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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

Amazon taps John Smedley to lead new San Diego game studio 1
by Alissa McAloon [02.15.17]
The newest studio in the Amazon Games family has set up shop in San Diego and will be lead by none other than former Daybreak president and Pixelmage Games founder John Smedley.
Console/PC, Production

Chat with Riot Games producer Juliet Nuzzo today at 3PM EST 1
by Bryant Francis [02.15.17]
Join us at 3PM EST for a chat about game production inside one of the industry's most complex game development companies.
Console/PC, Production, Video

Unreal Engine 4.15 update brings experimental Nintendo Switch support  
by Chris Kerr [02.15.17]
The latest version of Unreal Engine (4.15) has landed, and what's notable about this iteration is the inclusion of Nintendo Switch support. 
Console/PC, Design, Production

Alt.Ctrl.GDC Showcase: vinylOS  
by Joel Couture [02.15.17]
A DJ's turntable becomes a video game controller with vinylOS, a game that uses scratching, spinning, and rewinding to play through games that are projected down onto a vinyl LP from above.
Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Video

'Feels like a different life': Arkane's Colantonio on going from Arx Fatalis to Prey 1
by Alex Wawro [02.15.17]
"We seem disorganized and like we don't know what we're doing, but I think it's part of a process," Arkane's Raphael Colantonio tells Gamasutra in this in-depth chat about his upcoming game Prey.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

Blog: Making an indie game about indie game making 2
by Gamasutra Community [02.15.17]
A solo developer's struggle with creativity, depression, and finding a unique voice.
Design, Production, Business/Marketing

20 talks Gamasutra wants to see at GDC 2017, from sex scenes to grouchy fish  
by Staff [02.14.17]
Gamasutra writers recently put our heads together and picked some of our most-anticipated GDC sessions, with topics ranging from designing sex scenes in games to math(s) to...a grouchy fish who lived on the Dreamcast.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Blog: The story behind Lords of Discord, part 2 2
by Gamasutra Community [02.14.17]
Lords of Discord is a 3D turn-based strategy mobile game rooted in the legacy of the genre’s greatest classics. Here is the continuation of the dev story behind it.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production

Blog: A postmortem of our tabletop RPG, Breakfast Cult 2
by Gamasutra Community [02.14.17]
Breakfast Cult is a tabletop RPG (and soon, a visual novel) about cosmic horror and high school drama. This is the story of how it was created.
Design, Production

Alt.Ctrl.GDC Showcase: Martín Sebastián Wain's Doggy Tug of War  
by Joel Couture [02.14.17]
Martin Sebastian Wain's game simulates simulates playing tug of war with a playful dog. It uses a string, a modified broken printer, and a video of a dog to recreate the experience.
Indie, Programming, Design, Production, Video

Blog: Procedural level generation in Unity, part 2  
by Gamasutra Community [02.13.17]
For M.E.R.C. we relied on procedural level generation to add more content and randomness to our game. Here's how we built our procedural level system in Unity.
Programming, Design, Production

Valve explains why we'll never see the full history of Half-Life's development  
by Alex Wawro [02.13.17]
According to Valve's Gabe Newell and Erik Johnson, the company can't actually fully reconstruct the development process for its influential 1998 game Half-Life.
Console/PC, Design, Production

Rebellion wants devs to pitch games based on its 2000 AD roster  
by Chris Kerr [02.13.17]
Sniper Elite 4 developer Rebellion is keen to license out its roster of 2000 AD characters, such as Judge Dredd and Rogue Trooper, to other studios. 
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing