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GameStop taps design firm R/GA to help keep its stores relevant 1
by Alex Wawro [07.16.19]
Struggling retailer GameStop is working with design firm R/GA to come up with new designs for its storefronts that offer 'streamlined' venues focused on things like eSports, or retro games.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: 20 difficult games worth revisiting and learning from  
by Staff [07.16.19]
In this classic feature 20 games with intriguing, influential, or otherwise notable difficulty systems are profiled to help game devs broaden their perspective on difficulty and learn some new tricks!
Console/PC, Indie, Design

PSA: Upload your resume to Gamasutra's job boards!  
by Staff [07.16.19]
Here's a friendly reminder that Gamasutra's job boards are the best place to find your next job in the game industry - upload your resume and land the job you want!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Ubisoft's Uplay+ subscription library launches this fall with 100+ games 1
by Alissa McAloon [07.16.19]
Ubisoft has offered more details on the games that will be available under its Uplay+ subscription service when the service launches this fall.
Console/PC, Social/Online

GDC 2020 opens call for 'Core Concepts' submissions!  
by Staff [07.16.19]
Are you doing great work in game dev? Answer the GDC 2020 call for submissions to present lectures, panels & roundtables in the rebranded 'Core' line of talks, now open through Thursday, August 15th!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Kickstarter suspends funding campaign for online game RAW over honesty concerns 1
by Chris Kerr [07.16.19]
Kickstarter has pulled the plug on the funding campaign for RAW, a sandbox MMORPG inspired by Grand Theft Auto Online and Rust.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

The aggressive resource management of Doom Eternal 2
by Kris Graft [07.16.19]
The upcoming Doom Eternal is including new designs meant to enhance the outstanding foundation laid down by Doom 2016. We talked to id Software's Hugo Martin and Marty Stratton.
Console/PC, Design

Don't Miss: Memoirs of a video producer who put Madden in Madden  
by Staff [07.15.19]
In this classic article, Ernest Adams recounts the hilariously strange and true '90s tale of how he struggled to put legendary football coach John Madden into EA's Madden NFL Football.
Console/PC, Art, Production

Video: Improving game dev tool design through editor triage  
by Staff [07.15.19]
In this 2017 GDC talk, tools designer Robin-Yann Storm discusses multiple approaches for tool and editor triage, intended for immediate application in a game development environment.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Overwatch's new cheat detection will end matches when cheats are used  
by Alissa McAloon [07.15.19]
Blizzard has already been testing new changes to Overwatch’s cheat detection system on the PTR that shuts down matches when the game detects cheating is taking place.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Respawn will deal with Apex Legends cheaters by making them fight each other 3
by Chris Kerr [07.15.19]
Apex Legends developer Respawn is looking to deter cheating by forcing those who break the rules to play together.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

Red Candle won't be re-releasing Devotion (yet) following China controversy 1
by Chris Kerr [07.15.19]
Devotion dev Red Candle claims a scandal involving an art asset that mocked Chinese president Xi Jinping has caused "immeasurable harm," and said it won't be re-releasing the game anytime soon.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: Switch Lite-s Up, 2019's Best Games So Far  
by Gamasutra Staff [07.14.19]
This week's roundup includes a look at the Switch Lite announcement and Valve's experimental discovery mechanisms, as well as some picks on 2019's best games so far, Dragon Quest Builders 2, & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Gears 5 to drop depictions of smoking after urging from Truth Initiative 8
by Bryant Francis [07.12.19]
The anti-smoking organization Truth Initiative has successfully lobbied Turner's ELeague, Microsoft, and The Coalition to make the Gears franchise tobacco-free going forward.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

Controversial freelance firm Fiverr opens game services store 1
by Bryant Francis [07.12.19]
The freelancing services company that's drawn heat for its advertising and cheap services has announced a dedicated push into the game development space.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Ubisoft puts kibosh on Assassin's Creed XP-farming exploit 2
by Chris Kerr [07.12.19]
Ubisoft is changing how Story Creator Mode works in Assassin's Creed Odyssey to prevent players from building "farming quests."
Console/PC, Design

Smartphone maker Rokit launches $50 million game development fund 1
by Chris Kerr [07.12.19]
Smartphone maker Rokit has launched a $50 million game development fund to support indies and startups.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Under fire from game devs, G2A proposes new 'Key Blocker' tool 3
by Chris Kerr [07.12.19]
Under fire key reseller G2A has proposed a new 'Key Blocker' tool to give devs more control over how their titles are resold.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

How GoldenEye 007 set a new standard for video game AI 1
by Chris Kerr [07.12.19]
One of the most influential FPS titles of all time, GoldenEye defied expectations and set the standard for NPC AI for future generations.
Console/PC, Programming, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Designing Baba is You's delightfully innovative rule-writing system 1
by Staff [07.11.19]
Arvi Teikari, aka Hempuli, the creator behind the brilliant IGF Award-winning Baba is You, tells us about the process of designing a game that puts rule-making in the hands of players.
Console/PC, Indie, Design