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A comic look at the weird business of game development  
by Alex Wawro [08.09.16]
Indie game dev and artist Dominique Ferland has published a quartet of one-panel comics that illustrate (with disarmingly cute characters) some of the weird idiosyncracies of life as a game developer.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie

Now's the time to submit your best Visual Arts talks for GDC 2017!  
by Staff [08.09.16]
Artists, take note: GDC officials seek great submissions of intriguing, cutting-edge Visual Arts talks for the GDC 2017 Main Conference, from now through August 18th.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, GDC

GDC Europe online registration closes Wednesday! Don't miss these great talks  
by Staff [08.09.16]
GDC Europe 2016  is kicking off next week in Cologne, Germany, and today organizers would like to quickly highlight some of the great expert sessions that will be taking place at the show.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Europe

Facing the challenges of starting a small, sustainable online game studio in 2016  
by Alex Wawro [08.08.16]
In a new Polygon feature Joe Piepiora and fellow Empyrean Interactive cofounder Geoff Virtue speak about their efforts to build a smaller, more sustainable online game studio in a post-MMORPG world.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Video: Tackling real-world problems through game design in Life Is Strange  
by Staff [08.05.16]
At GDC 2016, Michael Koch and Raoul Barbet (co-directors of Dontnod's episodic game Life Is Strange) explore how the interactive nature of video games can be used to tackle difficult subject matter.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Design, Video, Vault

GDC 2017 seeks your best Business and Production talk submissions  
by Staff [08.05.16]
Hey devs, GDC organizers are looking for great submissions of interesting, cutting-edge Production or Business talks for the GDC 2017 Main Conference, from now through August 18th.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Former EA mobile exec named Zynga COO  
by Chris Kerr [08.05.16]
EA's former SVP of strategy and marketing for mobile, Matt Bromberg, has been appointed COO of FarmVille creator Zynga.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Citing F2P inexperience, Ark dev retracts F2P Ark spinoff game 1
by Alex Wawro [08.03.16]
The developer's reasons for retracting the battle mode-turned-standalone game Survival of the Fittest back into Ark proper highlight the real costs that come with operating a free game. 
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Armor for dummies and/or game developers 46
by Staff [08.03.16]
A crash course in realistic armor design, since some devs, "not having to deal with physical items or the dangers of real battle, don't quite grasp some of the basics of functional armor design."
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Design

Devs, submit your best Programming talks for GDC 2017  
by Staff [08.03.16]
Heads up game devs: GDC officials seek great submissions of interesting, cutting-edge Programming talks for the GDC 2017 Main Conference, from now through August 18th.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming

Attend GDC Europe and see how CCP integrated citizen science into EVE Online  
by Staff [08.03.16]
GDC Europe 2016 is right around the corner, and today organizers are proud to highlight a talk about how the creators of EVE Online integrated citizen-driven scientific research work into their game.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design, GDC Europe

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