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Unity debuts open-source beta of a new machine learning AI toolkit 1
by Alex Wawro [09.19.17]
The folks at Unity Technologies have released a new machine learning toolkit in open beta that's designed to let Unity devs incorporate AI agents capable of teaching themselves new tricks.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Video

Video: 6 ways of leveraging AI to help build content for your game  
by Staff [09.19.17]
At GDC 2017, six experienced game makers from across the industry take the stage together to present six practical ways to implement AI-driven procedural content generation in games.
VR, Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Production, Video, Vault

Oculus Rift SDK introduces suite of VR audio tools  
by Alissa McAloon [09.19.17]
Oculus has introduced a handful of new features to its Rift SDK that all seek to give game developers the ability to create immersive VR experiences through quality, spatialized audio.
VR, Audio, Design, Video

Game Design Deep Dive: Mixing VR and non-VR in Lola and the Giant  
by Matt Duff [09.19.17]
"VR, especially mobile VR, can be an isolating experience. We decided to try and create some way that the adventure could be enjoyed by both the player using the VR device and by everyone else in the room."
VR, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Video, Deep Dive

Video: Designing competitive game AI the Killer Instinct way  
by Staff [09.18.17]
At GDC 2016, two of the key devs behind fighting game Killer Instinct's intriguing Shadow system share knowledge and offer tips on addressing common problems with AI in competitive games.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Video, Vault

Upgrading the Nemesis system for Middle-earth: Shadow of War 1
by Bryant Francis [09.18.17]
The well-received Nemesis System from Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, dubbed an "orc management simulator" by some, is getting upgraded to include more emergent narrative potential in the sequel.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Gamasutra plays the new Dishonored adventure with Harvey Smith  
by Bryant Francis [09.15.17]
Dishonored: Death of the Outsider creative director Harvey Smith sat down to talk with us about the development of the new DLC.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Video: How game communities build eSports scenes from the ground up  
by Staff [09.15.17]
At GDC 2017 qualitative sociologist T.L. Taylor digs into the history and value of eSports communities, exploring how community engagement in your game can be a form of transformative work.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Humble has now raised over $100M for charity  
by Alissa McAloon [09.15.17]
Since first setting up shop in 2010, pay-what-you-want game shop Humble Bundle has raised over $100 million for charities across the globe.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing, Video

We're streaming the Dishonored 2 DLC with Harvey Smith today at 3PM EDT  
by Bryant Francis [09.15.17]
We're talking about the art and business of assassinating mysterious godlike entities today at 3PM EDT.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Someone has created a VR headset for the Commodore 64 3
by Chris Kerr [09.15.17]
A particularly industrious Commodore 64 owner, who goes by the name 64Jim64, has whipped up a truly affordable VR solution for the retro console.
VR, Console/PC, Video

Between a rock and a 'Harada' place: The massive Tekken interview 2
by Brandon Sheffield [09.15.17]
Bandai Namco game director Katsuhiro Harada discusses how Tekken is always arcade first, how the series made preparations for input lag, and how to please competitive and casual players simultaneously.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Video: Carmack's 2004 GDC talk about game dev on the bleeding edge  
by Staff [09.14.17]
13 years ago, id's John Carmack took the stage to talk about where the industry was at & what he found challenging/inspiring about making games. Video of his talk has been hard to find -- until now.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Overwatch development hampered by toxic players, says director 3
by Chris Kerr [09.14.17]
"There's not going to be a moment where we have a magic patch in Overwatch that makes bad behavior go away, but it's a continual process that we are very dedicated to fixing and improving."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video

How a life at Pixar and Bungie prepped one developer to work in VR  
by Bryant Francis [09.13.17]
We have a chat with VR developer and Pixar/Bungie veteran Tom Sanocki about making compelling VR stories.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Video: Porting a real-life castle into your game when you're broke  
by Staff [09.13.17]
Lacking funding, indie dev Joseph Azzam decided to scan an entire castle (Byblos Castle in Lebanon) with whatever equipment he could find. Surprisingly, it worked! In this GDC talk, he explains how.
Indie, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Discuss the future of VR storytelling with Tom Sanocki at 3PM EDT  
by Bryant Francis [09.13.17]
We're discussing the ins and outs of VR storytelling development today at 3PM EDT.
VR, Design, Video

Game Design Deep Dive: The asymmetric multiplayer of Rising Storm 2: Vietnam 2
by Jack Hackett [09.13.17]
"Whilst the first game had been asymmetric in the tools given to each soldier, Rising Storm 2’s asymmetry was tactical and strategic, reflecting the differences in how each army fought the war."
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Production, Video, Deep Dive

Iron Galaxy's Adam Boyes breaks down the pros and cons of game funding deals  
by Alex Wawro [09.12.17]
At the Chicago Video Game Law Summit veteran games exec Adam Boyes and veteran game lawyer Patrick Sweeney spend over an hour breaking down the pros and cons of various ways you could fund your game.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Video

Video: A game professor's guide to working in academia  
by Staff [09.12.17]
Developer-turned-academic Ian Schreiber takes the stage at GDC 2017 to deliver a primer on what to expect when considered a career in academia, including a breakdown of career paths and requirements.
Serious, Student/Education, Video, Vault