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Overwatch lets players create custom modes with in-game scripting tools  
by Alissa McAloon [04.24.19]
Blizzard is launching what it calls the Overwatch Workshop, a way to make custom game modes for Overwatch by messing with some of the scripting tools the dev team uses to create the game itself.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Programming, Video

Video: Building God of War's Atreus to fit with both gameplay and narrative  
by Staff [04.23.19]
Working Kratos' son Atreus into God of War complicated many aspects of development but, in the end, including him as a fully realized companion AI paid off.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Video, Vault

Get a job: Into the Breach dev Subset Games is hiring a Platform Engineer  
by Staff [04.23.19]
Subset Games, the game studio behind FTL and Into the Breach, is looking for an experienced C++ programmer to work remotely and help manage its growing library of games.
Programming, Recruitment

XRDC returns this October, so now's the time to pitch your great AR/VR talks!  
by Staff [04.23.19]
There's no better place to be if you want to check out the latest AR/VR tech while sharing knowledge with your peers -- and now's the time to submit your pitches for talks!
VR, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, XRDC

Keywords nabs Japanese HTML5 developer Wizcorp for $1.1 million  
by Chris Kerr [04.23.19]
Irish game service provider Keywords has acquired Japanese work-for-hire studio Wizcorp for $1.1 million in cash. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Maintaining tension in Nex Machina 1
by Staff [04.22.19]
"We needed to cut as much of excess fat as possible and figure out what was really necessary to get the feeling you are on the "knife's edge"." - Henri Mustonen, Senior Level Designer at Housemarque.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Production

Video Game Deep Cuts: The Panzer At Heaven's Vault  
by Gamasutra Staff [04.21.19]
This week's roundup includes a Panzer Dragoon series classic postmortem, impressions of the eagerly awaited Heaven's Vault, as well as secret MMO servers, homebrew Game Boy Games & the return of D&D.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Contributing devs up in arms over Capcom's use of the FB Alpha emulator  
by Alissa McAloon [04.19.19]
Developers that have contributed to the open-source emulator and other members of the emulation community are voicing concerns over the deal, with some arguing that FB Alpha can’t be licensed for commercial use. 
Programming

Get a job: Insomniac Games, Deep Silver Volition, and more are hiring now!  
by Staff [04.19.19]
Here are just some of the many, many positions being advertised right now on the Gamasutra Job Board.
Programming, Art, Production, Recruitment

Blog: Referencing objects—Names vs GUIDs 3
by Gamasutra Community [04.19.19]
A comparison of the main ways to reference objects: names and GUIDs.
Programming

Video: Procedurally creating Manhattan for Marvel's Spider-Man  
by Staff [04.18.19]
At GDC 2019 Insomniac's David Santiago shares a behind-the-scenes look at the open world pipeline of Marvel's Spider-Man and how it was architected to procedurally author an open-world Manhattan.
Console/PC, Programming, Production, Video, Vault

Blog: Why game jams can be a necessary distraction 2
by Gamasutra Community [04.18.19]
Six months ago, my tiny indie studio failed our first attempt at crowdfunding a game. Without the inspiration that came from entering game jams, we may have never tried again.
Programming, Design, Production

Video: A classic game postmortem of Panzer Dragoon  
by Staff [04.16.19]
The developers behind that classic Sega Saturn title believe that the lessons they learned working and struggling with the then-cutting-edge system can still be put to use by developers today.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Get a job: Disbelief is hiring a Junior Programmer  
by Staff [04.16.19]
Junior programmers at Disbelief are called on to develop and debug in a variety of areas from gameplay to core engine programming.
Programming, Recruitment

The source code for Infocom's classic text adventures is now on Github 1
by Chris Kerr [04.16.19]
The entire source code for a huge array of Infocom text adventures and interactive stories is now available on Github, thanks to historian and archivist Jason Scott. 
Programming, Design, Production

Video Game Deep Cuts: Falcon Scores Weed, Needs Vacation  
by Gamasutra Staff [04.14.19]
This week's roundup includes intriguing debuts from Falcon Age and Vacation Simulator, a historical tour of The Division's New York, the trickiness of marketing your weed tycoon game & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Design

Get a job: Paradox Tectonic, Sucker Punch Productions, and more are hiring now!  
by Staff [04.12.19]
Here are just some of the many, many positions being advertised right now on the Gamasutra Job Board.
Programming, Design, Production, Recruitment

Don't Miss: Totally Accurate Battle Simulator and finding the fun in physics engines  
by Staff [04.12.19]
"If everyone doesn’t take the game so seriously we can have a lot more fun with it and do more," says Landfall's Petter Henriksson of the studio's penchant for weird physics in this in-depth chat.
Indie, Programming, Design

Blog: Tips on writing code for data-oriented design 4
by Gamasutra Community [04.10.19]
Relic Entertainment game engine programmer Marc Costa explains his personal preferences on writing code for data-oriented design instead of object-oriented design.
Programming, Design

How to effectively use procedural generation in games 4
by Darius Kazemi [04.10.19]
In this rich excerpt from "Procedural Storytelling in Game Design," developer and proc-gen expert Darius Kazemi shares some ways to use procedural generation more effectively in game development.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design