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Why veteran game devs are now creating interactive audio dramas  
by Alex Wawro [10.31.16]
"You can do an amazing amount of stuff with words, music, sound effects, and simple tone," says longtime game dev Dave Grossman (Day of the Tentacle). "Other devs should come and explore it with us."
Console/PC, Audio

Learn about VR ghosts, werewolves, and more at VRDC this week!  
by Staff [10.31.16]
In the spirit of the season, organizers of the Virtual Reality Developers Conference wish everyone a safe and happy evening -- and highlight some of the VRDC talks that are just a little bit spooky.
VR, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

7 terrifying VR horror games that every developer should study  
by Joel Couture [10.31.16]
VR horror games are a new frontier in fear. Gamasutra reached out to several pioneers at the forefront of this new form to ask what lessons they've learned about how to cause terror in virtual reality.
VR, Console/PC, Indie, Audio, Design

Don't Miss: How working on gross, violent games can mess with developers 18
by Staff [10.25.16]
The effects of video game violence on players have been debated for years and years, but how does actually crafting that graphically violent media affect developers?
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Art, Audio

Sound designer Jory Prum honored with CalArts memorial scholarship  
by Alissa McAloon [10.21.16]
Family and friends set up The Jory Prum Scholarship for Sounds that Redefine Normal to honor the memory of the acclaimed video game audio engineer and sound designer.
Indie, Audio

Don't Miss: A postmortem of Dinosaur Polo Club's Mini Metro 9
by Staff [10.20.16]
Since Mini Metro just released for iOS and Android, take a look back at this postmortem from dev Peter Curry for a closer look at what went into creating the endearing subway-based puzzle game.
Console/PC, Indie, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: Tactics for the Video Game Composer (Part Two)  
by Gamasutra Community [10.20.16]
"Game music composer Winifred Phillips breaks down the popular horizontal re-sequencing technique, with music examples and a video tutorial showcasing techniques from one of her projects."
Audio, Production

Blog: Why VR will put game audio in the spotlight 1
by Gamasutra Community [10.14.16]
"Simulate presence is a real challenge, and audio plays a major role in the path of reaching this ultimate goal in VR."
VR, Audio

Why Thumper's twist on rhythm games is so well-suited for VR  
by Jennifer Allen [10.11.16]
The "rhythm violence game" Thumber is well-suited to VR. “We wanted to make a game that was also an ‘experience’, something you can get lost in and overwhelmed by," explains co-creator Brian Gibson.
VR, Console/PC, Art, Audio, Design, Video

Come to VRDC and learn to create immersive audioscapes for VR/AR games  
by Staff [10.07.16]
Syndicate 17 cofounder and all-around audio wizard Chanel Summers will be sharing her expertise on the subject in a talk at the inaugural standalone Virtual Reality Developers Conference this November!
VR, Audio, VRDC

Audio Design Deep Dive: Using a human skull to create the sounds of Inside 6
by Martin Stig Andersen [10.06.16]
The composer & sound designer on Playdead's Inside takes us on a deep dive into why and how he used a human skull to create the unique aural soundscape of this atmospheric puzzle game.
Console/PC, Indie, Audio, Deep Dive

GDC 2017 opens for registration with new features!  
by Staff [10.05.16]
Now's your chance to sign up for the world's largest and longest-running event for game developers: Game Developers Conference 2017 is now open for registration!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: Tactics for video game music composers, part one  
by Gamasutra Community [10.05.16]
Game music composer Winifred Phillips breaks down popular techniques for musical interactivity, including music examples and a video tutorial showcasing techniques from one of her projects.
Art, Audio

Don't Miss: Finding the beat in Crypt of the NecroDancer 11
by Ryan Clark [10.03.16]
In this timeless Deep Dive, rhythm-based roguelike Crypt of the NecroDancer creator Ryan Clark shares how he discovered, then carefully tweaked the game's signature beat mechanic.
Indie, Programming, Audio, Design

Sponsored: Bandai Namco has a brand new U.S. office - and they're hiring! 2
by BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America [10.03.16]
BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. is hiring! Be a part of the company behind video game franchises ranging from Pac-Man to Tekken.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, Sponsored Article

Video: Recording an orchestral game soundtrack at Abbey Road  
by Staff [09.30.16]
At GDC 2012, audio professionals who worked on WB Games' Lord of the Rings: War in the North sought to shed light on what it really takes to incorporate a live orchestra into a game's production.
Console/PC, Audio, Video, Vault

Video: Crafting the sound of Hyper Light Drifter  
by Staff [09.29.16]
Using everything from '50s wire recorders to modified stethoscopes, the sound design for Heart Machine's Hyper Light Drifter was anything but conventional. Find out how in this GDC Europe talk!
Indie, Audio, Video, Vault

Come to VRDC and learn to use sound more effectively in your VR game  
by Staff [09.26.16]
Attend the standalone Virtual Reality Developers Conference in November to see a VR audio expert share lessons learned from working on remarkable mixed-reality, full-body experiences for "The Void."
VR, Audio, VRDC

Tomorrow is the deadline to submit talks for the Summits and VRDC at GDC 2017!  
by Staff [09.22.16]
The call for talk submissions for the VRDC and the specialized Summits that help open the 2017 Game Developers Conference closes this Friday, September 23rd at 11:59 PM Pacific!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, VRDC, GDC

Submit talks to the GDC 2017 Mobile Summit now!  
by Staff [09.21.16]
The popular Smartphone & Tablet Games Summit at GDC is now the Mobile Summit, and to celebrate organizers of the 2017 Game Developers Conference are calling for great talk submissions!
Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC