The Upshot: The Best GDC Talk Was About Empathy

By Harold Goldberg It’s a busy, occasionally frantic time. But I did have direction. My goal at the Game Developers Conference was to spread the word about the New York Videogame Critics Circle’s non-profit work with students and older adults. Along those lines, I eschewed most (not all) of the game demos this year to…

First Impressions: Inside The Sea of Thieves Final Beta

  By Shane Ferguson Don’t be fooled by Sea of Thieves’ charm. Underneath its child-like, cartoon surface is an intricate team strategy game. Within this first-person action adventure game developed by Rare and published by Microsoft Studios, players explore the online open-world in a pirate ship, embark on quests, collect loot and engage in combat. But the…