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Blog: The absolute basics of good gyro controls 3
by Jibb Smart [03.31.21]
There's no question about it: a controller's gyroscope offers far more precision than a thumbstick for aiming. But without adhering to some very simple standards, most games fall far short of what's possible.
Console/PC, Programming, Art

Don't Miss: Making Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon the Nintendo way 7
by Staff [03.31.21]
In this classic interview, four developers of Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon -- two from Vancouver-based Next Level Games, two from Nintendo -- discuss their collaborative game development process.
Design, Production

Video: Balancing community and business needs  
by Staff [03.31.21]
In this 2019 GDC talk, Uken Games' Nick van Vugt ll reviews ways you can work with your community and internal teams to provide the best experience for both parties.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video

Registration is now open for the all-digital GDC 2021!  
by Staff [03.31.21]
It's time to register for GDC 2021! Sign up today to get the best price.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

The low-spec version of PUBG aimed at cheap hardware is being shut down  
by Chris Kerr [03.31.21]
PUBG Lite, a low-end version of the popular battle royale shooter designed for those without access to expensive hardware, is being shut down.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

$76M cheating ring busted by Tencent and police in operation 'Chicken Drumstick'  
by Chris Kerr [03.31.21]
A joint operation between Chinese police and Tencent has busted what's being described as the "world's biggest" video game cheating ring.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

The benefits and risks of using Patreon to crowdfund games 1
by Diego Arguello [03.31.21]
We speak to a number of developers to talk about the advantages of using Patreon, the challenge that comes from trying to keep a consistent number of subscribers, and whether or not it can be considered a viable option depending on your project.
Indie, Business/Marketing

505 Games acquires Ghostrunner franchise and tech licenses for $5.8 million  
by Chris Kerr [03.31.21]
505 Games has acquired the Ghostrunner IP from Polish publisher All In Games for €5 million.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Core developer Manticore raises $100M ahead of Epic Games Store debut  
by Chris Kerr [03.31.21]
Manticore Games, the company behind the user-generated content driven world of Core, has raised an additional $100 million in funding.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Dear Investors: CD Projekt shifts to agile dev, focuses on future 10
by Kris Graft [03.30.21]
Following a tumultuous launch last year for open world, neon-drenched RPG Cyberpunk 2077, leaders at CD Projekt addressed the path forward in a strategy update today aimed at investors.
Production, Business/Marketing, Video

Video: Creating the Headquarters feature in Call of Duty: WWII  
by Staff [03.30.21]
In this 2019 GDC talk, Sledgehammer Games' Riley Pietsch discusses the creation of a brand new Call of Duty feature called Headquarters.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Activision Blizzard hires former Trump administration 'bully' Brian Bulatao 4
by Chris Kerr [03.30.21]
Activision Blizzard has quietly hired a former member of the Trump administration to be its new chief administrative officer. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Pokemon Go developer Niantic is teasing what could be a pair of AR glasses  
by Chris Kerr [03.30.21]
Pokemon Go maker Niantic is working on new hardware that "leverages" its platform, according to a teaser image shared by company CEO John Hanke. 
VR, Business/Marketing

Activision Blizzard will appoint Armin Zerza as its new CFO  
by Chris Kerr [03.30.21]
Call of Duty publisher Activision Blizzard will name Armin Zerza as its new chief financial officer following the retirement of Dennis Durkin.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Subverting player expectation in The Last of Us Part II 2
by Gamasutra Community [03.30.21]
The second part of a discussion on 'subverting player expectation,' focusing on the creation of a unique workbench event in The Last of Us Part II.
Console/PC, Design, Production

Get a job: Brass Lion Entertainment is looking for a Senior Combat Designer  
by Staff [03.29.21]
Brass Lion Entertainment is looking for a Senior Combat Designer. Is it you?
Console/PC, Design, Recruitment

Devs say pandemic has increased security risks, playtesting challenges  
by Bryant Francis [03.29.21]
Fanbyte's Imran Khan shares insights from multiple developers about how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted their professional lives.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

5 ways to boost Steam wishlists: The Wandering Village edition  
by Gamasutra Staff [03.29.21]
Stray Fawn Studio was kind enough to provide us with an annotated version of The Wandering Village's impressive daily Steam wishlist numbers to date - let's analyze.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

Sony confirms it's sunsetting PlayStation 3, Vita, PSP stores 1
by Bryant Francis [03.29.21]
The clock is now ticking for any players or developers who want to purchase games from Sony's digital stores for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, or PSP.
Console/PC, Programming, Business/Marketing

Here are your juries for the IGF 2021 Design, Student, and Visual Art Awards  
by Staff [03.29.21]
Meet the first batch of your IGF 2021 Jurors!
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, GDC