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Video Game Deep Cuts: A Romance Crackdown, Wu-Tang Style  
by Gamasutra Staff [02.17.19]
This week's highlights include a piece on Chinese romance games for women, new titles from Crackdown 3 through Metro Exodus to Anthem, and the weird history that led to the Wu-Tang fighting game.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Watch System Era's Brendan Wilson break down the making of Astroneer  
by Bryant Francis [02.15.19]
System Era co-founder Brendan Wilson dropped by the GDC Twitch channel to discuss the making of Astroneer.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Video

Employees at Blizzard's France location unsure if their jobs are safe  
by Emma Kidwell [02.15.19]
Due to French labor laws, an estimated 400 employees at Blizzard's Versailles, France location could be left waiting for months to see if they've lost their jobs or not. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Report: Tencent wants to distribute Apex Legends in China 1
by Emma Kidwell [02.15.19]
Tencent is reportedly in talks with Electronic Arts to bring Apex Legends to China.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Report: Early adopters of the Nintendo Switch weren't in target demographic  
by Emma Kidwell [02.15.19]
Video game research outfit EEDAR published a report earlier this week showing the results from a survey among US players to determine genre trends of 2018. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Looking back at Metro: Last Light to explain how tricky 'immersion' can be 55
by Gamasutra Community [02.15.19]
Adrian Chmielarz (Bulletstorm) takes a tour through Metro: Last Light to expose a common way developers try to foster a sense of immersion -- and why they miss the mark.
Console/PC, Design

US labor organization AFL-CIO urges game developers to unionize in open letter 13
by Alissa McAloon [02.15.19]
“This is a moment for change. It won't come from CEOs. It won't come from corporate boards. And, it won't come from any one person," says the AFL-CIO's Liz Shuler.
Console/PC, Production

Peek under the hood of Ubisoft's AI assistant for players at GDC 2019  
by Staff [02.15.19]
Ubisoft has designed its own AI-driven assistant specifically for video game players, and you can get a firsthand look at how it works when you come to GDC 2019 in San Francisco next month!
Console/PC, Programming, Design, GDC

Chat with the devs behind Astroneer at 3PM ET  
by Bryant Francis [02.15.19]
The developers behind Astroneer are taking your design and development questions at 3PM ET.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Watch GDC 2019 speakers (try to) pitch their talks to you in 60 seconds or less!  
by Staff [02.15.19]
Produced for the fourth year running, these 'Flash Forward' videos are always great encapsulations of what makes GDC talks great: they're fun, lovable, and surprisingly informative!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Video, GDC

Bayonetta 2 game director Yusuke Hashimoto has left Platinum Games  
by Chris Kerr [02.15.19]
Hashimoto broke the news on Twitter, with the announcement coming just a couple of days after Nintendo confirmed Bayonetta 3 was still in development during its latest Nintendo Direct.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Fortnite dance off: Fresh Prince star refused copyright on 'Carlton Dance' 2
by Chris Kerr [02.15.19]
The legal skirmish between Epic Games and those who claim to own the dance moves used as emotes in Fortnite is heating up. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Designing unsettling 'hidden horror' with Layers of Fear dev Bloober Team 1
by John Harris [02.15.19]
Rafal Basaj, producer at Bloober Team, talked with us about Layers of Fear, and his studio's brand of personal, unsettling horror game design.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Enjoy a '93 video tour of id Software while Doom was being made  
by Alex Wawro [02.14.19]
The clip appears to have been online for ages, but if you haven't yet seen it it's well worth a watch to get a sense of what id Software (and game development in general) was like in the '90s. 
Console/PC, Video

Video: Concrete practices to be a better game dev leader  
by Staff [02.14.19]
At GDC 2012 Bungie's Brian Sharp gives a great talk about how to lead well by doing two things: communicating effectively and maintaining perspective.
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: Common problems when translating games into Japanese  
by Clyde Mandelin [02.14.19]
A game dev friend of mine hired a translation agency to translate his latest game into Japanese. I skimmed through it to make sure everything was okay… and it turned out to be a sheer disaster.
Console/PC, Production

Ubisoft isn't worried about an influx of new games stealing Rainbow Six Siege's thunder  
by Alissa McAloon [02.14.19]
The company totes strong player engagement as one noticeable sign that its games had some staying power throughout a competitive holiday season.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

GDC Dev Days deliver fresh insights from top game tech companies!  
by Staff [02.14.19]
Cutting-edge game tech companies are presenting Dev Day sessions this year, and today organizers are excited to highlight offerings from Google, Autodesk, Xsolla, Substance, and The Khronos Group!
Console/PC, GDC

BOY, God of War won big at the DICE Awards
by Kris Graft [02.14.19]
At the DICE Summit in Las Vegas tonight, the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences awarded game of the year to Sony Santa Monica’s God of War.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production

Mario Maker 2 and a Link's Awakening remake drive today's Nintendo Direct  
by Bryant Francis [02.13.19]
Nintendo's first-party efforts for 2019 include a new Mario Maker game and a remake of the Game Boy classic The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing, Video