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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.
Console/PC, Design, Production

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."
VR, Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Mighty Bear Games secures 'millions' to create next-gen online titles  
by Chris Kerr [06.21.18]
"The diversity of expertise will be a great asset especially as we prepare to launch our first game this month and scale globally in the months ahead."
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

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.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: The problem with mobile strategy game design 5
by Gamasutra Community [06.21.18]
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.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design

Designing a true first-person camera in Unreal Engine 4 7
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."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Dev taps blockchain tech to make Pokemon playable on Twitch -- for a price 1
by Alex Wawro [06.20.18]
While the game itself isn't terribly fresh (it's basically Twitch Plays†Pokemon,†For A Price) it is intriguing to see a dev layering in cryptocurrency†fees to play a live game on a per-action basis.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing, Video

Video: How EA manages source control for globally distributed games  
by Staff [06.20.18]
In this GDC†talk, EA's Josh Nixdorf†goes over†his team's best practices for handling the source control and build and test automation challenges for globally distributed titles like FIFA.
Console/PC, Programming, Video

Onrush dev breaks down the prototyping of Codemasters' arcade racer  
by Bryant Francis [06.20.18]
Watch the director of Onrush explain the process behind making an off-kilter racing game.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Following hardware exploit, Nintendo bans Switch consoles with pirated games 7
by Emma Kidwell [06.20.18]
After a hardware exploit for the Nintendo Switch was noticed back in April, a hacker warns against individuals pirating games by pointing out how Nintendo cracks down on illegal downloads.
Console/PC, Design

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds introduces a paid event pass  
by Emma Kidwell [06.20.18]
Starting this week, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds will introduce the Event Pass, a 4 week limited time add-on for players where they can unlock exclusive content and missions.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Educational app TinyTap raises $5M toward accessible learning  
by Emma Kidwell [06.20.18]
Educational games company TinyTap has raised $5 million in funding to go toward providing accessible learning for children through its games.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Creative Assembly is hiring an Animation Programmer for Total War  
by Staff [06.20.18]
As Animation Programmer, you will be making Total Warís uniquely epic battles look visually dynamic and immersive, ensuring the studio stays on the cutting edge.
Console/PC, Programming, Recruitment

Don't Miss: Creating audio that matters 2
by Staff [06.20.18]
Dead Space 2's J White, Limbo's Martin Stig Andersen, and One Single Life's Thom Kellar explore what goes into the creation of audio that really sticks with players and brings more to the game
Console/PC, Indie, Audio

Mojang revives Scrolls as the free-to-play PC game Caller's Bane  
by Alissa McAloon [06.20.18]
Mojang has relaunched the game as a free-to-play title, this time with the ability for players to host their own online servers and a less controversial name.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Blog: Game design and gamification in real life  
by Gamasutra Community [06.20.18]
For years, companies have been trying to use game design principles to change user behavior or get them to buy more products. In this article I assess some of the techniques they've used.
Design

Citing Dutch law, Valve drops trading CS:GO and Dota 2 items in the Netherlands 2
by Alissa McAloon [06.20.18]
The company notes that shutting down those systems was the only practical way to deal with new laws that restrict in-game goods and loot boxes.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Chat with the developers of Onrush at 3PM EDT  
by Bryant Francis [06.20.18]
We're talking to the makers of Onrush about making a hero...driver racing game starting at 3PM EDT.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Blog: How much protection does Fair Use really offer? 4
by Gamasutra Community [06.20.18]
In this post I want to explain what Fair Use is, and why it doesn't mean you're protected when using copyrighted assets without permission.
Production, Business/Marketing

Layoffs at Shroud of the Avatar developer Portalarium  
by Chris Kerr [06.20.18]
Texas-based game studio Portalarium has made some layoffs in order to "right-size" its Shroud of the Avatar development team.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing