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Lumberyard 1.8 introduces toolset to simplify cloud-based features  
by Alissa McAloon [02.22.17]
The 1.8 beta update hit Amazon’s Lumberyard game engine today and brought with it a new tool centered around making it easier for devs to include cloud-based features in their games.
Console/PC, Programming, Production

Don't Miss: The game developer's toolbox (for students) 6
by Gamasutra Community [02.22.17]
In this 2016 blog post, Anna Jenelius runs through some useful game development basics that both fledgling and veteran game developers should keep in mind if they avoid potentially progress-killing pitfalls.
Indie, Design, Production

Valve drops $3k price tag from required SteamVR license training  
by Alissa McAloon [02.22.17]
Valve has dropped the paid course requirement for licensing its SteamVR position-tracking technology and has instead made the coursework available for free online.
VR, Console/PC, Production

At GDC 2017, get expert tips on improving your game's user experience 1
by Staff [02.22.17]
At GDC 2017 next week, veteran game devs from across the industry will have a boisterous discussion about the effects of data, creativity, and development constraints on the user experience in games.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, GDC

Alt.Ctrl.GDC Showcase: Schadenfreude  
by Joel Couture [02.21.17]
Schadenfreude is about being trapped in an elevator in which someone keeps hitting the wrong buttons. It's a game of secrets and betrayal between humans stuck in a cramped space.
Indie, Design, Production, Video

Square Enix opens new Tokyo studio to develop narrative-driven RPGs  
by Chris Kerr [02.21.17]
Final Fantasy developer Square Enix has cut the ribbon on a new Tokyo studio from Tales Of producer Hideo Baba.
Production, Business/Marketing

Making Psychonauts humor work in VR -- without making people sick  
by Alex Wawro [02.21.17]
"There's a million little things that the team learned," says Tim Schafer, joined by Rhombus lead Chad Dawson. "Like I learned that it's not as fun to look behind you as I thought it was going to be."
VR, Design, Production

Blog: It was all for love - The Evangeline postmortem 1
by Gamasutra Community [02.20.17]
In this post, Nicholas Laborde, video game "business guy" and founder of Raconteur Games, recounts the development of a game about life, love, and loss.
Design, Production

Grandia creators discuss the importance of compelling characters 1
by Chris Kerr [02.20.17]
The team over at Shmuplations have dug up and translated another vintage game dev interview, this time featuring the creators behind classic RPG, Grandia
Console/PC, Design, Production

Todd Howard talks the pros and cons of bringing Fallout to VR  
by Chris Kerr [02.20.17]
"I will say that Fallout works because of the interface. The Pip-Boy is on your wrist and we've been able to present so that it works the way you expect."
VR, Production

Alt.Ctrl.GDC Showcase: Student project Zombie Crawler 2
by Joel Couture [02.20.17]
In Zombie Crawler, players become the creeping dead, using their hands on a custom designed treadmill to pull themselves toward a human victim.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Video

Video Game Deep Cuts: A Loom-ing Night In The Woods  
by Gamasutra Staff [02.19.17]
This week's Video Game Deep Cuts include everything from A Night In The Woods' cartoon realism to a history of Loom, and much more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Gabe Newell discusses the downsides of working at Valve 27
by Alex Wawro [02.17.17]
"There are plenty of great developers for whom this is a terrible place to work," Newell said. "People at Valve have to get used to working without a safety net."
Console/PC, Production

Blog: Building a scalable online game with Azure, part 1 10
by Gamasutra Community [02.17.17]
In this blog series, I'm walking you through the basics of getting your gaming backend up and running in the cloud and storing your player data in a scalable cloud storage.
Design, Production

Valve patches major Team Fortress 2 bug after a decade  
by Chris Kerr [02.17.17]
Valve has finally patched a 10-yea-old Team Fortress 2 bug that caused client and server hitboxes to fall out of sync. 
Console/PC, Production, Video

Finding the fun when developing licensed games  
by Chris Kerr [02.17.17]
"My whole philosophy when it comes to working on projects is to find something you enjoy about the project you're working on and make it great."
Production, Business/Marketing

How to make game development meetings more productive 2
by Bryant Francis [02.16.17]
Meetings don't have to feel like a black hole of productivity. Riot Games' Juliet Nuzzo shared with us how to be frank and honest about meetings that hurt more than they help.
Console/PC, Production, Video

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

Alt.Ctrl.GDC Showcase: Student project Emotional Fugitive Detector  
by Joel Couture [02.16.17]
Emotions make people dangerous in the world of Emotional Fugitive Detector. A machine is designed to scan the player's face and look for them, failing them should they be a too expressive.
Indie, Programming, Design, Production, Video

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