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Updates » Console/PC
Report: Telltale Games lays off remaining 'skeleton crew' 4
by Bryant Francis [10.04.18]
If reports are correct, Telltale Games' "studio majority closure" is edging closer to being a full shutdown.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Mafia 3 and the value of putting game developers in a box 1
by Staff [10.04.18]
Sometimes, maybe the best thing you can do as a developer is box yourself in. That's one takeaway from this chat with Hangar 13's Haden Blackman about lessons learned in making a new Mafia game.
Console/PC, Design, Production

Report: Telltale wants another studio (and ex-The Walking Dead devs) to finish the game  
by Alissa McAloon [10.04.18]
Sources speaking to Kotaku say that that there is a deal being organized that would hire ex-Telltale devs as contract employees to finish The Walking Dead under a different company.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Reminder: Tomorrow is your deadline to pitch talks for GDC 2019's Summits!  
by Staff [10.04.18]
Just a quick reminder: All submissions for GDC 2019’s Virtual Reality Developers Conference (VRDC), GDC Summits, and Game Career Seminar are due tomorrow (Friday, October 5th) at 11:59 pm Pacific!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, GDC

Mega Man is the next game franchise headed to The Big Screen  
by Alissa McAloon [10.04.18]
Right on the heels of the Mega Man 11 release, Capcom has announced that the longrunning series is in the process of being adapted as a motion picture.
Console/PC

Opinion: Will Telltale's fate be a catalyst for industry reform? 6
by Mitch Bowman [10.04.18]
Amid a string of layoffs and studio shutdowns, journalist Mitch Bowman asks if Telltale's closure is the tipping point for game industry labor reform.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

EA partners with the Premier League for new esports competition  
by Chris Kerr [10.04.18]
It's a notable deal for EA and esports in general, with the Premier League generally regarded as the most high-profile football league in the world.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Report: Nintendo to launch updated Switch console in 2019 1
by Chris Kerr [10.04.18]
Nintendo will release a new version of the Switch next year to ensure its handheld-home console hybrid remains competitive.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Number Punchers: How Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest handle combat math 4
by John Harris [10.04.18]
There’s now been well over 30 years of computer RPGs, in both C- and J- styles, and one feature most of them have in common is that they’re awfully vague about their combat math.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Blizzard president Mike Morhaime has stepped down  
by Bryant Francis [10.03.18]
The executive producer of World of Warcraft is replacing Mike Morhaime as president of Blizzard Entertainment.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

How Serious Sam set itself apart in the era of Duke Nukem and Quake  
by Alissa McAloon [10.03.18]
Croteam’s chief creative officer Davor Hunski tells the story of how Serious Sam’s hand-made engine came to be and how a vertical slice demo ultimately saved the game.
Console/PC, Programming, Video

Don't Miss: 7 great minigames that game developers should study 21
by Staff [10.03.18]
An engaging minigame can deepen a players engagement in the overarching game. We look at 7 instructive examples that game developers should examine closely.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Konami's Dance Dance Revolution is getting a movie adaptation 1
by Alissa McAloon [10.03.18]
The arcade game Dance Dance Revolution is being reimagined as a film where only dancing can save the world from a coming apocalypse.
Console/PC

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment signs on to distribute Cyberpunk 2077  
by Alissa McAloon [10.03.18]
The role sees WBIE taking over both distribution and promotion for CD Projekt Red's upcoming game based on the longrunning Cyberpunk 2020 tabletop franchise.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Ubisoft chief: The games industry needs to find its soul 12
by Chris Kerr [10.03.18]
"You know what is missing in this industry? A soul. Video games are about gaming, and gaming is not about entertainment, it's about learning."
Console/PC, Design, Production

World Rally Championship dev Kylotonn acquired by Bigben  
by Chris Kerr [10.03.18]
French publisher Bigben Interactive has fully acquired World Rally Championship and TT Isle of Man developer Kylotonn. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

How The Universim's 'god game' twist charmed Early Access players  
by Joel Couture [10.03.18]
Gamasutra speaks with the devs of The Universim about making living worlds and beings that react to player decisions rather than directly obey them, as well as Steam Early Access challenges.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video

After bankruptcy and layoffs, Toys 'R' Us contemplates a comeback 1
by Alex Wawro [10.02.18]
The folks in charge of selling off Toys 'R' Us assets after the bankrupt retailer closed nearly 1,000 stores and laid off ~33,000 people this year have decided to cancel and revamp the brand instead.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Game devs call for better working conditions via #AsAGamesWorker 5
by Bryant Francis [10.02.18]
Game developers have begun sharing their demands for a better game industry future via the Twitter hashtag #AsAGamesWorker.
Console/PC, Design

Video: A retrospective look at 'girl games' of the '90s  
by Staff [10.02.18]
At GDC 2018 devs Laura Groppe, Brenda Laurel, Jesyca Durchin Schnepp, Sheri Graner Ray & Ernest Adams revisit and deconstruct the whole genre of "girl games" that found success in the 1990s.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault