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Modular techniques in triple-A asset creation: Making great wheels 2
by Gamasutra Community [09.23.15]
Ubisoft senior artist Jobye Karmaker: "Wheels are arguably what makes or breaks a vehicle in game art. You could have the best looking vehicle body, but if the wheels suffer in quality, the whole vehicle does too."
Console/PC, Art

5 game design rules to unlearn when working in VR 7
by Kris Graft [09.23.15]
Minority Media's Patrick Harris is coming to grips with VR game design as he works on the VR-only Time Machine, and at Oculus Connect today he shared 5 examples of the critical lessons he's learned.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Jesse Schell's six lessons for making VR games 1
by Christian Nutt [09.23.15]
At Oculus Connect, the 20-year veteran of the space offered up the key points for making games, and talked about his team's experience developing I Expect You to Die.
Console/PC, Indie, Audio, Design, Production, VR

A deep look at the world design of Assassin's Creed: Syndicate 1
by Chris Kerr [09.23.15]
"I recently had the chance to speak to Assassin's Creed: Syndicate world director Jonathan Dumont to find out how Ubisoft unravels and recreates the past inside its time-hopping franchise year after year."
Console/PC, Art

Get a job: Giant Sparrow seeks a Game Designer/Programmer  
by Staff [09.23.15]
Are you a programmer/designer interested in "translating feelings into randomness and back again" within the constraints of Unreal Engine 4? Unfinished Swan developer Giant Sparrow has a job for you.
Indie, Programming, Design, Recruitment

Nintendo continues to open new digital storefronts in the West  
by Alex Wawro [09.23.15]
Nintendo UK has struck a deal with UK-based online game retailer Green Man Gaming to begin selling download codes for Wii U and 3DS games via the GMG storefront.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Video: How Halo was reborn -- The Halo 4 postmortem  
by Staff [09.23.15]
Halo creative director Josh Holmes speaks at GDC 2013 about how 343 dealt with the challenges inherent in building a studio from scratch to take over development of Bungie's seminal series.
Console/PC, Art, Design, Production, Video, Vault

How our PR partner's rep became a liability, and what we did about it 9
by Gamasutra Community [09.23.15]
"This was the first I'd heard about us soliciting Greenlight votes with free game keys... but he included a link, and sure enough, that's exactly what our PR company was doing."
Indie, Business/Marketing

Cities: Skylines leads this year's list of Unity award winners  
by Alex Wawro [09.23.15]
Colossal Order, Squad, and Amplitude Studios were among the developers recognized by Unity this week with awards handed during the company's Unite 2015 conference in Boston.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: So, they made you a lead -- now what? 17
by Staff [09.23.15]
Timeless advice from Double Fine's Oliver Franzke: "What to do after you get promoted into a leadership position should be a trivial question to answer, but in my experience the opposite is true."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production

DraftKings adds eSports to its fantasy sports roster  
by Alex Wawro [09.23.15]
Fantasy sports hub DraftKings is adding a dedicated eSports section to its service and partnering with known eSports teams in an effort to capitalize on the industry's growing attention and wealth.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video

Some thoughts after 18 months as a full-time indie 45
by Gamasutra Community [09.23.15]
The sobering realities about "the first 18 months of running an indie studio, about our Kickstarter project, launching on Steam, about money and about our struggles."
Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

TGS Report: Indie devs give their take  
by Lena LeRay [09.23.15]
A dozen independent developers from near and far give their take on what it was like to exhibit in the indie area at this year's Tokyo Game Show.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

Video game voice actors could be about to go on strike 5
by Chris Kerr [09.23.15]
Video game voice actors are voting whether or not to go on strike after talks between SAG-AFTRA and publishers ended at an impasse.
Serious, Audio, Production

Xbox boss Phil Spencer wants VR and traditional gaming to co-exist  
by Chris Kerr [09.23.15]
In a recent interview with Gamespot, Xbox chief Phil Spencer revealed that, in the long term, he hopes traditional gaming doesn't get pushed to the side in favour of virtual reality experiences.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, VR

We learned a lot about VR, which is why we're dropping it from our game 6
by Gamasutra Community [09.23.15]
"All of the techniques we used are essential to project the feeling of being a child to the player. They make the player feel small, fragile and vulnerable. But unfortunately they don’t work in VR."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, VR

Unity 5 UNET networking tutorial: Introducing the HLAPI 4
by Gamasutra Community [09.23.15]
This blog post will walk you through the beginnings of building a demo with Unity's networking API, so you can get to grips with how these concepts and techniques can be used moving forward.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming

How Tacoma completely rethinks 'space exploration' 1
by Katherine Cross [09.23.15]
Fullbright's new game Tacoma may look similar to their previous game Gone Home. But new features like AR recordings and surface transfers create a very different play experience.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video

Obituary: BioWare, Junction Point, Origin veteran Peter Shelus 3
by Christian Nutt [09.22.15]
Gamasutra has learned that the veteran, whose career spanned more than two decades and big-name projects like Wing Commander and Deus Ex, has passed away.
Console/PC, Programming

Getting the audience involved in Until Dawn's story  
by Christian Nutt [09.22.15]
"You’re no longer laughing at the choices the characters make, you’re actually making them. It almost subverts the subversion by making you responsible for the choices."
Console/PC, Design