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Discord makes layoffs due to 'active shift in talent needs'

Gamasutra - Thu, 10/03/2019 - 16:33

No concrete reason was given for the cuts, with the company simply explaining it has made an "active shift" in its talent needs.  ...

WGA removes video game writing category from 2020 awards

Gamasutra - Thu, 10/03/2019 - 16:32

A WGA representative noted that the Videogame Writing Award will "be reinstated when there is a critical mass of video games covered by the WGA in order to provide a meaningful award selection process." ...

Blog: Simple and effective character pose prediction in Cascadeur

Gamasutra - Thu, 10/03/2019 - 16:03

Banzai Games founder Evgeniy Dyabin and his colleagues Alexander Grishanin and Maxim Tarasov explain how they invented a pose prediction tool for their new character animation software Cascadeur. ...

XRDC taps new headset tech to improve your conference experience

Gamasutra - Thu, 10/03/2019 - 15:59

Learn about why XRDC will be using special Silent Conference headsets that ensure all presentations sound crystal clear to attendees, even in a large, convivial conference hall! ...

Raph Koster's new MMO studio Playable Worlds raises $2.7 million

Gamasutra - Thu, 10/03/2019 - 15:38

Playable Worlds, the game dev studio founded in part by Star Wars Galaxies creative director Raph Koster, has raised $2.7 million to bring its first title, an unannounced massively multiplayer online game, to life ...

Blog: A development postmortem for The Painscreek Killings

Gamasutra - Thu, 10/03/2019 - 14:13

A look at the conception and development of EQ Studios' first title, a murder mystery investigation game, and how it managed to make players feel like real-life detectives. ...

Unity acquires live game management platform ChilliConnect

Gamasutra - Thu, 10/03/2019 - 13:59

Unity has acquired live game management platform ChilliConnect for an undisclosed fee. ...

Monument Valley developer Ustwo threatened with legal action over union busting

Gamasutra - Thu, 10/03/2019 - 13:03

The Independent Workers Union of Great Britain has accused Monument Valley developer Ustwo Games of union busting, and is threatening the studio with legal action.  ...

How to create effective, organic-feeling tilesets for your game

Gamasutra - Thu, 10/03/2019 - 06:51

"The best way to create more lively, organic feeling tilesets required not a change in technique," explains Butterscotch Shenanighans artist Samuel Coster. "But an increase in the number of tiles." ...

Get a job: Sony PlayStation is hiring a Sr. Audio Designer

Gamasutra - Wed, 10/02/2019 - 22:20

This role is responsible for being an active and key contributor for the creative direction and style for audio assets and workflow processes throughout a production cycle. ...

Watch Adam Saltsman explain how Overland was 'tuned for drama'

Gamasutra - Wed, 10/02/2019 - 22:10

Adam Saltsman breaks down the design decisions that contributed to Overland over on the GDC Twitch channel. ...

PlayStation quietly brings PS4 cross-play out of beta

Gamasutra - Wed, 10/02/2019 - 21:27

PlayStation has lifted 'beta' status from the PlayStation 4's cross-play support, seemingly opening the feature up to developers interested in making their online games playable across platform lines. ...

Video: A tech director's guide to communication, ROI, and triage

Gamasutra - Wed, 10/02/2019 - 18:37

In this 2017 GDC talk Mike Acton shared specific tips and advice on being a good tech director and ensuring that the most important things get done (and done well) when programming video games. ...

Don't Miss: 7 horror games (plus some movies) every designer should study

Gamasutra - Wed, 10/02/2019 - 18:21

In this timeless feature, Gamasutra speaks to a handful of game developers from across the industry (and the world) to get their recommendations on what horror games designers should play -- and why. ...

EA is offering a free month of Origin Access to encourage 2FA use

Gamasutra - Wed, 10/02/2019 - 18:10

EA is trying to incentivize EA account holders into upping their account security game by offering a free month of its PC subscription game library Origin Access to those that turn on two-factor authentication. ...

Astroneer's Wanderer update is a tribute to late System Era co-founder Paul Pepera

Gamasutra - Wed, 10/02/2019 - 17:16

The latest update for System Era†™s spacefaring exploration game Astroneer contains designs and hidden images that pay tribute to cofounder Paul Pepera, who passed in 2017. ...

Master the art of porting your game to Oculus Quest at XRDC this month!

Gamasutra - Wed, 10/02/2019 - 16:24

Come out to XRDC in San Francisco later this month and learn about the ins and outs of building games for the Oculus Quest during two days of top-shelf AR/VR/MR learning and networking! ...

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