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2 How Rare designed Sea of Thieves' infinite pirate generator
image Rare lead character artist Sam Chester talks through the conception, design, and implementation of the "infinite pirate generator" character creator in the studio's swashbuckle-'em-up Sea of Thieves.
  Get a job: Zing Games needs a Gameplay Programmer
image Zing Games is looking for talented and passionate gameplay programmers to join us in creating original titles for both the PC and consoles.
  The Low-Income Pass Lottery returns for GDC 2021
image The Low-Income Pass Lottery has returned for the all-digital 2021 Game Developers Conference. Sign up today!
1 Sniper Ghost Warrior devs apologize after offensive press event
image CI Games has apologized after a press event for Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 allowed attendees to fight cariactures of Middle-Eastern opponents
  Windows 11 brings Android apps to PC via the Amazon App Store
image Mobile developers will soon be able to reach PC audiences with little added effort on their part thanks to a new feature announced for Microsoft's upcoming operating system, Windows 11.
  Learn more about how networking works at GDC 2021
image Learn more about how networking work at the all-digital 2021 Game Developers Conference.
  Bending genres and breaking rules in Draw Me A Pixel's There Is No Game: Wrong Dimension
image "What can you do if you don't control the characters? It's like looking at a painting and instead of giving us brushes, we are asked to play with the frame." says the developer of There Is No Game: Wrong Dimension.
  Blog: Creating a Discord bug-hunting leaderboard
image Encouraging and thanking players for submitting bug reports by setting up a pipeline from in-game bug reporting to a Discord leaderboard bot via a Postgres database.
  EA's latest purchase Golf Clash earned an estimated $133M in the U.S. over the past year
image Player spending on mobile sports games rose by 16 percent in the United States over to past 12 months, with EA's recently purchased mobile title Golf Clash leading the charge.
  Habbo owner Azerion buys German social game company Whow Games
image Gaming and entertainment platform Azerion has acquired German online free-to-play developer and publisher Whow Games for an undisclosed fee.
  Tencent-owned Timi Studios opens new Seattle studio to create triple-A games
image Timi Studios, the Tencent-owned developer that's worked on games like Call of Duty: Mobile and Honor of Kings, has opened a new studio in Seattle to create triple-A titles.
  Game localization for discovery: it's trickier than you think!
image Localization is a really important part of game discovery, since it opens up so many new potential markets for your PC/console games. But what are the best languages to localize to, and why?
  Don't Miss: Rare's postmortem of the N64 hit GoldenEye 007
image It's the Nintendo 64's 25th anniversary. Celebrate with a look back at the making of one of its most popular games.
  Get a job: SideFX is hiring a Senior Distributed Systems Developer
image SideFX is seeking an exceptional software developer with distributed systems experience and a talent for producing high performance, robust software to join its Toronto-based R&D team.
  You can now run Xbox Cloud games at Series X performance levels
image It’s now possible to play Xbox Cloud games running at the same fidelity as their Xbox Series X equivalents.
  Steam's latest change aims to prevent buyers from gaming regional pricing
image Steam users can now only change the country on their account every three months, a move that aims to prevent people from fibbing about their location to score cheaper games.
  Microsoft's special Cyberpunk 2077 refund policy ends July 6
image Nature is healing. Microsoft has quietly announced that its special refund provisions for CD Projekt Red's infamous Cyberpunk 2077 are coming to a close.
  Meet your host of the 2021 IGF Awards: Victoria Tran!
image Innersloth Games’ Victoria Tran will be your host for the 2021 IGF Awards.
  Blog: Contract Killers - What developers should eliminate from their publishing agreement
image Part 1 in a series looking at video game publishing agreements and what developers should look to change if possible to protect their game and their business.
  EA buys Golf Clash developer Playdemic from AT&T and WB Games for $1.4B
image EA has acquired Golf Clash developer Playdemic from Warner Bros. Games and AT&T for $1.4 billion in cash.
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  How Midwinter Entertainment improved Scavengers' gameplay with rigorous testing
image Sponsored: Discover how a tactical collaboration empowered Midwinter Entertainment to focus on what they do best.
  Pokemon leakers told to pay $150,000 each in damages to The Pokemon Company
image Two leakers have been told to pay The Pokemon Company a sizable $150,000 each in damages after taking and uploading photographs of an unreleased Pokemon Sword and Shield strategy guide.
  Blog: Difficulty and disempowerment in a casualized market
image Understanding how the design tool known as emotional engagement can make the player enjoy harsh and disempowering experiences.
  Rovio will revive some older Angry Birds titles after pulling them from sale
image Rovio is working to revive a number of older Angry Birds titles after quietly pulling them from sale.
  Nintendo will shut down the Splatoon 2 Online Lounge in July
image The feature allows players to use the Nintendo Switch Online app to arrange online battles using their smart device by sending a URL link that allows other players to join a room.

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  Creating a Discord bug-hunting leaderboard
by Chris Knowles
Encouraging and thanking players for submitting bug reports by setting up a pipeline from in-game...
  Game localization for discovery: it's trickier than you think!
by Simon Carless
So, it turns out localization is a really important part of game discovery, since it opens up so...
  Case study: Rubber Bandits' double Steam Prologue win
by Simon Carless
We check out the discovery success of the two custom Steam Prologues for multiplayer party game...
  Contract Killers: What developers should eliminate from their publishing agreement (part 3)
by Tim Repa Davies
Previously we looked at how certain clauses might affect when and how a developer gets paid by its...
  Some thoughts about the 'early game' phase of RTS
by Brandon Casteel
The 'early game' - or, the first few minutes of play in a real-time strategy game match, is a first...

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Orkward Devlog: Getting Ink
image Joe Clark explains how the space ork dating game Orkward implemented Ink, Inkle's scripting language and engine for interactive fiction.
Design Bits Analysis: Limbo's Level Design
image Peter Doria discusses the successes and failures of Limbo's level design, focusing on moments in which player reflexes are tested during puzzles.
How We Made Our Business Strategy Game More Accessible
image Kunal Oogorah explains how the Business Heroes team accommodates visually impaired players through careful study of the game's presentation and menu design.
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