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Strap in for a Panzer Dragoon Classic Game Postmortem at GDC 2019!  
by Staff [01.23.19]
This is a special Classic Game Postmortem because you get 2 speakers and not 1 but 3 Saturn games discussed in-depth: the original Panzer Dragoon, Panzer Dragoon Zwei and RPG Panzer Dragoon Saga.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Epic Games acquires digital character specialist 3Lateral  
by Chris Kerr [01.23.19]
The Serbia-based company offers a variety of services including character conceptualization, face rigging, 3D scanning, and modeling.
Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Adobe acquires Substance toolkit creator Allegorithmic 12
by Chris Kerr [01.23.19]
Adobe has acquired Allegorithmic, the French company behind the Substance 3D material and texture creation toolkit that's used by a wide variety of game studios.
Art, Design, Production, Video

Blog: The mysteries of studying game design 7
by Gamasutra Community [01.23.19]
For this post, I share my thoughts on what it means to study game design, and provide some tips for developers looking to breakdown games for inspiration.
Design, Production

How the Distraint series stands out in the crowded horror genre
by Steven T. Wright [01.23.19]
One-man studio Jesse Makkonen explains how he was able to get his horror game to stand out in a market that is flooded with genre competitors.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

Video: How I got my mom to play through Plants vs. Zombies  
by Staff [01.22.19]
In this GDC 2012 session, PopCap's George Fan walks through how he managed to get his mom to play video games through the development of Plants Vs Zombies.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Obsidian is patching an optional turn-based mode into Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire 1
by Alissa McAloon [01.22.19]
Obsidian's Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire launched last year a rather traditional real-time strategy RPG, but soon that won't be the only genre it occupies.
Console/PC, Design

Learn new and exciting ways to use AI in game dev at GDC 2019  
by Staff [01.22.19]
From an in-depth look at Ubisoft's AI-powered chatbot for players to AI-driven benchmarking systems and how AI can improve speech recognition in your game, GDC 2019 is packed with intriguing AI talks!
VR, Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, GDC

Hey devs, submissions are now open for Day of the Devs at GDC 2019!  
by Staff [01.22.19]
Double Fine and iam8bit's popular indie game showcase Day of the Devs returns to GDC this year, and organizers are now accepting submissions from devs who want their games to be a part of it!
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, GDC

See Tetsuya Mizuguchi discuss making Tetris Effect at GDC 2019!  
by Staff [01.22.19]
Alongside fellow producer Mark MacDonald and Tetris Effect director Takashi Ishihara, Mizuguchi will walk you through the game's production journey and share lessons learned along the way!
Indie, Audio, Design, GDC

Blog: The conflicting design of the 'Zelda-rogue' 1
by Gamasutra Community [01.22.19]
The idea of combining the handcrafted design of a Zelda title with the procedural generation of a rogue-like may sound like a dream come true, but it's often a challenge too big for most.
Design

Learn how Weta built Dr. Grordbort's Invaders for Magic Leap at GDC 2019!  
by Staff [01.21.19]
Come to GDC in March and hear how the Weta Gameshop team (born of a collaboration between Magic Leap and Weta Workshop) designed the eye-catching mixed-reality blast-'em-up Dr. Grordbort's Invaders!
VR, Art, Design, GDC

Blog: Fascination with the Obra Dinn 4
by Gamasutra Community [01.21.19]
Having played Return of the Obra Dinn recently, I was inspired to write about historical settings, exploring themes, co-linear storytelling, and ships - all within the context of the Obra Dinn.
Console/PC, Design

Video Game Deep Cuts: NASA Slime-d Me With A BadCupid  
by Gamasutra Staff [01.20.19]
This week's highlights include a look at NASA's new commissions in the video game space, the crunch-free development of Slime Rancher, and a very offkilter procedurally generated dating game, among other things.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: The highs and lows of Hitman's episodic release  
by Staff [01.18.19]
Io Interactive's Hannes Seifert shares the highs and lows of transforming Hitman into an episodic release title.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Weekly Jobs Roundup: Wargaming, Digital Extremes, and more are hiring now!  
by Staff [01.18.19]
Here are just some of the many, many positions being advertised right now on the Gamasutra Job Board.
VR, Console/PC, Programming, Art, Design, Recruitment

Don't Miss: A postmortem of DrinkBox Studios' Guacamelee! 7
by Staff [01.18.19]
Learn about the development of the popular and acclaimed Metroidvania -- including how the game's distinctive look evolved and competition for studio resources created friction.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

Blog: The elegance of first-time user experience in The Lab  
by Gamasutra Community [01.18.19]
A deep-dive into the first few minutes of Valve's virtual reality playground The Lab, examining how it onboards players into room-scale VR invisibly, painlessly, and even joyfully.
VR, Design

Splash Damage has released the full game design document for Dirty Bomb  
by Chris Kerr [01.18.19]
Developers and fans can now learn how Splash Damage brought the title to life by poring over hundreds of pages of designs, sketches, system notes, concept art, biro drawings, and more. 
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production

Blog: How to make the marriage between cinema and games last  
by Gamasutra Community [01.18.19]
Netflix's attempt at gamifying cinema with Bandersnatch is a commendable effort but leaves more to be desired. Here's how it might benefit from a deeper understanding of the psychology of games.
Design