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Over the Alps developers open new UK indie studio Tributary Games  
by Chris Kerr [07.15.21]
Over the Alps developer Samuel Partridge has co-founded a new London-based indie studio called Tributary Games.
Production, Business/Marketing

Allegorizing the Millennial adolescent experience in Nightmare Temptation Academy 1
by Joel Couture [07.15.21]
"I wanted my game to feel like a safe space for expressing your transgressive/shadow side with the kind of freedom I used to feel when exploring the early web."
Video, IGF

Netflix hires former EA, Facebook exec to launch its own game division  
by Bryant Francis [07.14.21]
Netflix has hired former Facebook and Electronic Arts exec Mike Verdu to lead the company's gaming division.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Discord snaps up anti-harassment AI developer Sentropy  
by Bryant Francis [07.14.21]
Discord has bought up Sentropy, a software firm that develops AI-driven tools meant to fight online harassment.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

A playable version of id Software's Super Mario Bros. 3 PC port has been unearthed  
by Bryant Francis [07.14.21]
An anonymous donor has gifted a demo of Super Mario Bros. 3 developed by id Software to the Strong Museum of Play.
Console/PC, Programming

Don't Miss: 7 examples of accessibility design that developers should study 4
by Rich Moss [07.14.21]
The more accessible a game is, the larger its potential audience and the happier its players.
Console/PC, Design

Get a job: Microsoft's Altspace VR needs a Design Director  
by Staff [07.14.21]
Microsoft's AltSpace VR team is looking for a design director. Is it you?
VR, Design, Recruitment

New to GDC? We've got a digital GDC 101 for your first-ever digital event  
by Staff [07.14.21]
There's a lot to see at GDC 2021! If this is your first time at a GDC event, we've got a short video session you can watch to help you navigate this year's event.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, GDC

Phil Spencer is impressed with the DualSense, says Xbox could update its own gamepad  
by Chris Kerr [07.14.21]
Xbox chief Phil Spencer has praised the direction Sony took with the PlayStation 5's revamped DualSenser controller, and indicated Microsoft might look to upgrade the Xbox gamepad in a similar way.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: Diegetic sound and music for the video game composer  
by Gamasutra Community [07.14.21]
Composer Winifred Phillips shares insights into her process composing music for two Sumo Digital games featured in her GDC 2021 lecture.
Audio, Production

Northgard developer Shiro Games has launched a new indie publishing label  
by Chris Kerr [07.14.21]
Northgard and Evoland developer Shiro Games has launched a new publishing label called Shiro Unlimited.
Production, Business/Marketing

Sponsored Content
How Scavengers is launching across multiple platforms and stores with cross-play  
by Staff [07.14.21]
Sponsored: Find out why partnering up allows Midwinter Entertainment to capture a wider target audience and improve player experience, while staying laser-focused on finding the fun.
Console/PC, Video, Sponsored Article

VR studio Resolution Games nets $25 million to create and support live games  
by Chris Kerr [07.14.21]
Swedish VR studio Resolution Games has raised $25 million in Series C funding to support and create new live titles.
VR, Production, Business/Marketing

Forging connections through concertos in poetic platformer Symphonia  
by Joel Couture [07.14.21]
"We wanted a kind of connection between the player and their surroundings, and this connection reaches its peak during the concertos where the character and the scenery come into harmony."
Design, Production, Video, IGF

Alba: A Wildlife Adventure named GOTY at the 2021 Games for Change Awards  
by Chris Kerr [07.14.21]
Ustwo Games' open-world adventure was praised for highlighting the need for environmentalism and conservation while exploring the relationship between humans and nature.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

The updated Xbox Family Settings app will let parents set spending limits  
by Chris Kerr [07.14.21]
Microsoft has added new features to the Xbox Family Settings app to give parents the ability to more closely manage how their children interact with games.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Report: Tencent wants to buy Crysis and CryEngine dev Crytek for over $350 million  
by Chris Kerr [07.14.21]
Tencent is attempting to purchase Crysis developer Crytek for over $353 million, according to a new report from German publication BILD.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Exploring the art and animation behind hand-painted odyssey Planet of Lana  
by Chris Kerr [07.14.21]
"I painted this image in Photoshop. And when it was done I knew that I had to try to bring this game to life. That image has been our guiding star style-wise since then."
Console/PC, Art, Production, Business/Marketing

Stadia to give devs a cut of Stadia Pro revenue (based on how often their game is played) 2
by Alissa McAloon [07.13.21]
Stadia wants developers to push more players toward Stadia Pro, and in return is launching a handful of initiatives to sweeten the deal.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Video

Vote for your favorite GDC Play games at GDC 2021’s Best In Play competition  
by Staff [07.13.21]
Take some time at GDC 2021 to vote for your favorite GDC Play exhibitor, and help your favorite game win Best in Play!
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, GDC