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Nintendo's 3DS plans remain unchanged as unit and software sales slow  
by Alissa McAloon [07.30.19]
Nintendo’s latest financial report shares recent sales figures for the 3DS and, while the system is indeed still selling, its momentum continues to slow.
Console/PC

Live services brought EA $2.5 billion in net bookings in the last 12 months  
by Alissa McAloon [07.30.19]
Electronic Arts says that the first quarter of its 2019-2020 fiscal year beat expectations, a feat COO and CFO Blake Jorgenson says was accomplished thanks to "broad strength across our core franchises."
Console/PC, Social/Online

US tariffs on Chinese goods could raise PlayStation console prices, warns Sony  
by Alissa McAloon [07.30.19]
The ongoing trade dispute could lead to Sony increasing the cost of PlayStation hardware in the States to compensate for higher manufacturing costs, should the threatened tariffs go into effect.
Console/PC

Both digital and packaged game sales on the rise at Sega Sammy  
by Alissa McAloon [07.30.19]
Sega Sammy reported increases in both digital and packaged game sales, growth it expects to continue as the reach of consoles, as well as new platforms and services, continue to expand outside of Japan.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Switch driving sales at Nintendo as 'foreign exchange losses' cut profits  
by Chris Kerr [07.30.19]
Profits are down at Nintendo, despite Switch hardware and software continuing to drive sales at the Japanese console maker.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

The PlayStation 4 has shipped 100 million units faster than any other console 1
by Chris Kerr [07.30.19]
The PlayStation 4 has shipped over 100 million units worldwide since launching in November 2013, according to the latest numbers from Sony.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

PlayStation 4 software revenue dips as hardware shipments hit major milestone  
by Chris Kerr [07.30.19]
Sony has released its financials for the three months ended June 30, 2019, and it looks like a slight drop off in software revenue has negatively impacted the company's video game division.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: The Blue Shell and its discontents 45
by Ian Bogost [07.29.19]
"The Blue Shell is everything that's wrong with America," is how writer Ian Bogost opens this classic article interrogating the design and cultural context of Mario Kart's infamous leader-killer.
Console/PC, Design

Nintendo recasts Fire Emblem: Three Houses voice actor after abuse confessions 1
by Alissa McAloon [07.29.19]
Nintendo has recast the role of Fire Emblem: Three Houses' male protagonist after voice actor Chris Niosi was accused of and confessed to abusing former friends and romantic partners.
Console/PC

Video: A game programmer's guide to the dark secrets of RNG  
by Staff [07.29.19]
In this 2017 GDC talk, Dire Wolf Digital's Shay Pierce shares some techniques and considerations worth knowing when using random generation in games.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Video, Vault

GTA dev Rockstar Games under fire from UK tax watchdog  
by Alissa McAloon [07.29.19]
The UK-based investigative thinktank TaxWatch published a report that claims Rockstar Games has paid $0 in corporate tax while claiming £42 million in tax credits.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Hey game makers, pitch your great Visual Arts talk ideas for GDC 2020!  
by Staff [07.29.19]
If you have a great idea for a session that would fit perfectly into the Visual Arts track of talks at Game Developers Conference 2020, now is the time to submit it!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, GDC

Bethesda removing mandatory login from Doom re-releases after fan backlash 4
by Chris Kerr [07.29.19]
How do you deftly snatch defeat from the jaws of victory? Just ask the folks over at Bethesda, who managed to score a whopping own goal over the weekend.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Microsoft CEO: Partnership with Sony was driven by the PlayStation maker  
by Chris Kerr [07.29.19]
Microsoft chief exec Satya Nadella has told Fortune the company's recent partnership with Sony was largely driven by the PlayStation maker. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Creating terrifying, memorable 2D monsters  
by Diego Arguello [07.29.19]
Devs who've worked on Battle Chef Brigade, Darkest Dungeon, Guacamelee and more share their favorite tips and techniques for designing fantastic 2D monsters.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art

Video Game Deep Cuts: GTA Online's Casino, Game Discoverability  
by Gamasutra Staff [07.28.19]
This week's roundup includes Grand Theft Auto Online's near-infinitely trailed casino addition, multiple cloud gaming analyses, & articles looking at 198X's debut and The Division 2's latest updates.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: A dev's guide to testing game AI  
by Staff [07.26.19]
In this 2017 GDC session experts Emil Johansen, Dave Mark, Sergio Ocio Barriales and Mike Robbins share techniques for creating less brittle AI and best practices for debugging and testing that AI.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Video, Vault

A bug has tanked Team Fortress 2’s Steam Marketplace economy  
by Alissa McAloon [07.26.19]
And since items in Team Fortress 2 can be bought and sold on the marketplace for Steam Wallet Funds, the hiccup is already causing major issues.
Console/PC, Social/Online

PUBG Corp says it has buried the hatchet with Fortnite dev Epic Games  
by Alissa McAloon [07.26.19]
Despite past animosity, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds developer PUBG Corp says there’s no bad blood between it and Fortnite developer Epic Games.
Console/PC, Social/Online

The Epic Games Store has started rolling out cloud saves 1
by Chris Kerr [07.26.19]
The Epic Games Store has finally starting rolling out cloud save support for a select number of titles.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing