Games

You Can Bid for Atari’s Long-Lost ‘E.T.’ Game

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In the early 1980s, Atari made what seemed like a slam-dunk bet: a game based on E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, one of the most beloved (and highest-grossing) films of all time. The company was so sure it had a hit in the making, in fact, that it manufactured millions of E.T. game cartridges, which flooded store shelves just in time for holiday shopping in December 1982. Click here to find game-development jobs. The game sold well at the outset, but it… continue…

Play 900 Vintage Arcade Games in Your Browser

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Internet Archive
The Internet Archive, a nonprofit that means to build a comprehensive “Internet library,” hosts a variety of data, from texts and audio to software and archived Web pages. Just as a brick-and-mortar library serves as a depository for rare books deserving of preservation, the Internet Archive wants to keep a record of the Internet that will educate students and historians. Click here to find game-development jobs. If any of those students and historians enjoy playing old-school arcade games from thirty… continue…

Online Harassment All Too Common: Report

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Pew Data
Nearly three-quarters of Internet users have seen someone harassed online, while 40 percent have been the targets of such abuse, according to new data from the Pew Research Center. Those statistics should come as no surprise to anyone who spends significant amounts of time online, especially in light of the recent “Gamergate” controversy. Some 27 percent of those targeted said the harassment took the form of being called offensive names; another 22 percent said that someone had tried to publicly… continue…

Do You Need a Degree to Work in Games?

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Recently, the International Game Developers Association reported that 40 percent of the respondents to its Developer Satisfaction Survey hold an undergraduate college degree, while 20 percent have a graduate degree and 15 percent hold some kind of trade diploma. A little over half have taken supplemental training in game design in either high school or college. By the numbers, then, it would appear degrees count when it comes to building a career in games. But how much? Click here to… continue…

Yes, You Can Play Tetris on a T-Shirt

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While most video games are forgotten within weeks of their release, Tetris has endured for more than 30 years. Major elements in the game’s longevity are its simplicity and extreme addictiveness; that it’s appeared on many types of hardware, from PCs and Nintendo Game Boys to smartphones and calculators, has also helped it stay in the public eye. Now, three decades after it hit the market in the former Soviet Union, Tetris has broken new ground again: Mark Kerger, whom… continue…

Diversity’s Not So Hot in the Game Business, Either

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Young and hip as it may be, the world of game development is as white and male as the rest of tech, according to a report from the International Game Developers Association. The organization’s 2014 Developer Satisfaction Survey found that a full 79 percent of developers are white, followed by 8.2 percent Hispanic/Latino, 7.5 percent Asian and 2.5 percent black. The IDGA says this represents a slightly better diversity picture than was seen in 2005, when 83.3 percent of the… continue…

Booming Mobile Games Take Backseat at E3

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Amid the din of E3’s flashy console game demos, Re/code noted a quiet corner of the Los Angeles Convention Center: The mobile and social gaming pavilion. From the lack of crowds and unassuming placement at the game industry’s largest trade show, it’s hard to believe that mobile gaming is the business’s fastest growing segment and its largest source of digital revenue. Last year, Re/code says, smartphone and tablet games generated $3 billion in U.S. sales. And while sales of packaged… continue…

The Best of E3

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This week’s E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) saw the major game studios and console builders unveil their upcoming titles. None of the presentations were subtle, to put it mildly: Mainstream developers seem more determined than ever to pour years of work and tens of millions of dollars into games in which things explode, explode, and, just for variety, explode some more. If you squinted against the glare of all those pyrotechnics, however, you could see a few games attempting innovative stuff—whether… continue…

The Epic Silliness of ‘Minecraft’ Creator’s New Game

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Imagine, for a moment, that you’re Markus “Notch” Persson, creator of Minecraft, one of the most popular video games of the decade. Within three years of entering Beta in late 2010, Minecraft had sold 35 million copies, transforming Persson into a multimillionaire in the process. The game has won tons of awards, sparked the annual MineCon conference and inspired—inevitably—lots of merchandise. Click here for game-development jobs. So after that blockbuster success, what do you do for an encore? If you’re… continue…

Tetris’s Long History Offers Tips for New Game Developers

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When the iconic video game Tetris turned 30 last week, Time published an interview with its developer, Alexey Pajitnov, in which he described the challenges of publishing software in the last years of the Soviet Union. Exporting the game out of Russia required a “formal arrangement” with the Computer Center of the Soviet Academy of Sciences that gave the organization the rights to the software for a full decade. “It was easier and wiser for me to allow this arrangement… continue…