Julian Gollop created X-COM: Apocalypse while at Mythos Games in 1997. For decades, he has been making turn-based strategy games that resonate with fans. He started Snapshot Games in 2013 with David Kaye, and now they’re poised to ship Phoenix Point, a turn-based tactics and 4X strategy game (explore,...
12 Minutes caught my attention during Microsoft’s event at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) game trade show last week in Los Angeles. In the game from developer Luis Antonio, each gameplay session lasts 12 minutes. And it plays over and over again, like Groundhog Day. Your job is to...
In 2015, my startup, Front, decided to make its product roadmap public, and it was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made.  We’d managed our internal roadmap on Trello for a couple of years when Trello released the function to make any board public. I’m obsessed with efficiency...
At the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) this week in Los Angeles I played an early demo version of official 360-degree songs from Beat Saber and learned to steer a kayak in VR. Afterward, I went to get lunch with UploadVR senior editor David Jagneaux ,and we found Jason Rubin “VP...
Facebook probably isn’t going to tell us how many Oculus Quest standalone headsets it’s sold any time soon, if ever. But it did recently offer one curious metric to measure the kit’s impact. Speaking at the recent Code conference (as reported by TechCrunch), Facebook’s VP of AR/VR Andrew Bosworth reportedly...
It may be a while before virtual reality sees a big consumer audience. But the enterprise market might take off faster, and that’s why HTC’s Vive X accelerator is pouring money into enterprise VR startups. I attended a recent event in San Francisco where Marc Metis, global head of...
I used to enjoy the Lego video games, but I checked out of the series years ago. After seeing a live gameplay demo of Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga earlier this week at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, I’m ready to come back to...
When you’re building a new software venture, a key question you face is how to reach users most effectively. Increasingly, especially for startups building software for businesses, a counter-intuitive answer is rising to the top: Leverage someone else’s platform. A year or two ago, the opportunity to build on...
The film Avengers: Endgame has made about $2.7 billion at the box office so far this year. It is behind only Avatar (which made about $2.8 billion in 2009) in worldwide box office receipts. And that is why it’s a big deal that Square Enix, maker of the...
The Big Five — Alphabet (Google’s parent company), Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft — have a combined market capitalization of $3 trillion. Their hold on the wallets and imaginations of consumers appears to be unshakeable, if not constantly expanding. And they have the financial heft to squash or...