What Wargaming is doing with all that World of Tanks money

If you’re a PC gamer who loves historical combat simulators or simply tanks blowing up other tanks, you’ve probably heard of Wargaming. They got their start in Belarus making games about space and real-world conflicts before trying their hands at a free-to-play tank combat game called—appropriately enough—World of Tanks.Moving into F2P catapulted the company into global success, and their ascent doesn’t show any immediate signs of slowing. Wargaming flew me out to meet the team for their fifteenth anniversary, and now I’m back with some interesting insight into where Wargaming—and likely the games industry at large—is going in the next year and a half.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
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Pixar and VR: Developers discuss the future of games at the Gaming Insiders Summit

Like a good episode of The Wonder Years, growing up gracefully was an overarching theme of the first annual Gaming Insiders Summit in San Francisco. While the Gaming Insiders organization has been hosting private dinners and other events for four years, this is the first time they’ve invited members (as well as media riffraff) to a day-long conference to discuss the future of the games industry..The day was devoted to presentations from noteworthy members of the industry, including Ken Levine, John Riccietello and Jenova Chen. The lion’s share of the discussion was about metrics and marketing, but beneath the biz-speak there was a common theme running through the talks: games have to grow up if they hope to thrive.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
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Oculus Rift team talks Steam support, hamster balls and '90s VR at IndieCade

Sweat drips down my face. We stand in a parking lot in Culver City, and it’s so hot we can feel the asphalt through our shoes.
In a few days this lot will fade back into the featureless sprawl of Los Angeles, but for now this slab of tarmac is home to a charming little tent city that comprises the IndieCade festival.
Independent games, both digital and tabletop, are on display here, but it’s actually a piece of hardware that has the longest line. It obstructs the walkway, curling back beyond the confines of a blue tent, hiding the line’s real length.
People really want to play with the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
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Myst creator Rand Miller teases new Kickstarter project during IndieCade

Cyan Worlds, the development studio behind the classic point-and-click adventure game Myst, is putting together a new project, according to CEO and co-founder Rand Miller.Kickstarter to me is an awesome opportunity, and so yeah, we’re putting together something for a larger project in the future.
Miller was on hand at the IndieCade conference this weekend in Los Angeles to discuss the 20th anniversary of Myst, the game he co-created with his brother Robyn Miller. That’s right—it’s been two decades since players first found themselves standing on an abandoned dock and began cracking Myst Island’s many secrets.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
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