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June 14, 2014

Weekly Games Giveaway

Do you love games? Of course you do, or you wouldn't be here! I love games too, and I love giving stuff away, so I'm happy to announce a weekly contest where you (yes, you!) can win games just by participating here at Gamefilter.

Update: Week #1 Winner announced!
Update: Week #2 Winner to the white courtesy phone!
Update: Week #3 Slightly belated winner announced below!
Update: Week #4 Prizes gone done been given!
Update #5: In which I am disappoint, son. [more inside]

Who can disrupt the console market?

In 1985 Nintendo introduced the Famicom to North America as the Nintendo Entertainment System for a mere $199, a remarkably low price considering the average PC cost around $2,400… Over the last two generations of consoles, however, prices have actually risen, and today a Playstation 4 or Xbox One is nearly the same price as an average PC.
Ben Thompson examines game consoles' increasing focus on high-end consumers, and what a low-end disruption might look like.

June 12, 2014

Women are so hard to animate

So, Assassin's Creed: Unity is going to have four-player co-op. None of the characters available, however, are female. "It was on our feature list until not too long ago, but it’s a question of focus and production," explains technical director James Therien. "So we wanted to make sure we had the best experience for the character. A female character means that you have to redo a lot of animation, a lot of costumes. It would have doubled the work on those things." [more inside]

Squaresoft in The Head

Though this is possibly the best title in the entire PSP catalog, its release date being at the end of the console’s lifetime made it impossible for western players to enjoy it. Claiming “market reasons”, Square Enix never released an English localized version...
A complete fan translation of Final Fantasy Type-0 was released on Sunday. Now, two days later SquareEnix announced an HD version for the Vita PS4. [more inside]

June 7, 2014

Floating Point

Floating Point probably could make money – if I was a publicly traded company, it would probably have to. But because I’m just a person, I’d rather just give it away as a thank-you. And because you’ve let me become completely independent, I can.

A free game from developer of Gunpoint (and former PC Gamer writer) Tom Francis.

“the pièce de resistance is the Fix-It Felix Jr.”

Arcadia: A Love Story

We make our way down the hall and he ceremoniously opens the door. It is a portal into the past. The first thing I see is a Donkey Kong cabinet, but then my eyes are drawn to a row of pristine gumball machines that look just like the ones at the Yellow Balloon where I got my first haircut on Ventura Boulevard in 1984.

Everyone who enters this room, Kooluris tells me, has the same reaction: They tell him about the part of their childhood it reminds them of.

May 29, 2014

Great Thing History

...In civilization you're not playing as Gandhi, George Washington, or Catherine the Great, you're playing as the state. An ageless construct interested only in its own growth, power, and self preservation that's as divorced from the people that make it up as you are from the cells that make you up.
-Errant Signal presents an ultra-dense 15min on "what Civilization says about us".

Bohemia Interactive teams up with the Red Cross to raise awareness of battlefield health care risks

Modding contest: "Make Arma Not War" Arma 3 developer Bohemia Interactive is teaming up with the International Committee of the Red Cross to sponsor a contest designed to highlight the high-risk role of health care providers in war-torn areas.

In addition to the €500,000 ($680,400) main prize, Bohemia Interactive is sponsoring a "Health Care in Danger" Special Award. The winner gets to spend a week with an ICRC mission in a foreign country.

May 28, 2014

Creating Games For Journalism

We as journalists can learn a lot from video games. They can help players explore unfamiliar worlds and experience stories, almost literally, through the eyes of another person. Designed well, video games guide players to feel emotion and conflict, as well as learn the intricacies of complex subjects and systems. They engage users in a highly meaningful, memorable and influential way. [...]

As journalists, games can be a great tool for us to use to reach, inform and engage our readers.

May 27, 2014

Go is to Chess as Poetry is to Double-Entry Accounting.

The Mystery of Go, the Ancient Game That Computers Still Can’t Win

The challenge is daunting. In 1994, machines took the checkers crown, when a program called Chinook beat the top human. Then, three years later, they topped the chess world, IBM’s Deep Blue supercomputer besting world champion Garry Kasparov. Now, computers match or surpass top humans in a wide variety of games: Othello, Scrabble, backgammon, poker, even Jeopardy. But not Go. It’s the one classic game where wetware still dominates hardware.
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