Category Archives: Features

How a toxic ‘fight club’ of internet trolls enabled the New Zealand mosque shooting

The mosque shooting in New Zealand emerged from the same toxic corner of the internet that fuelled massacres in Pittsburgh, Quebec City and Toronto.

What Game Workers Can Learn From Other Labor Organizations

One year ago at GDC, Game Workers Unite packed a room with developers from across the industry hoping to take a stand against challenging, sometimes abusive, work conditions. The group has had a significant presence at this year’s event, with unionization even taking center stage during the Game Developers Choice Awards. The Game Workers Unite […]

Vertigo Games Believes ‘Location-Based Virtual Reality’ Is Future of VR

As virtual reality becomes more and more available, many developers are looking for new frontiers to expand the experiences offered by the tech. For Netherlands-based Vertigo Games, that next frontier is what they call “location-based virtual reality.” It’s essentially high-quality VR experiences where players aren’t tethered to a PC or even to the confines of […]

‘After Party’  Builds Off of ‘Oxenfree’ Design to Create Hellish, Hilarious Gameplay

Hell is a pretty wide-ranging concept, but even as cultures depict it in hundreds of different ways in their stories the common perception of the underworld today includes plenty of blood, violence, and fire. That’s why “Oxenfree” developer Night School Studio wanted to go in a different direction with their new game “Afterparty”. “It’s hell, […]

How ‘Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2’ Builds on Series’ Legacy

Brian Mitsoda never thought he’d ever get a chance to return to the dark fantasy world he helped bring to life in “Vampire: The Masquerade — Bloodlines.” But more than a decade after working as the lead writer on the cult-classic PC game, he’s back as the lead narrative designer for the surprising sequel. “I […]

Ex-Westwood Devs Reminisce About Making Original ‘Command & Conquer’

Released in 1995, “Command & Conquer” helped define the strategy game for an entire generation of gamers. Westwood Studios, the developer behind the game, had dabbled in real-time strategy before with “Dune 2,” but it was “C&C” that really put the genre on the map, and most contemporary real-time stratey titles–like Blizzard’s “Warcraft”–paled in comparison […]

Hands-On With Nintendo Switch’s Mixed Bag Labo VR Kit

Nintendo is making a virtual reality headset … Well, Nintendo is making you make a VR headset out of cardboard. Announced earlier this month, the Nintendo Labo VR Kit is the fourth set in the company’s line of creativity minded Labo products, where players build their own “Toy-Con” controllers, then use them to play games […]