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Why don't all video game stores have prominent, detailed real-time charts showcasing new & trending games using actual sales, versus obfuscating them under 'featured' titles or complex menu navigation?

Each week I compile a gaming industry insights newsletter that I publish broadly. Opinions are mine.

Posted by Joost van Dongen on 08/19/19 10:33:00 am in Design
What to do if something is overpowered for beginners, but fine for experienced players? Simple stat changes won't do in such cases. This blogpost discusses 3 approaches to fixing beginner balance that we've used in Awesomenauts and Swords & Soldiers 2.

This week's roundup includes looks at standout new titles including Dicey Dungeons and Rad, an analysis of Patreon as incremental funding, and lots more.

Posted by Victoria Tran on 08/16/19 10:37:00 am in Business/Marketing
How to better set up your (game) communities for kinder user experiences.

Posted by William Volk on 08/16/19 10:27:00 am in Business/Marketing, Indie
Getting back into Indie-Games after decades with The Climate Trail





Posted by Vladimirs Slavs on 08/21/19 10:43:00 am in Business/Marketing, Programming, Production, Indie
In October 2018, I’ve told her, Helen, to just draw whatever she wants and put it on twitter. Ten months later, we have published our game, Merchant of the Skies, our best game so far, into early access. It is a direct result of that decision.

Posted by Luke Stapley on 08/21/19 10:36:00 am in Programming, Production, Smartphone/Tablet
Continuing our discussion on building your game for the Tencent's WeChat platform, we talk a bit about the infrastructure of games developed in WeChat, as well as a few tips and tricks you might need to know to save you time and hassle.

Posted by Caleb Compton on 08/21/19 10:35:00 am in Design
A look at why moral choices in games often don't feel impactful, and how they can be done better.

Posted by Kate AppFollow on 08/21/19 10:30:00 am in Business/Marketing
In September, Apple traditionally refreshes its branded operating system. As promised, we will get the dark theme, Apple Watch App Store, reduced sizes of apps and their updates, sign in with Apple, and more.

An article about launch models, distribution, and a number of approaches to monetization for Game as a Service. Also some recommendations for successful project management.

Posted by Aditya Rajani on 08/20/19 10:20:00 am in Art
In this article, 3D Environment Artist Aditya Rajani did a very detailed breakdown of a Sci-Fi corridor environment he created using modularity. Adi walks us through his pipeline & shared some very cool tips & tricks in creating mood & atmosphere in UE4.