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Behind Dawn of Man's style of 'ant colony' city-building  
by John Harris [04.22.19]
Dawn of Man sped to the top of the Steam charts last month with its compelling style of simulation and city building. We got with Martiño Figueroa of developer Madruga Works to find out more about the game's development and design.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Panzer At Heaven's Vault  
by Gamasutra Staff [04.21.19]
This week's roundup includes a Panzer Dragoon series classic postmortem, impressions of the eagerly awaited Heaven's Vault, as well as secret MMO servers, homebrew Game Boy Games & the return of D&D.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: How co-op VR is used to help train astronauts for space  
by Staff [04.19.19]
At GDC 2018 a panel of game makers and experts from Boeing and NASA discuss how the tools of game development can be used to help train astronauts for their voyages to the edge of known space.
VR, Design, Video, Vault

Contributing devs up in arms over Capcom's use of the FB Alpha emulator  
by Alissa McAloon [04.19.19]
Developers that have contributed to the open-source emulator and other members of the emulation community are voicing concerns over the deal, with some arguing that FB Alpha can’t be licensed for commercial use. 
Programming

Get a job: Insomniac Games, Deep Silver Volition, and more are hiring now!  
by Staff [04.19.19]
Here are just some of the many, many positions being advertised right now on the Gamasutra Job Board.
Programming, Art, Production, Recruitment

Don't Miss: Making debugging into a mechanic in Beglitched 1
by Staff [04.19.19]
"While debugging is considered to be one of the more odious aspects of programming, I felt that under the right circumstances, it could actually be exhilarating," says AP Thompson, designer of Beglitched.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Amnesia dev makes the case for why lying to players is sometimes good game design 1
by Alissa McAloon [04.19.19]
Frictional Games' Thomas Grip explains how considering what players assume about features can sometimes matter more than the actual features themselves.
Console/PC, Design

Take me to the hole: Loss and triumph in Astroneer  
by Katherine Cross [04.19.19]
It wasn't until columnist Katherine Cross fell into a hole that she truly understood the genius of Astroneer.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Blog: Referencing objects—Names vs GUIDs 1
by Gamasutra Community [04.19.19]
A comparison of the main ways to reference objects: names and GUIDs.
Programming

China's game approval rules will soon apply to HTML5 and WeChat mini-games  
by Staff [04.19.19]
China's game approval process has undergone a lot of change in the past year or so, including a full-on freeze for most of 2018, but more changes are set to hit the program this month.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Blog: Three lessons for narrative game design students  
by Gamasutra Community [04.19.19]
Three general lessons for students interested in narrative and game design on communities, supporting people, and the role of practice in trying to improve skills over time.
Design

Street Fighter II designer walks through the creation of the game's stranger fighters  
by Alissa McAloon [04.19.19]
Akira Yasuda talks about how some of the more unusual Street Fighter characters were born out of an unspoken rule that encouraged them to push the boundaries of their designs.
Console/PC, Design

Blog: Discussing the ins and outs of composing for games at the Library of Congress 2
by Gamasutra Community [04.19.19]
Composer Winifred Phillips shares a transcript from the Q&A session that followed her lecture at the Library of Congress, the very first video game composition lecture given at the establishment.
Audio

The imperfect science of Falcon Age's baby bird-based social media marketing  
by Bryant Francis [04.19.19]
Outerloop Games co-founder Chandana "Eka" Ekanayake talks about the baby bird that won Twitter's heart, and also a bit about Disneyland-like level design in Falcon Age.
VR, Console/PC, Design

Video: Procedurally creating Manhattan for Marvel's Spider-Man  
by Staff [04.18.19]
At GDC 2019 Insomniac's David Santiago shares a behind-the-scenes look at the open world pipeline of Marvel's Spider-Man and how it was architected to procedurally author an open-world Manhattan.
Console/PC, Programming, Production, Video, Vault

Nintendo's past VR research laid the foundation for Labo VR  
by Alissa McAloon [04.18.19]
Existing virtual reality research made the craftable cardboard Labo kits a natural solution to bring VR to the Nintendo Switch.
VR, Console/PC

Get a job: Deep Silver Fishlabs is hiring a Lead Combat Designer  
by Staff [04.18.19]
The Deep Silver Fishlabs team is looking for a dev to lead a small combat design team working on a 3D SciFi game.
Design, Recruitment

Gearbox CEO: Both devs and players benefit from Epic and Steam competition 31
by Alissa McAloon [04.18.19]
"At the end of the day when we look back at this moment, we’ll realize that this was the moment where the digital stores on PC became unmonopolized."
Console/PC

Don't Miss: Devs reflect on the impact and legacy of Burnout Paradise 2
by Staff [04.18.19]
Devs who worked on or were influenced by Criterion Games' 2008 release Burnout Parasise reflect on what made the game so special and how it changed the racing genre.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Game Informer Australia closed down in wake of GameStop cuts  
by Alissa McAloon [04.18.19]
Game Informer parent company GameStop has closed down the Australian version of the magazine, and will replace it with the US version in the country.
Business/Marketing