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Niantic wants players to help expand location-games with new 'Wayfarer' tool  
by Chris Kerr [10.11.19]
Niantic has unveiled an expanded 'Wayfarer' tool that will give more people the ability to nominate and review new locations for inclusion in the company's roster of location-based games. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Production

Apple now sells Xbox controllers on its official store  
by Alissa McAloon [10.10.19]
Apple's recent steps have seen it expanding the game-driven offerings of it and other Apple-owned platforms through launches like Apple Arcade, expanded controller support, and now a new store addition.
Smartphone/Tablet

Report: Google plans 'Game Certified Device' standard for Android  
by Alissa McAloon [10.08.19]
Google is reportedly readying to somewhat standardize the hardware found across different Android mobile devices, with the goal of giving devs a more predictable platform on which to launch their games.
Smartphone/Tablet

Deep Dive: Telling Lies - Making a mechanic out of scrubbing video 1
by Sam Barlow [10.08.19]
Sam Barlow, writer and director of FMV game Her Story, offers a fantastic breakdown of the video scrubbing mechanic of Her Story follow-up Telling Lies.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Deep Dive

Get a job: Join Game Closure as a Backend Engineer  
by Staff [10.07.19]
Game Closure is on the hunt for backend/systems engineers to help us build the services and infrastructure that power our social games.
Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Recruitment

Don't Miss: The aesthetics of frustration in Getting Over It 2
by Alex Wiltshire [10.07.19]
"This is one of the things I'm most interested in," says Foddy. "As a game designer, the most fundamental problem you're up against is that games don't matter, they're fake."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Ex-ArenaNet devs raise $3.3 million for new studio, Tenacious Entertainment  
by Alissa McAloon [10.07.19]
The studio is angling to release a mobile game that makes use of proven PC and console concepts by 2020.
Smartphone/Tablet

PS4 Remote Play is now supported on Android 5.0 phones and tablets  
by Chris Kerr [10.07.19]
The latest PlayStation 4 software update, version 7.00, has introduced Remote Play support for smartphones and tablets running Android 5.0. or higher.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet

Designing the personality-based narrative system of Jenny LeClue  
by Jack Yarwood [10.07.19]
Indie studio Mografi tells us how the team designed the narrative system of Jenny LeClue - Detectivu, and how choices were implemented to define character personality, as opposed to shaping the plot.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Video

Call of Duty: Mobile passes 35 million downloads within days of launch  
by Alissa McAloon [10.04.19]
Call of Duty: Mobile has already surpassed 35 million downloads within just days of its debut on iOS and Android according to publisher Activision’s internal numbers.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Monument Valley developer Ustwo threatened with legal action over union busting  
by Chris Kerr [10.03.19]
The Independent Workers Union of Great Britain has accused Monument Valley developer Ustwo Games of union busting, and is threatening the studio with legal action. 
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Watch Adam Saltsman explain how Overland was 'tuned for drama'  
by Bryant Francis [10.02.19]
Adam Saltsman breaks down the design decisions that contributed to Overland over on the GDC Twitch channel.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Video

Video: A tech director's guide to communication, ROI, and triage  
by Staff [10.02.19]
In this 2017 GDC talk Mike Acton shared specific tips and advice on being a good tech director and ensuring that the most important things get done (and done well) when programming video games.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Video, Vault

Talking Tom dev Outfit7's game library surpasses 10 billion downloads  
by Alissa McAloon [10.01.19]
Outfit7, the developer and publisher known for its Talking Tom mobile game franchise, says its library has surpassed 10 billion total downloads on mobile platforms.
Smartphone/Tablet

Video Game Deep Cuts: Untitled Goose Newsletter  
by Gamasutra Staff [09.29.19]
This week's highlights include Untitled Goose Game, of course, but also pieces on Noita, Later Alligator, What The Golf, The Last Of Us 2, an unreleased MC Hammer game (!), & more.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Big Fish Games pledges $250,000 to National Breast Cancer Foundation  
by Alissa McAloon [09.27.19]
Big Fish Games has pledged a $250,000 donation and other initiatives to support the National Breast Cancer Foundation just ahead of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.
Smartphone/Tablet

Don't delay: Monday is your last day to pitch a GDC 2020 Summit talk!  
by Staff [09.27.19]
Just a quick reminder today that all submissions for GDC 2020's Virtual Reality Developers Conference (VRDC), GDC Summits, and Game Career Seminar are due this Monday, September 30th at 11:59 PM PT!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, GDC

Valve shares tips for designing touch screen controls for PC games  
by Alissa McAloon [09.27.19]
Valve has learned a bit about designing unique touch controls for games since the launch of Steam Remote Play, and now it wants to pass some of that knowledge on to developers.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet

Ubisoft opens new mobile and instant game studio in Vietnam  
by Chris Kerr [09.27.19]
The new opening was made to bolster the company's mobile workforce in Asia, and give the developer more room to maneuver in the fast-moving mobile market.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Nintendo's free-to-play mobile Mario Kart now offers a monthly subscription 1
by Alissa McAloon [09.25.19]
Nintendo has launched a monthly subscription for its free-to-play mobile game Mario Kart Tour that offers players ways to earn more in-game rewards in exchange for $4.99 a month.
Smartphone/Tablet