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1 Human values in game design: An approach for designing emergent storytelling
image 11 bit Studios lead designer Jakub Stokalski outlines his "values-driven game design approach" that was implemented in the hit game Frostpunk.
4 Blizzard pulls devs off Heroes of the Storm and cuts eSports support
image Today Blizzard announced plans to pull developers off of its free-to-play MOBA Heroes of the Storm and discontinue Heroes eSports events in a bid to position the game for "long-term sustainability."
  Video: Hacking into the combat AI of Watch Dogs 2
image In this GDC 2017 talk, Ubisoft's Chae Dickie-Clark explains how the NPCs of Watch Dogs 2 efficiently process their environment to select cover and perform other dynamic behaviors.
1 Call of Duty developer Infinity Ward evacuated after bomb threat
image Infinity Ward, the Los Angeles-based developer behind multiple Call of Duty games, evacuated employees today following a bomb threat.
  Twitch sells Curse Media after two years
image Wiki hosting service Fandom (formerly known as Wikia) announced that it is currently in the process of acquiring Curse Media, which hosts a collection of gaming websites.
  Get a job: Warframe dev Digital Extremes is looking for a Sr. UI Artist
image Digital Extremes is looking for a dev to tackle the creation and implementation of an in-game user interface, among other tasks, as a member of its Canadian game dev studio.
  League of Legends will no longer support Windows XP and Vista in 2019
image League of Legends is officially ending support for Windows XP and Vista as of May 14, 2019. 
1 Best of 2018: How Rare designed Sea of Thieves' infinite pirate generator
image Rare lead character artist Sam Chester talks through the conception, design, and implementation of the "infinite pirate generator" character creator in the studio's swashbuckle-'em-up Sea of Thieves.
  Indie Megabooth is hosting a curated indie game collection on Kartridge
image A partnership between the two companies will see past Indie Megabooth games regularly highlighted on Kongregate’s indie game storefront Kartridge.
  Applications are now open for GDC 2019's low-income free pass program!
image Game Developers Conference organizers have once again donated a number of complimentary GDC 2019 passes that will be given away (via lottery) as part of a special low-income GDC pass program!
  Come to GDC and see how BioWare shaded the world of Anthem!
image At GDC 2019 you'll get an inside look at how BioWare artists breathe life into Anthem's dynamic seasons, weather events, and time of day using smart shader techniques.
1 Blog: How I faked Desert Child's striking 3D visuals
image Oscar Brittain and Akupara Games are releasing Desert Child on Switch, Xbox, PS4, and Steam on December 11. Oscar hit us with the following tech blog on how he 'faked' the game's striking 3D look.
How 'user stories' can help players grasp new content
image An in-depth look at why creating "user stories" is one of the main tricks in a game developer's arsenal.
11 Blog: Why being an indie game dev is harder than ever
image This is my contribution for data-points on the Indiepocalypse, wherein I compare my best-rated and best-selling games.
Video: The living world of The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt
image In this GDC 2016 session, CD Projekt Red's Matthew Steinke explains how he developed a role-playing experience that would provide players with gameplay spanning the vast open world of The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt.
  Detroit: Become Human has sold over 2M units worldwide
image Quantic Dream announced earlier today that Detroit: Become Human has sold over 2 million copies worldwide since launching back in May. 
  Get a job: Colorado-based Jade Ember Studios is hiring a Level Designer
image Jade Ember Studios is looking for a Level Designer with 1-3 years of professional experience to join the team in creating an original action/adventure 3D title in the metroidvania genre for PC and consoles.
5 First-party Switch games are setting new attach rate records for Nintendo
image Nintendo says that the Switch is performing at historic levels for the company, and the attach rates for many of the company’s first-party titles are one such example of that.
10 Best of 2018: A Classic Tools Retrospective on the first version of the Unreal Editor
image Epic founder Tim Sweeney talks to David Lightbown about UnrealEd, one of the most popular level editors in the game industry, used to build levels for Unreal, Deus Ex, Gears of War, BioShock and more.
  Black Desert Online dev Pearl Abyss to open California office to handle Western affairs
image Pearl Abyss, parent company of EVE Online dev CCP Games, has set up its first North American office.
  Blog: Resources for game music composers - The big list
image Composer Winifred Phillips has gathered together some of the top online resources and guidance available for newbies in the field of video game music. Take a look.
  Play these 20 unique games at GDC 2019's alt.ctrl.GDC showcase!
image One of these alternative controller games will win the alt.ctrl.GDC Award -- which includes a $3k prize plus a special trophy handmade by game maker Robin Baumgarten -- at the IGF ceremony during GDC!
  Epic Store to launch cross-platform games services suite
image Epic is rolling out many new features for the Epic Games Store beginning in 2019, starting with the launch of a cross-platform games service free for all developers.
  Get game design tips and tricks from Dead Cells' co-creator at GDC 2019
image Motion Twin's Sebastien Benard will be at GDC to deliver a neat Design track talk about the little things (from controls to particles) that turned out to make Dead Cells a significantly better game. 
  Super Smash Bros. Ultimate breaks the series' launch sales record in Japan
image Super Smash Bros. Ultimate sold 1.23 million copies in Japan during its launch weekend, according to the latest sales figures from Famitsu.

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  Analysing indie game marketing trends: What you should know going into 2019
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1 The Game Designer’s Toolbox: User stories, or how to help a player get a grasp of new content
by Anatoly Shestov
An in-depth review of making user stories as one of the main game developer tools.

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Resurrect (But Reinvent) The Three Act Structure
image Narrative designer David Kuelz suggests a new take on the three-act structure, explaining how you can put a new spin on in-game storytelling.
How To Build Worlds And Tell Stories In VR
image Sycoforge's Michela Rimensberger outlines the basics of VR worldbuilding, offering essential tips for crafting believable characters and stories.
Exhibiting at GDEX 2018: The Great Postmortem
image Want to show off your project at a local expo? Developer Davionne Gooden breaks down a recent showcase appearance, explaining how you can make the most of your booth.
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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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