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Developers share insights on designing for Facebook Instant Games

18 July 2017 - 1:00am

Facebook Instant Games are lightweight HTML5 titles playable in the Messenger app (or a browser window). Devs who've released on the platform describe its pluses, its minuses, and its future potential. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Elite's David Braben: 'I would say no game is ever finished'

17 July 2017 - 4:05pm

"People have described so many games as unfinished," veteran game dev and Frontier Developments chief David Braben tells Glixel. "But what they mean is 'You could do more.'" ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Don't Miss: Cheating vs. exploiting in game design

17 July 2017 - 11:58am

This timeless blog post takes a look what defines 'cheating' and breaks down what game developers need to keep in mind when players start breaking and bending in-game rules. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

RuneScape is going multi-platform as a mobile MMORPG

17 July 2017 - 10:38am

Developer Jagex has laid plans to make the full version of its massively multiplayer online game playable on smartphones, complete with cross-platform play between PC and mobile. ...

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Video Game Deep Cuts: The 4D Cyberpunk Fire

16 July 2017 - 10:18pm

This week's longform game article/video highlights include the Cyberpunk RPG's original author, 4D Toys' brain-bending surreality, Fire Pro Wrestling's resurgence, and lots more. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Don't Miss: What can game designers learn from watching Evo?

14 July 2017 - 12:40pm

The global fighting game tournament Evo is upon us once again, so take a look back at this 2015 breakdown to find out what game development lessons can be found in the tourney's most exciting moments. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Challenged by the FTC, DraftKings and FanDuel call off merger

13 July 2017 - 3:40pm

In the wake of the Federal Trade Commission's statement that it would challenge the merger, fantasy sports/eSports betting services DraftKings and FanDuel have cancelled their plans to join forces. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Video: Lessons learned from citizen science efforts in EVE Online

12 July 2017 - 2:00pm

At GDC 2017, MMOS' Attila Szantner and CCP's Bergur Finnbogason spoke at length about how they worked to integrate real science research into EVE Online as a seamless, productive experience. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Riot files suit against alleged League of Legends mobile clone maker

11 July 2017 - 4:01pm

Riot Games has filed a lawsuit alleging Chinese mobile dev Shanghai Moonton Technology is engaging in 'willful and bad faith infringement' of Riot's rights to its flagship intellectual property. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Blog: What killed the MMOG?

11 July 2017 - 7:24am

World of Warcraft's success attracted opportunistic agents that preyed on weaknesses in the game's economy and business model design. Without solutions, the MMO genre became increasingly non-viable commercially. ...

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Netflix for indie games: How Jump aims to help devs beat discoverability issues

10 July 2017 - 5:55am

Game industry vets Anthony Palma and Cade Peterson chat with Gamasutra about Jump, their new indie game subscription service that aims to give passed-over games their time in the sun. ...

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Video Game Deep Cuts: A Failure To NBA Jam

9 July 2017 - 8:11pm

This week's longform game article/video highlights include GDC's Indie Summit Failure Workshop, an oral history of NBA Jam, and lots more. ...

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Two years in, Steam is Rocket League's least popular platform

7 July 2017 - 11:17am

According to developer Psyonix, the bulk of Rocket League's active players call the PlayStation 4 home, followed by the Xbox One and Steam. ...

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3 years on, Red 5 is winding down its flagship MMO game Firefall

6 July 2017 - 3:59pm

Firefall developer Red 5 Studios announced yesterday that it plans to suspend work on the free-to-play sci-fi MMO game tomorrow, July 7th, though it is "currently developing a mobile version." ...

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Sony shutting down The Tomorrow Children after just one year

6 July 2017 - 1:22pm

Sony has announced that it will be shutting down online services for the PlayStation 4 exclusive, effectively rendering the short-lived game unplayable. ...

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Nintendo Switch Online smartphone app launching July 21

6 July 2017 - 10:15am

The external smart device app handles the bulk of the Switch's online services and, in some cases, offers game-specific features and menus. ...

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PlayerUnknown: A lack of typical dev experience 'gives me a lot of freedom'

5 July 2017 - 1:51pm

"It lets me dream a little bigger, I guess, because I'm not tied down by knowing too much about it," Brendan "PlayerUnknown" Greene told RPS recently about his leap from modder to creative director. ...

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Video Game Deep Cuts: Billy Mitchell's Cuphead Thumper

2 July 2017 - 5:24pm

This week's longform article/video highlights include the complex history of Cuphead, Billy Mitchell ten years on from King Of Kong, and behind the scenes on the making of Thumper. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Video: Designing your game to keep players engaged over time

30 June 2017 - 1:22pm

At GDC 2017 veteran game designer Chelsea Howe explains  typical patterns of human attention and engagement over time and shared concrete ways game devs can design for those phases. ...

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