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Minecraft gets free educational content to help enable distance learning  
by Chris Kerr [03.24.20]
Microsoft is bringing free educational content to Minecraft to help families who've been forced to home school as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Designing the many Easter eggs of Zombie Army 4: Dead War  
by Daniel Hollis [03.24.20]
Jordan Woodward, lead level designer on Rebellion's cult favorite Zombie Army 4: Dead War, explains his team's approach to embedding Easter eggs into the game, and how they relate to game design.
Console/PC, Design

Unity debuts new cloud-based platform for simulating game playtests  
by Alex Wawro [03.23.20]
Unity today unveiled a beta version of the Unity Game Simulation service, which is designed to remotely simulate (via Google Cloud servers) large volumes of player interactions with your game. 
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Production

Don't Miss: Where next for the video game power fantasy? 15
by Alissa McAloon [03.23.20]
With VR tech becoming common, game devs can immerse & embody players in fantasy worlds like never before. What does that intimacy mean for that most common of game design tropes, the power fantasy?
VR, Console/PC, Design

Stadia to offer dev kits, funding, and more through new Stadia Makers program 1
by Alissa McAloon [03.23.20]
Google Stadia has partnered with Unity to kick off a new game developer focused initiative called Stadia Makers.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Game Discoverability: The Steam & Epic stores, circa early 2020  
by Simon Carless [03.23.20]
We’re back, as the world gets a little bit odder every day, with some notable game discoverability updates for the month of March, particularly looking at the Steam and Epic stores.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

HP, Valve, and Microsoft team up for 'next-gen' PC VR headset 2
by Alissa McAloon [03.23.20]
A listing for a new PC virtual reality headset has popped up on Steam, billed as a 'next gen' VR headset from PC-maker HP.
VR, Console/PC

Finnish-Icelandic studio Mainframe nets $8.3 million to create cloud-native games  
by Chris Kerr [03.23.20]
Finnish-Icelandic studio Mainframe Industries has raised $8.3 million in Series A funding to make new hires and continue developing cloud-native games.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Call of Duty: Warzone passes 30 million players in ten days  
by Chris Kerr [03.23.20]
Call of Duty: Warzone has passed 30 million players in eight days according to publisher Activision.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: Animal Crossing, Animal Crossing, DOOM 1
by Gamasutra Staff [03.22.20]
The latest 'best article/video' highlights include plenty of Animal Crossing neatness, plus DOOM Eternal, Roundgard, death loops, Tony Hawk & conspiracy theories, social distancing & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: Storytelling lessons learned in 14 years at BioWare  
by Staff [03.20.20]
In this 2018 GDC talk, former BioWare creative director Mike Laidlaw details some of the most important lessons he's learned about how narrative fits within games.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

GameStop abruptly shuts down all stores in California 1
by Alex Wawro [03.20.20]
Word is spreading today that GameStop stores in California are closing down as the state continues to push for closure of all non-essential businesses to combat the spread of coronavirus.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Job stability, quality of life, Windjammers with Dave Lang - GDC Podcast ep. 7  
by Kris Graft [03.20.20]
Dave Lang, founder of Iron Galaxy Studios, joins the latest GDC Podcast to talk about creating a studio that's built to last, quality of life in the game industry, and old rumors about Midway Games and the mafia.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Podcast, GDC

Microsoft launches DirectX 12 Ultimate to support next-gen graphics  
by Chris Kerr [03.20.20]
Microsoft has lifted the lid on DirectX 12 Ultimate, and claims the next iteration of its gaming API will forge an "unprecedented alignment between PC and Xbox Series X."
Console/PC, Production

Square Enix implements work-from-home policy due to COVID-19  
by Chris Kerr [03.20.20]
Square Enix has followed the lead of other large studios like EA and Ubisoft and implemented work-from-home policies across all locations to combat the coronavirus.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

GameStop pauses trade-in program for 9 days due to COVID-19 concerns 1
by Alissa McAloon [03.19.20]
GameStop is temporarily halting its trade-in program in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and implementing a handful of other new policies to minimize the risk to staff working at its retail locations.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: The aggressive resource management of Doom Eternal 4
by Kris Graft [03.19.20]
The upcoming Doom Eternal is including new designs meant to enhance the outstanding foundation laid down by Doom 2016. We talked to id Software's Hugo Martin and Marty Stratton.
Console/PC, Design

GameStop rules itself 'essential retail' and therefore immune to lockdown closures 8
by Alissa McAloon [03.19.20]
GameStop’s top brass have decided the video game retailer counts as an essential business during coronavirus times, and has told store management to keep its locations open despite local lockdowns.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

GDC organizers plan new 3-day GDC Summer event for August  
by Staff [03.19.20]
GDC organizers have announced GDC Summer, a three-day celebration of the art, craft and business of game development, to be held from August 4-6 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

GoldenEye 007, Guitar Hero among 2020 World Video Game Hall of Fame finalists  
by Alissa McAloon [03.19.20]
The Strong Museum has named the 12 games shortlisted for this years World Video Game Hall of Fame inductees, a list that includes repeat nominees like Minecraft alongside some fresh faces.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet