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Survey: World of Tanks is the most broadly appealing strategy game, age-wise 2
by Alex Wawro [03.23.16]
Data-driven consultancy Quantic Foundry reports that Wargaming's World of Tanks is far and away the strategy game with the broadest appeal -- at least in terms of how old (or young) its players are.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Blog: A hierarchy of needs for creative people (such as game devs) 12
by Gamasutra Community [03.23.16]
You know how Maslow has that great Hierarchy of Needs pyramid? Let's try one for creative people.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Catch up on all of Gamasutra's GDC coverage right here!  
by Staff [03.21.16]
Catch up on all of Gamasutra's coverage of last week's Game Developers Conference 2016 coverage on our special event page.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Where Games Go To Sleep - Our game preservation crisis 44
by John Andersen [03.21.16]
This classic feature delves into the state of game preservation (in 2011) and shares strange tales of what happened to Atari's source code, the surprising rescue of Sonic Spinball, and much more.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Serious, Business/Marketing

In the wake of record-breaking attendance, GDC reveals 2017 dates 2
by Staff [03.21.16]
The 30th edition of GDC has come to a close, and in its wake organizers confirm it hosted over 27,000 attendees (a new record!) and will return (with VRDC!) in 2017 from February 27th to March 3rd.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, GDC

GDC Highlights: Diablo, experimental gameplay, odd jobs and more!  
by Bryant Francis [03.18.16]
And that's a wrap on GDC! We've got one last rundown on some of the big social topics during the show.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Production, GDC

Analyzing why people play games, and how it changes over time 1
by Alex Wawro [03.18.16]
“The goal of this talk is to help you develop accurate empathy,” said Ubisoft's Jason VandenBerghe. “To understand what’s going on in your players’ minds so you can make accurate design decisions.”
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, GDC

GDC Highlights: Design Lessons, VR Tips, and an Iwata Tribute  
by Bryant Francis [03.17.16]
We bring you the highlights from Day 4 of GDC, from VR tips to lessons about action games!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, GDC

GDC Highlights: Epic acting, Disney crosses roads, & #1reasontobe  
by Bryant Francis [03.16.16]
With day 3 of GDC16 complete, we're bringing you a sample of news and reactions from the show floor and viewers at home.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

GDC looks back for 30th edition with all-star microtalks  
by Simon Carless [03.16.16]
Kicking off the Game Developers Conference 2016 in style, an all-star set of microtalks took us through the major trends the game industry has seen across 30 editions (and 29 years) of the show.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

IGDA announces crunch tracking and reward initiative 1
by Bryant Francis [03.16.16]
The IGDA announces it will begin tracking crunch practices industry-wide with an emphasis on uncompensated crunch time, and give attention and awards to companies with best crunch time practices.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Production, Business/Marketing

GDC Highlights: Engine action, VR pricing, and effective advocacy  
by Bryant Francis [03.15.16]
With Day 2 of GDC complete, we've brought you a quick roundup of news, takes, and insight from the show floor.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Nvidia debuts developer program for its game streaming service  
by Alex Wawro [03.15.16]
The folks at Nvidia are looking to grow their GeForce Now game streaming service, and this week at GDC they're launching a formal developer program in a bid to get more games on the platform.
Social/Online

When worlds collide: Microsoft gives devs the keys to cross-network play 2
by Chris Kerr [03.14.16]
Microsoft is giving devs the option to utilize cross-network capabilities, meaning players on Xbox One and Windows 10 could soon be playing with or against players on different console and PC networks. 
Console/PC, Social/Online

GDC 2016: The organizers' lecture recommendations for press  
by Simon Carless [03.11.16]
For the benefit of press that might not have spotted them yet, and for those people who want to see some of the 'newsier' (and some of the worthwhile and less news-y) talks at GDC next week.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

NCSoft lays off staff at WildStar studio Carbine -- again  
by Alex Wawro [03.11.16]
Reports are surfacing today that a number of people have lost their jobs at NCSoft-owned Carbine Studios, developer of the free-to-play MMORPG WildStar, as the game's Chinese launch is scrapped.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Former Halo devs found new multiplayer-focused studio First Strike  
by Alex Wawro [03.11.16]
Seattle's game development officially welcomes a new challenger this week: First Strike Games, a multiplayer-focused studio founded by a group of ex-343 developers who worked on Halo multiplayer.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

After nearly 20 years, Yahoo Games is shutting down 1
by Alex Wawro [03.11.16]
Struggling tech firm Yahoo confirmed today it will shut down venerable online game platform Yahoo Games in May, nearly two decades after it launched the service in 1998.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Daybreak pulls the plug on ambitious MMORPG EverQuest Next 3
by Alex Wawro [03.11.16]
After years of work, the company formerly known as Sony Online Entertainment is cancelling development of its ambitious, massively multiplayer online game Everquest Next.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Watch Nathan Vella & Robin Hunicke host the IGF & GDC awards next week  
by Staff [03.11.16]
Capybara Games' Nathan Vella returns this year to host the IGF awards, and Funomena co-founder Robin Hunicke makes her debut as host of the 16th annual Game Developers Choice Awards!
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, GDC