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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Jul 15, 2019 at 11:37.

Nintendo Reveals The 10 Current Best-Selling Indie Games On Switch

Nintendo Reveals The 10 Current Best-Selling Indie Games On Switch

Indie games make up a crucial and vibrant part of the Switch’s great library of games, as evidenced by yesterday’s Nindies showcase . At the Game Developers Conference event today, Nintendo shared which indie games have sold best on Switch up until now. While many of them are familiar faces, like Stardew Valley, a few new games have crept onto the list, including Overcooked 2.

Here, in no...

Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Jul 14, 2019.

Here's What We're Hearing About Google's Plans For Gaming

Here's What We're Hearing About Google's Plans For Gaming

Tomorrow, the tech giant Google will reveal its newest plans for entering the video game world. What we’re hearing suggests that the main focus isn’t on a console, as has been speculated, but instead a streaming platform with all sorts of bells and whistles. And a fancy new controller that you can use to play it.

Google’s investment in streaming is no secret. Last fall, the company’s Project...

Maddy Myers Maddy Myers Jul 13, 2019.

Tim Schafer Talks Unionization, Streaming, And The Future Of Double Fine

Tim Schafer Talks Unionization, Streaming, And The Future Of Double Fine

After cracking jokes on stage during the Game Developers Choice and IGF awards at GDC last night, Double Fine boss Tim Schafer had almost completely lost his voice, but he still croaked his way through his annual appearance on Kotaku Splitscreen. Jason and I talked to him about the unionization joke he told at the awards show, as well as Double Fine’s newly announced game Rad, the...

Riley MacLeod Riley MacLeod Jul 11, 2019.

Return Of The Obra Dinn Wins Lots Of Awards At GDC, While God Of War Wins Game Of The Year

<i>Return Of The Obra Dinn</i> Wins Lots Of Awards At GDC, While <i>God Of War</i> Wins Game Of The Year

This week is the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. The conference features two awards shows, the Game Developers Choice awards and the Independent Games Festival awards. Here are the winners.

Papers, Please developer Lucas Pope’s latest game, the ocean mystery Return of the Obra Dinn , had a strong showing in both awards. The game about discovering the mysterious events that...

Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio Jul 06, 2019.

BloodRoots Lets Players Fight With (Almost) Everything In Sight

<i>BloodRoots </i>Lets Players Fight With (Almost) Everything In Sight

Upcoming hack-and-slash RPG BloodRoots is all about its verbs: “smash, slice, crush, blast, crack, slam, burst, break, split, slit, gut, tear, gash, gouge, scoop, cut, chop, dice, hash, grind,” it promises.

BloodRoots premiered yesterday at Nintendo’s indie games GDC event in San Francisco, where I met Raphael Toulouse, co-founder of developer Paper Cult, who explained that his game’s main...

Maddy Myers Maddy Myers Mar 21, 2019. 2 comments

The Human Story Behind Call Of Duty's Zombie Mode

The Human Story Behind Call Of Duty's Zombie Mode

Jesse Snyder, the creator of Call of Duty’s Zombies mode, sacrificed sleep and faced internal pushback when making the now-iconic undead mode for the game. In the process, he also realized he’d rather make less realistic games, not the gritty simulation fare of Call of Duty. Now, he’s the creative director at NantG, and this week at GDC, Jason and I interviewed him about his past and future...

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Maddy Myers Maddy Myers Mar 20, 2019. 18 comments

Google Stadia Boss Answers (And Dodges) Our Questions

Google Stadia Boss Answers (And Dodges) Our Questions

This afternoon at GDC 2019, Google Stadia boss Phil Harrison announced the tech company’s plans to launch a game streaming service that will stream high-end games in a Chrome browser. But how good, exactly, does your internet have to be in order for Stadia to work? And do you need one of Google’s new Stadia controllers? Jason and I sat down with Phil for an interview on Kotaku Splitscreen...

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Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio Jan 25, 2019. 17 comments

Survey Of 4,000 Game Developers Says Half Of Them Want To Unionize

Survey Of 4,000 Game Developers Says Half Of Them Want To Unionize

In a survey of nearly 4,000 game developers published today by the Game Developers Conference, half of developers surveyed said they thought game industry workers should unionize.

Unionization has been a hot topic among game developers over the last few years, as anecdotes of 100-hour work weeks and $28 million CEO salaries circulate among game workers. The idea that unions could insulate...

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Kate Gray Kate Gray Jan 06, 2019. 13 comments

Independent Games Festival 2019 Finalists Announced, Return Of The Obra Dinn Leads The Pack

Independent Games Festival 2019 Finalists Announced, Return Of The Obra Dinn Leads The Pack

The Independent Games Festival, known as the IGF, has announced its finalists for 2019's awards show, which will be held at the Game Developers’ Conference on March 20.

Sweeping the nominations this year is piratical murder-mystery-and-insurance-inspection adventure game, Return of the Obra Dinn, the newest game from Papers Please developer, Lucas Pope. With five nominations in total, it seems...

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Kirk Hamilton Kirk Hamilton Mar 29, 2018. 18 comments

After Nearly A Decade Of Development, Spy Party Is Looking Great

After Nearly A Decade Of Development, <i>Spy Party</i> Is Looking Great

In most multiplayer video games, you’re on equal footing with your opponents. You’re on the same map, with the same moves and tools, and the more skilled player will theoretically win. That’s not the case with Spy Party, a two-player game where each player’s role couldn’t be more different.

Last week at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Jason and I met up with Chris Hecker, the...

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Kirk Hamilton Kirk Hamilton Mar 27, 2018. 5 comments

We Played A Delicious Edible Tabletop Game

We Played A Delicious Edible Tabletop Game

I played several different games at the Game Developers Conference last week, but I only ate one of them.

That game is The Patisserie Code, one of a series of edible games in the works by Jenn Sandercock, a designer who worked on last year’s delightful adventure game Thimbleweed Park . She came by the GDC press room to show her game to me and Jason Schreier, and we wound up consuming a lot...

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Mar 25, 2018. 14 comments

The Best Video Game Trees, According To Someone Who Makes Them

The Best Video Game Trees, According To Someone Who Makes Them

Fun fact: there’s an entire company dedicated to helping game developers create believable trees. SpeedTree offers developers a huge library of trees as well as tools that let them quickly make their own, and its tech has appeared in everything from The Witcher 3 to Forza to Destiny. Which video game trees are the best, though? I went to the SpeedTree booth at GDC to find out.

Unless you’re a...

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Kirk Hamilton Kirk Hamilton Mar 23, 2018. 17 comments

Former BioWare Studio Head Talks About Life Under EA

Former BioWare Studio Head Talks About Life Under EA

At the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Jason Schreier and I sat down with Aaryn Flynn, formerly of BioWare, to talk about his time working under EA on games like Dragon Age: Inquisition and Anthem.

Among other things we discussed the cultural shift when EA bought BioWare, leaving a studio after spending most of your career there, and the weather in Edmonton. Listen here:

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Nathan Grayson Nathan Grayson Mar 23, 2018. 11 comments

Bard's Tale IV's Special Weapons Are Also Puzzles

<i>Bard's Tale IV</i>'s Special Weapons Are Also Puzzles

The puzzles in The Room series are equal parts captivating and haunting, but they have just one problem: you can’t use them to kill anybody after you’ve solved them. The Bard’s Tale IV takes its inspiration from The Room, but with weapons instead of rooms.

The Bard’s Tale IV was Kickstarted by inXile back in 2015 and is now ready for alpha testing. I got to try a demo of the first-person...

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Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Mar 23, 2018. 20 comments

The Main Game Dev Advocacy Group Is Wishy-Washy On Unions

The Main Game Dev Advocacy Group Is Wishy-Washy On Unions

Here at the Game Developer’s Conference in San Francisco, there’s an increasing momentum for the action that game developers have whispered about for decades: Unionization.

In the wake of crunch, layoffs, and heavy burnout in the video game industry, developers are taking to Discord and Twitter to whisper about what it would look like to unionize. A newly formed activist group called Game...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Mar 23, 2018. 21 comments

Surprise, Zelda Won Game Of The Year At The Game Developers Choice Awards

Surprise, <i>Zelda</i> Won Game Of The Year At The Game Developers Choice Awards

Nintendo’s latest Zelda adventure followed up its winat the 2017 Game Awards with GOTY honours at tonight’s Game Developers Choice Awards, held as part of the 2018 Game Developers Conference.

It also won Best Audio and Best Design. Tim Schafer, meanwhile, was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award, and upon receiving it gave a lengthy, entertaining and emotional speech on his journey...

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Gergo Vas Gergo Vas Mar 13, 2018. 16 comments

An Early Glimpse of Unreal Engine's VR Editor

An Early Glimpse of Unreal Engine's VR Editor

The Unreal Engine will soon get VR content creation tools, and while it might sound an impractical feature at first, the live demo Epic Games shared looks quite interesting.

Here’s Epic Games’ Tim Sweeney and Mike Fricker showing this new way of content creation, using a HTC Vive and an Oculus Touch, and basically building VR in VR. The UI interaction in the clip is pretty impressive.

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Feb 26, 2018. 19 comments

Breath Of The Wild Wins Big At 2018 DICE Awards

<i>Breath Of The Wild</i> Wins Big At 2018 DICE Awards

The 21st D.I.C.E. Awards—voted on by over 30,000 members of the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences—just wrapped up in Vegas, and among the winners are Breath of the Wild, Horizon Zero Dawn and Cuphead.

Breath of the Wild won four awards (Game of the Year, Outstanding Achievement In Game Direction, Outstanding Achievement in Game Design and Adventure Game of the Year), while Horizon won two...

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Cecilia D'Anastasio Cecilia D'Anastasio Feb 01, 2018. 24 comments

GDC Pulls Award After Outcry Over Atari Co-founder Nolan Bushnell [Update]

GDC Pulls Award After Outcry Over Atari Co-founder Nolan Bushnell [Update]

A day after saying it would give Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell its 2018 Pioneer Award, the organizers of the Game Developers Conference have pulled the award, saying they will now award it to no one. The quick change followed 18 hours of outcry about Bushnell’s alleged unsavory behavior toward female Atari employees. Those stories have circulated for decades and, as those they resurfaced...

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Jason Schreier Jason Schreier Nov 28, 2017. 18 comments

'But Nobody Came' [UPDATE]

'But Nobody Came' [UPDATE]

Maybe next time?

Important Update, 7:50PM: Kirk just noticed that since we first posted this, someone has mysteriously altered the sign:

Maybe it was Sans.

Click here to view this kinja-labs.com embed.

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