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Video Game Deep Cuts: That HQ Donut County Trivia  
by Gamasutra Staff [12.24.17]
This installment of Video Game Deep Cuts includes a look at indie standout Donut County, the potential dystopia behind HQ Trivia, and lots more besides.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Take a look at the early design notes that led to Rogue Legacy  
by Alissa McAloon [12.22.17]
"These aren’t your standard design notes," warns creative designer Teddy Lee. "Not only are they barely legible, but these are much, much lamer."
Indie, Design

Get a job: Bandai Namco Studios Vancouver is hiring a Lead Software Engineer  
by Staff [12.22.17]
Bandai Namco's Vancouver studio is looking for a Lead Software Engineer to design, build, test, and deploy game systems and contribute to an efficient and productive work environment.
Programming, Recruitment

Even if a game 'makes it', frugality is the best strategy, says Ultimate Chicken Horse dev  
by Alissa McAloon [12.22.17]
"We didn't immediately spend our cash on a fancy new penthouse office or immediately hire 15 people to start pumping out titles. We continued working the way we did before we had money."
Indie, Business/Marketing

Q&A: Resurrecting the past with Outcast: Second Contact's Franck Sauer  
by John Harris [12.22.17]
Here's a few key quotes from our recent conversation with Outcast: Second Contact lead developer Franck Sauer.
Console/PC, Video

Best of 2017: Making indie games is like being a musician. In the bad way 22
by Gamasutra Community [12.22.17]
The Indie Bubble happened. And then the Indie Glut. The indie games business has entered its final phase, which will last forever. What is it, and how can we survive in it?

Blog: How the 3DO gave birth to my cynicism 5
by Gamasutra Community [12.22.17]
Behind every super logical sounding argument or theory, there is always some kind of emotional charge. Here's mine.

Come to GDC 2018 and learn how Bungie tells stories in Destiny 2 1
by Staff [12.22.17]
At GDC 2018, Bungie senior tools engineer Evan Moran will go in-depth into a new visual scripting tool called the Scene Editor that builds Destiny 2 stories by coordinating AI movement and behavior.
Console/PC, Design, GDC

Founding member of Lizard Squad pleads guilty to cyber-crimes  
by Chris Kerr [12.22.17]
The founding member of Lizard Squad, a group of cyber-attackers that took credit for taking down the PlayStation Network in 2014, has plead guilty to cyber-crimes.

Blog: Are casual games finally growing up? 4
by Gamasutra Community [12.22.17]
I chatted with the Angry Birds 2 developers at Rovio to find out what led them to make some bold design decisions.

One of the first ever LGBTQ video games has been restored 1
by Chris Kerr [12.22.17]
Caper in the Castro, one of the first ever (if not the first) LGBTQ-themed video games, has been restored and is now playable over on the Internet Archive. 
Console/PC, Programming, Production

Blog: Why are players flocking to War Robots? 2
by Gamasutra Community [12.22.17]
Last year was a very good year for War Robots. Revenue increased five-fold and exceeded $3.5 million per month. Here were try and figure out why.
Design, Business/Marketing

Best of 2017: Gamasutra's top games, devs, events and trends  
by Staff [12.22.17]
We bid farewell to the year that was with this celebration of the top game developers, trends, events, and games that defined 2017 and stand poised to shape the industry for years to come.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: Designing narrative experiences which suspend the player's disbelief  
by Emma Kidwell [12.21.17]
In this GDC 2014 session, Campo Santo's Sean Vanaman discusses the challenges of creating a narrative experience with the goal of suspending a player's disbelief through gameplay. 
Console/PC, Design, Video

Watch Gamasutra discuss the top 10 games of 2017  
by Bryant Francis [12.21.17]
The American branch of the Gamasutra editorial team groups up to discuss their top games of the year and invites you to explain why they're wrong in this year-end broadcast.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Apple confirms software updates affected the performance of older iPhones 3
by Emma Kidwell [12.21.17]
Apple came out with a statement on Thursday confirming suspicions that operating system updates were being used to limit the performance of older iPhones.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Best of 2017: Devs share their most memorable dirty coding tricks 8
by Brandon Sheffield [12.21.17]
In which we gathered unusual solutions to unusual problems from resourceful coders across the industry. Delight at their ingenuity, marvel at their audaciousness, and learn from their mistakes!
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Production

Get a job: Cryptic Studios is hiring a Sr. Producer  
by Staff [12.21.17]
Cryptic Studios is looking for an experienced producer to make sure the overall development and business goals are being driven towards and met as a member of its team in Los Gatos, CA.
Production, Recruitment

Ubisoft releases open-source code for World in Conflict servers 1
by Alissa McAloon [12.21.17]
Ubisoft has released the source code Massgate, the server that powers the online multiplayer of World in Conflict, which itself lost official support in 2015.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Gamasutra's Best of 2017: Katherine Cross' top 10 games  
by Katherine Cross [12.21.17]
Gamasutra contributor Katherine Cross shares ten of her favorite games from 2017, and speaks to why each one meant something special.
Console/PC, Indie