Game Development

Mobile Game Landscape Gets More Complicated

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Despite all the hype surrounding mobile games — and all the money companies are investing in efforts to push them — the business model to support them hasn’t yet made itself evident. You’d think that would give some running room to independent developers who’ve got a clever approach to attracting, keeping and making money off of players. But that’s more easily said than done, especially when the industry’s leaders are putting a lot of effort into remaking themselves. Part of… continue…

Zynga Layoffs to Hit 18 Percent of Workforce

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Zynga is planning to cut a whopping 18 percent of its workforce by August, the struggling social media game developer said Monday. The across-the-board cuts will hit “all functions” of the company and include closure of various office locations. Zynga expects to layoff approximately 520 employees worldwide and says the bulk of the cuts will occur by the end of the summer. “While our Farmville Franchise continues to perform well, other games are underperforming,” says Zynga, which has struggled to move… continue…

UC Santa Cruz Offers New Master’s in Games

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The University of California at Santa Cruz is offering a master’s degree in games and playable media. The program, which will be held at the school’s Santa Clara campus, covers advanced technologies used to produce computer games and interactive media. The 12-month program is intended for students who already have a foundation in computer science and an understanding of computer games. Those who pursue the program will “develop strong design skills as well as strong technical implementation skills,” said Jim… continue…

Game Developer Gives Pirates a Taste of Their Own Medicine

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By Scott Bowers Piracy is an issue that software developers big and small have to contend with. Some companies push tyrannical copy protection that can frustrate legitimate gamers, while others ship with no protection at all. Indie startup studio Greenheart Games took an unconventional approach to fighting off pirates with its maiden game, Game Dev Tycoon. The developer used pirate-favorite BitTorrent to seed its own “cracked” version of the game to the world, albeit with a slight modification in code.… continue…

Can Nintendo Win E3 Without A Press Conference?

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By Scott Bowers Last month, Nintendo surprised everyone with the news that they would not hold one of the traditional giant press conferences at E3. For many years the game industry’s major players have staged their own events, usually just before the show opens, to gloat about sales figures and to hype their upcoming products. While Sony unwraps more details about Playstation 4 and Microsoft showcases the new Xbox, Nintendo is struggling against difficult and evolving market conditions. More and… continue…

4 Reasons You Don’t Want to Develop Games

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Are you an avid gamer? Do you think you have what it takes to work in games? Or better yet, Do you even know what it takes to work in games? You may think producing games would be a blast, fitting right in with your addiction. But the truth is, you may be better off sticking to the joystick. Creating games, after all, is a job and much like any other job it comes with a lot of drawbacks —… continue…

Oculus Rift: Virtual Reality Gaming Makes a Comeback

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By Rob Pakus Nowadays it seems the gaming and gadget hype is all about 3-D TVs and next-generation consoles. I’m more interested in the evolutionary reincarnation of virtual reality gaming, specifically in the form of Oculus VR’s virtual reality headset, aptly named the Oculus Rift.  In case you missed the excitement, here’s a quick summary of its rise to fame. Kickstarter Launches a Virtual Reality Brand Oculus Rift founder Palmer Lucky is an avid VR headset collector, as well as… continue…

How to Get Hired by Sony Computer Entertainment

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Though it certainly helps, you don’t have to be a passionate gamer to get a job at Sony Computer Entertainment. One of the biggest things Marcus Walton, an engineering recruiter there, looks for is how committed you are to teamwork. Currently, Walton’s looking to fill job openings for graphic-engine game developers and system-game engine developers. If you’re interested, here’s what he told me at GDC regarding the jobs themselves, and how to handle the interviews and coding tests you’ll have… continue…

Why Sony’s PlayStation 4 Could Change the Game

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With Sony’s PlayStation 4 set to launch some time around “Holiday 2013,” let’s take a look at what to expect from the long-awaited console. The PS4 is one of two, possibly three, next-generation consoles that are set to hit the market before the end of the year. By piecing together information from Sony’s various announcements, we can gain a reasonably good understanding of what Kaz Hirai and company have in store for us. Specifications For Sony fans, the updated specifications… continue…

Microsoft Games Hiring for Its Audio Team

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Microsoft’s Games Studio needs to fill out its audio team, Senior Audio Director Greg Shaw told Dice News at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. The Redmond giant is looking for audio implementers and typically has 15 to 16 sound designers working in its Sound Lab. In addition to those team members, Shaw says the company usually has a need for programmers to modulate content, as well as higher level audio directors. Here’s what he told us when we… continue…