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The challenge of maintaining class balance in Hearthstone's Arena mode 2
by Stefanie Fogel [09.27.16]
“One of the most important things is finding the core identity for a class and sticking to it,” says Blizzard designer Peter Whalen. "It’s also more fun if all of the classes are very powerful."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design

Take a close look at the level design of some exceptional Zelda games 2
by Bryant Francis [09.26.16]
The two Zelda games released on the Game Boy Color have some seminal lessons for level designers---at least, that's what YouTube critic Mark Brown argues in his latest episode of Boss Keys.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Campo Santo goes Hollywood with plans for a Firewatch film adaptation 1
by Bryant Francis [09.26.16]
Firewatch is heading for the silver screen thanks to a new deal between Campo Santo and film production company Good Universe.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Why are so many devs employing a retro '90s aesthetic? 27
by Joel Couture [09.26.16]
In this timeless feature we talk to developers of Back in 1995, MacBat 64, Racing Apex, morphê, and Else Heart.Break(), games designed to look as if they were made for the PS1 or the Sega Saturn.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design

Game industry welcomes more women composers, still pays them less than men 3
by Alex Wawro [09.26.16]
"The difference in total income is equivalent to approximately 2.1 years of experience," reads an analysis of a recent game audio industry survey. "That is, the ‘cost’ of being female in game audio."
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Philadelphia 76ers make eSports move to harness industry's 'incredible' potential  
by Chris Kerr [09.26.16]
The Philadelphia 76ers have become the first North American sports franchise to break into the world of eSports after acquiring controlling stakes in Team Dignitas and Team Apex.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Ubisoft claws back more shares as Vivendi fight continues  
by Chris Kerr [09.26.16]
Ubisoft has won another small victory in its fight against media conglomerate Vivendi by buying back 3.625 million of its own shares for $137.9 million (€122.5 million).
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

More Steam changes inbound as Valve targets discoverability 11
by Chris Kerr [09.26.16]
"This change should result in your title appearing to a smaller, but better targeted group of potential customers based on their preferences and tastes."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: Memories from BioShock lead programmer Christopher Kline  
by Gamasutra Community [09.26.16]
After BioShock lead programmer Christopher Kline had to pull out of our recent Twitch stream, he was kind enough to share a few memories of his work on the game
Console/PC, Programming

Blog: What Badland tells us about mobile-to-console ports  
by Gamasutra Community [09.26.16]
Ubisoft game designer Stanislav Costiuc examines the mobile-to-console port of one-touch puzzler, Badlands.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet

7 games with entertaining fail states that every dev should study 15
by Joel Couture [09.26.16]
Death where is thy sting? Many games have such clever and entertaining fail states that you practically look forward to your next untimely demise. We spoke to several devs about their favorites.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Video Game Deep Cuts: Prague, Rogue, & FiveRP  
by Gamasutra Staff [09.25.16]
This Video Game Deep Cuts selection, picking top longform video game articles and videos of the week, looks at everything from Prague in the latest Deus Ex to Roguelike Celebration & GTA V mods.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Cryptic Studios is hiring a Character Artist  
by Staff [09.23.16]
The Star Trek Online dev is hiring an artist to work closely with the rest of the team at its Los Gatos, CA studio and contribute to creating creatures, weapons, armor and costumes in its games.
Console/PC, Art, Recruitment

Don't Miss: 20 Atari games every designer should play 10
by John Harris [09.23.16]
Check out this classic 2008 feature from Gamasutra about 20 timeless Atari games showcasing intriguing mechanics or design decisions that modern game developers should study and learn from.
Console/PC, Design

Facebook, Intel come out on top at AI-only Doom deathmatch battle royale 3
by Alex Wawro [09.23.16]
The folks behind Doom-based AI research platform VizDoom released results of a competition to see who can build the best Doom-playing AI -- and the winning teams were from Facebook and Intel.
Console/PC, Programming, Video

Q&A: Implementing and balancing traversal mechanics in Grow Up 1
by Chris Kerr [09.23.16]
"We had a vision of an unbounded planet very early on, a place where BUD could explore a world from any angle in any way without linearity."
Console/PC, Design, Video

Open the pod bay doors and join us for a developer stream of Event[0]  
by Staff [09.23.16]
I can’t let you do that Dave. But I can let you join us for a stream of Event[0] today at 3PM EST on our new Twitch channel, where we'll be interviewing the developers of the new AI conversation game.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Frictional's existential horror game Soma sells 450K, turns profit 2
by Chris Kerr [09.23.16]
"We spent over five years making our, by far, most ambitious game ever. We also spent quite a lot of money on various outsourcing such as voice acting, 3D models and animations."
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Today is the last day to submit talks for the Summits and VRDC at GDC 2017!  
by Staff [09.23.16]
GDC organizers want to remind you that today is the last day to propose a talk for one of the Game Developers Conference 2017 Summits or the VR-focused VRDC at GDC 2017!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, GDC

Beyond the sea: Devs look back at the influential BioShock 2  
by Bryant Francis [09.23.16]
We caught up with some of the developers from BioShock 2 for lessons and memories from the game's development.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production, Video