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How player feedback is shaping the way Avalanche makes Just Cause 4  
by Bryant Francis [06.22.18]
One of the executive producers on Just Cause 4 talks about how an evolving feedback process has led to weather systems and a new focus on narrative design.
Design, Console/PC, E3

Westworld bug outs stolen Fallout Shelter code, alleges Bethesda lawsuit 3
by Alissa McAloon [06.22.18]
Bethesda is suing Warner Bros. over the recently released Westworld mobile game, alleging that the Behaviour-developed game is based on code from Fallout Shelter.
Business/Marketing, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet

Designing a true first-person camera in Unreal Engine 4 5
by Gamasutra Community [06.21.18]
"There is little to no documentation on this specific type of first-person view...[so] I wanted to write about it. Especially since I had a few issues which took me a bit of time to resolve."
Design, Console/PC, Indie

Valve's updated Knuckles VR controller brings pinpoint finger-tracking  
by Chris Kerr [06.22.18]
Valve has given us a look at the latest version of its SteamVR Knuckles motion controller, alongside a Portal-inspired 'Moondust' demo showing the tech in action. 
Production, Console/PC, Video

Nintendo stole the show during E3, at least as far as Twitter is concerned  
by Alissa McAloon [06.21.18]
Twitter has put together a nifty roundup that offers devs a look at what Twitter users were talking about during E3 last week.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Microsoft scraps plans for VR support on Xbox  
by Chris Kerr [06.21.18]
Microsoft no longer plans to support virtual or mixed reality on Xbox, and claims "the PC is probably the best platform for immersive VR and MR."
Business/Marketing, Console/PC

Blog: Making a tabletop-style party game for consoles  
by Gamasutra Community [06.21.18]
Snap Finger Click's development director Martijn van der Meulen discusses how the studio created an adult tabletop-style party title for consoles.
Design, Production, Console/PC

Pokemon Quest hits 2.5M Switch downloads ahead of mobile launch  
by Chris Kerr [06.21.18]
The notable milestone, which was confirmed by the official Japanese Pokemon Twitter account, has been reached before the title's scheduled mobile launch later this month.
Business/Marketing, Console/PC

Make A Model  
by Gregory Pellechi [06.22.18]
Writing a video game shares some similarities to writing for TV or film, but there's a lot more to take into account. That's why you need to make a model for your team to understand how to utilize everything you've written. Or it won't be in the game.
Design Production Console/PC Indie

Take It All In: Imbuing Video Games With a Potent Atmosphere  
by Michel Sabbagh [06.21.18]
Atmosphere can elevate an already attractive environment to new heights when elegantly conceived and conveyed. Its ethereal nature, however, means it's not clear-cut from a development standpoint. Bethesda alum Michel Sabbagh analyzes the ambient effect.
Design Console/PC

Setting Up a First-Person Character in Unreal Engine 4: Part I: Getting Ready  
by Todd Vance [06.20.18]
Reprinted from the author's blog, this is the first of a (at the time of writing) three-part beginners tutorial series on making a character in Unreal Engine 4. A link to Part II sends the reader to the blog to finish the job. More parts may come later!
Programming Console/PC Indie

Awkward: Making a tabletop-style party game for console  
by Martijn van der Meulen [06.20.18]
Development Director at Snap Finger Click, Martijn van der Meulen, discusses their latest release Awkward. This adult party title was made for multiplayer and optimised for broadcasting using the team's years of experience in making social games.
Business/Marketing Design Production Console/PC

The Problems of Mobile Strategy Game Design 5
by Josh Bycer [06.20.18]
Command and Conquer Rivals is the latest in the strategy genre to show up on mobile, but it also represents the biggest problem with trying to simplify the genre and its design.
Business/Marketing Design Production Console/PC Indie Smartphone/Tablet

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