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Bloodborne and Mass Effect 3 composer forms new audio production company  
by Chris Kerr [08.15.19]
Bloodborne and Mass Effect 3 composer Cris Velasco has founded a new "full-service audio production company" called The Audio Hive.
Audio, Production, Business/Marketing

Unity launches two new classroom tools to help teach programming  
by Chris Kerr [08.15.19]
Unity has officially launched a pair of new classroom tools called Create with Code and Unity Teach to help teach game design and computer science.
Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: How to make a casual mobile game  
by Gamasutra Community [08.15.19]
While it is absolutely impossible to describe all technical decisions made in the project in the scope of a single article, we’ll try to outline a generic approach that you could possibly use.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design

Great game production tips with Grant Shonkwiler - GDC Podcast ep. 1  
by Kris Graft [08.15.19]
Grant Shonkwiler is a rising star of video game production, having worked on games including Doom, Wolfenstein: The New Order, and Fortnite. He recently joined Gamasutra editor-in-chief Kris Graft and news editor Alissa McAloon on the newly-minted GDC Podcast.
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Podcast

Paradox touts positive cash flow despite record marketing and dev spend  
by Alissa McAloon [08.14.19]
Paradox Interactive CEO comments that the key to its business is keeping a balance between short-term profitability and investing in future projects, and he believes Paradox has done well with that so far.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Get a job: Guerrilla Games is looking for a Senior Producer  
by Staff [08.14.19]
As a Producer you will be an integral part of the development team, constantly looking for opportunities to improve efficiency, introduce new ideas and evolve our production techniques.
Production, Recruitment

Xbox head: Cloud gaming is inevitable but 'years and years' away from mainstream  
by Alissa McAloon [08.14.19]
"I think this is years away from being a mainstream way people play," says Xbox head Phil Spencer. "And I mean years, like years and years."
Console/PC, Social/Online

Video: Achieving high-quality, low-cost skin textures in games  
by Staff [08.14.19]
In this 2017 GDC talk, Square Enix's Adelle Bueno presents a workflow for character skin detail texturing that allows for affordable, detailed representation of a variety of unique pore types!
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: Exploring the secret depths of Bubble Bobble's design 5
by Staff [08.14.19]
Taito's bubble-popping classic holds a number of secrets, and in this guide an expert will show you how to find one that unlocks the game's hidden language and showcases a new dimension of its design.
Console/PC, Design

Watch Age of Wonders: Planetfall's lead dev discuss updating the series for a new age  
by Bryant Francis [08.14.19]
Watch the lead developer of Age of Wonders: Planetfall break down the development process of Triumph Studios' new 4X strategy game.
Console/PC, Design, Video

XRDC Innovation Report reveals games remain the top focus for AR/VR/MR devs  
by Staff [08.14.19]
The results of this year's XRDC Innovation Report reveal that games truly are the driving focus for AR/VR/MR development, with Entertainment and Education following close behind.
VR, Business/Marketing

Chat with Age of Wonders: Planetfall lead dev Lennart Sas at 1PM EST  
by Bryant Francis [08.14.19]
Triumph Studios cofounder Lennart Sas is taking your questions on the GDC Twitch channel starting at 1PM EST.
Console/PC, Design, Video

Blog: How music enhances virtual presence - Part 2  
by Gamasutra Community [08.14.19]
In the second of this four-part series, game composer Winifred Phillips shares ideas from her GDC 2019 talk 'How Music Enhances Virtual Presence.'
Audio, Design

Tencent doubling down on season passes as mobile titles drive revenue  
by Chris Kerr [08.14.19]
Revenues and profits were up at Tencent during the last quarter, thanks in part to the performance of mobile games including Honour of Kings and PUBG Mobile.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

THQ Nordic acquires Darksiders dev Gunfire and racing studio Milestone  
by Chris Kerr [08.14.19]
THQ Nordic has closed out the first quarter of the fiscal year by announcing a flurry of acquisitions, including Darksiders developer Gunfire and racing game specialist Milestone.
VR, Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: Ancient Greek punishments as hypertexts  
by Gamasutra Community [08.14.19]
Reflections on translating five myths of punishment into Twine stories, with a focus on the physicality of interaction in hypertexts.
Design

How moving from 2D to 3D shaped the design of Risk of Rain 2 1
by John Harris [08.14.19]
Risk of Rain 2 developer Hopoo Games opens up about the process of taking its acclaimed 2D roguelike into 3D, and what it takes to build a great roguelike with a small team.
Indie

Get a job: Red Lens Games is hiring a Senior Programmer  
by Staff [08.13.19]
Red Lens is looking for a solid, experienced programmer to become a key member of an existing high profile team as a vendor providing top level software engineering expertise.
Programming, Recruitment

Managing the evolving state of Destiny 2: 'the game cannot grow infinitely forever'  
by Alissa McAloon [08.13.19]
Destiny 2 game director Luke Smith shares a candid discussion of balance changes, encounter design, and the game's relationship with microtransactions.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Video: Designing great room-scale VR interactions the Vacation Simulator way 1
by Staff [08.13.19]
In this 2019 GDC talk, Owlchemy Labs' Devin Reimer and Andrew Eiche share lessons learned and stories of success and failure from the development of Vacation Simulator.
VR, Design, Video, Vault