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TL;DR JAN-2018

Nintendo reveals Labo, a DIY ‘build-and-play experience’ for Switch
“Labo will let Nintendo Switch owners build cardboard versions of real-world items like a 13-key piano, fishing rod or motorbike.“

Amid a rising tide of games, devs reflect on state of the Switch market
“With all of these games rushing to release on the console, will the Switch soon develop the same discoverability issues as Steam and the mobile market?“

GDC State of the Industry: Dev interest in Nintendo Switch surges, VR interest wanes
“With responses from nearly 4,000 game developers, this year’s survey results reflect a growing level of developer interest in the Nintendo Switch, with 12% of respondents currently developing games for Nintendo’s unique hybrid console. This represents a significant jump from last year’s survey, in which only 3% of respondents said they were working on a Switch title.“

Oculus Start program aims to lighten the load for VR devs
“[Oculus] Start developers will get access to development kits for new and existing hardware, beta access for tools and services, and opportunities to network with their peers at industry events - such as Oculus Connect.“

HTC unveils higher-resolution Vive Pro VR headset with built-in headphones
“The original Vive debuted nearly two years ago, and the new Vive Pro is clearly designed to address some of the complaints of that earlier headset.“

The Xbox One has a serious exclusive games problem
“Some of the names being thrown around as possible acquisitions by Microsoft are, frankly, astounding, even unthinkable. But the fact that they are doing the rounds is instructive.“

PlayStation executive shakeup continues with exit of third-party relations boss
“Hunziker’s departure now adds some uncertainty into Sony’s relations with its top game partners.“

Apple Signals Transition Away from 32-Bit App Support on the Mac
“Apple hasn’t announced a date by which it will end 32-bit app support on macOS, but the beta release of macOS 10.13.4 includes notifications signaling to users that the transition to 64-bit apps has begun.“

Ex-Apple execs take on Twitch with launch of new social broadcasting platform Caffeine
“Caffeine brought on former Valve and Oculus executive, Anna Sweet, to head its business, content and strategy efforts.”

Leveling The Playing Field
“Coffee Stain Studios, developer and publisher of Goat Simulator, is announcing a new funding initiative focused on promoting gender equality within game development studios.“

GDC cancels achievement award for Atari founder after outcry
“The organizers of the Game Developers Choice Awards announced today that they have rescinded the Pioneer Award for Atari founder Nolan Bushnell, and announced the award will not be given this year entirely.“

The cost of games
“How many dollars does it cost a developer to create a byte?“