Former Y Combinator partner and chief operating officer Qasar Younis has left the company to work “on something new,” according to the departing executive’s personal site and Facebook account.
Younis first participated in the accelerator in 2010 as an entrepreneur. Three years later, Younis joined Y Combinator as an investor after selling his company, TalkBin, to Google.
Y Combinator president Sam Altman made Younis the accelerator’s first COO in August 2015 and tasked him with scaling the “organization and operations as we tackle bigger and more ambitious project...more
Slegehammer Games announced its Call of Duty: WWII first-person shooter today, and it acknowledged that in multiplayer combat, players will be able to fight as German soldiers. That’s a move that could stir some controversy, but Sledgehammer said it is trying to handle the topic in as respectful a way as it can.
In World War II games, such uncomfortable questions always come up, and they underscore how games based on serious historical subjects can be particularly touchy.
“It’s a tough one,” said Glen Schofield, cofounder of Sledgehammer in Foster City, California, in a...more
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Above: Freejam’s CEO/Game Director Mark SimmonsImage Credit: Freejam Games
A few years ago, Mark Simmons was toiling away at game-development jobs at a work-for-hire contract studio. He enjoyed that he was working with friends, but he wasn’t excited by the restrictions imposed by such a situation: tight budgets, tough time schedules, and, most of all, that he was working on other people’s games.
On the side, he started working on a prototype that centered on the ability for players to contribute to the project via user-generated content (UGC). Inspired by Eric Ri...more
Riven debuted as the high-end computer game sequel to Myst in 1997. And 20 years later, thanks to the endless march of computing power, Riven is debuting on Google Play on Android smartphones.
Spokane, Wash.-based Cyan, the creator of the Myst series, teamed with Saskatoon, Canada-based Noodlecake Studios to bring the classic adventure-puzzle titles Riven and RealMyst to smartphones. RealMyst (a real-time 3D version of Myst that debuted in 2000) released in January for $7, and Riven is out as a $7 premium title as well.
“I’m truly amazed that we can transport explorers from the personal comfor...more
Believe it or not, Call of Duty isn’t all about shooting and cool graphics. Sledgehammer Games is trying to ensure that its newly revealed Call of Duty: WWII has a compelling story.
That’s why the return to the roots of Call of Duty in the Second World War is such a big deal. It has such a wealth of historical material to weave into a story, with plenty of angles that haven’t been done over and over, according to Sledgehammer’s crew.
I sat down with Sledgehammer’s storytellers, senior creative director Bret Robbins and narrative director Scott Whitney at the game ...more
Call of Duty is going back to World War II, and to no one’s surprise, this means you’ll have the chance to take on waves of undead Nazi soldiers.
Publisher Activision and its Sledgehammer Games studio unveiled Call of Duty: World War II today. The game is due to launch in November (unless World War III starts before then), and it will have players experiencing the European theater of war in the single-player campaign. But Sledgehammer also confirmed that Nazi Zombies will return to the series. This is the cooperative mode where squads of players can team up to take on hordes of ene...more
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Halo Smart Labs, a technology company specializing in developing life-safety smart home products, announced final approval from the state of California of its Halo™ and Halo+™ Smart Smoke Alarms with optional weather alert. The California State Fire Marshall’s approval included the creation of a new category of alarms recognizing Halo’s alarm as the first device incorporating both ionization and photoelectric smoke sensors and a carbon monoxide sensor.
Glen Schofield and Michael Condrey feel like Call of Duty: WWII is a personal passion project for the employees in their studio. Sledgehammer Games is making this year’s Call of Duty game, and they’re taking it back to its roots in the Second World War.
In the single-player campaign revealed today, you’ll play as soldiers in a squad in the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division, known as The Big Red One or The Fighting First. The division saw a lot of action throughout the war, starting in North Africa in Tunisia. It moved on to Sicily, Normandy, Aachen, and the Ardennes, th...more
David Goldhill will step down as president and CEO of the Game Show Network (GSN) after a decade on the job.
He will stay onboard until a successor is found, according a statement issued by GSN, which is best known for casino games such as Mirrorball Slots and GSN Grand Casino. More recently, the company launched its Sparcade real-money wagering platform for competitive gamers.
“After 10 years as CEO of GSN, I have informed our board that I will be stepping down this year,” Goldhill said in a statement. “I am working with our shareholders to identify new leadership for both our tel...more
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Force Protection Video Equipment (OTCQB Markets: FPVDD), which is engaged in the development, manufacture and sales of body worn cameras and accessories, announced today that representatives of the company recently attended the Asia World Electronic Expo in Hong Kong. The company representatives also visited its body camera factory located in Shenzhen, China as well has several factories that produce electronic devices that the company will introduce and offer for sale in Q1. ...more