Video Games

Why Did Facebook Buy Oculus Rift?

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When Facebook plunked down $19 billion for WhatsApp, the move made perfect sense: after all, the latter is a messaging app with 400 million active users worldwide, which fits in nicely with the social network’s emphasis on connecting people together. And when Facebook shelled out $1 billion for Instagram, that also seemed like a logical turn of events: people enjoy sharing images with each other, and Instagram offers a sleek (and growing) platform for doing so. Click here to find… continue…

Chicago’s Wargaming West Plans to Hire 60 to 70

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Wargaming West wants to add to its Chicago headcount as the company brings its World of Tanks game from the PC to the Xbox, according to Crain’s Chicago Business. The Xbox 360 version is in beta now, but the company is looking for additional people to continue development and support. During the next year, the online game developer plans to add 60 to 70 people to the staff of about 95 already working in Chicago. According to the report, the… continue…

Next Gen. Console Game Lineups Hint at Future Directions

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Perhaps the most surprising thing about Microsoft and Sony’s next generation console game lists is that there were so few surprises. By December 31, Microsoft and Sony plan to release at least 23 and 33 titles, respectively. Based on sheer numbers, it would seem that Sony would have the upper hand, but a closer look reveals that the company might have been trying to boost its numbers: More than half of the titles are digital downloads, of which it appears… continue…

Hiring Shows Quebec’s Growth as Gaming Hub

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Quebec is fast becoming a hub of gaming, courtesy of continued provincial funding in the sector. According to CTV Montreal, the Quebec government is investing $1.5 million to expand the studios at Warner Brothers Games Montreal. The grant goes toward a five-year, $63 million project that is expected to create 100 jobs, the television channel said. Currently, the studio has 325 permanent employees. The new jobs will reportedly pay about $70,000 a year. Warner Brothers Games is expecting even larger… continue…

Red Cross Wants Consequences for Video-Game Mayhem

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The organization is apparently talking to game developers about consequences for violating the rules of (digital) war. continue…

Run an Oil Field With This Documentary Game

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The oil industry has never been without its critics. Celebrities speaking out against it include the likes of Neil Young and Daryl Hannah, who have singled out Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada, because of the oil sands extraction going on there. The effort there has been described by Prime Minister Stephen Harper as the world’s largest energy project. Now there’s a Web documentary game coming in November: Fort McMoney by David Dufresne, is all about Fort McMurray. Dufresne is known… continue…

CLANG and the Pitfalls of Kickstarter

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What happens when a crowd-funding project earns enough money, but still can’t complete its goal? Things get messy. continue…

Microsoft Announces Indie-Publishing Platform for Xbox One

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Microsoft began taking applications this week for independent game developers who want to self-publish games for its upcoming Xbox One console. While other consoles, such as Sony’s PlayStation4 and Nintendo’s Wii U already have indie-publishing platforms, game producers have been waiting for Microsoft to make its console more open. Microsoft’s indie-publishing platform, ID@Xbox, sets indies up to expand beyond the PlayStation4 and Wii U ecosystems, and potentially build a viable business and career. The Xbox One is scheduled to launch… continue…

Can the Oculus Rift Revive Flagging PC Sales?

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The term “game changer” gets thrown about a lot these days, but if there is one device to which it can be correctly applied, it’s the Oculus Rift. The Kickstarter-funded virtual reality headset single-handedly revived interest in immersive gaming experiences. Could it inject some much-needed life into flagging PC sales, too? For PC manufacturers, these are interesting times. Consoles and portable devices have been eating into sales. While PCs have always enjoyed a performance edge, consoles have been getting better… continue…

‘Deus Ex’ Creator Starting His Own Gaming Academy

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Warren Spector will lead college program for aspiring game-development leaders. continue…