times reports that Google isn't going to let the VR hardware wars fall to the likes of Samsung and Oculus; instead, it's working on a (cardboard-free) VR headset of its own, to be released in conjunction with Android ...

Unreal Engine Will Soon Allow Developers To Build Games Inside of VR

7 February 2016 |An anonymous reader writes: Epic Games, the creators of Unreal Engine, has been a longstanding supporter of VR. They were on board way back when Oculus sparked the VR industry in 2012 with a Kickstarter that would snowball into a ...

Bethesda To Unleash the Hounds of Hell On May 13th: Doom Release Date Confirmed

7 February 2016 |MojoKid writes: Bethesda and id Software are in the process rebooting the Doom franchise and it seems like it's been in development for ages. When we last visited the upcoming Doom remake, Bethesda had posted a giblet-filled ...

Nintendo Hits Snooze On Sleep-Tracking Device

6 February 2016 |In October 2014, Nintendo announced a plan to develop a sleep-tracking app and device. This device would use microwave sensors to monitor important sleep data throughout the night, to optimize users' slumber time and encourage a ...

Video Game Cheaters Outed By Logic Bombs

3 February 2016 |Lirodon writes: A Reddit user decided to tackle the issue of cheaters within Valve's multiplayer shooter Counter Strike: Global Offensive in their own unique way: by luring them towards fake "multihacks" that promised a motherlode ...

Computer Beats Go Champion

28 January 2016 |Koreantoast writes: Go (weiqi), the ancient Chinese board game, has long been held up as one of the more difficult, unconquered challenges facing AI scientists... until now. Google DeepMind researchers, led by David Silver and ...

To Solve a Rubik’s Cube In 1 Second, It Takes a Robot

25 January 2016 |The Next Web features a quick look at an eyebrow-raisingly fast Rubik's Cube-solving robot, created by developers Jay Flatland and Paul Rose. How fast? The robot can solve a scrambled cube in one second (as long as you're willing ...

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