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  Wizards of the Coast shares community-building tips at GDC 2019!
image 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!
  Road to the IGF: Zachtronics' Opus Magnum
image Opus Magnum has players creating machines for developing potions and poisons, tinkering with parts and mechanisms to refine perfect alchemical devices.
  Blog: Pitching your game to prospective investors
image Rebekah Saltsman is the co-founder of indie developer-publisher Finii, and she's going to run through some pitching tips that might help you when meeting prospective investors.
  Respawn has already banned over 16,000 cheaters from Apex Legends
image Community manager Jay Frechette broke the news on Reddit, and told players the studio is keen on the idea of a dedicated reporting tool.
  Razer Game Store shutting down after 10 months
image 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."
  Blog: How is our small video game blog managing on Patreon?
image If you were ever interested in the behind the scene numbers of a small gaming blog's Patreon, then I'm going to open up my wallet and show you everything that's in it.
  Video Game Deep Cuts: A Romance Crackdown, Wu-Tang Style
image 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.
  Watch System Era's Brendan Wilson break down the making of Astroneer
image System Era co-founder Brendan Wilson dropped by the GDC Twitch channel to discuss the making of Astroneer.
  Employees at Blizzard's France location unsure if their jobs are safe
image 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. 
  Report: Tencent wants to distribute Apex Legends in China
image Tencent is reportedly in talks with Electronic Arts to bring Apex Legends to China.
  Report: Early adopters of the Nintendo Switch weren't in target demographic
image 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. 
  Get a job: Nintendo, Wizards of the Coast, and more are hiring now!
image Here are just some of the companies looking to fill positions in programming, marketing, and more on the Gamasutra Job Board.
  Oxford study finds no link between violent video games and teen aggression
image The study looked at data surrounding British teens and notes that, unlike previous research into the potential link, the hypothesis, methods, and analysis technique were publicly registered ahead of the actual research.
55 Don't Miss: Looking back at Metro: Last Light to explain how tricky 'immersion' can be
image 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.
  Road to the IGF: Khan, Meekel, Flusk, and Meekel's after HOURS
image after HOURS has players sharing a tiny space with Lilith, a young woman suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder due to childhood molestation.
11 US labor organization AFL-CIO urges game developers to unionize in open letter
image “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.
  Peek under the hood of Ubisoft's AI assistant for players at GDC 2019
image 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!
  Mobile dev Next Games lays off 26 staff
image The Helsinki-based studio says the move, which decreases its staff from 143 to 117, is to reduce costs, cut back on "time-to-market for its upcoming projects," and improve its overall development process
  Chat with the devs behind Astroneer at 3PM ET
image The developers behind Astroneer are taking your design and development questions at 3PM ET.
  Watch GDC 2019 speakers (try to) pitch their talks to you in 60 seconds or less!
image 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!
  TinyBuild nets $15M in funding to expand team and boost publishing efforts
image TinyBuild is currently looking to bolster its internal development, production, and porting teams, and is expected to use the funds to make hires in those areas.
1 Blog: Rendering process in Shadow Fight 3
image Here's an explanation of the rendering process and the materials we used for our character equipment in the mobile game Shadow Fight 3.
  Bayonetta 2 game director Yusuke Hashimoto has left Platinum Games
image 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.
2 Fortnite dance off: Fresh Prince star refused copyright on 'Carlton Dance'
image The legal skirmish between Epic Games and those who claim to own the dance moves used as emotes in Fortnite is heating up. 
1 Designing deeply unsettling 'hidden horror' with Layers of Fear dev Bloober Team
image Rafal Basaj, producer at Bloober Team, talked with us about Layers of Fear, and his studio's brand of personal, unsettling horror game design.

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  Behind the Scenes of A Game Blogger’s Patreon
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Exposition Management And Lore Dumps
image Narrative designer Evgeni Puzankov offers up tips on how to make your game's world more compelling through environmental storytelling and exposition.
How To Realistically Scope Your First Indie Game
image Tom Safarov offers tips for managing scale and scope during your first major project, including hints for making the most of your available resources.
How Level Flow Works In Uncharted 4 And The Last Of Us
image Game design student Trinh Nguyen analyzes the level structures of Uncharted 4 and The Last of Us, explaining how subtle details guide players through complex environments.
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