When will the game industry’s representation of women change?

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at 09:26am July 10 2014
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It’s curious what can happen when you don’t write something. There are obvious things, like you don’t get paid, and nobody reads it, but sometimes, as in the case I’m about to describe, the thing you didn’t write gets more interesting for not having been written; as though it’s silently accruing wisdom while shuffling through…

Blade Symphony review

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at 10:00am July 4 2014
Blade Symphony review

Blade Symphony is about the fantasy of being a swordsman and all that comes with it: honour, skill and etiquette. If you’re responsive to those ideas to even a small degree, it is a fighting game with tremendous depth and promise. It’s a realisation of its core fantasy that’s original enough in its execution to stand…

E269: The creator of Dark Souls unleashed on PlayStation 4

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at 02:46pm July 3 2014
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Bloodborne leads the 40-page E3 preview special in the new issue of Edge magazine. It’s out now in print, on iPad, Google Play and Zinio. Dark Souls II was nothing short of wonderful, but the mere mention of Hidetaka Miyazaki’s involvement with a new PS4 project is enough to make us drop New Game Plus for just a moment. Bloodborne…

Develop 2014: recommended sessions

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at 01:00pm July 2 2014
Develop

One week from today developers from across the world will gather in Brighton for the UK’s biggest gaming conference, Develop. Ahead of the show, we present the must-see sessions and definitive presentations, from some of the industry’s luminaries. 20 Years of PlayStation, 40 Years of Console Games, and 100 Years to Come Wednesday, 9:30 Mark…

The Making Of: Tearaway

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at 12:00pm July 2 2014
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Tearaway didn’t begin with a piece of paper, as you might suspect, but with a strange slate-like device surrounded by a terrifying tangle of wires. As a Sony-owned studio, Media Molecule was among the first to get an opportunity to play around with this early Vita prototype. Yet despite its unfriendly appearance, this slab sparked the imagination of…

Ace Combat Infinity review

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at 10:00am July 2 2014
Ace Combat Infinity

Countries spend millions keeping their air forces in the sky. Fuel is expensive, after all. With Ace Combat Infinity – the 17th instalment in Bandai Namco’s flight series, but its first sortie into free-to-play – Project Aces has managed to simulate that burden. Every time you take to the skies, whether it’s part of the campaign…

A history of videogame hardware: Sony PSP

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at 03:30pm July 1 2014
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Much of the PlayStation 2’s ubiquitous success could be attributed, not to its games or graphics, but to the fact that the machine doubled as an inexpensive and stylish DVD player. In 2004 convergence was the new slogan in video game hardware manufacturing and marketing. Games? Games were no longer enough, so the story went.…

Trading blows with Suda51 and Grasshopper Manufacture’s team of grindhouse action heroes

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at 12:00pm July 1 2014
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Grasshopper is a developer whose philosophy bleeds through in every one of its games. Its punk spirit oozes from No More Heroes’ layabout-turned-assassin Travis Touchdown, whose room full of memorabilia looks suspiciously similar to studio head Goichi ‘Suda51’ Suda’s meeting room in Tokyo. Its B-movie quirk is there in every pom-pom thrust of Lollipop Chainsaw’s…

Among The Sleep review

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at 10:00am July 1 2014
Among the sleep

Having wandered the corridors of so many haunted asylums of late, encountering Among The Sleep’s fresh take on videogame horror comes as something of a relief. You spend your time moving between a surreal imagined world and a suburban house, both equally unfamiliar thanks to Krillbite Studio’s masterstroke: casting you as a two-year-old child. Appropriately, the…

A history of videogame hardware: Nintendo DS

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at 03:30pm June 30 2014
Nintendo DS

For a while it appeared as though Japan’s booming video game business was immune to the country’s drawn-out economic bust. As Japan slumped into a deep recession, the industry flew an inverse trajectory, reaching a dizzying peak in 1997 thanks to the invigorating success of Sony’s PlayStation. But soon enough the long winding lines of…

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