Game developer apologizes, restructures firm after outcry over imaginary anti-gay Chechen vampires

The developer of ‘Vampires: The Masquerade’ tabletop game will be restructured after complaints about the game’s bizarre plot, in which vampires in Chechnya use the persecution of gay people to cover up their own existence. The board game features bloodsuckers, who torture and feed on gay people, and wasn’t long in Russia’s Republic of Chechnya […]

Still waiting for a video game developer to win a Genius Grant

Every year since 1981, the MacArthur Foundation has handed out the “Genius Grant,” awarding a handful of individuals $ 625,000 each in recognition of their creative skills and success in their chosen field. The money is no-strings-attached, designed to act as an open investment in that person and their work. The chosen Fellows come from […]

‘Pokémon’ developer is releasing a Switch RPG called ‘Town’

Game Freak, the Japanese video game developer behind Pokémon, is working on a turn-based RPG simply called Town. Thankfully, that’s only a working title for the new IP, so they might still come up with something more memorable. Nintendo has announced the game during its latest Direct presentation, showing some of its characters and a […]

Developer faces prison after admitting admin software was really a RAT

A Kentucky man has pleaded guilty to federal charges he developed, marketed, and provided technical support for software he knew customers used illegally to take control of other people’s computers. Colton Grubbs used the handle KFC Watermelon to advertise the LuminosityLink administrative tool on Hackforums[dot]net, federal prosecutors alleged in an indictment filed last month. The […]

Facebook accidentally sent developer reports to app testers

While Facebook is still reeling from it’s Cambridge Analytica scandal, it has been trying to clean up its image as a company that plays fast and loose with your privacy. Unfortunately, there’s yet another issue. According to TechCrunch, Facebook accidentally leaked analytics reports from developers to app testers. A developer contacted TechCrunch with the news […]

Interview: Ikaruga’s beloved developer Treasure on keeping games old-school forever

Treasure won. Masato Maegawa and his crew of arcade game obsessives tore out of Konami in 1993 to start their own company. To make games the right way. “If we don’t find the game interesting ourselves,” said founder Masato Maegawa, “we won’t be satisfied with it.” They’ve never strayed from that ambition, churning out a […]

‘Terraria’ developer cancels the sandbox adventure’s sequel

Terraria made quite a splash when it launched in 2011, that its creators ended up releasing it on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Wii U and even on mobile platforms. The 2D sandbox action-adventure title was so warmly received that indie developer Re-Logic announced that it’s working on a sequel three years […]

Jam City president thinks every developer should think about branded content

Not every developer is willing to commit to creating an entire game based on licensed IP, but Jam City president and chief operating officer Josh Yguado thinks every developer should at least consider incorporating branded events. “As a game developer, it’s something everyone should think about,” he said onstage at today at the Ga…Read More

Developer removes randomized loot boxes from Middle-Earth: Shadow of War

Enlarge / Scenes like this one of purchasing in-game orcs for real money will soon be removed from Shadow of War. The widespread backlash against paying real money for randomized loot boxes full of in-game items has claimed another high-profile victim. Last night, developer Monolith announced that it will be “permanently removing Gold, War Chests, […]