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Blog: How to turn your mod into an indie game  
by Gamasutra Community [12.18.18]
So you've made a mod, and you're thinking about transforming it into a stand-alone game. Here's what I've learned doing exactly that to create The Forgotten City.
Design, Production

See Blizzard deconstruct Overwatch's social systems at GDC 2019!  
by Staff [12.17.18]
It's a promising talk for those interested in systems design & curbing disruptive player behavior, as you'll learn how & why Blizzard implemented Overwatch endorsements and "Looking For Group" systems.
Social/Online, Production, GDC

5 trends that defined the game industry in 2018 1
by Kris Graft [12.17.18]
The year 2018 lasted approximately 30 normal years. From studio closures to the Fortnite phenomenon, here are the trends that defined the game industry in the longest year in the history of humankind.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: Below The Ashen Mutant Hades  
by Gamasutra Staff [12.17.18]
This week's highlights showcase Below, Mutant Year Zero, Hades, Gris, and Ashen - all of which have standout features - with reviews in the round-up, as well as more 'best of the year' & more besides.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: Why being an indie game dev is harder than ever 14
by Chris Kerr [12.13.18]
This is my contribution for data-points on the Indiepocalypse, wherein I compare my best-rated and best-selling games.
Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: Resources for game music composers - The big list  
by Gamasutra Community [12.12.18]
Composer Winifred Phillips has gathered together some of the top online resources and guidance available for newbies in the field of video game music. Take a look.
Audio, Production

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate breaks the series' launch sales record in Japan  
by Chris Kerr [12.12.18]
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate sold 1.23 million copies in Japan during its launch weekend, according to the latest sales figures from Famitsu.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Analysts claim China's new ethics committee could spark game licensing restart  
by Chris Kerr [12.12.18]
China's decision to create an "ethics assessment committee" to vet online titles for release could suggest regulators are preparing to resume game licensing in the near future.
Production, Business/Marketing

Catching up with indie studio Tomorrow Corporation
by John Harris [12.12.18]
The members of Little Inferno and Human Resources Machine dev Tomorrow Corporation helped define the indie movement of the mid-2000s. We pick their brains and see what they're up to today.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Video

Sea of Thieves devs share automated testing tips at GDC 2019  
by Staff [12.11.18]
Hey game makers, at the 2019 Game Developers Conference in March the Sea of Thieves devs will show you how they found success using automated testing techniques from day one!
Console/PC, Production

Blog: Building a team-oriented approval process  
by Gamasutra Community [12.11.18]
How well the team works out creative differences is discernible in the end product. Quality suffers when the team cannot balance the input of many personalities.
Design, Production

UBM India announces the premiere edition of Game Development and Design Conference
by UBM India [12.11.18]
UBM India has announced the premiere edition of Game Development and Design Conference (GDDC) slated for February 21st-22nd 2019 in Pune.
Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Sledgehammer Games co-founder Glen Schofield has left Activision  
by Chris Kerr [12.11.18]
The news might come as a surprise to some, given it's only been a few months since Schofield announced he'd be departing Sledgehammer to take on new "executive duties" within Activision. 
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: Why the Epic Store (in its current state) isn't good for anyone 41
by Gamasutra Community [12.11.18]
Epic puts in 12 percent of the effort with an abysmal game launcher and few user features, but still some fantastic incentives for indie developers.
Production, Business/Marketing

How to get started with game programming
by Ben Wasser [12.11.18]
This post digs into the rather unconventional approach to learning to code that worked for us (and might even work for you?).
Console/PC, Programming, Production

Best of 2018: Reversing the sunk cost fallacy - Devs recount regrettable cuts 2
by Richard Moss [12.10.18]
"We should abandon that feature, even though we've sunk so much time and effort into it!" Sometimes this is the right call, but other times, maybe not -- as these dev stories suggest.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

Catch new & classic GDC talks broadcasting live on the GDC Twitch channel  
by Staff [12.10.18]
The official Game Developers Conference Twitch channel has begun broadcasting gems from the GDC Vault of game development talks, roundtables, and postmortems, and you can tune in live now to watch!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video

Don't Miss: How id Software created the original Doom 8
by Alexander Antoniades [12.10.18]
As the Doom franchise celebrates its 25th anniversary, we revisit a 1994 interview from the very first Game Developer mag to learn how id Software cooked up the original hellish shooter.
Console/PC, Design, Production

Video Game Deep Cuts: Smash That Punch-Out, Hard  
by Gamasutra Staff [12.09.18]
This week's surprisingly video-heavy highlights include a great mini-doc about the history of the Punch-Out franchise, a looks at the latest acclaimed Smash Bros. game, & a multitude of other neatness.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Weekly Jobs Roundup: Sucker Punch, Sony PlayStation, and more are hiring now!  
by Staff [12.07.18]
Here are just some of the many, many positions being advertised right now on the Gamasutra Job Board.
Programming, Art, Design, Production, Recruitment