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God of War wins big at BAFTA Game Awards 2019  
by Chris Kerr [04.05.19]
Sony Santa Monica's acclaimed adventure game took home five awards including the coveted Best Game prize.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Art, Design, Production

BioWare GM (internally) addresses complaints from Anthem devs 3
by Alissa McAloon [04.04.19]
BioWare general manager Casey Hudson has (internally) addressed Kotaku's story on Anthem developer grievances, telling his team that “these problems are real and it’s our top priority to […] solve them.”
Console/PC, Production

Breach developer QC Games has shut down  
by Chris Kerr [04.04.19]
"Thank you for all the kind words of support and constructive feedback over the months, and thank you for believing in QC Games and Breach."
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Ubisoft ends production of Starlink toys following poor sales 2
by Chris Kerr [04.04.19]
"Despite the immense and continuous support from our players, the sales for Starlink: Battle for Atlas fell below expectations."
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: How Media Molecule took Dreams from jam idea to playable game engine  
by Staff [04.03.19]
On the GDC 2019 Main Stage, Media Molecule cofounder Siobhan Reddy shares the story of how the studio's upcoming game Dreams evolved from game jam idea to full-blown playable game-making engine.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: Bringing Deer Hunter from concept to retail in just three months  
by Staff [04.03.19]
In this reprint from the December 1998 issue of Game Developer magazine, programmer James Boer shares how parallel and efficient development turned an unlikely sports game into a best-seller in the late 90s.
Design, Production

Flaregames founder launches Phoenix Games to give smaller devs a leg up  
by Chris Kerr [04.03.19]
"Being part of Phoenix will offer teams and their founders the chance to better compete with the industry’s biggest names by pooling their strengths."
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Devs recall moments of instability, indecision, and crunch on Anthem 4
by Alissa McAloon [04.02.19]
Some of the anecdotes shared by the anonymous Anthem developers offer a look at how issues encountered in different parts of development can wear on a team and affect the work they set out to do
Console/PC, Social/Online, Production

These are Gamasutra's favorite slides from GDC 2019 1
by Bryant Francis [04.02.19]
The Gamasutra editorial team shares their favorite photos of slides from different GDC 2019 talks.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Video: Sean Murray reflects on No Man's Sky and grit in game dev 2
by Staff [04.01.19]
At GDC 2019 Hello Games' Sean Murray discusses the value of grit in game development, and what the No Man's Sky team learned from weathering criticism while building and improving the game.
Indie, Production, Video, Vault

What Astroneer's devs learned while leaving Early Access  
by Bryant Francis [04.01.19]
One of the lead developers on Astroneer breaks down what his company has learned since completing the journey through Early Access.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

Video Game Deep Cuts: A is for Apple Arcade, B is for rolling bones? 1
by Gamasutra staff [03.29.19]
This week's roundup includes a look at the Apple Arcade announcement, an intriguing video on how the Mongolian steppes do gaming, plus pieces on Sekiro, clicker games, AR, video game folklorists.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: How devs can maintain their sanity for crunch and beyond  
by Staff [03.29.19]
In this 2018 GDC session, The Deep End Games' Amanda Gardner explains how developers can deal with difficult emotional states on the job.
Console/PC, Production, Video

Why 11 Bit Studios endeavors to put emotion and meaning first in game dev  
by Alissa McAloon [03.29.19]
"We didn't want to do this hard mentally tiring game […] so we thought hey maybe we’ll do some 'gamer's game' with a cool idea and cool gameplay. But at the end it just sucked.”
Indie, Design, Production, GDC

Blog: 20 Years of retention in EverQuest 3
by Chris Kerr [03.28.19]
Ever wonder how EverQuest has stuck around for the last 20 years? This article shares insight into the game's ability to retain players decade after decade.
Production, Business/Marketing

Xenoblade developer Monolith Soft staffing up for Zelda project  
by Chris Kerr [03.28.19]
Xenoblade developer Monolith Soft is hiring developers to work on another entry in The Legend of Zelda series. 
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

GDC 2019, as told through livetweets  
by Bryant Francis [03.27.19]
Here are some high-quality livetweets of GDC 2019 that may help you learn more about the game-making process.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt spent heavily on R&D in 2018 1
by Chris Kerr [03.27.19]
The cumulative balance of the company's R&D expenditures topped $65.4 million during 2018, with the Polish outfit keen to scale up its production capabilities on home soil. 
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Building a 'homebrew' video game console
by Sergio Vieira [03.27.19]
This post serves as an introduction to a "homebrew" video game console made from scratch, using a lot of inspiration from retro consoles and modern projects but with a unique architecture.
Programming, Design, Production

Don't Miss: Devs weigh in on the best ways to write and design characters  
by Alan Bradley [03.26.19]
Game devs Chris Avellone, Obsidian's Carrie Patel, and Guerrilla's Dan Calvert chat with Gamasutra about how they and their teams write and design characters -- from start to finish.
Console/PC, Production