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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

Twitch to start selling games through streams this spring  
by Chris Kerr [02.27.17]
Streaming giant Twitch will soon become a video game retailer, with the company unveiling plans to enable the sale of games and other in-game content later this spring. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Bravely Default dev to release its own game engine: Xenko 1
by Alex Wawro [02.24.17]
Game engine enthusiasts, take note: Japanese game and tech company Silicon Studios Corporation has announced plans to release its open-source C# game engine Xenko this April.
Console/PC

Blog: Here's all the things you can do with an expo pass at GDC!  
by Gamasutra Community [02.24.17]
Necrosoft Games' Brandon Sheffield is a big advocate for the GDC expo pass (he also helps put together the GDC Career Seminar) so he wrote you this list of what you can do with that badge at GDC 2017!
Console/PC, Indie, GDC

GDC 2017 Art Direction Bootcamp: An expert roundtable Q&A  
by Andrew Maximov [02.24.17]
Get a sneak preview of the 2017 Art Direction Bootcamp, hosted by GDC on Feb 27th. For a warmup, the speakers roundtabled some questions from Twitter and around the web.
Console/PC, Art, Production, GDC

Don't Miss: The tough design decisions behind super-stylized action game Furi 7
by Gamasutra Community [02.24.17]
"We can choose not to please everybody. We can choose to make something that most would actually dislike, in order to make sure a niche of gamers will find it truly memorable."
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design

How the director of Final Fantasy XV aims to keep players coming back for more  
by Alissa McAloon [02.24.17]
The man who helped Final Fantasy XV flourish following years of development hell details his plans and inspirations for the game’s future growth.
Console/PC, Design

GDC 2017 Animation Bootcamp: An expert roundtable Q&A 1
by Mike Jungbluth [02.24.17]
Get a sneak preview of the 2017 Animation Bootcamp, hosted by GDC on Feb 27th. The speakers warmed up with an epic group email conversation, in which they discussed the state of animation in games.
Console/PC, Art, GDC

Come relax with the Gamasutra crew as we play Overwatch today at 3PM EST  
by Bryant Francis [02.24.17]
The world could always use more game conferences. We take a break from prepping for GDC with a few rounds of Overwatch today at 3PM EST.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Watch Nina Freeman & Tim Schafer host the IGF & GDC Awards next week!  
by Staff [02.24.17]
Fullbright's Nina Freeman will host next week's 19th annual Independent Games Festival Awards at GDC 2017, while Double Fine's Tim Schafer returns to host the 17th annual Game Developers Choice Awards!
Console/PC, Indie, GDC, IGF

Blizzard's Overwatch lands game of the year at DICE Awards 1
by Kris Graft [02.24.17]
The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences held its annual DICE Awards ceremony tonight, with Blizzard's Overwatch coming away as the big winner.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Nintendo Switch first impressions: Magical gadgetry with a serious issue 13
by Kris Graft [02.23.17]
Using the Nintendo Switch out in the wild has got me thinking about its wow-factor -- but here in the pre-launch days, there's a serious issue Nintendo needs to sort out.
Console/PC, 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

Get a Job: Insomniac Games is hiring a Gameplay Programmer  
by Staff [02.23.17]
Insomniac Games is looking for a Gameplay Programmer to design and implement gameplay systems and features in Burbank, California.
Console/PC, Programming, Recruitment

Blog: The Greenlight chronicles for Heart. Papers. Border. 2
by Gamasutra Community [02.23.17]
An in-depth analysis and breakdown of the Steam Greenlight campaign behind indie strategy title, Heart. Papers. Border..
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

How John Romero created the tile editor behind Wolfenstein and Rise of the Triad 2
by Gamasutra Community [02.23.17]
John Romero talks to David Lightbown about TEd, the tile editor he created that would eventually be used to ship 33 titles including the Wolfenstein series, Rise of the Triad, and many more.
Console/PC, Programming, Design

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

Round 2 of Project Discovery seeks to use Eve Online to discover actual planets  
by Alissa McAloon [02.22.17]
Eve Online’s latest foray into crowdsourced, citizen science uses in-game player exploration data to advance real-world efforts seeking to discover planets beyond our solar system.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Take your career in games to the next level at GDC 2017!  
by Staff [02.22.17]
GDC is happening next week, and show officials want to remind you about the great career growth and networking opportunities attendees can take advantage of at the show!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, GDC

Lumberyard 1.8 introduces toolset to simplify cloud-based features  
by Alissa McAloon [02.22.17]
The 1.8 beta update hit Amazon’s Lumberyard game engine today and brought with it a new tool centered around making it easier for devs to include cloud-based features in their games.
Console/PC, Programming, Production