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Video Game Deep Cuts: Anchors, Glitches & Unknown Pleasures  
by Gamasutra Staff [12.28.19]
The latest link round-up includes pieces on your game's 'anchor' (as opposed to hook), the best game glitches of the year, and the original Wolfenstein's creator, as well as more year/decade round-ups.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Catch Blizzard at GDC sharing game design lessons learned from 15 years of WoW!  
by Staff [12.26.19]
The game director of World of Warcraft is coming to GDC 2020 in March to share 15 years' worth of key game design insights and lessons learned from working on this industry-shaking game -- don't miss it!
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design, GDC

The Witcher 3 sees jump in Steam players after debut of The Witcher Netflix show 1
by Alissa McAloon [12.23.19]
The Witcher 3 typically maintains a steady string of active players, the debut of Netflix's show based on the same property brought a noticeable bump to the game’s concurrent player counts on Steam.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Ethics in the video game industry: A mythbusting and scientific approach  
by Celia Hodent [12.23.19]
This article offers a perspective on ethics in the game industry from a cognitive science standpoint, while debunking certain claims. Addiction (and attention economy), loot boxes, dark patterns, and violence are discussed.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: 2019's Best Best Best Best & Other Animals  
by Gamasutra Staff [12.21.19]
The latest highlights include yet more best-of lists, both for 2019 and for the whole decade - as well as neat pieces on hypercasual, Trico, video game cookbooks, creepy collectibles, & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Google acquires Typhoon Studios to boost Stadia-exclusive content 1
by Alissa McAloon [12.19.19]
Google is expanding its first-party development efforts through the acquisition of Journey to the Savage Planet developer Typhoon Studios.
Console/PC, Social/Online

GDC YouTube Top 5: Wooga's Jana Sloan van Geest  
by Kris Graft [12.17.19]
For December, we bring you the top GDC YouTube picks from Jana Sloan van Geest, senior game writer at Berlin, Germany-based studio Wooga and writer on Guerrilla Games' Horizon Zero Dawn: Frozen Wilds.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, GDC

Best of 2019: Former Fortnite UX lead digs into ethical game design 1
by Bryant Francis [12.17.19]
Former Fortnite UX lead Celia Hodent talks to Gamasutra about building a more ethical games industry, and what it would take for lead developers to shift the way they monetize their games.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design

Twitch facing $2.9 billion lawsuit over broadcast of pirated soccer streams 1
by Alissa McAloon [12.16.19]
Rambler Group is suing the company for 180 billion roubles, roughly $2.9 billion, and seeking to have Twitch banned in Russia which, according to the BBC, is the third most popular country for the platform.
Social/Online

Video Game Deep Cuts: (More Of) The Best Games Of 2019 1
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

Sekiro claims GOTY, but Disco Elysium leads The Game Awards winners  
by Alissa McAloon [12.13.19]
This year’s edition of The Game Awards wrapped up last night, offering up a slew of new reveals (including an official Xbox Series X debut) and several award announcement to the masses.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie

Mortal Kombat 11 will soon bring cross-console 'Krossplay' into the fray 1
by Alissa McAloon [12.12.19]
Mortal Kombat 11 is the next big game to work cross-console online play into its multiplayer offerings or, as the company unsurprisingly calls it, "Krossplay."
Console/PC, Social/Online

High Fidelity lays off half of studio in pivot away from VR  
by Alissa McAloon [12.12.19]
High Fidelity, the once VR-focused studio from Second Life creator Philip Rosedale is laying off a significant portion of the team as it moves away from development of its VR platform of the same name.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Steam to host demos for The Game Awards digital spin-off event The Game Festival  
by Alissa McAloon [12.11.19]
The Game Awards creator Geoff Keighley describes the digital event as a sort of trade show for the developers or players that wouldn't typically be able to attend those on-location festivals.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie

Minecraft update brings cross-platform play to PlayStation 4  
by Alissa McAloon [12.09.19]
Microsoft-owned Mojang has received the go-ahead to give PlayStation 4 players the ability to play alongside those playing on Xbox One, Switch, and mobile.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Video: Writing for Lord Shaxx, Destiny's supportive space coach  
by Staff [12.09.19]
At GDC 2019 Bungie's Jonathan To discusses Lord Shaxx's creation as Crucible announcer in the Destiny series, and how the character grew from supporting character to fan favorite.
Social/Online, Design, Video, Vault

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

Review aggregator site GameRankings is shutting down  
by Alissa McAloon [12.05.19]
The 20-year-old review aggregator site GameRankings will cease to be on December 9, and instead redirect to sister site Metacritic following that shutdown.
Social/Online

Minecraft beats Fortnite and GTA as YouTube's most-watched game of 2019  
by Alissa McAloon [12.05.19]
Sandwiched between ASMR and K-pop clips, YouTube’s 2019 Rewind roundup shares a peek at the most popular video games featured in videos on the platform.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Video: How Eve Online addressed exploit abuse with customer care  
by Staff [12.05.19]
In this 2018 GDC talk, CCP Games' David Einarsson discusses the handling of an impactful exploit in EVE Online and the many challenges entailed therein.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault