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  Bug-testing scientific research on video games
image "Science is self-correcting by repeating the studies to reaffirm or dis-confirm findings. This is quite similar to game testing: Game bugs are identified, game testers repeatedly replicate the conditions."
  GDC Europe State of the Industry: Devs moving from mobile to PC
image GDC Europe 2015 officials have released the results of the third annual European State of the Industry Survey, which offers insight into which platforms are most appealing, the perceived value of crowdfunding and what VR means for the industry at large.
1 Surrendering control and trusting in players with Her Story Exclusive
image For Her Story developer Sam Barlow, surrendering his story to players was a mental hurdle he had to overcome as a writer. But it seems to have paid off.
  5 rules to break when developing a mobile game
image CrowdStar made its mobile game Covet Fashion a hit with fans by ignoring the conventional wisdom. Here, CEO Jeffrey Tseng shares his tips for success.
  Sony hits '70-90%' console market share in Europe with PS4
image "Well, we have market leadership in every country in Europe, and have very significant market leadership in continental Europe. Extremely significant," says SCEE president Jim Ryan.
2 Star Citizen's FPS module delayed, as Roberts exposes AAA dev to the public
image Star Citizen has almost $85 million to play with, but even a massive budget like that doesn't isolate you from production problems: its FPS module has been delayed.
  Video: How Disney designs VR experiences for themeparks
image Walt Disney Imagineering was one of the original VR pioneers in the late 1980s, and at GDC 2015 Imagineer Bei Yang shared lessons learned from 20 years of crafting VR experiences.
1 Fallout 4, Star Wars Battlefront lead Game Critics' E3 award noms
image In the wake of E3 2015, its interesting to note that Bethesda's Fallout 4 and Electronic Arts' Star Wars Battlefront picked up multiple nominations for this year's Game Critics Best of E3 Awards.
  Get a job: Firaxis is hiring a Multiplayer Programmer
image Civilization: Beyond Earth studio Firaxis Games is looking for a network programmer with C/C++ and Visual Studio skills to help develop multiplayer game mechanics at its Baltimore, MD offices.
  Australia's new age ratings program sees hundreds of games banned
image Heads up, devs: if your game has been refused classification by the International Age Ratings Coalition, it may be banned from sale in Australia on Google Play/Firefox as part of a new pilot program.
37 Don't Miss: Unorthodox tips for improving your programming skills
image There are plenty of good resources out there that teach technical skills; this timeless post concentrates on more personal lessons that you often only learn through experience or trial and error.
  Elder Scrolls Online creative chief steps down to join Gearbox
image Longtime designer Paul Sage recently stepped down as creative director of Zenimax Online Studios' Elder Scrolls Online MMORPG and returned home to Texas to take on a similar role at Gearbox.
  Mojang has now sold over 20M copies of Minecraft on PC
image Mojang has managed to sell over 20,000,000 copies of Minecraft on PC as of this morning, bringing the remarkably popular sandbox game up into the league of top-sellers like Super Mario Bros.
3 Free-to-play evolution: It's all about adapting to the ride
image "With massive downloads, the user behaviour is spread across a wide set of personas, players with different skill levels, experience and expectations from the game. How do you cater to them all?"
1 Opening new windows into player choices
image A design tool for giving players a new window into the choices your game offers: Mike Stout walks you through how you can offer players ways into your game systems.
  Come out to GDC Europe and learn how Cities: Skylines was made
image Leading experts discuss best practices for developing mobile games for the Chinese market, and Colossal Order deconstructs its hit city-builder Cities: Skylines at GDC Europe in Cologne, Germany this August.
1 6 metrics for better game narrative
image Former BioWare writer Alexander Freed: "Game metrics are nothing more or less than a way of increasing your understanding of your audience."
4 How a Hellraiser tie-in became Super 3D Noah's Ark
image This excerpt from Gabe Durham's terrific book on the game Bible Adventures lays out the backstory on one of the most unusual FPS games ever made.
  5 in-game events all free-to-play games should track
image "Having granular details of how players interact with different elements in your game allows you to really understand how itís performing and what specific areas you need to concentrate on."
  Esports betting platform Unikrn secures $7 million in further funding
image Unikrn has secured $7 million in further funding during their Series A round of investment. Investors include Binary Capital and Mark Cuban.
  It's all about retention
image What every F2P game needs, and how to get it: "In all its simplicity, retention is a fancy word for describing people coming back to your game. Good retention means you've got people playing."
3 Building a narrative out of push notifications in Lifeline
image 3 Minute Games set out to make a simple text adventure. They ended up hitting upon a killer app for gaming on the Apple Watch.
  Q&A: How your games can find players, on recommendation site Product Hunt
image Gamasutra speaks to Russ Frushtick, head of the Product Hunt games category, which is currently in beta -- about the site's hopes to connect developers to players.
  Toys and games come together, as Disney merges divisions
image Disney Infinity is having a big effect on the company, and its consumer products and interactive divisions are becoming one.
  Shigeru Miyamoto isn't deeply involved in the Nintendo NX's design
image "Iíve pulled myself back out of some of the hardware section... Of course I am observing and looking at the hardware, but I am not actively participating and making decisions."

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  5 Rules to Break When Developing a Game -- Tips From Covet Fashion Publisher CrowdStar
by Jeffrey Tseng
After publishing more than 30 games aimed at the female audience, CrowdStar decided to "unlearn"...
  Beta testing/replication on video game cognition research
by Wai Yen Tang
An examination of three studies that failed to replicate past findings on the cognitive benefits of...
1 Games affecting people
by Raph Koster
"They're just entertainment." "It's not our problem." "No, they don't." "Do you want games to be...
  10 things you should know about ... QA
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  @Play 82: IRDC US 2015
by John Harris
On the talks of IRDC US 2015.

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Agni Interactive, Inc Agni Interactive is a creative content development company focusing on bringing our clientsí creative vision to life through concept art/pre-production, production art services, mobile game design and development services. Our clients include DeNA, Storm8
Exis, LLC
Exis, LLC XCOM, CIV, Bioshock Infinite, World of Tanks, the list goes on.Top publishers and defense contractors count on Exis to deliver their assets. Why not join them, and get the best art possible for your projects?
Guenther & Associates
Guenther & Associates A CPA Firm that provides Specialized Accounting, Legal and Tax Services to the Video Game Industry.
Zvky Design Studio
Zvky Design Studio Zvky Design Studio, is a next-gen entertainment design firm based in the "silicon valley of India". We are a "Quality First" studio where we focus our passion, energy and skills to deliver exemplary next-gen art for all platforms.
ADIA Entertainment Ltd.
ADIA Entertainment Ltd. Adia Digital Art is one of China's biggest digital art production companies, and one of the main go-to outsource solutions in Asia for game developers world-wide.
Clean Cuts Music & Sound Design
Clean Cuts Music & Sound Design Clean Cuts is an award winning audio facility with over 25 years of experience in original music composition, custom sound design, audio implementation, and voice over casting. We have 14 audio suites, 16 sound designers, and staff 3 full-time composers.
Flippy Fox Studios
Flippy Fox Studios Flippy Fox Studios is a game development company located in Orange County California. We specialize in AAA Game Software Engineering. We help you ship your games!
Roboto
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Excerpt: Unity in Action
image Joseph Hocking explains how to create convincing skyboxes using Unity in this excerpt from his newly released book Unity in Action.
Results from Game Design Challenge: Twin-Stick Test
image Game Career Guide's readers draft a series of creative games in which two analog sticks control two distinct in-game elements as part of our latest Game Design Challenge.
Postmortem: Spellblade
image Marcelo Spiezzi Raimbault explains what went right and what went poorly during the development of Spellblade, a run-and-gun shooter created at SMU Guildhall by a team of 4 students.