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Niantic adding 'exploration bonuses' to Pokemon Go to get players moving again  
by Chris Kerr [06.22.21]
Niantic is trying to ease Pokemon Go players into post-pandemic life by adding exploration bonuses to the popular AR title.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Why Apex Legends players are so in love with Skull Town  
by Bryant Francis [06.21.21]
Respawn Games design director Jason McCord discusses why Apex Legends players were so excited to return to Skull Town after months away.
Console/PC, Design

Get a job: Genvid is hiring a Senior Producer  
by Staff [06.21.21]
Genvid Technologies is looking to hire a Senior Producer.
Console/PC, Production, Recruitment

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 was the most tweeted about game during E3  
by Alissa McAloon [06.21.21]
Chatter about Nintendo's open-world sequel bumped the long-anticipated Elden Ring to second place, according to Twitter's own metrics.
Social/Online

Activision Blizzard passes exec pay package with support from 54% of shareholders  
by Alissa McAloon [06.21.21]
Bobby Kotick's paycheck is even more controversial than usual this year, despite a significant cut to the Activision Blizzard CEO's salary for this year and next.
Console/PC

Connect with incredible sponsors and exhibitors at GDC 2021  
by Staff [06.21.21]
Check out all the incredible sponsors showing off the newest in game-making technology at GDC 2021.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, GDC

Xbox Game Studios Publishing has hired Portal lead designer Kim Swift 1
by Chris Kerr [06.21.21]
Xbox Games Studios Publishing has named Portal lead designer Kim Swift as its new senior director of cloud gaming.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: A quick LOD (level of detail) tutorial for Unity 1
by Gamasutra Community [06.21.21]
In this blog post, I will show you why, when and how you should use LOD in Unity. Remember, LOD is not only about the poly count.
Programming, Design, Production

PlayStation boss Jim Ryan wants more games to support cross-play 1
by Chris Kerr [06.21.21]
New comments from PlayStation boss Jim Ryan suggest that Sony is working to shed its image as something of a cross-play curmudgeon.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Report: Mysterious Switch error that halted downloads has been fixed for some users  
by Chris Kerr [06.21.21]
Nintendo appears to have quietly fixed a mysterious Switch error that had left some console owners unable to download software.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: A beginner's guide to designing indie game store pages  
by Gamasutra Community [06.21.21]
For this post, I wanted to break down the areas you need to focus on when building an attractive store page.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

From action-packed Furi to relaxing romance Haven: A Q&A with The Game Bakers  
by Joel Couture [06.21.21]
"The problem with love is that it's hard to translate into game mechanics...I wanted to feel that relationship throughout the gameplay," says Emeric Thoa, creative director of Haven.
Video, IGF

PS4 players told to expect issues as Cyberpunk 2077 returns to PlayStation Store 1
by Chris Kerr [06.21.21]
Cyberpunk 2077 has been relisted on the PlayStation Store, but both Sony and CD Projekt Red have warned PlayStation 4 players to expect some teething pains.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Square Enix: Outriders made 'good start' thanks to Xbox Game Pass launch  
by Chris Kerr [06.21.21]
Outriders publisher Square Enix has said the decision to make People Can Fly's looter shooter available through Xbox Game Pass at launch worked in its favor.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

EA is letting FIFA Ultimate Team players preview loot boxes for a limited time  
by Chris Kerr [06.21.21]
EA is testing a new type of loot box in FIFA Ultimate Team that allows players to see what's inside them before hitting purchase.
Design, Business/Marketing

Sign up for a virtual portfolio review at GDC 2021!  
by Staff [06.18.21]
You can now sign up for a 10-minute portfolio review session at GDC 2021.
Console/PC, Art, GDC

Don't Miss: How Hideo Kojima defied the 'impossible' throughout Metal Gear's history 11
by Staff [06.18.21]
Take a look back at how Hideo Kojima defied the odds with his work on the Metal Gear Solid series.
Console/PC, Design

Get a job: InnoGames is hiring a concept artist  
by Staff [06.18.21]
InnoGames is hiring a concept artist to work on a new mobile game.
Console/PC, Art, Recruitment

Here's what you can get out of a Career Development Pass at GDC 2021  
by Staff [06.18.21]
The Career Development Pass is a quick way to jumpstart your career at the all-digital 2021 Game Developers Conference. Learn more here!
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, GDC

The actual cost of making a video game: A free talk and Q&A with Mike Rose  
by Kris Graft [06.18.21]
The next (free!) Gamasutra Editorial Forum is a must-attend as we welcome No More Robots' Mike Rose, who will ruthlessly break down the costs--both monetary and mental--that developers need to take into account when making a game.
Business/Marketing, Webinar