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Overwatch player count hits 10 million after three weeks 3
by Chris Kerr [06.15.16]
Over 10 million players have flocked to play Blizzard's online hero-shooter, Overwatch, since the game launched on May 24.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: A simple 10 minute UI litmus test 4
by Gamasutra Community [06.15.16]
Some tips and tricks for gauging the effectiveness of your UI through a simulated experience of a new user.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Postmortem: Dinosaur Polo Club's Mini Metro Exclusive 8
by Peter Curry [06.15.16]
"I initially saw Mini Metro as an opportunity to have an iPad app under my belt and a little pocket money. My brother Peter saw it as potentially leading to a career as an independent game developer."
Console/PC, Indie, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Video

Microsoft says 'no' to the notion of Scorpio-exclusive Xbox games 6
by Alex Wawro [06.14.16]
As E3 2016 putters along, Microsoft executive Aaron Greenberg responds to people questioning whether or not some games might be exclusive to Microsoft's more powerful "Scorpio" Xbox with "no."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, E3

Video game pioneer Ralph Baer's desk has become a museum exhibit 6
by Alex Wawro [06.14.16]
Video game history buffs have finished installing the desk of Ralph Baer, widely credited as the "father of video games", at the Strong Museum of Play in Rochester, New York.

Xbox boss Phil Spencer on Scorpio and the future of console cycles  
by Chris Kerr [06.14.16]
"Consumer expectation is that, if you wanted to, you could go buy a new cell phone every year. I don’t want to get into that mode with a console."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, E3

Postmortem: Paradox Development Studio's Stellaris 4
by Henrik Fåhraeus & Rikard Åslund [06.14.16]
Game director Henrik Fåhraeus and project lead Rikard Åslund take us through the making of Paradox Development Studio's epic 4X space strategy game Stellaris
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Video

Kojima Productions reveals new game Death Stranding at E3 2
by Chris Baker [06.13.16]
Hideo Kojima appeared on stage at Sony's E3 press conference to unveil a trailer for Kojima Productions' new game, its first since parting ways with Konami. The game will be called Death Stranding.
Console/PC, Art, Design, E3

Sony confirms release date for Playstation VR at E3  
by Chris Baker [06.13.16]
At E3 today, Sony set a firm release date of October 13th for their VR hardware previously known as Project Morpheus. They also announced VR titles in major franchise like Final Fantasy and Star Wars.
VR, Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video, E3

Finally: Sony confirms The Last Guardian release date at E3  
by Chris Baker [06.13.16]
Sony's long awaited platfotmer The Last Guardian finally gets a release date at E3 2016.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video, E3

Watch the PlayStation conference at E3 2016 right here  
by Staff [06.13.16]
This year's Electronic Entertainment Expo continues with Sony's PlayStation showcase at 6 PM Pacific, which the company will surely use to hype up its games and hardware plans for the year to come.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video, E3

After nearly 15 years, Penny Arcade chief Robert Khoo calls it quits  
by Alex Wawro [06.13.16]
Longtime Penny Arcade president Robert Khoo has announced plans to step down next month, after nearly 15 years at the company helping to oversee the rise of (among other things) PAX and Child's Play.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Analysis: Microsoft's cross-platform future is about competing on its own terms 5
by Kris Graft [06.13.16]
Microsoft's E3 2016 press conference was all about platform agnosticism and leveraging its unique advantage as the owner of Windows.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, E3

Don't miss Gamasutra's E3 2016 coverage all week long!  
by Staff [06.13.16]
E3 2016 is off and running! We're running along with it, and now you can keep tabs on Gamasutra's coverage of breaking news and developer-focused interviews on our special event page.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, E3

Microsoft confirms plans to release a more powerful Xbox next year: 'Scorpio' 1
by Alex Wawro [06.13.16]
Xbox chief Phil Spencer closed out Microsoft's E3 showcase today by confirming that yes, Microsoft is going to release a more powerful Xbox console next year that will play all existing Xbox One games.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, E3

New 'Play Anywhere' initiative reinforces Microsoft's cross-platform push  
by Alex Wawro [06.13.16]
Microsoft is amping up its cross-platform push with "Play Anywhere," a new initiative announced during its E3 press event today that encompasses a number of games which will be playable on both Xbox and Windows 10.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, E3

Microsoft gets deeper into eSports with Arena for Xbox  
by Alex Wawro [06.13.16]
At E3 this week Microsoft laid plans to launch a new service on Xbox, Arena, designed to let people sign up for, compete in and watch tournaments for games.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, E3

Watch the Xbox E3 conference right here at 9:30 AM Pacific  
by Staff [06.13.16]
E3 week begins this morning at 9:30 AM Pacific with Microsoft's Xbox event in Los Angeles, where the company is expected to talk up its lineup of video games and hardware for the year ahead.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video, E3

Get storytelling tips and advice from a Pixar vet at GDC Europe  
by Staff [06.13.16]
Pixar's Matthew Luhn has worked on everything from Toy Story to Finding Nemo and Up. Now he's coming to GDC Europe to share his wisdom with developers looking to tell great stories in games.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, GDC Europe

UKIE CEO and Team17 co-founder awarded OBE and MBE  
by Chris Kerr [06.13.16]
Team17 co-founder and owner Debbie Bestwick and UKIE CEO Joe Twist have been named on this year's Queen's Birthday Honours list for their contributions to the UK video game industry.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing