The poetry in game-making

From the stylish and courtly competitions of old Japan to the vital and evolving independent game development scene.

Changing the conversation around games with fashion and ballet

A high-style photo shoot pays tribute to fluid movement, with a line of gorgeous fashion scarves. Is this really 'video game marketing'? Yes, and more, Mare Sheppard explains. MORE

How we developed a black woman protagonist who mattered

Diverse characters are important, even in mobile shooters and other surprising genres

Video games without people of color are not 'neutral'

The myth of white neutrality persists in the world of gaming, where black characters in fantasy games can be deemed less "realistic" than dragons.

The 10 coolest things from E3 that weren't video game sequels

A lot of exciting things happened at E3 that weren't big-budget sequels. Like yarn, robot dinosaurs, and a giant, awesome dog.

Play it now: Project Code Glitches, Get Money

Phrases like "making video games for money" and "thesis" are increasingly unnerving these days, even moreso when paired. MORE

This all-girl team of young indie developers just released their first game

The Negatives, seven girls who successfully Kickstarted their summer camp game demo to the tune of over $31,000, just released The Hole Story, a funny fantasy game about digging your way to the truth. MORE

Watch how this beautiful game exhibit helps kids figure out ecosystems

The New York Hall of Science's new Connected Worlds exhibit is a series of six interactive ecosystems that spreads across the walls of its Great Hall, united by a 3000 square foot interactive floor. MORE

7 games you can play with Google Maps

Explore the many trivia, hidden object, shooting and driving games created around Google Maps, from Streetview Zombie Apocalypse to Google Sheep View. MORE

In Maquisard, you solve trouble in a charming, ornate old hotel

Maquisard is a lovely little game of snooping and subversion in a fancy old hotel, inspired by the aesthetic of the grand Wes Anderson film MORE

Play a game whose entire source code fits in a tweet

Tiny Twitch pushes the limits of smallness and simplicity, with code so teeny tiny that you can tweet it. MORE

Play it now: DOLLY

With its smokelike terrain, salmon sun and blood-flecked landscapes, DOLLY is a visually-striking platformer that seems to take place inside a woman's head. MORE

Let this creepy potato be your desktop assistant

What mysterious role does this throbbing, singing potato fulfill in your work environment? MORE

Mobile game of the week: You Must Build a Boat

Enjoy this game about matching tiles so that monsters won't kill you, and tricking out your watercraft. MORE

Play it now: Operations Calibration Droid (OCD)

You're a cute little droid being told by a beautiful computer to perform increasingly difficult, strangely-specific tasks. Each of them requires attention to detail, and you'll be deactivated if you can't manage it. MORE

Sonic the Hedgehog is pretty slow in real life

I'm kind of surprised at myself for being drawn to this video of a real-life hedgehog lumbering cutely through a little handmade Green Hill Zone. I thought Sonic fans had put me off hedgehogs. MORE

Use emoji to make your own playful worlds

The charming visual language and textured, 90s web-era sounds of Emotica make it delightful to create and share your own game spaces made entirely out of emoji. MORE

Nintendo's new Fire Emblem game will have same-sex marriage

The times they are a-changing, even at the venerable Japanese video game publisher. MORE

Boo at the Confederate flag til it burns. It'll probably make you feel better

In BooFlag, just switch on your computer mic and boo at the Confederate flag. As you do, it will slowly be lowered, and eventually it will catch on fire and burn to a little pile of ash. Is it all happening too slowly? MORE

Typoman: a platform game where one letter changes everything

What's the difference between RUSHING past a dangerous trap and it CRUSHING you to a pulp? Just a tiny sliver of alphabet. MORE