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Video: Audio choreography for battle design  
by Staff [01.08.21]
In this 2017 GDC session, Khris Brown discusses best practices for audio design for video game combat to help players better understand what is going on in the fight around them.
Console/PC, Indie, Audio, Video

Get a job: Sucker Punch needs a Producer  
by Staff [01.07.21]
Sucker Punch is looking for a Producer with a passion for video games.
Console/PC, Production, Recruitment

Video: Bootstrapping your own QA team  
by Staff [01.07.21]
In this 2017 GDC talk, USC Games' Jesse Vigil explains how they built a test group from rookies, volunteers, and only two working test kits to get Chambara through PS4 submissions.
Console/PC, Video

Blog: A BioShock Infinite level design analysis - Part 4  
by Gamasutra Community [01.07.21]
This fourth part of this analysis will cover enemies and the concept of "difficulty" in BioShock Infinite.
Console/PC, Design

Epic acquires RAD Game Tools 1
by Bryant Francis [01.07.21]
Epic has bought up RAD Game Tools, promising that its technology will be integrated into Unreal Engine and will still be available for non-Unreal developers.
Console/PC, Programming

Updated: Twitch, Discord suspend Trump-related accounts after Capitol assault  
by Bryant Francis [01.07.21]
Updated: Twitch and Discord have removed Trump-related accounts to prevent 'further violence' after Wednesday's assault on Capitol Hill.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Twitch removes popular emote after pro player's support for Capitol Hill mob  
by Bryant Francis [01.07.21]
Twitch has yanked a widely-used emote after the pro player that inspired its creation 'encouraged further violence' after pro-Trump mob stormed Capitol Hill yesterday.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Last call: Submissions for GDC 2021 Core Concepts close on Monday  
by Staff [01.07.21]
Submissions for GDC 2021 Core Concepts talks are closing on January 11th at 11:59PM PST.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Report: Tencent and Alibaba may get blacklisted by the Trump administration  
by Chris Kerr [01.07.21]
The outgoing Trump administration could blacklist Chinese tech and game companies Alibaba and Tencent, potentially preventing American investors from trading their stocks on home soil.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: Have video games become products like any other? 3
by Gamasutra Community [01.07.21]
When we buy a defective product, we report it and demand either a replacement or a refund. But when we buy a deficient video game, we tend to see it as part of what a player has to endure.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

Roblox secures fresh $520 million investment, outlines plans for direct listing  
by Chris Kerr [01.07.21]
Roblox now intends to go public by way of a direct listing instead of an initial public offering (IPO) as previously reported.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Discount strategy: your key post-launch game discovery tool  
by Gamasutra Staff [01.07.21]
So, when your game has been released, how do you get people to keep talking about it or buying it? Discounts are key, but are you looking at comparables, & do you have a methodical strategy?
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

Nvidia's takeover of Arm is being investigated by UK competition authorities  
by Chris Kerr [01.07.21]
The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) intends to investigate Nvidia's recent $40 million acquisition of chip maker ARM.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Xbox once pitched an acquisition of Nintendo, and was met with laughter 2
by Alissa McAloon [01.06.21]
"Steve [Ballmer] made us go meet with Nintendo to see if they would consider being acquired. They just laughed their asses off."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Video: Clint Hocking's 2011 game design keynote  
by Staff [01.06.21]
How do games generate meaning? In this 2011 GDC session, veteran game designer Clint Hocking explores the ways that game mechanics help players to derive meaning from their time with them.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Postmortem: How Allods Team ported MMO Skyforge to Nintendo Switch  
by Dmitry Lisichkin [01.06.21]
Following the successful port of Warface to the Switch, MY.GAMES’ studio Allods Team tried its hand at porting the MMO Skyforge. Some things went really well, and others were more difficult.
Console/PC, Production

The Sinking City returns to stores as legal dispute over publishing rights continues  
by Chris Kerr [01.06.21]
The game was removed from a number of platforms in August 2020 due to a dispute between developer Frogwares and publisher Nacon.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Video: Improving your odds in programming job interviews  
by Staff [01.05.21]
In this 2017 GDC talk, Rez Graham and Brian Schwab share interviewing insights from a combined 30 years in the industry and dozens of companies, both as job seekers and hiring interviewers.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video

Sony discontinues all but one PS4 model in Japan  
by Alissa McAloon [01.05.21]
Sony Interactive Entertainment has slimmed down its line of last-generation consoles, at least in Japan.

Football Manager 2021 has sold over 1 million copies in record time  
by Chris Kerr [01.05.21]
Football Manager 2021 has topped 1 million sales in under two months to become the fastest-selling entry in the franchise.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing