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Free from the chains: how crowdfunding is changing game development

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… founded by Tim Schafer and employing Ron Gilbert –

both known mostly for their work on the Monkey Island series – is a well established software house with a bunch of good minor games covering various genres.

Despite Schafer’s more recent work, people stubbornly kept asking him to go back to the genre in which he excels: point-and-click adventure games. The problem is that these games are on the blacklist of traditional publishers: they’re slow-paced, old fashioned and usually …

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The Italian Job

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… accurate.

Follow the Crowd to the Buried Treasure

One of the big stars of the gaming world is Monkey Island, the pirate adventure series developed by Ron Gilbert, Tim Schafer and Dave Grossman. After three sequels, the series disappeared. Then, in 2009, nearly a decade later, TellTale Games announced there would be another season split into five chapters, aimed at the digital distribution market.

In the non-English speaking world, the buildup to the new series was just as fervent as …

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Behind the façade: How crowdsourcing will bring videogames to life

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… The Sims), Shigeru Miyamoto (Mario Bros, Zelda), Jeff Minter (Tempest, Gridrunner) or Rob Gilbert (Monkey Island) is carried on by a new generation of young designers, all eager to leave their mark on the pixilated hallways of the industry.

So much has changed since these legends were born it almost seems incredible that they are still alive, let alone still overflowing with volcanic creativity. As a programmer, Peter Molyneux celebrated themes like power, choice and influence in his games. …


It’s finally here. But does it live up to expectations?

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… you use to access the Kindle Store. Rest assured that this charge is not fundraising for the island or zeppelin-mounted death ray I’ve been saving for. It’s just that in some countries we can’t price it at zero.

Alternatively, you can also still download a free ePub or PDF version or read it online. Whether you choose to read it on a Kindle, PC, or your shiny new iPhone 5, we hope you enjoy it.

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Duolingo Beta put to the test: can you learn a language while translating the web?

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… recently put to the test – with mediocre results – while exploring a notorious Caribbean island.)

A brilliant user interface

At first glance, Duolingo is clean, friendly and sleek. There is no hint of the annoying and unintentionally funny user interface associated with reCAPTCHA.

To begin with, the platform gave me a quick tour, introducing really basic concepts and allowing me to try my hand at translating simple sentences. At any time I could hover on each linguistic …