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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

Rockstar devs comment on work culture after 100-hours backlash 2
by Chris Kerr [10.18.18]
Rockstar has given its employees permission to speak frankly about working conditions at the studio on social media, and it's resulted in some interesting tales from behind the scenes. 
Production, Business/Marketing

GDC 2019 is now open for registration!  
by Staff [10.17.18]
Now's the time to register for GDC 2019! You'll want to look at pass options and register early to get the best price. Plus, some passes have limited quantities so if you’re interested, don't wait!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Rockstar debacle prompts devs to spotlight their crunch-free games  
by Chris Kerr [10.17.18]
One particularly interesting response to the Rockstar debacle came from Vlambeer co-founder Jan Willem Nijman, who implored his fellow devs to spotlight their crunch-free projects.
Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Sega credits strong localizations for jump in worldwide game sales 1
by Alissa McAloon [10.16.18]
The latest shareholder report dives into the nitty-gritty details of the company’s future plans, but its stance on localization is worth calling attention to. 
Console/PC, Production

Don't Miss: Double Fine's postmortem of Brutal Legend 23
by Staff [10.16.18]
In this classic postmortem, Double Fine outlines the production of its rock god epic Brütal Legend, taking in everything from legal troubles with Activision to nitty-gritty tool development details.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production

Submissions are now open for the GDC 2019 Tutorials!  
by Staff [10.16.18]
Hey devs, GDC 2019 has put out a call for submissions of lectures and panels that would be a good fit for 6 of the conference's popular Tutorials, from the Level Design Workshop to eSports Day!
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Production, GDC

See how to improve your MR apps with Microsoft's Azure at XRDC!  
by Staff [10.16.18]
XRDC organizers highlight one particular sponsored session from partner Microsoft that you'll want to see if you're at all curious about how cloud computing can help supercharge your work!
VR, Production

Blog: Exhibiting at GDEX 2018 - The great postmortem  
by Gamasutra Community [10.16.18]
It's hard to show off your game at an expo. It's even harder when you're a solo indie dev. It's absolutely ridiculous when your game is a JRPG, one of the hardest genres to demo. Here's my experience.
Production, Business/Marketing

Bandai Namco agrees to European distribution deal for Cyberpunk 2077  
by Chris Kerr [10.16.18]
Bandai will be responsible for distributing and promoting the open-world RPG in 24 countries, including France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and the UK. 
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: Getting the world of Sprint Vector over the finish line  
by Chris Kerr [10.16.18]
Survios technical artist Kevin Andersen discusses how to design an aesthetically distinct world that's easily readable and render-able at breakneck speeds.
Console/PC, Design, Production

Canceled version of a Shenmue HD remaster shows what could've been  
by Emma Kidwell [10.15.18]
A video compares footage from the canceled, unreleased HD remake of Shenmue against the shipped and finalized product to reveal graphical and technical differences.
Console/PC, Production, Video

Crunch isn't required, claims Rockstar co-founder after 100-hour weeks comment 12
by Chris Kerr [10.15.18]
UPDATE Rockstar's Dan Houser says crunch is optional, and the 100-hour weeks previously mentioned were only senior writers during the last three weeks of the project.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: Smash That Magic Spiderweb  
by Gamasutra Staff [10.14.18]
This week's highlights include a neat Smash Bros interview, a review of Magic Leap's reveal party, and words of wisdom from Spiderweb Software, among many others.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: BioWare's postmortem look at the making of Star Wars: The Old Republic  
by Staff [10.12.18]
At GDC 2012, BioWare Austin leads Richard Vogel and Dallas Dickinson share how Star Wars: The Old Republic positioned itself to break into the World of Warcraft-dominated MMO game market.
Social/Online, Design, Production, Video, Vault