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  The importance of UX in editors and tools
image "I'm not advocating everyone to use BSP/CSG. I am advocating everyone to critically look at their editors & tools, and see how they can improve from a UX & UI perspective."
  Respawn joins the stable of devs making Star Wars games for EA
image Electronic Arts announced today that it has cut a deal with Titanfall developer Respawn Entertainment that will see the studio building a new third-person "action adventure game" bearing the Star Wars brand.
  Level design in Rogue Legacy: Down-scrolling and leaps of faith
image "While none of these design decisions are groundbreaking, thanks to a wise balancing Rogue Legacy successfully manages to reshape a design issue or limitation into a gameplay element."
  How we showcased our VR game at PAX
image "Showing a VR game at PAX was wonderful, and I haven’t laughed so hard in a very long time. Hopefully if you’re planning to do the same, you can use some of this advice to bypass the hurdles."
  Almost twice as many UK games now supported by Games Tax Relief
image "While today’s figures demonstrate Game Tax Relief’s continued and greatly-needed boost to the UK games industry, there is still more to be done."
1 Steam user reviews updated to better reflect changing game experiences
image "By listing recently posted reviews more prominently and by defaulting to recent helpful reviews, Steam can now show a more current idea of what it's like to play the game now."
  Distributed narrative collectables: Story through play
image "I like to think that every element in a game is always looking to find more and more reasons to exist. There’s a fight for legitimacy of sorts." The same goes for its narrative.
2 5 minute legal lessons for devs: Game names and trademark troubles
image "Always do a thorough search before committing to a name, don’t pick a game name which is identical to an existing name, but if you do, be prepared to fight your corner or potentially change your game name."
  The best game music production tips from GDC 2016
image "In this blog, I want to share some info that I thought was really interesting: Composer Laura Karpman's talk about 'Composing Virtually, Sounding Real' and audio director Garry Taylor's talk on 'Audio Mastering for Interactive Entertainment.'"
  Game Design Deep Dive: Situational awareness and player frustration in GRIP
image The blinding speed of the Rollcage racing franchise left some players feeling disoriented or frustrated by unexpected crashes. Caged Element vowed to fix these issues in their spiritual successor GRIP.
  Want to know how mobile games stack up? Nielsen has launched a new service
image The mobile market is incredibly competitive -- and getting a leg up on the competition isn't easy. This might help.
1 A quick video history of the Dark Souls franchise and Hidetaka Miyazaki's work
image One of the most influential and beloved console franchises of the past decade has reached its final installment; this video breaks down the work of creator Hidetaka Miyazaki, who shepherded it.
  Get a job: Be a Programmer at Cryptic Studios
image Neverwinter developer Cryptic Studios is looking for programmers of all types and levels to join the team at its Los Gatos, CA studio and work on developing massively multiplayer online games.
  The origins of Fire Emblem, shared in a classic interview with its creator
image "I call it 'roleplaying simulation.' It’s a new genre," Fire Emblem's Shouzou Kaga said in a recently-translated 1990 chat. "I wanted to create a game where the player could get more emotionally invested."
  Devs, this is the year you can register your own .games domain
image Heads up, devs: Domain name service provider Rightside aims to start selling .games domains later this year alongside its extant portfolio of top-level domains like .social and .news.
  Riot's path to building a collegiate eSports program
image We spoke to Riot Games about what developers can learn from their efforts building a collegiate League of Legends tournament.
8 Don't Miss: Harvey Smith and Raphael Colantonio on creating Dishonored
image With work on the sequel continuing apace, take a minute to look back at this classic interview with the creative team behind Dishonored and learn about where (and why) the game's design took shape.
  Skydance buys studio The Workshop, rebrands it Skydance Interactive
image Entertainment production company Skydance Media has shelled out an undisclosed sum to acquire The Workshop Entertainment and incorporate it into the newly-formed Skydance Interactive.
1 PICO-8 'fantasy console' to become an actual handheld console -- sort of
image Lexaloffle Games' PICO-8 "fantasy console" is going to get a physical, handheld version when it ships pre-installed (with a library of built-in games) on Next Thing's $49 PocketCHIP handheld computer.
  No, you can't just take someone else's work off the internet to use in your game!
image "The internet has made all kinds of content — news articles, music, photographs, and video — easily available for anyone in the world to access. However, that doesn’t mean that it is free to take and use for your own purposes."
1 Combining different meshes into seamless procedural characters
image "I wanted to have different character parts being randomized for a lot of variation. That is super simple and standard for characters that actually have good geometry to hide the seams (e.g.: clothes), but my creatures needed to be bare naked."
6 The past, present, and future of FMV in games
image From Dragon's Lair to Night Trap, to Her Story: What video in games has been used for and can be used for in the future.
2 Naughty Dog on Uncharted 4's new multiplayer philosophy
image "The idea of delivering our DLC this way was greatly influenced by the goal of having a unified community."
1 Offworld Trading Company surpasses 100,000 sales
image Offworld Trading Company, an economic strategy game created by Civilization IV lead designer, Soren Johnson, has sold over 100,000 copies. 
1 Enlisting IBM's Watson as a voice actor
image "I create a free IBM Bluemix account. They have a dead simple text-to-speech API: make an HTTP request with basic HTTP authentication, get a WAV file back. Now I have a folder of WAV files."

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  Video Game Music Production Tips from GDC 2016
by Winifred Phillips
This article shares music production tips from the GDC 2016 talks of Laura Karpman and Garry Taylor....
2 5 Minute Legal Lessons for Indie Devs - Part 2: Game Names and Trade Mark Troubles
by Pete Lewin
​Part 2 in a new series of quick legal lessons for indie game devs. ...
  AI Isn't a Subsystem
by Ron Newcomb
Demystify AI by viewing it as an extension of existing subsystems.
  Don't fear the Hammer: The importance of UX in editors & tools
by Robin-Yann Storm
When level designers talk about Hammer, usually the reaction they get is: "But it's ancient! Nobody...
1 Greenlighting a Niche Game: The Long Journey Ahead
by Daniel Batoff
Mega Dwarf's guide to getting a niche game Greenlit.

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Virtuos Ltd
Virtuos Ltd Virtuos is one of the largest game developers, providing the highest quality games and art to publishers and developers worldwide. We have more than 1100 staff across eight locations worldwide and our clients include 15 of the top 20 digital entertainmen
Clean Cuts Music & Sound Design
Clean Cuts Music & Sound Design Clean Cuts is an award winning audio facility with over 25 years of experience in original music composition, custom sound design, audio implementation, and voice over casting. We have 14 audio suites, 16 sound designers, and staff 3 full-time composers.
ADIA Entertainment Ltd.
ADIA Entertainment Ltd. Adia Digital Art is one of China's biggest digital art production companies, and one of the main go-to outsource solutions in Asia for game developers world-wide.
Namazu Studios LLC
Namazu Studios LLC With our diverse skillsets and abilities, collectively Namazu is able to provide a number of solutions for your business needs.
GameVision Studios
GameVision Studios Disney, Kabam, MachineZone, DeNA, PoketGems, and many more. The world’s leading mobile game companies have trusted GameVision to deliver art assets for their top grossing games. Why not join them? Contact GameVision today!
Grimm Bros, LLC
Grimm Bros, LLC Award winning veteran game devs seeks long nights of code by candle light, enjoys full transparency, team leadership, and witty puns. Email for a good time:
Guv1 Digital Consulting
Guv1 Digital Consulting Project problems? I can help. Expert troubleshooter. People, process, critical stage reviews, milestone planning, schedule analysis, production planning etc. Objective, confidential. A few hours or entire project.
SANCTUM
SANCTUM SANCTUM is an outsourcing company focused on creation of graphical assets for computer and mobile games.
Zvky Design Studio
Zvky Design Studio Zvky Design Studio, is a next-gen entertainment design firm based in the "silicon valley of India". We are a "Quality First" studio where we focus our passion, energy and skills to deliver exemplary next-gen art for all platforms.
Flippy Fox Studios
Flippy Fox Studios Flippy Fox Studios is a game development company located in Orange County California. We specialize in AAA Game Software Engineering and Real-Money Gambling. We help you ship your games!

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