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Gamasutra - GDC Summer 2020 Live Event Coverage!
Accessibility in games with AbleGamers' Greg Haynes - GDC Podcast ep. 12  
by Kris Graft [08.27.20]
For Greg Haynes, lead game user researcher at the AbleGamers charity, video games provide experiences that should be available to all people—and that means making them more accessible to people with a wide range of abilities.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Podcast, GDC

GDC reveals upcoming virtual program, 2021 event lineup 1
by Staff [08.12.20]
Game Developers Conference 2021 will be a hybrid physical/virtual event taking place online and at the Moscone Center in San Francisco in July next year.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

How to usher more women into leadership roles within the game industry  
by Kris Graft [08.10.20]
At GDC Summer last week, Victoria Setian, sr. producer at Just Cause developer Avalanche Studios, described a three-pronged approach to cultivating female talent, particularly within triple-A studios.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, GDC

How to better design your game communities for kindness  
by Alex Wawro [08.07.20]
At GDC Summer this week Kitfox comms director Victoria Chan offered up five rules for being a better community manager and five steps you can take to build kinder, cozier communities.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Leveraging physical animation to sell Force powers in Jedi: Fallen Order  
by Chris Kerr [08.07.20]
Every Star Wars fan has dreamed of being a Jedi. But what is it about becoming a monk-like guardian of peace and justice that's so damn appealing? It's force powers. The answer is always force powers.
Console/PC, Programming, Production, GDC

Inside the twisting, turning development of Hardspace: Shipbreaker 1
by Alex Wawro [08.06.20]
At GDC Summer Blackbird Interactive’s Rory McGuire and Elliot Hudson reveal how the studio came up with a great original game idea and, through some hard pivots, turned it into Hardspace: Shipbreaker.
Indie, Production, GDC

Using procedural destruction to unleash chaos in Control  
by Chris Kerr [08.06.20]
Explaining how Control's procedural destruction system was developed during a GDC Summer talk, Remedy's principle VFX artist Johannes Richter said the process began with understanding 'granularity.' 
Console/PC, Production, GDC

Five tips for making better loot experiences in games 2
by Bryant Francis [08.06.20]
In tabletop games, the art of collation determines how players receive randomized items when buying blind-item packs. According to designer Eric Engelhard, those systems can work in video games too.
Console/PC, Design, GDC

Using emotion to drive social play in Sky: Children of the Light  
by Chris Kerr [08.06.20]
Thatgamecompany 'feel engineer' John Hughes explains how emotion drives the social play at the core of Sky: Children of the Light. 
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production, GDC

How Teamfight Tactics was designed to target former League of Legends players  
by Bryant Francis [08.06.20]
At GDC Summer, Teamfight Tactics design lead David Abecassis broke down how Teamfight Tactics was designed to appeal to League of Legends players who've drifted off from high-level play.
Console/PC, Design, GDC

To jumpstart creativity or your game dev career, focus on finishing something 1
by Alex Wawro [08.05.20]
At GDC Summer today Tribe Games founder Charles McGregor shared anecdotes and practical advice to help would-be game devs go pro or keep their passion for game-making hot. His top tip? Ship something.
Console/PC, Indie, Production, GDC

King London art director on creating an aesthetic for a global audience  
by Chris Kerr [08.05.20]
If beauty really is in the eye of the beholder, then landing on the right art direction for a game that could be played by thousands or even millions of people must be something of a nightmare.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Art, Business/Marketing, GDC

Culture, advocacy, and trust: Building the foundations for a successful QA team  
by Alissa McAloon [08.05.20]
QA is a vital part of the game development process, but, as Private Division executive producer Kari Toyama explains in her GDC Summer talk, QA’s contributions and even presence is often underappreciated.
Programming, Production, GDC

Legible font (still) one of the biggest accessibility issues in games 1
by Kris Graft [08.05.20]
Game accessibility has come a long way in recent times, but there are still important areas in need of improvement. Not the least of which is making game text easier to read for a wider range of people.
Art, Design, GDC

How Pokemon Go evolved in response to the COVID-19 pandemic 1
by Bryant Francis [08.05.20]
When COVID-19 exploded across the globe, Pokemon Go players needed to stay inside. Here's how Niantic helped them do that while still playing the game.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, GDC

Why you should rethink how your company handles in-house harassment 1
by Bryant Francis [08.05.20]
At GDC Summer, Double Loop Games CEO Emily Greer challenged developers to rethink the fundamentals of why harassment happens in the workplace.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, GDC

New AbleGamers program aims to educate devs & foster a more inclusive industry  
by Alissa McAloon [08.04.20]
AbleGamers has announced a new initiative that aims to make its Accessible Player Experience Practitioner (APXP) course and the knowledge contained within more accessible to marginalized game developers.
Design, Production, GDC

How System Era overcame creative paralysis to fix Astroneer's crafting system  
by Chris Kerr [08.04.20]
System Era designer Aaron Biddlecom and gameplay programmer Elijah O'Rear explain how they mined their own game design to invigorate Astroneer's "flat" crafting system.
Console/PC, Design, Production, GDC

How Disney makes RPG mechanics work in real life at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge  
by Bryant Francis [08.04.20]
Like many LARPers before them, Disney's Imagineers have transplanted role-playing game mechanics into the real world setting of Star Wars Galaxy's Edge. Here's a breakdown of what they did.
Console/PC, Design, GDC

Celebrating tech's unsung women pioneers, Romero calls for game dev gender parity  
by Alex Wawro [08.04.20]
"This is about diversity, not exclusion," veteran game maker Brenda Romero said today in her GDC Summer talk on the hidden histories of women in computing. "It’s important for us to get to equal."
Console/PC, History, GDC

PSA: Know and abide by your Code of Conduct at GDC Summer!  
by Staff [08.03.20]
Updated to reflect the unique nature of the all-digital GDC Summer happening this week, the Code of Conduct serves as our strict line in the sand of what will not be tolerated. Please read it!
Serious, GDC

Don't miss out on the GDC Puzzle Challenge at GDC Summer this week  
by Staff [08.03.20]
As you get ready to attend the all-digital GDC Summer this week leave time to check out the GDC Puzzle Challenge, a daily brainteaser (with prizes) designed to get your problem-solving juices flowing!
Console/PC, GDC

What to expect when you're expecting to attend GDC Summer this week  
by Staff [08.03.20]
GDC Summer starts tomorrow, and since this will be the first all-digital Game Developers Conference organizers want to quickly remind you what to expect when you log on to attend!
Console/PC, Indie, GDC

Check out the great artists showcasing work in GDC Summer's Community Art Gallery!  
by Staff [08.03.20]
Hey game makers, don't miss out on your opportunity to see a remarkable array of talented artists showcasing their art in the GDC Summer Community Art Gallery next week!
Console/PC, Indie, Art, GDC

Enjoy live GDC podcasts hosted by Gamasutra throughout GDC Summer!  
by Staff [07.31.20]
GDC organizers are pleased to confirm that the hosts of the GDC podcast will be producing a daily, hour-long show of game industry news, discussion and interviews during GDC Summer!
Business/Marketing, GDC

GDC Summer's Sponsor Showcase offers access to industry leaders like Tencent  
by Staff [07.30.20]
Ready for GDC Summer next week? Industry leaders like Microsoft, Google, Unity, and Tencent are all available for scheduling meetings in the GDC Summer Sponsor Showcase!
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, GDC

Watch speedrunners break games in front of the devs who made them at GDC Summer!  
by Staff [07.29.20]
Sometimes, the best way to learn about your game is to watch someone else play it in a way you never intended; at GDC Summer 3 notable games will be speedrun live, as a dev offers commentary!
Console/PC, Design, GDC

Popular game pitch-off GDC Pitch returns for GDC Summer next week  
by Staff [07.29.20]
Game Developers Conference are excited to confirm that the popular GDC Pitch event will return in a special online-only format for next week's all-digital GDC Summer!
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Get expert analysis of the State of the Industry game dev survey at GDC Summer  
by Staff [07.28.20]
Trained industry analysts at Omdia have had time to unpack the data, and at GDC Summer next month attendees will have access to their in-depth breakdown of how the coronavirus has impacted game devs.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, GDC

Learn to build a workplace culture of belonging and be a better ally at GDC Summer  
by Staff [07.28.20]
GDC organizers are happy to announce GDC Summer attendees will have access to comprehensive workshops designed to help you be a better ally and support a diverse workplace culture.
Serious, GDC

How To GDC Summer: Some quick tips to get the most out of your virtual GDC  
by Staff [07.27.20]
We're exactly one week away from the start of GDC Summer, the first-ever entirely online Game Developers Conference, and there's a few things you can do to get the most out of your time at the event.
Console/PC, GDC

Sessions are now live on the GDC Summer platform; start planning your schedule today  
by Staff [07.24.20]
The online platform GDC organizers are using to host next month's GDC Summer has been updated with full scheduling details for all announced talks, so log in now to start building your schedule!
Console/PC, Indie, GDC

GDC Summer offers lots of learning opportunities for game dev students  
by Staff [07.24.20]
Anyone looking to advance their game dev career or quickly learn new skills is invited to check out some of the cool content you'll find in the GDC Summer Student Channel!
Console/PC, Indie, GDC

Scope out up-and-coming creators in the GDC Summer Indie Showcase!  
by Staff [07.23.20]
As you finalize plans to attend the all-digital GDC Summer next month, organizers want to remind you to leave some time for checking out the exhibitors showcasing their work in the Indie Showcase!
Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Learn from Microsoft and other industry leaders in the GDC Summer Sponsor Showcase  
by Staff [07.23.20]
The online platform where we'll be hosting GDC Summer next month is filling out with attendees, speakers, and sponsors, so now's the time to start planning out who you'd like to meet and learn from!
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing, GDC

Landing venture funding with LVP's David Gardner - GDC Podcast ep. 11 1
by Kris Graft [07.23.20]
On GDC Podcast episode 11, longtime game industry pro David Gardner of London Venture Partners joins Gamasutra's Kris Graft and Alissa McAloon to tell us what he and his team look for when investing capital.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Podcast, GDC

Learn how to launch an indie studio from your bedroom at GDC Summer  
by Staff [07.23.20]
Thinking about starting your own indie studio, but don't know how? Find out at GDC Summer next month, direct from Decoy Games cofounders Ahmed and Khalil Abdullah!
Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Today's the last day to get your GDC Summer advance registration discount  
by Staff [07.22.20]
The advance registration discount period for August's all-digital GDC Summer event ends today (July 22nd) at 11:59 PM PT, so register now to secure your seat at a cheaper rate!
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, GDC

Please welcome Spawn On Me's Kahlief Adams as the official MC of GDC Summer!  
by Staff [07.22.20]
Organizers of the Game Developers Conference are excited to announce that next month's all-digital GDC Summer will benefit from the MC talents of Kahlief Adams from the Spawn On Me podcast!
Console/PC, GDC

Check out some of the cool indie games in GDC Summer's Indie Showcase!  
by Staff [07.21.20]
As you finalize your plans to attend GDC Summer next month, organizers want to remind you to leave some time for checking out some of the promising indie games on display in the Indie Showcase!
Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Get practical tips on jumpstarting your creativity & career at GDC Summer  
by Staff [07.21.20]
Staying motivated and finishing projects is key to being successful, and at GDC Summer next month you'll get practical advice to help you do just that!
Console/PC, Indie, Production, GDC

Unwind at GDC Summer with guided yoga, tai chi, or a Monterey Bay Aquarium live feed  
by Staff [07.21.20]
GDC organizers are pleased to partner with the Monterey Bay Aquarium to provide a special Relaxation Live Feed to every GDC Summer attendee!
Console/PC, GDC

Take advantage of all the cool sponsored talks available at GDC Summer  
by Staff [07.20.20]
GDC Summer sponsors like Google, Unity, and more will present sponsored sessions that often offer attendees direct access to company experts who can answer questions and help you achieve your goals!
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, GDC

GDC Summer State of the Industry: 33% of devs had a game delayed due to COVID-19  
by Staff [07.17.20]
Dive deeper into the results of the free State of the Industry: Work From Home Edition Survey to see how COVID-19 quarantine measures have affected game developers' ability to ship games on schedule!
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Whitepaper, GDC

GDC Summer's Sponsor Showcase offers access to industry heavyweights like Unity  
by Staff [07.17.20]
Don't overlook the opportunities you'll have to learn from the industry leaders sponsoring GDC Summer, as they'll be offering services and tutorials to help you take your career to the next level.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, GDC

Learn AR game design from Pokemon Go dev Niantic at GDC Summer  
by Staff [07.17.20]
GDC organizers are excited to confirm that some of of the game design experts at Pokemon Go maker Niantic will be offering a crash course in AR game design at GDC Summer next month!
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, GDC

GDC State of the Industry: WFH Edition survey reveals COVID-19's impact on devs 1
by Staff [07.16.20]
GDC today released the results of a special State of the Industry: Work From Home Edition Survey which reveal how the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has impacted game developers across the industry.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Whitepaper, GDC

GDC Summer attendees, look forward to a Q&A with veteran producer Rod Fergusson!  
by Staff [07.15.20]
A veteran game producer and closer who's helped ship everything from BioShock Infinite to Gears 5, Rod Fergusson will answer your questions at GDC Summer next month!
Console/PC, Production, GDC

Enjoy musical performances from these remarkable artists during GDC Summer  
by Staff [07.14.20]
We're just a few weeks away from GDC Summer, and today we're excited to give you a sneak peek at the musical artists (from Mega Ran to 88bit) you can expect to enjoy (live!) during the event.
Console/PC, Audio, GDC

Submit your video game artwork now for the GDC Summer Art Gallery  
by Staff [07.14.20]
Heads up, creators: Game Developers Conference organizers want to be sure you don't miss out on the opportunity to showcase some of your remarkable artwork at next month's exciting all-digital GDC Summer!
Console/PC, Art, Audio, GDC