If I said the names Gex, Bubsy, Croc, or Cool Spot you’d probably look at me like I’m an insane person. These are the names of some of some unsung heroes, gamings forgotten mascots. Remembered – somewhat infamously – for their lack of character, good gameplay, and style. Gaming mascots, in the traditional sense, […]

Recently I’ve been playing a lot of Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Doom: Eternal. Clearly id Software and Nintendo have made very different games. But I’ve noticed that both developers implemented very similar design strategies. They deliberately chose to make games with mechanics and styles that are clear-cut and specialised. Many players may not like these decisions, so they’ll cheat […]

Following Google’s announcement initiating executive producer Shannon Studstill as the head of Google Stadia studio Playa Vista, Sony has chosen her replacement for Santa Monica Studio. In response to IGN, the studio behind 2018’s God of War revealed that long-time PlayStation veteran Yumi Yang will now serve as head. Yang […]

When designing a triple-A smash hit game, companies tend to go all-in. This usually means aseembling a large team of very talented individuals, each with unique skills and specialties. Look at the likes of Rockstar or Ubisoft and you’ll find companies with hundreds of staff working tirelessly to create worlds […]

A new game development studio might give Microsoft that advantage that it needs. The Initiative was announced back in June of last year at E3, and since then the studio has been building in terms of staff and creativity. The Studio is located in sunny Santa Monica, similar to other studios such as Naughty […]

Knocknock Games Co-Founder Pavel Shylenok took sometime out of his busy schedule to talk with me about the company’s newest game, Rise of Colonies: Uprising. Other topics covered include: tips on how to break into game development, games being released unfinished, respecting your early adopters, and more. Check out the […]