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Immersion prototype headset tracks gamer rage, ramps up difficulty

Seattle-based designer Sam Matson developed a headset that tracks "gamer rage" and adjusts a custom game's difficulty to compensate for it. Dubbed "Immersion," Matson's headset uses an optical sensor that reads "minute color changes in the user's ear tissue to approximate a pulse." Matson's prot...

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Diablo 3's missing runestones found at GDC

If you've followed Diablo 3's development for a long time, you might remember the idea of Runestones. They were meant to be actual in-game items that could supplement character abilities in various ways, such as adding a fire attack to a melee hit, or doubling the power of a spell for free. When th...

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Tomb Raider 360 controller is rough, tumble, rumbles

You know how they make those designer jeans that look like you've owned 'em for 30 years, despite being brand new and insanely expensive? Well, this is like that, but for an Xbox 360. Launching in March, the official Tomb Raider Limited Edition Wireless Controller will cost $60 and come bundled wi...

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Diablo 3 Inferno Difficulty monster damage balance tweaked

Blizzard is making a few tweaks to Diablo 3's Inferno difficulty yet again. The developer added more high-level drops to the difficulty before, and this time it's effectively reducing the damage monsters will do in that mode. As Technical Game Designer Wyatt Cheng says, Blizzard is reducing the pot...

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The feel-good Friday post

Rick Pierce, self-described "mid-level designer moving into senior-level roles," was recently invited to Valve's offices for a second-round interview. He didn't get the job. "You're fantastic, but let's give it a little more time," was Valve's parting encouragement. Rick's story doesn't end ther...

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Should game designers get celebritized?

Quick, name ten famous game designers. OK, now name ten famous movie directors. Which list took you longer? Even if you're a serious gamer, the list of movie directors probably came out quicker. Patrick Dugan helps explain why in an excellent post on the small but growing phenomenon of the celebrity...

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Designer cases to prettify PSPs

Let’s face it: the PSP looks a little geeky. Yes, we agree it’s sleek and sexy and shiny and Paris Hilton undoubtedly got one in her grab bag at last year’s Sundance so it must be hip, but until portable media players really hit mainstream, our nifty little young’un must endu...

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