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Video: Designing Monument Valley to be an experience, not a game

Speaking at GDC Europe 2014, Monument Valley lead designer Ken Wong talks about how being embedded in a UX studio led ustwo games to create a puzzle game that looks like a series of M.C. Escher paintings. …


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This Week in Video Game Criticism: Tropes vs Anita Sarkeesian and the Demise of ‘Gamers’

This week, our partnership with game criticism site Critical Distance brings us picks from Kris Ligman on topics ranging from the continued attacks against critic Anita Sarkeesian to Kotaku’s decision to block support of indies through Patreon. …


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Video: Arma 3 and the dark side of Early Access

Using a range of examples from the development of Arma 3, Bohemia Interactive’s James Crowe examines the failures and successes of his studio’s early access strategy in this GDC Europe 2014 talk …


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Video: #1ReasonToBe inspires European devs at GDC Europe 2014

GDC Europe 2014 saw the triumphant European debut of one of the most popular GDC sessions: the #1ReasonToBe panel, a raucous celebration and exploration of gender and alternative voices in games. …


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Skywind exploration video released

A new video has been released for Skywind, the ambitious remake of The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind.

This trailer features 13 minutes of exploration taken from a recent Twitch stream of the title. The world of Skywind is created entirely in the Skyrim engine, making it a more graphically updated version of the original Morrowind which came out several years ago. As of yet, there is no set release date.

More info. on Skywind can be found at the official mod webpage.


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Video: Building killer game loops in social games

Wooga exec Henric Suuronen speaks at GDC Europe 2011 about what it takes to design an entertaining social game, and why developers should embrace his “smart depth” design principle. …


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Every Simpsons Video Game Ever

As a The Simpsons marathon rages on television airing all 552 episodes, one can’t help of think of the many Simpsons video games that have released over the years. Some terrible, some less terrible, and a handful of decent games give the interactive virtual incarnation of the show a strange history. You can check out the highs and lows of the library below, as well as see our review scores, where applicable.

The Simpsons Arcade Game (1991) – Arcade
Of the earlier Simpsons games, the arcade game stands out as being the most memorable of all the games that came to follow it. The arcade game offered a fantastic recreation of the show that was airing on TV, all while offering a fun multiplayer beat ‘em up experience. Its re-release as a downloadable title on consoles in 2012 was the source of a lot of excitement.

The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants (1991) – PC, NES, Sega Master System, Genesis, Game Gear
A mostly unimpressive platformer starring Bart, Bart vs. the Space Mutants didn’t do much to differentiate itself from similar platformers of the time.

Bart Simpson's Escape from Camp Deadly (1991) – Game Boy
Another fairly standard, straightforward Simpsons platformer, this game featured the appearance of Mr. Burns' nephew, Ironfist Burns, who never appeared in the show.

The Simpsons Bart vs. the World (1991) – NES, Sega Maser System, Game Gear
In this platfomer, Bart is sent on a globe hopping journey going to places like China, the North Pole, Egypt, and Hollywood where he must fight weird incarnations of Mr. Burns like The Abominable Snow Burns.

The Simpsons Bart's House of Weirdness (1992) – PC
Part point and click, part action game, Bart’s House of Weirdness was hard – a theme Simpsons video game fans would become all too familiar with.

The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Juggernauts (1992) – Game Boy
Moving away from the platformer gameplay of previous titles, Bart vs. the Juggernauts plays more the like an American Gladiators game with a collection of challenges like playing basketball on a bouncy court or skateboarding on an obstacle course.

The Simpsons Bartman Meets Radioactive Man (1992) – NES, Game Gear
After his brief stint in non-platforming on the Game Boy, Bart returned to what he knew best (but wasn’t particularly good at) for an adventure with Radioactive Man while he took on his Bartman alter ego

The Simpsons Bart's Nightmare (1992) – SNES, Genesis
Review Score: 8.5
One of The Simpsons games I am more familiar with, I have a lot of memories of playing this game, but not actually making much progress. In the game, Bart wanders the streets of his neighborhood picking up lost homework pages and getting periodically pulled into strange, surreal minigames that would do things like turn Bart into an Indiana Jones-type, or turn him into a blood cell to fight viruses.


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This Week in Video Game Criticism: From Critical Let’s Plays to a History of Mobile Games

This week, our partnership with game criticism site Critical Distance brings us picks from Zolani Stewart on topics ranging from the rising tide of Youtube games criticism to a history of mobile games. …


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Video preview: Alien Isolation

Alien: Isolation is just around the corner, launching on October 7 for PC, Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360 and PS3. After playing an Oculus Rift-powered preview of the game, Joystiq Senior Reporter Jessica Conditt described The Creative Assembly’s take on…
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Four More Video Game Commercials That Spoof Other Commercials

Last week, we took a look at a handful of video game commercials that spoofed other commercials. Here's a few more.

This is an equally short list compared to last week's, but looking through the comments, it was obvious that I missed some memorable video game spoof commercials that deserve calling out.

Battlefield: Bad Company
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Keeping in line the games that start with the letter "B" established in the previous feature, Battlefield: Bad Company spoofs the melancholy, David Fincher (Se7en, Fight Club) directed commercial.

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It's hard to argue that Gears of War's Mad World commercial wasn't effective, but I always thought it was interesting that it really wasn't very indicative of the tone or even gameplay of the rest of the game.

The Sims 4
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You know those Dos Equis beer commercials with the most interesting man in the world? Imagine that, but sort of the opposite, and about the upcoming The Sims 4.

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If you're having trouble imagining the commercials, here are eight minutes of them all back to back.

Escape Goat
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When a trailer is so good that it wins a movie deal for the game before it even releases, then you know you have something special on your hands. The folks over at Coffee Stain Studios recognized the trailer's greatness and must have said, "Let's do that! But you know… with a goat."

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Here's the original in case you've forgotten what it looks like. Much like the Mad World commercial lfor Gears of War, it's another one that got many excited about the game, but wasn't really indicative of the Dead island's gameplay or tone.

Half-Life 2 for Mac
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Steam was a PC platform at its inception and many assumed that was where it would remain. That all changed, however, when Alyx Vance ran into a crowded room of NPCs being brainwashed, and threw a crowbar at a screen. She did it you guys. She really did it.

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Here's the 1984 Mac commercial that inspired it. It's as strange now as it was back then – maybe even stranger. It's like the short film version of Terry Gilliam's Brazil, but it wants you to buy a computer.

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