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NPD crowns Call of Duty the top-selling console game franchise in U.S. for 10th year in a row  
by Alex Wawro [01.28.19]
Decade-long "number one at the till" streak confirmed.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Opinion: The latest Assassin's Creed Odyssey controversy was easily avoidable 3
by Katherine Cross [01.28.19]
While criticism is vital to ensure accountability, it’s safe to say many queer creators are quietly bemused at how the low effort of major studios is rewarded with adulation and infinite second chances.
Console/PC

A 'major reorganization' could see RuneScape dev Jagex put up for sale  
by Alissa McAloon [01.28.19]
Jagex could be one of the assets put up for sale if its parent company decides to take that route during a restructuring effort.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

'BOY' does GDC 2019 offer more great God of War talks than you can shake an axe at! 1
by Staff [01.28.19]
An axe won't be the only thing you recall after you check out some of the 15+ fantastic God of War talks on offer at GDC 2019, each of which offers a unique look at the game's design and development!
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, GDC

Don't Miss: 7 introductory levels that all game developers should study 6
by Staff [01.28.19]
The beginning of a game is crucial. These seven titles all strike a great balance between helping players learn how to play and setting mood and expectations for the hours ahead.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Reminder: 2 days left to register early for GDC 2019 at a discounted rate!  
by Staff [01.28.19]
Early registration for the 2019 Game Developers Conference ends Wednesday, January 30th at 11:59 PM Pacific, so take the opportunity to save money on your pass by registering now at a discounted rate!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Nintendo's former 'indie advocate' Damon Baker joins up with Xbox  
by Alissa McAloon [01.28.19]
Damon Baker, Nintendo's former head of partner management, has joined up with Xbox to serve as the team’s head of portfolio.
Console/PC, Indie

Deep Silver pulls Metro Exodus from Steam in favor of Epic Store 15
by Chris Kerr [01.28.19]
Deep Silver has partnered with Epic to exclusively release the PC version of Metro Exodus on the Epic Games Store, and will discontinue sales of the game on Steam later today. 
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

How a game engine switch-up brought Starbreeze to its knees 1
by Chris Kerr [01.28.19]
"There wasn't even a file open button when we got Valhalla. It was impossible to use, and this is when it all started to get a bit fucked up."
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Sponsored Content
A culture of quality: Friday the 13th dev IllFonic is hiring
by Shannon Gerritzen, director of communications for IllFonic [01.28.19]
IllFonic, the studio that developed the no. 3 game on Playstation Store for 2017 Friday the 13th: The Game, is ramping up production on several unannounced projects.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Sponsored Article

A modder has spent three years recreating The Legend of Zelda in Doom 2
by Chris Kerr [01.28.19]
Exkodius began working on the project after re-acquainting himself with Zelda on the NES, and wondering what it'd be like to gallivant around an 8-bit version of Hyrule in first-person. 
Console/PC, Production

Analyzing how friendly AI 'cheats' in Ghost Recon Wildlands
by Gamasutra Community [01.28.19]
Sometimes if you want to make your game work as intended, you need to cheat a little bit. Game AI researcher Tommy Thompson examines what he calls one of the best "cheating" AI systems in recent years.
Console/PC, Programming, Design

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Tiny House Anthem Metro Exodus  
by Gamasutra Staff [01.27.19]
This week's highlights include creators building tiny houses in The Sims, impressions of BioWare's much anticipated Anthem, & a whole bunch of new games to check out - from the Resident Evil 2 reboot to FutureGrind through Metro Exodus.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Watch game developer Owen Goss break down FutureGrind's game design  
by Bryant Francis [01.25.19]
One of the co-creators of FutureGrind dropped by the GDC Twitch channel for a chat about the game's design and development process.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Tencent uses model's likeness for Ring of Elysium without permission  
by Emma Kidwell [01.25.19]
Tencent Games seems to have used the likeness of a model without her permission for a character skin in its game Ring of Elysium.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Weekly Jobs Roundup: Heart Machine, Crystal Dynamics, and more are hiring now!  
by Staff [01.25.19]
The developers of games like Smite, Farpoint, Tomb Raider, and Hyper Light Drifter are looking to expand their teams!
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Recruitment

Ubisoft will modify Assassin's Creed Odyssey DLC following feedback  
by Emma Kidwell [01.25.19]
Ubisoft has announced that it's making changes to the controversial Assassin's Creed Odyssey DLC which came under fire recently.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: How Subnautica plunges deeper into rendering realistic water 2
by Staff [01.25.19]
'In the real world, it's actually pretty hard to see underwater,' says Max McGuire of Unknown Worlds Entertainment. 'There's a strong blue cast, and the sunlight doesn't penetrate very deeply.'
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Production

GLAAD Media Awards list nominees for video games with outstanding LGBTQ themes  
by Alissa McAloon [01.25.19]
The nominations make for the first time the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has considered video games in its annual award show celebrating LBGTQ-inclusive media.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet

Nintendo isn't considering a Switch price cut or successor quite yet 2
by Alissa McAloon [01.25.19]
Speaking to the Sankei News, Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa said that the company’s focus right now supporting is the current model (and current price) of the Switch.
Console/PC