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Hopoo Games gave the world its first good look at their upcoming game last spring in a post over at the studio's development blog. Surprisingly, the sequel broke with the original Risk of Rain's 2D side-scrolling layout and the developers have explained why in a recent interview.


Alex St. John has been in the headlines a lot this week, not just for his views on game development and the technology industry more broadly but the conversation he's sparked around that. And it's all well and fine to go against the grain, but not when you're espousing a view that risks the physical and mental well-being of your employees, as well as your bottom line.

St. John's views on women in tech weren't terribly popular either, and they've just been skewered mercilessly by a surprising voice: his own daughter.


In a recent "Iwata Asks" conversations between president Saturo Iwata and key members of the Splatoon team, the developers revealed that before the game became a bright and colourful paint-chucking extravaganza, it starred innocuous blocks of tofu. Mmmmm, tofu.


Rami Ismail gave me a funny look when I recently congratulated him about the release of Luftrausers, his studio's slick shoot-em-up that was just released for PlayStation platforms. He told me he had mixed feelings about the game. As he explained why he did, I suggested he write about it. He did and has let us republish his blog post about it below. I hope you'll find his take on his own game as surprising and intriguing as I did. - Stephen Totilo


After a couple of weeks of silence, we're finally hearing from people who worked at Crytek, the game development studio where more than 11,500 dinners were proudly served to "crunching" developers. Two people on the game are saying that Crytek is a pretty good place to work, despite a recent controversial Tweet about those dinners sent out to hype their Xbox One launch game Ryse.


Every single Xbox One can be used to make games, Microsoft says -- in other words, you can use the next-gen console as your very own development kit. The Xbox 360 was a closed system, but it appears that its successor will be far more open.


Want to take classes from Professor Warren Spector? The University of Texas has created the Denius-Sams Gaming Academy. Spector will guide its curriculum and Paul Sams, Blizzard's chief operating officer, is also an instructor. Admitted students pay no tuition and get a $US10,000 stipend.


The second Zynga posts a message on the app page for a game like FarmVille 2 it fills with posts from people seeking friends to help them in-game. Now there's a new feature in beta for Facebook developers that will allow for apps and games to create their own groups, giving players another place to fill with "add me plz" posts.