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  Weekly Jobs Roundup: Wargaming, NBCUniversal, and more are hiring now!
image Whether you're just starting out, looking for something new, or just seeing what's out there, the Gamasutra Job Board is the place where game developers move ahead in their careers.
  Blog: Virtual worlds designed by their inhabitants
image As our digital lives expand, the distinction between creator and consumer of our digital worlds must merge.
  Don't Miss: Designing Downwell around one key mechanic
image Downwell creator Ojiro Fumito explains how he designed a fun, engaging game around one key mechanic: what if you jumped down a well with guns strapped to your boots?
  Atari looks to equity crowdfunding for RollerCoaster Tycoon Switch release
image The campaign comes with a minimum investment of $250, though investors will earn a share of the game's revenue following its release.
  How rigid design limitations improved Gorogoa's puzzles
image "The handicapping of the player is part of whats interesting in design," says Gorogoa dev Jason Roberts. "The source of all your power is where you choose to look."
  GDC 2018 Animation Bootcamp welcomes talks on God of War, Horizon, and more!
image At GDC 2018 the Animation Bootcamp kicks off on Monday with a series of great talks aimed atexploringnew frontiers in game animation, touching on everything from God of War to Horizon Zero Dawn!
  Refine your mobile game-making skills at the GDC 2018 Mobile Summit!
image The GDC 2018 Mobile Summit is packed with talks (from the likes of King, Kongregate, and more) that will give you cutting-edge insight into the state of mobile game design -- and mobile game markets!
  Blog: In defense of lifelike games
image Why Not Games programmer and designer Nikhil Murthy defines and defends those games that are all about life.
  Xbox Game Pass service getting first-party exclusives at launch
image Microsoft is expanding its Netflix-esque Xbox Game Pass subscription to include all first-party Xbox One releases at launch.
  Downwell creator Ojiro 'Moppin' Fumoto has joined Nintendo
image Fumoto broke the news on his Japanese Twitter account, writing "I got a job at Nintendo, I'll do my best."
  Game security outfit Denuvo acquired by cybersecurity specialist Irdeto
image Denuvo offers security technology and services to game publishers and platforms around the world, and has worked with big names like Ubisoft, EA, Warner Bros., and Lionsgate Entertainment.
  Blog: The Chinese market and the opportunity for hyper-casual games
image Hyper-casual games have seen wild success in the West, but now the Chinese market is presenting a new opportunity for developers.
10 Blog: Building a better Steam competitor
image "You've done all the minimum things you need to do to Not Fail Immediately," writes experienced dev Lars Doucet. "You are now worthy of the secret. Here's what you really need to compete with Steam."
  Video: How Slime Rancher devs used constraints to aid in design
image In this 2017 GDC postmortem, Monomi Park's Nick Popovich discusses the development history of Slime Rancher and how it was managed during its first year of early access.
  Guild Wars 2 devs donate thousands to help fan rebuild after house fire
image Guild Wars 2 developers donated $3,500 to a fan's crowdfunding page after a fire consumed everything but a copy of her collectors edition of Nightfall from Guild Wars.
  Minecraft: Education Edition introduces chemistry update
image Microsoft announces the introduction of chemistry into Minecraft: Education Edition, featuring new crafting tools designed to explain different chemistry concepts to students.
  Get a job: Remedy Entertainment is looking for a Lead Game Designer
image Remedy Entertainment is looking for an experienced designer to take a hands-on approach driving the future of the story-driven campaign mode set in the Crossfire 2 universe.
  Minecraft sets new monthly active users record at 74M
image Almost 9 years after its debut, Minecraft saw a record amount of monthly active users this past December.
1 Don't Miss: 8 tips to help manage your indie community
image What better way to appreciate the hard work community managers put in than learn about the kinds of tools that can help streamline indie community management?
1 EVE Online community raises $119k in memory of departed dev
image A one week fundraiser within EVE Online raised over $119k for the developers fiance and daughter after his sudden passing late last year.
  Parents, don't forget to register for childcare at GDC 2018!
image Reminder: If you're planning to bring kids with you when you attend GDC 2018,the advance deadline to register for the KiddieCorp on-site childcare program is February 20th-- less than a month away!
1 Blog: Call of Duty: WWII and historical memory
image Historian Bob Whitaker discusses the media coverage surrounding Call of Duty: WWII, and considers problems related to public memory of famous historical events.
  Enjoy a Classic Game Postmortem of Sonic the Hedgehog at GDC 2018!
image If you're coming to the Game Developers Conference this year you've gotta go (fast!) to the Classic Game Postmortem of Sonic the Hedgehog, presented by original devs Hirokazu Yasuhara and Naoto Oshima!
2 Blog: Visions of a QA degree in video games
image In education, we've seen a rise in dedicated design, art, programming, audio and production courses, but none for QA'ers. This post explores and invites comment on what such a course may look like.
  Epic Games acquires cloud processing tech provider Cloudgine
image Based in Edinburgh, Cloudgine mainly focuses on delivering cloud processing technologies and solutions for use in the entertainment and games industries.

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  In Defense of Life-like Games
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Results From Game Design Challenge: Public Domain Inspiration
image Game Career Guide's readers tackle the public domain in January's Game Design Challenge, proposing new and creative takes on classic works of film and literature.
Different Kinds Of Difficulty: Continuous And Aspirational
image Christopher Gile discusses the varied ways in which games approach difficulty, highlighting examples that you can analyze and adapt for your own projects.
Fundamental Mistakes That Every Indie Developer Should Avoid
image From feature creep to improper planning, Anderson Addo outlines a series of mistakes and pitfalls common to student developers, and explains how you can avoid them.
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