Category Archives: New

Q&A: Frank Lantz of the NYU Game Center talks about Together We Game, an ambitious, first-of-its-kind game project.

Developers big and small crowdsource ideas for video games all the time, asking fans what new features or gameplay elements they'd like to see in future games. But there's never any guarantee that what fans want will make it into a final product. Developers have final say. But what if the community of gamers at large was given control of a game's creative direction? With some limitations, this is the idea behind Together We Game, a first-of-its-kind initiative that's seemed...
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In this week’s pre-Black Friday deals, get The Evil Within for $30, Watch Dogs for $30, and more.

The best new deals of the day are from Newegg, which is offering Destiny for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One for $40, and Walmart, which if offering games like Watch Dogs, Battlefield 4, and others for $30. Find the full list of $30 games for each platform below. Toys R Us is currently offering a "2 for $30" deal on a ton of Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, and Nintendo DS games. It's a good opportunity to catch up...
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Developers given tighter restrictions on how they can market their unfinished projects.

Valve has issued new rules and guidelines to developers regarding its Steam Early Access program, in a bid to help protect consumers from investing in risky projects. Documentation of those guidelines is not available publicly, but GameSpot's sister site Giant Bomb has obtained a copy and has outlined the key changes. The new guidelines come months after Valve decided to remove a game, Earth: Year 2066, from its Early Access program after suggesting that it was being marketed with disingenuous promises...
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Lucasfilm veterans Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick are trying to bring back the classic point-and-click adventure.

Yeah, it's another Kickstarter, and like several others it's also from PC gaming legends that want to revive a genre that doesn't get much love from big publishers. But the game that developers Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick are trying to bring back harkens back to the days of Maniac Mansion. According to the game's description on Kickstarter, "Thimbleweed Park is a new game that cuts to the core of what made classic point & click adventure games so special,...
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“I am going to kill gabe newell,” developer tweets.

Indie game Paranautical Activity has been taken down from Steam following the posting of death threats addressed at Valve's Gabe Newell from developer Mike Maulbeck. As reported by Player Attack, Maulbeck's game was initially highlighted on a Steam store segment featuring Halloween-themed games. Paranautical Activity was mistakenly captioned as an Early Access title despite being completed, to which Maulbeck tweeted the following: Maulbeck's tweets culminated with a threat stating that he was "going to kill gabe newell." Paranautical Activity was removed...
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Big things come in small packages.

Making your own PC is a rewarding experience, but some people have neither the knowledge, nor the desire to tackle such a project. These people aren't wooed by the notion of getting their hands dirty and would rather skip to the finish line and pay a handsome sum for a pre-built gaming PC. These are the customers that Digital Storm's targeting with its Bolt II gaming PC. It's good looking, small--svelte enough to fit into a home theater arrangement--and...
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Intel issued an apology, but is sticking to its decision to pull an ad campaign from Gamasutra.

Earlier this week, the game developer-facing publication Gamasutra confirmed that Intel pulled an ad campaign from its website after it was "flooded with complaints" from the online movement calling itself Gamergate. Yesterday, the microprocessor company issued a statement saying that it's sticking to its decision to pull the ad campaign, but that it didn't intend to support some of the movement's anti-feminist sentiments. "We recognize that our action inadvertently created a perception that we are somehow taking sides in an increasingly...
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PewDiePie says he like to help other YouTubers with his own network.

Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg, the star of YouTube's most subscribed channel, may leave web media company Maker Studio and parent company Disney to start his own network. PewDiePie signed on with YouTube network Maker Studio, which also distributes TotalBiscuit and Yogcast, in December of 2012, and Maker Studio was acquired by Disney earlier this year for $500 million, with additional performance-based payouts of $450 million. In a recent interview with Swedish magazine Icon, PewDiePie expressed frustration with Maker Studio and Disney. His...
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If someone was paid to stream or curate a game, Twitch and Steam want you to know.

Both Twitch and Steam have issues new rules that ask users to label content and games they were paid to promote. For Steam, the new rules are aimed specifically at Steam Curators, a feature that was introduced to the platform in a major update last month. Curators are individuals or groups that publish reviews and recommendations on a dedicated Steam page. The about page for Steam Curators now clearly states that "If you’ve accepted money or other compensation for making a...
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Nvidia claims the GTX 980M and GTX 970M offer around 75 percent of the performance of its desktop chips while also significantly boosting battery life.

Following from the launch of its desktop-based GTX 980 and GTX 970 GPUs, Nvidia has taken the wraps off the mobile versions of the same chips. The company claims the GTX 980M and GTX 970M offer around 75 percent of the performance of its desktop chips, or twice the performance of the GTX 680M, enabling games to be played at high and ultra settings at resolutions up to 1440p. The GTX 980M and GTX 970M are based on the Maxwell...
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