Screenshot Saturday Highlights – February 18th, 2017

This weekend highlights covers a varied spectrum of genres and styles, from 3D platformer to puzzle/RPG hybrid. FirstbornElstonStudios | PC | 2018Your party of heroes in Firstborn face a unique challenge: the enemies they face can not be damaged by your weapons. But in this blend of RPG and puzzler, you can use the environment and smart positioning to push, …

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These are your ‘Best In Play’ winners for GDC Play 2017!

Organizers of the 2017 Game Developers Conference have announced the eight winners of the Best in Play award program for exhibitors in the three-day GDC Play 2017 event, which allows emerging developers to show their games at GDC. This is a big deal bcause as part of the Best in Play award program, all GDC Play exhibitors were judged on their in-development or complete games by a panel of veteran GDC …

The Old West Gets A Bit More Explode-y In High Noon Revolver

Cowpokes, chicken lawmen, and robot desperadoes are all out and ready for work cleaning up a slightly more explosive old West in High Noon Revolver, a sidescrolling action game that has you shooting your way through wild and weird enemies on three layers. You have a bunch of goofy gunslingers at your disposal in High Noon Revolver, each with their …

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Alt.Ctrl.GDC Showcase: Student project Zombie Crawler

The 2017 Game Developer’s Conference will feature an exhibition called Alt.Ctrl.GDC dedicated to games that use alternative control schemes and interactions. Gamasutra will be talking to the developers of each of the games that have been selected for the showcase. You can find all of the interviews here. Players become a the creeping dead, using their hands to pull themselves toward a lone, struggling human …

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Step up your teaching game by attending GDC 2017’s Education Summit

With less than two weeks to go until the 2017 Game Developers Conference kicks off, organizers are eager to let you know about some of the smart education-focused talks that will be taking place during the show. Each of these talks is part of the GDC Education Summit, one of eight that will take place Monday, February 27th and Tuesday, February 28th at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, …

Trailer Roundup – February 7, 2017

From lovestruck octopi to barbecue-loving bees and lost bunnies, this collection of the week’s finest trailers has all the weird animals you need, and then some. AnthologyWindows | $TBA | 2017 | Greenlight From developer Lewis Denby: “Set in a faraway city on a single afternoon, a series of point-and-click vignettes unravels the story of this strangely familiar world, its …

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Video: Improving our games through subversive diversity

So you’d like to improve the diversity of people, places and experiences represented in games — starting with your own. How do you do it right? That’s exactly what game devs Catt Small and Shawn Alexander Allen dug into in their recent talk at the GDC 2016 Independent Games Summit.   It was a great talk, because the pair teamed up …

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Devs discuss the history and the future of so-called ‘walking sims’

In many games, walking around is just something we do before jumping over that wall or shooting that menacing enemy. But an increasing number of independent games are tamping down on feature-creep and reimagining how we consider putting one step in front of the other. It’s an intriguing design decision: What if walking around the environment was the primary–or even the …

Hauling A Glutonous Galactic Prince Has Surprising Benefits In Star Saver

Star Saver will have you dragging the ravenous Prince of the Galaxy around, having him devour enemies, items, and anything else that gets in the way of you saving the missing stars. Doing so will let him change shape into handy items, making him a useful companion for helping out the galaxy. You know, that thing he should be ruling …

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Road to the IGF: The Molasses Flood’s The Flame in the Flood

This interview is part of our Road to the IGF series. You can find the rest by clicking here. The Flame in the Flood (TFITF) takes players on a river raft journey of danger and survival across the backwaters of a post-societal America, tasking them with surviving the wildlife, natural disasters, and rapids of their journey. With only a dog companion …