The GDC I Saw After One of Gaming's Roughest Years

It's Monday, March 2nd, the first day of the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, and I can't help but notice a common refrain: "I'm already tired." » 3/13/15 7:30pm 3/13/15 7:30pm

Have You Ever Gotten Sick From A Convention?

Video game conventions are great... mostly. But every convention has its thorns, which often take the form of snotty, achy, barfy sicknesses. Now that both GDC and PAX East have come to pass, are you a flu-ridden ball of misery? If so, what are your symptoms? Have you caught anything in the past or at other cons? » 3/10/15 2:30pm 3/10/15 2:30pm

Shadow of Mordor Wins GOTY At GDC Awards

The Game Developers Choice Awards were held earlier tonight, and the winners have been announced. Leading the charge with the "Game of the Year" was a surprising winner in Shadow of Mordor, but there were other prizes handed out as well. » 3/05/15 12:34am 3/05/15 12:34am

Alien: Isolation Sure Looks Less Scary In Third-Person

One of the coolest things about Alien: Isolation was how thoroughly it put players into the quaking space-boots of its protagonist Amanda Ripley. There was a button for re-focusing her eyes! » 3/04/15 9:30pm 3/04/15 9:30pm

A Closer Look At Valve's First VR Unit

Just like its Steam Machine idea, Valve is teaming up with multiple hardware companies to release virtual reality systems. One of the first is this one, the Vive from HTC. » 3/04/15 9:01pm 3/04/15 9:01pm

The Video Game Conference That Let Me Say Goodbye To A Departed Friend

There it is. The bench. That exact park bench. It's one of the very first places where I said hello to a friend who would change the course of my entire life. And now I'm saying goodbye. » 4/26/14 10:00am 4/26/14 10:00am

"Wherever we may stand today as an industry, I am confident that we will stand somewhere far better tomorrow." Watch BioWare designer Manveer Heir's great GDC talk about racism, misogyny, and homophobia in the video game industry. The audience gave him a standing ovation. » 4/08/14 11:00am 4/08/14 11:00am

​The Video Games Of Today, Viewed From The Future

Video games often feel so very current; it's all happening right now. Every year, everything is different! But... how will this all look when viewed from the distant remove of the far future? » 3/25/14 7:30pm 3/25/14 7:30pm

Interested in writing about games? Last week a bunch of game critics attended the first-ever Critical Proximity mini-conference in San Francisco. I gave a talk; my topic was "Writing games criticism for a mainstream audience." You can read a text version here. » 3/24/14 6:30pm 3/24/14 6:30pm

Five Highlights of the Game Developers Conference This Year

Now that the Game Developers Conference is over, our GDC cartoonist Elizabeth Simins is here to tell us about the top five things she experienced while at the conference. » 3/21/14 8:45pm 3/21/14 8:45pm

Games Shows Are The Worst Place To Play Games

The Game Developers Conference is mostly for talks and parties, but there are still games to play. Yet despite GDC being a smaller, more casual affair than stuff like E3, it's not exactly the ideal place to experience a creative work. » 3/20/14 9:00pm 3/20/14 9:00pm

​We Tried Sony's PS4 Virtual Reality Headset. We Like It.

Yesterday, Sony entered the virtual reality fray by announcing Project Morpheus, a new virtual reality initiative aimed at making a VR headset for the PS4. Today at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Stephen Totilo and I swung by Sony's booth to check it out. » 3/20/14 9:40am 3/20/14 9:40am

Microsoft Wants To Reward Good Behaviour On Xbox Live

Microsoft is currently "brainstorming" ideas on how to reward well-behaved Xbox Live players. In other words, after a decade of policing Xbox Live's worst offenders, they're going to see if the carrot works better than the stick. » 3/19/14 10:00pm 3/19/14 10:00pm

The Shortest Video Game Interview You'll Ever Need To Read

Our GDC cartoonist Elizabeth Simins got to interview Peter Molyneux earlier today. Most Peter Molyneux interviews you will see involve loads of text, or video, or audio. This one involves a comic. » 3/19/14 9:00pm 3/19/14 9:00pm

GDC Can Be (Almost) Entirely Overwhelming If You've Never Been

The Game Developers Conference isn't like, say, E3. It's not a trade show about upcoming projects, it's a discussion forum, where nobody is ever expected to see or hear everything. That means those attending have choices to make. » 3/18/14 7:00pm 3/18/14 7:00pm

Not Every Game At GDC Is About Kissing Folks You Shouldn't Be Kissing

We've got some reporters on the scene at this week's big Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, but we're also trying something new: we've got a cartoonist covering the show for us. » 3/17/14 10:30pm 3/17/14 10:30pm

Ken Kutaragi, known as the "Father of the Playstation," will receive a lifetime achievement award from the Game Developers Choice Awards on March 19 at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Mark Cerny, the PS4's lead architect, will present the award to Kutaragi, the former CEO of Sony Computer… » 2/02/14 1:20pm 2/02/14 1:20pm