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Chat with the lead designers of Phantom Doctrine at 3PM EDT  
by Bryant Francis [08.16.18]
We're talking to the lead developers of Phantom Doctrine starting at 3PM EDT.
Console/PC, Design, Video

HTC adds Oculus Rift support to Viveport virtual reality storefront  
by Chris Kerr [08.16.18]
As of today, devs can opt-in their titles to display as Oculus Rift compatible in preparation for the full consumer launch on September 4, and the process seems to be relatively straightforward.
VR, Business/Marketing

IGF 2019 opens call for judges!  
by Staff [08.16.18]
Interested in potentially serving as a judge for the 2019 Independent Games Festival Awards? Now's your chance!
Indie, IGF

Blog: How to make a Discord RPG - Part 3 1
by Gamasutra Community [08.16.18]
This third part of this blog series covers the technology used to build my Discord RPG, including servers, database and API choices.
Programming, Design

Little Nightmares has sold over 1 million copies worldwide  
by Chris Kerr [08.16.18]
That figure includes physical and digital sales across PS4, PC, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch, and comes around 18 months after the game launched.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: Let's talk about systemic narratives in games 7
by Gamasutra Community [08.16.18]
Ubisoft's Victor Sanchez digs into systematic narratives and how they might improve upon current narrative approaches.
Design, Production

Worldwide PlayStation VR sales have topped 3 million  
by Chris Kerr [08.16.18]
Sony has sold-through over 3 million PlayStation VR headsets worldwide since launching the device back in October 2016. 
VR, Console/PC, Business/Marketing

How EVO helps devs tune and test their fighting games  
by Aron Garst [08.16.18]
“Evo players can break a game down faster than anyone," Arc System Works' Toshimichi Mori tells Gamasutra. "They can jump in and do the combos that others would need days to learn."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Watch The Messenger's director share tips on designing fluid gameplay  
by Bryant Francis [08.15.18]
We discussed the design and the development of the soon-to-be-released retro platformer The Messenger with developer Thierry Boulanger.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Video: Teaching rapid prototyping through creating a game a week  
by Staff [08.15.18]
In this GDC 2018 talk, game developers and professors Douglas Wilson and Bennett Foddy present a close look at the "Game a Week" model of game education.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video

Treasure Hunters Fanclub is funding five new indie games  
by Emma Kidwell [08.15.18]
Treasure Hunters Fanclub announces its investment in five new indie games, brining its overall total committed funding to $500,00.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Capcom Vancouver is looking for a VFX Artist  
by Staff [08.15.18]
Capcom Vancouver is looking for an experienced VFX artist to collaborate in the creation of visual effects like modeling, texturing, and simulation.
Art, Recruitment

Publisher Tilting Point sets up Barcelona studio to support live mobile games  
by Alissa McAloon [08.15.18]
Tilting Point has set up shop in Barcelona with the goal of offering more support to mobile game developers in Europe. 
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Tencent reports decrease in PC and mobile revenue despite rising DAUs  
by Emma Kidwell [08.15.18]
Tencent has released its financial report for the second quarter ended June 30, which shows an overall increase in revenue across the board despite a drop in PC and mobile game revenue.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: How Gone Home's design constraints lead to a powerful story 12
by Staff [08.15.18]
The Fullbright Company's Gone Home is elegant narrative, but as a work of design, it's equally so. Steve Gaynor explains the human story born from a history of environmental design.
Console/PC, Art, Design

RuneScape dev forms Jagex Partners to take on publishing live games  
by Alissa McAloon [08.15.18]
The developer behind the long-running online game RuneScape is branching out into third-party publishing through its new arm Jagex Partners.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

We're talking to the director of The Messenger at 5:30 PM EDT  
by Bryant Francis [08.15.18]
We're talking to the director ofThe Messenger at 5:30 PM EDT on the Gamasutra Twitch channel.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Blog: What can game composers learn from VR arcades?  
by Winifred Phillips [08.15.18]
Video game composer Winifred Phillips explores how composers can learn about virtual reality through VR arcades.
VR, Audio

China has quietly stopped approving new games for release  
by Alissa McAloon [08.15.18]
The freeze takes the typically complicated task of releasing a game in China from difficult to legitimately impossible following government restructuring efforts.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Blog: What's wrong with point and click adventures? 19
by Gamasutra Community [08.15.18]
We asked Twitter about the flaws of point and click adventures. Here's a summary of what people had to say.
Design