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See how economic downturns shaped games throughout history at GDC 2018  
by Staff [11.22.17]
GDC organizers are happy to welcome back Untame creative director Julia Keren Detar, who has put together a great GDC 2018 presentation on "History Shaping Design: How Economic Downturns Shape Play."
Serious, Design, GDC

Obituary: Dragon Ball and Metal Gear Solid voice actress Hiromi Tsuru  
by Alissa McAloon [11.17.17]
The Japanese voice actress behind Yakuza 0's Reina and the Dragon Ball character Bulma has passed away at the age of 57.
Serious

Game Developers Conference 2018 debuts 'Vision Track' with Pixar talk  
by Staff [11.15.17]
GDC 2018 is re-introducing its Vision Track - a series of mini-keynotes featuring great speakers and forward-thinking companies (like Pixar!) discussing the future of the game industry.
Serious, GDC

Game Developers Conference announces the inaugural GDC Film Festival  
by Staff [11.14.17]
The Festival will include onstage Q&As with film-makers, and game producer/designer and journalist Mathew Kumar (Sound Shapes) will be MC-ing the festival and co-programming the featured films.
Serious, GDC

Staffers stage walkout at IGN over mismanagement of sexual harassment claims 4
by Alex Wawro [11.13.17]
Update It's a significant display of solidarity on the part of IGN workers, one that may impact the outlet's ability to cover and talk about games in the manner to which devs have become accustomed.
Serious

Come to GDC 2018 for real talk on staying creative in difficult times  
by Staff [11.09.17]
Veteran game dev Laralyn McWilliams will explore the challenges of working in a creative field while dealing with stress, grief, & change, drawing on her own experiences dealing with cancer.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, GDC

Telltale Games lays off 90 employees 9
by Alissa McAloon [11.07.17]
The developer has laid off 25 percent of its workforce as part of a company-wide restructuring effort.
Serious

Overwatch devs aim to combat toxicity with a dedicated 'strike team' 4
by Alex Wawro [11.06.17]
In a new interview with Kotaku, Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan explains why Blizzard now has a dedicated "strike team" focused on combating toxicity in the game -- and what they plan to do.
Social/Online, Serious

Video: A game dev's guide to staying satisfied and mentally healthy  
by Staff [11.03.17]
At GDC 2017, psychiatric care professional Dr. Jennifer Hazel and Framed game dev Joshua Boggs  explored the issue and offered some tips on how to remain well while working in games.
Console/PC, Indie, Serious, Video, Vault

PSA: This is your last week to submit talks for the GDC 2018 Tutorials!  
by Staff [10.31.17]
The deadline to pitch talks for the Board Game Design Day closes Wednesday, November 1, while the deadline for the Level Design Workshop the Tools Workshop, or eSports day close Friday, November 3.  
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Andromeda dev chalks up some of the game's problems to a lack of diversity 24
by Alex Wawro [10.20.17]
"This is what happens when, I think, you have a homogeneous leadership," veteran dev Manveer Heir (formerly of BioWare) told Waypoint. "The leadership of Mass Effect: Andromeda was all white men."
Console/PC, Indie, Serious

Two charities unite to help hospitalized disabled kids play games 4
by Alex Wawro [10.18.17]
This week the charitable organizations AbleGamers and Gamers Outreach announced a partnership that will see them working together to provide more accessible video games to hospitalized children.
Serious, Business/Marketing

Registration is now open for GDC 2018!  
by Staff [10.18.17]
This will be the 32st edition of GDC, the world's largest and longest-running event for game developers, and you can register right now by visiting the official GDC 2018 website!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

EA closing Visceral Games and overhauling its Star Wars game 3
by Alissa McAloon [10.17.17]
Update Electronic Arts is closing down the studio and handing its Star Wars project to EA Vancouver to shift it from a linear adventure to a 'broad experience.'
Serious

Epic Games sues alleged Fortnite cheaters over EULA violations 4
by Alissa McAloon [10.12.17]
One of the two had been previously banned as many as nine times.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Serious

Telltale's Batman seemingly shows real image of assassinated ambassador  
by Alissa McAloon [10.06.17]
Update An image used in-game to depict the aftermath of a bank robbery shares an unsettlingly strong resemblance to a photo of the late Andrei Karlov.
Serious, Art

Connecting educators with the unique teaching ability of games  
by Joel Couture [10.03.17]
Santeri Koivisto, CEO of TeacherGaming, looks to connect teachers with the educational value in games like Kerbal Space Program, Epistory, and Democracy 3.
Console/PC, Indie, Serious, Design, Business/Marketing

New deal brings the voice actors' union strike to a (tentative) end 3
by Alex Wawro [09.25.17]
On Saturday both sides reached a deal that brings the strike to a (tentative) end, though it does not include the royalty payments voice actors were pushing for.
Serious, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Nex Shadow Of The Outsider  
by Gamasutra Staff [09.24.17]
Some of this week's longform article/video highlights include pieces on Nex Machina's intense gameplay, Shadow Of War's Nemesis system, & the latest Dishonored game's choices.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Hackers hijack Final Fantasy Brave Exivus dev Gumi's website with ransom demand  
by Alissa McAloon [09.22.17]
The group briefly replaced Gumi’s website with a ransom demand and distributed roughly $40 worth of in-game currency to Final Fantasy Brave Exivus players.
Serious, Business/Marketing