Video Game Development

Ever wonder how video games are developed? We look at the creation of your favorite games and technologies. Read how 3DO creates their games, what game ratings mean or how game characters move so fluidly.

What are Gouraud shading and texture mapping in 3-D video games?

If you look at the description of some 3-D video games, you'll see references to Gouraud shading or texture mapping. What does that mean?

Are cheat codes really cheating?

Asking whether a cheat code constitutes cheating may seem silly. "Of course it is!" you say. "It has the word 'cheat' right in it!" Perhaps, but the history and purpose of cheat codes in video games makes this question not so cut-and-dried.

Are there video games designed for moms?

With 74 percent reporting that they already play video games weekly, moms aren't exactly waiting around for game makers to craft them the perfect "mom game." But then again, what does a mom game even look like — and are there any on the market?

How are video games regulated in the U.S.?

Video games sometimes get a bad rap for corrupting the world's youth. But while some of these concerns might be overblown, keeping "Mortal Kombat" away from 5-year-olds is probably a good idea. So how do we regulate responsibly?

How do free-to-play games make money?

"Candy Crush." "Flappy Bird." "Farmville." You've likely played at least one of the many "freemium" games out there — and chances are you've also wondered how these companies make any money. Sure, ads help, but there's a bit more to it than that.

What are quick-time events?

Quick: Press X to not die! If normal gameplay in your favorite video game has ever been interrupted by a sudden, unexpected moment of desperate button-mashing, then you've probably experienced a quick-time event.

How close are we to holographic gaming?

Most gamers have dreamed of a holodeck-style environment where they can experience true immersion in gaming worlds. But how much longer do we have to wait for anything even close to that technology?

How MotionScan Technology Works

Animation just keeps getting more and more realistic, as emerging technology MotionScan demonstrates quite nicely. What's the deal with digitizing faces? And how lifelike do we really want our animated figures to be?

Does violence in movies and video games desensitize us to the real thing?

People find violent movies and video games entertaining, but over the years more people have become concerned with the notion that watching violence makes people less sensitive to it. Is there reason for concern?

How the Emotiv EPOC Works

Emotiv has a leg up on an intuitive interface for video games. For anyone who's ever fantasized about having the Force of Jedi Knighthood, the EPOC is a dream come true.

How Becoming a Video Game Designer Works

Video game designers need to have analytical knowledge as well as strong creative skills. How do you become a video game designer?