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Don't Miss: Devs recount their first game design experiences 5
by Staff [09.04.18]
When were you first bitten by the game design bug? Was it a mod level? A playground game? A cool Mario level scribbled in crayon? We asked 19 developers to share their origin stories with us.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Looking back at the level design triumphs of Super Metroid 1
by Alissa McAloon [09.04.18]
Game Maker’s Toolkit has released a new video in its Boss Keys series that offers an in-depth look at a game that would later have an entire genre named at least partially named after it.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Anthem isn't charging for story DLC in an effort to keep its audience undivided 4
by Alissa McAloon [09.04.18]
BioWare’s upcoming multiplayer game Anthem won’t be locking post-release story content behind a paywall.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

PSA: Discounted early registration for XRDC ends this Wednesday!  
by Staff [09.04.18]
With just over a day left before XRDC early registration closes Wednesday, September 6th, conference organizers are encouraging anyone interested in coming to register now at a discounted rate!
VR, Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

GDC 2019 is looking for great AI talks, so submit yours today!  
by Staff [09.04.18]
Hey devs, submit your pitches for talks for next year's GDC AI Summit, which presents panels and lectures from top game AI programmers, designers, researchers, and AI enthusiasts in the industry!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming

NBA 2K producer: Microtransations are 'unfortunate reality' of modern games 4
by Chris Kerr [09.04.18]
"Every game, at some point, in some way has currency and they’re trying to get additional revenue from each player that plays the game."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Switch sales nearing 5 million units in Japan  
by Chris Kerr [09.04.18]
The Nintendo Switch has now sold 4.97 million units in Japan, meaning the versatile console is agonizingly close to crossing 5 million sales on home soil.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Book Excerpt: Understanding video games as culture  
by Daniel Muriel and Garry Crawford [09.04.18]
This excerpt from "Video Games as Culture: Considering the Role and Importance of Video Games in Contemporary Society" examines how games can help players access other experiences and realities.
Console/PC, Indie

Let's Sing 2019 heading to PS4, Xbox One, and... the Nintendo Wii? 1
by Chris Kerr [09.03.18]
You'd be forgiven for thinking the Nintendo Wii was dead and buried. After all, the console was discontinued back in 2013, but one publisher seems to think there's life in the old dog yet.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Sony scrapping PS2 aftercare service in Japan  
by Chris Kerr [09.03.18]
Sony is preparing to discontinue its PlayStation 2 aftercare service in Japan, meaning console owners will no longer be able to send the aging machine in for repair should disaster strike.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: That Donut Exapunks Mooncrash  
by Gamasutra Staff [09.02.18]
This week's highlights include analyses or interviews on Donut County, Exapunks, Prey: Mooncrash & many more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Punk's not dead - Why No More Heroes matters 3
by Steve Gaynor [08.31.18]
"Above all, No More Heroes is gleefully absurd and self-referential. It lampoons the standard pretenses of video games as well as its own audience," writes Steve Gaynor in this 2008 opinion piece.
Console/PC

Rocket League takes a page from Fortnite with new limited-time Rocket Pass 2
by Emma Kidwell [08.31.18]
Rocket League details the Rocket Pass, a limited-time progression system available to players starting September 5 and running through November 26.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Atlus USA is hiring a Submissions Specialist  
by Staff [08.31.18]
Atlus USA is currently seeking an energetic and organized Submissions Specialist to manage first party submissions for all title, manages the relationship with various ratings boards, and more.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Recruitment

Nazi tattoos scrubbed from Scum days after Early Access debut 6
by Alissa McAloon [08.31.18]
A trio of tattoos that featured Nazi symbols or imagery have been removed from the prison-set survival game Scum, a discovery and removal that both fall within days of the game’s Early Access launch.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Final Fantasy XIV surpasses 14 million lifetime registered players  
by Alissa McAloon [08.31.18]
Square Enix's flagship Final Fantasy MMORPG now boasts over 14 million registered accounts since the game’s rocky 2010 launch (and more successful 2013 relaunch).
Console/PC, Social/Online

Jacksonville shooting survivor files lawsuit against EA and others for negligence 3
by Alissa McAloon [08.31.18]
The suit alleges that the event host, organizers, and other involved parties failed to provide attendees and competitors with a 'safe and secure environment.'
Console/PC

Sony CEO says limited cross-platform play provides the 'best user experience' 5
by Alissa McAloon [08.31.18]
"On cross-platform, our way of thinking is always that PlayStation is the best place to play," said Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida this week.
Console/PC, Social/Online

GDC 2019 welcomes a wonderful group of new Summit advisors!  
by Staff [08.31.18]
GDC 2019 welcomes Emily Short, Grace Carroll, Miguel Sicart, Tanya X. Short, Steve Swink, and Katrina Wolfe as advisory board members for the GDC 2019 Summits!
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, GDC

Phantom Brigade dev Tetragon Works merges with Brace Yourself Games  
by Chris Kerr [08.31.18]
A short tweet revealed Tetragon has merged specifically with Brace Yourself's Vancouver studio, and that turn-based mech tactics title Phantom Brigade is new being developed under its watchful eye.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing