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Don't Miss: A postmortem of Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning 12
by Staff [09.10.18]
Former Big Huge Games executive producer Mike Fridley walks through what went right and what went wrong with Kingdoms of Amalur's production leading up to a release that would sink two studios.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production

Nintendo: Restrictions on cloud saves for certain Switch games are to curb cheaters 4
by Alissa McAloon [09.10.18]
While most Switch titles support cloud saves, some games have disabled the feature in order to prevent players from manipulating online features.
Console/PC, Social/Online

PUBG logs 1 million peak concurrent players for 365 days in a row, a Steam first 1
by Alissa McAloon [09.10.18]
According to the third-party Steam tracker SteamDB, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has attracted over one million players at daily peak for one year straight, a first for any game on Steam.
Console/PC, Social/Online

XRDC attendee Q&A: Steve Biegun and how healthcare is using VR and AR  
by Bryant Francis [09.10.18]
VR/AR developer Steve Biegun explains how healthcare companies are innovating in the fields of VR, AR, and beyond.
Console/PC, Design

Now's the time to submit talks for the GDC 2019 Educators Summit!  
by Staff [09.10.18]
Next March, GDC 2019 will again host the Educators Summit, a program of talks dedicated specifically to game education. If you have a great talk in mind, now's the time to pitch!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

China's video game licensing freeze could last another six months  
by Chris Kerr [09.10.18]
The Chinese government is tightening video game restrictions in what it claims is an attempt to combat myopia in children and teenagers.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

Report: Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp lifetime revenue hits $50 million  
by Chris Kerr [09.10.18]
The mobile title had earned around $35 million as of June this year -- meaning it's pulled in another $15 million in the two months since. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Blog: Implementing companion AI in Far Cry Primal 2
by Gamasutra Community [09.10.18]
Far Cry Primal introduces a taming mechanic that allows players to use wildlife as an assisting character. In this piece I explain how this was designed and implemented.
Programming, Design

Video Game Deep Cuts: Putting The AR in Artifact?  
by Gamasutra Staff [09.09.18]
This week's highlights include an article about Facebook Messenger's AR microgames, a detailed look at Valve's upcoming Artifact card game, & lots more besides.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: How developers can find and engage a great artist  
by Staff [09.07.18]
In this GDC 2018 session, Chickadee Games' Adam deGrandis covers the basic how's, what's, and why's of finding and engaging an artist that can help indie games shine.
Indie, Art, Video

Two Riot employees depart after defending controversial PAX panel 22
by Emma Kidwell [09.07.18]
Systems designer Daniel Klein and communications associate Mattias Lehman departed Riot Games after defending controversial Pax West panels lead by women from Riot.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Fortnite on Android reaches 15 million downloads sans Google Play  
by Emma Kidwell [09.07.18]
Epic Games reports 15 million Fortnite downloads and 23 million players on Android only 21 days after the game's beta release.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Treyarch's classic 2002 postmortem of Spider-Man 3
by Alissa McAloon [09.07.18]
In this reprint from the August 2002 issue of Game Developer magazine, Spider-Man developer Jamie Fristrom writes about what went right and what went wrong with the game's development process.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production

Weekly Jobs Roundup: Cold Iron Studios, Endnight Games, and more are hiring now!  
by Staff [09.07.18]
Here are just some of the many, many positions being advertised right now on the Gamasutra Job Board!
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Recruitment

Google partners with Unity for open-source matchmaking tool Open Match  
by Alissa McAloon [09.07.18]
Google has teamed up with Unity to create an open-source, but engine agnostic, matchmaking system called Open Match.
Social/Online, Programming

Bad North's Richard Meredith talks about making good 'gamefeel'  
by Bryant Francis [09.07.18]
We talked to one of the lead developers behind Bad North talks about making good 'gamefeel' in simplified strategy games.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Video

In the name of accessibility, Spider-Man offers toggleable puzzles and QTEs 1
by Alissa McAloon [09.07.18]
Insomniac’s recent Spider-Man game has a number of options directed at making the game more accessible to a wide variety of players, something that is becoming more common in modern games.
Console/PC

Blog: Kliuless? Gaming industry ICYMI #1  
by Gamasutra Community [09.07.18]
Each week I compile an industry insights newsletter that I share with other Rioters, including senior leadership. This is the first public version, and I hope to publish it every week going forward.
Business/Marketing

Unity CEO claims VR hardware hasn't seen true consumer launch 18
by Chris Kerr [09.07.18]
"It's not there yet. It’s not a surprise that the commercial applications have preceded the consumer applications because, at least in my mind, we haven’t seen a consumer launch yet."
VR, Business/Marketing

Blog: Things to consider when porting to consoles  
by Gamasutra Community [09.07.18]
I give a overview of the small but important console features that we have not considered when we were developing Lightfield for PlayStation4 and Xbox One.
Console/PC, Programming, Design