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Plague Inc. dev Ndemic donates $250,000 to COVID-19 response funds  
by Chris Kerr [03.24.20]
Plague Inc. developer Ndemic Creations has pledged $250,000 to help in the fight against COVID-19.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Big Run Studios nets $1.4 million to create mobile titles for 'underserved' audiences  
by Chris Kerr [03.24.20]
Blackout Blitz developer Big Run Studios has raised $1.4 million in funding to create casual mobile games for "traditionally underserved audiences."
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Designing the many Easter eggs of Zombie Army 4: Dead War  
by Daniel Hollis [03.24.20]
Jordan Woodward, lead level designer on Rebellion's cult favorite Zombie Army 4: Dead War, explains his team's approach to embedding Easter eggs into the game, and how they relate to game design.
Console/PC, Design

Unity debuts new cloud-based platform for simulating game playtests  
by Alex Wawro [03.23.20]
Unity today unveiled a beta version of the Unity Game Simulation service, which is designed to remotely simulate (via Google Cloud servers) large volumes of player interactions with your game. 
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Production

Don't Miss: Where next for the video game power fantasy? 15
by Alissa McAloon [03.23.20]
With VR tech becoming common, game devs can immerse & embody players in fantasy worlds like never before. What does that intimacy mean for that most common of game design tropes, the power fantasy?
VR, Console/PC, Design

Get a job: InnoGames is hiring a Concept Artist  
by Staff [03.23.20]
If you believe in open communication, delivering great results as part of a team and like to focus on Art and composition of InnoGames' most successful game, then you just might be the person we are looking for!
Art, Recruitment

Stadia to offer dev kits, funding, and more through new Stadia Makers program 1
by Alissa McAloon [03.23.20]
Google Stadia has partnered with Unity to kick off a new game developer focused initiative called Stadia Makers.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Road to the IGF: Mutiny Games' Forgotten  
by Joel Couture [03.23.20]
Forgotten is a game about being someone afflicted with Alzheimer's, having you experience the challenges and confusion that come with this terrible disease.
IGF

Game Discoverability: The Steam & Epic stores, circa early 2020  
by Simon Carless [03.23.20]
We’re back, as the world gets a little bit odder every day, with some notable game discoverability updates for the month of March, particularly looking at the Steam and Epic stores.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Video: How sound tells the story of Night in the Woods  
by Staff [03.23.20]
In this 2018 GDC talk Em Halberstadt explores the atmospheric audio of Night in the Woods, including the ways in which it changes over time, and brings life to that which cannot be seen.
Indie, Audio, Design, Video, Vault

HP, Valve, and Microsoft team up for 'next-gen' PC VR headset 2
by Alissa McAloon [03.23.20]
A listing for a new PC virtual reality headset has popped up on Steam, billed as a 'next gen' VR headset from PC-maker HP.
VR, Console/PC

GameStop closing U.S. storefronts to customers amid COVID-19 pandemic  
by Chris Kerr [03.23.20]
GameStop will close customer access to its U.S. storefronts and introduce a new curbside pick-up option to help combat the spread of COVID-19.
Business/Marketing

Finnish-Icelandic studio Mainframe nets $8.3 million to create cloud-native games  
by Chris Kerr [03.23.20]
Finnish-Icelandic studio Mainframe Industries has raised $8.3 million in Series A funding to make new hires and continue developing cloud-native games.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Call of Duty: Warzone passes 30 million players in ten days  
by Chris Kerr [03.23.20]
Call of Duty: Warzone has passed 30 million players in eight days according to publisher Activision.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

How Skookum Arts built The Pedestrian puzzles out of urban signage 1
by Jordan Oloman [03.23.20]
"In the public sign system, everything is specifically designed to be understood," explains The Pedestrian dev Daniel Lackey. "That design language, that art style fit perfectly with our priorities."
Indie, Art, Design

Video Game Deep Cuts: Animal Crossing, Animal Crossing, DOOM 1
by Gamasutra Staff [03.22.20]
The latest 'best article/video' highlights include plenty of Animal Crossing neatness, plus DOOM Eternal, Roundgard, death loops, Tony Hawk & conspiracy theories, social distancing & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

ALT.CTRL.GDC Showcase: Chapeland, Iakouchev, Giuliani, & Six's Plug-Plug  
by Joel Couture [03.20.20]
Plug-Plug gives players a controller with pieces they can attach, allowing them to use the varied parts to create a custom cute tank to play with.
Video, alt ctrl gdc

Blog: VR/AR - A renaissance art form  
by Gamasutra Community [03.20.20]
An introduction to 'Interactive Empathy and Embodiment' framework, and sensory-design for game design, virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and cross reality (XR).
VR, Design

Road to the IGF: Megagon Industries' Lonely Mountains: Downhill  
by Joel Couture [03.20.20]
Lonely Mountains: Downhill looks to capture the feeling of finding your own way along a biking hill, seeking the varied routes you can find that will lead you down to the bottom.
Indie, Video, IGF

Video: Storytelling lessons learned in 14 years at BioWare  
by Staff [03.20.20]
In this 2018 GDC talk, former BioWare creative director Mike Laidlaw details some of the most important lessons he's learned about how narrative fits within games.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault