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Studying game dev? The AIAS Foundation is offering three $2.5k scholarships  
by Alissa McAloon [03.21.17]
If you're starting your second year of college or are enrolled in graduate school, take a look at these three game development scholarships being offered for the 2017-18 academic year.
Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Nier: Automata devs lend their voices to the game's soundtrack  
by Alex Wawro [03.20.17]
Composer Keiichi Okabe shares a quick bit of interesting trivia: one of Automata's tracks includes a choir featuring a number of the game's devs, including game director Yoko Taro and Okabe himself.
Console/PC, Audio

Video: Full Throttle composer shares lessons to learn from 'classic' game music  
by Staff [03.20.17]
At GDC 2015, veteran game composer Peter McConnell (Monkey Island 2, Grim Fandango) took the stage to reflect on the lessons he'd learned from composing classic game soundtracks in the '90s.
Console/PC, Audio, Video, Vault

Uncharted 4 awarded top honor at 2017 SXSW Gaming Awards  
by Chris Kerr [03.20.17]
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End took home the coveted Game of the Year gong at this year's South by Southwest Gaming Awards.
Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production

GDC 2017 talks are now available to watch via the GDC Vault!  
by Staff [03.14.17]
Game Developers Conference organizers are pleased to announce that the many talks and presentations delivered by game industry notables at GDC 2017 are now available to watch on the GDC Vault!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Vault, GDC

Video Game Deep Cuts: Zelda's Wild Skyline City  
by Gamasutra Staff [03.12.17]
This week's Video Game Deep Cuts long read/video highlights include Zelda's Switch inspirations, the modding scene of Cities: Skylines, & lots more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

One Life Left x GDC podcast: blood, wine, and how to pitch a game  
by Staff [03.07.17]
It’s the last day for GDC X One Life Left presented by Gamasutra 2017 and we are all very sad, but luckily we have a sofa full of guests to cheer us up. 
Audio, Design, Podcast, Video, GDC

Blog: Composing video game music to build suspense - Part 1 4
by Gamasutra Community [03.06.17]
During the course of these five articles, we'll be taking a look at some of the best techniques that enable video game music composers to introduce suspense into their music.
Audio, Design

Video Game Deep Cuts: That GDC Biohazard Mystery  
by Gamasutra Staff [03.05.17]
This week's 'long reads/standout game videos' highlights include a mess of GDC talk goodness, plus Resident Evil 7/Biohazard's making-of, the role of mystery in games, & lots more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

One Life Left x GDC podcast: Trains, boats, and video games  
by Staff [02.28.17]
We're easing ourselves into GDC week with a low-key hotel room recording, but there is nothing low-key about our brilliant guests.
Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Podcast, GDC

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Magic TEd Drifter  
by Gamasutra Staff [02.27.17]
This week's Video Game Deep Cuts longform article/video highlights include the magic of The Void, John Romero on the TEd tool, Hyper Light Drifter's charm, & much more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Devs can now mess around with Valve's free (beta) Steam Audio SDK 3
by Alex Wawro [02.23.17]
Valve debuts a beta a version of its new Steam Audio SDK that's freely available for devs and sports "physics-based sound propagation" capabilities that enable sound to bounce off in-game geometry.
Console/PC, Audio, Video

GDC 2017 is next week! Follow along on Gamasutra's official event page  
by Staff [02.22.17]
Game Developers Conference 2017 is just around the corner, and Gamasutra reporters will be onsite bringing you loads of stories. Follow along on our event page here!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: How video game composers can use music to build suspense  
by Gamasutra Community [02.15.17]
Video game composer Winifred Phillips presents extra research and scholarship gathered for her GDC 2017 talk 'Homefront to God of War: Using Music to Build Suspense.'
Audio, Design

Alt.Ctrl.GDC Showcase: vinylOS  
by Joel Couture [02.15.17]
A DJ's turntable becomes a video game controller with vinylOS, a game that uses scratching, spinning, and rewinding to play through games that are projected down onto a vinyl LP from above.
Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Video

20 talks Gamasutra wants to see at GDC 2017, from sex scenes to grouchy fish  
by Staff [02.14.17]
Gamasutra writers recently put our heads together and picked some of our most-anticipated GDC sessions, with topics ranging from designing sex scenes in games to math(s) to...a grouchy fish who lived on the Dreamcast.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Learn about making audio adventures for the Amazon Echo today at 3PM EST  
by Bryant Francis [02.08.17]
If you've ever wanted to play a choose-your-own-adventure game with your voice, you should tune in to this conversation about making interactive audio adventures.
Console/PC, Programming, Audio, Design, Video

Blog: The music of Frog Fractions 2 and the value of versatility  
by Gamasutra Community [02.07.17]
While working on the Frog Fractions 2 score, I was asked to write everything from TV and game spoofs to Renaissance-era choral music. Here's how I prepared for such a bonkers soundtrack.
Audio, Design

Interview: Jessica Curry on creating the score for Dear Esther  
by Katherine Cross [02.06.17]
Curry describes what it was like composing for a story-based game, as well as her thoughts on the importance of videogame music for classical music more generally.
Console/PC, Indie, Audio, Design, Video

Blog: More business advice for the video game music composer 1
by Gamasutra Community [02.02.17]
Video game composer Winifred Phillips discusses what constitutes strong personal presentation for job seekers, networking tips, and best practices for communication with development teams.
Audio, Business/Marketing