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Valve teases its own VR headset, the Valve Index, for May reveal 3
by Alissa McAloon [03.30.19]
Valve has shared the first tidbits of information about its long-rumored VR headset.
VR

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

Wash your game's windows: An argument for clean mechanics 3
by Gamasutra Community [03.28.19]
Independent game dev Lars Doucet (Defender's Quest) says: "Playing a game with unclear mechanics is like peering through a dirty, smudged window. This calls for some Windex!"
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Standalone Vive Focus Plus will cost $799 when it arrives in April  
by Chris Kerr [03.26.19]
The device, which is geared towards HTC's enterprise customer base, was unveiled back in February, but pricing details had been kept under wraps until now. 
VR, Business/Marketing

PlayStation VR headset sales have topped 4.2 million  
by Chris Kerr [03.26.19]
The hardware maker broke the news in a post on the PlayStation Blog, although it neglected to provide an update on PS VR software sales.
VR, Business/Marketing

Catch up on Gamasutra's extensive GDC 2019 coverage! 3
by Staff [03.25.19]
GDC 2019 may be in the books, but you can catch Gamasutra's coverage from last week right here, from details on Google Stadia to brilliant talks on game design to interviews from game industry luminaries plus all the news you can use.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

GDC celebrates record-breaking attendance and locks in 2020 dates! 2
by Staff [03.25.19]
After a record-breaking 29,000 attendees enjoyed GDC last week, organizers are excited to confirm the show will return March 16-20 of next year, with the call for submissions opening this summer!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, GDC

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Game Developers Conference Aftermath  
by Gamasutra Staff [03.24.19]
The weekly update rounding up the best longread & standout articles & videos about games tackles GDC 2019, from Google announcements to session highlights & beyond.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie

Opinion: After Christchurch - What we owe our game communities
by Katherine Cross [03.21.19]
Katherine Cross takes a look at the recent white supremacist terrorist attack in New Zealand, and unpacks what game developers must do to keep extremist views from taking hold in their games' communities.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie

WarDucks raises $3.8 million to expand studio and create location-based AR game  
by Chris Kerr [03.21.19]
In a notable move, the Irish studio has brought in Doom co-creator John Romero to help shape its mystery project.
VR, Business/Marketing

The Oculus Rift S is a new PC VR headset with built-in tracking 2
by Chris Kerr [03.20.19]
The Oculus Rift S makes use of Oculus Insight tracking technology to remove the need for bothersome external sensors, meaning it can deliver out-of-the-box room scale with minimum fuss.
VR, GDC

Update: Lucasfilm Games job postings apparently not linked to studio revival 7
by Chris Kerr [03.20.19]
Updated A new sub-division of Disney does appear to share the name of LucasArts precursor Lucasfilm Games, but a representative has confirmed no new company with that name is being formed.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Oculus grabs Beat Saber as an Oculus Quest launch title  
by Alissa McAloon [03.18.19]
Oculus has announced that the VR rhythm game Beat Saber will be landing on its upcoming standalone VR headset when it launches at some yet unannounced point this year.
VR, GDC

GDC 2019 is this week! Follow Gamasutra's coverage here  
by Staff [03.18.19]
Gamasutra is on-site at GDC 2019 in San Francisco this week! Follow our coverage at our dedicated event page.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Flappy Division Bell Is Ringing  
by Gamasutra Staff [03.18.19]
This week's highlights include a look at Flappy Bird's effect on the indie game scene, The Division 2's politics (or lack there-of), info on Harry Potter: Wizards Unite & Days Gone & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Beat Saber has crossed 1 million sales in under a year  
by Chris Kerr [03.15.19]
The VR title, which has players slash beat-infused blocks using a colorful laser sword, launched back in May 2018, and surpassed 100,000 sales during its first month on shelves.
VR, Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Follow Gamasutra's GDC 2019 coverage right here!  
by Staff [03.14.19]
GDC 2019 is just around the corner! You can follow along with up-to-the-minute news and interviews from the show all next week on this dedicated live coverage page...
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Come to GDC 2019 and get expert advice on growing your game dev career  
by Staff [03.13.19]
There's a smorgasbord of great career-building opportunities available to you at GDC 2019, including the popular Game Career Seminar and the Career Development Stage!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, GDC

Video Game Deep Cuts: Sekiro's Rising Trials In Urban Planning  
by Gamasutra Staff [03.10.19]
This week's highlights include some early looks at From Software's anticipated Sekiro, the goofiness of GaaS bike sequel Trials Rising, and how SimCity inspired a lot of urban planners, & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Brand new Nintendo Labo kits will turn your Switch into a VR headset  
by Chris Kerr [03.07.19]
As you'd expect from a DIY cardboard set, Nintendo isn't trying to rewrite the virtual reality rulebook, but rather hopes to create "a simple and shareable virtual reality experience."
VR, Console/PC