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The unique power of emergent storytelling

Emergent storytelling is one of the most powerful and unique tools in the game designer’s arsenal according to Nick Popovich, co-founder of the California-based studio Monomi Park. Speaking at the Game Developer’s Conference in San Francisco this afternoon, Popovich, the creator of Slime Rancher, one of 2016’s hit independent games said that, by relinquishing a little control to the player, game …

Drifting Lands Seeks Joy In Repetition

It takes a very specific mindset to fully enjoy the genre mix that Alkemi’s Drifting Lands brings to the table, but if you can stand the repetition, its gameplay loop of shooting and looting can be positively mesmerizing. Taking its inspirations both from classic horizontal shoot ’em ups and loot-heavy action RPGs, Drifting Lands has you flying your ship through …

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A dev’s guide to ensuring studio conflict is healthy and productive

Most game developers work with others and that means that, at some point, there’s going to be some conflict. Sometimes it’s good, and sometimes it can be toxic! At GDC today, Finji CEO and cofounder Rebekah Saltsman shared some advice on cultivating the former and avoiding the latter, based on her own experience shipping multiple games at Finji alongside her …

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Machinarium [Download]

buy now $9.99 Machinarium is award-winning independent puzzle / adventure game developed by the makers of popular web-games Samorost and Samorost2. A little robot who’s been thrown out to the scrap yard behind the city must return and confront the Black Cap Brotherhood and save his robot-girl friend. System Requirements   Minimum Specifications: OS: PC – Win 7, Vista and …

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Gamasutra: Simon Carless’s Blog – Video Game Deep Cuts: The Magic TEd Drifter

The following blog post, unless otherwise noted, was written by a member of Gamasutra’s community.The thoughts and opinions expressed are those of the writer and not Gamasutra or its parent company.   [Video Game Deep Cuts is a weekly newsletter from curator/video game industry veteran Simon Carless, rounding up the best longread & standout articles & videos about games, every weekend. This week’s …

Screenshot Saturday Highlights – February 25th, 2017

Demons, robotic police, and alien life forms are only some of the dangers present in this weekend’s selection of Screenshot Saturday highlights. Wardenclyffe Fluttermind | iOSFormerly known as Bemuse, Wardenclyffe‘s cute colorful exterior hides something dark and demonic. In this puzzle-adventure game, you must explore and research ancient runes to figure out how to summon and interact with devious ravenous …

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Blizzard’s Overwatch lands game of the year at DICE Awards

The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences held its annual DICE Awards ceremony tonight, awarding the past year’s video games in a variety of categories. Overwatch from Blizzard won game of the year, as well as four other categories including action game of the year. Other big winners during the course of the night included Naughty Dog’s Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, recognized …

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1979 Revolution: Black Friday [Online Game Code]

buy now $5.99 Based on real events and eyewitness testimonies. The year is 1978, the place is Tehran, Iran. You are Reza Shirazi, a striving photojournalist, who after studying abroad returns home to find his people in a bloodied uprising against the ruling King, the Shah. Led by your best friend, Babak, you are swept up by a web of …

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Road to the IGF: Love Conquers All Games’ Ladykiller in a Bind

This interview is part of our Road to the IGF series. You can find the rest by clicking here. Gamasutra contributor Katherine Cross once described Love Conquers All Games’ Ladykiller in a Bind as a concrete answer to a pressing question: how do you fuck in games? Ladykiller players can do it in all sorts of ways, often for many different reasons: thrills, safety, …

A World Of Dragons, Ghosts, Magic, & Quiet Introspection Awaits In Soul Searching

Soul Searching has you leaving your home island on a small raft, taking yourself in whatever direction you so choose. Will you seek the magical creatures of the world, improve your craft and sailing to explore the land, or live a quiet fishing life as you mull over your peaceful existence. Soul Searching has no intention of telling you which …