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Gamasutra's Best of 2019: The top 10 game developers of the year 1
by Staff [01.06.20]
2019 was a total blur of a year because of a relentless firehose of great games. Behind those games of 2019 were developers who we want to recognize here.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: Doom, Final Doom, Doom 2020  
by Gamasutra Staff [01.04.20]
The latest highlights include two standout articles about id Software's classic Doom, plus the top upcoming games of 2020, some final 'best of 2019' charts, some great retro game articles, & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Ragnarok acquires Rune II source code and assets following legal complaint  
by Chris Kerr [01.03.20]
Rune II publisher Ragnarok Game has secured the game’s source code and assets weeks after filing a legal complaint against developer Human Head Studios.
Production, Business/Marketing

Gamasutra's Best of 2019: The top 10 games of the year  
by Staff [01.03.20]
2019 was an incredible year for games--a year so flush with work worth celebrating that it will surely be remembered for years to come.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: 6 ways to make your game more appealing to speedrunners 1
by Staff [01.02.20]
With AGDQ on the horizon, take a look at these tips from the Spelunky, Shovel Knight, Crypt of the Necrodancer, and Axiom Verge devs on making speedrunable games.
Programming, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Team 17 acquires UK studio Yippee Entertainment for $1.85 million  
by Chris Kerr [01.02.20]
Worms developer-publisher Team 17 has acquired UK studio Yippee Entertainment for $1.85 million.
Production, Business/Marketing

Gamasutra's Best of 2019: Kris Graft's top 10 games  
by Kris Graft [01.02.20]
2019 was a really good year for games. Exceptional. Maybe the best ever. I've said similar things about previous years, but now (I promise) I mean it.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: Anchors, Glitches & Unknown Pleasures  
by Gamasutra Staff [12.28.19]
The latest link round-up includes pieces on your game's 'anchor' (as opposed to hook), the best game glitches of the year, and the original Wolfenstein's creator, as well as more year/decade round-ups.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Gamasutra's Best of 2019: Chris Kerr's Top 5 Games  
by Chris Kerr [12.28.19]
Despite having played fewer games than I'd have liked over the past 12 months, I've somehow managed to sample more than five. That means it's finally time for my 2019 round-up. Jerry, hit the lights!
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production

Gamasutra's Best of 2019: Katherine Cross' Top 5 Games  
by Katherine Cross [12.23.19]
Video games had an incredibly strong year, casting a bright spotlight on some genuine artistic beauty amidst a burning world.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Ethics in the video game industry: A mythbusting and scientific approach 2
by Celia Hodent [12.23.19]
This article offers a perspective on ethics in the game industry from a cognitive science standpoint, while debunking certain claims. Addiction (and attention economy), loot boxes, dark patterns, and violence are discussed.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video Game Deep Cuts: 2019's Best Best Best Best & Other Animals  
by Gamasutra Staff [12.21.19]
The latest highlights include yet more best-of lists, both for 2019 and for the whole decade - as well as neat pieces on hypercasual, Trico, video game cookbooks, creepy collectibles, & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Best of 2019: Big game, small team, no crunch - Behind the success of Outward 15
by Bryant Francis, Kris Graft [12.20.19]
Nine Dots CEO Guillaume Boucher-Vidal discusses the ruthlessly efficient, crunch-free development on the sprawling open world RPG Outward -- and drops some big opinions on the old catchphrase "find the fun."
Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Tencent expands 'Start' cloud gaming platform in China  
by Chris Kerr [12.20.19]
Tencent has scaled up its 'Start' cloud gaming platform in mainland China with the help of Nvidia. 
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Embracer Group acquires Little Nightmares developer Tarsier Studios  
by Chris Kerr [12.20.19]
Little Nightmares developer Tarsier Studios has been acquired by Embracer Group for around $10.5 million.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Deep Silver Volition is hiring a Principal Writer  
by Staff [12.19.19]
The ideal candidate is adept at interactive writing and storytelling for AAA open world action games, while also being able to direct, inspire, and mentor writers and other game developers.
Production, Recruitment

Building a solid foundation for your toolset: Where Cards Fall's 'Master Tool'  
by Joel Clark [12.17.19]
Joel Clark, tech lead and gameplay designer at The Game Band, offers an in-depth look at the "Master Tool" -- the toolset used to create the highly-acclaimed Apple Arcade game Where Cards Fall.
Production

Animoca Brands buys Power Rangers: Legacy Wars developer nWay  
by Chris Kerr [12.16.19]
Mobile studio Animoca Brands has agreed to fully acquire Power Rangers: Legacy Wars developer nWay Inc. for $7.69 million. 
Production, Business/Marketing

Playable Gothic prototype will let fans decide direction of possible remake 1
by Chris Kerr [12.16.19]
THQ Nordic has taken the unusual step of releasing a playable Gothic prototype to gauge interest in a remake of the classic RPG.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Video

Video Game Deep Cuts: (More Of) The Best Games Of 2019 1
by Gamasutra Staff [12.15.19]
The latest highlights include varied articles counting down the best games of 2019, as well as pieces on Roblox culture, pop-up arcades, Pokemon NPC fashion, and a great deal more besides.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing