Game Design

Keywords acquires Canadian developer Snowed In Studios

International game service provider Keywords has acquired Ottawa-based developer Snowed In Studios for an undisclosed fee. ...

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The popular world of Roblox: what it is, the risks it poses and why parents are so worried about it

If you have children, you've probably heard of a game called Roblox. If not, you're about to find out a lot more about it.<p>The online game is one of …

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Valve bans over 90,000 Steam accounts in one week

Valve has its sights firmly set on cheating Steam players, with the Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) system banning over 90,000 accounts this week.<p>As …

Gaming Industry

NetEase picks up minority stake in Somerville dev Jumpship

<b>Newsbrief:</b> The Chinese internet tech company NetEase has picked up a minority stake in Jumpship, the indie studio co-founded by former Playdead CEO …

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How to solve collision problems in game programming

In this GDC 2016 session, Blizzard Entertainment's Erin Catto explores how to solve collision problems in game programming.<p>Catto discusses how games …

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The Appeal of the Shop Simulator Genre - by Josh Bycer

The Shop Simulator Genre has grown among Indie and Mobile developers over this decade, but many designers still fail to understand what makes the …

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Jurassic World Evolution has sold over 1 million copies

<b>Newsbrief:</b> Dino-mogul simulator <i>Jurassic World Evolution</i> has sold over 1 million units since releasing just over five weeks ago on June 12.<p>That figure …

Jurassic World

PUBG Corp apologizes, removes offensive Japanese mask from game

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds developer PUBG Corp. has apologized for an in-game helmet design Korean and Chinese players deemed the design to be …

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Understanding the human cost of creating No Man's Sky

For better or worse, Hello Games' star-spanning sci-fi adventure <i>No Man's Sky</i> was one of the most talked about titles of 2016. The highly anticipated …

Game Development

Textual Procedural Generation and Narration: Generalities, Opinions, Tips and Perspectives. - by Fibre Tigre

After reviewing basic techniques for narrative writing in games and less basic ones, such as the use of AI, we propose the idea of a narrative and …

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Building a Home: How to Construct a Card Game - by Nicholas Kinstler

With a card game set featuring anywhere from 80 to 200+ cards, documentation and organization is incredibly important. In this article, Nick Kinstler …

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The challenge of designing Overwatch maps when players can get 'literally everywhere'

<b>"He was asking stuff like ‘How high can the players get?’. I was like, ‘Dude, imagine you have a hero that can just fly all the time, let’s start</b> …

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Slitherine is nominated as Economic Disruptor of the Year

<i>[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource GamesPress.]</i><p><b>Epsom, 20</b> …

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Gamasutra plays Sleep Tight with lead dev Maxx Burman

Next week, twin stick shooter/tower defense/horde mode game <i>Sleep Tight</i> will land on Steam and the Nintendo Switch. It's a little game with …

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SkyBox Labs Brings Bedrock Version of Minecraft to Nintendo Switch

<i>[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource GamesPress.]</i><p>- FOR …

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Fallout 4: The Problem with Voiced Protagonists

<b>The following blog post, unless otherwise noted, was written by a member of Gamasutra’s community.<br>The thoughts and opinions expressed are those of</b> …

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Microsoft ends fiscal year with $10 billion in games revenue, more Xbox Live users

On June 30th Microsoft closed out its fourth quarter, and today as part of its financial report, the company revealed a major year-over-year jump in …

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At XRDC, see how the Brass Tactics devs reinvented the RTS for VR!

Organizers of XRDC, the premier AR/VR/MR innovation event, are proud to announce that some of the <i>Brass Tactics</i> devs are coming to the show in San …

Game Development

French game designer Muriel Tramis awarded Legion of Honor

French game designer Muriel Tramis has been awarded the Legion of Honor, the highest order of merit available to civilians and military personnel in …

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6 Tips for Designing a Game Tutorial - by Dylan Moran

Game developers feel a need to deliver all the information a player might need as soon as the game starts.

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Why being trapped in a loop makes Reigns: Her Majesty so satisfying

When <i>Reigns</i> first dropped in 2016, it caught game developers by surprise not only for being a successful narrative game on mobile, but also because it …

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Encouraging collaboration among players in Sea of Thieves

<b>"We’d had our dreams built around bringing players together, to be more than just attacking everything on sight."</b><p><i>- Lead designer on Sea of Thieves</i> …

Sea of Thieves

How jams become levels in the co-op bullet hell musical Just Shapes Beats

“It all started at GDC 2013," says Simon Lachance of Berzerk Studio, developers of music-dodging bullet hell <i>Just Shapes & Beats.</i>​<p>"I went to a …

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Resetting Accessibility in Games

[<i>To what end accessibility? Gamasutra speaks to Valve and other developers about creating games for different audiences about the very good reasons</i> …

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How we created an AR game Apple fell in love with

<b>The following blog post, unless otherwise noted, was written by a member of Gamasutra’s community.<br>The thoughts and opinions expressed are those of</b> …

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The Anatomy of a Stealth Encounter - by Travis Hoffstetter

Creating a fun stealth encounter is difficult, with bad execution resulting in players giving up on stealth. The following breakdowns lessons learned …

Tomb Raider

Roblox responds to the hack that allowed a child’s avatar to be raped in its game

There’s a special place in hell for people who think it’s funny to rape a 7-year old girl’s avatar in an online virtual world designed for children. Yes, that happened. Roblox, a hugely popular online game for kids, was hacked by an individual who subverted the game’s protection systems in order to …

Game Development

How classic games make smart use of random number generation

How much thought have you put into the nature of randomness in your game? May I suggest taking a moment and considering it, its nature, and how it …

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Coming soon? German courts ban vague release dates on pre-orders

Germany has banned vague release dates for pre-orders, meaning retailers won't be able to list pre-orders without also providing a shipment date.<p>As …

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The Warning of the World of Warcraft Effect - by Josh Bycer

Today's post looks at the phenomenon dubbed the "War of Warcraft Effect," and the warning that comes with trying to chase after another game's design.

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