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Don't Miss: Gwent and 6 other minigames that developers should study 21
by Staff [09.12.19]
An engaging minigame can deepen a players engagement in the overarching game. We look at 7 instructive examples that game developers should examine closely.
Console/PC, Design

Video: Crafting the musical identity and style of your game  
by Staff [09.12.19]
In this 2017 GDC talk, composer Penka Kouneva discusses how developers can successfully present their vision and articulate their musical needs to composers.
Console/PC, Indie, Audio, Video, Vault

Nintendo's first Ring-Con game is a Switch fitness RPG: Ring Fit Adventure  
by Alissa McAloon [09.12.19]
Nintendo has a habit of launching fitness-focused games paired with new peripherals for its motion-control savvy systems, and the Nintendo Switch is no exception.
Console/PC, Video

Scavengers dev Midwinter Entertainment acquired by Improbable 1
by Alissa McAloon [09.12.19]
SpatialOS-maker Improbable has acquired Midwinter Entertainment ahead of the release of the fledgling studio’s first game, an online team-based title called Scavengers.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Chris Bateman's journey from Discworld Noir lead to making Lords of Midnight tribute Silk  
by Jack Yarwood [09.12.19]
"Silk isn’t a commercially-motivated project," says veteran game dev Chris Bateman. "Silk is a debt of honor to Mike Singleton, one of a handful of absolutely brilliant British bedroom coders."
Console/PC, Design

EA is running a closed trial for its Project Atlas cloud gaming service this month  
by Alissa McAloon [09.11.19]
EA has expanded testing for its Project Atlas game streaming service, namely by rolling out the service to a handful of EA Origin account holders earlier this week.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Dreamcast devs reflect on how the industry has changed since the console's debut  
by Alissa McAloon [09.11.19]
"Up until the Dreamcast it felt like you were always fighting against limitations, be it capacity, performance, or quality before creating a game."
Console/PC

Don't Miss: Making Oxenfree's narrative unfold like a free-flowing conversation  
by Bryant Francis [09.11.19]
Night School Studio's Oxenfree is an interactive ghost story in which a player's contributions to the constant flow of conversation can shape the direction of the story.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Nintendo launches infringement lawsuit against ROM site RomUniverse  
by Alissa McAloon [09.11.19]
Nintendo is continuing its legal crusade against online piracy, this time by launching a lawsuit against the owners of the website RomUniverse and seeking damages in the millions.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Video: Improving cross-disciplinary communication in small teams  
by Staff [09.11.19]
In this GDC 2017 talk Harmonix's Jeff Hesser examines and explains why, as teams get smaller and more agile, their need to improve conversations across disciplinary lines increases.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Video, Vault

Choice design with Zachtronics' Matthew Burns - GDC Podcast ep. 2 2
by Kris Graft [09.11.19]
Matthew Burns of Zachtronics joins the new GDC Podcast to talk about his arresting visual novel Eliza, a story about the ethical conflicts surrounding an AI therapy program. How does a game with so little choice say so much about player agency?
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Podcast

Capcom wins patent infringement lawsuit against Koei Tecmo 1
by Alissa McAloon [09.11.19]
A ruling has come back on a 2014 patent infringement case filed against Koei Tecmo by Capcom, alleging that the former infringed on a patents filed by Capcom as early as 2002.
Console/PC

Tales from discoverability land: vol. 1 1
by Simon Carless [09.11.19]
This roundup around game discoverability includes looks at Steam users and how they look at your game, mobile discoverability and Steam wishlists to sales.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Q&A: How a part-time team turned Hamlet into the time-looping Elsinore  
by Bryant Francis [09.11.19]
Elsinore developers Connor Fallon and Eric Butler discuss the underlying simulation theory behind their Shakespeare-themed game, and how Golden Glitch Studios handled part-time development.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Up to 200 more GameStop stores set to close, with more to follow  
by Alex Wawro [09.10.19]
In a conference call with investors today the team at game and knick-knack retailer GameStop confirmed plans to close 180-200 "underperforming" stores this year, with more to come in the years ahead. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Join PlayStation as a Senior Sound Designer  
by Staff [09.10.19]
We are looking for a Senior Sound Designer to join our award-winning team to craft high quality audio content for 1st party product development projects.
Console/PC, Audio, Recruitment

Sales continue to slide downhill as GameStop continues its reboot  
by Alissa McAloon [09.10.19]
For the quarter ending August 3, GameStop saw a 21.2 percent increase in collectibles year over year, but nearly every other source of income saw a year-over-year decrease in sales.
Console/PC

Don't Miss: How Maxis avoided sequel-itis on The Sims 2 1
by Staff [09.10.19]
In this classic postmortem from Game Developer magazine, Lucy Bradshaw and the Maxis team recount what went right and what went wrong during development.
Console/PC, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

BAFTA shuffles categories for 2020 Games Awards as submissions open  
by Alissa McAloon [09.10.19]
BAFTA has removed the mobile game category from the running for the 2020 award show, and added several technical categories to the next iteration of the long-running event.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production

Video: How to get a job writing for games  
by Staff [09.10.19]
In this 2019 GDC talk, Zak Garriss and Tracey John demystify the application process and provide some understanding of how to break into the field for aspiring game writers and narrative designers.
Console/PC, Indie, Video, Vault