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Apply the science of desirability to game design at GDC 2019  
by Staff [11.13.18]
To help you better understand desire and how it relates to your work, Harvard Desirability Lab director Dr. Beth Altringer will present an intriguing talk on the science of desirability at GDC 2019!
Console/PC, Indie, Design, GDC

Blog: How I managed to ship 6000 copies and stay in business  
by Gamasutra Community [11.13.18]
One year ago I was struggling to stay in business after failing to sell 700 copies of my game. Now, I'm working on my next project after releasing a major update to the original. Here's what happened.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Hacker gets $20K from Valve for unearthing bug that generates free Steam keys 4
by Chris Kerr [11.13.18]
Valve has paid a $20,000 'bug bounty' to security researcher Artem Moskowsky after he discovered a bug that would've let people generate Steam game codes for free.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Nintendo wins out in legal battle against ROM sites  
by Chris Kerr [11.13.18]
Nintendo's legal battle against the owners of ROM websites LoveROMS and LoveRetro is coming to an end, and the Japanese console maker has come out on top.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

The audio design behind the original Xbox startup sound 1
by Emma Kidwell [11.12.18]
Sound designer and composer Brian Schmidt discusses the audio design challenges behind the original Xbox startup sound.
Console/PC, Audio

Xbox chief Phil Spencer taking on a 'bigger role' in fixing the Microsoft Store 2
by Emma Kidwell [11.12.18]
Xbox chief Phil Spencer discussed how he would like to fix the Microsoft Store to make game content more discoverable and easy to find.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

Physical copies of Hollow Knight cancelled  
by Emma Kidwell [11.12.18]
Skybound games announced last week that it would no longer be partnering with Team Cherry to bring physical versions of Hollow Knight to retail shelves after the deal reportedly fell through.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Designing CrossCode to stand out in the retro RPG market 1
by Bryant Francis [11.12.18]
CrossCode's lead developer and composer talk to us about making and selling a retro-flavored RPG in the crowded markets of 2018.
Console/PC, Design

Apply now to be a GDC 2019 Conference Associate!  
by Staff [11.12.18]
GDC is now accepting applications for the GDC 2019 Conference Associate program from now until December 22nd! Associates receive a pass to the show in exchange for about 25 hours of (paid) work. Apply today!
Console/PC, Indie, GDC

Mouse and keyboard support arriving on Xbox One this week  
by Chris Kerr [11.12.18]
Microsoft is bringing mouse and keyboard support to the Xbox One on November 14, after initially announcing the move back in September.
Console/PC, Programming, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: A Quiet Man, With Trivial Credits 1
by Gamasutra Staff [11.11.18]
This week's highlights include a look at the baffling The Quiet Man, a piece on HQ Trivia's struggles to continue its success, and a look at how credits in video games still aren't going quite right.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Obsidian, inXile acquired by Microsoft Studios 4
by Gamasutra Staff [11.10.18]
Microsoft has announced the acquisition of RPG-centric studios Obsidian and inXile Entertainment, as part of a host of announcements at its X08 event in Mexico.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: An apology for Roger Ebert 6
by Staff [11.09.18]
Loom creator Brian Moriarty takes the stage at GDC 2011 to deliver a thoughtful defense of critic Roger Ebert's industry-stirring sentiment that 'video games can never be art.'
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Video, Vault

Watch Lucas Pope discuss the making of Return of the Obra Dinn  
by Bryant Francis [11.09.18]
Watch game developer Lucas Pope discuss the making of Return of the Obra Dinn.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Sony's PlayStation Classic is powered by the open-source emulator PCSX 8
by Alissa McAloon [11.09.18]
Sony has opted to license a long-running open-source PlayStation emulator, PCSX, to power the games on its upcoming plug-n-play PlayStation Classic system. 
Console/PC

Don't Miss: The untold story of Lumines: Electronic Symphony 4
by Staff [11.09.18]
Producer James Mielke (formerly of developer Q Entertainment) walks through early concepts for the game, outlines production difficulties -- including in-progress screens and video.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Design, Production

Lord of the Rings Online returns to its 2007 roots with official 'Legendary Server'  
by Alissa McAloon [11.09.18]
Lord of the Rings Online has opened up a 'Legendary Server' that rolls the modern version of the game back (in some ways) to match the world offered way back in 2007 when the game first launched.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Nintendo is ending video streaming support on the Wii 4
by Alissa McAloon [11.09.18]
The change sees support for all video streaming applications, including Netflix, cut from Nintendo’s 2006 console. 
Console/PC, Social/Online

Blog: Designing an intelligent AI for Conflict0: Revolution  
by Gamasutra Community [11.09.18]
This post looks at how we created an engaging artificial intelligence in our last turn-based strategy title, Conflict0: Revolution.
Console/PC, Programming, Design

Video: AI and animation in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood  
by Staff [11.08.18]
In this GDC 2011 session, Ubisoft's Nicolas Barbeau and Aleissia Laidacker discuss the AI and animation powering the virtual population of Rome in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood.
Console/PC, Design, Video