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Get a job: Insomniac Games is hiring a Facial Character TD  
by Staff [01.20.21]
Insomniac is looking for a rockstar Facial Character TD’s to be responsible for authoring facial rigs and facial riggings systems from scratch or utilizing a variety of high-resolution scan-data.
Design, Recruitment

Blog: Understanding the types of game currencies in mobile free-to-play 2
by Gamasutra Community [01.20.21]
Currencies are the pillar of any F2P in-game economy. But what types of currencies are out there, and which ones does your game need?
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

You can now register for the free virtual GDC Showcase event in March  
by Staff [01.19.21]
Registration is how open for GDC Showcase taking place March 15-19. It's free!
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing, GDC

Using VR brushstrokes as an expressive art production tool in Sunlight  
by Chris Kerr [01.19.21]
"I think there’s something very valuable in just shaking up the process to the point where you can’t be concerned about individual vertices or edges, but rather form and shape."
VR, Art, Design, Video

Game platform deep-dive: from NeuroVoider to ScourgeBringer  
by Gamasutra Staff [01.18.21]
The latest GameDiscoverCo article looks at Flying Oak Games' deep-dive data on NeuroVoider & ScourgeBringer's multi-platform game performance - revenue source by revenue source!
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Mobile developer Savage Game Studios nets $4.4 million for competitive shooter  
by Chris Kerr [01.18.21]
Fledgling mobile developer Savage Game Studios has raised $4.4 million to establish two new studios in Helsinki and Berlin.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

Blog: How can we improve support powers in RTS games?  
by Gamasutra Community [01.18.21]
In RTS titles, support powers' greatest strengths come hand-in-hand with their greatest weaknesses. This piece looks at how we can improve these abilities in RTS games.
Design, Production

Don't Miss: Monolith Productions' postmortem of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor 7
by Staff [01.15.21]
What went right and wrong during development of the award-winning open-world game Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, an "enormously educational experience" for Monolith.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: A Bloodstained Q&A with Koji 'Iga' Igarashi  
by Staff [01.14.21]
Legendary game developer Koji "Iga" Igarashi of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night fame answers our questions about the making of his latest game, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

Registration is now open for the GDC Masterclass spring sessions  
by Staff [01.14.21]
It's time for the next round of GDC Masterclass sessions! You can now register for several amazing courses taking place this spring.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: The successful steps of Early Access games  
by Gamasutra Community [01.14.21]
Today, we're going to look at what Early Access means in the current market and the steps you need to take to make it a success.
Console/PC, Design

How did Rust make $1 million in Steam revenue in a day - twice?  
by Gamasutra Staff [01.13.21]
Wouldn’t it be nice to make $1 million gross on your Steam game.. in one day? Maybe many, many years after your game originally came out? That's what Rust did the other week. Twice. But how?
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: Redesigning a survival game HUD UI for The Long Dark 2
by Gamasutra Community [01.13.21]
Try to solve this challenge: convey to the player over 10 different game states without breaking immersion.
Design

Video: The appeal of 'legacy' board games  
by Staff [01.12.21]
In this 2017 GDC session, game designer Rob Daviau explains the appeal of "legacy" board games, how they've influenced other games, and what game designers can learn from them.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Blog: Quest design in linear media  
by Gamasutra Community [01.12.21]
A summary of a series of quest design articles examining the quest design of film and novels for the sake of better understanding how they approach quests and how that can be used by games.
Design

Nova Drift: the making of a Steam holiday 'sleeper' hit 1
by Gamasutra Staff [01.11.21]
Nova Drift - arcade space combat roguelite, Geometry Wars meets Asteroids meets randomly generated ‘runs’ - had a really good holiday season sales-wise. But why? We look into it.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

Don't Miss: The challenges BioWare faced designing Mass Effect 3 17
by Kris Graft [01.11.21]
Take a look back at this 2012 interview with Casey Hudson on the creative challenges his team faced while closing out the original Mass Effect trilogy.
Design

GDC 2021's Core Concepts submissions are closing today  
by Staff [01.11.21]
Today is the last day to submit your talk for GDC 2021's Core Concepts section. Get your submissions in before time runs out!
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Making Chestnut Grove (a game set in the pandemic) during the pandemic 2
by Gamasutra Community [01.11.21]
I’m Philip, a hobby indie game dev, and this my story of how I got started with Unity, created my first game in roughly six months, and how the world-wide pandemic influenced me and my design.
Programming, Design, Production

Blog: How studios can prevent unauthorized spending in games 4
by Gamasutra Community [01.11.21]
Video games are being played at record levels and spend on in-game content for children is on the rise. But what about accidental and unauthorised spending?
Design, Business/Marketing