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  Steam Labs' new navigation options are now a bona fide Steam feature
image A feature trialed in Steam's experimental Steam Labs program has now been upgraded to appear on Steam proper.
  Get a job: Join PlayStation as a Facial Modeler
image PlayStation is looking for a Blendshape Artist/Facial Modeler to bring highly realistic faces to life for both cinematic and in-game sequences.
  Departing GameStop CEO to land $179 million on exit thanks to recent stock saga
image GameStop CEO George Sherman announced his departure from the struggling retail giant this week and will do so with an extra $179 million in his pockets.
  The perfect Steam trailer, overlooked tools, & more
image What do you really need in your Steam trailer? What video game data tools are you not aware of, but should be? This and more game platform round-ups within...
  Video: The art of FAITH: horror at 192x160 pixels
image In this 2019 GDC session, Airdorf Games' Mason Smith explains the decisions and principles that contributed to the art style of FAITH.
  Steam's built-in Playtest feature is now live for all devs
image Valve first announced a limited rollout of Steam Playtest last November but has now opened the tool up to all devs with games on Steam.
7 Don't Miss: Portal 2 and the ins and outs of Alternate Reality Game puzzle design
image Adam Foster, level and environment and ARG designer at Valve around the time Portal 2 released, discussed how to make impossibly complicated puzzles that people can solve.
  Xbox owners can finally hop online in free-to-play games without Xbox Live Gold
image Xbox Live Gold is no longer required to access online multiplayer in free-to-play titles on Xbox platforms.
  Bandai Namco staff describe California office relocation as 'essentially like a layoff'
image Bandai Namco Entertainment America is shutting down its office in Santa Clara and relocating workers to a new office in Southern California.
  Call of Duty Warzone has topped 100 million players in just over a year
image Call of Duty Warzone has amassed over 100 million players since launching in March last year.
4 Blog: Why I decided to find a publisher after 10 months as a solo indie
image Three years ago, I single-handedly developed an .io mobile game that brought in about $3000 a month. After a year I decided to contact the publisher for the first time. This decision changed a lot.
  Report: Sony could be about to announce a 'PlayStation Plus Video Pass'
image An advertisement for the service was posted on the company's Polish website that included a logo and a brief description.
  Focus Home Interactive acquires Streum On Studio
image Focus Home Interactive has acquired Streum On Studio, the France-based developer of Space Hulk: Deathwing and the upcoming Necromunda: Hired Gun.
  Get a job: Playco is looking for a Senior Product Manager
image Playco is looking for an experienced Product Manager fluent in both English and Japanese.
  Report: Discord no longer in acquisition talks with Microsoft
image Discord has reportedly walked away from a potential sale to Microsoft, according to sources close to the discussion.
  Learn about the character technology of The Last of Us Part II’s NPCs at GDC 2021
image Naughty Dog's Bryan Collinsworth and Michal Mach will dive into the character technology of The Last of Us Part II at GDC 2021.
  Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan departs Blizzard after 19 years
image Overwatch game director and longtime Blizzard developer Jeff Kaplan is leaving the studio and handing the game's reins over to fellow Overwatch dev Aaron Keller.
13 Don't Miss: Creating the recallable Leviathan Axe in God of War
image An in-depth look at how the Axe Recall mechanic was built in God of War.
  Here are the nominees for the 21st annual Game Developers Choice Awards
image The winners of the developer-picked awards will be revealed during GDC 2021.
  Apogee Software reboots as Apogee Entertainment, vows to 'boost the odds' for indies
image American publisher Apogee Software has relaunched as Apogee Entertainment and welcomed back original founder Scott Miller.
  Thunder Lotus' cozy management sim Spiritfarer has topped 500,000 sales
image Spiritfarer has sold over 500,000 copies in under a year, according to developer Thunder Lotus.
  Marvel's Avengers creative director Shaun Escayg has rejoined Naughty Dog
image Escayg prevously worked at the Uncharted and The Last of Us developer for close to seven years, but left the studio in 2018 to join Crystal Dynamics.
  Blog: Where is Supercell's evergreen Clash franchise heading?
image Earlier this month, Supercell announced three new games based on the Clash franchise, and they already soft launched one of them. Here are my thoughts and predictions on that slate of projects.
  Apex Legends Mobile kicks off a regional beta this month
image A mobile release of Respawn's battle royale game Apex Legends has been on EA's to-do list for a while now, and it looks like the mobile version of the game is nearly ready to see the light of day.
  When demos can radically expand your game's discoverability
image Are game demos good? When you should leave your demo or prologue up for longer? We look at games with standout (but short!) gameplay loops for an answer.

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  The perfect Steam trailer, overlooked tools, & more
by Simon Carless
What do you really need in your Steam trailer? What video game data tools are you not aware of, but...
4 Why I decided to go to a publisher after 10 months of single-handedly developing a game
by Iurii Chechulin
Three years ago, I single-handedly developed an .io mobile game. It was relatively successful: it...
  When demos can radically expand your game's discoverability
by Simon Carless
Are game demos good? When you should leave your demo or prologue up for longer? We look at games...
  The Simplest Trailer to Make For Your Steam Page
by Derek Lieu
Valve itself recommends you put your Steam page up as soon as possible, but one major hurdle for...
  Predictions on Supercell's new Clash Games
by Javier Barnes
Earlier this month, Supercell announced 3 new games based on the Clash Franchise, and they already...

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Out Of Weakness, Strength: The Three Ds of Narrative Design
image Narrative designer Danny Allen analyzes the elements of compelling storytelling in games, and offers guidelines for writing effective dialog.
How To Write Low-Spoiler Hints For Adventure Games
image Meghann O'Neill breaks down her process of writing incremental hint guides that minimize spoilers while gently helping players toward quest progression.
Subverting Player Expectation Part II
image Naughty Dog level designer Pete Ellis illustrates how The Last of Us Part II mixes up its gameplay mechanics to reduce predictability while keeping players engaged.
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