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No Super Podcast Action Committee tonight

Game Politics - Sat, 11/28/2015 - 1:10pm
Hey folks, just a reminder that there will be no episode of Super Podcast Action Committee tonight.  EZK is off doing family stuff and I have to play Metal Gear Solid V. I have to. Have a great weekend and we’ll stream a brand new Super PAC episode for you next weekend!  And yes, that’s totally ... Read more

Why you should participate in game jams

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 11/27/2015 - 3:37pm

Lots of reasons, including: "Making prototypes, you will find a lot of tools and tricks that you can use on later prototypes or full games because you already tried them and know what they are best suited for." ...

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Don't Miss: 20 fun facts about hex grids

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 11/27/2015 - 2:24pm

In this light-hearted 2014 post, a studio shares twenty "of the interesting (and obscure) facts we uncover in our quest to know everything we can about grids and their use in games." ...

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Animating 3D character movement in Unity

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 11/27/2015 - 12:41pm

A post on using Unity and Mecanim to animate a character -- and getting it to look right -- within a 3D adventure game. ...

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Classic Postmortem: Ratchet & Clank

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 11/27/2015 - 11:20am

The PS2 platformer was released 12 years ago this month. Insomniac Games CEO Ted Price wrote this detailed postmortem of the game's development for Game Developer magazine. ...

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Rejoice! Namco's patent on loading screen minigames expires today

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 11/27/2015 - 11:20am

For 20 years, Namco has held a dubious patent on "auxiliary games" that play while the main game loads. The patent's period of exclusivity finally runs out today. ...

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PSA: GameSpot will stream ‘The Game Awards 2015’ live on Dec. 3

Game Politics - Fri, 11/27/2015 - 11:10am
If you are looking for a place to watch The Game Awards 2015 on December 3, you can check out GameSpot. The popular gaming website joins other big names in streaming the event live as it happens December 3rd at 6pm Pacific. The Game Awards 2015 will take place live on December 3, 2015 at ... Read more

Sony killing off ‘PSP UMD Passport’ program in 2016

Game Politics - Fri, 11/27/2015 - 11:01am
Sony will ditch its UMD Passport program in Japan early next year, the company revealed this week. The program – which never made it to North America or Europe and was exclusive to Japanese PS Vita customers – allowed those who owned UMD format discs for the PlayStation Portable to register those games through the ... Read more

2016 ‘Hearthstone World Championship’ prize pool raised to $1 million

Game Politics - Fri, 11/27/2015 - 10:20am
If you are good enough to make it into the finals of next year’s Hearthstone World Championship you could have a chance at taking home a substantial amount of money. Blizzard Entertainment announced that the prize pool for the 2016 event has been raised to $1 million. Blizzard also announced that it will be handing ... Read more

Sony confirms ‘Remote Play’ is in the works for PC and Mac

Game Politics - Fri, 11/27/2015 - 10:09am
Sony will bring its Remote Play functionality to PC and Mac, according to what Sony’s Worldwide Studios president said on social media earlier this week. In case you aren’t familiar with it, Sony’s Remote Play allows PlayStation 4 console owners to stream and play games via its PS Vita hand-held. When asked about Remote Play ... Read more

UK publisher Mastertronic declares bankruptcy

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 11/27/2015 - 9:07am

UK publisher Mastertronic has declared bankruptcy after an investment deal brokered earlier this year fell through. ...

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PlayStation 4 remote play heading to PC and Mac

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 11/27/2015 - 6:29am

You'll soon be able to use Sony's Remote Play service to play PS4 games on your PC or Mac, according to Sony's Worldwide Studios president, Shuhei Yoshida. ...

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RTS design: Economics and player agency

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 11/27/2015 - 4:05am

"The more options players have to succeed in an RTS game, the more players will engage with that game. There are a number of facets to this, but I'd like to look at game economies first." ...

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Porting 80 Days to Unity: A technical look back

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 11/27/2015 - 2:09am

When Inkle sought to port its native-app mobile hit to Unity, it brought on ex-Rocksteady console programmer Ben Nicholson. He writes here about the technical challenges of getting the game up and running in a new engine. ...

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Video blog: LittleBigPlanet composer Winifred Phillips on game music

Gamasutra - News - Fri, 11/27/2015 - 2:09am

The composer for God of War and the LittleBigPlanet franchise gives an in-depth interview on her craft as part of an upcoming game music documentary, which she shares in this blog post. ...

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Jon Hare pulls Sociable Soccer Kickstarter news - Fri, 11/27/2015 - 1:10am
Only 10 per cent of £300,000 raised at halfway point, Hare now intends to court publishers
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Survival and success in India's budding games industry news - Fri, 11/27/2015 - 12:04am
SuperSike, Dropout and 99Games on the challenges and opportunities facing indie developers in the world's second biggest country
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Calling time on pre-Thanksgiving release madness news - Fri, 11/27/2015 - 12:00am
Launching six AAA games in four weeks benefits nobody; forcing great games to fight over the same group of consumers only damages profits and increases risk
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A very indie Thanksgiving

Gamasutra - News - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 11:57am

"There are many other people in the game industry whose efforts make this possible, and they receive little thanks for their work. I'd like to draw attention to some of these unsung heroes." ...

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Don't Miss: Avalanche's model for video game boat physics

Gamasutra - News - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 11:14am

In this 2014 feature Avalanche senior coder Jacques Kerner (Just Cause 3) walks us through coding "a simplified model that captures the important features of a boat" in this meaty programming piece. ...

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