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Breaking down categories of action in strategy games 2
by Gamasutra Community [02.19.19]
Brandon "wayward" Casteel offers a theory of how players' actions operate in the context of strategy games.
Console/PC, Design

Designing new, exciting places to clean up gore in Viscera Cleanup Detail's new DLC
by Jupiter Hadley [02.18.19]
The developers behind Viscera Cleanup Detail -- in which players clean up the gory remnants of violent sci-fi encounters -- talk about the design of the recent DLC, The Vulcan Affair.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Wizards of the Coast shares community-building tips at GDC 2019!  
by Staff [02.18.19]
Come to GDC 2019 and learn how to more effectively build communities for your games and market your brand on a variety of platforms, direct from the Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons people!
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing, GDC

Road to the IGF: Zachtronics' Opus Magnum  
by Joel Couture [02.18.19]
Opus Magnum has players creating machines for developing potions and poisons, tinkering with parts and mechanisms to refine perfect alchemical devices.
Indie, Video, IGF

Blog: Pitching your game to prospective investors  
by Gamasutra Community [02.18.19]
Rebekah Saltsman is the co-founder of indie developer-publisher Finii, and she's going to run through some pitching tips that might help you when meeting prospective investors.
Business/Marketing

Respawn has already banned over 16,000 cheaters from Apex Legends  
by Chris Kerr [02.18.19]
Community manager Jay Frechette broke the news on Reddit, and told players the studio is keen on the idea of a dedicated reporting tool.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Razer Game Store shutting down after 10 months 2
by Chris Kerr [02.18.19]
Razer didn't specify exactly why it has decided to turn its back on the storefront, simply explaining the decision is part of its wider "realignment plans."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: How is our small video game blog managing on Patreon?  
by Gamasutra Community [02.18.19]
If you were ever interested in the behind the scene numbers of a small gaming blog's Patreon, then I'm going to open up my wallet and show you everything that's in it.
Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: A Romance Crackdown, Wu-Tang Style  
by Gamasutra Staff [02.17.19]
This week's highlights include a piece on Chinese romance games for women, new titles from Crackdown 3 through Metro Exodus to Anthem, and the weird history that led to the Wu-Tang fighting game.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Watch System Era's Brendan Wilson break down the making of Astroneer  
by Bryant Francis [02.15.19]
System Era co-founder Brendan Wilson dropped by the GDC Twitch channel to discuss the making of Astroneer.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Video

Employees at Blizzard's France location unsure if their jobs are safe  
by Emma Kidwell [02.15.19]
Due to French labor laws, an estimated 400 employees at Blizzard's Versailles, France location could be left waiting for months to see if they've lost their jobs or not. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Report: Tencent wants to distribute Apex Legends in China 1
by Emma Kidwell [02.15.19]
Tencent is reportedly in talks with Electronic Arts to bring Apex Legends to China.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Report: Early adopters of the Nintendo Switch weren't in target demographic  
by Emma Kidwell [02.15.19]
Video game research outfit EEDAR published a report earlier this week showing the results from a survey among US players to determine genre trends of 2018. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Nintendo, Wizards of the Coast, and more are hiring now!  
by Staff [02.15.19]
Here are just some of the companies looking to fill positions in programming, marketing, and more on the Gamasutra Job Board.
Programming, Business/Marketing, Recruitment

Oxford study finds no link between violent video games and teen aggression  
by Alissa McAloon [02.15.19]
The study looked at data surrounding British teens and notes that, unlike previous research into the potential link, the hypothesis, methods, and analysis technique were publicly registered ahead of the actual research.
Social/Online

Don't Miss: Looking back at Metro: Last Light to explain how tricky 'immersion' can be 55
by Gamasutra Community [02.15.19]
Adrian Chmielarz (Bulletstorm) takes a tour through Metro: Last Light to expose a common way developers try to foster a sense of immersion -- and why they miss the mark.
Console/PC, Design

Road to the IGF: Khan, Meekel, Flusk, and Meekel's after HOURS  
by Joel Couture [02.15.19]
after HOURS has players sharing a tiny space with Lilith, a young woman suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder due to childhood molestation.
Indie, Video, IGF

US labor organization AFL-CIO urges game developers to unionize in open letter 13
by Alissa McAloon [02.15.19]
“This is a moment for change. It won't come from CEOs. It won't come from corporate boards. And, it won't come from any one person," says the AFL-CIO's Liz Shuler.
Console/PC, Production

Peek under the hood of Ubisoft's AI assistant for players at GDC 2019  
by Staff [02.15.19]
Ubisoft has designed its own AI-driven assistant specifically for video game players, and you can get a firsthand look at how it works when you come to GDC 2019 in San Francisco next month!
Console/PC, Programming, Design, GDC

Mobile dev Next Games lays off 26 staff  
by Alissa McAloon [02.15.19]
The Helsinki-based studio says the move, which decreases its staff from 143 to 117, is to reduce costs, cut back on "time-to-market for its upcoming projects," and improve its overall development process
Smartphone/Tablet