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From the Buzz, Piecing Together the Xbox 720

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By Scott Bowers Microsoft has announced that the date of the “Xbox Reveal” will be at a special event on May 21.  This is the first official announcement from them regarding their new upcoming console.  But just because Microsoft’s not saying a lot about the upcoming Xbox 720 – code-named “Durango” — doesn’t mean gamers are in a wait-and-see mood.  After all, if nature fills vacuums, then the gaming community argues rumors.  And so many rumors have been floating around… continue…

Electronic Arts Cuts Workforce

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Electronics Arts has reportedly laid off as much as 10 percent of its workforce — about 900 people — in recent weeks as it seeks to restructure its business more tightly around mobile and other new technologies. The struggling gamemaker confirmed the cuts in a statement Thursday: In recent weeks, EA has aligned all elements of its organizational structure behind priorities in new technologies and mobile. This has led to some difficult decisions to reduce the workforce in some locations.… continue…

How to Land an Engineering Job at Turbine

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Engineers looking to pivot their careers into the game industry would be wise to take note of Demetrius Comes. He’s an executive director of engineering at Turbine, a division of WB Games. But, perhaps more importantly, he’s an engineer who made the transition himself some 12 years ago after working in other sectors for nearly a decade. According to Comes, who spoke to Dice News at GDC, he finds engineers from the outside tend to be more disciplined when it… 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…

Final Chapter: LucasArts Employees Hold Wake

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The bar’s name says it all: The Final Final. That’s where LucasArts employees gathered Friday night to hold a wake, following the death of their game studio earlier in the week. At Final Final in San Francisco, a large gathering of LucasArts employees and former LucasArts workers shared drinks and tears, from recalling memories of creating such notable cult games like Monkey Island to mourning the loss of games whose lives were cut short, like Star Wars 1313 and Star Wars: First… continue…

Death to Downloads: Browser-Based Games on the Rise

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Here’s another nail in the coffin of console games. The folks at Mozilla and Will Harbin, CEO of the gaming portal Kixeye, are banking on the idea that more people are picking up hammers as they ultimately gravitate toward browser-based games rather than download versions to consoles or mobile devices. At last week’s Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Mozilla unveiled its highly optimized version of JavaScript for 3D browser-based games. The organization wants to show game developers that the… continue…

Microsoft’s Xbox Studios: Old School or New?

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As Microsoft ramps up its Los Angeles-based Xbox Entertainment Studios, you have to wonder whether its goal is to bring innovative platforms to old-school media, or old-school media to innovative platforms. If the top-down hiring is any indication, it may be the latter. Yusuf Mehdl, senior vice president of Redmond’s interactive entertainment business, says that Xbox users are more interested in videos and music than those who play with other Internet-related consoles. In that context, hiring Nancy Tellem last September as… continue…

CEO’s Departure Could Bode Well for EA’s Workplace

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Electronic Arts CEO John Riccitiello plans to resign at the end of the month, citing missteps in meeting the company’s internal operating plan and its Wall Street financial guidance. This might make investors happy, but what’s the impact on the company’s employees? While more than half of the 240 employees who shared their opinion on Glassdoor approved of Riccitiello’s performance, his 59 percent rating was 9 percentage points below the average. Beyond that, there are indications of grumbling with in… continue…

SimCity: How Not to Launch a Game

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Unless you live in a cave, you’ve probably heard of Electronic Arts’ disastrous launch of the latest SimCity. It was designed to play for only about 20 minutes offline before closing down. Since cities are saved on servers, not locally, you don’t get to play if the server happens to be too busy for you. Tough luck. Unfortunately for EA, it underestimated the number of people who bought SimCity when the game launched. Kotaku says 700,000 cities were created in… continue…