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Valve is making a new VR Half-Life game  
by Bryant Francis [11.18.19]
Valve's Twitter account has revealed that the company is working on a new Half-Life video game.
Console/PC, Design

Get a job: Insomniac Games is hiring a Lead Level Designer  
by Staff [11.18.19]
This position will lead the Level Design team in the operation of designing, developing, and polishing game levels including level geometry, enemy encounters, puzzles, and unique gameplay.
Design, Recruitment

Video: How Rockstar tackles environment design as spatial cinematography  
by Staff [11.18.19]
In this 2019 GDC session, Rockstar North's Miriam Bellard explores the concept of spatial cinematography in theory and practice using examples from GTA V Online DLC. 
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

Finalists named in Google's annual Change the Game Design Challenge  
by Alissa McAloon [11.18.19]
Google has picked five finalists from over 1,500 entries in its second annual Change the Game Design Challenge, a contest that aims to elevate and encourage teenage girls with game design aspirations.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design

Don't Miss: The secrets of great voice acting 4
by Alex Wawro [11.18.19]
Gamasutra speaks to voice director, consultant and game industry veteran Khris Brown to better understand how high-quality voicework in games comes together from a developer perspective.
Console/PC, Indie, Audio, Design, Production

Logitech has made an expansive accessory kit for the Xbox Adaptive Controller  
by Chris Kerr [11.18.19]
Logitech has created a new 'Adaptive Gaming Kit' to help make the Xbox Adaptive Controller even more accessible.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Please welcome your juries for the IGF 2020 Audio, Design, and Nuovo awards!  
by Staff [11.18.19]
A diverse group of developers and industry professionals make up the juries of the GDC 2020 Independent Games Festival, and they'll soon decide the finalists for next year's awards!
Indie, Audio, Design, IGF

Video Game Deep Cuts: That Superliminal Jedi Guy  
by Gamasutra Staff [11.16.19]
This week's roundup looks at games from Superliminal to Jedi: Fallen Order and Pokemon Sword & Shield, plus behind the scenes at the ESRB & lots more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: How Neopets has influenced a generation of game developers  
by Emma Kidwell [11.15.19]
Devs around the industry (including Nina Freeman, Kevin Snow, and Claire Hummel) reflect on how the venerable virtual pet website helped jumpstart their careers in game development.
Indie, Art, Design

Attend GDC and see how Borderlands 3 was optimized for 'bazillions' of guns  
by Staff [11.15.19]
The Gearbox team have always made a point of talking up just how many guns they cram into Borderlands, and at GDC 2020 in San Francisco you'll have a rare chance to see how they fit 'em all in!
Console/PC, Design, Production, GDC

Blog: Automating machine learning for mobile games  
by Gamasutra Community [11.15.19]
Machine learning enables personalized experiences in games, and Zynga is leveraging feature generation tools to streamline this development.
Design

How Mario 64 inspired that horrible goose's moveset 1
by Aron Garst [11.15.19]
Untitled Goose Game designer Nico Disseldorp explains how Mario 64's broad moveset inspired the waddling charm of the titular goose.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Blog: Going indie in Syria 5
by Gamasutra Community [11.14.19]
We all had to struggle to make something out of life, but I am grateful for how far I have gone. This is my story on how I made my first game AvoCuddle and overcame the difficulties Syrians faced.
Design, Business/Marketing

Tim Cain and Leonard Boyarsky's design lessons from The Outer Worlds 2
by Bryant Francis [11.14.19]
Tim Cain and Leonard Boyarsky, co-directors on The Outer Worlds share some lessons they learned making their far-out space western RPG.
Console/PC, Design

Oculus and Unity team up for free course on VR game development  
by Alissa McAloon [11.13.19]
Oculus and Unity have teamed up to launch the 'Design, Develop, and Deploy for VR' program, aiming to give game developers the building blocks needed to start their first virtual reality projects.
VR, Programming, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: The Binding of Isaac postmortem 26
by Staff [11.13.19]
In this classic feature, Edmund McMillen discusses how he added religion toZelda, mixed it with a roguelike, and came out with a surprise hit.
Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: How Techland built Dying Light's remarkable parkour system  
by Staff [11.13.19]
In this 2018 GDC session, Techland's Bartosz Kulon shares the colorful story of how movement, running, and climbing was implemented in Dying Light.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

Steam search suggestions & premium positioning 2
by Gamasutra staff [11.13.19]
This time out, I thought it would be interesting to look - incredibly specifically - at Steam search suggestions. That is, the games that pop up when you start typing in things in Steam search.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Rock, paper, scissors design in JRPGs  
by John Harris [11.13.19]
This is an excerpt chapter from the book Level Up: A JRPG Creator's Handbook, available in the current Storybundle, about using non-transitive character and monster powers to design interesting encounters.
Console/PC, Design

Game Design Deep Dive: Crafting mystery through gameplay in Nauticrawl  
by Andrea Interguglielmi [11.13.19]
In this thorough Deep Dive, Nauticrawl dev Andrea Interguglielmi walks through his process of designing this atmospheric puzzle game to evoke feelings of genuine mystery and wonder.
Indie, Design, Deep Dive