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Video: Tips and tools for finding inspiration when you're stuck  
by Staff [07.06.20]
In this 2018 GDC session ustwo games' Lauren Cason shares methods and word games that you can use to kickstart inspiration and get ideas flowing when you find yourself stuck in your own projects.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Get a lesson in procedural destruction from the Control devs at GDC Summer  
by Staff [07.06.20]
Next month GDC Summer attendees will have the opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at how Remedy achieved the procedurally destructible environments of Control's Oldest House.
Console/PC, Design, GDC

Microsoft will host an Xbox Games Showcase on July 23  
by Chris Kerr [07.06.20]
Details as to what exactly will be shown at the digital event are scarce, although it'll likely feature a range of Xbox Series X titles, including some new reveals.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Dragon Quest Builders and SaGa developers join Type-Moon Studio BB  
by Chris Kerr [07.06.20]
Type-Moon Studio BB, an offshoot of Fate/Grand Order developer Type-Moon formed in August 2019, has made some notable hires.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Game Discoverabilityland: The Season Of Discovery  
by Gamasutra Staff [07.03.20]
The newest roundup on game discovery includes news on Xbox Summer Games Fest, PlayStation Indies, Apple Arcade/iOS news, and lots more.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Take-Two Interactive's NBA 2K21 will cost $10 more on next-gen consoles 3
by Alissa McAloon [07.02.20]
It's too early to tell if this new MSRP is an outlier or a next-generation norm.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

'Change starts today' says Ubisoft CEO, after years of allegations arise  
by Bryant Francis [07.02.20]
Ubisoft's Yves Guillemot has announced a series of changes after years-worth of allegations of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse emerged.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Opinion: Backlash to criticism harms The Last of Us Part II 14
by Bryant Francis [07.02.20]
Backlash to criticism of The Last of Us: Part II only adds to toxicity around discussing the game, says contributing editor Bryant Francis.
Console/PC, Design

Video: Balancing accessibility with depth to make vehicles feel great  
by Staff [07.02.20]
In this 2018 GDC talk Criterion Games' Matthew Harris explore good principles for video game vehicle design that can apply to everything from racecars and X-Wings.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

Westworld creators take aim at Fallout in upcoming Amazon Studios series  
by Alissa McAloon [07.02.20]
The minds behind HBO's Westworld adaptation are working with Amazon on a live action show based on Bethesda's Fallout series. creators
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

COVID-19 and pivot towards game development lead to layoffs at Kongregate  
by Alissa McAloon [07.02.20]
Kongregate has laid off a, reportedly sizable, portion of its staff, a decision the company says in a statement to Gamasutra was set in motion by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Learn id's early coding principles from John Romero at GDC Summer  
by Staff [07.02.20]
Next month GDC Summer attendees will have a rare opportunity to learn about the codebase that powered id's earliest, most influential games from co-creator (and game industry veteran) John Romero.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, GDC

UK government urged to 'immediately' classify loot boxes as gambling  
by Chris Kerr [07.02.20]
The House of Lords Gambling Committee has recommended that loot boxes are classified as gambling in the UK.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Xbox is hosting a demo event for Geoff Keighley's Summer Game Fest  
by Alissa McAloon [07.01.20]
We've seen Steam rally behind the idea of digitally-hosted game demo events, and now Xbox is doing the same through a partnership with Summer Game Fest.
Console/PC, Indie

Kongregate shuts off game submissions as Flash's final days approach 2
by Alissa McAloon [07.01.20]
Support for Flash is expected to cease at the end of 2020, and Kongregate is changing some of its platform features to ready for that shift.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Video: The mechanics of explosive growth in Roblox 1
by Staff [07.01.20]
In this 2018 GDC talk, Roblox's Adam Miller dissects the explosive growth of Roblox as a company and platform and shares lessons that can help other companies looking to accomplish similar feats.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

PlayStation now has a dedicated initiative for indie games: PlayStation Indies 1
by Alissa McAloon [07.01.20]
PlayStation has unveiled a new indie-driven initiative and the first nine games it's elevating as part of a new drive to 'spotlight and support the best of the best indie games being published on PlayStation.'
Console/PC, Indie

The Ubisoft paradox: How the publisher enabled a culture of abuse and control 8
by Chris Kerr [07.01.20]
"It is such a well-functioning system of control, because there is a lot of conversation happening in the company. It just leads nowhere. An audit in Ubisoft leads nowhere 9 times out of 10."
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Learn hidden histories of women in computing with Brenda Romero at GDC Summer  
by Staff [07.01.20]
Veteran game maker Brenda Romero will be presenting a fascinating talk at GDC Summer next month about some of the overlooked but vital contributors to the history of computing and game development.
Console/PC, History, GDC

European retailers can no longer sell download codes for Nintendo-published titles  
by Chris Kerr [07.01.20]
Nintendo said the decision was made after carefully examining the "evolving European marketplace," and came into effect today.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing