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Game source code is a teaching tool, not a trade secret, argues VGHF founder  
by Alex Wawro [03.22.19]
“The industry sees source material as a trade secret,” Video Game History Foundation founder Frank Cifaldi said at GDC today. “We think it’s an educational tool."
Console/PC, Indie, History, GDC

Crash meetings, keep a lore bible, and other narrative design tips learned at King  
by Alissa McAloon [03.22.19]
"If everyone is thinking about narrative design, no one will forget it," argues King's Tracey John during a talk about how to handle narrative design in tight projects.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design

Labor organizers share insight and tips on unionizing the game industry  
by Alex Wawro [03.22.19]
“I don't think it’s much to ask, in an industry that’s three times the size of Hollywood, to get a meaningful return on the risk you’re taking and the opportunity you’re creating."
Indie, Serious, GDC

Sweeney commits to human moderators & quality filters for Epic's Games Store 6
by Alex Wawro [03.22.19]
"So we're not going to see asset flips," the Epic founder told Gamasutra at GDC this week. "And we're going to explicitly say no to porn games or other intentionally controversial games."
Console/PC, Art, Design, GDC

Microsoft unveils new indie game showcase called [email protected] Game Pass  
by Chris Kerr [03.22.19]
Microsoft has announced a new games showcase called [email protected] Game Pass hours after Sony lifted the lid on its fledgling PlayStation showcase, State of Play.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Retail veteran George Sherman has been named GameStop CEO  
by Chris Kerr [03.22.19]
Sherman brings a wealth of experience to the table, having most recently served as the CEO of Victra, the largest exclusive authorized retailer for Verizon Wireless products and services.
Business/Marketing

Sony's new State of Play series will bring PlayStation reveals all year round  
by Chris Kerr [03.22.19]
Sony has unveiled a new video series called State of Play that will keep fans in the loop with "updates and announcements from the world of PlayStation."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Devil May Cry 5 has sold 2 million copies in first two weeks  
by Chris Kerr [03.22.19]
Capcom's stylish action effort Devil May Cry 5 has sold 2 million copies in two weeks, according to game director Hideaki Itsuno.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, GDC

Sega removing actor from Western version of Judgment after drug scandal
by Chris Kerr [03.22.19]
Sega will change the voice and character model for Kyohei Hamura in the western release of Judgment, after the character's actor Pierre Taki was arrested for illegal drug use.
Design, Production

Boyfriend Dungeon dev examines why game fashion sucks, and what to do about it 2
by Alex Wawro [03.21.19]
“I’m not here to talk about what good fashion is,” said Kitfox Games' Victoria Tran at GDC today. “I want to talk more about how we’ve ignored it as a serious mechanic."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, GDC

Overwatch saw 40% less disruptive behavior with the endorsement system  
by Emma Kidwell [03.21.19]
Research developer at Blizzard Natasha Miller shared how the studio implemented social features into Overwatch to promote positive behavior among players.  
Console/PC, Design, GDC

Opinion: After Christchurch - What we owe our game communities
by Katherine Cross [03.21.19]
Katherine Cross takes a look at the recent white supremacist terrorist attack in New Zealand, and unpacks what game developers must do to keep extremist views from taking hold in their games' communities.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie

Valve is pushing new social features for Steam later this year 1
by Emma Kidwell [03.21.19]
Valve's Tom Giardino outlined a handful of new and upgraded features coming to Steam in the future during GDC 2019 this afternoon.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Slime Rancher dev: To sell your game, give it a pulse and make it feel like home  
by Alex Wawro [03.21.19]
“The idea that friction exists in the game creates friction in the mind of anyone playing your game,” dev Nick Popovich said at GDC today. “The solution...is to give your game a place to call home.”
Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Report: Walmart is looking to enter the game streaming business  
by Chris Kerr [03.21.19]
Google stole the show at GDC earlier this week when it unveiled a new game streaming platform called Stadia, and fresh rumors suggest another big name might soon follow suit.
Business/Marketing, GDC

WarDucks raises $3.8 million to expand studio and create location-based AR game  
by Chris Kerr [03.21.19]
In a notable move, the Irish studio has brought in Doom co-creator John Romero to help shape its mystery project.
VR, Business/Marketing

Blog: Shape theory in level design  
by Gamasutra Community [03.21.19]
Shape Theory is something we're all aware of subconsciously. Here I break down how it can be used for level design, and how it might encourage players to act in certain ways.
Design

Report: Microsoft's disc-less Xbox One S gets name and launch date  
by Chris Kerr [03.21.19]
Microsoft's long-rumored disc-less Xbox One S now has a name and launch date, according to fresh leaks from Windows Central.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

God of War wins Game of the Year at the 2019 Game Developers Choice Awards
by Staff [03.20.19]
Game dev veterans Amy Hennig and Rieko Kodama were also honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award and Pioneer Award (respectively) during the Game Developers Choice Awards tonight at GDC 2019!
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, GDC

Return of the Obra Dinn takes Grand Prize at the 21st IGF Awards!
by Staff [03.20.19]
Announced tonight, the 2019 IGF Awards featured an eclectic and impressive group of winners, from Lucas Pope's Return of the Obra Dinn to Cassie McQuater's Black Room and Zachtronics' Opus Magnum!
Indie, GDC