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Georgia Is Offering A Hefty $25 Million Tax Break For Video Game Developers

It will be interesting to see if more states pick up on this. Many states have tax incentives to attract movie studios, with video games being a multi-billion dollar industry it only makes sense that it’s a way to bring businesses and people into a state.

galaxynextdoor:

Beyond Good & Evil 2 Teased
Check out the new look for Jade. Seems UbiSoft is gonna be dropping some bombs this E3. Can’t wait to see this and Assassin’s Creed Unity. 

If this is true this is very exciting. Beyond Good & Evil is one of my all-time favorite action-adventure games. It is also notable for having one of the best female protagonists ever. If they keep the tone of the original — and don’t “hypersex” Jade — then this could be a great next-gen game.

galaxynextdoor:

Beyond Good & Evil 2 Teased

Check out the new look for Jade. Seems UbiSoft is gonna be dropping some bombs this E3. Can’t wait to see this and Assassin’s Creed Unity. 

If this is true this is very exciting. Beyond Good & Evil is one of my all-time favorite action-adventure games. It is also notable for having one of the best female protagonists ever. If they keep the tone of the original — and don’t “hypersex” Jade — then this could be a great next-gen game.

alpha-beta-gamer:

Next Car Game is a great looking destruction heavy racing game with amazing environmental destruction, sophisticated physics-based driving dynamics and damage models.   It comes from Bugbear, developers of FlatOut and the recent Ridge Racer Unboundedboth games known for their high levels of destruction, but Next Car Game looks like it’s taking carnage to a whole new level.

Even though it’s only a tech demo, it’s still great fun.  It’s just you, the car, and big playground to full of things to bash, jump, and destroy.  The  sheer amount of destruction on offer is fantastic and it does a great job of showcasing the game engines’ capabilities.  Bugbear may not of come up with a proper name for their game yet, but they have come up with the foundations of a very good game.

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It’s like Spinal Tap came in and said “let’s take Destruction Derby up to 11.”

smashsurvey:

Now think of how many of those female characters and protagonists are oversexed, created for the male gaze, or put in an inactive damsel role for the plot of the game. Representation matters. A Study last year proved that exposure to tv shows increased the self esteem of young white boys and markedly decreased the confidence and self esteem of girls across the board (and we haven’t even started on the representation of characters of color and the effect it has on children’s self perception). 

Video games are a different media, and even more concerning if representation metrics are changing how our kids think of themselves. Especially knowing that 67% of American Households have video game consoles and 91% of Children play video games regularlyhow do you think the portrayal (and lack of portrayals) of women and girls in these games is affecting little girls – or influencing how little boys view their importance and/or influence over them? 

Comics. Movies. Lit. Pop Culture. The Smash Survey is an upcoming podcast project that will critically explore the representation of race, gender, and queer identity in media and pop culture in a fun and engaging format. 

Something to ponder today as you slay Internet dragons and blast enemy troops.

(via discovergames)

From NPR’s All Tech Considered: Getting Back In The Game: Arming Yourself To Play With Strangers

"These big, worldwide online communities can be intimidating for some would-be gamers. After all, why would anyone want to pop into a game and risk getting yelled at — possibly in another language — about how terribly you’re playing?
Because it’s fun. Since the days when arcades ruled the landscape, video games have been a shared, social experience. That’s the spirit to take into multiplayer gaming online.”

This is the latest installment of our Getting Back in the Game series. This week I talk about taking that plunge into the deep end of multiplayer online games and how new players can guard themselves against trolls and abusive players.

From NPR’s All Tech Considered: Getting Back In The Game: Arming Yourself To Play With Strangers

"These big, worldwide online communities can be intimidating for some would-be gamers. After all, why would anyone want to pop into a game and risk getting yelled at — possibly in another language — about how terribly you’re playing?

Because it’s fun. Since the days when arcades ruled the landscape, video games have been a shared, social experience. That’s the spirit to take into multiplayer gaming online.”

This is the latest installment of our Getting Back in the Game series. This week I talk about taking that plunge into the deep end of multiplayer online games and how new players can guard themselves against trolls and abusive players.