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Step up your teaching game by attending GDC 2017's Education Summit  
by Staff [02.16.17]
Don't miss out on these great education-focused talks that will be taking place during the Education Summit at GDC 2017 later this month!
Console/PC, Indie, Serious, GDC

Don't Miss: How to train players right, so they don't hate learning to play 13
by Mike Stout [02.16.17]
Designer Mike Stout takes a look at examples of in-game training that skip the boring tutorials and teach players the rules of the game by letting them play the game.
Console/PC, Design

Nintendo might not have flourished without help from the Yakuza  
by Alissa McAloon [02.16.17]
A recent video from Eurogamer takes a deeper look at Nintendo’s origins as a playing card company and how the Yakuza and illegal gambling rings helped the company survive.
Console/PC, Video

Attend GDC 2017 and study how arcade culture has shaped eSports today  
by Staff [02.16.17]
Tom Cannon, cofounder of Radiant Entertainment and, the Evolution Championship Series (EVO) fighting game tourney, is coming to GDC 2017 to talk about how competitive game design influences players.
Console/PC, Social/Online, GDC

Blog: A design discussion - Bloodborne vs Dark Souls 3 1
by Gamasutra Community [02.16.17]
From Software has been refining their action RPG design to a tee, and it's now time to break down two of their biggest hits.
Console/PC, Design

Road to the IGF: Student project Un Pas Fragile  
by Joel Couture [02.16.17]
A frog ballet dancer takes her first hesitant steps alongside the player in Un Pas Fragile. "It's a slow-mo WarioWare that tells a story," says developer Géraud de Courrèges.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Production, Video, IGF

Designing boss fights from the bad guy's POV in Nefarious  
by Alan Bradley [02.16.17]
“It's a big love-letter to video game villains. Being the villain informed a lot of our decisions, from reverse boss fights to which side of the screen your health bar goes."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video

Gabe Newell explains Valve's budgeting process: there is none 16
by Alex Wawro [02.15.17]
"At Valve, we don't have a budgeting process," says company chief Gabe Newell. ""The scarce commodity here is not money -- it's how many hours there are in a day."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Watch top devs discuss video game storytelling in new vid series 5
by Alex Wawro [02.15.17]
The whole video series, titled "The Game Makers: Inside Story," is free to watch right now on the AIAS' YouTube channel and covers a broad enough range to interest most folks working in games today. 
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Video

Sony discontinues PlayStation Now on PS3, Vita, and most other devices 5
by Alissa McAloon [02.15.17]
Sony has significantly slashed the number of devices that support its PlayStation Now game streaming service in order to ‘further develop the user experience’ on PS4 and PC.
Console/PC

How Blizzard 'sold gold' in World of Warcraft without ruining the game 6
by Alissa McAloon [02.15.17]
A Glixel interview with game director Ion Hazzikostas dives into how Blizzard turned the failure of Diablo 3's cash based marketplace into a successful system in World of Warcraft.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Don't skip the Game Design Workshop at GDC 2017  
by Staff [02.15.17]
Come to GDC 2017 and attend the Game Design Workshop, an intensive two-day event where you'll study and scrutinize game design under the guidance of experts from Riot, Ubisoft, EA Motive, and more!
Console/PC, Design, GDC

Amazon taps John Smedley to lead new San Diego game studio 1
by Alissa McAloon [02.15.17]
The newest studio in the Amazon Games family has set up shop in San Diego and will be lead by none other than former Daybreak president and Pixelmage Games founder John Smedley.
Console/PC, Production

Chat with Riot Games producer Juliet Nuzzo today at 3PM EST 1
by Bryant Francis [02.15.17]
Join us at 3PM EST for a chat about game production inside one of the industry's most complex game development companies.
Console/PC, Production, Video

Unreal Engine 4.15 update brings experimental Nintendo Switch support  
by Chris Kerr [02.15.17]
The latest version of Unreal Engine (4.15) has landed, and what's notable about this iteration is the inclusion of Nintendo Switch support. 
Console/PC, Design, Production

Is the Switch's HD Rumble feature a big deal for devs? Miyamoto thinks so 1
by Chris Kerr [02.15.17]
"When you put your pen on the screen, it's not just this dull vibration, you can feel the tap that the tip of the pen makes on the screen."
Console/PC, Design

'Feels like a different life': Arkane's Colantonio on going from Arx Fatalis to Prey 1
by Alex Wawro [02.15.17]
"We seem disorganized and like we don't know what we're doing, but I think it's part of a process," Arkane's Raphael Colantonio tells Gamasutra in this in-depth chat about his upcoming game Prey.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

Road to the IGF: Student project FAR: Lone Sails  
by Joel Couture [02.15.17]
The connection between humans and the machines we need for surival earned FAR: Lone Sails a nomination for Best Student Game at the Independent Games Festival. Take a peek behind the dev curtain.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, IGF

Get an inside look at the design of Ubisoft's For Honor at GDC 2017!  
by Staff [02.14.17]
At GDC 2017, Ubisoft's Aurélie Le Chevalier will detail how Ubisoft developed For Honor's "Modifiers" system, a data-driven system that allows designers to dynamically create gameplay effects.
Console/PC, Design, GDC

Get a job: Double Fine Productions is hiring an Art Director  
by Staff [02.14.17]
Double fine is looking for an Art Director to supervise visual direction, maintain an art production pipeline, and ensure the delivery of all assets in San Fransisco, CA.
Console/PC, Art, Recruitment