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  Report: Cheaper Switch model will focus on portability
image A new report from Nikkei claims Nintendo's rumored cut-price Switch will be geared towards portability, but will still be compatible with the console's television dock
  Report: Nintendo and Tencent gain approval to bring the Switch to China
image Nintendo and Tencent have joined forces in an attempt to bring the Switch to China, and the pair are making significant headway.
  Lights in the dark: How Ashen's design sets it apart from other 'Soulslikes'
image Creative director Derek Bradley opens up about the design of A44's remarkable Soulslike Ashen, and discusses how subtle art and design choices set it apart from the bleak worlds of From Software.
  Video: Steps for building a game's community from scratch
image In this Game Discoverability Day talk from GDC 2019, No More Robots director (and former Gamasutra editor) Mike Rose offers developers advice on how to build up a game's community from nothing.
1 Kickstarter's games category surpasses $1 billion in pledges
image Games on Kickstarter have brought in over $1 billion in pledges, though it’s a milestone that includes both board games and video games.
  Get a job: War Drum Studios is hiring a 3D Artist
image War Drum Studios is seeking a 3D Artist to create detailed 3D models and high-resolution environment materials for an upcoming Unreal Engine 4 game.
  Google opens its Indie Games Accelerator to mobile devs across 37 countries
image Google has expanded its Indie Games Accelerator program and is now taking applications from devs in select countries across Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America.
36 Don't Miss: Alien: Isolation and the evolution of horror sims
image Amnesia & Soma dev Thomas Grip recounts a history of games that invoke terror in players & how Alien: Isolation successfully captured the spirit of a 'horror simulator' game.
  AbleGamers opens Accessible.Games, a dev portal for accessibility info
image AbleGamers has launched a new website in the interest of giving game developers access to more information on how to make their games more accessible through community collaboration.
  Trion Worlds is shutting down Atlas Reactor this summer
image The developer has already shut down in-game purchases and servers are set to go offline for good this June.
  Amy Hennig thinks game streaming could spark a creative revolution
image Veteran writer and director Amy Hennig hopes the advent of game streaming services like Google Stadia will spark a creative revolution within the games industry.
1 Blog: Exploring the 'what' of bittersweet game design
image Fun. That's why we create games, right? To create that lovely, lovely endorphin rush. But in all seriousness, is that really the case? Read this to find out.
1 Ubisoft pledges over $500,000 to Notre-Dame restoration efforts
image Ubisoft will donate $565,000 to help with the restoration and reconstruction of the historic Notre-Dame Cathedral, which was tragically damaged when a fire broke out on Monday.
  Blog: Showing and announcing We Are The Caretakers at the same time
image A detailed look at what went into showing and announcing Heart Shaped Games' We Are The Caretakers at PAX East.
2 New GameStop promotion will allow full-price game refunds within 48 hours of launch
image GameStop is launching a new promotion called "Guaranteed to Love it" that'll let people return games within 48 hours of launch for a full refund in store credit.
1 How Inkle developed its own ancient language for Heaven's Vault
image Enjoy this unique behind-the-scenes look at how inkle developed a whole ancient language (the 'Guitar Hero of linguistics') to be deciphered by players in the studio's new game Heaven's Vault.
  Watch the lead devs of Inkle crack open Heaven's Vault
image Developers Jon Ingold and Joe Humfrey stop by to discuss the making of Heaven's Vault.
  Video: A classic game postmortem of Panzer Dragoon
image The developers behind that classic Sega Saturn title believe that the lessons they learned working and struggling with the then-cutting-edge system can still be put to use by developers today.
  Xbox merges Live Gold and Game Pass under Xbox Game Pass Ultimate
image The 2-for-1 subscription offers access to Xbox Game Pass' library of games and an Xbox Live Gold membership for one monthly fee.
2 Aiming for affordability, Xbox announces the Xbox One S All Digital Edition
image Microsoft has officially unveiled the Xbox One S All Digital, a disc-less version of the company’s current generation console priced at $50 less than the regular Xbox One S.
  Rocket League halts loot box use in Belgium and the Netherlands
image Rocket League dev Psyonix has removed the ability for players in Belgium and the Netherlands to unlock the loot box-esque crates that show up in-game, citing government regulations for the decision.
  Get a job: Disbelief is hiring a Junior Programmer
image Junior programmers at Disbelief are called on to develop and debug in a variety of areas from gameplay to core engine programming.
  Sony has internal policies in place to reduce sexual content in PS4 games
image Sony has its own rules in place for what content makes it onto the PlayStation 4, rules that are sometimes stricter than those of regional rating systems like the ESRB.
  The Sims 4 is getting mouse and keyboard support on consoles
image The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of The Sims 4 now support mouse and keyboard input.
1 Don't Miss: Layering challenges in Klei's survival sim Oxygen Not Included
image "It's the layering that makes intense decisions. In Oxygen Not Included, the player must balance all the needs of their Duplicants simultaneously. Each need is not so difficult, but it's easy to let something slip."

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  Good intro vs. Great intro. What makes a game prologue gripping?
by Anton Slashcev
An article about what methods great game prologues use to grip players attention, as well as about...
  Referencing Objects: Names vs GUIDs
by Niklas Gray
A comparison of the main ways to reference objects: names and GUIDs.
  Video game music composer gives lecture at the Library of Congress
by Winifred Phillips
On April 6th, composer Winifred Phillips delivered the 1st game music composition lecture ever given...
  Showing And Announcing We Are The Caretakers At PAX East - At The Same Time
by Scott Brodie
A detailed look at what went into showing and announcing Heart Shaped Games' We Are The Caretakers...
  Turning Your Community Into An Extension Of Your Team
by Justin French
This is the transcription of a talk I did at an Indie Dev Workshop at the GamesBCN in Barcelona. It...

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MAGFest 2019: A Student Dev's Experience
image Burning Sky Games founder Jake Carfagno shares advice for student developers showcasing their games at MAGFest and other gaming events.
Discord As A Tool For Community Led Design
image Becky Matthew explains how developers can gather community feedback and make players part of the design process by using collaborative Discord channels.
Game Dev Career Night: Level Up Your Job Hunting Skills
image Anthony Ritchey outlines the major takeaways and panel discussion highlights from a recent career workshop event at the Academy of Interactive Entertainment's Seattle campus.
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