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Sony is rolling out PlayStation Now to new European territories  
by Emma Kidwell [01.23.19]
Sony is expanding its PlayStation Now service to new territories across Europe later this year.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Come see this fantastic lineup of films at the 2019 GDC Film Festival!  
by Staff [01.23.19]
Across the three days a wide range of documentaries and other filmed material based around the video game medium will be screened, some for the very first time -- so don't miss it!
Console/PC, Serious, GDC

New esports league crops up around Farming Simulator 19 1
by Emma Kidwell [01.23.19]
Giants Software, developers behind the Farming Simulator franchise, has announced the formation of its new official esports league for Farming Simulator 19
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

NPD: The Nintendo Switch was the best-selling console of 2018 in the U.S.  
by Alissa McAloon [01.23.19]
New numbers from the NPD Group show that 2018 was a standout year for Nintendo as the Nintendo Switch led both hardware sales for both December and 2018 as a whole.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Master the art of creating and managing great live games at GDC 2019  
by Staff [01.23.19]
Don't miss all the great GDC 2019 talks aimed at helping you become a better live game developer! Catch these talks from folks who've worked on Fallout 76, Armello, Path of Exile and more!
Console/PC, Social/Online, Programming, Design, Production, GDC

Strap in for a Panzer Dragoon Classic Game Postmortem at GDC 2019!  
by Staff [01.23.19]
This is a special Classic Game Postmortem because you get 2 speakers and not 1 but 3 Saturn games discussed in-depth: the original Panzer Dragoon, Panzer Dragoon Zwei and RPG Panzer Dragoon Saga.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

How the Distraint series stands out in the crowded horror genre
by Steven T. Wright [01.23.19]
One-man studio Jesse Makkonen explains how he was able to get his horror game to stand out in a market that is flooded with genre competitors.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

Video: How I got my mom to play through Plants vs. Zombies  
by Staff [01.22.19]
In this GDC 2012 session, PopCap's George Fan walks through how he managed to get his mom to play video games through the development of Plants Vs Zombies.
Console/PC, Design, Video

My Time at Portia devs compensate voice actors for unpaid wages
by Emma Kidwell [01.22.19]
Pathea Games, developer behind the role-playing game My Time at Portia, has come under fire over reportedly withholding payments to its voice actors for several months. 
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Tencent still absent from third round of Chinese game approvals 2
by Emma Kidwell [01.22.19]
93 more games have been approved by the Online Games Ethics Committee of China, signaling the third wave of media authorized by the country's gaming regulator since December 2018.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Resident Evil 2's time-restricted demo has been downloaded over 3 million times
by Alissa McAloon [01.22.19]
Capcom says the demo for its upcoming remake of Resident Evil 2 was downloaded over 3 million times since it went live on January 11.
Console/PC

Obsidian is patching an optional turn-based mode into Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire 1
by Alissa McAloon [01.22.19]
Obsidian's Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire launched last year a rather traditional real-time strategy RPG, but soon that won't be the only genre it occupies.
Console/PC, Design

Learn new and exciting ways to use AI in game dev at GDC 2019  
by Staff [01.22.19]
From an in-depth look at Ubisoft's AI-powered chatbot for players to AI-driven benchmarking systems and how AI can improve speech recognition in your game, GDC 2019 is packed with intriguing AI talks!
VR, Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, GDC

Hey devs, submissions are now open for Day of the Devs at GDC 2019!  
by Staff [01.22.19]
Double Fine and iam8bit's popular indie game showcase Day of the Devs returns to GDC this year, and organizers are now accepting submissions from devs who want their games to be a part of it!
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, GDC

Streamer raises $340,000 for trans charity by playing Donkey Kong 64  
by Chris Kerr [01.22.19]
Streamer Harry Brewis (a.k.a. H.Bomberguy) has raised over $340,000 for UK trans charity Mermaids by hosting a star-studded Donkey Kong 64 marathon.
Console/PC

Square Enix has trademarked the name of Octopath Traveler's art style 7
by Chris Kerr [01.22.19]
The company has used the term to describe the Switch RPG's unique art style, which combines 16-bit character sprites and textures with polygonal 3D environments and high-definition effects.
Console/PC, Art, Production

Blog: Fascination with the Obra Dinn 4
by Gamasutra Community [01.21.19]
Having played Return of the Obra Dinn recently, I was inspired to write about historical settings, exploring themes, co-linear storytelling, and ships - all within the context of the Obra Dinn.
Console/PC, Design

Video Game Deep Cuts: NASA Slime-d Me With A BadCupid  
by Gamasutra Staff [01.20.19]
This week's highlights include a look at NASA's new commissions in the video game space, the crunch-free development of Slime Rancher, and a very offkilter procedurally generated dating game, among other things.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: The highs and lows of Hitman's episodic release  
by Staff [01.18.19]
Io Interactive's Hannes Seifert shares the highs and lows of transforming Hitman into an episodic release title.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Cloud Imperium Games spent $4M a month in 2017 developing Star Citizen 3
by Emma Kidwell [01.18.19]
Cloud Imperium Games, the studio behind Star Citizen and Squadron 42, released an eight-page accounting document a few weeks ago which shows how the company has spent its income since 2012.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing