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Updates » Console/PC
Valve and Ubisoft fined for breaching consumer laws in France  
by Chris Kerr [09.19.18]
Both companies have been fined for breaching consumer laws in France, after failing to implement satisfactory refund policies on their Uplay and Steam digital storefronts. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Sony making mini-console debut with PlayStation Classic 6
by Chris Kerr [09.19.18]
The dinky device will come pre-loaded with 20 classic titles, including fan-favorites such as Final Fantasy VII, Ridge Racer Type 4, Wild Arms, and Tekken 3.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video

Watch our conversation with Spider-Man game director Ryan Smith  
by Bryant Francis [09.18.18]
We chatted with Insomniac Games game director Ryan Smith to learn more about the making of Marvel's Spider-Man.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Video: A how-to guide for Muslim representation in video games
by Staff [09.18.18]
In this GDC 2018 talk, Warner Brothers Montreal's Osama Dorias draws on his life experience, research, and industry experience to explain the importance of positive Muslim representation.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Using Lego bricks to remix Nintendo Labo designs  
by Emma Kidwell [09.18.18]
Designer Vimal Patel combines the Nintendo Labo Variety Kit with Lego pieces to remix the Labo piano, fishing rod, motorbike, and create controller variants.
Console/PC, Design

Nintendo tries bundling Switch with a F2P game: Fortnite 1
by Emma Kidwell [09.18.18]
Nintendo announced a Fortnite Switch bundle earlier today including special in-game items and 1000 V-Bucks, slated for release on October 15.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Dissecting Super Mario Kart's revolutionary game design 3
by Jon Irwin [09.18.18]
In this timeless feature, Gamasutra chats with a dev, a historian, and some pro players about the enduring legacy of Super Mario Kart - and how it influenced so many other games.
Console/PC, Design

Steam's uncensored adult game Negligee isn't available in every country 10
by Alissa McAloon [09.18.18]
The developer of Negligee: Love Stories has restricted the sale of its game on Steam in several countries, reminding devs that the big AO OK from Valve still comes with some caveats.
Console/PC

Capcom shuts down Dead Rising developer Capcom Vancouver 1
by Alissa McAloon [09.18.18]
Capcom has closed down the Vancouver-based studio behind the Dead Rising series, costing 158 developers their jobs in the process.
Console/PC

Wargaming opens new UK studio to develop free-to-play MMO game  
by Emma Kidwell [09.18.18]
Wargaming announced the opening of a new office today located in Guildford, where the studio will be working on an unannounced free-to-play MMO game built using the Unreal Engine.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Spider-Man director Ryan Smith is taking your questions at 4:10PM EDT  
by Bryant Francis [09.18.18]
Insomniac Games' Ryan Smith is taking your questions at 4:10PM EDT as we play Spider-Man on the Gamasutra Twitch channel!
Console/PC, Design, Video

China's console market might be small, but it's starting to take shape  
by Chris Kerr [09.18.18]
Is it worth keeping an eye on the console market in China? Market research outfit Niko Partners certainly thinks so.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Boss Key's multiplayer shooter LawBreakers has officially shut down 1
by Chris Kerr [09.18.18]
The online shooter struggled to find an audience since launching in August 2017.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Creating the satisfying 'swoosh' effect in Super Lucky's Tale
by Michael Voeller [09.18.18]
Hot on the...tail...of the recent Steam launch of Super Lucky's Tale, game dev Michael Voeller shares exactly how he created the game's satisfying "swoosh" effect.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Design

Video: Rapid prototyping for Titanfall 2's single-player mode  
by Staff [09.17.18]
In this GDC 2018 talk, Respawn Entertainment's Christopher Dionne explains a rapid-prototyping technique that helped the studio quickly build levels in Titanfall 2's single-player mode.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Warren Spector shares how to find personal success in the game industry  
by Emma Kidwell [09.17.18]
Deus Ex director Warren Spector delivered a keynote about developer success at the Midwest Game Developers Conference, which the Wisconsin Game Alliance has uploaded to their YouTube channel.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Obituary: Game industry veteran Gene Mauro  
by Emma Kidwell [09.17.18]
In addition to the impactful work Mauro did as founder of CEG, he co-founded Myelin Media, a video game publishing company that would go on to release titles on PC and console in over 50 countries.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Australian study warns of link between loot boxes and problem gambling 3
by Alissa McAloon [09.17.18]
"These results support the position of academics who claim that loot boxes are psychologically akin to gambling," reads a statement shared along with the findings published by the committee today.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Don't Miss: A look at what makes Kirby's Epic Yarn work so well 5
by Gamasutra Community [09.17.18]
Zack Wood takes a critical look at Nintendo and Good-Feel's Wii platformer Kirby's Epic Yarn, exploring how its cohesive fabric-based worldview sets it apart from other games.
Console/PC, Design

Check out the pitch documents for the original Pokemon games  
by Chris Kerr [09.17.18]
The documents offer some interesting insights into the formative days of the now globally recognized franchise, including concept art, sprite designs, and map layouts.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing