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Watch a breakdown of the design and planning that keeps Dauntless running  
by Bryant Francis [06.26.19]
The developers behind Behemoth-slaying online game Dauntless share stories and insight from the game's development.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Video

Don't Miss: Obduction let Cyan experiment with VR in a non-Myst universe 1
by Staff [06.26.19]
Obduction is Cyan's first game in 25 years that isn't set in the Myst universe. We talked to Rand Miller about world building, puzzle crafting, and designing for VR.
Console/PC, Programming, Design

Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony pen letter against Trump's game console tariff  
by Alissa McAloon [06.26.19]
Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony argue that the disproportionate harm caused by these tariffs to U.S. consumers and businesses will undermine--not advance--" the administration's goals.
Console/PC

QA bears the brunt of Treyarch's crunch and culture issues, say staff 2
by Alissa McAloon [06.26.19]
The article shares stories about crunch across the studio, but the brunt of the issues brought up in Kotaku’s story are faced on a day to day basis by those working in Treyarch's QA department.
Console/PC, Production

Chat with the developers behind Dauntless starting at 3PM ET  
by Bryant Francis [06.26.19]
The developers behind Dauntless are taking your questions starting at 3PM ET on the GDC Twitch channel.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Blog: Charting the pacing of Uncharted 2 - Part 1 2
by Gamasutra Community [06.26.19]
Uncharted 2 has some of the most exceptional pacing in action-adventure video game history. Let's take a look at what that means and how the game achieves it.
Console/PC, Design

Tim Sweeney: Epic Games Store exclusives will help devs everywhere earn more  
by Chris Kerr [06.26.19]
Epic Games founder and chief exec Tim Sweeney has suggested that procuring exclusives for the Epic Games Store isn't simply about helping the nascent marketplace compete with rivals like Steam.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Game Design Deep Dive: Making the 100(!) endings of Reventure  
by Javi Cepa [06.26.19]
Javi Cepa explains the design challenges in making Reventure, a Steam success that has 100 different endings.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video

Valve launches VR Portal spinoff Aperture Hand Lab  
by Alissa McAloon [06.25.19]
Valve has launched Aperture Hand Lab, a VR-based spinoff of the Portal series intended to teach VR newbies the ins-and-outs of the Index’s offerings.
VR, Console/PC

Tel Aviv is now home to Nintendo's second official store  
by Alissa McAloon [06.25.19]
Nintendo has opened up its second official Nintendo Store, this time in a shopping mall in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Console/PC

Don't Miss: Unpacking The Silver Case: A Q&A with Grasshopper Manufacture 1
by Brandon Sheffield [06.25.19]
We spoke with some of the developers of The Silver Case, discussing character design, story, and its 2017 remaster.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design

Video: Tips on art directing VFX for stylized games  
by Staff [06.25.19]
In this 2017 GDC talk artists from Double Fine, Epic Games, and more discuss methods for establishing the artistic pillars of your game's VFX, using specific examples from iconic games!
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Video, Vault

World War Z has topped 700,000 sales on the Epic Games Store 1
by Chris Kerr [06.25.19]
Saber Interactive's co-op shooter World War Z has sold 700,000 copies on the Epic Games Store alone.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Humble has raised $150M for charity through bundles and storefront  
by Chris Kerr [06.25.19]
Humble has raised $150 million for charity since launching its pay-what-you-like game bundles back in 2010.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Square Enix partners with Gary Sinise Foundation to raise cash for first responders  
by Chris Kerr [06.25.19]
Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers developer Square Enix has launched a fundraising campaign to help support defenders, veterans, and first responders in the United States.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Building interesting emergence in Dying Light 2 1
by Bryant Francis [06.25.19]
Lead game designer Tymone Smektala explains how a 50 percent completion rate for Dying Light has helped push Techland into making an emergent, choice-driven sequel.
Console/PC, Design, Video, E3

Sea of Thieves is the game it is today because of Game Pass, says Xbox head  
by Alissa McAloon [06.24.19]
"As [Xbox] Game Pass continues to grow, it’s been an interesting way to watch our whole dynamic of, ‘What does it mean to engage customers with that game?’"
Console/PC

Bungie pushes back Destiny 2 fix to maintain dev work-life balance  
by Alissa McAloon [06.24.19]
Creative director Luke Smith offered a brief comment on how the studio frames its conversations about crunch during a recent live stream.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Production

Sponsored: How Lord of the Rings Online cranked up store conversions  
by Xsolla [06.24.19]
Here are some best practices that, alongside a partnership with Xsolla, helped Lord of the Rings Online developer Standing Stone Games level up their store conversions and prevent fraud.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Report: Microsoft has laid off content creation staff at Mixer and Inside Xbox  
by Chris Kerr [06.24.19]
Microsoft appears to have laid off an unknown number of staff from its internal content creation teams at Mixer and Inside Xbox.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing