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Blog: On narrative from a cognitive perspective  
by Gamasutra Community [06.03.19]
'Putting into play' is part of a project that aims to explain, from a cognitive and narrative perspective, the mind and hands-on approach to the design of an engaging and dynamic game system.
Design, Production

Cloud platform Coherence wants to 'democratize' online game development 2
by Chris Kerr [06.03.19]
Former Playdead co-founder Dino Patti and Unity co-founder David Helgason have unveiled a new online game development platform called Coherence.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Production

Q&A: Dissecting the development of Dwarf Fortress with creator Tarn Adams 1
by John Harris [06.03.19]
Dwarf Fortress creator Tarn Adams agreed to answer some of our questions about the development of what is still, despite the presence of a number of imitators, an entirely unique game.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Outer Wilds Of A Void City  
by Gamasutra Staff [05.31.19]
This week's roundup includes a look at the intriguing triple-I (sorry!) titles Outer Wilds & Void Bastards, as well as the role of the city in games, bringing back Bubsy, & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: The things I wish I knew before becoming an art director  
by Staff [05.31.19]
In this 2017 GDC talk, veteran dev Denis Rogic presents nine major lessons drawn from the missteps he made as an art director so that you can learn from them (and hopefully avoid the same mistakes!)
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Production, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: A Cultist Simulator retrospective 5
by Alissa McAloon [05.31.19]
The postmortem for Weather Factory's 1920s Lovecraftian card game Cultist Simulator, an indie success story for 2018.
Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Ray Muzyka's Baldur's Gate II postmortem  
by Staff [05.30.19]
In honor of Bioware's much-beloved RPG, check out Ray Muzyka's in-depth postmortem from a 2001 issue of Game Developer magazine.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production

AIAS Foundation scholarship and mentorship applications close this week  
by Alissa McAloon [05.29.19]
The Randy Pausch Scholarship, Mark Beaumont Scholarship, and WomenIn Scholarship all close submissions on May 31
Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: Welcome to rabbit hell! Reliable AI locomotion with TDD 1
by Gamasutra Community [05.24.19]
This is how we were able to utilize a TDD workflow to write stable and regression-proof AI locomotion in ElemenTerra.
Programming, Production

Blog: Why crunch will break the best and brightest in the industry  
by Gamasutra Community [05.23.19]
The core problem with enforcing crunch is the effect, damage, and loss of capability in the people and teams. Smash the team, and you damage everything.
Design, Production

Video: The care and feeding of live narrative game Fallen London  
by Staff [05.22.19]
In this 2019 GDC session, Failbetter Games' Olivia Wood looks at the difficulties of maintaining a live narrative game like Fallen London and how Failbetter has adapted to surmount them.
Social/Online, Indie, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Get a job: CCP's EVE Online team is hiring a Production Director  
by Alissa McAloon [05.22.19]
CCP Reykjavik are looking for a world-class Production Director to lead production efforts on EVE Online.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Production, Recruitment

Report: Tencent and Riot working on a mobile version of League of Legends 1
by Chris Kerr [05.22.19]
Chinese tech and video game company Tencent is working with subsidiary Riot Games on a mobile version of League of Legends.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production

THQ Nordic acquires Gothic and Risen developer Piranha Bytes 1
by Chris Kerr [05.22.19]
The deal includes the development studio and all intellectual property rights, which means Gothic, Risen, and new franchise ELEX will now fall under the THQ umbrella. 
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: Slime Rancher dev's guide to making games that stand out and survive 1
by Staff [05.21.19]
In this 2019 GDC talk, Monomi Park (Slime Rancher) founder Nick Popovich explains how you can make your game stand out and survive amongst the thousands of games released every year.
Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Get a job: Insomniac Games is hiring a User Experience Researcher  
by Alissa McAloon [05.21.19]
Insomniac Games is looking for a User Experience Researcher to conduct usability research and user experience tests to assess user responses to interface designs or methods.
Production, Recruitment

Tencent has acquired Swedish game developer Sharkmob  
by Chris Kerr [05.21.19]
Chinese tech and video game company Tencent has fully acquired Swedish game studio Sharkmob for an undisclosed fee.
Production, Business/Marketing

Sony hardware demo showcases speedy next-gen load times and rendering  
by Chris Kerr [05.21.19]
An official video showcasing the performance of Sony's next-gen console compared to the PlayStation 4 Pro has been posted online.
Console/PC, Programming, Production

Behind the enthralling dystopian student game, Burning Daylight  
by John Harris [05.21.19]
It's not often that one's very first game finds an audience, but the student-developed Burning Daylight is an exception. We speak with game director Frederik Jeppesen.
Design, Production, Video

Video: Designing Path of Exile to be played forever  
by Staff [05.20.19]
In this GDC 2019 talk, Grinding Gears' Chris Wilson explains how Path of Exile is designed to retain and grow its community for the very long term.
Social/Online, Indie, Design, Production, Video, Vault