Gamasutra: Simon Carless’s Blog – Video Game Deep Cuts: Getting Over Desert Golf’s Loot Boxes

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 …

Devs answer: What were the overlooked gems of 2017?

It’s the best time ever to be playing video games. 2017 may have been a difficult year in a number of ways, but it was triumph for game design. Some of the best games of this generation (arguably of all time) made their debut last year, and players were spoiled with more diversity across more platforms than any other time …

Stop The Ten Plagues Of Egypt In Rusty Lake Paradise

In the newest addition to the Rusty Lake point and click series, Rusty Lake Paradise sets up for a new atmospheric and chilling experience. Players will be taken on a dark journey as they must attempt to stop the plagues by uncovering hidden memories and participating in twisted family rituals. Traveling to Paradise Island after his mother’s mysterious passing, Jakob …

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Frog Fractions 2 ARG at GDC 2018!

Amid all the remarkable talks and events happening at the Game Developers Conference in March, organizers want to make sure you don’t miss one particularly fascinating session on the Frog Fractions 2 alternate-reality game. Writer Justin Bortnick played a key role in orchestrating the Frog Fractions 2 ARG, and in his GDC 2018 Business & Marketing track talk on “Rallying the Resistance: ‘Frog Fractions 2‘ Alternate Reality …

Horizon Zero Dawn and PUBG among top 2018 D.I.C.E. Award noms

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences has named the 68 games that have been nominated for awards in the 21st annual D.I.C.E. Awards event.  This year, Horizon Zero Dawn leads the nominees with 10 nominations across multiple award categories including Outstanding Achievement in Animation, Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction, and Outstanding Achievement in Original Music Composition. Following just behind, The Legend of Zelda: …

Mind The Vikings Is A City Builder Full Of Quirky Personalities!

Combine the macro level of management (city-building) with the micro level (people managing) and you’ll end up with Mind The Vikings. Players can look forward to discovering new lands and developing them to their liking, all while meeting the many different residents and their unique personalities! The strongest draw to the game is the pairing of a Sims-like mechanic with …

The state of game development in Africa

This year could be the one for African game developers to make their mark on the world. Grassroots indie development scenes have sprung up in several African nations over the past decade or so to complement Ubisoft Casablanca’s mobile and handheld Rayman games as well as the modest successes of South Africa’s long-lived but small indie scene. Now indies across …

Join us at 3PM EST as we make predictions for the game industry in 2018

New year, new you, new game industry?  We’re just about 2 weeks into 2018 and already the game industry has taken unexpected directions worth analyzing. Blockchain currencies! The Switch outselling the Wii U! An actual Detective Pikachu game in the West! Since we at Gamasutra consider ourselves DECENT augurs of our industry, we’re going live on our Twitch channel at …

Developers share their favorite indie games of 2017

2017 has been a banner year for videogames, with many successful and important titles getting released throughout the year. Instead of presenting you our favorite 2017 games, we asked developers which titles resonated with them instead. Their answers are once again testament to the richness and diversity that independent games have to offer. If 2018 will only be half as …

Opinion: Rethinking ‘the cost of doing business’ for game devs

When I’ve made the mistake of arguing with concern trolls about online harassment directed at women and minorities, I usually hear some version of this whataboutery: “yeah, but white guys get harassed too!” Leaving aside any questions of prevalence or the qualitative distinctions of, say, misogynist harassment, the strongest response was always: “why is any abuse acceptable? Why should anyone …