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Updates » Production
Eugen Systems devs hit out at management after six weeks on strike  
by Chris Kerr [03.29.18]
A group of developers from French studio Eugen Systems have hit out at management after failing to make any headway after over a month on strike. 
Production, Business/Marketing

How a focus on 'realism' hamstrung the Until Dawn dev's VR shooter  
by Alex Wawro [03.28.18]
"We intended and expected to mimic the established conventions for first-person shooters and, where relevant, VR," a dev told Eurogamer. "But the studio blocked any design that wasn't 'realistic'."
VR, Design, Production

Blog: Tips for beating procrastination 6
by Gamasutra Community [03.28.18]
A self-reflection on procrastination habits and possible solutions to break that vicious cycle and keep working on the things you love.
Production

Orcs Must Die! developer Robot Entertainment lays off 30 staff  
by Chris Kerr [03.28.18]
The studio had two teams working on different projects over the past 18 months, but has scaled down its operations and will now be focusing on just one title.
Production, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Slime Rancher dev Monomi Park is hiring a Producer  
by Staff [03.27.18]
San Mateo-based Monomi Park is looking for applicants well-versed in scheduling, task management, interdisciplinary communication and with an unquenchable, burning desire to make and play games.
Console/PC, Production, Recruitment

Here's how Nintendo chooses its indie partners on Switch 1
by Chris Kerr [03.27.18]
"I think the best way to explain it is, over the last year we have been evolving past what was initially more of a curated content position to now a curated partnership position."
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Unity releases engine and editor source code through GitHub 2
by Chris Kerr [03.26.18]
The company has shared the code under a reference-only license so game devs can peek under the hood and better understand the engine's capabilities. 
Programming, Design, Production

One Life Left x GDC podcast: Representation, storytelling, and war  
by Staff [03.26.18]
In the second GDC x One Life Left show, we talk about space, representation, storytelling, and war over 90 minutes of scintillating chat.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Podcast, Video

Video Game Deep Cuts: We're Through The GDC Valley  
by Gamasutra Staff [03.25.18]
This week's longform article & video highlights include plenty of GDC standouts, as well as a fascinating profile of Stardew Valley's creator. 
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

One Life Left x GDC podcast: PlayerUnknown, pro wrestling, and positive death  
by Staff [03.23.18]
Gabby DaRienzo, Brendan Greene, and other incredible guests join One Life Left's Ste Curran & Ann Scantlebury & Gamasutra editor-in-chief Kris Graft as they bring the best bits of GDC 2018 to you.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Podcast, Video, GDC

Google Play partners with Girls Make Games for design competition  
by Chris Kerr [03.23.18]
Google Play has launched a game design competition to empower teens and young game makers and help foster diversity.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production

25 years on, devs reflect on the influence and impact of Star Fox
by Jon Irwin [03.23.18]
An original Star Fox programmer (who also coded the stretchy Mario 64 face) joins other devs influenced by his work to talk about the development and enduring legacy of Nintendo's first Super FX game.
Console/PC, Design, Production, History

Laralyn McWilliams on rediscovering creativity following trauma 3
by Simon Parkin [03.22.18]
“When you are in times of distress you feel lost and broken, because you can’t set aside fear and anger," she said. "And if you feel broken your creative work is broken.”
Console/PC, Indie, Serious, Production, GDC

Fortnite's unconventional launch 1
by Simon Parkin [03.21.18]
Head of publishing at Epic Games Ed Zobrist discusses Fortnite's unconventional beginnings.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

There is no right way to be queen in Reigns: Her Majesty 1
by Emma Kidwell [03.21.18]
Narrative designer and writer Leigh Alexander discusses the narrative design of Reigns: Her Majesty.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production, GDC

Growth, toxicity, crunch: Devs talk about what went wrong at Telltale  
by Alex Wawro [03.20.18]
A new feature on The Verge tries to get at the heart of what happened to Telltale Games by speaking to a number of current and former employees, and their comments point to a toxic company culture.
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Darkest Dungeon devs share golden rules for good creative partnerships  
by Alex Wawro [03.20.18]
“Having two bosses...it’s not streamlined,” said Red Hook's Tyler Sigman at GDC today. “But we truly believe the game would not have been successful without that messy, imperfect structure.”
Indie, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

The player-directed level design of Tacoma  
by Emma Kidwell [03.20.18]
Fullbright's Steve Gaynor and Nina Freeman discuss the level design of Tacoma and how different facets of design depended on each other during development.
Indie, Design, Production, GDC

The Internet Archive uploads handheld retro games 1
by Emma Kidwell [03.20.18]
The Internet Archive adds handheld LCD games for players to access through a web browser.
Serious, Production, Business/Marketing

Unity getting new rendering, machine learning, and performance tools  
by Chris Kerr [03.20.18]
Unity shared a glimpse of its 2018 roadmap at GDC, explaining it'll be focusing on building out next level rendering, machine learning, and performance tools.
Programming, Design, Production, GDC