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2 Valve calls out surprising popularity of PS4, Switch Pro controllers on Steam
image Valve wants you to know that players are interested in using the PS4 and Switch Pro Controllers more on Steam, and they're working to make them more compatible in the future.
  Video: A classic postmortem of the trailblazing Ultima Online
image In this 2018 GDC session, Raph Koster, Starr Long, Richard Garriott de Cayeux (Lord British himself) & Rich Vogel talk about the things that went wrong and right in making and running Ultima Online.
  Big Fish Games laying off 15% of staff to focus on 'social casino' & 'casual' games
image Yup, it's another layoffs story. Word is spreading today that Big Fish Games is cutting roughly 15 percent of its workforce, including a number of executives, to focus on casual & social casino games.
  Get a job: Cryptic Studios is hiring a Character Artist for a Magic: The Gathering MMO
image The ideal candidate understands the aesthetics and technicalities of game-ready character art and can texture, shade, surface, optimize and implement just as well as they can sculpt.
  Drawn to Death is closing down its online servers
image The sketchy brawler created by David Jaffe’s now defunct studio The Bartlet Jones Supernatural Detective Agency is ending online service in March.
5 Don't Miss: A Myst classic postmortem from co-creator Robyn Miller
image Myst co-creator and sound composer Robyn Miller shares the design and production details behind one of gaming's most iconic first-person adventures.
  Switch cloud saves are actually stored for 6 months, clarifies Nintendo
image Nintendo has offered a bit more of an explanation on what happens to the cloud saves of Nintendo Switch Online members should their subscription lapse.
  Activision hits Spyro fan game with cease and desist order
image The creators of the Spyro the Dragon fan game Spyro: Myths Awaken have received a letter from Activision’s legal team calling for the end of development on the project.
2 Ex-Telltale dev files class action suit over sudden mass layoffs
image A former Telltale employee has filed a class action lawsuit against the company alleging a violation California’s WARN Act by failing to give 60 days notice ahead of mass layoffs.
  2K launches 'Foundations' program to support underprivileged communities
image The initative will help underprivileged neighborhoods by providing "essential technology upgrades" in community centres, and also refurbishing local basketball courts.
1 Telltale looking to work with 'potential partners' to finish The Walking Dead
image Telltale claims it's working on a solution to finish The Walking Dead, but the news hasn't gone down too well with many game developers.
  Blog: Evolving classic RTS interactions for VR - Part 3
image In trying to evolve classic real-time strategy mechanics for virtual reality, we soon learned what interactions fit our game model, and what did not.
  Footage and concept art from Telltale's canceled Stranger Things project has surfaced
image Netflix has explained it's "evaluating other options for bringing the Stranger Things universe to life," meaning this could be the first and final glimpse we catch of Telltale's vision.
Postmortem: Midnight Hub's mystery puzzler Lake Ridden
image Lake Ridden is a mystery-puzzle indie game developed by two artists, two programmers/designers, and one producer. In this postmortem, we'll look back at its two-year production.
Video: Psychosis and the making of Hellblade
image In this GDC 2018 talk, Ninja Theory's Dominic Matthews and Tameem Antoniades discuss the delivery of the mental health themes in Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice.
  Archiving Will Wright's early design notes for The Sims
image The Strong Museum of Play spoke with Game Informer recently about obtaining the design documents and sketches from The Sims creator Will Wright.
  Get a job: Rocket League dev Psyonix is hiring a UI Lead
image Psyonix is looking for an experienced UI Lead to oversee interface design and development on Rocket League.
  Destiny 2 devs explain the evolution of Gambit's combo PvP and PvE play
image Gambit aims to merge the mostly-separate player-vs-player and player-vs-everything sides of Destiny 2, but its creation didn't come without its fair share of struggles.
9 Devil May Cry 5's microtransactions designed as an 'option...to save time'
image Devil May Cry 5 will include microtransactions for in-game orbs initially obtained through combat or exploration if players wish to speed up the upgrade process and add buffs earlier.
1 Don't Miss: The value of taking a narrative approach to level design
image Game designer Jolie Menzel shared some advice on how storytelling techniques can be applied to level design, drawing on her experience making games at Ubisoft and, before that, Telltale.
  Free-to-play Warface grabs 1.3M registered players in one week on PS4
image Overall, the top six countries, including the US, Germany, France, the UK, Brazil, and Russia, only represent around 62 percent of the title’s total registered PS4 players for week one.
  XRDC speaker Q&A: Charles Yust on the potential of interactive AR exhibits
image Charles Yust, principal design technologist at frog, gives a preview of his upcoming XRDC talk about the power of interactive AR exhibits in museums.
  Report: Guild Wars 2 in-game currency no longer available in Belgium
image The issue appears to be unique to Belgium, as some players in the country have succeeded in buying gems by using a VPN to make it seem like they're connecting to the store from another region.
15 Blog: Examining the debate behind loot boxes
image With more concerns regarding regulating loot boxes, today's post takes a look at the appeal, design, and debate of this polarizing microtransaction.
  Meet the pioneering Japanese indie behind La-Mulana
image "We’ve created this with the belief that while times and trends may change, there are always going to be players who want games with real challenge to them," says La-Mulana 2 director Takumi Naramura.

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1 Interior Mapping: rendering real rooms without geometry
by Joost van Dongen
Modelling interiors behind every window in a city often takes too much performance, so some games...
  Brass Tactics: Evolving classic RTS interactions for VR - Part 3
by Patrick Lipo
The final part of this Postmortem of Brass Tactics examines the design of the economy of this RTS...
3 Development Post-Mortem of Project Lake Ridden
by Sara Casen
Lake Ridden is a top-rated mystery-puzzle indie game developed by two artists, two programmers...
  Video Game Deep Cuts: The Unavowed Ninja's Red (Dead) Redemption
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Results From Game Design Challenge: Safety First!
image Game Career Guide's readers take on our latest Game Design Challenge, drafting educational experiences that promote public safety. Here are our top picks!
45 Distinct Match-3 Mechanics
image Kirill Razumovskiy outlines dozens of different approaches to match-3 puzzler mechanics, demonstrating how designers can showcase creativity within established genres.
Postmortem: Arbitrary Metric's Paratopic
image Doc Burford details the development, production, and promotion of Paratopic, a small-scale independent project that found unexpected success.
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Exis, LLC XCOM, CIV, Bioshock Infinite, World of Tanks, the list goes on.Top publishers and defense contractors count on Exis to deliver their assets. Why not join them, and get the best art possible for your projects?
Art Bully Productions LLC
Art Bully Productions LLC Art Bully Productions was founded in 2008 by 3d art professionals who have years of experience in the video game industry. We pride ourselves on delivering AAA quality work at very competitive rates to developers of all sizes.
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