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  Animoca Brands raises $4.1 million ahead of proposed initial public offering
image Mobile developer Animoca Brands has raised $4.1 million in funding to support a proposed initial public offering.
  Game Discoverabilityland: The Season Of Discovery
image The newest roundup on game discovery includes news on Xbox Summer Games Fest, PlayStation Indies, Apple Arcade/iOS news, and lots more.
  EVO co-founder/CEO Joey Cuellar removed after sexual abuse allegations
image EVO 2020 has been canceled after a number of sexual harassment claims were made against organization co-founder Joey 'MrWizard' Cuellar, who has since been removed from his role as CEO. 
  Understanding how to implement a prototype (or 'template') system in The Machinery
image In The Machinery, we call our templates prototypes and in this blog post, I’ll describe how our prototype system works and try to explain why we made the choices we did.
  Blog: The subtle manipulation of mobile games
image Freemium and mobile games make use of a lot of unfortunately shady practices to get people to pay and play, and I want to talk about some of the less overt examples in today's post.
1 Take-Two Interactive’s NBA 2K21 will cost $10 more on next-gen consoles
image It's too early to tell if this new MSRP is an outlier or a next-generation norm.
  Get a job: Futureplay is hiring a Senior Game Animator
image The ideal candidate is a detail oriented, versatile artist who shows excellent drawing skills and can employ a variety of styles and techniques.
  'Change starts today' says Ubisoft CEO, after years of allegations arise
image Ubisoft's Yves Guillemot has announced a series of changes after years-worth of allegations of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse emerged.
  Zynga acquires Toon Blast developer Peak for $1.85 billion
image Zynga has closed a $1.85 billion deal to acquire mobile game developer Peak. 
3 Opinion: Backlash to criticism harms The Last of Us Part II
image Backlash to criticism of The Last of Us: Part II only adds to toxicity around discussing the game, says contributing editor Bryant Francis.
  Video: Balancing accessibility with depth to make vehicles feel great
image In this 2018 GDC talk Criterion Games' Matthew Harris explore good principles for video game vehicle design that can apply to everything from racecars and X-Wings.
  Westworld creators take aim at Fallout in upcoming Amazon Studios series
image The minds behind HBO's Westworld adaptation are working with Amazon on a live action show based on Bethesda's Fallout series. creators
  COVID-19 and pivot towards game development lead to layoffs at Kongregate
image Kongregate has laid off a, reportedly sizable, portion of its staff, a decision the company says in a statement to Gamasutra was set in motion by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
  Learn id's early coding principles from John Romero at GDC Summer
image Next month GDC Summer attendees will have a rare opportunity to learn about the codebase that powered id's earliest, most influential games from co-creator (and game industry veteran) John Romero.
  Paradox Interactive acquires Playrion Game Studio to help with mobile push
image Swedish developer-publisher Paradox Interactive has acquired French "mobile-focused" developer Playrion Game Studio for an undisclosed fee.
  Blog: Four tips for amazing audio design
image Good sound design can transform a game but often gets overlooked. Luckily, it's easier today to create great sound and audio without a technical background.
  UK government urged to 'immediately' classify loot boxes as gambling
image The House of Lords Gambling Committee has recommended that loot boxes are classified as gambling in the UK.
4 Blog: Soft skills for game developers
image Being a good games designer requires strong soft skills. Providing feedback, mediating discussions, resolving conflicts, managing people; these require empathy, tact and diplomacy.
  Xbox is hosting a demo event for Geoff Keighley's Summer Game Fest
image We've seen Steam rally behind the idea of digitally-hosted game demo events, and now Xbox is doing the same through a partnership with Summer Game Fest.
  Get a job: Infinity Ward is hiring a UI Artist
image Infinity Ward is looking for a UI Artist to work closely with the UI/UX Design team and UI Engineers to establish functional, original, and attractive interfaces for our game.
  Kongregate shuts off game submissions as Flash's final days approach
image Support for Flash is expected to cease at the end of 2020, and Kongregate is changing some of its platform features to ready for that shift.
3 Don't Miss: Incorporating level design in melee combat systems
image In this article I will explore what has the most impact on melee combat and how the contribution of level design to the engagement of the combat system can be increased.
1 Video: The mechanics of explosive growth in Roblox
image In this 2018 GDC talk, Roblox's Adam Miller dissects the explosive growth of Roblox as a company and platform and shares lessons that can help other companies looking to accomplish similar feats.
1 PlayStation now has a dedicated initiative for indie games: PlayStation Indies
image PlayStation has unveiled a new indie-driven initiative and the first nine games it's elevating as part of a new drive to 'spotlight and support the best of the best indie games being published on PlayStation.'
5 The Ubisoft paradox: How the publisher enabled a culture of abuse and control
image "It is such a well-functioning system of control, because there is a lot of conversation happening in the company. It just leads nowhere. An audit in Ubisoft leads nowhere 9 times out of 10."

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  Game Discoverabilityland: The Season Of Discovery
by Simon Carless
The newest roundup on game discovery includes news on Xbox Summer Games Fest, PlayStation Indies,...
3 Opinion: Backlash to criticism harms The Last of Us Part II
by Bryant Francis
Backlash from some of the developers behind The Last of Us Part II doesn't support the hard work...
  Where Are You Wasting Your Game's Memory? (Memory Profiler: Part 2)
by Ruben Torres Bonet
Today, I will show you around the neat memory map visualization mode that this experimental package...
  Painting the Scene with Sound: Four Tips for Amazing Audio Design
Good sound design can transform a game but often gets overlooked. Luckily, it's easier today to...
4 Soft Skills for Game Developers
by Steve Thornton
Being a good games designer requires strong soft skills. Providing feedback, mediating discussions,...

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Adding Life To Worlds With Dialogue Barks
image Lo-Fi Games narrative designer Natalie Mikkelson explores the world-building possibilities offered by character barks and incidental dialogue.
Lessons In Making A Serious Game During A Crisis
image Kim Kupiainen details his recent experience leading a group of students in producing a serious game during a global pandemic.
Launch Day Depression (And Why I'm Over It)
image Drawing from personal experience, Atmos Games' Thomas Brush explains how developers can manage their expectations after finishing a lengthy project.
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