​The Most Diverse Video Game Cast Is Getting Even More Varied

Not just one old person. A few of them. Not just one shade of brown person but lighter and darker tones. Not just able-bodied people. People in wheelchairs, too. » 5/22/14 1:00pm 5/22/14 1:00pm

Finally, Spy Party's Normal-Looking People Can Move

We've been following asymmetrical multiplayer game Spy Party for years. We've been wondering for nearly as long when game designer Chris Hecker was ever going to swap out his programmer art for something a little more 21st-century. He's getting close! » 8/16/13 11:00am 8/16/13 11:00am

In SpyParty’s Bloodless Cat-and-Mouse Chase, Your Life Ends Here

Beautiful place for a headshot, no? And players won’t need to worry about staining the handsome furnishings after killing someone in SpyParty because there won’t be any blood. » 8/08/13 4:00pm 8/08/13 4:00pm

In SpyParty, Your Prejudices Might Just Be Why You Got Shot in the Head

When SpyParty creator Chris Hecker says he wants his tense, psychological espionage simulation to be the most diverse game ever, he's talking triple-decker diversity. » 7/01/13 9:00am 7/01/13 9:00am

You can now watch the "Hotheaded Developers Rant Back" panel from the Game Developers Conference. Panelists like Eric Zimmerman, Anna Anthropy, Kellee Santiago, Anna Marsh, Naomi Clark and Mitu Khandaker all talked frankly and often rousingly about issues ranging from poor planning to crunch time to racial and gender… » 5/06/13 4:30pm 5/06/13 4:30pm

Chris Hecker Rants at GDC Without Saying a Word

It's revealing that at first I didn't get the point of this, which is Chris Hecker's rant at Game Developers Conference 2013. So much of the nonstop big budget press conference bullshit you hear in this business all sounds alike, forcing me into a kind of weird active listening where I'm trying to decode pabulum and… » 3/31/13 1:00pm 3/31/13 1:00pm

In a Shocking Twist, This Game Stars Normal-Looking People. Some Of…

"This needs to be a subtle art style to go with a subtle game," Chris Hecker told me during our latest conversation about one of the contenders for World's Most Interesting Video Game. » 8/27/12 12:00pm 8/27/12 12:00pm

. . . The old art. Gah! . . . . Finally, Hecker and Cimino at work in Oakland.

We've Got Jonathan Blow (The Witness, Braid) and Chris Hecker (Spy…

Two of the most talented and fiercely independent video game creators I've ever met are joining us today, right below these words I'm writing, to answer your best questions. » 7/03/12 1:30pm 7/03/12 1:30pm

SpyParty Isn't Done. But This Guy Has Reviewed It.

We've been optimistic about SpyParty, the long-in-the-making competitive multiplayer game that pits one player as suave spy in a party and the other as a sniper who has one bullet and perfect aim. » 6/27/12 12:30pm 6/27/12 12:30pm

Spy Party's Chris Hecker Calls Out Players, the Press, and Developers…

Why are so many games just copies of past games? Who is responsible for this state of affairs? Does the industry need more variety to survive? » 3/09/12 10:00pm 3/09/12 10:00pm

SpyParty Beta Starting Soon, Here's How to Sign Up

I've been impressed with SpyParty since the day I first played it, but soon you'll no longer have to take my word for it. The game's creator, Chris Hecker, is about to pull a Minecraft and launch a $15 beta. » 5/10/11 1:20pm 5/10/11 1:20pm

The Mathematics Of Seduction And Other Devious Solutions To A Spy Party

Chris Hecker, who strikes me as not the kind of man who enjoys going to parties, spends a lot of time thinking about parties and the tricky things spies might do at them. » 3/28/11 12:30pm 3/28/11 12:30pm

Fake Diamonds Vs. A Four-Page Instruction Manual

Andy and Chris are going to Seattle this weekend. They are going to the Penny Arcade Expo where they will share a booth and let the public, for the first time, try their games. Things are looking good.. for Andy. » 8/31/10 2:00pm 8/31/10 2:00pm

The Next Smart Video Game Only Lets You Kill Once

Seldom in life does someone cackle in front of you like a James Bond villain, explaining how they will deliver your demise. When game designer Chris Hecker did this to me in San Francisco recently, I knew I had him. » 3/24/10 11:00am 3/24/10 11:00am

Maxis Layoffs Include Outspoken Spore Dev Chris Hecker

Electronic Arts' recent attempt to "focus" Spore developer Maxis—which was a nicer way of saying some people got laid off—includes one of its more rant-ready folks, Chris Hecker, a Technology Fellow at the company. Remember him? » 8/28/09 5:40pm 8/28/09 5:40pm