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Watch GDC 2020 speakers (try to) pitch you their talks -- in 60 seconds or less!  
by Staff [02.18.20]
As you're planning out your time at GDC 2020 next month, organizers want to remind you that some speakers have taken the time to make great, brief (60 seconds-ish) pitch videos for their talks! 
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, GDC

Come to GDC and see how Mortal Kombat 11's revamped tutorial mode was built!  
by Staff [02.17.20]
Few studios know the challenge of teaching fighting games better better than Mortal Kombat maker NetherRealm, and at GDC next month you'll see how Mortal Kombat 11's revamped tutorial mode was made!
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design, GDC

Video Game Deep Cuts: You Got Politics In My Dreams  
by Gamasutra Staff [02.15.20]
The latest highlights include the politics in games discussion re-ignited by Tim Sweeney's DICE comments, the full launch of Media Molecule's Dreams, a look at new games like Wide Ocean Big Jacket, & more besides.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

A peek at the risks and reworks that gave Rainbow Six Siege a chance to thrive  
by Alissa McAloon [02.14.20]
An interview on IGN traces the ups and downs of Rainbow Six Siege and explores how the once-troubled game was able to bounce back and become a Ubisoft staple.
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Untitled Goose Game comes out on top at DICE Awards 3
by Kris Graft [02.14.20]
House House's game with the horrible goose won top honors at the DICE Summit in Las Vegas Thursday night, with Control and Death Stranding also winning in multiple categories.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Releasing an update archive benefits both devs and players, says Dead Cells dev  
by Alissa McAloon [02.13.20]
"There’s a creative freedom that comes from knowing any change we make can be easily reverted by naysayers."
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Xbox extends Project xCloud preview to iOS devices  
by Alissa McAloon [02.12.20]
The ongoing Project xCloud preview can now be trialed on iOS devices, though the platform's somewhat restrictive nature means it won't be identical to what's currently offered on Android.
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Epic's Sweeney: Game companies should be platform agnostic, 'divorce' from politics 10
by Kris Graft [02.12.20]
Epic Games head Tim Sweeney offers a blunt but candid discussion on the current state of the video game business, and what the game industry needs to do see real growth in the decade ahead.
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An inside look at how Bungie found and fixed Destiny 2's currency-deleting bug 1
by Alissa McAloon [02.12.20]
The post makes for a refreshingly candid breakdown of the live game management process, and how bugs can be misdiagnosed or overlooked despite a developer's best efforts.
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Ultimate Rivals dev Bit Fry Game Studios lands $3.5 million investment  
by Alissa McAloon [02.12.20]
Bit Fry Game Studios has raised $3.5 million in funding thanks to contributions from Xbox co-creator Ed Fries' 1Up Ventures and Bitkraft Esports Ventures.
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Humble Bundle rolls out regional pricing for a handful of currencies  
by Alissa McAloon [02.11.20]
The folks over at Humble Bundle now support regional pricing for goods sold through the storefront, including the Humble Store, Humble Choice subscription, and the titular Humble Bundles.
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Video: Monetization design and overcoming the dark side of gacha  
by Staff [02.11.20]
In this 2019 GDC talk, Pixonic's Vladimir Krasilnikov discusses how a drastic change to the in-game economy of War Robots brought amazing financial results but ultimately upset the community too much.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Payday 'front and center' as Starbreeze closes out its reconstruction-filled 2019  
by Alissa McAloon [02.11.20]
Starbreeze has detailed the results of the 2019 financial year, a pivotal period for the once nearly-defunct company.
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'Games need to find players': Phil Spencer talks Game Pass, Series X as next gen looms  
by Alissa McAloon [02.10.20]
“Our job as a platform is to create the broadest platform for gamers so they can find the broadest set of games that they can go play," Xbox chief Phil Spencer says in a recent chat.
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BioWare hits pause on seasonal content to work on full Anthem overhaul 1
by Alissa McAloon [02.10.20]
BioWare’s future plans for Anthem include a sizable redesign to overhaul the game’s core loop and progression.
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Collaborate with friends and meet new ones at these GDC 2020 Community Spaces!  
by Staff [02.10.20]
This year GDC will host four community spaces (Narrative, Design, Audio, and Art), each appointed comfortably with creative aids to help you communicate and collaborate with fellow GDC attendees!
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Video Game Deep Cuts: A Pedestrian Mario Paint Pagan  
by Gamasutra Staff [02.08.20]
Latest links include a look at The Pedestrian, the people composing music in Mario Paint, the odd 'dead MMO' setting of PAGAN: Autogeny, streaming legality & Valentine's Day gaming for couples.
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With 2 million sold, Take-Two is unsure how Game Pass affected The Outer Worlds  
by Alissa McAloon [02.07.20]
Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick offered some guarded commentary on how Game Pass affected the launch of The Outer Worlds and what role subscriptions services play in Take-Two's future.
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King's Sabrina Carmona wants more women in game dev leadership 4
by Staff [02.07.20]
Senior producer Sabrina Carmona is coming to GDC to show you how to diversify your studio and get more women into leadership! Here, she opens up about why that's important and her own career in games.
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Stadia's free tier to launch at some point in 'the next few months'  
by Alissa McAloon [02.07.20]
Stadia launched to paying Founders and Premier Edition purchasers back in November, and the free tier billed as Stadia Base will open the service up to the general public in a matter of months.
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