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eBay is banning the sale of 'adult' video games in July  
by Chris Kerr [05.17.21]
Online marketplace eBay is banning the sale of 'adult' video games, which it defines as titles with a "rating of X, XXX, R18, or unrated for an adults-only audience."

Get a job: Join Sucker Punch Productions as a Senior Games Writer  
by Staff [05.14.21]
Sucker Punch is looking for a Senior Writer to join our writing team and help us craft engaging narrative content for its next project.
Design, Recruitment

Don't Miss: The creative challenges BioWare faced designing Mass Effect 3 17
by Staff [05.14.21]
Take a look back at this 2012 interview with Casey Hudson on the creative challenges his team faced while closing out the original Mass Effect trilogy.
Console/PC, Design

Video: Rewarding exploration with collectibles in level design  
by Staff [05.14.21]
In this 2019 GDC talk, game designer Leah Miller delves into the various principles governing the placement of interactable and collectible objects in environments.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video

A decade of mods helped devs zero in on improvements for Mass Effect Legendary Edition  
by Alissa McAloon [05.14.21]
A larger PC Gamer interview with the Mass Effect Legendary Edition team explores how BioWare looked to the modding community to discover where they should focus their efforts on the remaster.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Online voting is now open for the IGF and GDCA Audience Awards  
by Staff [05.14.21]
Online voting is now open for the IGF and GDCA Audience Awards. Voting will close on May 24th.
Console/PC, Design, GDC, IGF

Xbox partners with Tencent-owned Timi Studios to create new game content  
by Chris Kerr [05.14.21]
Microsoft has formed a 'strategic partnership' with Tencent-owned Honor of Kings developer Timi Studios to create new game content.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Disco Elysium: The Final Cut cleared for sale in Australia after rating review 1
by Chris Kerr [05.14.21]
Disco Elysium: The Final Cut has finally been cleared for release in Australia after developer ZA/UM pled its case to ratings regulators.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

PUBG owner Krafton has acquired mobile studio Dreamotion 1
by Chris Kerr [05.14.21]
Krafton, the South Korean holding company that owns PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, has acquired mobile studio Dreamotion for an undisclosed fee.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

20% of last year's Switch sales were to households that already owned one  
by Alissa McAloon [05.13.21]
Even before releasing its entirely portable Switch Lite in 2019, Nintendo frequently named the fabled Second Household Switch as its biggest growth opportunity in the West.

Get a job: Join Grove Street Games as a Systems Engineer  
by Staff [05.13.21]
Grove Street Games is looking for UE4-experienced Systems Engineer to join its team in Gainesville, Florida.
Programming, Recruitment

Analyst: Only 6% of iOS 14.5 users chose to opt in to ad tracking so far 2
by Alissa McAloon [05.13.21]
Very few iOS users are choosing to allow apps to track their browsing habits on their iOS devices according to an ongoing survey from Verizon-owned Flurry Analytics.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing's first Creator Day gives devs 100% of game revenue for 24 hours  
by Alissa McAloon [05.13.21]
Game platform is hosting its first Creator Day on May 14, and will forgo its usual cut of game sales made through its platform for a solid day.
Console/PC, Indie

Don't Miss: Inside the deveptively simple design of Doom (2016) 10
by Staff [05.13.21]
Doom's apparent simplicity belies a core design that is difficult to achieve. On the 5 year anniversary of its release, find out how Id Software tackled its demon-slaying game design.
Console/PC, Design

Video: Animating God of War  
by Staff [05.13.21]
In this 2019 GDC talk, Sony Santa Monica's Bruno Velazquez discusses the process of transforming the studio's approach to how it animated Kratos in 2018's God of War.
Console/PC, Art, Video

Sega Sammy reports year-over-year jump in game sales despite fewer new releases  
by Alissa McAloon [05.13.21]
Sega Sammy credits the performance of its game business to pandemic-driven the stay-at-home orders that defined the last year, but is approaching the next year with caution for the same reason.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Go behind the making of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales at GDC 2021  
by Staff [05.13.21]
Insomniac Games creative director Brian Horton is giving a talk on the making of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales at GDC 2021.
Console/PC, Design, Production, GDC

Xbox Party Chat is becoming more accessible with speech transcription and synthesis   
by Chris Kerr [05.13.21]
Xbox Party Chat is being bolstered with support for speech into text transcription and synthesis of speech from text.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Discord shows off Stages discoverability features, push for inclusivity  
by Bryant Francis [05.13.21]
Discord's upgrading its "Stage Channels" feature to help server owners attract new audiences and making a vocal push toward more inclusivity on the online communications platform.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Nintendo Switch production 'more uncertain' due to semiconductor shortage  
by Chris Kerr [05.13.21]
Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa has warned that Switch production may be affected by the ongoing semiconductor shortage. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing