How XCOM enables players to tell their own stories

How XCOM enables players to tell their own stories
Gamasutra
With XCOM: Enemy Unknown, the development team saw the game as a platform for players to create their own stories -- they wanted to encourage an internal narrative to unfold each time they play. Similar to its ... "We, as developers, just give them the...

Gamasutra

Argentine Video Game Pokes Fun at Gov't Inflation Figures
Fox News
Buenos Aires – Young Argentines have created a video game that allows players to compare the prices used by the National Statistics and Census Institute, or Indec, to measure inflation with those consumers say they pay, a pastime that has caused angry ...

Video game tax break makes Quebec an industry hub
Financial Post
In other words, for every dollar a video game developer pays in compensation to its production staff — the programmers, designers and other people involved in making avideo game — it gets roughly one third back from the government. Quebec earmarked...

Financial Post

Video Game Sales Plummet; Is Nintendo's Wii U the Solution?
Manolith
According to industry research firm NPD Group, sales of game discs, systems, and accessories slipped to just under $850 million last month, a drop of 24 per cent from the $1.1 billion the video game industry took in during the same period in 2011 ...

NASCAR The Game: Inside Line – VIDEO GAME UPDATE & NEWS – Xbox 360 ...
ringsidereport.com (blog)
NASCAR The Game: Inside Line, developed by UK based independent driving game developer, Eutechnyx and published by Activision, will be played on a 200ft mega-screen at the track. Eight lucky fans will compete in a bracket tournament to crown a fan ...

Pressure: VIDEO GAME NEWS & UPDATE – Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Wii News
ringsidereport.com (blog)
Thwarting his sinister plans and returning the valuable water to the citizens of the world is the main objective of the game… as well as destroying his countless, caltrop-laying minions. A sophisticated shop and upgrade system allows players to ...

"Halo 4" Developer Diary is a Study in Multi-Player Beauty
Complex.com (blog)
Video Loading... Microsoft has released a new Halo 4 developer diary, this time focusing on all of the new elements of the multi-player modes. The video is full of a ton of in-game footage, and takes a long look at the new Vortex, Forge, and Ragnarok ...

Call of Duty: Black Ops II – VIDEO GAME MAJOR UPDATE & NEWS
ringsidereport.com (blog)
Call of Duty Elite TV – Launching with tablet support with Call of Duty: Black Ops II, the new Call of Duty Elite TV will deliver a renewed community focus featuring developer tips and strategy programming, custom class overviews and more. · Social ...

Experienced Video Game Programmer and Developer Announces Formation of ...
PR Web (press release)
New video game development company to focus on reinventing classic video game genres on modern platforms. ... James Simpson today announced the formation of Cellbloc Studios, a newvideo game development company, based in Atlanta, GA. ... FOX ...

Gaming conference leaving Austin
Austin News
Austin is largely considered an emerging market for game development, but several companies attend the conference from overseas and say flights in-and-out of town are tough. "Definitely ... The GDC had 3,350 attendees in 2011, but it's not the only ...

New 'Usagi Yojimbo: Way Of The Ronin' Gameplay Footage Revealed [Video]
ComicsAlliance
In honor of this past weekend's New York City Comic Con, mobile and PC game developer Happy Giant rolled out three new videos showing off gameplay from the Beta version of the upcoming Usagi Yojimbo: Way of the Ronin. The first video game based on ...

BreakQuest: Extra Evolution coming to PS3, PSP, Vita
GamingBolt (blog)
It's a game that is playable by everyone as it is rated 3 + by Pegi. It contains 100 completely redesigned levels, with colorful design, elements behaviour and visual effects, or so the developers say. I haven't played it yet but this does sound really ...

GamingBolt (blog)

Video: Gameloft Releases Modern Combat 4 Developer Diaries
Droid Life
While adding more complex controls and movements, a comprehensive story line where players play as both U.S. soldiers and the villains, and enhanced vehicle physics, this game is looking very nice. Graphics look smooth and I'm excited to see how the ...

Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth on Wii U won't just include motion controls
Computerandvideogames.com
Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth Screenshot If you enjoy moving your arms wildly when playing avideo game, then you can do just that with the Wii Remote and Nunchuck on the Wii U version. If you are more inclined to play games sitting down, exerting ...

The Guys Who Brought Honor to Dishonored
Wall Street Journal (blog)
Ever since the original Deus Ex expanded people's notions about narrative choices invideo games, players have been waiting for a worthy successor to its understated and morally-driven approach to game design. Harvey Smith, one of the game's two lead ...

Wall Street Journal (blog)

Permadeath creeps into Wasteland 2
Gameranx
This group includes one Brian Fargo who has been designer, writer, director, or producer of such games as The Lost Vikings, The Bard's Tale, and the video gamebased on William Gibson's Neuromancer. In order to fund development of the game, Fargo and ...

Gameranx

Spoiler alert: Halo 4 leaks three weeks ahead of launch
Siliconrepublic.com
Spoiler alert: Halo 4 leaks three weeks ahead of launch. The highly anticipated fourth instalment of the Halo video-game series has apparently leaked three weeks ahead of its release date and the game's creators are none too pleased. The next three ...

Siliconrepublic.com

INDY GAMERS RALLY FOR CHARITY
GameIndustry.com
On Friday, October 19th, a group of gamers in San Diego, California will launch the second year of the Indie Games for Good video gaming marathon in support of Child's Play Charity. Last year, Indie Games for Good raised nearly $7000 for the charity ...

GameIndustry.com

ImaginEngine Game Studio Closes, 25 Laid Off
VGChartz
The company laid off workers at its Backbone Entertainment developer. James North-Hearn, has confirmed the layoffs to Backbone, however he has not confirmed closing of ImaginEngine yet. ImaginEngine has worked on developing video game versions of ...

Ask 411 Games 10.15.12: XCOM, Syndicate, THE Games, More!
411mania.com
So it might be that the original developers who wanted to make the game a FPS to be more ─╣modern' being gone, replaced by people who like the early games, it may not go the Syndicate route. We'll have to wait ... Anyway, Wing Commander has been around ...

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale beta hits PS3 and PS Vita Tuesday
Examiner.com
The mascot fighting game will be available to download for PS Plus users on the PS3 and all PS Vita owners on Tuesday, October 16. The Playstation All-Stars Battle ...Video: PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale - Join the Beta Video. The beta will run ...

Examiner.com

Zombies coming to Sleeping Dogs in first full story-based DLC
games.on.net
Under Section 39 of the Video Games Act, it is now illegal to have a game that doesn't at some point feature zombies or the undead. Sleeping Dogs, having ... focus back to PC. Developers need to stop wringing the last drops out of a dying console market .

games.on.net

'Neverwinter' studio and Wizards of the Coast outline collaborative ...
The Verge
Cryptic is not trying to do a "literal translation of the [Dungeons & Dragons] rule set to the video game medium," said content lead Randy Mosiondz, pre-empting questions about which Dungeons & Dragons edition Neverwinter will be based on. ... Chris ...

Taipei Assassins share joy over e-Sports victory
China Post
... joy over e-Sports victory. LOS ANGELES--The Taipei Assassins, a group of gamers from Taiwan that won an international online video game competition in Los Angeles and US$1 million in prize money, have been sharing their joy and excitement about the ...

'Dance Central 3' review: like everyone's watching
The Verge
Instead, Harmonix has used that motion in ways that no developer — not even itself, until now — has thought to in the lifespan of Kinect. There are elements to Dance Central 3 which don't only represent some of the best game design I've ever seen in ...

Hitman Absolution Official Unboxing Video
Capsule Computers
The guys behind the game Hitman Absolution have released their studio unboxing of the gamesspecial Collectors Edition with Agent 47 figurine. The developers talk us through the unboxing as well as other stuff that fans may find interesting. The ...

More Details for Notch's '0x10c' Revealed
Game Rant
The Firefly-inspired space adventure game was first announced in April, and seems to have come a long way since then, as seen in a revealing video Markus recently posted to YouTube. While fairly basic in nature, the gameplay video shows off some basic ...

Shanda to Establish New Advertising Subsidiary
Marbridge Consulting
Zhu Jing, CTO of Shanda Online and VP of Chinese online media provider and online game developer and operator Shanda Interactive, revealed recently that Shanda had begun preparations to spin off Shanda Advertising (unofficial translation) as a new ...

Thank You, Metro: Last Light, For Not Shipping With Multiplayer
Kotaku
It's kind of faded into the background now that most people like to focus their anger on downloadable content, but for me, multiplayer has always been the biggest problem with modern, big-budget video games. It just doesn't, for many games, ... fanbase ...

MHL lets you play a bunch of Android mobile games on your TV (exclusive)
VentureBeat
Together with mobile game controllers such as Moga the cables could be used to turn mobile devices into game consoles or HD video players. MHL can be used with TVs, projectors and PC monitors. Sunnyvale, Calif.-based MHL, founded in 2010, has ...

VentureBeat

'Pokemon White Version 2' review
Digital Spy
Once again developer Game Freak has embraced tradition and strived to refine this winning formula with a few subtle tweaks. It's still the same animal gathering adventure with ... Other additions have a far-reaching impact, such as the inclusion of the ...

USC Non-Revenue Update -- 10/14
Conquest Chronicles
The developers of the hit PC video game held an international tournament at L.A. Live over the past nine days, and on Saturday, the final took place at USC between the Azubu Frost from South Korea and the Taipei Assassins from Taiwan. Taipei was one of ...

Resident Evil 6 Parody Song Makes Fun Of Quick Time Events
Cinema Blend
However, one fan took this hatred of QTE's to a new level by creating a parody music video. QTEs, if you don't recall, are when the game prompts you to press a button. You might ... It's a way fordevelopers to make a cutscene into something quasi ...

learning - Beginner programmer wanting to make video games ...
I have no knowledge whatsoever in programming. What would be a good way ... I have no knowledge whatsoever in programming. It will be a very very long road, ...
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