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14 6 lessons from Mighty No. 9's lousy trailer
image A freelance game trailer maker has some key takeaways from the widely-panned trailer for the action game Mighty No. 9.
4 Blog: Analyzing new-Doom's design elements and nuances
image "I'm going to be taking a look at three major components that constitute Doom's immaculate design: combat, exploration, and mobility."
3 The art of balancing traditional gameplay and VR immersion in Lucky's Tale
image Playful's Oculus Rift pack-in Lucky's Tale recently shipped. Game director Dan Hurd explains how the studio tackled design issues and the tenuous balance between the environment and gameplay.
  Video: Historians break down Uncharted 4
image Historians Bob Whitaker and Christopher Heaney discuss Uncharted 4. Topics included archaeology versus grave robbing, the real Nathan Drake/Indiana Jones, the meaning of treasure, and traps in tombs.
2 Self-evolving game content using player feedback
image What if we could make our generated content self-evolving? What if we could make our games become better over time?
  #SelfieTennis Q&A: Mixing goofiness, bloodlust, sports, and unicorns
image #SelfieTennis is a VR room-scale game for the HTC Vive. Also, it's completely insane. We spoke to Julie Heyde of the studio VRUnicorns about the making of the game.
  Educational game accelerator co.lab is shutting down
image After a partnership with Zynga and the NewSchools Venture Fund, co.lab founder Esteban Sosnik announces the accelerator is shutting down.
4 The story behind the cancelled Legacy of Kain game
image A dramatic new storyline, inconsistent demands from Square Enix, and struggles with fine-tuning game difficulty seem to be what doomed a sequel to the cult classic Legacy of Kain.
1 Total War: Warhammer becomes fastest-selling Total War game on Steam
image The latest Total War game shoots up the Steam sales chart, with a little help from a license from Warhammer.
  Get a job: Cryptic Studios is hiring a Project Manager
image The Star Trek Online dev is currently seeking a Project Manager to work closely with programmers and game producers to organize and coordinate the development of the Cryptic game engine. 
4 PC makers are chasing the VR wave with high-end backpack PCs
image Virtual reality is a hot topic this year, and PC hardware manufacturers like HP and MSI are hoping to catch a bit of that heat by producing high-end PCs you can wear as a backpack.
2 Preserving the dream of the '90s Virtuality VR game tech
image Kotaku UK finds a VR preservationist at a U.K. games festival and shares his story of studying and maintaining some of the earliest VR game machines, including the magnet-based Virtuality 1000.
  Unity and Unreal devs can now access WorldViz's 'warehouse-scale' VR tech
image WorldViz has what it calls a 50 x 50 meter motion tracking system for VR, and next month that tech will be accessible to game developers via new Unreal Engine 4 and Unity 5 plugins.
  Breaking down the anatomy of a mission in a mobile action game
image This is how Sticky Studios created a system that its designers could use to quickly create a wide variety of missions for The Man From U.N.C.L.E. game.
10 Don't Miss: John Romero and Tom Hall recount the making of Doom
image In this timeless video postmortem, designers John Romero and Tom Hall share their stories of developing id Software's seminal '90s first-person shooter Doom.
  Rez's Mizuguchi reflects on his 'unorthodox' route into game dev
image "I wanted to make games with the future in mind," writes Tetsuya Mizuguchi in a new Edge feature. "The interviewer said to me: ‘You are kind of out there, but we could probably use someone like you.'"
3 Blog: The mistake of chasing the king
image When an idea becomes big, you can bet that someone is going to try and make a game similar to cash in. But trying to emulate the king's success often doesn't work out.
  Come to GDC Europe for tips on coworking with devs to make better games
image Heads up, European devs: GDC Europe is just months away, and today conference organizers are pleased to debut an intriguing session on the growing popularity (and power!) of game hubs across Europe.
6 Data shows Miitomo is in decline, suggests downloads alone aren't enough
image SurveyMonkey's data tracking arm, SurveyMonkey Intelligence, has taken an in-depth look at the performance of Miitomo one month after the game launched, and it’s not exactly good news. 
7 Blog: 5 reasons why you want to quit Clash Royale
image "I'm burned out by Clash Royale and it seems that so are the people around me. Where it previously felt strategic and fun, it now feels random and frustrating."
  Tencent wants to help Stellaris developer Paradox break into China
image "As China’s game market further develops, players will advance to more sophisticated and complex genres such as grand strategy and simulation games."
  How streamers are impacting the video game market
image A survey of 800 video game players from the U.S. and UK reveals important insights as to how streaming is affecting the video game market.
  Report: Vivendi continues Gameloft takeover after winning shareholder support
image Mobile game juggernaut Gameloft has ceded more ground in its fight to stop a hostile takeover by French media giant, Vivendi.
  HTC morphs into game developer for first VR title, Front Defense
image HTC is taking its first steps into the world of virtual reality game development with new VR title, Front Defence
14 Blog: Why I want more politics and economy in RPGs
image "I'm here to defend the inclusion of explicit politics, of actively debating issues that we face daily in our democratic coexistence. Especially in RPGs."

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  YouTuber / Streamer Outreach and the Importance of Starting Small
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How to Kickstart Your Team Brainstorming Session
image Andrew Curley explains how you can make the most of your collaborative brainstorming sessions and encourage productivity among your teammates.
Results from Game Design Challenge: The Pen is Mightier than the Fist
image Game Career Guide's readers pitch a fascinating series of non-traditional fighting games in these winning entries for our latest Game Design Challenge.
Here's How We Taught Game Design to Kids at Abertay
image Guerrilla Tea developer Charles Czerkawski chronicles a memorable game design workshop produced in collaboration between the National Deaf Children’s Society and Abertay University.
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