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This week's highlights include a look at Flappy Bird's effect on the indie game scene, The Division 2's politics (or lack there-of), info on Harry Potter: Wizards Unite & Days Gone, & more.

Each week I compile a gaming industry insights newsletter that I share with other Rioters, including Riot’s senior leadership. This edition is the public version that I publish broadly every week as well. Opinions are mine.

Posted by Josh Ge on 03/13/19 11:15:00 pm in Design, Programming, Production, Art, Console/PC, Serious, Indie
A complete rundown of the entire process behind designing and building a new map for the world of Cogmind, and explaining how it integrates with gameplay.

Posted by Jason Della Rocca on 03/12/19 10:33:00 am in Business/Marketing, Production, Indie
As a follow-up to project specific financing options, we now turn to the wonderful world of company-based equity funding, where investors are betting on your ability to grow the value of your studio long-term.

As we continue into 2019, the global gaming market continues to rapidly grow and evolve in ways that demand our attention. Let’s review some of the findings in the most recent global game industry report.

Posted by Winifred Phillips on 03/11/19 11:08:00 am in Audio, Design, Console/PC, VR
Game composer Winifred Phillips shares preparatory research from two of her upcoming lectures: her GDC 2019 talk entitled "How Music Enables Virtual Presence" and her Library of Congress lecture, "The Interface Between Music Composition and Game Design."





Posted by Dmitry Aborilov on 03/18/19 02:59:00 pm in Design
Banzai Games game designer Dmitry Aborilov talks about inspiration, cooperation between the teams, and game mechanics used to achieve the WOW effect in boss fights.

Posted by David Kuri on 03/18/19 02:57:00 pm in Programming
Our Unity Compute-Shader-based ray tracer can now display spheres with fuzzy effects like soft shadows, glossy reflections and diffuse GI, but we're missing an important piece of the puzzle: triangles. This is our job for today.

Posted by Caleb Compton on 03/18/19 02:41:00 pm in Design
Most of the oldest board games that have been found are Race Games, and they are found all over the world. They are also incredibly popular, being played for thousands of years to the modern day. Learn the secrets of this ancient game genre!

No stranger to our podcast and fresh on the heels of more industry shakeup, we sat with Emma of Game Workers Unite to delve deeper into the “cough” state of the union (pun intended).

Posted by Petter Dahne on 03/18/19 02:31:00 pm in Production, Art, Indie
Lone Hero Studios is a three-people team from Sweden. This is our first dev journal and here we are going to share what we are working on and the progress we are making. Anyway, today I want to introduce our new game!

Posted by Danny Homan on 03/18/19 02:31:00 pm in Design
The path to becoming a video game writer is tough -- and different for everyone. But in case it helps, here's how I got started. My video game career began after a hilariously bad birthday.