• Blog: Highlights of global accessibility awareness day 2020 By Gamasutra   -   May 26, 2020

    BLOG: HIGHLIGHTS OF GLOBAL ACCESSIBILITY AWARENESS DAY 2020

    Independent accessibility specialist Ian Hamilton looks at some of the ways the games industry embraced this year's GAAD event ...

  • Tencent acquires 20 percent stake in Story of Seasons dev for $65 million By Gamasutra   -   May 26, 2020

    TENCENT ACQUIRES 20 PERCENT STAKE IN STORY OF SEASONS DEV FOR $65 MILLION

    Tencent has purchased a 20 percent stake in Japanese game studio Marvelous for $65 million. ...

  • Dreaming Spires: Dynamic narrative, layer by layer By Gamasutra   -   May 25, 2020

    DREAMING SPIRES: DYNAMIC NARRATIVE, LAYER BY LAYER

    Jon Ingold of Inkle goes in-depth on the studio's upcoming game Pendragon, which ties a dynamic narrative engine to a chess-like strategy...

  • Video Game Deep Cuts: The Mario Steamroller Monster Train By Gamasutra   -   May 24, 2020

    VIDEO GAME DEEP CUTS: THE MARIO STEAMROLLER MONSTER TRAIN

    The latest link roundup incudes the notable games of the week, Mario steamrolling bootleg Nintendo cartridges, and a unique new FMV...

  • Blog: Narrative vs. gameplay - A toolbox for harmonious coexistence By Gamasutra   -   May 22, 2020

    BLOG: NARRATIVE VS. GAMEPLAY - A TOOLBOX FOR HARMONIOUS COEXISTENCE

    How to tell your story while the player is enjoying your game? A list of where, how, when, you should deliver your narrative to maximize...

  • Video: A new strategy for narrative desigers By Gamasutra   -   May 22, 2020

    VIDEO: A NEW STRATEGY FOR NARRATIVE DESIGERS

    Learn a new way to develop your game's narrative design in this 2020 GDC Virtual Talk. ...

  • Don't Miss: Designing the Elusive Targets system in 2016's Hitman By Gamasutra   -   May 22, 2020

    DON'T MISS: DESIGNING THE ELUSIVE TARGETS SYSTEM IN 2016'S HITMAN

    "Playing an Elusive Target in a level you have fully mastered gives you the experience of being the apex predator. No matter what might...

  • Get a job: Visual Concepts is looking for a Senior Systems Designer By Gamasutra   -   May 22, 2020

    GET A JOB: VISUAL CONCEPTS IS LOOKING FOR A SENIOR SYSTEMS DESIGNER

    The folks at Visual Concepts are looking for a Systems Designer to work on a brand new game. ...

  • Italy announces fund to support country's game studios during COVID-19 crisis By Gamasutra   -   May 22, 2020

    ITALY ANNOUNCES FUND TO SUPPORT COUNTRY'S GAME STUDIOS DURING COVID-19 CRISIS

    The Italian government will now provide for financial support for the country's game development studios in the wake of the COVID-19...

  • The IGDA debuts standards, reporting system to curb bad industry behavior By Gamasutra   -   May 22, 2020

    THE IGDA DEBUTS STANDARDS, REPORTING SYSTEM TO CURB BAD INDUSTRY BEHAVIOR

    Game developers can now submit reports about bad behavior from companies and events to the IGDA. ...

  • Blog: Launch day depression By Gamasutra   -   May 22, 2020

    BLOG: LAUNCH DAY DEPRESSION

    I can't tell you how many times I cried, yelled, and even curled up in a ball during the launch of my previous game Pinstripe. For...

  • Amazon Games and Bandai Namco are bringing a free Pac-Man game to Twitch By Gamasutra   -   May 22, 2020

    AMAZON GAMES AND BANDAI NAMCO ARE BRINGING A FREE PAC-MAN GAME TO TWITCH

    Amazon Games and Bandai Namco have partnered on a brand new Pac-Man experience called Pac-Man Live Studio that will be playable directly...

  • Fortnite is morphing into a movie theater with help from Christopher Nolan By Gamasutra   -   May 22, 2020

    FORTNITE IS MORPHING INTO A MOVIE THEATER WITH HELP FROM CHRISTOPHER NOLAN

    For its next trick, Epic Games battle royale shooter Fortnite will morph into a virtual movie theater to host a showing of an unnamed...

  • Magic Leap withdraws conditional layoff notices after raising $350 million By Gamasutra   -   May 22, 2020

    MAGIC LEAP WITHDRAWS CONDITIONAL LAYOFF NOTICES AFTER RAISING $350 MILLION

    Augmented reality company Magic Leap has raised $350 million in funding from existing and new investors. ...

  • AR company Magic Leap withdraws layoff notices after raising $350 million By Gamasutra   -   May 22, 2020

    AR COMPANY MAGIC LEAP WITHDRAWS LAYOFF NOTICES AFTER RAISING $350 MILLION

    Augmented reality company Magic Leap has raised $350 million in funding from existing and new investors. ...

  • Blog: Building an MMO screensaver By Gamasutra   -   May 22, 2020

    BLOG: BUILDING AN MMO SCREENSAVER

    In this article I talk about how I designed a MMO screensaver, including techniques I used to synchronise the world and how I built...

  • From pen-and-paper to blockouts: How level designers craft iconic stealthy encounters By Gamasutra   -   May 22, 2020

    FROM PEN-AND-PAPER TO BLOCKOUTS: HOW LEVEL DESIGNERS CRAFT ICONIC STEALTHY ENCOUNTERS

    Level designers with a particular penchant for stealth share their go-to approaches for creating sneaky moments in games like Assassin's...

  • Don't Miss: A classic game postmortem of Westwood Studios' Command & Conquer By Gamasutra   -   May 21, 2020

    DON'T MISS: A CLASSIC GAME POSTMORTEM OF WESTWOOD STUDIOS' COMMAND & CONQUER

    Four of the minds behind the 1995 release Command & Conquer sat down at GDC to share an hour-long deep dive into the creation of the...

  • An extensive look at Maxis' short stint in serious simulation games By Gamasutra   -   May 21, 2020

    AN EXTENSIVE LOOK AT MAXIS' SHORT STINT IN SERIOUS SIMULATION GAMES

    If you've got time for a long read about a beloved game maker's foray into for-hire simulation games for the likes of Chevron and the...

  • What to expect from an all-digital GDC Summer? A chat with GM Katie Stern By Gamasutra   -   May 21, 2020

    WHAT TO EXPECT FROM AN ALL-DIGITAL GDC SUMMER? A CHAT WITH GM KATIE STERN

    This August's GDC Summer will be the most comprehensive all-digital version of GDC to ever take place. Conference GM Katie Stern...