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Opinion: Why Guild Wars 2's 'execution'-style ban was a bad idea 18
by Katherine Cross [05.22.15]
ArenaNet recently banned an infamous hacker from its MMO Guild Wars 2 -- by way of virtual execution. But public humiliation is not really the way to go about it, argues Katherine Cross.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Video

Learning a lot, fast by jamming in VR  
by Gamasutra Community [05.22.15]
"I cannot remember when in the past I learned so much in just one month. We proved we are capable of doing a 3D and VR game in this young technology."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Tackling mental illness in game design: A Vanishing Point postmortem  
by Gamasutra Community [05.22.15]
A tough task: Representing mental illness with respect and relevance. "Vanishing Point lacked the laser-precise direction to unite its constituent parts into something thematic, relevant, and positive."
Console/PC, Indie, Production

Point-and-click in the age of touch: Interface design for adventure games 1
by Gamasutra Community [05.22.15]
"Create something new nobody has seen before that ultimately fits your game! Seriously! I'd like to encourage that! There should be more adventure games with innovative and new interfaces."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

How to use Photoshop Layer Styles: An advanced guide for game illustrators 9
by Gamasutra Community [05.22.15]
"If you're like many Photoshop users, you might not use Layer Styles much. Or maybe you think that they're only good for cheesy bevel and drop shadow effects. Actually, Layer Styles can be very powerful."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Art

Desura is not paying developers, but promises a fix 1
by Christian Nutt [05.21.15]
After devs complain publicly about not being paid, the digital download platform releases a statement saying it's "working to correct" problems. Gamasutra speaks to its head of dev relations to find out more.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

How Nintendo prototypes games, starring its first new IP in years: Splatoon 2
by Christian Nutt [05.21.15]
The road to creating the ink-based shooter -- which releases very soon -- was anything but smooth, a new interview with the developers reveals.
Console/PC

Tapping VR's potential for putting you into an experience  
by Christian Nutt [05.21.15]
"Two years from now, I guarantee youíll be standing in the middle of the Boston Marathon bombing aftermath, instead of watching it on TV."
Console/PC, Design

League of Legends begins testing automated 'player reform' system  
by Christian Nutt [05.21.15]
For players in North America who partake of "verbal harassment," there's a new world of punishment opening up -- as Riot further aims to stamp out toxicity.
Console/PC, Design

Video: Study Sony's Morpheus Heist demo in action 1
by Alex Wawro [05.21.15]
Sony brought a Morpheus game demo to GDC this year that got a lot of people talking, and now VR-curious developers who missed it can now see how The Heist works in action.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video

Video: Behind the scenes of Guilty Gear Xrd's striking 2D/3D art 1
by Staff [05.21.15]
At GDC 2015, Guilty Gear Xrd artist Junya C. Motomura explains how the team rebuilt a classic 2D fighting game in a full-3D graphical framework, while maintaining all of its old-school 2D charms.
Console/PC, Art, Video, Vault

How to manage a 2D art team  
by Gamasutra Community [05.21.15]
"Here I have some tips to share of how to manage an art team. We do outsourcing work, and I think if your art team is a developerís internal team, it doesnít make much difference."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art

Get a job: Monolith is hiring an experienced Project Manager  
by Staff [05.21.15]
The studio responsible for the award-winning Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor are looking to hire a senior-level project manager to work alongside the team in Kirkland, Washington.
Console/PC, Production, Recruitment

Don't Miss: How Rockstar almost canned the first Grand Theft Auto 3
by Tristan Donovan [05.21.15]
In this classic 2011 feature, Replay author Tristan Donovan interviews Gary Penn about Penn's experiences at Rockstar (then DMA Designs) and the troubled launch of the first Grand Theft Auto.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

NES creator signs on to help The Strong chronicle video game history  
by Alex Wawro [05.21.15]
The Strong Museum of Play is teaming up with Japan's Ritsumeikan University and ex-Nintendo hardware guru Masayuki Uemara to better preserve and exhibit the history of the video game industry.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Take-Two is taking the BBC to court over Rockstar biopic 4
by Alex Wawro [05.21.15]
The parent company of Rockstar Games says the BBC hasn't consulted Rockstar enough (or indeed, at all) in its production of a made-for-TV drama based on the studio's life story.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

The 'strange attractor' in video game design 15
by Gamasutra Community [05.21.15]
"Before gameplay, mechanics, monetization, or any other key design consideration, a new video game design needs to consider the most important aspect of all: a good concept."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

Come to GDC Europe for tips on soft-launching your next mobile game  
by Staff [05.21.15]
GDC Europe 2015 is months away, and conference organizers are highlighting two can't-miss sessions on the process of soft-launching your iOS game and the trick to coding adaptive clothing systems for open-world games.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing, GDC Europe

Kickstarter, or, every publisher's new greenlight process 23
by Gamasutra Community [05.21.15]
On Bloodstained and the new crowdfunding: "Hey, wait a minute! They don't need Kickstarter money to make this game, they need Kickstarter to prove there's an audience so they can get their real funding!"
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Making a VR game ASAP: Galaxy Grapple, a Gear VR jam postmortem  
by Gamasutra Community [05.21.15]
Quick iterations and gameplay experimentation: A look back at the dev process for a VR game developed under tight constraints for a competition.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production