While a number of games have incorporated a countdown timer to increase the pressure upon players (looking at you, Dead Rising), few have taken it to extremes quite like Black Future ‘88, a wild new synthpunk platform shooter from indie studio, Superscarysnakes.
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It‘s been a couple of years since AI-controlled bots fragged each other in an epic Doom deathmatch. Now, EA‘s Search for Extraordinary Experiences Division, or SEED, has taught self-learning AI agents to play Battlefield 1. Each character in the basic match uses a model based on neural-network training to learn how to play the game via trial and error. The AI-controlled troops in the game learned how to play after watching hu
PlayerUnknown‘s Battlegrounds has announced the debut of Event Mode, which will introduce temporary changes to typical gameplay. The developers described Event Mode "as a periodically changing preset Custom Game where we will be trying new things and experimenting with different game parameters." It‘ll offer Battle Royale experiences you can‘t get in public matches and feature new content, most of which will only be pla
Since launching six months ago, Twitch Extensions have seen more than 1.5 billion interactions on desktop. From today, they‘re available on mobile, so viewers can enjoy leader boards, polls, match histories and more, wherever you watch your streams. Not every Extension is mobile-ready just yet -- it‘s up to developers to decide whether to make theirs mobile-compatible, but you can bet most of them will. However, some Extensio
Children of Morta made me incredibly happy, scared, sad and fiercely determined, all within the span of 10 minutes and using only pixel art -- plus a few modern bells and whistles. It comes from Dead Mage and publisher 11 bit Studios, and it‘s an isometric hack-and-slash game starring the Bergsons, a family of fierce fighters on a mission to save their home mountain from an evil corruption. Each family member has a special skill, a
There‘s this small world inside GDC 2018 called Alt.Ctrl.GDC, where you‘ll find a booth full of quirky games that incorporate physical objects into their story. With Scissors the that than (the latter part pronounced "da da dan," according to its Japanese developer), you use giant scissors as your controller and as the main weapon inside the actual game. Before we get into the premise of Scissors the that than, you should fir
Have you been struggling to play Sea of Thieves since it launched on March 20th? There‘s a good explanation for it. In a launch update, Rare‘s Craig Duncan and Joe Neate have revealed that over 1 million unique gamers have played the online pirate adventure in just its first 48 hours. The team had anticipated large demand, but wasn‘t ready for as many as 5,000 logins per minute -- the servers went down for nearly fiv
Welcome to Tuesday morning. We‘re still trying to unravel the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica mess, Uber halts its self-driving car tests after a fatal accident and we‘re live from GDC. Oh, and one of the biggest games of the moment is free to play... on your phone.
Nintendo wasn‘t done with the indie game announcements after its #Nindies live stream earlier today. At an event and on social media it revealed three more ports coming to the Switch soon: Hyper Light Drifter, Nidhogg 2 and Crashlands. All three are GameMaker Studio titles, so it‘s not surprising they‘re coming to Nintendo‘s convertible console now that the development tool has Switch support built-in. Hyper Ligh
Lauded Mexican filmmaker Alejandro Gonzlez Irritu, best known for his work on movies such as Birdman and The Revenant, last year nabbed a "special" Oscar award for his VR exhibition Carne y Arena. The virtual reality project, dubbed Flesh and Sand in English, takes viewers into a world where they can experience what it‘s like to be an immigrant trying to cross a border. As much as visuals were important to tell this story, one of I
In the midst of all the neon pixels, gun blasts, stylized narrative adventures and action-packed space romps scattered around the Indie Megabooth at GDC, Skye immediately caught my eye. It was crisp and bright, showcasing a rich fantasy world in a soft, cartoonish 3D style. Something about it was soothing at first sight -- perhaps it was the way the main character, a bright blue dragon, soared around the valley like a serpentine kite. Ma
Google doesn‘t really make games on its own, but with Android it supports one of the biggest developer communities out there. As such, the company is sharing some news at the Game Developers Conference that‘ll be of interest to both players and devs alike: The "Instant App" technology that Google added to Android last year can now be used on games, as well.
It‘s been exactly five years since NVIDIA announced Volta, its next-generation GPU architecture. The closest thing to a Volta consumer graphics card we‘ve seen since is the Titan V, a 3,000 offering targeted at scientists that was announced three months ago. Well, today at GDC, NVIDIA is... still not announcing a new GeForce card based on Volta. What it‘s doing instead is teasing that Volta cards will have some exclusiv
Much as it has with every other retail sector, Amazon has steadily expanded its gaming presence, especially since it purchased Twitch in 2014. Now, it‘s unveiled a service that will allow it to break into another arena. Built on Amazon‘s massive AWS cloud infrastructure, GameOn will let developers integrate competitions natively into PC, mobile and console games. Furthermore, it‘ll allow companies to offer in-game and e
Good morning there! A new week starts, and we‘re headed to GDC: the biggest game development event out there. At the same time, we‘re embarrassing ourselves with chindogu, as seen above. Also: You‘ve heard of Fortnite right? Where did it come from? And can I play with Drake?