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Published: Thu, 8 Dec 2016 22:40:01 -0500

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Best of 2016: Unprecedented raw footage of Japan's game industry

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 19:05:00 -0500

(image) This collection of videos from John Szczepaniak's recent documentary shine a light on the forgotten history of Japanese game development, proving to be one our most popular posts of the year. ...


Heroes of the Storm director steps down to 'try something new' at Blizzard

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 19:02:00 -0500

(image) Former Starcraft II director Dustin Browder announced today that he's giving up his spot as game director on Blizzard's Heroes of the Storm MOBA to "try something new" elsewhere in the company. ...


Vive Studios is HTC's new first-party VR game dev division

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 18:31:00 -0500

(image) HTC is best known in the game industry for producing (in concert with Valve) the HTC Vive, and now the company is digging in with the launch of its own first-party VR dev division: Vive Studios. ...


White House plans eSports event to raise health insurance awareness

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 17:08:00 -0500

(image) Twitch announced today it's heading to the White House next week for a 4-hour livestreamed "Competitive Gaming Event" to draw people's attention to an upcoming health care enrollment deadline. ...


Rocketwerkz' Dean Hall defends VR devs who make exclusivity deals

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 16:45:00 -0500

(image) "People talk about devs who have taken Oculus/Facebook/Intel money like they've sold out," said Hall. "The reality is these devs made these deals because it is the only way their games could come out." ...


Get a job: Hangar 13 is hiring a VFX Artist

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 15:50:00 -0500

(image) Hangar 13 is looking for an experienced VFX Artist with a critical eye for timing, animation, and motion of real world objects and visual FX to create gameplay effects and more in Novato, California. ...


Blog: Designing games for eSports

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 15:39:00 -0500

(image) League of Legends maker Riot plans to sell the eSports distribution rights to their game for nearly $100M a year. But how can other developers and investors get a piece of the eSports action? ...


Don't Miss: How crunch makes games worse

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 14:44:00 -0500

(image) Ask anyone in the industry about crunch and you're likely to hear opinions based on that person's individual experience. Now, here's some hard data on crunch from the Game Outcomes Project. ...


Obsidian lays off some Armored Warfare devs as project moves to Moscow

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 14:26:00 -0500

(image) A number of Obsidian employees are facing layoffs early next year as development of Armored Warfare partially shifts to new location. ...


Online games will be required to disclose random loot box odds in China

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 13:44:00 -0500

(image) New regulations laid out by the Chinese Ministry of Culture state that publishers will soon be required to disclose the drop rates for items included in chance-based loot boxes. ...


Lucasfilm ILMxLAB engineers break down VR's accessibility issues at GDC 2017

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 13:35:00 -0500

(image) In their GDC 2017 talk, ILMxLAB's Hannah Gillis and Ben Peck will jumpstart the accessibility conversation within the VR dev community and share lessons learned, as well as areas for improvement. ...


Miyamoto says stripped back mobile titles can revitalize console counterparts

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 12:10:00 -0500

(image) "The longer you continue to make a series, the more complex the gameplay becomes, and the harder it becomes for new players to be able to get into the series." ...


GDC 2017 will host a Classic Game Postmortem of The Oregon Trail!

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 12:02:00 -0500

(image) Oregon Trail co-creator and educational software vet Don Rawitsch will be delivering a Classic Postmortem of the world's best-known educational game at GDC 2017 next year! ...


Blog: Standardizing loudness in virtual reality

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 11:30:00 -0500

(image) Loudness standardization has started for regular console games based on broadcast standards. With those standards being primarily set for television, should VR games adopt its own legislated standard? ...


Booming game chat app Discord intros in-game text, voice integration

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 11:00:00 -0500

(image) Rapidly-growing chat software specialist Discord has pulled back the curtain on GameBridge, a new program that gives devs the tools to integrate voice and text chat into their projects. ...