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Video: How Blizzard built Reaper of Souls to redeem Diablo III 12
by Staff [07.28.15]
At GDC 2015 Diablo game director Joshua Mosqueira speaks frankly about the seismic shifts in gameplay design, core philosophy, itemization and rewards that Blizzard implemented to fix Diablo III.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

Razer proposes solution to Ouya's 'Free The Games' debt 11
by Alex Wawro [07.28.15]
UPDATE Razer says that since the deal was to acquire select assets and personnel from Ouya, and not the company as a whole, it disclaims responsibility for making good on Ouya's outstanding debt.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Why The Swindle only gives players 100 tries 6
by Phill Cameron [07.28.15]
Now that The Swindle is out, read our chat with dev Dan Marshall about his firm stance against unlimited lives, regenerating health, "aggressive tutorialization," and other challenge-sapping features
Console/PC, Indie, Design

PlayStation 4, Xbox One games growing at UK retail - nothing else is 1
by Gamasutra Community [07.28.15]
Gamasutra analyst Matt Matthews crunches the numbers and finds that only two platforms have shown retail growth of late: Microsoft and Sony's latest boxes.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

A beginner's guide to writing for games 2
by Gamasutra Community [07.28.15]
A detailed workflow for cooking up a functioning game story. "No method can ever replace your individual experience and personality, quite the opposite: it must be used at your convenience to convey them into the story."
Console/PC, Design

What makes Symphony of the Night's level design so special? 4
by Gamasutra Community [07.28.15]
Symphony's level design, in general, has a clarity and consistency that never resurfaced with the same potency in the series since its release.
Console/PC, Design

Targeting and developing your community 1
by Gamasutra Community [07.28.15]
"League of Legends has such a vibrant community that its members are almost like 24/7 rolling ads for the game, frequently posting on social media platforms to talk about their in-game experiences."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

On replayability: Emotion, mechanics, and necessity 4
by Gamasutra Community [07.28.15]
"Not every game needs to be replayable. ... itís not automatically, invariably a good thing, and something that developers should strive to work towards."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

What's in a game title? Analyzing the words we use and names we choose 9
by Gamasutra Community [07.28.15]
"I took a look at the top words that occur in video game titles. There were 150,000 game titles and a vocabulary of around 45,000 unique words. About 21,000 of these were used only once in any game title."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Peer into the realities of game testing 2
by Christian Nutt [07.27.15]
Want to peer behind the curtain of QA? There's plenty to learn from what goes on in the testing department, a new article reveals.
Console/PC, Production

Some Steam accounts compromised, but security fix now in place 1
by Christian Nutt [07.27.15]
A security hole -- since patched -- allowed attackers to gain access to a number of Steam accounts quite easily.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Video: Learning to love procedural art while making No Man's Sky 1
by Alex Wawro [07.27.15]
At GDC 2015, Hello Games' Grant Duncan popped up on stage to speak frankly with fellow developers about exactly how and why the studio came to procedurally generate the worlds of No Man's Sky.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Production, Video, Vault

Get a job: Retro Studios is hiring a Graphics Engineer  
by Staff [07.27.15]
Nintendo-owned developer Retro Studios (Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze) is looking for an engineer with some 3D graphics chops to join the team at Retro's Austin, Texas office.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Recruitment

China eases restrictions on game console manufacturing 1
by Alex Wawro [07.27.15]
Last week China's Ministry of Culture lifted its ban on video game consoles being manufactured anywhere in the country outside the Shanghai Free Trade Zone, making life a bit easier for console makers.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Street Fighter for Designers: Top 8 Lessons from Evo 2015 Exclusive 4
by Patrick Miller [07.27.15]
The Evo Championship Series gives game designers a chance to see how fighting games try to create a rich, rewarding and diverse competitive play space. (And how players try to break it)
Console/PC, Design, Exclusive

3 years later, Nintendo pulls the plug on Wii U's TVii service 3
by Alex Wawro [07.27.15]
Nintendo has announced plans to shut down the Wii U's TVii service via a system update on August 11th, just months before the free television-esque video streaming platform would have celebrated its third birthday.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Elegant balance changes: Keeping players from binging  
by Gamasutra Community [07.27.15]
"If you can keep players from feeling obliged to check a game every few minutes, or from feeling forced into huge daily binge visits, in certain reward contexts this is going to help players to have a much improved experience."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design

This Week in Video Game Criticism: Why is Gotham so empty? 3
by Kris Ligman [07.27.15]
This week, our partnership with game criticism site Critical Distance brings us picks from Kris Ligman on topics ranging from a Kill Screen review of Adam Sandler's Pixels to the strange emptiness of Arkham Knight's city streets.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Creating the alien writing in Infinifactory  
by Gamasutra Community [07.27.15]
"Although it may have no meaning, that doesnít mean itís meaningless; on the contrary, we spent a fair amount of time designing a writing system that would look believable, alien, and fit visually within the game."
Console/PC, Indie, Art

Ouya buyout confirmed, as CEO leaves company 5
by Kris Graft [07.27.15]
After months of buyout rumors, video game hardware company Razer has confirmed its purchase of Android game platform Ouya; Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman leaving company.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing