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Video: Tetsuya Mizuguchi takes a postmortem look at the making of Rez  
by Staff [04.27.16]
At GDC 2016, Rez producer and progenitor Tetsuya Mizuguchi takes to the stage to recount the inspirations and influences that drove the landmark game's design.
VR, Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: How Nintendo designs Animal Crossing 3
by Christian Nutt [04.27.16]
In this classic interview, Gamasutra sits down with Nintendo producer Katsuya Eguchi -- also the producer of the Wii Sports series -- to ask him some questions about the design of Animal Crossing,
Console/PC, Design, Production

Hacks suggest The Division's networking model may be fundamentally flawed 8
by Alex Wawro [04.27.16]
Game networking consultant Glenn Fiedler notes how a number of The Division hacks suggest developer Ubisoft Massive may have implemented a fundamentally insecure "trusted client" networking model.
Social/Online, Programming

3 ways to build emotional connections with game design  
by Gamasutra Community [04.27.16]
A survey of three different methods game design offers to build emotional connections with players, taken from How Games Move Us: Emotion By Design by Katherine Isbister.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

VReal aims to be like Twitch, but for VR game livestreaming 1
by Alex Wawro [04.27.16]
Seattle-based startup VReal has managed to raise $3.3 million from investors as it works to develop a comprehensive streaming platform for VR games and experiences.
VR, Business/Marketing

Applying lessons learned from bad horror games in Dead Secret 4
by Joel Couture [04.27.16]
Chris Pruett's encyclopedic knowledge of horror games fueled the creation of Dead Secret. But, surprisingly, he said that bad horror games taught him a lot more than the masterpieces.
Indie, Design, Production, Video

Design analysis: Tracing a path through a Zelda overworld 6
by Gamasutra Community [04.27.16]
"I want to look at how the world itself channels the player through it. While the world of A Link to the Past is very open and encourages exploration, there are also many roadblocks to keep players out of places they shouldn’t venture."
Console/PC, Design

How Black Desert Online's paying players push for the game's success  
by Gamasutra Community [04.27.16]
"Of players that purchase optional vanity and convenience (booster) items in game on top of their entry package, 50% are very likely to recommend BDO to a friend, compared to 38.61% of the sample population."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Nintendo looking to re-energize after difficult year curtails sales and profits  
by Chris Kerr [04.27.16]
Sales and profits are down at Nintendo, with the company's financials for the year ending March 31, 2016, showing a notable, if expected, decline.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Nintendo bringing Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem to mobile 3
by Chris Kerr [04.27.16]
"Both of these are pure game applications. Compared to Miitomo, they have more prominent game elements, and the game content will tie closely into Nintendo’s dedicated games business."
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Nintendo's NX launching worldwide in March 2017 17
by Chris Kerr [04.27.16]
Nintendo's NX video game platform will be launching worldwide in March 2017, launching simultaneously with the new Legend of Zelda, the company has revealed.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: Microtransactions aren't evil -- in my game, anyway 25
by Gamasutra Community [04.27.16]
"It makes me personally sad that some of the people whose opinions I respect the most are the people who are the most actively critical of our work, but it is what it is. My takeaway is that art is subjective."
Indie, Business/Marketing

Can 'hard to crack' Denuvo win the cat-and-mouse game of PC piracy? 13
by Simon Parkin [04.27.16]
"We refer to our Anti-Tamper solution as being 'hard to crack,' never 'uncrackable.' We constantly apply security updates to keep one step ahead. But it's, ultimately, a game of cat-and-mouse."
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Linden Lab opens up VR world Project Sansar to outside creators 1
by Christian Nutt [04.26.16]
The company that opened up user generated 3D space with Second Life, and has a plan to do it once again -- but this time, in virtual reality.
VR, Console/PC, Indie, Programming

The birth of Ico, and Fumito Ueda's visionary style  
by Christian Nutt [04.26.16]
"What I wanted to do was something very stylish, and very playable. As for the beautiful graphics and such, I guess you could just call that an unconscious habit on my part."
Console/PC, Art

Top Steam game sales steady; the rest, trending downward 9
by Christian Nutt [04.26.16]
SteamSpy now has a year of data to pull from, and it seems the increasing numbers of games on Steam means that games that are not major successes are selling worse.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

iPhone sales decline year-over-year for first time ever 5
by Christian Nutt [04.26.16]
The tech company had a big earnings miss with its latest quarterly results, and that's largely thanks to the performance of the iPhone.
Smartphone/Tablet

Get a job: Cryptic Studios is hiring Producers  
by Staff [04.26.16]
The studio that built Neverwinter is looking for producers of all types and levels to join the team at Cryptic's Los Gatos, CA studio and work on developing massively multiplayer online games.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Production, Recruitment

When mobile game investments dry up, that's when Disney swoops in  
by Alex Wawro [04.26.16]
Disney's branding is on a number of high-profile mobile games this year; according to Disney Mobile Games exec Chris Heatherly, this is a direct result of investors being less willing to invest in mobile game studios.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Atari 7800 engineer reflects on losing the American console market to Nintendo 4
by Alex Wawro [04.26.16]
In 1984, before the NES had made it to the West, Atari laid plans to launch a brand-new console for the holidays: the Atari 7800 ProSystem. What if it had actually happened then, instead of in '86?
Console/PC, Business/Marketing