The First “100% Uncensored” Game is Finally Playable

Steam, the widely popular and incredibly expansive catalog of PC video games, has approved its first “100% uncensored” game. This comes on the heels of years of turmoil between developers and Steam executives. Representatives for Steam admit that the discrepancy between “adult games” and pornography was halting the genre rollout—they didn’t want people to see explicit content if they didn’t intend to. But Negligee: Love Stories, one …

London’s Now Play This Festival of Games

In its fourth year, an exhibition of physical and digital game design and artistry

For gamers, the sense of constant discovery is one of the most pleasant aspects of playing. There’s plenty of that at Now Play This, the festival of experimental game design that takes place at Somerset House in London this weekend. The multi-faceted event looks at how artists in a variety of fields work within the context of play and game design, all with joyful results. …

Philips Lighting Will Make Video Games More Immersive

Razer and Philips just announced a partnership that plans to make gaming experiences so immersive that the room in which they’re played come to life. Philips Hue globes will connect with all Razer Chroma-enabled devices, and reactive lighting will match up with games. Whether enabling several lights or just one, this clever system is bound to make at-home gaming feel a little more otherworldly. Read …

Joy Manufacturing Co’s “Ambition: A Minuet in Power” Game

Play the role of a woman of fashion in pre-revolutionary France, on PC and Mac

Undeniably, some of the best storytelling shared today occurs in the world of independent video games. A testament to this, “Ambition: A Minuet in Power,” allows players to enter the world of pre-revolutionary France, where parties are battlefields, information is power and a central heroine named Yvette Decaux navigates it all. Beyond a meticulous, layered realization, the game also iterates a different world every time …

Farewell to the “Father of Pac-Man”

Masaya Nakamura, the founder of Namco—the Japanese company that was responsible for arcade classics like Pac-Man, Ms Pac-Man, Galaga and others—has died at 91 years old. Initially called Nakamura Manufacturing, the company was founded way back in 1955 and eventually merged with Bandai in 2005 (creating its current iteration as Bandai Namco). Nakamura’s passing and funeral were kept private, yet his legacy was (and will …