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The Last of Us Part II dominates The Game Awards 2020  
by Chris Kerr [12.11.20]
The Last of Us Part II took home the top prize at The Game Awards 2020, which returned last night to celebrate the games industry's best and brightest.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: How to make a decent game trailer for less than $100  
by Gamasutra Community [12.11.20]
Squeaky Wheel CEO and lead artist Ryan Sumo shares some key concepts to consider when making a low budget trailer for your game.
Design, Business/Marketing

Get a job: LTU is hiring an Assistant Professor of Game Design  
by Staff [12.10.20]
We are looking for outstanding and potentially unconventional candidates for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Game Design program.
Design, Recruitment

The Game Awards' Future Class highlights 50 people shaping the future of the game industry  
by Alissa McAloon [12.10.20]
A new initiative from The Game Awards aims to highlight those making waves in the game industry and are helping to shape its "bright, bold and inclusive" future.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

Best of 2020: Nintendo Switch Game Sales - The Three Biggest Misconceptions 1
by Simon Carless [12.10.20]
The Nintendo Switch is still probably still the hottest console platform for small and medium-sized indies looking to launch on multiple platforms - but what are people getting wrong about it?
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Business/Marketing

Revived Telltale isn't developing its next episodic game episode-by-episode  
by Alissa McAloon [12.10.20]
Telltale--that is, the group that revived the studio and some properties after its sudden closure a few years back--has shared a small update on the state of some of its products.
Console/PC, Production

Blog: Integrating Joustus in Shovel Knight: King of Cards - Part 3  
by Gamasutra Community [12.10.20]
It’s time for the final entry in our Joustus deep dive. In this lesson, we’ll describe the vast metagame that we needed to develop while integrating Joustus in King of Cards.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: From The Witcher 3 to Cyberpunk - The evolution of CD Projekt's quest design 3
by Bryant Francis [12.10.20]
We caught up with the quest director of Cyberpunk 2077 to learn more about how his team has adapted to making content for a nonlinear RPG.
Console/PC, Design

CD Projekt Red boasts 8 million preorders for Cyberpunk 2077  
by Alissa McAloon [12.10.20]
However we won't know exactly what sales look like for CD Projekt Red's latest until the Polish company's next financial report (or maybe a future celebratory tweet).

Zynga-owned Rollic acquires Onnect from dev Chef Game Studio for $6 million  
by Alissa McAloon [12.10.20]
Zynga subsidiary Rollic is now the owner of the matching game Onnect, following a $6 million deal with the casual game's developer Chef Game Studio.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet

Video: How embedded QA can improve games accessibility  
by Staff [12.10.20]
In this 2017 GDC session, the BBC's Hannah Bunce discusses the issues raised in training a QA team to effectively test games accessibility in children's games.
Console/PC, Programming, Video

Bad Robot Games' first in-house dev studio will create 'cross-medium' franchises  
by Chris Kerr [12.10.20]
Bad Robot Games has established a new in-house development studio to create original properties for all platforms.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Control has surpassed 2 million sales 15 months after launch 1
by Chris Kerr [12.10.20]
Control has surpassed 2 million sales after 15 months on sale, according to the latest figures from developer Remedy Entertainment. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

How Watch Dogs: Legion's 'play as anyone' simulation works 1
by Tommy Thompson [12.10.20]
In an exclusive interview with developers at Ubisoft Toronto, we discuss the challenges of making the Legion's 'Play as Anyone' simulation come to life.
Console/PC, Design

Valve's latest Steam Labs experiment is an expansive discoverability overhaul  
by Chris Kerr [12.10.20]
Valve is introducing new ways to browse Steam though a new experimental update that pledges to "increase the surface area" of the digital marketplace.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: The not-so-secrets to success in the games industry  
by Gamasutra Community [12.10.20]
The game market continues to change and grow, and for today, I want to slow things down and talk about the three things that any developer needs to have to give their game the best chance at success.
Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: Simple and powerful animation compression  
by Staff [12.09.20]
In this 2017 GDC talk, Eidos-Montreal's Nicholas Frechette explains how animation compression systems can evolve to match improving animation quality.
Console/PC, Programming, Video

Get a job: Fox Cub Games is hiring a (remote!) Software Engineer  
by Staff [12.09.20]
Our team is looking for an experienced fullstack software engineer to help us build new games and a new game engine using Cocos Creator and Typescript.
Programming, Recruitment

Xbox to expand cloud gaming beta to iOS and PC in 2021  
by Alissa McAloon [12.09.20]
Xbox is widening the reach of its in-beta cloud gaming service by bringing it to more platforms and baking it right into the Game Pass Ultimate subscription.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Best of 2020: How deeply personal RPG The Wagadu Chronicles explores new realms of Afrofantasy  
by Staff [12.09.20]
Creator Allan Cudicio opens up about his personal journey making The Wagadu Chronicles, an upcoming online and tabletop RPG that aims to foster community while exploring new realms of Afrofantasy.
Indie, Design