Video Games

How Mission Creep Killed a Gaming Studio

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Over at Kotaku, there’s an interesting story about the reported demise of Darkside Game Studios, a game-development firm that thought it finally had a shot at the big time… only to collapse once its project requirements spun out of control. Darkside Game Studios had spent much of its existence as an outsourcing firm for other studios’ games, handling development tasks that the clients didn’t have the in-house bandwidth to finish on their own. Darkside got a chance to show off… continue…

Is Android Fragmentation a Justified Dev Fear?

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The dreaded term “fragmentation” has been applied to Android more times than anyone can count over the past half-decade. Apple’s iPhone and iPad present developers with a limited number of devices and screen sizes, with most users running the latest major version of the operating system thanks to Apple’s total control over software updates. Android, meanwhile, asks developers to build applications that work on thousands of devices with different screen sizes and hardware configurations, with carriers and different handset manufacturers… continue…

Valve’s VR Plans Could Prove Good for Devs

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If virtual reality is going to become the Next Big Thing, Valve wants a piece of the action. Valve is famous in gaming circles for its Half-Life, Portal, and Left 4 Dead games. It also runs the Steam network, a growing channel for distributing games, and maintains SteamOS, a Linux-based operating system for the upcoming Steam Machine game consoles. Given that increasingly pervasive reach, it’s perhaps no surprise that the company would extend its ambitions to virtual reality. Check out… continue…

The Developer Who Bet It All on His Next Game

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Never use your own money to fund projects, goes a strain of startup advice. Jonathan Blow, famous in gaming circles for the hit indie game Braid, never got that memo: He plans on funneling all of his money into his next game, entitled The Witness. “The Braid income is not nearly enough anymore to fund the team,” Blow told Engadget in an interview. “I have borrowed a bunch of money to finish The Witness. So I hope when it’s done, some people… continue…

Using Nintendo’s Power Glove as an Animation Tool

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A generation ago, Nintendo released the Power Glove, a game controller that strapped to the player’s forearm. Although the device subsequently became an icon of the 1980’s, it didn’t sell very well at the time of release, thanks in large part to its unintuitive controls and poor games. But like a video-game character who plunges into a bottomless pit, the Power Glove has been granted a second life, at least when it comes to animating the popular Robot Chicken series.… continue…

Watch Super Mario Gain Artificial Intelligence

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Super Mario, arguably the most iconic video-game character of all time, is developing a mind of his own thanks to a team of artificial-intelligence researchers at the University of Tubingen, Germany. Those researchers took a copy of Super Mario Advance, a Mario adventure for the Game Boy Advance, and integrated it with CMUSphinx speech-recognition software developed by Carnegie Mellon. According to CNET, Mario will not only listen and respond to a human controller’s instructions, but will act on his own… continue…

Should Game Developers Build Exclusives?

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Sony’s PlayStation 4 has beaten the Xbox One in sales for most of the past year, but Xbox fans don’t have to worry about their favorite hardware losing out on third-party games. Console makers try to differentiate themselves with exclusive titles, but market share isn’t the only—or even the primary—consideration for developers deciding which consoles to target. To find gaming-related jobs, click here. Not surprisingly, it comes down to money. Developers “don’t do exclusives because it’s a better console,” Wedbush… continue…

R.I.P. Ralph Baer, Creator of the Gaming Console

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Should you find yourself buying a new Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, or other game console during this holiday season, take a moment to remember the late Ralph Baer, who recently passed away at the age of 92. Click here to find game-related jobs. In the late 1960s, Baer developed the first video-game console. The television had become a mainstream item, affordable for an increasing number of people, and Baer thought that its screen could just as easily serve purposes… continue…

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

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Atari ET Game
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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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…