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Employee estimates 'about a third' of Valve now working on VR/AR 1
by Alex Wawro [06.20.16]
While Valve's work on VR/AR may have started off small, it's now grown to encompass a significant part of the company's efforts, according to a post on Reddit today from Valve employee Alan Yates.
VR, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: The strange, unresolved conflict in Animal Crossing 7
by Ian Bogost [06.20.16]
In this classic feature Ian Bogost explores how, through the years, Animal Crossing's overall themes remain constant: the strange, unresolved conflict between consumption and naturalism.
Console/PC, Design

Square Enix chief champions development of premium mobile games 1
by Alex Wawro [06.20.16]
As part of an E3 interview with GamesBeat Yosuka Matsuda, CEO of Square Enix, speaks to how he intends to guide the company towards a deeper focus on premium (i.e. not free-to-play) mobile game production.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

80 Days dev debuts Inky, an editor for its Ink scripting language  
by Alex Wawro [06.20.16]
The folks at Inkle Studios, best known for interactive fiction games like 80 Days  and Sorcery!, have released a new editor, Inky, to aid developers working with their Ink scripting language.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Production

Come to GDC Europe and see how LawBreakers' gameplay is designed  
by Staff [06.20.16]
At GDC Europe Boss Key Productions' Dan Nanni will deliver an expert talk on how to design a game that's both fun and functional, using the studio's work on multiplayer shooter LawBreakers as example.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design, GDC Europe

Blog: A game of which you can't move the pieces 7
by Kris Graft [06.20.16]
Winning third-place for innovation at the last Ludum Dare game jam was a game about chess. "Moveless" chess.
Indie, Design

Bethesda implements Steam-linking to protect modders from piracy 2
by Chris Kerr [06.20.16]
Anyone who wants to upload a Fallout 4 mod for PC or consoles will now need to link their Steam account to 
Console/PC, Programming

Xenoblade dev Monolith Soft co-developing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 5
by Chris Kerr [06.20.16]
In order to perfect its open-ended version of Hyrule, Nintendo has enlisted the help of Monolith Soft, the team behind open-world action RPG, Xenoblade Chronicles.
Console/PC, Production, E3

Analyzing core character movement in 3D  
by Gamasutra Community [06.20.16]
Here some tools and tips for analyzing core character movement in 3D, along with some source code to get you started, from a triple-AAA vet gone indie.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Art

No Man's Sky studio settles trademark dispute with telecoms giant, Sky 18
by Chris Kerr [06.20.16]
"We finally settled with Sky -- they own the word "Sky". We can call our game No Man's Sky. Three years of secret stupid legal nonsense over."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: How to make a kick-ass game portfolio 3
by Gamasutra Community [06.20.16]
If you have a badly presented portfolio you will struggle to find work. Here are some tips from a professional to help you iron out your portfolio.

What devs at E3 were saying about Project Scorpio and PlayStation Neo 4
by Bryant Francis [06.20.16]
At E3, we spoke to developers about the prospects of developing for the new upgraded consoles from both Microsoft and Sony.
Console/PC, Programming, Production, Business/Marketing, E3

Daybreak shuts down servers for Planetside 1, Legends of Norrath  
by Bryant Francis [06.17.16]
Daybreak Game Company, formerly Sony Online Entertainment, will be shutting down two of its older titles due to "evolving business needs."
Console/PC, Production

Facebook hires former pro player Snoopeh in bid for eSports stars  
by Bryant Francis [06.17.16]
Facebook hires former pro gamer Stephen Ellis, who has a particular experience in building business partnerships with eSports athletes.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Twitch takes legal action against bot creators  
by Bryant Francis [06.17.16]
Twitch increases efforts to stop users from using bots to inflate viewership, files legal action against several largest bot creators.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Video: Building the user interface for Bungie's Destiny  
by Bryant Francis [06.17.16]
At GDC 2016, Bungie's David Candland presented a talk on the design process for making Destiny's interface, showcasing everything from item management to how players move from system to system.
Console/PC, Art, Video

Epic sues German modder for selling Paragon hack 1
by Bryant Francis [06.17.16]
Epic Games goes after a German modder selling a powerful set of hacking tools for their third-person MOBA Paragon.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Vice to launch new video game site headed by Giant Bomb's Austin Walker 1
by Bryant Francis [06.17.16]
Vice Media expands its slate of coverage to include a dedicated gaming site, run by former Giant Bomb editor Austin Walker.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Sony promises all Playstation Neo games will work on PS4  
by Bryant Francis [06.17.16]
In an interview with Time Magazine, Sony's Shawn Layden says they plan for all Playstation Neo games to be 100% compatible with the original Playstation 4.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, E3

Blog: 6 key takeaways on where E3 is headed 1
by Gamasutra Community [06.17.16]
"I had a chance to check out E3 this week in Los Angeles, and I have some thoughts on where the show might be going, and how it's changing in these new and interesting times."