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How to Make an Xbox One Custom Background

25 October 2014 |Xbox One's November update will bring with it the ability to use custom backgrounds on the system. If you're fortunate enough to be in the preview program for system updates, you can begin doing so now by following the instructions ...

Watch The Witcher 3’s Brutal Intro Cinematic Now

25 October 2014 |<iframe src="/videos/embed/6421962/" width="100%" height="100%" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe>Right on schedule, Polish developer CD ...

MLG.tv Columbus Arena Opens Tonight With $75,000 Call of Duty Tournament

25 October 2014 |The brand-new MLG.tv Columbus Arena opens tonight with the Call of Duty: Ghosts Pro League Season 3 Playoffs, a tournament with a massive $75,000 prize pool. The three-day event runs through Sunday, October 26, and you can watch it ...

The Division Aiming for “Endless Gameplay”

25 October 2014 |Ubisoft's upcoming third-person action game The Division is aiming to offer "endless gameplay," says art director Rodrigo Cortes. He says in a new interview that Ubisoft's goal with The Division, which he also stresses is very much ...

Microsoft Talks Minecraft Buyout, Possibility of Minecraft 2

25 October 2014 |Following the announcement of Microsoft's $2.5 billion acquisition of Swedish developer Mojang and the chart-topping Minecraft franchise in September, some wondered how the Xbox maker would grow the brand going forward. A sequel ...

Uncharted’s Opening Cutscene Recreated In Real Life

25 October 2014 |<iframe ...

Smash Bros. Wii U--19 Essential Facts, 130 New Images, 4 Latest Videos

24 October 2014 |<iframe src="/videos/embed/6421963/" width="100%" height="100%" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe>Yesterday afternoon, Nintendo showed off ...

Dead or Alive 5: Last Round Release Date And Preorder Bonuses

24 October 2014 |Koei Tecmo and Team Ninja have announced that Dead or Alive 5: Last Round will launch across Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4 in North America on February 17, 2015. The game launches three days later on February ...

New Xbox One IP In The Works That Will “Push The Boundaries”

24 October 2014 |Though Microsoft remains committed to its tentpole franchises such as Halo, Gears of War, and Forza, the company is looking beyond those games to brand new franchises for Xbox One. Xbox boss Phil Spencer said in a new interview ...

Check Out Far Cry 4’s Latest “Welcome to Kyrat” Trailer

24 October 2014 |<iframe src="/videos/embed/6421964/" width="100%" height="100%" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe>Ubisoft today released the latest ...

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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, ...

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 Cinematic Nature of Parasite Eve

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A Plea for the Gaming Industry to Respect Gamers

1 March 2013 | <!--Begin feature--> <!-- for syndication --> Although the economy might not be in the thick of a recession as it once was, that doesn't mean things ...

Moving Forward and Looking to Indies, Not Better Graphics

28 February 2013 | <!--Begin feature--> <!-- for syndication --> Excited as I was to finally see a next-generation console, much of the PlayStation 4 software we saw ...

Urban Trial Freestyle Review: Where Flash Trumps Substance

27 February 2013 | <!--Begin feature--> <!-- for syndication --> There is no getting around the similarities between Urban Trial Freestyle and the Trials series. The ...

The Orwellian Superheroes of Watch Dogs and inFamous: Second Son

23 February 2013 | <!--Begin feature--> <!-- for syndication --> <body> Always the eyes watching you and the voice enveloping you. Asleep or awake, working or ...

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Perfecting a 2D illustration: The art iteration process

25 October 2014 |"I'm a huge fan of fantasy art and pretty much any game art coming out of TSR in the 1980s. There is something about the oil on canvas, seeing the stroke of the brush -- which for me sort of elevates the work." ...

Blog: Bad things can happen if you bundle

25 October 2014 |"We'd already given the game to them, earned pretty much nothing, and not even actually got many Greenlight votes from it. I was desperately trying to forget the bundle ever happened." ...

Starpoint Gemini 2: How we survived and succeeded on Steam Early Access

24 October 2014 |"We can only say what we got: loads of valued and appreciated feedback, a great community that pointed us (and still does!) in the right direction, and additional funds to invest into production." ...

What place does live user testing have in game QA? 

24 October 2014 |A QA expert tackles the topic: "What types of tests can you effectively move to live user testing, and what types of tests are better suited for professional game testers?" ...

Video postmortem details the troubled development of TAKEDOWN: Red Sabre

24 October 2014 |"In July an investor went dark. It took us a while to figure out that he decided to go to Africa and import black rhinos. Or changed his mind, who knows." - Christian Allen, industry veteran and founder of Serellan, provides a ...

New mentoring programme available to UK game studios

24 October 2014 |British trade body UKIE today launched the next wave of its Video Game Mentoring Network scheme, with the goal to help game businesses in the UK grow through mentoring. ...

Game jam postmortem: Suddenly, Thousands

24 October 2014 |"Honestly, I'm really satisfied with Suddenly, Thousands for the time I spent on it. However, I had a few easily avoidable slip-ups that I need to be careful next time I attend events like these." ...

Press management platform distribute() is ready for sign-ups

24 October 2014 |distribute(), an upcoming press contact management system from Vlambeer's Rami Ismail that aims to help developers keep track of their build distribution and contact lists, is now available for sign-ups. ...

New social issue games tackle education, big pharma

24 October 2014 |Subaltern Games' No Pineapple Left Behind and Twice Circled's Big Pharma are two new games that represent a humorous, provocative approach to social issues. ...

TestFlight is changing in iOS 8, under Apple’s watch

24 October 2014 |The popular testing tool, which Apple acquired in February, is making some changes under iOS 8 -- including iTunes Connect integration. ...

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Kongregate CEO: It’s harder to be a woman in games

25 October 2014 |Emily Greer says she gets four times the harassment as her co-founder brother

Amazon has $83 million in unsold Fire Phones

24 October 2014 |Retailer takes a $170 million charge on its smartphone in the third quarter

Swedish developers sign declaration against sexism, abuse

24 October 2014 |Paradox, Massive, Mojang, Dice, Rovio, Starbreeze and more support diversity

Mobile could soon dominate - so what?

24 October 2014 |Japan's experience suggests that it might be good for everyone, says Rob Fahey

Xbox console sales jump 102% in Q1

24 October 2014 |Microsoft's revenue during the first quarter increased 25% to $23.2 billion

NCsoft lays off "around 60" at Carbine Studios

24 October 2014 |Wildstar developer suffers cuts as NCsoft West undergoes key restructuring and further layoffs

Digital retailer speaks out on #gamergate name confusion

24 October 2014 |Gamersgate CEO puts out public statement after receiving threats

Goodgame Studios appoints new head of communications

24 October 2014 |Dirk Hensen joins from Twitter Germany

British Academy Scotland Awards nominees announced

24 October 2014 |Rockstar Games, Outplay Entertainment and Firebrand Games in the running

Helgason: Negative view on Riccitiello is "incredibly unfair"

24 October 2014 |Unity's outgoing CEO on a most surprising appointment, and the myriad ways the company stands to benefit

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Poll: Will Paranautical Activity Make Its Way Back Onto Steam?

25 October 2014 | Earlier this week, indie game Paranautical Activity was mislabeled as an Early Access title when it launched on Steam.  This upset one of the game's developers who ...

ESA Foundation Awards $90K in Scholarships to Women and Minorities

24 October 2014 | This week the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) doled out $90,000 in scholarships to 30 students who are pursuing game development-related degrees in the United ...

PSA: 720p GTA San Andreas Coming to Xbox 360

24 October 2014 | Rockstar Games revealed that Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas will be re-released for Xbox 360 with improved visuals and support for Achievements. The official announcement ...

Google Enhances Games-Related Searches

24 October 2014 | Google Search now recognizes video games and has added a new Knowledge Graph panel on the right-hand side of search results that provides more detailed information about a ...

Swedish Game Developers Sign Petition Supporting Diversity, Rejecting Harassment

24 October 2014 | A number of companies that are part of Sweden's game development community have signed on to a public petition protesting the harassment of female game developers over ...

Report: Major Layoffs Hit NCsoft

24 October 2014 | Layoffs have hit NCsoft's Carbine Studio in a major way, according to a report in Polygon, and while NCSoft has confirmed that the layoffs are real it will not say just ...

Curt Schilling Lobbying Hearing Scheduled For Oct. 31

24 October 2014 | According to the Providence Journal, a hearing set up by Rhode Island Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis hopes to get answers from former Red Sox pitcher and 38 Studios ...

UKIE Details Video Game Mentoring Network

24 October 2014 | UK video games industry trade group UKIE has launched the Video Game Mentoring Network through a partnership with NESTA, the group announced today. The Video Game Mentoring ...

Felicia Day Shares Feelings on GamerGate, Gets Doxxed

24 October 2014 | Yesterday The Guild creator and TV star Felicia Day published a moving Tumblr post ("The Only Thing I Have to Say About Gamergate") expressing her fears about ...

The Triumphant Return of 3D Realms

24 October 2014 |Duke Nukem series creator and innovator of the once popular shareware model for PC Games 3D Realms is back in business as of today. The company effectively went dark five years ago and displaced an entire staff due to financial ...

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PS4 update rolls out USB music player, Share Play next week

25 October 2014 | The PlayStation 4's version 2.0 system update will arrive next Tuesday, October 28, PlayStation announced via Twitter. Codenamed "Masamune," the update adds the ability to play music from a USB stick connected to the console. As ...

How 8-way fights work in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

25 October 2014 | Super Smash Bros.' 4-player fights have been chaotic but properly described by subtitles like Melee and Brawl. With the introduction of 8-player fights in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, though, those fights are going from brawl-ish ...

Hitman Go adds Hitman 2-inspired levels, on sale this week

25 October 2014 | Square Enix updated Hitman Go yesterday, adding new levels to the diorama-style puzzle game on iOS and Android. The game's eight new levels are based on Hitman 2: Silent Assassin, Eidos' 2002 game for PC, Xbox and PS2. ...

Puzzling platformer Forward to the Sky scales Greenlight’s tower

24 October 2014 | What do you get when you blend a third-person perspective, puzzles, platforming mechanics, JRPG-inspired art and a big sword together? Forward to the Sky, of course, the 3D puzzle-platformer-with-a-big-sword game from independent ...

Digital Foundry looks into Evil Within pre-patch problems

24 October 2014 | Our review of The Evil Within wasn't too keen on Shinji Mikami's latest survival horror epic, but according to the techies at Digital Foundry, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of the game are worse off if you play offline ...

Up to 8 players brawl in Super Smash Bros. Wii U

24 October 2014 | According to today's Nintendo Direct stream, when Super Smash Bros. hits the Wii U it will boast "the highest quality visuals" the series has ever seen running at 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second. That's a good thing too, ...

Metareview: Civilization: Beyond Earth

24 October 2014 | Joystiq's Alexander Sliwinski gave 2K's interstellar strategy game Civilization: Beyond Earth four stars in his review, alternately praising it as "a good game in the context of the Civilization franchise" while also framing it as ...

35 minutes of Smash Bros. Wii U facts and fights

24 October 2014 | Today, Nintendo broadcast thirty minutes of Smash Bros. Wii U action for the world, revealing fifty facts about the upcoming game. While a good portion of the Nintendo Direct episode was reiterating information we've already ...

League of Legends tops MMO revenue list, Hearthstone No. 10

24 October 2014 | MMO games, including MOBAs, compose 21 percent of the worldwide digital game market and are on track to generate $11 billion in revenue this year alone, SuperData Research reports. By 2017, that number is expected to rise to $13 ...

Assassin’s Creed: Unity shows off sneaking, sweeping, PC specs

24 October 2014 | There's lots of room for activities in Assassin's Creed: Unity - activities such as murder mysteries, treasure hunts and high-intensity sweeping, as shown off in the game's Open World Activities trailer. To prepare your rig for ...

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PCGamingWiki Looks Into Linux Gaming With ‘Port Reports’

25 October 2014 |AberBeta writes: PCGamingWiki contributor Soeb has been looking into the recent larger budget game releases to appear on Linux, including XCOM: Enemy Unknown and Borderlands: The Pre–Sequel produced by Mac porting houses ...

Judge Says EA Battlefield 4 Execs Engaged In “Puffery,” Not Fraud

23 October 2014 |DemonOnIce writes with a story, as reported by Ars Technica, that a federal judge in San Francisco has dismissed a proposed securities fraud class action lawsuit connected to Battlefield 4's bungled rollout. From the report: EA and ...

Doctor Who To Teach Kids To Code

21 October 2014 |DCFC writes: The BBC is releasing a game to help 8- to 11-year-old kids get into coding. Based on Doctor Who, it alternates between a standard platform game and programming puzzles that introduce the ideas of sequence, loops, ...

New Music Discovered In Donkey Kong For Arcade

18 October 2014 |First time accepted submitter furrykef . writes Over 33 years have passed since Donkey Kong first hit arcades, but it still has new surprises. I was poking through the game in a debugger when I discovered that the game contains ...

For Game Developers, It’s About the Labor of Love

17 October 2014 |Nerval's Lobster writes With "GamerGate" and all the debates over who counts as a "gamer," it's easy to forget that games are created by people with a genuine love of the craft. Journalist Jon Brodkin sat down with Armin Ibrisagic, ...

Mozilla Teams Up With Humble Bundle To Offer Eight Plugin-Free Games

16 October 2014 |An anonymous reader writes Mozilla and Humble Bundle announced a new package that features award-winning indie best-sellers for which gamers can choose how much they want to pay. Naturally called the Humble Mozilla Bundle, the ...

How Women Became Gamers Through D&D

15 October 2014 |An anonymous reader writes: To add some historical context to the currently controversy surrounding attitudes toward women in gaming, Jon Peterson provides an in-depth historical look at the unsurprisingly male origins of the ...

Ask Slashdot: VPN Setup To Improve Latency Over Multiple Connections?

12 October 2014 |blogologue writes I've been playing Battlefield for some time now, and having a good ping there is important for a good gaming experience. Now I'm in the situation where I have mobile internet access from two telecom companies, and ...

Infinite Browser Universe Manyland Hits 8 Million Placed Blocks

11 October 2014 |j_philipp (803945) writes Manyland [Here's the twitter feed and a FAQ] is an html5/ JS-based MMO universe created by a community and two indie developers from Europe. Everything in the world can be freely drawn and placed: From ...

Simple Hack Enables VR Mode For Oculus Rift In Alien: Isolation

10 October 2014 |An anonymous reader writes In a surprising appearance at E3 2014, Oculus showed a virtual reality demo version of Creative Assembly's forthcoming first-person horror game, Alien: Isolation. Despite intense reactions to the demo, ...

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