I Wish More Games Were About Deception

I really enjoyed Tales From The Borderlands, but one bit, especially, struck me. As Fiona, cold-hearted con artist extraordinaire, I had to lie. But I had to do it artfully, or else I was in deep trouble. It was one of the tensest video game moments I've played in ages. » 11/27/14 3:00pm 11/27/14 3:00pm

​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

Hey, it's a trailer for SpyParty! We're big fans of the long-in-development two-player game SpyParty, but we've never been able to show you a trailer, because there hasn't been a trailer. Now there is. Enjoy. And/or go play the in-development game now for $15. No release date for the finished thing yet. » 5/14/14 2:47pm 5/14/14 2:47pm

​Video Game Cocktail Party Becomes Glitch Nightmare

I think we've all been there: You're hanging out at a cocktail party when a man standing next to you is shot by a sniper. Then, everyone starts levitating and twisting inside out, floating in circles and regurgitating their own limbs like hellish ouroboros. » 1/09/14 5:00pm 1/09/14 5:00pm

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

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

SpyParty's Deadly Hide & Seek To Appear at Evo Fighting Game…

The Evo Champtionship Series is a hardcore, competitive gaming gathering dedicated to the purest fighting games. Street Fighter IV, King of Fighters XIII, Street Fighter X Tekken, Soul Calibur V. And now… SpyParty. Wait, what? » 6/26/12 8:00pm 6/26/12 8:00pm

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