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Don't Miss: Designing better game levels via human survival instincts 31
by Christopher W. Totten [08.02.16]
In this timeless article, Westwood College faculty member and trained architect Christopher Totten explores how human psychology is understood by architects -- and how that can apply to level design.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Video: Value Nothing - Using negative space in level design 1
by Staff [08.01.16]
When is something that's not there more important than the things that are there? At GDC 2014, Epic Games' Jim Brown takes the stage to talk in depth about the role of negative space in game design.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Veteran designer Steve Meretzky among those laid off by GSN Games 2
by Chris Kerr [07.29.16]
Sony-owned social games company GSN Games has laid off a number of staff members, including veteran designer Steve Meretzky.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Unity 5.4 sees a stable release, and a beta of 5.5 is in the works  
by Alex Wawro [07.28.16]
Just a quick heads-up for Unity develeopers that the game engine company has today taken the "beta" tag off Unity 5.4 and made it available to devs as a stable release.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Boss battle design and structure 30
by Mike Stout [07.27.16]
Designer Mike Stout breaks down the boss battle into 8 beats, and runs 2 notable ones -- Ocarina of Time's Ganon and Portal's GladOS -- through a thorough design analysis in this timeless post.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Dota 2's The International prize pool is the richest in eSports -- again 2
by Alex Wawro [07.27.16]
The prize pool for Valve's annual Dota 2 tournament The International, which begins next week, is at $18.6 million and rising -- making it once again the richest prize in eSports by a wide margin.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Writing romances in (non-romance) games 8
by Gamasutra Community [07.27.16]
Ex-BioWare video game writer Alex Free (Star Wars: The Old Republic, Shadow Realms) explores the unique challenges writers face in creating meaningful romances for video games.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Rad adds newer, faster game data compressors to its Oodle offerings  
by Alex Wawro [07.26.16]
Fun names alert: RAD Game Tools has updated its Oodle library of data compression tools for game developers with two new compressors, Selkie and Mermaid, that are faster than Oodle's extant Kraken.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Production

Heroes of the Storm player arrested for death threats against Blizzard 6
by Alex Wawro [07.22.16]
28-year-old Stephen Cebula was arrested last week after sending threatening messages to Blizzard Entertainment and players of its games, most notably Heroes of the Storm
Console/PC, Social/Online

Come to GDC Europe and learn how to make the industry more diverse  
by Staff [07.22.16]
In a GDC Europe session titled simply "Who Needs Diversity? Everybody!" developers, journalists and academics will discuss how to make the industry a more diverse, welcoming place.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, GDC Europe

Get a job: Cryptic Studios is looking for Producers  
by Staff [07.21.16]
The Star Trek Online dev is currently hiring producers to work closely with programmers and artists at Cryptic's Los Gatos, CA office to make sure everything comes together smoothly.
Social/Online, Production, Recruitment

Survey: Co-op more popular than competitive multiplayer, especially if it's local 2
by Alex Wawro [07.21.16]
In Quantic Foundry's latest survey of 1,200 video game players, cooperative play proved more popular than competitive play -- especially if the people you're playing with are in the same room.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Design

GDC 2017 announces call for submissions  
by Staff [07.21.16]
Heads up game devs: GDC 2017 officials have opened the annual Call for Papers for the GDC 2017 Main Conference, from now through August 18th.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Embedded, not outsourced: Hitman devs share collaboration tips at GDC Europe  
by Staff [07.20.16]
At GDC Europe next month, Io-Interactive's Markus Friedl and Mi'pu'mi Games' Gregor Eigner will showcase how a remote collaborator can do more than outsourcing work: it can act as an embedded team.
Social/Online, Production

Blog: Why industry-standard game metrics don't matter (enough) 1
by Gamasutra Community [07.20.16]
The game industry has given us a complex metrics language that is almost entirely built out of alerts and benchmarks...and it's not very useful.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Blog: Is it time to start thinking of Pokemon as a language?  
by Gamasutra community [07.19.16]
"The mechanics of Pokemon Go aren’t just a culture or marketing brand, they’re a language whose value and weight is understood by some, and then taught to others."
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Survey: The UK and Sweden remain Europe's top game dev hot spots  
by Staff [07.19.16]
Today GDC Europe officials dive deeper into the results of the 4th annual European State of the Industry Survey to suss out who, exactly, Europe makes games for -- and where European devs believe the best games are being made.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Business/Marketing, GDC Europe

Ubisoft's fortunes rise thanks to strong Q1 sales of digital goods  
by Alex Wawro [07.19.16]
Ubisoft posted earnings for its first quarter of the fiscal year today that were a bit better than the company's internal projections, due in large part to sales of digital goods.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: How Street Fighter V tries to reinvent the franchise 9
by Patrick Miller [07.18.16]
With Street Fighter V, Capcom seems to be trying to turn its venerable franchise into a tentpole eSport. In the wake of EVO, it's worth looking back at this feature that asks: How well does it do?
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design

Humble launches Gamepages to give devs a website for their Humble Widgets 1
by Alex Wawro [07.18.16]
This week the folks at Humble Bundle are rolling out Gamepages, a new service offered to developers who want to build a website dedicated to selling their game.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing