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Q&A: Lift CEO on using technology to build good habits

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Tony Stubblebine Tony Stubblebine is in the business of helping old dogs teach themselves new tricks. He’s the co-founder of Lift, which makes an app that tries to help people achieve their goals by building better habits. The way it works is simple: pick a few habits that you want...
Q&A: Lift CEO on using technology to build good habits

Star Wars: The Old Republic, the gay planet and the problem of the straight male gaze

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The recent controversy surrounding Old Republic's 'gay planet' approach to same-sex relationships hints at a wider failure in game designMakeb, the gay planet, is the sort of problem that comes about when a series of perfectly reasonable decisions takes a development team to a very weird place. For Bioware, this...
Star Wars: The Old Republic, the gay planet and the problem of the straight male gaze

Zynga Optimizes for Players Who Spend More Than $10K, Says Purported Former Zynga Engineer in AMA

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A person claiming to be a former Zynga engineer hosted an Ask Me Anything on Reddit last night. As proof, he or she submitted a snapshot of a termination notice and claims to have quit and have no axe to grind. Take it with a grain of salt, but Redditors...
Zynga Optimizes for Players Who Spend More Than $10K, Says Purported Former Zynga Engineer in AMA

What Games Are: My Three GDC Themes

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Editor’s note: Tadhg Kelly is a veteran game designer, creator of leading game design blog What Games Are and creative director of Jawfish Games. You can follow him on Twitter here. The Game Developer’s Conference was, as expected, a whirlwind. Folks from all across the games industry and associated media...
What Games Are: My Three GDC Themes
Mobile gaming firm CrowdStar names co-founder as its chief executive
Jason Rohrer's card game solves America's inflation problem by destroying your money
Ubisoft developer says Wii U GamePad response time is 'crazy' fast

GDC & FGS 2010: Career Opportunities In Social Gaming

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With Flash Gaming Summit (FGS) and Game Developers Conference 2010 (GDC) now over, we’d like to take the opportunity to reflect on some of the key takeaways. One of the most discussed areas was career opportunities in the gaming industry, particularly in the area of social gaming. Here’s a few...
GDC & FGS 2010: Career Opportunities In Social Gaming

Is Google Getting Serious About Gaming? Noah Falstein Hired As Chief Game Designer

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Well, what do we have here? Somewhat under the radar, Google has hired the computer games veteran Noah Falstein to the position of Chief Game Designer. Yes, that’s right, the search giant, not normally known for its games development, appears to have a major gaming project in circulation, at least something...
Is Google Getting Serious About Gaming? Noah Falstein Hired As Chief Game Designer

Defining Tetris: How courts judge gaming clones

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The fact that it's hard to tell which one is Tetris and which one is Mino bolstered the copyright infringement claim. Besides handling the rights and distribution for every official version of Tetris, The Tetris Company is also responsible for protecting the Tetris brand from unlicensed knock-offs. In the...
Defining Tetris: How courts judge gaming clones

What Games Are: Who Will Create The No-Bullshit Games Console?

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Editor’s note: Tadhg Kelly is a veteran game designer, creator of leading game design blog What Games Are and creative director of Jawfish Games. You can follow him on Twitter here. In any line of technology there’s always a bit of spin as part of an attempt to build a marketing story. A successful...
What Games Are: Who Will Create The No-Bullshit Games Console?

How do you write about life when it's lived on computers?

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Fiction writers face a challenge in depicting the ubiquitous 21st-century experience of virtual existenceWe live more and more of our life through the screens of laptops and smartphones, but how do we represent this on the page? In his 2004 novel Eastern Standard Tribe, science fiction author Cory Doctorow explored...
How do you write about life when it's lived on computers?

Why Everything is Becoming a Game

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The fact that many people love games isn’t really that new. Retailers and even our own governments have used our love of games to sell us products and hook us on lotteries and whatever else they can think of to boost revenue. But the rise of online games such...
Why Everything is Becoming a Game

Maxis and Electronic Arts sue Zynga over The Ville

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One of many images from EA's filing demonstrating the similarities between The Ville and The Sims Social. EA v. Zynga complaint It hasn't been a great couple of weeks for Zynga, whose less-than-stellar earnings report last Friday was quickly followed by allegations of insider trading by no fewer than...
Maxis and Electronic Arts sue Zynga over The Ville

Mobile game developer Pocket Gems jumps into publishing, with 3 deals already scored

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Mobile social games developer Pocket Gems has announced that it’s kicking off its publishing division with its first two titles coming to Android and iOS this month. Pocket Gems Publishing will provide game developers with “marketing expertise to ensure a successful launch, promotion to find and attract loyal users, customized...
Mobile game developer Pocket Gems jumps into publishing, with 3 deals already scored

Wemo Labs releases Superfugu, an iPad kids game to go with its online underwater universe

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Wemo Labs has released Superfugu, an iPad game for children that draws from theBlu, the massively multiplayer online underwater universe that it has been creating. Superfugu follows a fugu pufferfish that has been tasked with helping save other sea creatures and protecting a reef. Players use the touchscreen to guide...
Wemo Labs releases Superfugu, an iPad kids game to go with its online underwater universe

iOS Game Design This Home Lets You Construct And Create Your Dream Abode

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Design This Home, the latest game title from iOS game development studio App Minis, is debuting as a new way to add gaming elements to designing your dream house, keeping your residents happy, and completing tasks. As App Minis founder Alex Ahlund explains, “Think The Sims with a greater emphasis...
iOS Game Design This Home Lets You Construct And Create Your Dream Abode

Friday game event round-up

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Grab your calendar and jot down a selection of these games-related events coming at you over the autumn and winterIf you've found yourself with a few free weekends in the remainder of 2012, don't waste them doing your Christmas shopping, or sitting in the pub with "friends", go to video...
Friday game event round-up

Football Manager 2013 announced with Classic mode for lapsed fans

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FM 2013 to be released in November with condensed version designed for longstanding fans with less free timeFootball Manager 2013 has finally been officially announced. The latest edition of the long-running management simulation will be released this November and alongside predictable updates to the match engine, media interaction and multiplayer...
Football Manager 2013 announced with Classic mode for lapsed fans

What Games Are: Ok Glass, Let's Talk Games

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Editor’s note: Tadhg Kelly is a veteran game designer, creator of leading game design blog What Games Are and creative director of Jawfish Games. You can follow him on Twitter here. It’s very much in its infant phase, the time when the design looks a bit silly and people take...
What Games Are: Ok Glass, Let's Talk Games

What Games Are: The Shady Side Of Games

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Editor’s note: Tadhg Kelly is a veteran game designer, creator of leading game design blog What Games Are and creative director of Jawfish Games. You can follow him on Twitter here. There’s a reason why games and organized crime have often gone hand in hand. The thrill of the win, of achieving – often...
What Games Are: The Shady Side Of Games

Rayman developer: Wii U GamePad latency is 1/60th of a second

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Since the Wii U was first unveiled, quite a few people have asked if the system was really powerful enough to handle HD graphics while pushing an 854x480 image out to the tablet GamePad wirelessly in real-time. Has to come with significant lag, right? We haven't noticed any latency between...
Rayman developer: Wii U GamePad latency is 1/60th of a second
What Games Are: The Reviewers Are Wrong About OUYA

Exclusive look at Vampire Season, Brainz Games tower defense title with a twist

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Columbian developer Brainz Games is betting that quirky humor and surprisingly deep gameplay will help it conquer the tower defense genre with its game, Vampire Season. Due to be released as a universal app for iPhone and iPad the end of March, it will be in the first wave of...
Exclusive look at Vampire Season, Brainz Games tower defense title with a twist

Epic Mickey 2: Warren Spector talks choice, consequence and co-op play

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Nick Gillet gets a hands-on preview of Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, and speaks with the game's creator, industry veteran Warren SpectorMickey Mouse has been a symbol of squeaky (sorry) clean family values since his creation in 1928 and in spite of Walt Disney's enthusiastic engagement with McCarthy...
Epic Mickey 2: Warren Spector talks choice, consequence and co-op play

What Games Are: Where Did Wii U Go Wrong?

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Editor’s note: Tadhg Kelly is a veteran game designer, creator of leading game design blog What Games Are and creative director of Jawfish Games. You can follow him on Twitter here. Two years ago I was very excited by the possibilities of the Wii U. I instantly fell in love...
What Games Are: Where Did Wii U Go Wrong?

An Ex-Zynga Engineer Is Ripping The Company Apart In Plain Sight (ZNGA)

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Whales, abusing contractors, and pushing metrics. That's pretty much all Zynga is about, according to a former engineer. An ex-engineer who was there about six months ago is opening up on an "ask-me-anything" question and answer thread in Reddit. The employee apparently left the company because he (or she)...
An Ex-Zynga Engineer Is Ripping The Company Apart In Plain Sight (ZNGA)

Heavy Rain creator details the difficulties of game engines and what he hopes the future holds

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Heavy Rain development studio Quantic Dream is notorious for long development times. The studio's also notorious for critically-loved games with strong cinematic cores, and games that often look very different from the competition. Part of that is game design, but another major piece of the puzzle is the engines...
Heavy Rain creator details the difficulties of game engines and what he hopes the future holds

Guest Post: The secrets to blood brothers' success

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Editor’s note: DeNA’s Japanese RPG card battler has been a hit for the mobile-social gaming juggernaut since release. As Inside Mobile Apps previously reported, Blood Brothers’ events feature is wildly successful for the game. In a third guest post from Kevin Oke, lead designer at both Adrian Crook & Associates, a social-mobile game...
Guest Post: The secrets to blood brothers' success
What Games Are: The Scientism Delusion
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