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An Oculus Bedtime Story

Photo: The Verge

“Mommy, will you show me a bedtime story?” “Yes, dear. Now get ready for bed.” Charlie hops into bed, pulling the comforter tight over his little body. Wiggling his toes beneath the sheets in anticipation. Mommy opens the closet door

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Together We Are Mega: The Collaborative Future of Indie Game Development

The Indie MEGABOOTH at PAX East 2013.

For all the hand-wringing about the indie games bubble, concerns of an over-saturated marketplace, and fears that soon it will be impossible to make any kind of headway as an indie developer, the path forward has already been charted. It

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The Gaming Singularity Is Near

Source: Kevin Korb

If you’re a game developer, it’s likely part of you is terrified right about now. All the rules of the games business seem to be in constant flux, an incredible amount of studios have closed or shrunk to shadows of

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The Rise of the Artcade

Custom arcade cabinets at Fantastic Fest in Austin. (Photo: Fantastic Fest)

Arcades are making a comeback – but this time, you can keep your quarters. Those familiar pieces of vertical, freestanding furniture that once offered sweet release from boredom at the nearby pizzeria or amusement park have returned – but something has

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The New Frontier of Wonder in Games

skyrim-mountains

Everything is new. Everything is huge, and you’re so tiny. You don’t know how most things work, so even minute details of everyday things like spoons, light switches and cars seem like miracles. Over time you get bigger, and things

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What Games Will Endure in the Ludic Century?

Photo: Kotaku

Haven’t you heard? The Ludic Century is upon us. As laid out in academic and game designer Eric Zimmerman’s “Manifesto for a Ludic Century,” the coming hundred years will be defined by interactivity, systems-based thinking and a focus on conscious

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Accidental Journalism: Tracking Game Industry Layoffs with GameJobWatch.com

zynga-layoffs

As in any industry, layoffs in the games business are an accepted reality. Anyone working in development or production today is acutely aware of the tumultuous state of games as the dominance of consoles gives way to a touchscreen-driven order,

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Game Development: Chemistry Set of the Internet Age

Chemistry Kids

Every video game, from World of Warcraft to Tic Tac Toe, has one thing in common: they are incredibly complex orchestrations of data. Even the simplest of games, when analyzed objectively, involve intricate sequences of logic and math in order

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Beyond the Straight White Dude: Why a More Diverse Game Industry Benefits All

Panelists at the 2013 Different Games Conference in New York. (Source: Polygon)

The recent rise in promoting games developed by minorities, the LGBT community and women have brought a welcome critical eye to one of the more pervasive realities of game development: that game developers are, and for the most part have

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Giving Up Control to Grow as Gamers

Heavy Rain

Every video game you’ve ever played is about control. If something is even to qualify as a video game as opposed to machinima or animation, there needs to be at least one player, and there needs to be an input

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