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Are behavior trees a thing of the past? 31
by Gamasutra Community [04.28.16]
Behavior trees, the dominating technique used by the game development industry currently, are showing their age, argues developer Jakob Rasmussen.
Programming

Upgrading history: How M2 created 3D versions of classic Sega games  
by Heidi Kemps [04.28.16]
How Sega and specialist emulation developer M2 created a new package of classic arcade, Master System, and Genesis titles for that take advantage of the 3DS handheld's three-dimensional screen.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing, History

From browser to mobile games: An InnoGames retrospective 1
by Gamasutra Community [04.28.16]
Within the last five years, we at InnoGames faced the challenge of a transition from pure browser based development to efficient mobile development teams working with Unity, Unreal 4 and Java.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Nintendo is selling off its ownership stake in the Seattle Mariners 1
by Alex Wawro [04.27.16]
Former Nintendo of America frontman Howard Lincoln has confirmed plans today to step down as CEO of the Seattle Mariners as Nintendo moves to sell off its majority stake in the team.
Serious, Business/Marketing

How Blizzard is building Overwatch out of the ashes of Titan  
by Alex Wawro [04.27.16]
Blizzard's Jeff Kaplan speaks to GameSpot about how the Overwatch team took shape after the fall of Titan, and how modern MOBAs have shaped the design of Blizzard's first FPS.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design

Get a job: Be a Senior Software Engineer at Demiurge Studios  
by Staff [04.27.16]
Cambridge-based studio Demiurge (owned by SEGA Networks) seeks an experienced software engineer to take a senior role on development of games for mobile and PC.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Recruitment

ESL lays plans to launch new 24/7 eSports satellite TV channel 1
by Alex Wawro [04.27.16]
Next month the Electronic Sports League plans to launch eSportsTV, which purports to be "the world's first 24/7 eSports TV channel", on the Modern Times Group's Viasat satellite TV service.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Minecraft now available on Gear VR, with interesting VR design adjustments  
by Kris Graft [04.27.16]
Minecraft has arrived on Oculus and Samsung’s Gear VR mobile headset, and it’s a fairly interesting take on the nearly five-year-old sandbox crafting game.
VR, Smartphone/Tablet, Design

Video: Tetsuya Mizuguchi takes a postmortem look at the making of Rez  
by Staff [04.27.16]
At GDC 2016, Rez producer and progenitor Tetsuya Mizuguchi takes to the stage to recount the inspirations and influences that drove the landmark game's design.
VR, Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: How Nintendo designs Animal Crossing 3
by Christian Nutt [04.27.16]
In this classic interview, Gamasutra sits down with Nintendo producer Katsuya Eguchi -- also the producer of the Wii Sports series -- to ask him some questions about the design of Animal Crossing,
Console/PC, Design, Production

Hacks suggest The Division's networking model may be fundamentally flawed 8
by Alex Wawro [04.27.16]
Game networking consultant Glenn Fiedler notes how a number of The Division hacks suggest developer Ubisoft Massive may have implemented a fundamentally insecure "trusted client" networking model.
Social/Online, Programming

3 ways to build emotional connections with game design  
by Gamasutra Community [04.27.16]
A survey of three different methods game design offers to build emotional connections with players, taken from How Games Move Us: Emotion By Design by Katherine Isbister.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

VReal aims to be like Twitch, but for VR game livestreaming 1
by Alex Wawro [04.27.16]
Seattle-based startup VReal has managed to raise $3.3 million from investors as it works to develop a comprehensive streaming platform for VR games and experiences.
VR, Business/Marketing

Applying lessons learned from bad horror games in Dead Secret 4
by Joel Couture [04.27.16]
Chris Pruett's encyclopedic knowledge of horror games fueled the creation of Dead Secret. But, surprisingly, he said that bad horror games taught him a lot more than the masterpieces.
Indie, Design, Production, Video

Design analysis: Tracing a path through a Zelda overworld 6
by Gamasutra Community [04.27.16]
"I want to look at how the world itself channels the player through it. While the world of A Link to the Past is very open and encourages exploration, there are also many roadblocks to keep players out of places they shouldn’t venture."
Console/PC, Design

How Black Desert Online's paying players push for the game's success  
by Gamasutra Community [04.27.16]
"Of players that purchase optional vanity and convenience (booster) items in game on top of their entry package, 50% are very likely to recommend BDO to a friend, compared to 38.61% of the sample population."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Nintendo looking to re-energize after difficult year curtails sales and profits  
by Chris Kerr [04.27.16]
Sales and profits are down at Nintendo, with the company's financials for the year ending March 31, 2016, showing a notable, if expected, decline.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Nintendo bringing Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem to mobile 3
by Chris Kerr [04.27.16]
"Both of these are pure game applications. Compared to Miitomo, they have more prominent game elements, and the game content will tie closely into Nintendo’s dedicated games business."
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Nintendo's NX launching worldwide in March 2017 17
by Chris Kerr [04.27.16]
Nintendo's NX video game platform will be launching worldwide in March 2017, launching simultaneously with the new Legend of Zelda, the company has revealed.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: Microtransactions aren't evil -- in my game, anyway 25
by Gamasutra Community [04.27.16]
"It makes me personally sad that some of the people whose opinions I respect the most are the people who are the most actively critical of our work, but it is what it is. My takeaway is that art is subjective."
Indie, Business/Marketing