Pregnancy, a new "choose-your-own-adventure" style game from indie developer Locomotivah, is now available on Steam. The game, which the developers say is inspired by such games as Telltale's The Walking Dead and Atlus' Catherine, puts players in the role of a 14-year-old rape victim living in Hungary named Lilla Sandor.
In the game the player serves as a guiding internal influence for the girl, who is confused about what she should do after being sexually assaulted one night by a drunken criminal.Read more
The Open Gaming Alliance (OGA) will release its seventh annual research report at the end of March in conjunction with market research firm DFC Intelligence. The new report, which focuses on the PC gaming sector, offers predictions on the sector from the end of 2014 up until 2018.Read more
We all get that sex sells, but there's a reason that parties involving strippers and other male-focused titillation might be looked down upon in this day and age. After all it's no longer the 1990s and people expect party organizers to show some sensitivity to the growing number of women that attend game industry trade events like the Game Developers Conference.Read more
In episode 8 of HBO's "Looking," the majority of the episode takes place during the LGBQT gaming event GaymerX3, and co-organizer Matt Conn (who is also the co-founder of MidBoss Games and a developer on the LGBQT-friendly cyber punk adventure game Read Only Memories) even gets a cameo.
Speaking to Conn (who is currently at GDC promoting his game) briefly via IM, I learned some of the lengths that producers went to to make this game-focused episode of the show as authentic as possible.Read more
Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney has decided that it is time to make Unreal Engine more competitive with stiff competition from the likes of Unity and other free game development tools. Unity has been free for some time, and some believe that it is cutting into Unreal Engine's market share in the game development space (no, we do not have stats on whether or not this is true, but this is at least the perception in some circles - ed.).Read more
Tactical Simulations Interactive (TSI), a company formed by former Strategic Inc. employees, has announced a new system called "Gateway" that allows players to transfer their favorite characters across multiple role-playing games that support the system. TSI’s first game, Seven Dragon Saga, will support Gateway, and Harebrained Games and inXile have committed to supporting the system as well.Read more
Tom Bramwell, the former Editor-in-Chief of Gamer Network's Eurogamer, has joined Riot Games (makers of the super popular MOBA game League of Legends) as its new "European Head of Writing."
He joins Jason Killingsworth, another colleague who has rewritten for Edge, Official PlayStation Magazine and Paste, among others. Killingsworth is currently serving as Senior Writer over at Riot Games.Read more
ArtCraft Entertainment’s MMO Crowfall has already reached its crowdfunding goal on Kickstarter - after only three days of being launched. Within three days of launching on Kickstarter, Crowfall has already reached its goal, generating more than $851,732 (as of this writing) in pledges. ArtCraft was looking to raise $800,000.Read more
In the latest video in The Fine Bros.' series, Elders React, senior citizens play the game Five Nights at Freddy's and don't respond the way everyone else does.
If you have watched other people play the game you can hear them screaming and watch them jumping as the game surprises them at every turn. These senior citizens? Not so much.
Watch the video to your left and the check out the Fine Bros.' channel on YouTube.Read more
Double Fine founder Tim Schafer will once again serve as the host of the 15th annual Game Developers Choice Awards.
He'll be joined by Capybara Games founder Nathan Vella, who will serve as the Independent Games Festival awards. This year's ceremonies kick off at 6:30 PM on the evening of Wednesday, March 4th during GDC 2015 in San Francisco (at the Moscone Center).
For those who can't make it to GDC this year, both GameSpot and Twitch will be running a live stream of the show.
GDC takes place March 2 - 6 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.Read more
Yesterday the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously voted to approve the appointment of former Google patent chief Michelle Lee to the position of director at the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). She still needs the approval of the full Senate.
While previous directors have come from the tech sector (David Kappos was a top lawyer at IBM before taking the position), Lee is an interesting pick because of her strong and very public stance against patent trolls and her work at an Internet-focused company.Read more