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  Nintendo is halting original 3DS and 3DS XL repairs in Japan
image The original Nintendo 3DS and 3DS XL are about to become endangered species in Japan.
  Blog: Creating traditional sprites with Unity's new 2D animation package
image Diving into Unity's new 2D animation package and finding a lot to love for the creation of sprite-based 2D games.
  Ongoing Fallout 4 DLC lawsuit could impact Microsoft's takeover of Bethesda
image Bethesda has been dealing with a lawsuit over its handling of Fallout 4's downloadable content that could impact Microsoft's takeover of the company.
  Blog: Companions and creating player bonds
image A short look at companion characters in non-linear games: How can we make them shine with limited spotlight? What are the key ingredients that make us feel so attached to these characters?
  Get a job: Join Sucker Punch as a Producer
image The Producer will work with the production team and team leads across all areas of the project to manage the development process.
  Report: Some CD Projekt devs unable to work after ransomware attack
image A report in Bloomberg News indicates that the cyber attack on CD Projekt Red earlier this month has left its developers unable to work on updates to Cyberpunk 2077
  Semiconductor shortage hitting console production to be investigated by White House
image President Biden is planning to file an executive order later today investigating the supply shortage of semiconductors that's hit automakers and console developers alike.
  Join a free talk + Q&A on leadership in game production with Grant Shonkwiler
image We welcome expert producer Grant Shonkwiler, formerly producer on triple-A shooters at id Software and Epic Games and now consultant at Shonkventures to talk about leadership in game development and answer your questions live.
  Deep dive: how Steam followers and wishlists relate
image How do Steam followers (the folks who follow news on your Steam page) related to your pre-release Steam wishlists? We have full survey results here for your delectation.
  Luna, Amazon's cloud gaming service, is no longer invite-only on some devices
image Amazon has lowered the barrier of entry for folks hoping to try out its cloud based game service Luna, at least for those hoping to give it a go through a Fire TV device.
2 Blog: My full time indie developer life - Year 4
image Welcome to the fourth edition of my annual blog post. As is now tradition, I'll be charting my life as a full time indie developer in a bid to draw lessons from my successes and failures.
1 BioWare cancels plans for Anthem rework, shifts focus to Dragon Age and Mass Effect
image EA and BioWare have called off its Anthem 2.0 project, canceling plans for what was meant to be a revitalizing rework of BioWare's failed 2019 online shooter Anthem.
  Steam's new controller reporting lets devs know how their games are played
image Valve has rolled out a new Steamworks update that shows developers what percentage of their playerbase uses controllers and more.
2 Introducing GDC Showcase's Platinum Sponsors: Connect to your audience with the power of Facebook
image Check out the great content that Facebook is offering for developers at GDC Showcase.
  Blog: Writing slapstick and narrative as one
image How to define "slapstick" dynamic scenes in a way that they are configurable, expandable and integrated with their narrative contents? A practical solution using dialogue flows.
  Tencent grabs minority stake in TerraTech developer Payload Studios
image Payload said the cash will be used to expand its team and develop new titles with its "signature community-driven model.
  How Blightbound approaches individual storytelling in a co-op game
image This post discusses how to do storytelling in a co-op game where each player is at a different point in the story.
  Thunderful acquires Bridge Constructor publisher Headup for $13.3 million
image Headup is best known as the publisher behind the Bridge Constructor franchise, and has also worked on the special edition releases of titles like Limbo and The Binding of Issac.
  Get a job: Join Sealost Interactive as an Art Director
image Sealost Interactive LLC, the studio behind The Thrill of the Fight, is looking for a talented 3D artist with strong industry experience to be in charge of visual quality for a breakout indie game franchise.
  GameStop CFO Jim Bell resigns
image GameStop CFO and executive vice president Jim Bell has resigned and will depart both roles on March 26, 2021. Bell only joined GameStop as CFO and EVP back in June 2019.
  Don't Miss: Making Oxenfree's narrative unfold like a free-flowing conversation
image Night School Studio's Oxenfree is an interactive ghost story in which a player's contributions to the constant flow of conversation can shape the direction of the story.
  Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales’ creative director is answering your questions at GDC Showcase
image Get your questions in front of Brian Horton, creative director of Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales at GDC Showcase!
  Special: The Texas winter storm episode - GDC Podcast ep. 17
image Lars Doucet, co-founder of Level Up Labs and recently a contributor to Valve's Steam Labs project, joins fellow Texan Kris Graft to talk about the brutal winter storm that left many without access to heat, power, water, and food for days.
  Grow your UX knowledge in Celia Hodent's GDC Masterclass
image Register today for Celia Hodent's GDC Masterclass on the psychology of the human brain!
  Crusader Kings III helps Paradox to best financial year in history
image "Crusader Kings III broke several of our previous records at release, in terms of both number of simultaneous players and copies sold."

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  Deep dive: how Steam followers and wishlists relate
by Simon Carless
How do Steam followers (the folks who follow news on your Steam page) related to your pre-release...
  Companions & Creating Player Bonds
by Natalie Mikkelson
A short look at companion characters in non-linear games: How can we make them shine with limited...
  Using Unity's New 2D Animation Package for Traditional Sprite Animation
by Kyle Kukshtel
Diving into Unity's new 2D Animation package and finding a lot to love for the creation sprite-based...
  Writing Slapstick And Narrative As One
by Pietro Polsinelli
How to define "slapstick" dynamic scenes in a way that they are configurable, expandable and...
  Blightbound's approach to individual storytelling in a coop game
by Joost van Dongen
This post discusses how to do storytelling in a coop game where each player is at a different point...

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Quest Design In Linear Media
image Nathan Savant critically examines the pacing of films and novels to better understand how their structures can apply to quest design in games.
Game Studies: Physical Elements Of Play
image Staffordshire University game studies student James Kinch examines physical elements of play and explains how they influence player decisions and interactions.
Spilt Milk Studios: 2020 Retrospective
image Spilt Milk Studios founder Andrew Smith discusses the company's 2020 releases and its new student project publishing label.
Renderer Game Studios
Renderer Game Studios We provide high-quality AAA Video Game Art Assets and Animation service at low rate!
DIGITAL SHOCK INC.
DIGITAL SHOCK INC. We are a team of dedicated professionals that have 20+ years in the outsource gaming industry. We specialize in 3D artwork, and we have worked on titles such as Age of Empires, Superman, Lord of the Rings, and Lego (among many others).
Ozone Music & Sound
Ozone Music & Sound Game Developers from Austin, London, Sydney and around the world, some of the most successful Movie Studios in Hollywood, Advertising Agencies in Detroit, Chicago, New York, and L.A., and Recording Artists, trust their Creative Audio to Ozone Music & Soun
Streamline Studios
Streamline Studios Streamline specializes in tech art and creative execution for video games through its integrated 2D, 3D and Animation services.
Twisted Hand Studio.,Ltd
Twisted Hand Studio.,Ltd We are a 40-people game art production studio based in China, we've been serving the global game dev industry for more than 10 years, providing 2D Concepts, Illustrations, UI graphics, 3D Modeling, Texturing, Rigging, Animation (Key-frame & Spine).

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