March 20, 2017
But still, the general framework is we want to make this schlocky crap, but just have it happen, automatically. At the same time, no, I wasn't planning to do, like—[for example, dwarves] can measure the height of the atmosphere, now.General AI isn't going to emerge out of some magical peanut-butter-chocolate collision of Big Data and expert systems, it's going to emerge out of Dwarf Fortress.
March 19, 2017
Games are machines for producing affect, and the affect the public most fears in games is rage.
November 24, 2015
Furniture has often been a part of games, but for players, it's easy to ignore. Even if the home is the next frontier of gaming environments, will players ever stop to feel the velvet drapes?
September 16, 2015
September 3, 2015
Once it was determined which games would be produced, the blueprints were allegedly sent to military factories that primarily made electronics used in nuclear testing and weapons. These were perhaps the only places in the USSR that had the manpower and the means to understand the engineering required to build the arcade games.
The Alternate Universe of Soviet Arcade Games
August 11, 2015
August 1, 2015
Warren Spector: Telltale May Not Make Games, But They Do Make Magic
July 22, 2015
The Philosophy Behind Koji Kondo's Legendary 'Super Mario Bros.' Soundtrack An excerpt from Andrew Schartmann's upcoming book, part of the 33 1/3 series.
"The more I watched my friends playing WoW, the more I got thinking about how curiously similar the that Azeroth (as the world in WoW is called) was both the most technologically advanced virtual world to date and almost totally designed to look like images shot on ancient cameras carried up mountains by donkeys."
Eron Rauch on virtual photography, and the blurring lines between video games and art.
July 13, 2015
How Billy Mitchell became a video-game superstar and achieved Pac-Man bliss at Oxford American. See also: The King of Kong.
May 14, 2015
Forbes offers 'A More Robust Valve-Is-Evil Hypothesis'. Kotaku responds by suggesting 'Valve understands data. Valve does not seem to understand, or seek to understand, people.'
April 4, 2015
GLaDOS and The Sniper: A Voice Acting Love Story Ellen McLain, the voice behind the murderous artificial intelligence GLaDOS from the Portal series, and her husband, John Patrick Lowrie, who voices The Sniper from the game Team Fortress 2, are nothing if not adorable.
April 1, 2015
2015's Game Developers Conference featured many people talking and talking about things. Gamey things. Now you can watch hundreds of those talks for free from the comfort of your own seat (assuming that you are sitting right this minute, which may be presumptuous).
March 4, 2015
Inside The Post-'Minecraft' Billionaire Life Of Gamer God Markus Persson. "These conversations with FORBES represent Persson’s only interview about the Minecraft deal and his life after. It turns out that the most certain thing this windfall bought him was some heavy soul-searching. The only thing he has learned for sure: He was right to walk away from Minecraft."
January 16, 2015
"Wish you could make games but have no idea how you'd get started? Have you never coded a day in your life and feel overwhelmed trying to teach yourself? Can't draw anything beyond stick figures? Overwhelmed and don't know what questions to even ask? You're in luck! Sortingh.at is a tool that will give you personalized resources to help you get started making your first game, custom tailored to what you're actually making. "
January 8, 2015
The 17th Annual Independent Games Festival has announced its list of main competition finalists including (in several categories) This War of Mine, created by a team including MefightClub's hat_eater.
January 6, 2015
Roll20 is a new, Kickstarted, freemium virtual gaming tabletop for organizing and playing D&D online (any edition), Pathfinder, Shadowrun, Savage Worlds, FATE, indie RPGs, and other tabletop games that 'brings pen and paper gaming to the web the right way'. HTML5-based and runs in-browser, so no downloads or plugins or other cruft.