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Raph Koster’s Playable Worlds studio raises an additional $10 million in funding

We still know nothing about what the first project out of Raph Koster's new studio, Playable Worlds, will actually look like. But we do...
We never like these things.

PEGI adds lockbox warnings to rating labels

That sure didn't take long. Earlier this week, we found out that the ESRB would be adding a specific content warning to games...
Whee.

E3 won’t be happening in a digital format this year

The cancellation of E3 2020 was significant; even if the trade show has been generally diminished in importance over the past several years, it's...

Google Stadia apparently has offered insufficient incentives for devs on the platform

So why exactly is Stadia - a major platform launched pushed by Google of all the companies in the world - floundering so badly? The...
Tainted.

ESA responds to Sony’s skipping of E3 2020, saying the show will be ‘high-energy’

So if you missed the news due to it generally being shrug-worthy, it turns out that Sony has decided to skip out on...
Nothing really changes.

EA Spouse was 15 years ago, and not much has changed in games development

When it arrived back in 2004, EA Spouse felt like a wakeup call. But now it's easy to mark how long it has been...
lol

The people best able to afford VR have the least interest in the gaming associated with VR adoption

Well, here's a fun one. Research firm Quantic Foundry took a look at the statistical breakdown for surveys about VR purchase plans and...
I'm gonna take my horse to the old town road until I get a poncho.

GDC’s sixth annual State of the Industry report shows VR down, Steam down, and unionizing up

The sixth annual GDC State of the Industry report is an interesting barometer of development; rather than focusing on analysts, it focuses on surveys...
Someone must have had fun with this at some point, right?

South Korea now has a law criminalizing the act of boosting in online games

Let's say you really care about your competitive rank in a video game, but you don't have the time to actually practice and get...
No, it's still not.

Why developers believe abusive vitriol is the cost of doing business with games

When is it appropriate to send verbal abuse to someone you don't know personally? When is it appropriate to tell someone that you hope...

EA filed an ‘Engagement Optimized Matchmaking’ patent in 2016

Remember Activision's rather skeezy matchmaking patent from last year? That one was pretty straightforward in how it worked, if unpleasant: You buy...

Raph Koster on the cost of making games from the industry side

All of this talk about the price of making games and the price of playing games thanks to Star Wars: Battlefront II has...
SUPER, ALL GOOD

Activision secures patent for software to trick you into buying cash shop stuff, seriously

Hey, gang, this is absolutely wonderful. Activision has filed and been granted a patent for software designed to push you into buying cash...
this is duuuuuuuumb

Shots are still being fired in the Oculus/ZeniMax lawsuit

All right. The Oculus/ZeniMax lawsuit ended, ZeniMax was awarded $500 million in Oculus money by the courts, and while the plaintiffs got less...
Well, this is fine.

Self-driving cars are learning to drive with Grand Theft Auto

So it turns out that people were right when they said that self-driving cars were a terrible idea. We were all in favor of...
GET OUT OF HERE, LIZARD.

Pokemon Go quickly hits the top of the mobile charts

If you're one of the few people left who have missed out on Pokémon Go thus far, you've missed out on the...
A bit of a message disconnect.

The Crew boasts five million players

Would you believe that The Crew has five million players? Because apparently it has indeed just hit the five million mark, which...
You can buy me!

The demographics and realities of selling games on Steam

Steam is one of those things that we think of as almost ubiquitous as a gaming platform. You can buy many MMOs on it, it...
My name is might have been.

Final 38 Studios auction brings in $90,000 for Rhode Island

If there was ever any hope of recovering most of the massive $75 million debt left by the collapse of 38 Studios, it's gone now. A...
It's ominous, that's the point here.

NCsoft and Nexon meet to discuss financial issues

Relations between NCsoft and Nexon are not exactly comfortable at the moment; you may remember that it's been only a few months...

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