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Get practical tips on jumpstarting your creativity & career at GDC Summer  
by Staff [07.21.20]
Staying motivated and finishing projects is key to being successful, and at GDC Summer next month you'll get practical advice to help you do just that!
Console/PC, Indie, Production, GDC

Unwind at GDC Summer with guided yoga, tai chi, or a Monterey Bay Aquarium live feed  
by Staff [07.21.20]
GDC organizers are pleased to partner with the Monterey Bay Aquarium to provide a special Relaxation Live Feed to every GDC Summer attendee!
Console/PC, GDC

Blog: Macro and micro narrative storytelling  
by Gamasutra Community [07.21.20]
In this post, we go through a range of topics about diversity, writing in games, and a blossoming industry in interactive movies.
Design

Lovestruck dev Voltage defends conduct following writers strike  
by Chris Kerr [07.21.20]
Lovestruck developer Voltage has defended its conduct after its writing team went on strike over poor working conditions and unfair compensation.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Deaf accessibility in video games  
by Gamasutra Community [07.21.20]
We strive for players of all backgrounds to enjoy our games, including those who are d/Deaf and hard of hearing. So how can we make our games more accessible?
Console/PC, Audio, Design, Production

Riot Games creative director Jason Killingsworth has departed the studio  
by Chris Kerr [07.21.20]
Riot Games creative director Jason Killingsworth has departed the League of Legends developer to expand his publishing company Tune & Fairweather.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Join Yacht Club Games as a Gameplay Programmer  
by Staff [07.20.20]
We are on the lookout to hire a capable mid to senior level gameplay programmer with a desire to build great gameplay experiences in a small, team-centered environment!
Programming, Recruitment

Despite gov't approval, Google rejects Attentat 1942 from Google Play Store in Germany 4
by Alissa McAloon [07.20.20]
"How we're supposed to make an historically-accurate game about WW2 horrors without Nazis? We don't know."
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie

Don't Miss: Frog Fractions 2 and the art of surprising players expecting to be surprised 4
by Staff [07.20.20]
When people familiar with your work are expecting you to make surprising, fourth wall-breaking game, how do you catch them off-guard? That was the challenge Jim Crawford faced.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Roblox now has a social Party Space for online hangouts  
by Alissa McAloon [07.20.20]
Roblox, a quiet behemoth as far as online game platforms go, has launched a free digital Party Place for players looking to sit back and socialize during COVID-19.
Console/PC, Social/Online

Video: Lessons learned creating merchandise for Alto's Adventure  
by Staff [07.20.20]
In this 2018 GDC talk, Snowman's Eli Cymet discusses the creation of merchandise for mobile hit Alto's Adventure, including integration of physical goods right into the game itself. 
Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Metacritic counters review bombs by eliminating launch-day user reviews 4
by Alissa McAloon [07.20.20]
Metacritic will no longer allow users to publish reviews for new releases immediately after their launch, a move that aims to protect games on its platform from negative ‘review bombs’ that unjustly tank score averages.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Take advantage of all the cool sponsored talks available at GDC Summer  
by Staff [07.20.20]
GDC Summer sponsors like Google, Unity, and more will present sponsored sessions that often offer attendees direct access to company experts who can answer questions and help you achieve your goals!
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, 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

GDC Summer's online platform is live; log in now to get started planning your GDC  
by Staff [07.20.20]
Today's the day: Game Developers Conference organizers are pleased to confirm the GDC Summer online platform is now live and ready for attendees and speakers to log in and start planning their event!
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Sponsored Content
Sponsored: How to get a job in games during a pandemic  
by CG Spectrum [07.20.20]
AI Programmer Firas Hosn and Career Specialist Maxine Schnepf discuss what's changed in the game industry and how to stand out in today's job market.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Sponsored Article

Microsoft halts sale of 12 month Xbox Live Gold subscriptions 1
by Chris Kerr [07.20.20]
Microsoft has halted the sale of 12 month Xbox Live Gold subscriptions, meaning it'll now only be possible to purchase the yearly subscription from third party retailers.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

No Man's Sky has added 1 million new players since Xbox Game Pass launch  
by Chris Kerr [07.20.20]
No Man's Sky has added over 1 million new players since launching on Xbox Game Pass in June.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Velan Studios is hiring a Community Manager  
by Staff [07.17.20]
The Community Manager will work closely with the project’s key leaders to define and execute the relationship management strategy with our player community. 
Social/Online, Business/Marketing, Recruitment

The writing team for Voltage's Lovestruck is on strike over pay, working conditions  
by Alissa McAloon [07.17.20]
"We want to see our hard work and commitment to authentic storytelling given the value it deserves."
Smartphone/Tablet, Production