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Microsoft deal will help InXile escape 'uncanny valley' of game development  
by Chris Kerr [11.19.18]
InXile Entertainment founder Brian Fargo believes the recent Microsoft buyout will help the studio escape the 'uncanny valley' of game development, and meet rising consumer expectations.
Production, Business/Marketing

Changyou signs deal to bring Tetris to smartphones in China  
by Chris Kerr [11.19.18]
Chinese online game developer Changyou has signed a deal with The Tetris Company to bring the iconic puzzler to smartphones in China.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Grandmaster Of Fallout 76  
by Gamasutra Staff [11.18.18]
This week's highlights include a look at the U.S. grandmaster vying for the world chess championships, a diary playing through Bethesda's oddly emergent Fallout 76, and more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: Contrast and context in BioWare story and cinematics
by Staff [11.16.18]
In this GDC 2012 talk, BioWare's Jonathan Perry examines how BioWare has used contrast and context in Mass Effect andDragon Age.
Video

Watch Francois Rizzo discuss the design of 11-11: Memories Retold  
by Bryant Francis [11.16.18]
Game designer Francois Rizzo breaks down the design decisions behind 11-11: Memories Retold.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Former Activision Blizzard devs launch Mythical Games, securing $16M in funding
by Emma Kidwell [11.16.18]
Mythical Games has secured $16 million dollars in funding to be used toward supporting the company’s first-to-market plans ing developing and co-producing games on both mobile and PC consoles. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

The devs behind experimental 1D address bar games 1
by Emma Kidwell [11.16.18]
Rock Paper Shotgun has published an interview speaking with some developers who create address bar games, which are meant to be played entirely within a website's URL.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Delver devs release their tech publicly under open source license 2
by Emma Kidwell [11.16.18]
Priority Interrupt has open sourced the tech behind its first-person action roguelike Delver for public use.
Console/PC, Programming, Design

Get a job: Impulse Gear is looking for a Sr. Narrative Writer  
by Staff [11.16.18]
Impulse Gear is looking for a Senior Narrative Writer to help push the boundaries of interactive storytelling in its next virtual reality game.
VR, Production, Recruitment

Rovio looking to 'accelerate growth' with new games as Angry Birds 2 revenue climbs  
by Alissa McAloon [11.16.18]
The Angry Birds dev saw increased profits and nearly-static revenue year-over-year at the close of Q3, and CEO Kati Levoranta says the need to launch new games to supplement live projects is clear.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Fortnite and God of War win big at the Golden Joystick awards  
by Emma Kidwell [11.16.18]
God of War takes home a total of four awards from the Golden Joystick Awards, with Fortnite ultimately being named game of the year for 2018. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: The tricky task of implementing Atreus as a companion in God of War 10
by Steven T. Wright [11.16.18]
"I was told multiple times, 'scale it back, change it so he’s simpler,'" says God of War director Cory Barlog. "I was even told to consider cutting him out of the game."
Console/PC, Design

Hi-Rez Studios bringing cross-platform play to Smite, Paladins, and Realm Royale 1
by Alissa McAloon [11.16.18]
The PlayStation 4, however, is notably absent once again from the list of platforms supported in the move.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Report: Microsoft plans to launch a disc-free Xbox One in 2019 2
by Alissa McAloon [11.16.18]
Rumors are circulating that Microsoft is working on a version of its current-gen console that lacks a disc drive, a move that reportedly seeks to shave as much as $100 off of the Xbox One’s current price tag of $299.
Console/PC

Chat with one of WWI game 11-11: Memories Retold's designers at 3PM ET  
by Bryant Francis [11.16.18]
Tune into the GDC Twitch channel to discuss the making of 11-11: Memories Retold starting at 3PM ET.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Bandai Namco Studios Vancouver has shut down  
by Chris Kerr [11.16.18]
Bandai Namco Vancouver has shut down today, with the studio's SVP of development and Tekken Mobile game director Landon Nguyen breaking the news on Twitter. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Supercell sinks $5.7M into smartwatch game dev Everywear Games  
by Chris Kerr [11.16.18]
Founded back in 2015, Everywear is the creator of small screen titles Field Day, Time Unit, Micropolis! and Runeblade.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Postmortem: Shiny Shoe's streaming-only game Death’s Door: Aftermath 1
by Staff [11.16.18]
The developers behind Death's Door: Aftermath give an extensive run-down of their community-centric, streaming only game.

Video: Saints Row: The Third and designing over the top  
by Staff [11.15.18]
Volition's Scott Phillips discusses the initial tonal and creative boundaries for Saint's Row: The Third and explains the processes used to iterate and improve on the game.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Sony will not be present at E3 2019 1
by Emma Kidwell [11.15.18]
Sony Interactive Entertainment will not be present during E3 2019, choosing to pull PlayStation from the annual trade show and focus on looking for "inventive opportunities to engage the community."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing