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Video Game Deep Cuts: (More Of) The Best Games Of 2019  
by Gamasutra Staff [12.15.19]
The latest highlights include varied articles counting down the best games of 2019, as well as pieces on Roblox culture, pop-up arcades, Pokemon NPC fashion, and a great deal more besides.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Writing great characters with Indivisible lead writer Brandon Sheffield  
by Staff [12.13.19]
Brandon Sheffield is lead writer on Lab Zero's excellent action RPG platformer Indivisible. Find out how he injects humor, emotions, and personality into Indivisible's dozens of characters.
Indie, Production

A QA breakdown of The Outer Worlds' elusive companion killing bug 1
by Alissa McAloon [12.13.19]
A Twitter thread from QA lead Taylor Swope thread chronicles the team’s many efforts to figure out why some companions were being marked as dead in-game.
Console/PC, Production

Dangen chief Judd steps down following harassment, mismanagement allegations  
by Chris Kerr [12.12.19]
Ben Judd has stepped down as the CEO of Japan-based indie publisher Dangen Entertainment after being accused of sexual harassment, predatory behavior, and corporate mismanagement.
Production, Business/Marketing

Report: Former Platinum CEO Tatsuya Minami opens new studio M-Two Inc.  
by Chris Kerr [12.11.19]
Former Capcom producer and Platinum Games CEO Tatsuya Minami has formed a new studio called M-Two Inc.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Deep Dive: Making the 2D action game tool Pixel Game Maker MV  
by Takuya Hatakeyama [12.11.19]
Takuya Hatakeyama, director on Kadokawa's Pixel Game Maker MV, goes in-depth on the creation of the recently-released 2D action game tool.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Deep Dive

Catch a Classic Game Postmortem of FMV chiller 7th Guest at GDC!  
by Staff [12.10.19]
GDC organizers are excited to welcome some of the original development team to GDC 2020 in March for a special Classic Game Postmortem of their influential '90s FMV horror game The 7th Guest!
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, History, GDC

Sony will bring MLB: The Show to rival console platforms 'as early as 2021' 1
by Chris Kerr [12.10.19]
After two decades of PlayStation exclusivity, MLB: The Show will be heading to other console platforms "as early as 2021."
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: How do bullets work in video games? 1
by Gamasutra Community [12.09.19]
A high-level introduction to how game engines implement projectile logic.
Programming, Production

Blog: Building a procedurally generated Hearthstone  
by Gamasutra Community [12.09.19]
My latest #procjam entry was an exercise in generating complex artifacts out of a single Energy value, along a few procgen paintings to go with them.
Design, Production

Betheda has halted development on The Elder Scrolls: Legends 2
by Chris Kerr [12.09.19]
Bethesda has paused development on The Elder Scrolls: Legends for the "foreseeable future," casting the future of the card battler into doubt.
Production, Business/Marketing

2K opens new in-house studio to work on BioShock franchise  
by Chris Kerr [12.09.19]
2K has opened a new in-house development studio called Cloud Chamber to work on the next entry in the BioShock franchise.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: PlayStation's 25th, Top Games Of 2019 1
by Gamasutra Staff [12.08.19]
This week's roundup includes the PlayStation's 25th anniversary, multiple new 2019 'best of' game lists, and great articles on Katana Zero, Shovel Knight, Knights Of The Old Republic modders & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Chucklefish apologizes after casting white voice actors for non-white characters
by Alissa McAloon [12.06.19]
"We also understand that posting photos of our voice actors beside characters of color without acknowledgment of the systemic problem of representation in the industry was insensate and poorly communicated"
Indie, Production

Video: Rare's classic postmortem of GoldenEye 007 for the N64  
by Staff [12.06.19]
In this 2012 GDC Europe Talk, Martin Hollis shares how his team created GoldenEye 007, the biggest Nintendo 64 release that wasn't a Mario game. 
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, History, Video, Vault

Mobile developer Wildlife Studios nets $60 million in funding  
by Chris Kerr [12.06.19]
Mobile game company Wildlife Studios has secured $60 million in Series A funding to bolster its dev team, continue supporting existing titles, and kickstart new projects.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Best of 2019: Dissecting the development of Dwarf Fortress with creator Tarn Adams 1
by John Harris [12.05.19]
Dwarf Fortress creator Tarn Adams agreed to answer some of our questions about the development of what is still, despite the presence of a number of imitators, an entirely unique game.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production

Layoffs as mobile developer Gameloft closes UK office  
by Chris Kerr [12.05.19]
Update: French mobile developer Gameloft has shut down its UK branch, saying its advertising and distribution dealings in the UK market ultimately weren't robust enough to justify a local office.
Production, Business/Marketing

Avakin Life developer Lockwood Publishing closes Leamington studio  
by Chris Kerr [12.05.19]
Avakin Life developer Lockwood Publishing has closed its Leamington Spa studio, but plans to expand its offices in Nottingham and Newcastle in 2020. 
Production, Business/Marketing

Best of 2019: Downscaling, upscaling, same-scaling - Porting to Switch and under-powered consoles 2
by Andrew King [12.04.19]
We chatted with some of the top porting houses and the author of Arcade Perfect to find out the current state of porting games to Nintendo's immensely popular Switch.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production