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The challenge of making BattleTech's first two hours matter  
by Bryant Francis [04.20.18]
Two of BattleTech's lead developers tell us about introducing players to complicated game systems while trying to make their first 2 hours as memorable as possible.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Video: The qualities that make for a good producer  
by Staff [04.20.18]
In this 2016 GDC session, Gearbox Software's Aaron Thibault discusses the qualities that make for a good producer.
Console/PC, Production, Video

The infamous FMV game Night Trap is headed to the Nintendo Switch after all  
by Alissa McAloon [04.20.18]
Courtesy of Limited Run Games, the once-controversial FMV game is launching on the Switch nearly 25 years after Nintendo’s then-SVP said it’d never appear on any of its platforms.
Console/PC, Indie, Video

Hearthstone game director Ben Brode departs Blizzard  
by Alissa McAloon [04.20.18]
Brode, who has worked on Hearthstone for 10 of his 15 years at Blizzard, has announced that he is leaving Blizzard to 'take a crazy risk' and help start a game development company of his own.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Learn the secrets behind reviving BattleTech today at 4PM EDT  
by Bryant Francis [04.20.18]
We're talking to two of the lead developers behind the new BattleTech at 4PM EDT. Come ask your questions!
Console/PC, Design, Video

Capcom scrapping Puzzle Fighter to focus on Dead Rising  
by Chris Kerr [04.20.18]
The mobile version of the arcade classic only launched in November last year, but has already been deemed surplus to requirements.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Create your own cardboard controllers with free 'gambi_abo' blueprints  
by Chris Kerr [04.20.18]
The brainchild of Enric Llagostera, gambi_abo is a free collection of do-it-yourself instructions for cardboard game controllers designed with accessibility in mind. 
Console/PC, Design

Australian High Court orders Valve to pay $2.4M fine over misleading refund policy 1
by Chris Kerr [04.20.18]
"This important precedent confirms the view that overseas-based companies selling to Australian consumers must abide by our laws."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Video: Alternative ways to approach concept art 1
by Staff [04.19.18]
In this 2015 GDC session, One Pixel Brush's Shaddy Safadi explains how AAA games need not only concept artists, but concept designers.
Console/PC, Art, Video

Thanks to a cosmetic change, Epic accidentally rebalanced Fortnite's shotguns 12
by Alissa McAloon [04.19.18]
Epic Games decided to change the rarity ranking of Fortnite's in-game shotguns, and the result was an unprecedented change in how each weapon was used.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design

Don't Miss: Game design and mind control in Superhot 1
by Staff [04.19.18]
At GDC 2016, game director Piotr Iwanicki detailed Superhot's design process and how its developers ultimately leaned into the "mind control" elements of the game's narrative to build a better game.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Loot boxes with real-world value deemed unlawful in The Netherlands 6
by Chris Kerr [04.19.18]
The Netherlands Gaming Authority (NGA) had been investigating loot box usage in 10 unnamed titles after concerns were raised by players, parents, and those working in addiction care.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Crossfire developer Smilegate closes Berlin studio  
by Chris Kerr [04.19.18]
The South Korean company began branching out into Europe back in December 2016, and opened its Berlin office in February 2017.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Q&A: Being OK with being lost in Capy's Below  
by Kris Graft [04.19.18]
We speak with Kris Piotrowski, game director on Capy's Below, to talk about the joy of exploration, having faith in players' brains, and, of course, beautiful 4K grass.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Into the Breach's designers explain how to follow up from a hit game  
by Bryant Francis [04.18.18]
The makers of FTL and Into the Breach dropped by to discuss their design process and their thoughts about following up on a smash hit game.
Console/PC, Design, Video

How psychological experiments influenced the design of Vault 11 in Fallout: New Vegas  
by Emma Kidwell [04.18.18]
Former Obsidian Entertainment designer Eric Fenstermaker discusses how Vault 11 was designed in Fallout: New Vegas.
Console/PC, Design

Twitch reportedly affected by IP address bans in Russia 1
by Emma Kidwell [04.18.18]
IP addresses owned by Amazon and Google have reportedly been blocked in Russia, with Twitch being one of the web sites affected.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Chat with the developers behind Into the Breach at 3PM EDT  
by Bryant Francis [04.18.18]
We're chatting with the minds who brought you Into the Breach at 3PM EDT. Come by and ask questions!
Console/PC, Design, Video

Blog: Analyzing Dead by Daylight's emblem system  
by Gamasutra Community [04.18.18]
I wanted to analyze Dead by Daylight's emblem system, a recently released scoring system which aims to redefine how players succeed in the game.
Console/PC, Design

Video: How the classic arcade game NBA Jam was designed  
by Staff [04.17.18]
Learn about the development of NBA Jam in this 2018 GDC session postmortem.
Console/PC, Design, Video