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At XRDC you'll learn how VR is radicalizing drug design at nanoscale  
by Staff [07.30.19]
At XRDC in San Francisco this October you'll have a rare opportunity to see exactly how cutting-edge researchers are using VR to design new drugs -- at nanoscale!
VR, Serious, Design, XRDC

Both digital and packaged game sales on the rise at Sega Sammy  
by Alissa McAloon [07.30.19]
Sega Sammy reported increases in both digital and packaged game sales, growth it expects to continue as the reach of consoles, as well as new platforms and services, continue to expand outside of Japan.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Switch driving sales at Nintendo as 'foreign exchange losses' cut profits  
by Chris Kerr [07.30.19]
Profits are down at Nintendo, despite Switch hardware and software continuing to drive sales at the Japanese console maker.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

The PlayStation 4 has shipped 100 million units faster than any other console 1
by Chris Kerr [07.30.19]
The PlayStation 4 has shipped over 100 million units worldwide since launching in November 2013, according to the latest numbers from Sony.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

PlayStation 4 software revenue dips as hardware shipments hit major milestone  
by Chris Kerr [07.30.19]
Sony has released its financials for the three months ended June 30, 2019, and it looks like a slight drop off in software revenue has negatively impacted the company's video game division.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: Considerations when writing music for games  
by Gamasutra Community [07.30.19]
This article is about the elements to consider when planning the composition of game music, written from a purely compositional point of view.
Audio

The 2020 Independent Games Festival submissions are now open!  
by Staff [07.30.19]
Informa Tech, organizer of GDC 2020, is now accepting submissions for the 22nd annual Independent Games Festival (IGF), the longest running festival, summit and showcase of independent games!
Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, IGF

Making the bizarre, hilarious world of Trover Saves the Universe  
by John Harris [07.30.19]
Trover Saves the Universe was created by Rick and Morty creator Justin Roiland and shows off much of his show's bizarre humor. We talk to Squanch Games to learn about world-building and judgment-free ideation.
VR, Indie, Art, Design, Production, Video

Don't Miss: The Blue Shell and its discontents 45
by Ian Bogost [07.29.19]
"The Blue Shell is everything that's wrong with America," is how writer Ian Bogost opens this classic article interrogating the design and cultural context of Mario Kart's infamous leader-killer.
Console/PC, Design

Get a job: Join Insomniac Games as a Senior Character TD  
by Staff [07.29.19]
Insomniac Games is after a dev to be responsible for working with the team to design, implement and maintain the animation and rigging pipeline, and create character setups.
Art, Recruitment

GitHub access restricted in Iran, Syria, and Crimea due to sanctions  
by Alissa McAloon [07.29.19]
GitHub users in Iran, Syria, and Crimea can no longer access private repositories and have restrictions placed on their paid accounts as a result of US sanctions.
Social/Online, Programming

Nintendo recasts Fire Emblem: Three Houses voice actor after abuse confessions 1
by Alissa McAloon [07.29.19]
Nintendo has recast the role of Fire Emblem: Three Houses' male protagonist after voice actor Chris Niosi was accused of and confessed to abusing former friends and romantic partners.
Console/PC

Video: A game programmer's guide to the dark secrets of RNG  
by Staff [07.29.19]
In this 2017 GDC talk, Dire Wolf Digital's Shay Pierce shares some techniques and considerations worth knowing when using random generation in games.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Video, Vault

GTA dev Rockstar Games under fire from UK tax watchdog  
by Alissa McAloon [07.29.19]
The UK-based investigative thinktank TaxWatch published a report that claims Rockstar Games has paid $0 in corporate tax while claiming £42 million in tax credits.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Hey game makers, pitch your great Visual Arts talk ideas for GDC 2020!  
by Staff [07.29.19]
If you have a great idea for a session that would fit perfectly into the Visual Arts track of talks at Game Developers Conference 2020, now is the time to submit it!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, GDC

Bethesda removing mandatory login from Doom re-releases after fan backlash 4
by Chris Kerr [07.29.19]
How do you deftly snatch defeat from the jaws of victory? Just ask the folks over at Bethesda, who managed to score a whopping own goal over the weekend.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Microsoft CEO: Partnership with Sony was driven by the PlayStation maker  
by Chris Kerr [07.29.19]
Microsoft chief exec Satya Nadella has told Fortune the company's recent partnership with Sony was largely driven by the PlayStation maker. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Creating terrifying, memorable 2D monsters  
by Diego Arguello [07.29.19]
Devs who've worked on Battle Chef Brigade, Darkest Dungeon, Guacamelee and more share their favorite tips and techniques for designing fantastic 2D monsters.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art

Video Game Deep Cuts: GTA Online's Casino, Game Discoverability  
by Gamasutra Staff [07.28.19]
This week's roundup includes Grand Theft Auto Online's near-infinitely trailed casino addition, multiple cloud gaming analyses, & articles looking at 198X's debut and The Division 2's latest updates.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Get a job: FoxNext Games, HB Studios, and more are hiring now!  
by Staff [07.26.19]
From graphic design to programming, here are just some of the many, many positions being advertised right now on the Gamasutra Job Board.
Programming, Design, Production, Recruitment