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No criminal charges to be filed in 38 Studios investigation 1
by Bryant Francis [07.29.16]
The Rhode Island Attorney General announced today that it would not be filing charges against individuals involved in the failed 38 Studios loan in Rhode Island.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Indie game key scammer says G2A is the best place to sell stolen keys 2
by Bryant Francis [07.29.16]
An alleged indie game key scammer explains his cyber-fraud process to Kotaku, and says that G2A is the best place to sell illegally obtained keys.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Is the digital CCG boom a bubble? Analysts weigh in 1
by Alan Bradley [07.29.16]
What hath Hearthstone wrought? We asked industry analysts to weigh in on whether the explosion of collectible card games (Gwent, Elder Scrolls, Animation Throwdown, Adventure Time, etc.) is sustainable.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Video

Video: Designing the Spartan abilities in Halo 5: Guardians  
by Staff [07.29.16]
At GDC 2016, former 343 Industries game designer Ryan Darcey offered insight into the process of taking the "Spartan Charge" and "Ground Pound" actions of Halo 5 from concept to final release.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: Quadrilateral Cowboy and good old-fashioned digital bliss 1
by Leigh Alexander [07.29.16]
Now that Quadrilateral Cowboy is finally out, it's a good time to revisit this 2014 conversation with developer Brendon Chung about his design influences, and the game's soft machine charm.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Blog: Creating an arcade game in Unity 4
by Gamasutra Community [07.29.16]
Indie game dev Martino Wullems explains how he overcame numerous hurdles to create his first arcade game using Unity.
Console/PC, Design, Production

Telltale's multiplayer 'crowd play' feature won't support streaming right away 2
by Chris Kerr [07.29.16]
Episodic game specialist Telltale has clarified exactly how crowd play will function, quashing talk of using the new multiplayer feature on streaming services like Twitch.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet

Uncharted 4 helps Sony's games division to strong quarter  
by Chris Kerr [07.29.16]
Rising PlayStation 4 hardware and software sales have eased Sony's games and networks services division through the first quarter of this financial year.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

If the rumor about the NX is true, what does that mean for Nintendo? 9
by Staff [07.29.16]
Is the NX really going to be a mobile/console hybrid with an NVIDIA Tegra and detachable controllers? Gamasutra staffers weigh in on the latest rumor that's set gamerdom aflame.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

Twitter to play host to its first live eSports event this weekend  
by Bryant Francis [07.28.16]
Twitter jumps into the eSports livestreaming battle with a stream of this weekend's eLeague Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Shiny Shoe is seeking an Artist  
by Staff [07.28.16]
Shiny Shoe has worked on games like Day of the Tentacle Remastered and The Banner Saga, and now the San Francisco, CA studio is looking for an experienced game artist to join the team.
Console/PC, Art, Recruitment

Unity 5.4 sees a stable release, and a beta of 5.5 is in the works  
by Alex Wawro [07.28.16]
Just a quick heads-up for Unity develeopers that the game engine company has today taken the "beta" tag off Unity 5.4 and made it available to devs as a stable release.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Eugene Jarvis and Larry DeMar reflect on their work at Robotron: 2084 dev Vid Kidz  
by Alex Wawro [07.28.16]
A fan at California Extreme captured video of veteran arcade game devs (and Defender co-creators) Eugene Jarvis and Larry DeMar delivering a postmortem of their work at Robotron: 2084 dev Vid Kidz.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video

Ubisoft is taking a shot at the karaoke game biz with Just Sing  
by Alex Wawro [07.28.16]
Ubisoft is dipping its toes into the karaoke game business with Just Sing, a game that challenges players to sing along (or lip-sync) to known songs from artists like Queen and One Direction.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Capcom's fortunes falter due to a dearth of big releases 1
by Alex Wawro [07.28.16]
Japanese game publisher and developer Capcom released its first-quarter earnings results today, and numbers are down across the board due, in part, to a dearth of significant game releases.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Quantum Break dev creating story mode for online shooter, Crossfire 2  
by Chris Kerr [07.28.16]
Quantum Break creator Remedy Entertainment is joining forces with Korean developer Smilegate to create the story mode for Crossfire 2
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

Videoball, and the challenge of designing (and selling) simplicity 2
by Joel Couture [07.28.16]
"It's about shapes and its about visibility. It's designed for legibility. Everything is designed for the eyes - for human eyes to be comfortable."
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Business/Marketing, Video

Study: Sexualized female characters in games down over last decade 8
by Bryant Francis [07.27.16]
A study from researchers at Indiana University says that the number of sexualized female characters in video games has declined over the last decade.
Console/PC, Art, Design

Get a job: Double Fine Productions is hiring a Lead Animator  
by Staff [07.27.16]
Double Fine, the studio responsible for Headlander, is looking for an experienced game animator to take a lead role at its San Francisco HQ and contribute to development of Psychonauts 2.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Recruitment

Video: Designing Sunset Overdrive for diverse protagonist genders/body types  
by Staff [07.27.16]
At GDC 2015, Insomniac's Adalbert Kinsey speaks to the tools Insomniac used to create a diverse array of character creation options in Sunset Overdrive, and the lessons they learned in the process.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault