Videogame designers: ignore entitled fans

Videogame designers: ignore entitled fans

Greetings, gamers of 2012. My name is Game Designer #9384, although I once had a mother and she called me Bobby. I write to you in secret from the dank, lightless barracks of the High Lord Gamer Melvin Fauntleroy. The year is 2020. Trans-temporal email has just been invented, so you can expect a lot more messages like this, mostly about cybernetic erectile augmentation and desperate princes in the Sovereign Republic Of Texas. Your primitive spam filters will be useless. I pray this message reaches you before Google adds the Block Future Email button.

Call Of Duty creative strategist Robert Bowling resigns

Infinity Ward creative strategist Robert Bowling has resigned from the Call Of Duty developer."Today, I resign from my position as Creative Strategist of Call of Duty, as a lead of Infinity Ward, and as an employee of Activision," he announced via Twitter earlier today.No details as to why he made the decision were offered, or where he intends to go next, but a subsequent reply to one of his followers suggests that he wants to work on smaller projects:

CCP launches investigation after ‘suicidal’ player mocked

CCP Games has launched an internal review following allegations that a potentially "suicidal" player was publicly mocked during Eve Fanfest over the weekend.The player was reportedly shown in a video of Eve Online in-game communication during a panel discussion moderated by CCP staff and including members of the game's Council of Stellar Management. The player in question reportedly showed "obvious" signs of severe depression.

Opinion: The dangers of gamer entitlement

Opinion: The dangers of gamer entitlement

“Rip-off. Why should I have to pay for Cranky levels? You have lost a customer,” reads Coolcoco’s one-star App Store review for Where’s My Water on January 30. “I love Swampy. But having to pay for an update is a bit greedy,” agreed Spence582 the same day, also awarding it just one star.

The story of Hogrocket: Launching Tiny Invaders

The story of Hogrocket: Launching Tiny Invaders

Read previous parts in our account of Hogrocket's rise here.

Opinion: The importance of being generous

Opinion: The importance of being generous

So, assuming you either make games or want to, what’s your model for how to do that? Pull a team together, make a game and pop it up on Steam? Upload it to an app store? Make a demo and sell a full-priced version? Hope to hit the wave and strike it lucky?You’re probably making a huge, but fairly common, error: you think you’re in the business of making stuff.

EA’s Origin reaches five million daily users

During a week in which active user metrics have come to the fore, Electronic Arts COO Peter Moore has revealed that five million people are now using the publisher's Origin digital distribution service daily.Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald, Moore made the comments in response to a question about a heckler that disrupted his Origin presentation at the EB Games Expo last weekend.

RIM offers free games to users affected by service outage

Blackberry manufacturer RIM has revealed that it will compensate beleaguered users affected by last week's service outage with free games.Games up for grabs include The Sims 3, N.O.V.A., Bubble Bash 2 and PopCap's Bejeweled among others, and can be downloaded at no cost from Blackberry's App World for one month from tomorrow.A number of other non-game apps are also included in the offer, and free technical support is also offered for the same period.

CCP offers discounted subscriptions to lapsed EVE players

Following the furore and subsequent apology over CCP's incarna update and introduction of virtual goods into EVE Online, the company has gone one step further towards winning back the hearts (and wallets) of its fans.Players whose EVE accounts lapsed around the time of the incident have been offered, by email, a reduced subscription offer of $4.95 for 30 days.

Opinion: Controlling information

Opinion: Controlling information

There are two schools of thought that pertain to the flow of information.The dominant school of thought is that information flow should be strictly controlled. That copyright, trademark and the ownership of knowledge and information drives competition, incentivises innovation and leads to growth of the industry.