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June 24, 2019
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GameBender console merges video games with kid-friendly programming  
by Alissa McAloon [05.31.19]
The next project from Makey Makey co-creator Jay Silver is the GameBender, a plug-n-play game console that lets its players create and edit games on the fly.
Console/PC, Programming

Video: The things I wish I knew before becoming an art director  
by Staff [05.31.19]
In this 2017 GDC talk, veteran dev Denis Rogic presents nine major lessons drawn from the missteps he made as an art director so that you can learn from them (and hopefully avoid the same mistakes!)
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Production, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: A Cultist Simulator retrospective 5
by Alissa McAloon [05.31.19]
The postmortem for Weather Factory's 1920s Lovecraftian card game Cultist Simulator, an indie success story for 2018.
Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Nintendo brings Labo VR support to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate  
by Alissa McAloon [05.31.19]
Nintendo has brought support for its Labo VR goggles to another flagship Switch game.
VR, Console/PC, Video

Former Gearbox VP joins Nintendo to lead developer and publisher relations  
by Chris Kerr [05.31.19]
Former Gearbox vice president John Vignocchi has joined Nintendo of America to take charge of the company's developer and publisher relations team.
Business/Marketing

Indie publisher Raw Fury has acquired the rights to the Kingdom franchise  
by Chris Kerr [05.31.19]
Indie publisher Raw Fury has purchased the rights to the Kingdom franchise from creator Thomas van den Berg for an undisclosed fee.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Game Design Deep Dive: Frenetic local multiplayer in Emergency Water Landing 1
by Johnathon Moss and Timothy Neville [05.31.19]
Emergency Water Landing is a local multiplayer game where players control high powered rescue rafts and fight to save the most passengers, and this is how we designed it.
Console/PC, Programming, Design

GameStop COO and CFO Rob Lloyd steps down amid executive shuffle 1
by Alissa McAloon [05.30.19]
GameStop chief operating officer and chief financial officer Rob Lloyd is departing the company, a move that comes amid a mild executive reshuffling at the retailer.
Business/Marketing

Get a job: Harmonix is hiring a Senior Server Engineer  
by Staff [05.30.19]
Harmonix is seeking an experienced network-focused software engineer to join its team developing in-house backend services for its titles in development.
Programming, Recruitment

Report: VR/AR company Leap Motion sold to UltraHaptics for $30 million 2
by Alissa McAloon [05.30.19]
Leap Motion has reportedly been purchased by rival VR tech firm UltraHaptics for $30 million.
VR

Video: Using empathy as a game mechanic in Unravel  
by Staff [05.30.19]
In this 2017 GDC talk, Coldwood's Martin Sahlin explores how the Swedish studio used empathy as a game mechanic in its striking 2016 puzzle-platformer Unravel
Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare brings cross-platform play to the series  
by Alissa McAloon [05.30.19]
The latest game in Activision’s long running Call of Duty series is the first to offer cross-platform play.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Don't Miss: Ray Muzyka's Baldur's Gate II postmortem  
by Staff [05.30.19]
In honor of Bioware's much-beloved RPG, check out Ray Muzyka's in-depth postmortem from a 2001 issue of Game Developer magazine.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production

Games on the Google Play Store now required to disclose loot box odds 1
by Alissa McAloon [05.30.19]
Google Play's dev guidelines now say that apps with loot boxes "must clearly disclose the odds of receiving those items in advance of purchase.”
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Detroit: Become Human, Nintendo Labo among Games for Change Awards finalists  
by Alissa McAloon [05.30.19]
Games for Change has listed the games up for honors in its 2019 Games for Change Awards and introduced a pair of new awards coming to this year’s show.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie

Microsoft is bringing Xbox Game Pass to Windows PC  
by Chris Kerr [05.30.19]
Microsoft is bringing Xbox Game Pass to PC, but plans to tweak the subscription service to meet the specific needs of PC players and game developers.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Iron Maiden is suing Ion Maiden dev 3D Realms for trademark infringement 7
by Chris Kerr [05.30.19]
The band claims the studio's first-person shooter Ion Maiden is an "incredibly blatant" infringement on their Iron Maiden trademark, and are demanding $2 million in damages. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Google Play's new dev policies aim to improve child privacy and safety  
by Alissa McAloon [05.29.19]
Google Play now requires devs to declare their target audience to host an app on the store, and abide by additional rules if their app is aimed at children.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Video: A Dream Daddy dev's survival guide for terminally online indies  
by Staff [05.29.19]
At GDC 2019 indie dev Leighton Gray talks about how to weather success (and failure) by cultivating a healthier relationship with the internet, based on her experience releasing Dream Daddy.
Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Get a job: Yacht Club Games is hiring a Marketing/Community Manager  
by Staff [05.29.19]
Yacht Club Games is looking for a Marketing/Community Manager to join the team and serve as the link between Yacht Club's teams and Shovel Knight players and fans.
Business/Marketing, Recruitment