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Outstanding Ideas - Ed Logg on Asteroids and Gauntlet  
by Gamasutra Community [09.16.19]
In an interview published in Arcade Perfect: How Pac-Man, Mortal Kombat, and Other Coin-Op Classics Invaded the Living Room, legendary designer Ed Logg reflects on two of his biggest hits.
Console/PC

Video Game Deep Cuts: Apple Arcade's Blasphemous Ring Fit  
by Gamasutra Staff [09.14.19]
This week's highlights include some views on Apple Arcade, looks at the latest games, including the very gothic Blasphemous, the odd new Switch fitness title Ring Fit Adventure, & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Sucker Punch Productions, Wizards of the Coast, and more are hiring now!  
by Staff [09.13.19]
Here are just some of the many, many positions being advertised right now on the Gamasutra Job Board.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Recruitment

Sea of Thieves adds microtransaction store in latest update  
by Alissa McAloon [09.13.19]
Up until now, all new content for the Rare-developed title has been included in free updates.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Designing for horror and hope in A Plague Tale: Innocence 1
by Staff [09.13.19]
The developers behind A Plague Tale: Innocence share some insight on developing horrifying rat swarms and meaningful narrative moments.
Console/PC, Design

Video: Deterministic vs. replicated AI: Building For Honor's battlefield  
by Staff [09.13.19]
In this 2017 GDC talk For Honor devs Frederic Doll and Xavier Guilbeault explain how Ubisoft created a big, active battlefield on the backbone of a distributed peer-to-peer deterministic simulation.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design, Video, Vault

IGF 2020 Inspiration: Grand Prize winner Return of the Obra Dinn  
by Staff [09.13.19]
Get inspired, and then get moving: GDC organizers still accepting submissions for the 2020 Independent Games Festival, but you've gotta get your game in before September 30th!
Indie, Design, IGF

Blog: NetEase drives mobile games business in Japan, Tencent targets emerging markets  
by Louise Shorthouse [09.13.19]
NetEase has found success in Japan with a handful of carefully tailored, stand-out mobile titles, but Chinese competitor Tencent is instead focusing its efforts on emerging territories.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Discord cuts games from paid subscription plan after Nitro Games fails to take off  
by Alissa McAloon [09.13.19]
Discord’s monthly Nitro subscription is removing free game offerings from its list of perks, a decision the company says it made because the games offered simply weren’t being played.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie

Submit your quirky, offbeat controller games for Alt.Ctrl.GDC 2020!  
by Staff [09.13.19]
Got a cool game that's played with a unique, offbeat controller? Submit it now for Alt.Ctrl.GDC 2020, the seventh annual showcase of games with one-of-a-kind peripherals, contraptions, and novelties!
Indie, Design, alt ctrl gdc

The GDC 2020 UX Summit needs your smart, insightful UX talks!  
by Staff [09.13.19]
Just a quick reminder that GDC organizers are still accepting UX Summit talk submissions -- but only until Monday, September 30th at 11:59 PM Pacific!
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Plumbing the depths of open-world space survival sim Empyrion's design 1
by John Harris [09.13.19]
Eleon Game Studios' Christoph Edelmann discusses some of the design and inspiration behind the studio's open-world space survival sim Empyrion, which has built a notable following on Steam.
Indie, Design

Get a job: AfterThought is hiring an Unreal Engine 4 Programmer  
by Staff [09.12.19]
With a strong knowledge and experience with C++ and Unreal Gameplay framework, you will work on new and pre-existing gameplay systems for a multiplayer environment.
Programming, Recruitment

UK committee argues loot boxes should be covered by gambling regulations 5
by Alissa McAloon [09.12.19]
The findings of a series of hearings, and the committee’s reflection on them, have since been compiled into a report released today alongside the committee’s recommendation that regulation is needed.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

Steam's latest discovery update tilts the algorithm away from popular games 5
by Alissa McAloon [09.12.19]
Valve has rolled out a number of tweaks and changes to Steam’s recommendation system that aim to breathe some personalization back into suggestions, and increase recommendation clicks in the process.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Gwent and 6 other minigames that developers should study 21
by Staff [09.12.19]
An engaging minigame can deepen a players engagement in the overarching game. We look at 7 instructive examples that game developers should examine closely.
Console/PC, Design

Video: Crafting the musical identity and style of your game  
by Staff [09.12.19]
In this 2017 GDC talk, composer Penka Kouneva discusses how developers can successfully present their vision and articulate their musical needs to composers.
Console/PC, Indie, Audio, Video, Vault

Nintendo's first Ring-Con game is a Switch fitness RPG: Ring Fit Adventure  
by Alissa McAloon [09.12.19]
Nintendo has a habit of launching fitness-focused games paired with new peripherals for its motion-control savvy systems, and the Nintendo Switch is no exception.
Console/PC, Video

Meet and learn from these industry-leading sponsors at XRDC 2019!  
by Staff [09.12.19]
Meet with representatives of DeepMotion, the XR Association, and more sponsors of XRDC when it lands in San Francisco next month!
VR, Business/Marketing, XRDC

Blog: Creating hit games in Dreams  
by Gamasutra Community [09.12.19]
How do you make hit games in Dreams? I interviewed some of the top "dreamers" to learn from their perspectives. Here's everything I learned.
Design