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5 trends that defined the game industry in 2018 1
by Kris Graft [12.17.18]
The year 2018 lasted approximately 30 normal years. From studio closures to the Fortnite phenomenon, here are the trends that defined the game industry in the longest year in the history of humankind.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Making Project Hospital: A realistic approach to medical simulation
by John Harris [12.17.18]
Lead programmer Jan Beneš at Oxymoron Games chats with Gamasutra about the making of the successful medical sim Project Hospital.
Console/PC, Programming, Design

Video Game Deep Cuts: Below The Ashen Mutant Hades  
by Gamasutra Staff [12.17.18]
This week's highlights showcase Below, Mutant Year Zero, Hades, Gris, and Ashen - all of which have standout features - with reviews in the round-up, as well as more 'best of the year' & more besides.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Fortnite dev team removes Infinity Blade for being 'overpowered' 1
by Emma Kidwell [12.14.18]
The Infinity Blade is no more, says Fortnite developer Epic Games. In a tweet published today, the studio explains that the weapon is being removed for being overpowered and poorly balanced.
Console/PC, Design

Best of 2018: 'BOY' was Atreus tricky to implement, says God of War lead 10
by Steven T. Wright [12.14.18]
"I was told multiple times, 'scale it back, change it so he's simpler,'" said God of War director Cory Barlog. "I was even told to consider cutting him out of the game."
Console/PC, Design

Dive deep into the sound design of Crackdown 3 at GDC 2019  
by Staff [12.14.18]
Come out to the Game Developers Conference in March for a unique behind-the-scenes look at Crackdown 3's advanced sound, dialog, and music systems.
Console/PC, Audio, GDC

Blog: PRNGs and controlling fate in video games 4
by Gamasutra Community [12.14.18]
This article delves into the details of the properties of Pseudo Random Number Generators, and how game designers can use them.
Console/PC, Design

Report: Pokemon Go creator Niantic close to $3.9 billion valuation  
by Chris Kerr [12.14.18]
Pokemon Go maker Niantic could be about to seal a $200 million funding round that would see the company valued at $3.9 billion.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Discord aims to disrupt by opening storefront to devs, offering 90% revenue share
by Emma Kidwell [12.14.18]
Discord announced today that it will be opening up its launcher at cost for all developers, with 90 percent revenue share going back to the developers.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Video: Hacking into the combat AI of Watch Dogs 2  
by Staff [12.13.18]
In this GDC 2017 talk, Ubisoft's Chae Dickie-Clark explains how the NPCs of Watch Dogs 2 efficiently process their environment to select cover and perform other dynamic behaviors.
Console/PC, Programming, Video

Best of 2018: How Rare designed Sea of Thieves' infinite pirate generator 1
by Jack Yarwood [12.13.18]
Rare lead character artist Sam Chester talks through the conception, design, and implementation of the "infinite pirate generator" character creator in the studio's swashbuckle-'em-up Sea of Thieves.
Console/PC, Programming, Art

Indie Megabooth is hosting a curated indie game collection on Kartridge  
by Alissa McAloon [12.13.18]
A partnership between the two companies will see past Indie Megabooth games regularly highlighted on Kongregate’s indie game storefront Kartridge.
Console/PC, Indie

Come to GDC and see how BioWare shaded the world of Anthem!  
by Staff [12.13.18]
At GDC 2019 you'll get an inside look at how BioWare artists breathe life into Anthem's dynamic seasons, weather events, and time of day using smart shader techniques.
Console/PC

Blog: How I faked Desert Child's striking 3D visuals 2
by Chris Kerr [12.13.18]
Oscar Brittain and Akupara Games are releasing Desert Child on Switch, Xbox, PS4, and Steam on December 11. Oscar hit us with the following tech blog on how he 'faked' the game's striking 3D look.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Design

Video: The living world of The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt
by Staff [12.12.18]
In this GDC 2016 session, CD Projekt Red's Matthew Steinke explains how he developed a role-playing experience that would provide players with gameplay spanning the vast open world of The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Detroit: Become Human has sold over 2M units worldwide  
by Emma Kidwell [12.12.18]
Quantic Dream announced earlier today that Detroit: Become Human has sold over 2 million copies worldwide since launching back in May. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

First-party Switch games are setting new attach rate records for Nintendo 5
by Alissa McAloon [12.12.18]
Nintendo says that the Switch is performing at historic levels for the company, and the attach rates for many of the company’s first-party titles are one such example of that.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Best of 2018: A Classic Tools Retrospective on the first version of the Unreal Editor 10
by David Lightbown [12.12.18]
Epic founder Tim Sweeney talks to David Lightbown about UnrealEd, one of the most popular level editors in the game industry, used to build levels for Unreal, Deus Ex, Gears of War, BioShock and more.
Console/PC, Programming

Play these 20 unique games at GDC 2019's alt.ctrl.GDC showcase!  
by Staff [12.12.18]
One of these alternative controller games will win the alt.ctrl.GDC Award -- which includes a $3k prize plus a special trophy handmade by game maker Robin Baumgarten -- at the IGF ceremony during GDC!
Console/PC, Indie, Design, alt ctrl gdc

Epic Store to launch cross-platform games services suite  
by Emma Kidwell [12.12.18]
Epic is rolling out many new features for the Epic Games Store beginning in 2019, starting with the launch of a cross-platform games service free for all developers.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing