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Video Game Deep Cuts: Killing Sims, Redeeming Deus Ex's Tools 2
by Gamasutra Staff [10.29.18]
This week's highlights include a morbid piece on killing in-game characters in The Sims series, a plethora of writing around the launch of Red Dead Redemption 2, and an interview on the tools used to make the classic Deus Ex.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Weekly Jobs Roundup: Square Enix, Monomi Park, and more are hiring now!  
by Staff [10.26.18]
Whether you're just starting out, looking for something new, or just seeing what's out there, the Gamasutra Job Board is the place where game developers move ahead in their careers.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Production, Recruitment

Epic Games secures $1.25 billion from multiple investors 6
by Chris Kerr [10.26.18]
It's a deal that will see each of those investors join Tencent, Disney, and Endeavor as minority shareholders in Epic, which continues to be led by CEO and co-founder Tim Sweeney.
Console/PC, Programming, Production, Business/Marketing

Raspberry Pi launches game dev magazine Wireframe 2
by Chris Kerr [10.26.18]
Wireframe will be released every fortnight, and will dive into how games are made, who makes them, and how readers can go about building their own games.
Programming, Design, Production

Blog: A different approach to difficulty 4
by Gamasutra Community [10.25.18]
In this blog I want to explain why games should try and give players with the tools to cook to their own palate, provided it is a meaningful experience.
Design, Production

Crunch, work-life balance, and Assassin's Creed Odyssey: A view from the top  
by Kris Graft [10.25.18]
Three bosses at Ubisoft Quebec, the studio behind recently-released Assassin's Creed Odyssey, give us a bird's-eye view of crunch & work-life balance when making one of the biggest games of the year.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Exploring active storytelling in video games 17
by Staff [10.24.18]
In this 2010 feature, writer and designer Chuck Jordan (Sam & Max series) explains why the myth that narrative and gameplay are incompatible is so wrong by using the language of horror films.
Design, Production

Get a job: MLB Advanced Media is hiring a Lead Technical Director  
by Staff [10.23.18]
NYC-based MLB Advanced Media is looking to immediately fill a Lead TD position. The TD is responsible for the entire MLB Advanced Media engineering team, in close coordination with the other leads.
VR, Production, Recruitment

Rockstar devs detail the company's long and troubled relationship with crunch 6
by Alissa McAloon [10.23.18]
A long and in-depth story from Kotaku collects the experiences of over 70 Rockstar developers, 43 former and 34 current, to dig into the developer’s public and private relationship with crunch culture. 
Console/PC, Production

Brewing meaningful UX in the interactive visual novel Coffee Talk 1
by Adlan Arvyanda Ramly [10.23.18]
Toge Productions UX and UI engineer intern Adlan Arvyanda Ramly explains how they improved the user interface, user experience, and general usability of chatty barista simulator, Coffee Talk.
Console/PC, Design, Production

Classic Tools Retrospective: The tools that built Deus Ex 7
by Gamasutra Community [10.23.18]
David Lightbown interviews Chris Norden about the history of tools development for Deus Ex. Learn how the team customized the Unreal Editor, developed dialogue and export tools, created lip-sync technology, and more.
Console/PC, Programming, Production, History

Common problems when translating games into Japanese
by Clyde Mandelin [10.22.18]
A game dev friend of mine recently hired a translation agency to translate his latest game into Japanese. I skimmed through it to make sure everything was okay… and it turned out to be a sheer disaster.
Console/PC, Production

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Astro Genius, Redeemed  
by Gamasutra Staff [10.21.18]
This week's highlights include a rave for Astro Bot VR, why game devs aren't getting Genius Grants, and a delightful Red Dead Redemption recap, among others.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Rockstar states overtime is 'optional' for studio that sometimes pulled 50-hour weeks 3
by Bryant Francis [10.19.18]
According to Rockstar head of publishing Jenn Kolbe, the company's QA studios will not be required to work mandatory overtime shifts in the future.
Console/PC, Production

After five years of waiting, Sixense will refund its VR controller Kickstarter backers 1
by Emma Kidwell [10.19.18]
After five years, Sixense is refunding all Kickstarter users who backed the Sixense Stem, a virtual reality motion controller which was first pitched back in 2013.
VR, Production

Weekly Jobs Roundup: Square Enix, Schell Games, and more are hiring now!  
by Staff [10.19.18]
Here are just some of the many developers looking for artists, designers, programmers, and more right now on the Gamasutra Job Board.
Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Recruitment

Blog: Designing the boss battles in Shovel Knight- Part 3  
by Gamasutra Community [10.19.18]
In the third and final batch of exclusive material from David L. Craddock's 'Shovel Knight' book, the author discusses how developer Yacht Club Games designed the Tinker Knight boss battle.
Console/PC, Design, Production

Blog: Lessons learned after making Anodyne with Sean Han Tani  
by Gamasutra Community [10.19.18]
Sean Han Tani is a composer, independent game developer, writer and teacher. In a recent appearance on the Game Dev Unchained podcast, he explained what he learned from his debut project, Anodyne.
Production

Skybound CEO aims to finish out The Walking Dead with '100%' former Telltalers  
by Emma Kidwell [10.18.18]
In an AMA held on Reddit, CEO of Skybound Games Ian Howe and former creative director at Telltale Kent Mudle answer questions from players to try and shed light on the Telltale deal.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Rockstar Games clocks the average employee's workweek at 42-45 hours  
by Alissa McAloon [10.18.18]
Rockstar Games shared employees’ self-reported hours spanning from January to September of this year in the wake of outcry over crunch.
Console/PC, Production