Thank Goodness Someone Is Making A New First-Person Swimming Game

One of the more odd delights on Nintendo's Wii console was a two-game series called Endless Ocean. The peaceful games let players virtually scuba dive and take pictures of the wildlife below the surface of the sea. Enter World of Diving, a new game about pretty much the same thing, except it's first-person, you can… » 4/08/14 5:30pm 4/08/14 5:30pm

The Making Of A Very Different Kind of War Video Game

"The pattern is always the same," video game designer Pawel Miechowski told me recently. "People struggle for food, soap and medicine. They trade liquor or any alcohol for bullets or any weapons. That's what happened in Sarajevo." That's what happens in cities wracked by war. That's what will happen in Pawel Miechowski's… » 4/08/14 10:00am 4/08/14 10:00am

I'm not sure what your point is. Mine, however, is one I've made several times over the past several months: it makes less and less sense to me that Nintendo has its top people making games for one of its machines that can't also run on its other machine. With Smash Bros. you see them doing parallel development, but… » 4/03/14 7:49am 4/03/14 7:49am

Eight Indie Games Coming To Xbox One That I'm Excited About

There are few experiences I cherish more as a games reporter than walking into a room full of new, unfinished video games, each one of them ready for me to play. It makes it so easy to be excited about the future of gaming. Every time. » 3/28/14 5:00pm 3/28/14 5:00pm

Valve's Top VR Expert Jumps To Oculus

Valve's Michael Abrash, who was just giving a talk about the wonders of virtual reality at the company's Steam Dev Days in January and has seemingly led the company's VR research, has taken a job as chief scientist at red-hot VR company Oculus. In announcing his move, Abrash also explained why Facebook's controversial » 3/28/14 1:45pm 3/28/14 1:45pm

Sony's Working Hard To Make PS4 VR That's Cool And Won't Make You Sick

A couple of days ago, I felt like I was standing in a shark tank. Some time before that, Sony's head of PlayStation game development, Shuhei Yoshida, fed a dinosaur and the company's top PlayStation researcher, Richard Marks, stood next to the Mars rover—all in virtual reality, of course. With any luck, you will… » 3/21/14 2:00pm 3/21/14 2:00pm

Yes. The PS4 can work with at least four inputs, Marks told us. Count the headset as one. They have a demo of Thief that wasn't working when we were there, but it supposedly uses the headset plus a Move in each hand. They could add support for a DualShock on top of that for a SECOND player to do stuff to the game while … » 3/19/14 4:14pm 3/19/14 4:14pm

​The Prophet of Virtual Reality

Palmer Luckey, the the man behind Oculus virtual reality goggles, is shockingly young. He may be responsible for one of the current hottest things in tech, but he's just 21. And he says the kind of things people that age say when they're bold enough to dream out loud. » 3/18/14 12:00pm 3/18/14 12:00pm