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Don't skip the Game Design Workshop at GDC 2017  
by Staff [02.15.17]
Come to GDC 2017 and attend the Game Design Workshop, an intensive two-day event where you'll study and scrutinize game design under the guidance of experts from Riot, Ubisoft, EA Motive, and more!
Console/PC, Design, GDC

Amazon taps John Smedley to lead new San Diego game studio 1
by Alissa McAloon [02.15.17]
The newest studio in the Amazon Games family has set up shop in San Diego and will be lead by none other than former Daybreak president and Pixelmage Games founder John Smedley.
Console/PC, Production

Coming to GDC 2017? Play these charming indie games at the Mild Rumpus!  
by Staff [02.15.17]
Warm and welcoming indie game collective Wild Rumpus returns to GDC 2017 with games like Burly Men At Sea, One Way Trip, Sacramento and more!
Indie, Video, GDC

Chat with Riot Games producer Juliet Nuzzo today at 3PM EST 1
by Bryant Francis [02.15.17]
Join us at 3PM EST for a chat about game production inside one of the industry's most complex game development companies.
Console/PC, Production, Video

Come to GDC 2017 and hear how Firewatch's unique dialog system works  
by Staff [02.15.17]
Campo Santo's Patrick Ewing is teaming up with Unity's William Armstrong to talk at GDC 2017 about the design and development of Firewatch's remarkable interruptable dialog system.
Indie, Programming, Design, GDC

Unreal Engine 4.15 update brings experimental Nintendo Switch support  
by Chris Kerr [02.15.17]
The latest version of Unreal Engine (4.15) has landed, and what's notable about this iteration is the inclusion of Nintendo Switch support. 
Console/PC, Design, Production

Blog: Why has Star Wars: Force Arena struggled on the mobile charts? 5
by Gamasutra Community [02.15.17]
Netmarble launched its Clash Royale inspired Star Wars game just under a month ago. On paper it sounded like a sure shot, but since launch the game has all but disappeared from the top charts. Why?
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Is the Switch's HD Rumble feature a big deal for devs? Miyamoto thinks so 1
by Chris Kerr [02.15.17]
"When you put your pen on the screen, it's not just this dull vibration, you can feel the tap that the tip of the pen makes on the screen."
Console/PC, Design

HTC to release mobile virtual reality headset in 2017  
by Chris Kerr [02.15.17]
HTC plans to release a new mobile virtual reality headset to sit alongside its flagship device, the Vive. 
VR, Business/Marketing

Alt.Ctrl.GDC Showcase: vinylOS  
by Joel Couture [02.15.17]
A DJ's turntable becomes a video game controller with vinylOS, a game that uses scratching, spinning, and rewinding to play through games that are projected down onto a vinyl LP from above.
Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Video

Blog: Obtaining an animated look from a hand-drawn image  
by Gamasutra Community [02.15.17]
This shader breakdown will explain step-by-step how to transform a static image into an animated, hand-drawn sketch.
Art, Design

'Feels like a different life': Arkane's Colantonio on going from Arx Fatalis to Prey 1
by Alex Wawro [02.15.17]
"We seem disorganized and like we don't know what we're doing, but I think it's part of a process," Arkane's Raphael Colantonio tells Gamasutra in this in-depth chat about his upcoming game Prey.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

Road to the IGF: Student project FAR: Lone Sails  
by Joel Couture [02.15.17]
The connection between humans and the machines we need for surival earned FAR: Lone Sails a nomination for Best Student Game at the Independent Games Festival. Take a peek behind the dev curtain.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video, IGF

Blog: Making an indie game about indie game making 2
by Gamasutra Community [02.15.17]
A solo developer's struggle with creativity, depression, and finding a unique voice.
Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Relinquishing Armored Warfare, CEO says Obsidian 'might not tackle a game like this again' 1
by Alex Wawro [02.14.17]
"Large MMOs are really beyond the ability of an independent developer to manage unless that developer gets huge," Obsidian CEO Feargus Urquhart tells Eurogamer from a new post-Armored Warfare world.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Blog: Historians discuss Ultimate General: Gettysburg  
by Gamasutra Community [02.14.17]
Historians John Harney and Michael Woods discuss Ultimate General: Gettysburg and the history of the Civil War, looking at war as an object for pop culture and the use of the Confederate flag.
Design

Raw Fury aims to set up fund that helps devs pay Steam Direct fees 2
by Alex Wawro [02.14.17]
If the price of Valve's upcoming fee-based Steam submission system is up in the ~$1k range, indie publisher Raw Fury is thinking about establishing a dedicated fund for non-partner devs to use.
Indie, Business/Marketing

Blog: Animating characters in League of Legends  
by Gamasutra Community [02.14.17]
Riot technical artists Moonyoung Oh and Jeremy Putnam explain how they animated League of Legends character, Little Devil Teemo.
Art, Design

Get an inside look at the design of Ubisoft's For Honor at GDC 2017!  
by Staff [02.14.17]
At GDC 2017, Ubisoft's Aurélie Le Chevalier will detail how Ubisoft developed For Honor's "Modifiers" system, a data-driven system that allows designers to dynamically create gameplay effects.
Console/PC, Design, GDC

Get a job: Double Fine Productions is hiring an Art Director  
by Staff [02.14.17]
Double fine is looking for an Art Director to supervise visual direction, maintain an art production pipeline, and ensure the delivery of all assets in San Fransisco, CA.
Console/PC, Art, Recruitment