Microsoft has named Crytek, Vlambeer and Double Fine among the first studios to sign up for its Xbox One self-publishing program, ID@Xbox.
Keiji Inafune’s studio Comcept and Bit.Trip developer Gaijin Games are also named in a list of more than 30 Xbox One indie developers published today.
Announced at Gamescom earlier this year, ID@Xbox will allow independent developers to self-publish on Xbox One without fees. And in 2014, registered developers will be able to access Unity game development tools free of charge.
Two studies look at the benefits of intergenerational video game play. Both found that playing video games with your kids has a positive impact on adolescent development and long-term family outcomes.
Researchers from Arizona State University, say that “Parents miss a huge opportunity when they walk away from playing video games with their kids.” Elizabeth Hayes, Delbert & Jewell Lewis Chair in Reading & Literacy and professor in ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, explains that “often parents don’t understand that many video games are meant to be shared and can teach young people about science, literacy and problem solving. Gaming with their children also offers parents countless ways to insert their own ‘teaching moment.’”
It still feels bizarre and wrong for this new generation to have launched without somebody standing up on a stage and saying “RIIIIIIIIIIIIIDDDDGE RAAAAAAAAAAAACRRRRRRRRR!.” Well, there is indeed a new Ridge Racer coming this month. Don’t get excited just yet though.
Ridge Racer Slipstream is coming to mobiles on December 19th, and features 12 cars, 300 customisation possibilities, six perks, 10 tracks, 20 courses and 108 competitions across six Grand Prix series. It offers arcade and career single player options, and an 8 player online mutiplayer as well.