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Video: Micro postmortems: The process of developing vastly different games  
by Staff [12.18.18]
In this GDC 2018 session, game developers Brandon Sheffield, Audrey Moon and Dan Boutros chronicle the ups and downs of the development of their vastly different games.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video

Gamasutra's Best of 2018: Alissa McAloon's top 10 games 1
by Alissa McAloon [12.18.18]
Here is the final roundup of my top 10 games for 2018, revised and finalized several times, legitimately right up until the absolute second before my deadline.
Console/PC, Indie

Escape From Tarkov devs file DMCA takedown over false accusations 2
by Emma Kidwell [12.18.18]
Escape From Tarkov developer Battlestate Games has issued 47 DMCA claims against YouTuber "Eroktic" over spreading incorrect information and expressing overall negativity about their game.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Industry experts worry some esports orgs are overvalued and headed for trouble 2
by Emma Kidwell [12.18.18]
Esports team owners and professionals are reportedly convinced that many organizations are overvalued, and because of that, a market correction is looming on the horizon. 
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Infinity Ward is looking for a Viewmodel Animator  
by Staff [12.18.18]
Woodland Hills-based Infinity Ward is hiring experienced animators (and devs of other disciplines) with first-person shooter experience.
Art, Recruitment

Best of 2018: Designing side quests? Study these 7 games (and some Chris Avellone pointers) 2
by Richard Moss [12.18.18]
Side quests can make or break your game. Here, devs suggest some games that do side quests notably well, and Chris Avellone offers guidelines on how to design a great side quest.
Design

A German regulator is taking Nintendo to court over eShop preorder policies  
by Alissa McAloon [12.18.18]
The German Consumer Protection Authority (VZBV) is taking Nintendo to court over Nintendo's digital preorder policies, specifically over the strict rule that eShop preorders cannot be canceled.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Battlefield 5 is having trouble balancing for both new and experienced players 1
by Alissa McAloon [12.18.18]
Battlefield 5 developer EA Dice has rolled back a recent change to the game’s “time to kill” (TTK) after the earlier alteration skewed the game's multiplayer difficulty in favor of newer players a little too much.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Attend GDC for an inside look at the making of Uncharted: The Lost Legacy's best moment  
by Staff [12.18.18]
Come out to GDC next year and see Naughty Dog story animator Marianne Hayden pull back the curtain on the design of Uncharted: The Lost Legacy's charming, cinematic elephant ride!
Console/PC, Design

343 Industries head Bonnie Ross to be inducted into the AIAS Hall of Fame  
by Alissa McAloon [12.18.18]
The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences has announced that Bonnie Ross will be the 23rd inductee into the AIAS Hall of Fame this coming February.
Business/Marketing

Get a technical look inside the Shadow of the Colossus remake at GDC 2019! 1
by Staff [12.18.18]
Veteran port house Bluepoint Games will be at GDC 2018 to show you how it built a technical pipeline capable of remaking classic games like God of War and Shadow of the Colossus!
Console/PC, Programming, GDC

Fresh Prince star Alfonso Ribeiro suing Epic over Fortnite dance  
by Chris Kerr [12.18.18]
Ribeiro claims Epic knowingly misappropriated his dance by replicating and selling it in Fortnite as the 'Fresh' emote, with the name itself being an obvious reference to television show. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: How to turn your mod into an indie game 1
by Gamasutra Community [12.18.18]
So you've made a mod, and you're thinking about transforming it into a stand-alone game. Here's what I've learned doing exactly that to create The Forgotten City.
Design, Production

With an eye on mobile, Devolver brings in former App Store games manager  
by Emma Kidwell [12.18.18]
Devolver Digital announced that former Apple App Store Games business manager Mark Hickey is joining the team as VP of mobile publishing.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Smash Bros. Ultimate has sold over 3M copies in the U.S.  
by Chris Kerr [12.18.18]
That makes Ultimate the fastest-selling Switch game of all time in the States, and also the fastest-selling title in the Super Smash Bros. franchise.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

5 events that rocked the game industry in 2018 6
by Alex Wawro [12.18.18]
From the launch of the Epic Games Store to Britain's first-ever game workers union, each of these events seem likely to shake up the way people make, sell, and buy games for years to come.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Video: Weaving 13 prototypes into 1 game for What Remains of Edith Finch  
by Staff [12.17.18]
In this GDC 2018 session, Giant Sparrow's Ian Dallas talks about how he and his team approached prototyping What Remains of Edith Finch. 
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video

F2P dev survey: In-game mobile ads becoming viable revenue source  
by Emma Kidwell [12.17.18]
The game analytics company DeltaDNA has published its ad survey results for 2018, sharing data taken from a survey of 336 developers of free-to-play mobile games over a 12 month period.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Fox Cub Games is hiring a remote VFX Artist  
by Staff [12.17.18]
Fox Cub Games is looking to hire a VFX Artist with an excellent creative eye and passion for all things VFX to work on its latest title.
Art, Recruitment

Sony accidentally revealed playercounts for nearly every PS4 game 3
by Emma Kidwell [12.17.18]
Sony's personalized videos showcasing games played and trophies earned by PlayStation users have inadvertently revealed how many people have played each game.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing