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Designing new, exciting places to clean up gore in Viscera Cleanup Detail's new DLC
by Jupiter Hadley [02.18.19]
The developers behind Viscera Cleanup Detail -- in which players clean up the gory remnants of violent sci-fi encounters -- talk about the design of the recent DLC, The Vulcan Affair.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Wizards of the Coast shares community-building tips at GDC 2019!  
by Staff [02.18.19]
Come to GDC 2019 and learn how to more effectively build communities for your games and market your brand on a variety of platforms, direct from the Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons people!
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing, GDC

Respawn has already banned over 16,000 cheaters from Apex Legends  
by Chris Kerr [02.18.19]
Community manager Jay Frechette broke the news on Reddit, and told players the studio is keen on the idea of a dedicated reporting tool.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Razer Game Store shutting down after 10 months 2
by Chris Kerr [02.18.19]
Razer didn't specify exactly why it has decided to turn its back on the storefront, simply explaining the decision is part of its wider "realignment plans."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: A Romance Crackdown, Wu-Tang Style  
by Gamasutra Staff [02.17.19]
This week's highlights include a piece on Chinese romance games for women, new titles from Crackdown 3 through Metro Exodus to Anthem, and the weird history that led to the Wu-Tang fighting game.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Watch System Era's Brendan Wilson break down the making of Astroneer  
by Bryant Francis [02.15.19]
System Era co-founder Brendan Wilson dropped by the GDC Twitch channel to discuss the making of Astroneer.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Video

Employees at Blizzard's France location unsure if their jobs are safe  
by Emma Kidwell [02.15.19]
Due to French labor laws, an estimated 400 employees at Blizzard's Versailles, France location could be left waiting for months to see if they've lost their jobs or not. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Report: Tencent wants to distribute Apex Legends in China  
by Emma Kidwell [02.15.19]
Tencent is reportedly in talks with Electronic Arts to bring Apex Legends to China.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Report: Early adopters of the Nintendo Switch weren't in target demographic  
by Emma Kidwell [02.15.19]
Video game research outfit EEDAR published a report earlier this week showing the results from a survey among US players to determine genre trends of 2018. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Looking back at Metro: Last Light to explain how tricky 'immersion' can be 55
by Gamasutra Community [02.15.19]
Adrian Chmielarz (Bulletstorm) takes a tour through Metro: Last Light to expose a common way developers try to foster a sense of immersion -- and why they miss the mark.
Console/PC, Design

US labor organization AFL-CIO urges game developers to unionize in open letter 12
by Alissa McAloon [02.15.19]
“This is a moment for change. It won't come from CEOs. It won't come from corporate boards. And, it won't come from any one person," says the AFL-CIO's Liz Shuler.
Console/PC, Production

Peek under the hood of Ubisoft's AI assistant for players at GDC 2019  
by Staff [02.15.19]
Ubisoft has designed its own AI-driven assistant specifically for video game players, and you can get a firsthand look at how it works when you come to GDC 2019 in San Francisco next month!
Console/PC, Programming, Design, GDC

Chat with the devs behind Astroneer at 3PM ET  
by Bryant Francis [02.15.19]
The developers behind Astroneer are taking your design and development questions at 3PM ET.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Watch GDC 2019 speakers (try to) pitch their talks to you in 60 seconds or less!  
by Staff [02.15.19]
Produced for the fourth year running, these 'Flash Forward' videos are always great encapsulations of what makes GDC talks great: they're fun, lovable, and surprisingly informative!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Video, GDC

Bayonetta 2 game director Yusuke Hashimoto has left Platinum Games  
by Chris Kerr [02.15.19]
Hashimoto broke the news on Twitter, with the announcement coming just a couple of days after Nintendo confirmed Bayonetta 3 was still in development during its latest Nintendo Direct.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Fortnite dance off: Fresh Prince star refused copyright on 'Carlton Dance' 2
by Chris Kerr [02.15.19]
The legal skirmish between Epic Games and those who claim to own the dance moves used as emotes in Fortnite is heating up. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Designing unsettling 'hidden horror' with Layers of Fear dev Bloober Team 1
by John Harris [02.15.19]
Rafal Basaj, producer at Bloober Team, talked with us about Layers of Fear, and his studio's brand of personal, unsettling horror game design.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Enjoy a '93 video tour of id Software while Doom was being made  
by Alex Wawro [02.14.19]
The clip appears to have been online for ages, but if you haven't yet seen it it's well worth a watch to get a sense of what id Software (and game development in general) was like in the '90s. 
Console/PC, Video

Video: Concrete practices to be a better game dev leader  
by Staff [02.14.19]
At GDC 2012 Bungie's Brian Sharp gives a great talk about how to lead well by doing two things: communicating effectively and maintaining perspective.
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: Common problems when translating games into Japanese  
by Clyde Mandelin [02.14.19]
A game dev friend of mine hired a translation agency to translate his latest game into Japanese. I skimmed through it to make sure everything was okay… and it turned out to be a sheer disaster.
Console/PC, Production