Gaming

Your game studio doesn’t have to survive to succeed

By this point, hopefully we’ve all laughed and moved past the idea that “just make a good game” is good business advice. However, it’s a little-discussed truth that there are smart, savvy indies that do indeed follow this advice, and indeed knowingly risk the closure of their studios. And even if those studios close, both […]

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A huge new game starring Disney's biggest characters is nearly out – here's what you need to know about 'Kingdom Hearts 3'

Other than the central heroes — protagonist Sora and his friends Riku and Kairi — the majority of other characters in “Kingdom Hearts 3” are major Disney characters. Other than the central heroes — protagonist Sora and his friends Riku and Kairi — the majority of other characters in “Kingdom Hearts 3” are major Disney […]

Gaming

Hobbyists resurrect Kojima’s “lost” game P.T. as a free PC download

Welcome to Unreal PT, a fan-made recreation of the lost Hideo Kojima horror “demo” that launched for free on PS4 in 2014. Unreal PT This gallery includes a taste of various creepy moments as recreated by Unreal PT. Spooky lighting, check. Ominous sentences appearing on walls for no reason, check. A creepy message appearing underneath […]

Gaming

A game studio with zero hardware experience is building a VR-ready console

Enlarge / Slightly Mad Studios likes to promote the VR modes of its Project Cars games. Now its CEO wants to build a living-room gaming box built for high-end VR gaming. Slightly Mad Studios Are you ready for another video game console, complete with promises of high-speed performance for 4K TVs and wireless VR headsets? […]

Emerging Tech

Caltech scientists used DNA to play the world’s tiniest game of tic-tac-toe

[embedded content] Wondering which penny-pinching family member will hand out the smallest gifts this holidays? It would be hard to beat the one California Institute of Technology (Caltech) researchers just gave the world — with the tiniest ever version of the game tic-tac-toe. Having previously used nanoscale bioengineering to create a replica of the iconic […]

Gaming

Discord raises $150 million as it starts establishing its PC game store

One of the biggest platforms in gaming has put some more cash in its pockets. Discord has raised $ 150 million in its latest round of funding at a $ 2.05 billion valuation. Investment group Greenoaks Capital led the funding round. Firstmark, Tencent, IVP, Index Ventures, and Technology Opportunity Partners also contributed. Discord plans to use […]

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The world's most popular video game chat app is now worth more than $2 billion, as it gears up to take on the makers of 'Fortnite'

DiscordDiscord offers a variety of text and voice chat channels, along with a shop for digital video games. Discord is the world’s largest chat platform for gaming, with more than 200 million users. The company is now valued at more than $ 2 billion after raising $ 150 million in a new round of funding. […]

Gaming

Conan game announcement coming during Kinda Funny’s December 8 showcase

Funcom is going to announce a new Conan game on December 8 during the Kinda Funny Games Showcase. That event will start streaming on Twitch at 10 a.m. Pacific. The studio has been releasing games based on the sword-and-sorcery franchise since the 2008 launch of the online mulitiplayer game Age of Conan. Funcom also released […]

Gaming

Play Ventures will invest $30 million in game startups

Play Ventures is raising a $ 30 million fund to invest in game startups. The company will be run by Harri Manninen of Helsinki and Henric Suuronen of Singapore, but it will invest in startups around the world. It shows that some investors view games as a ripe opportunity for startups, even though the $ 139 […]

Gaming

Wildlands may be the slickest, simplest fantasy skirmish game ever made

Enlarge Osprey Games Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com. Miniature battle games have been around as long as the tabletop hobby itself. From industry giants like Warhammer 40,000 to competitors like Frostgrave, The Walking Dead, or the Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures Game, […]

Gaming

The Lego Movie 2 is getting its own game

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced The Lego Movie 2 Videogame today. The title will be based off of the The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, which is coming to theaters on February 18, 2019. Warner Bros. says that the game will release “alongside the film.” It is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and […]