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Blog: Designing a thrilling enjoyable arcade experience for VR  
by Gamasutra Community [09.18.20]
Game design student Vincent Trinel takes a deeper look at the design of virtual reality game, Quash.
VR, Design

Facebook to discontinue Oculus Rift S, will no longer develop PC-only VR hardware  
by Alissa McAloon [09.16.20]
Facebook's VR plans lie in the standalone headset market as the company announces that it is exiting the world of PC-tethered VR hardware.
VR

Oculus Quest 2 launches in October for $299  
by Alissa McAloon [09.16.20]
Facebook's next take on the standalone VR headset is due out next month, and promises new features like built-in hand tracking alongside improvements to core Oculus Quest tech.
VR

Embracer Group enters VR market with purchase of Arizona Sunshine dev Vertigo  
by Chris Kerr [09.16.20]
Embracer Group has entered the virtual reality market with the purchase of Arizona Sunshine developer Vertigo Games for an initial €50 million.
VR, Business/Marketing

Facebook's Oculus Quest 2 leaks ahead of official reveal  
by Alissa McAloon [09.14.20]
Facebook is readying to announce a new VR headset, and while doing so seems to have accidentally leaked a duo of its promotional videos online.
VR, Video

Don't Miss: What did the devs of 2009 imagine video games would look like in 2020? 6
by Staff [09.11.20]
Entrants were tasked with naming a game that will be popular or cutting-edge tech in 2020; here's 20 of the most innovative and intriguing submissions pitched over a decade ago.
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet

Don't Miss: A look at how different-sized studios approach the challenges of QA 3
by Staff [09.01.20]
We speak to experts from small, medium, and larger game companies to find out how they handle the oft-under-appreciated discipline of quality assurance.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production

Accessibility in games with AbleGamers' Greg Haynes - GDC Podcast ep. 12  
by Kris Graft [08.27.20]
For Greg Haynes, lead game user researcher at the AbleGamers charity, video games provide experiences that should be available to all people—and that means making them more accessible to people with a wide range of abilities.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Podcast, GDC

Facebook's VR rebranding changes Oculus Connect to Facebook Connect  
by Alissa McAloon [08.25.20]
Oculus branding isn’t going away, but Facebook's annual VR/AR developer event won’t bear the Oculus name moving forward.
VR

Oculus plans to replace Oculus Accounts with Facebook Accounts 2
by Alissa McAloon [08.18.20]
Facebook-owned Oculus is starting to pivot away from the sole use of Oculus accounts on its VR devices, and will eventually end support for Oculus Accounts all together.
VR

What should a game publishing agreement look like? (& more!)  
by Gamasutra Staff [08.14.20]
Lots happening again this time out. So let’s get it going with an excellent data set from the rather good (but I’m biased) GDC Summer virtual event that took place last week.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

GDC reveals upcoming virtual program, 2021 event lineup 1
by Staff [08.12.20]
Game Developers Conference 2021 will be a hybrid physical/virtual event taking place online and at the Moscone Center in San Francisco in July next year.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Catch up on GDC Summer 2020 coverage right here!  
by Staff [08.04.20]
Gamasutra is (virtually) on-site at the first-ever GDC Summer! Follow along here for news, session coverage, and other updates!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie

Video: Creating Dr. Grordbort's Invaders for Magic Leap One  
by Staff [07.31.20]
In this 2019 VRDC talk Weta's James Everett discusses the process of creating the striking Dr. Grordbort's Invaders game for the Magic Leap One Creator Edition headset.
VR, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Moss developer Polyarc raises $9 million to explore AR development  
by Chris Kerr [07.29.20]
Moss developer Polyarc has secured $9 million in Series B funding to create augmented reality experiences. 
VR, Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Join Impulse Gear as a Art Director  
by Staff [07.27.20]
Impulse Gear is looking for an experienced Art Director with a thorough understanding of video game development and production pipelines
VR, Art, Recruitment

Analysis: Xbox Demo Fest blasts off 1
by Simon Carless [07.27.20]
So the Xbox One’s pre-release demo event is currently running, and hopefully some of you have checked it out - here's a run-down and analysis (alongside other game discovery news.)
VR, Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: ILMxLab's perspective on pioneering immersive entertainment  
by Staff [07.23.20]
In this GDC 2018 Mohen Leo, David Collins, Judah Graham and Camille Cellucci discuss the future of immersive entertainment, including in-home and location-based experiences being developed at ILMxLAB.
VR, Console/PC, Video, Vault

Landing venture funding with LVP's David Gardner - GDC Podcast ep. 11 1
by Kris Graft [07.23.20]
On GDC Podcast episode 11, longtime game industry pro David Gardner of London Venture Partners joins Gamasutra's Kris Graft and Alissa McAloon to tell us what he and his team look for when investing capital.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Podcast, GDC

Help needed: what's the real Steam reviews/sales ratio? 2
by Simon Carless [07.20.20]
So, following a successful survey for ‘Steam wishlists to first week sales’, it’s time for a (much needed) re-evaluation of the lifetime review/sales ratio on Steam. And we need your help in giving us stats! But why the re-eval, and what’s it for?
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing