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Streamer raises $340,000 for trans charity by playing Donkey Kong 64  
by Chris Kerr [01.22.19]
Streamer Harry Brewis (a.k.a. H.Bomberguy) has raised over $340,000 for UK trans charity Mermaids by hosting a star-studded Donkey Kong 64 marathon.
Console/PC

Square Enix has trademarked the name of Octopath Traveler's art style 7
by Chris Kerr [01.22.19]
The company has used the term to describe the Switch RPG's unique art style, which combines 16-bit character sprites and textures with polygonal 3D environments and high-definition effects.
Console/PC, Art, Production

Blog: Fascination with the Obra Dinn 4
by Gamasutra Community [01.21.19]
Having played Return of the Obra Dinn recently, I was inspired to write about historical settings, exploring themes, co-linear storytelling, and ships - all within the context of the Obra Dinn.
Console/PC, Design

Video Game Deep Cuts: NASA Slime-d Me With A BadCupid  
by Gamasutra Staff [01.20.19]
This week's highlights include a look at NASA's new commissions in the video game space, the crunch-free development of Slime Rancher, and a very offkilter procedurally generated dating game, among other things.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: The highs and lows of Hitman's episodic release  
by Staff [01.18.19]
Io Interactive's Hannes Seifert shares the highs and lows of transforming Hitman into an episodic release title.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Cloud Imperium Games spent $4M a month in 2017 developing Star Citizen 3
by Emma Kidwell [01.18.19]
Cloud Imperium Games, the studio behind Star Citizen and Squadron 42, released an eight-page accounting document a few weeks ago which shows how the company has spent its income since 2012.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Weekly Jobs Roundup: Wargaming, Digital Extremes, and more are hiring now!  
by Staff [01.18.19]
Here are just some of the many, many positions being advertised right now on the Gamasutra Job Board.
VR, Console/PC, Programming, Art, Design, Recruitment

Microsoft says its game streaming service has an advantage thanks to Xbox  
by Alissa McAloon [01.18.19]
Microsoft says the experience it's gained through its Xbox dealings gives it a potential leg up on the competition. 
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Don't Miss: A postmortem of DrinkBox Studios' Guacamelee! 7
by Staff [01.18.19]
Learn about the development of the popular and acclaimed Metroidvania -- including how the game's distinctive look evolved and competition for studio resources created friction.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

Starbreeze delays console release of Overkill's The Walking Dead  
by Alissa McAloon [01.18.19]
The decision to hold off on releasing the console version comes months after low sales of the PC release prompted Starbreeze to cut costs across the board.
Console/PC

Make time to learn from industry leaders at GDC 2019's Dev Days!  
by Staff [01.18.19]
Hey devs, make sure to leave some room in your GDC schedule for some of the insightful Developer Day sessions sponsored by industry leaders like Unity, Autodesk, Google, Amazon, Facebook, and more!
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, GDC

GDC 2019 offers a full day of cutting-edge machine learning talks!  
by Staff [01.18.19]
At GDC 2019 in March and you'll have the chance to spend a full day learning from some of the best and brightest in the game industry at the brand new, cutting-edge GDC 2019 Machine Learning Tutorial!
VR, Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Production, GDC

Netflix claims Fortnite is now a bigger competitor than HBO 1
by Chris Kerr [01.18.19]
Streaming mogul Netflix claims Fortnite is now a bigger competitor than other media companies like Game of Thrones and True Detective producer HBO.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Splash Damage has released the full game design document for Dirty Bomb  
by Chris Kerr [01.18.19]
Developers and fans can now learn how Splash Damage brought the title to life by poring over hundreds of pages of designs, sketches, system notes, concept art, biro drawings, and more. 
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production

Video: Brain training for game developers  
by Staff [01.17.19]
In this GDC 2012 talk, game developer Scott Crabtree presents a series of brain games that can help game developers keep their minds sharp for making their own wonderful games.
Console/PC, Production, Video

Ubisoft issues apology for controversial Assassin's Creed Odyssey DLC 5
by Emma Kidwell [01.17.19]
Assassin's Creed Odyssey creative director Jonathan Dumont has issued an apology following a controversial DLC release. 
Console/PC, Design

Bethesda bans Fallout 76 players who accessed secret developer room 6
by Emma Kidwell [01.17.19]
Bethesda has confirmed that it is issuing temporary bans to players who have accessed a secret "developer room" full of unreleased items for Fallout 76
Console/PC, Design

Analyst: PUBG out-earned every other premium PC and console game in 2018  
by Alissa McAloon [01.17.19]
SuperData's end-of-year report lists PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds as 2018's top premium earner on console and PC, beating out Fifa 18, Grand Theft Auto V, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: How working on gross, violent games can affect developers 20
by Staff [01.17.19]
We often hear about how playing violent or otherwise disquieting games affects people, but how does the process of working on these projects affect developers? Gamasutra chats with a few to find out.
Console/PC, Art, Audio

After a long back and forth, Improbable confirms future Unity support for SpatialOS 1
by Alissa McAloon [01.17.19]
It's the conclusion of a week-long public back and forth between the two companies, one that both began and ended with changes to Unity's Terms of Service.
Console/PC, Social/Online