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China's ongoing game license freeze prompts decline in market forecast  
by Alissa McAloon [11.14.18]
The market analysis firm Niko Partners has adjusted its 2018 forecast for PC and mobile game revenue in China, dropping those predictions by 3.8 percent and 2.4 percent respectively.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

The unusual story behind Space Harrier's vibrant color palette 1
by Alissa McAloon [11.14.18]
Space Harrier designer Yu Suzuki recalls the story of the intentionally-triggered bug that ultimately gave birth to the colorful skies in the 1985 fantasy arcade game.
Console/PC, Art

Chat with the developers of The Blackout Club at 3PM ET  
by Staff [11.14.18]
The makers of The Blackout Club will be answering your questions starting at 3PM ET.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Alt.Ctrl.GDC Inspirations: First-ever Alt.Ctrl.GDC award winner Fear Sphere!  
by Staff [11.14.18]
Submissions for the popular Alt.Ctrl.GDC showcase at GDC 2019 close a week from next Friday, so now's the time to submit your weird, offbeat controller prototypes! To inspire you, here we profile
Indie, alt ctrl gdc

Koch Media acquisition driving record sales at THQ Nordic  
by Chris Kerr [11.14.18]
The company attributed a sizable upswing in net sales to the recent acquisitions of Koch Media and Deep Silver, along with a positive showing from its own game roster. 
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Jam City signs multi-year game dev partnership with Disney  
by Chris Kerr [11.14.18]
The deal means Jam City now has the rights to create mobile games based on characters and stories from both Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Blog: Creating audio for VR platforms  
by Gamasutra Community [11.14.18]
Game composer Winifred Phillips looks at developments with VR platforms and their SDKs, this time honing in on audio issues.
VR, Audio, Design

THQ Nordic acquires Coffee Stain and Bugbear Entertainment  
by Chris Kerr [11.14.18]
THQ Nordic has agreed to acquire Coffee Stain Studios and Bugbear Entertainment in two separate deals. 
Production, Business/Marketing

Q&A: Designing the beautifully surreal time puzzles of The Gardens Between  
by Joel Couture [11.14.18]
Gamasutra spoke with Simon Joslin and Matt Clark about designing the surreal time-manipulation puzzles of The Gardens Between.
Indie, Design, Video

Video: The art of developing audio soundscapes  
by Staff [11.13.18]
In this GDC 2018 session, Guerrilla Games' Anton Woldhek presents some practical tips from his years of experience in game development on the art of developing audio soundscapes for video games.
Console/PC, Audio, Video

Owlchemy Lab devs include a variety of representation in avatar customization  
by Emma Kidwell [11.13.18]
Owlchemy Labs is committed to ensuring that Vacation Simulator is equipped with a system that allows for players to create authentic versions of themselves using the game's avatar customizer. 
Indie, Design

Get a job: Playful Corp is looking for a UI Designer  
by Staff [11.13.18]
As a UI Designer, you will work closely with the Directors to conceptualize, mock-up, and execute the visual interface designs to support Playful Corp's games.
Design, Recruitment

Balancing challenge and collaboration in Final Fantasy XIV's raid battles  
by Alissa McAloon [11.13.18]
Combat Designer Yoshito Nabeshima explores the process of designing (and later overhauling) a Final Fantasy XIV raid boss.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design

Senators ask FTC to investigate malicious ads in apps geared for kids  
by Emma Kidwell [11.13.18]
Several Senators have urged the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate the practice of monetizing kids' mobile games and apps.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Exploring color theory and production design in the classic Spyro the Dragon 1
by Gamasutra Community [11.13.18]
John Fiorito and Craig Stitt share some of the ways they used color to focus player emotion and create a vibrant 3D world during the PS1 era for original Spyro the Dragon.
Console/PC, Art, Design

God of War, Red Dead Redemption 2 lead nominees for The Game Awards  
by Alissa McAloon [11.13.18]
The Game Awards has listed the games nominated for honors in the event's coming 2018 award show, with both God of War and Red Dead Redemption leading the pack with a total of 8 nominations each.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie

Rob Dyer hired as COO of Capcom USA  
by Alissa McAloon [11.13.18]
Dyer's resume includes leadership positions at companies like Sony Computer Entertainment America, Zynga, Eidos Interactive, and more spread across the last 25 years.
Business/Marketing

Apply the science of desirability to game design at GDC 2019  
by Staff [11.13.18]
To help you better understand desire and how it relates to your work, Harvard Desirability Lab director Dr. Beth Altringer will present an intriguing talk on the science of desirability at GDC 2019!
Console/PC, Indie, Design, GDC

Blog: How I managed to ship 6000 copies and stay in business  
by Gamasutra Community [11.13.18]
One year ago I was struggling to stay in business after failing to sell 700 copies of my game. Now, I'm working on my next project after releasing a major update to the original. Here's what happened.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Hacker gets $20K from Valve for unearthing bug that generates free Steam keys 3
by Chris Kerr [11.13.18]
Valve has paid a $20,000 'bug bounty' to security researcher Artem Moskowsky after he discovered a bug that would've let people generate Steam game codes for free.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing