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1 Saudi Arabia appears to ban 47 video games after deaths of children
image The Saudi General Commission for Audiovisual Media has banned several video games in the wake of the deaths of two children (though the deaths appear unrelated at this time).
  Video: The 10-year evolution of the Assassins Creed franchise
image In this GDC 2018 presentation, Ubisoft's Jean Guesdon breaks down the evolution behind the Assassin's Creed brand.
3 Valve is temporarily withholding adult games from Steam
image Adult games are currently being temporarily withheld from Steam.
  Get a job: Amazon Game Studios is hiring a Gameplay Animator
image The Crucible Team at Amazon Game Studios is looking for a hardworking, self-motivated, and talented animator to help give emotion and life to its games.
  How Ubisoft approached revitalizing The Division, Siege, and other live games
image “You keep on adding to the experience, and you see people talk about it later." Ubisoft's Laurent Detoc explores how post-launch support has benefitted games like The Division.
  Game Maker's Toolkit debuts new series on designing for accessibility
image Game Maker's Toolkit's Mark Brown discusses designing for disability in a new video series exploring how devs can design their games with accessibility in mind.
  Huuuge Games launches mobile publishing label Tap Tap Games
image Huuuge Games, the company behind the social casino platform Huuuge Casino, is taking aim at casual mobile games through a new publishing branch called Tap Tap Games.
6 Don't Miss: A postmortem for Naughty Dog's Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
image The developers behind the first game in the Uncharted series explain what made the game the 'biggest and most complex' challenge the studio had faced up to that point in this 2008 postmortem.
2 Klang Games secures $8.95M investment for SpatialOS-powered MMO
image That game, Seed, is one of several online titles being build with SpatialOS, tech that leans on cloud-computing to create living, persistent online worlds.
  Blog: Building the boss fights of X-Morph: Defense - Part 4
image In the fourth installment of our series we share the details about the second boss the players encounter in X-Morph: Defense -- the JAGUAR Type S tank.
  Blog: Time manipulation in Unity
image We wanted a way for our players to avoid getting stuck while playing. Here's how we tackled that problem...
2 Ubisoft is now insta-banning toxic Rainbow Six Siege players
image The French studio had previously pledged to curb toxicity within the game's community, and a new ban system will instantly punish those who use hate speech.
2 Coming soon? German courts ban vague release dates on pre-orders
image Germany has banned vague release dates for pre-orders, meaning retailers won't be able to list pre-orders without also providing a shipment date. 
2 Blog: What we learned one year after releasing our debut Switch title
image A look at some of the things we learnt after releasing our first game on the Nintendo Switch.
  How Bossa relied on players to help build its skyfaring MMO Worlds Adrift
image "By allowing players to take control, it allowed the team to focus on developing systems and mechanics that would encourage player creativity," explains Bossa founder Henrique Olifiers.
  Video Game Deep Cuts: Octopath's DOS Demake
image This week's highlights include a rounded look at Octopath Traveler, the dev making a DOS game in 2018, and the evolution of the PlayStation 1-style demake as a genre.
1 Colonial Marines modder finds big AI fix by changing one letter of code
image Word is spreading on ResetEra today about how an experienced modder of Gearbox's 2013 bomb Aliens: Colonial Marines found a way to significantly improve the game's AI by changing one letter of code.
2 Video: How devs can apply the 5 domains of play to develop empathy
image In this GDC 2018 talk, Ubisoft's Jason VandenBerghe takes a crack at refining his five domains of play theory to better account for the realities of game design.
1 Social features have cut down on toxic behavior in Overwatch
image Blizzard's global insights group has just finished putting together some statistics surrounding the new social features added to Overwatch a few weeks ago, including LFG and endorsements.
  Ubisoft Berlin granted $1.84M in subsidies from city senate for expansion
image Ubisoft Berlin is granted a subsidy of $1.84 million for expansion from the Berlin Senate, with the funds being used to grow operations and generate new jobs in the city.
1 Inkle Studios announces 'ink jam', encourages devs to learn ink
image Inkle Studios announces its first ever ink jam, a game jam running for games written using its open source scripting language ink.
  Get a job: Sony PlayStation is looking for a Head of Global Account Management
image This position will oversee all global account management teams across the world, with representation in Sony's SIEA, SIEE and SIEJA offices.
16 Don't Miss: Fight or flight - Exploring the neuroscience of survival horror
image How exactly do horror games work on the brains of players? Neuroscientist Maral Tajerian unpacks the mechanism behind the scares in Amnesia, Dead Space, Silent Hill and others.
  Valve brings trading back to CS:GO in the Netherlands, though loot boxes remain blocked
image This comes weeks after the company first shut the services down in compliance with requests from The Netherlands Gaming Authority.
  Japan is taking steps to legalize paid esports tournaments
image Laws aimed at illegal gambling have long prevented Japanese esports events from offering cash prizes, but a new licensing program seeks to change that.

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2 What we’ve learnt one year after releasing our first game on Nintendo Switch.
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Everything Is Authored
image Arguing that narrative plays a role in all media, Gregory Pellechi explains how every element in a game is deliberate and contributes to the story being told.
Orchestrating Gameworlds: A Prefab Primer
image Nathan Cheever demonstrates how you can use prefab systems to manage your in-game content, make quick changes, and share progress with your team.
Take It All In: Imbuing Games With A Potent Atmosphere
image Michel Sabbagh outlines many helpful tips for giving in-game environments a sense of atmospheric potency and consistency via lighting and strategic detail.
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