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  • Oculus Debuts Oculus Connect Developer Conference, Acquires RakNet And Open Sources Its Tech

    Oculus Debuts Oculus Connect Developer Conference, Acquires RakNet And Open Sources Its Tech

    Oculus made a couple of announcements today, including the acquisition of middleware game-network technology provider RakNet, which powers cross-platform voice chat, SQL logging, secure connectivity and more for a number of indie companies and bigger devs, including Mojang and Sony Online Entertainment. Oculus also announced its first developer conference, the Oculus Connect event, which will… Read More

  • New Kinect For Windows Now Available For $199, Shipping July 15

    New Kinect For Windows Now Available For $199, Shipping July 15

    Microsoft previewed availability of its new Kinect for Windows version 2 back in June, but now the hardware is ready for anyone to pre-order for $199 through its website, with a ship date of July 15. The new version of the motion-tracking, video- and microphone-equipped interface device is based on its Xbox One counterpart. It aims to give developers ways to build more innovative… Read More

  • Tetris Gets Hacked Onto The Only Thing It’s Not Already On: A Playable T-Shirt

    Tetris Gets Hacked Onto The Only Thing It’s Not Already On: A Playable T-Shirt

    Tetris. Since its debut in 1984, it’s found its way onto nearly every possible platform. Game consoles. Graphing calculators. Lab equipment. Buildings. Now its found its way onto the most elusive and coveted platform of all: some dude’s chest. Read More

  • Microsoft Acquires SyntaxTree To Offer Better Unity Support In Visual Studio

    Microsoft Acquires SyntaxTree To Offer Better Unity Support In Visual Studio

    Microsoft today announced that it has acquired SyntaxTree, the France-based company behind UnityVS, a popular Visual Studio plugin for developers that use the cross-platform Unity framework to write their games. As S. “Soma” Somasegar, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of its Developer Division, notes, the company plans to integrate UnityVS into Visual Studio “and… Read More

  • The Numinous Veil Of Ignorance

    The Numinous Veil Of Ignorance

    In watching the latest drama unfold over Facebook and its experimentation with users, I’m moved to argue that sometimes you can be too honest. For game makers especially sometimes it’s better for users not to know, for you to hint and inspire but never reveal the inner secrets. To preserve the numinous magic, it’s often better not to show the man behind the curtain. Read More

  • Backed By Science Inc., FreeGameCredits.com Offers Exactly What Its Name Suggests

    Backed By Science Inc., FreeGameCredits.com Offers Exactly What Its Name Suggests

    Startup FreeGameCredits.com doesn’t have the problem of an ambiguous name — just as you’d guess, it allows mobile game developers to run promotions offering in-game credits. The company is announcing today that it has raised an undisclosed amount of seed funding from Los Angeles-based “startup studio” Science Inc. It’s also launching its first promotion… Read More

  • OUYA One Year Later: 840 Games, 36K Developers, And A New Console In The Works

    OUYA One Year Later: 840 Games, 36K Developers, And A New Console In The Works

    Since launch, OUYA has continued to grow its user base, thanks to sales and distribution both in-store and online. The startup has expanded the number of locations in which the console is available. At launch, OUYA was sold in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K., while today it’s also now available in Western Europe and Brazil. Read More

  • Pirate Radio, YouTubers And Video Games

    Pirate Radio, YouTubers And Video Games

    YouTubers are considered a big boon by some, but also a big threat by others. Game developers in particular sometimes feel that what they’re doing is less journalism/coverage and more like pirate radio, exposing and spoiling their games for profit. Is that true? How will this latest innovation find its place? Read More

  • Control VR Opens The Door To Virtual Offices

    Control VR Opens The Door To Virtual Offices

    Control VR is a startup which has created a wearable system that captures precise motion data for virtual reality applications. On its Kickstarter page the most intriguing use shown for its gloves and armbands is using its exact finger-digit tracking to simulate a keyboard in virtual reality, which could open the door to a number of productive VR applications beyond gaming and teleconferencing. Read More

  • The Next Generation Of Atari

    The Next Generation Of Atari

    Atari is back. Again. After the crash of Nolan Bushnell’s empire in the early ’80s, several ventures attempted to resurrect the iconic brand. Atari Interactive is the latest, emerging from chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this year, and is now ready to make a splash in the mobile market with a renewed focus in established verticals. Read More