The Game Developers Conference is this week, and I spend time reminding that the intended audience is Game DEVELOPERS, and not Game CONSUMERS. Some stories of GDC's past where consumers got upset, or citizen journalists ruined it for everyone. Microsoft has stated that the Games With Gold program will become more in line with consumers expectations, with veiled references to PlayStation Plus. Then we take calls about safe spaces for game developers and what GDC should and shouldn't be.
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An audience member at a Microsoft conference asked about backwards compatibility for the Xbox One to play 360 games, and they didn't exactly say no... PAX East just concluded, but they just announced PAX South, and all three US PAX's next year overlap with another gaming/geek convention. GaymerX will no longer take place after this year's second iteration, because it just costs too much to run. Then we take a calls about PAX East, MAGFest, GaymerX, and Final Fantasy XIV.
Glu has announced that they are shutting down GameSpy's multiplayer servers at the end of May, which affects many older multiplayer games. Some focus group somewhere told Amazon that another Android gaming console was a splendid idea, so we have the Amazon Fire TV. An "eBay for Gamers" has been reported to ripping off indie publishers by buying charity bundles for the lowest price and then selling the Steam keys for massive profit. Then we take calls about the good old days of online multiplayer.
BIG NEWS! The FOUDNER'S ALPHA of Galactic Civilization III has launched, and to celebrate, Lead Designer Paul Boyer is with us LIVE to talk all things Galactic Civilizations. And then, a dramatic reading of "The Day The Dream Died" by Bobby Blackwolf. (Begins at timecode 39:20)
The Game Developers Conference just ended, and this was recorded the Sunday night immediately following - which means it includes NOTHING about what happened the following Tuesday. Sony announced Project Morpheus, a Virtual Reality headset exclusive to the PlayStation 4 utilizing technology from PlayStation Move. Oculus announced, and began taking preorders, for their second Developer Kit, featuring many improvements over the original. Epic announced that Unreal Engine 4 would become extremely affordable to any game developer, from the AAA studios to even the enthusiast who is curious. Unity 5 was also announced that bring a lot of features to bring AAA-style quality to indie projects. Then we take calls about how these engines are now taking a very indie-friendly route.