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  Game source code is a teaching tool, not a trade secret, argues VGHF founder
image “The industry sees source material as a trade secret,” Video Game History Foundation founder Frank Cifaldi said at GDC today. “We think it’s an educational tool."
  Crash meetings, keep a lore bible, and other narrative design tips learned at King
image "If everyone is thinking about narrative design, no one will forget it," argues King's Tracey John during a talk about how to handle narrative design in tight projects.
  Labor organizers share insight and tips on unionizing the game industry
image “I don't think it’s much to ask, in an industry that’s three times the size of Hollywood, to get a meaningful return on the risk you’re taking and the opportunity you’re creating."
15 Sweeney commits to human moderators & quality filters for Epic's Games Store
image "So we're not going to see asset flips," the Epic founder told Gamasutra at GDC this week. "And we're going to explicitly say no to porn games or other intentionally controversial games."
  Microsoft unveils new indie game showcase called [email protected] Game Pass
image Microsoft has announced a new games showcase called [email protected] Game Pass hours after Sony lifted the lid on its fledgling PlayStation showcase, State of Play.
  Retail veteran George Sherman has been named GameStop CEO
image Sherman brings a wealth of experience to the table, having most recently served as the CEO of Victra, the largest exclusive authorized retailer for Verizon Wireless products and services.
  Sony's new State of Play series will bring PlayStation reveals all year round
image Sony has unveiled a new video series called State of Play that will keep fans in the loop with "updates and announcements from the world of PlayStation."
  Devil May Cry 5 has sold 2 million copies in first two weeks
image Capcom's stylish action effort Devil May Cry 5 has sold 2 million copies in two weeks, according to game director Hideaki Itsuno.
Sega removing actor from Western version of Judgment after drug scandal
image Sega will change the voice and character model for Kyohei Hamura in the western release of Judgment, after the character's actor Pierre Taki was arrested for illegal drug use.
2 Boyfriend Dungeon dev examines why game fashion sucks, and what to do about it
image “I’m not here to talk about what good fashion is,” said Kitfox Games' Victoria Tran at GDC today. “I want to talk more about how we’ve ignored it as a serious mechanic."
1 Overwatch saw 40% less disruptive behavior with the endorsement system
image Research developer at Blizzard Natasha Miller shared how the studio implemented social features into Overwatch to promote positive behavior among players.  
Opinion: After Christchurch - What we owe our game communities
image Katherine Cross takes a look at the recent white supremacist terrorist attack in New Zealand, and unpacks what game developers must do to keep extremist views from taking hold in their games' communities.
1 Valve is pushing new social features for Steam later this year
image Valve's Tom Giardino outlined a handful of new and upgraded features coming to Steam in the future during GDC 2019 this afternoon.
  Slime Rancher dev: To sell your game, give it a pulse and make it feel like home
image “The idea that friction exists in the game creates friction in the mind of anyone playing your game,” dev Nick Popovich said at GDC today. “The solution...is to give your game a place to call home.”
  Report: Walmart is looking to enter the game streaming business
image Google stole the show at GDC earlier this week when it unveiled a new game streaming platform called Stadia, and fresh rumors suggest another big name might soon follow suit.
  WarDucks raises $3.8 million to expand studio and create location-based AR game
image In a notable move, the Irish studio has brought in Doom co-creator John Romero to help shape its mystery project.
  Blog: Shape theory in level design
image Shape Theory is something we're all aware of subconsciously. Here I break down how it can be used for level design, and how it might encourage players to act in certain ways.
  Report: Microsoft's disc-less Xbox One S gets name and launch date
image Microsoft's long-rumored disc-less Xbox One S now has a name and launch date, according to fresh leaks from Windows Central.
God of War wins Game of the Year at the 2019 Game Developers Choice Awards
image Game dev veterans Amy Hennig and Rieko Kodama were also honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award and Pioneer Award (respectively) during the Game Developers Choice Awards tonight at GDC 2019!
Return of the Obra Dinn takes Grand Prize at the 21st IGF Awards!
image Announced tonight, the 2019 IGF Awards featured an eclectic and impressive group of winners, from Lucas Pope's Return of the Obra Dinn to Cassie McQuater's Black Room and Zachtronics' Opus Magnum!
  How Arkane built a roguelike atop an immersive sim with Prey's Mooncrash DLC
image Today at GDC, lead level designer Richard Wilson took the stage to explain how (and why) Arkane took a roguelike approach when developing its innovative Prey DLC Mooncrash.
  Building an inclusive studio culture begins with retention
image Several developers discuss how game studios can shift their culture to be more welcoming and supportive of underrepresented employees.
  Google Stadia supports the Xbox Adaptive Controller
image Google unveiled a controller alongside its cloud-based game streaming service Stadia this week, but players aren't locked into using Google-made hardware to play games on the service.
  Cuphead is heading to the Nintendo Switch with Xbox Live support
image StudioMDHR announced this morning during the Nintendo Indie Showcase that Cuphead will be heading to the Nintendo Switch on April 18th.
  The next Crypt of the Necrodancer game is set in The Legend of Zelda's Hyrule
image The indie developer behind Crypt of the Necrodancer is taking a crack at making its own Legend of Zelda game—with Nintendo’s blessing.

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image Design engineer Brandon Franklin explains how you can engage players by implementing simple ritual activities that enhance your game's world and narrative.
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image Indiana University game design student Nathaniel Ferguson details the benefits of hosting small-scale launch parties in order to promote your completed projects.
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image 11 Bit Studios brand developer Patryk Grzeszczuk presents a simple guide to building an effective product page for your game to maximize discoverability.
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