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Video: The value of taking a narrative approach to level design

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Since time immemorial (or at least the 20th century) games have been designed so that players move through levels while overcoming challenges. But if you're making a game that's mainly…

Get a job: Vicarious Visions is hiring a Level Designer

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Valve shuts down Greenlight submissions, dates Steam Direct launch

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After months of detailing store changes and features coming to its new self-publishing platform, Valve has announced that today is the last day for its soon-to-be-replaced service, Steam Greenlight. As…

Don't Miss: The understated genius of the Spelunky Daily Challenge

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Despite the fact that Derek Yu's Spelunky was released for Xbox 360 last year (while the original version has been available for PC many moons now), the game is seeing…

Blizzard to sell Overwatch credits instead of loot boxes to Chinese players

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Blizzard has reworked the way it handles Overwatch loot box sales in China in response to a new law that requires game publishers to disclose the probability of item drops…

Blog: How musical variation can aid player understanding

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Postmortem: Joel McDonald's Prune

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Prune is a tiny mobile game about the simple pleasures of growing and cultivating trees.Of breathing life into barren soil and thriving against all odds in a hostile, indifferent world.…

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Kanye West has a video game, and it's a lot different from his wife Kim's

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Rapper, producer, and fashion mogul Kanye West has stepped into the world of video games today with the announcement of Only One, a game that depicts his late mother, Donda West. "The idea of…

Activision has NFL-like ambitions for eSports

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The future of Activision Blizzard is, indeed, all-in for eSports. Some trends emerged in the company's latest results and, particular, its conference call, which suggest that this is a major…

King's fortunes falter as Candy Crush Saga grows older

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Newly-acquired Activision Blizzard subsidiary King has reported its revenues for its holiday quarter, the three months ended December 31, 2015, as well as its full 2015 fiscal year, and everything seems…

Activision Blizzard earnings down, and some painful indicators for 2016

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For the fourth quarter of Activision Blizzard's fiscal 2015 -- the three months ended December 31, 2015 -- the company's earnings are down year-on-year, though digital revenues have increased to…

Get a job: The Workshop seeks a 3D Animator

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Don't Miss: How to make insane, procedural platformer levels

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So you want to make a procedural platformer. You want it to spit out levels on demand, and you want the levels to be awesome, challenging, and fun. You want…

Designing levels for mobile puzzle games

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Roll for your life: Making randomness transparent in Tharsis

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Things are not looking good aboard the Iktomi. For the last few weeks, my crew of four (down from six after the meteor storm) had been doing an excellent job…

Get a job: Sony is hiring an Artist to make PlayStation VR games

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Survey: Hearthstone appreciated as more strategic, less exciting than League of Legends

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Survey: Hearthstone appreciated as more strategic, less exciting than League of Legends Consulting firm Quantic Foundry has synthesized data gathered from surveys filled out by over 140,000 game players to…

Road to the IGF: Noio and Licorice's Kingdom

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This interview is part of our Road to the IGF series. You can find the rest of our Q&As by clicking here. Kingdom, from indie developers Noio and Licorice, could be called…

Investors pour $5 million into Marmalade as its CEO steps down

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Investor Bloc Ventures led a recent $5 million round of funding for Marmalade, maker of the Marmalade 2D/3D game engine that drives mobile games like SimCity BuildIt and Godus. Game developers with an interest in…

Don't Miss: How Blizzard designed the immersive UI of Hearthstone

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User interface design is often neglected until the final stages of game development, but giving the issue even a modicum of consideration at the outset of your project can pay…

Mobile game devs can now use Skillz to run cross-platform cash tourneys

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Heads up, mobile game makers: cash prize platform Skillz, which lets you accept and pay out real money, has rolled out support for cross-platform tournaments between Android and iOS devices. While mobile…

A look back at the dawn of video game DRM — and those who cracked it

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"Ironically, the most influential aspect of Dungeon Master, a hugely influential game on its own terms, might just be its fuzzy-bit copy protection. Various forms of optical media continue to…

Vivendi nets a cool $1.5B selling its last Activision Blizzard stock

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French media conglomerate Vivendi has earned $1.1 billion from the sale of its remaining stock in Activision Blizzard, roughly 5.7 percent of the company, to an unnamed buyer.  As part of…

Get a job: Remedy is hiring a Lead Designer

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Activision sued by family of rebel chief depicted in Black Ops II

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Activision Blizzard is reportedly being sued in French court over what the family of deceased Angolan rebel leader Jonas Savimbi claim is an inappropriate depiction of the man in Treyarch's 2012…

Road to the IGF: Question's The Magic Circle

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As the independent game industry swells and developers in general grow more comfortable expressing personal experiences through their work, we're seeing more games truck with the realities of game development itself.…

Don't Miss: How Capcom tackled Western fantasy with Dragon's Dogma

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In 2010, Capcom COO Haruhiro Tsujumoto told analysts that his company would pursue a new strategy -- in which the internal development teams in its Osaka studio would forge ahead…

Valve greenlights sale of fan-made Half-Life game

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Half-Life 2 modder-turned-indie developer Richard Seabrook has begun taking pre-orders for Prospekt, a standalone Half-Life game made -- with Valve's approval -- using official Half-Life 2 assets. It's a bit remarkable given that most game companies are…

Law firm formally protests Sony's 'Let's Play' trademark attempt

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The McArthur Law Firm, which specializes in video game law, is making a show of formally protesting Sony Computer Entertainment's recent attempt to trademark the term "Let's Play."  The interesting…

Why Eastern and Western mobile game map screens are so different

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Lucky's Tale to come bundled with every Oculus Rift

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Lucky's Tale, a platformer built from the ground up for virtual reality, will come free with every Oculus Rift headset.  This is the second game Oculus is planning on bundling with its…

Combat breakdown: The first encounter in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

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This is going to be an examination of the first combat encounter in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. We are going to step through the level…

Gamasutra's Best of 2015: Simon Carless' Top 5 Overlooked Games

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Following my top 5 games of the year list, and in the vast expense of holiday 2015 time with room to chill out and actually _think_, I had the opportunity…

Nintendo 3DS sales hit 20 million in Japan

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Newsbrief: The Nintendo 3DS has sold over 20 million units - 20.03 million, to be exact - in Japan since launching back in February 2011.  The handheld system surpassed the 20…

Koei Tecmo CEO hints at the future of Nintendo's mysterious NX

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Nintendo's NX is one of the video game industry's biggest mysteries. Announced back in March as a game platform with "a brand-new concept", no one really knows what form the NX…

Mobile developers, test your icon!

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What I learned from Ludum Dare: Making online multiplayer games is hard

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THE SCIENCE OF DRAGONS: HOW DREAMWORKS MADE A GAME OUT OF STEM EDUCATION

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DreamWorks Animation is further expanding its How to Train Your Dragonfranchise into games that teach kids about science and technology, while its VFX and gaming divisions find new applications for…

HOW MOBILE GAME COMPANY SERIOUSLY AIMS TO REVERSE-ENGINEER HOLLYWOOD

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FOUNDED BY ROVIO ALUMS, SERIOUSLY IS TRYING TO DO "HOLLYWOOD BACKWARDS" BY BUILDING OUT ENTERTAINMENT FRANCHISES WITH GAMES AT THEIR CORE.   Andrew Stalbow remembers the "a-ha" moment that led…

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