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  Blog: Highlights of global accessibility awareness day 2020
image Independent accessibility specialist Ian Hamilton looks at some of the ways the games industry embraced this year's GAAD event
  Tencent acquires 20 percent stake in Story of Seasons dev for $65 million
image Tencent has purchased a 20 percent stake in Japanese game studio Marvelous for $65 million.
1 Game Discoverability & The Nintendo Switch: Where We're At
image Game Discoverability & The Nintendo Switch: Where We're At
1 Dreaming Spires: Dynamic narrative, layer by layer
image Jon Ingold of Inkle goes in-depth on the studio's upcoming game Pendragon, which ties a dynamic narrative engine to a chess-like strategy game.
1 Video Game Deep Cuts: The Mario Steamroller Monster Train
image The latest link roundup incudes the notable games of the week, Mario steamrolling bootleg Nintendo cartridges, and a unique new FMV game based around delivery driving, among others!
2 Blog: Narrative vs. gameplay - A toolbox for harmonious coexistence
image How to tell your story while the player is enjoying your game? A list of where, how, when, you should deliver your narrative to maximize both gameplay and story experience.
  Video: A new strategy for narrative desigers
image Learn a new way to develop your game's narrative design in this 2020 GDC Virtual Talk.
  Get a job: Visual Concepts is looking for a Senior Systems Designer
image The folks at Visual Concepts are looking for a Systems Designer to work on a brand new game.
6 Don't Miss: Designing the Elusive Targets system in 2016's Hitman
image "Playing an Elusive Target in a level you have fully mastered gives you the experience of being the apex predator. No matter what might be in store, you have the tools and experience to handle it."
1 Italy announces fund to support country's game studios during COVID-19 crisis
image The Italian government will now provide for financial support for the country's game development studios in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, which has struck the country with exceptional ferocity.
5 The IGDA debuts standards, reporting system to curb bad industry behavior
image Game developers can now submit reports about bad behavior from companies and events to the IGDA.
  Amazon Games and Bandai Namco are bringing a free Pac-Man game to Twitch
image Amazon Games and Bandai Namco have partnered on a brand new Pac-Man experience called Pac-Man Live Studio that will be playable directly through Twitch.
1 Blog: Launch day depression (and why i'm over it)
image I can't tell you how many times I cried, yelled, and even curled up in a ball during the launch of my previous game Pinstripe. For my next game Neversong, this launch has been freeing. Here's why.
  Fortnite is morphing into a movie theater with help from Christopher Nolan
image For its next trick, Epic Games battle royale shooter Fortnite will morph into a virtual movie theater to host a showing of an unnamed Christopher Nolan movie.
  Blog: Building an MMO screensaver
image In this article I talk about how I designed a MMO screensaver, including techniques I used to synchronise the world and how I built the multiplayer side.
3 Magic Leap withdraws conditional layoff notices after raising $350 million
image Augmented reality company Magic Leap has raised $350 million in funding from existing and new investors.
1 From pen-and-paper to blockouts: How level designers craft iconic stealthy encounters
image Level designers with a particular penchant for stealth share their go-to approaches for creating sneaky moments in games like Assassin's Creed: Syndicate, Dishonored 2, and more.
2 Don't Miss: A classic game postmortem of Westwood Studios' Command & Conquer
image Four of the minds behind the 1995 release Command & Conquer sat down at GDC to share an hour-long deep dive into the creation of the classic RTS game.
  An extensive look at Maxis' short stint in serious simulation games
image If you've got time for a long read about a beloved game maker's foray into for-hire simulation games for the likes of Chevron and the EPA, The Obscuritory has you covered.
  What to expect from an all-digital GDC Summer? A chat with GM Katie Stern
image This August's GDC Summer will be the most comprehensive all-digital version of GDC to ever take place. Conference GM Katie Stern explains what attendees can expect from the show.
4 Blog: Demystifying C#'s under-utilized superpower for game development
image An introduction, overview, and deep dive on the power of C#'s Attributes.
  G2A to pay Factorio dev $39,600 after allowing illegal game key sales
image G2A has pledged to pay Factorio developer Wube Software nearly $40,000 for facilitating the sale of illegal game keys.
  EA is releasing the source code for Command & Conquer: Red Alert and Tiberian Dawn
image EA is releasing the source code for Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn and Command & Conquer: Red Alert under the GPL version 3.0. license.
  Amplifier Game Invest acquires Italian developer DestinyBit
image Based in Ravenna, Italy, DestinyBit is the four-person studio behind dice-based survival city builder Dice Legacy.
1 Uncovering the secrets of Alien: Isolation's AI
image Five years since its release, there are still secrets to uncover in the AI of Alien: Isolation. So in this blog I revisit my most popular topic.

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1 Video Game Deep Cuts: The Mario Steamroller Monster Train
by Simon Carless
The latest link roundup incudes the notable games of the week, Mario steamrolling bootleg Nintendo...
1 Game Discoverability & The Nintendo Switch: Where We're At
by Simon Carless
Some notes on how people find your game on Nintendo Switch (& some humble suggestions to improve...
  Highlights of Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2020
by Ian Hamilton
Some of the ways the industry embraced this year's GAAD event
1 Dreaming Spires: Dynamic Narrative, Layer by Layer
by Jon Ingold
For our upcoming game Pendragon we've tied a dynamic narrative engine to a chess-like strategy game....
  Making an MMO screensaver: Here's how I built it
by Iain McManus
During April I made an MMO Screensaver for the Alone Together Jam. In this article I talk about how...

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Hang Line: Production Data And Tools Used
image Ed Kay lists the tools he used during the production of his mobile game Hang Line and explains their specific functionality over the course of development.
Adam Engels On Black Mesa, Remote Work, And Game Design
image Oleg Nesterenko interviews Black Mesa lead Adam Engels for his thoughts on the game design philosophy that drove a multi-year modding project.
Telescopic To Microscopic: Handling Shifts In Scope
image James Patton draws from personal experience to explain how designers can deal with massive shifts in narrative scope between projects.
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