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2 Blog: One simple hack to crack IAPs in the developing world
image "Why is it that you are able to get the same levels of engagement and retention from the developing world but not the same percentage of payers and pretty much no monetization at all?"
  Sony seeks to settle lawsuit over PSN data breach for $15 million
image Sony has agreed to a preliminary $15 million settlement in a long-running class action lawsuit over the PlayStation Network security breach in April 2011. Here's what they're offering to those affected.
3 Differences between software testing and game testing
image A senior QA engineer at King (Candy Crush Saga) with a background in software testing and mobile phone QA takes a look at the differences between the two worlds.
  Game developer layoffs were up in 2013, according to new survey Exclusive
image While previous years have seen a downward trend in layoffs, 2013 saw a slight increase, according to Gamasutra's Game Developer Salary Survey 2014.
  Video: 17 lessons for game developers, from Vlambeer's Rami Ismail
image In a recent talk at the Gamelab conference in Barcelona, Ismail outlined (around) 17 lessons for game developers, with key takeaways like "Take business seriously" and "Don't take business seriously."
  Blog: Re-imagining the distinctive soundtrack of a classic video game
image John Broomhall has come a long way since composing music for the X-COM series and Transport Tycoon. With more recent work under his belt, he looks back at some of his classic compositions.
7 Q&A: Keeping up with hit mobile game Kim Kardashian: Hollywood Exclusive
image Kim Kardashian has conquered everything from cable TV to bottled water with some stupendous branding tactics. Now, the branding maven can add the iOS App Store to her list of conquests.
  GDC Europe debuts sponsored sessions and a full Amazon dev day
image GDC Europe 2014 organizers highlight a day-long sponsored developer day from Amazon and great sponsored sessions from Microsoft, Google, Epic and more.
1 Twitch's new 'Host Mode' allows channels to cross-promote
image Whether you use it to help promote games from developer friends or it evolves in a way for popular channels to curate the feeds they like best, it could be a significant upgrade.
1 Facebook's Zuckerberg promises heavy investment in Oculus VR
image "We can help define what the next generation of computing is going to be," said Facebook founder and CEO Zuckerberg, by way of explaining the $2 billion deal for Oculus VR.
  Video: Designing games to be impactful, not escapist entertainment
image In this GDC 2013 talk, designer Jane McGonigal reminds developers that their games really do affect the lives of their players and gives design advice to ensure those effects are positive.
27 Riot experiments with permabans to stamp out toxic behavior
image The company is testing a new system in League of Legends that can permanently ban players for "extreme toxicity" like griefing and use of racial or homophobic slurs. Because, c'mon now.
  Facebook has good results on ad uptick, but game payments look weak
image In its latest quarterly results, revenue grew 61 percent year-on-year, but the company's big wins were advertising-related, with game revenues falling for the second straight quarter.
  Get a job: Turbine is hiring a Mobile Software Engineer
image The house responsible for Lord of the Rings Online and the Infinite Crisis MOBA needs a software engineer to work on mobile projects in its Needham, Massachusetts office.
4 Don't Miss: An Architectural Approach to Level Design
image "Architectural techniques and theories for level designers to use in their own work, practical elements of how designers construct space are addressed along with experiential elements of how and why humans interact with this space."
5 Controversial Areal Kickstarter suspended, but dev soldiers on
image Members of the original S.T.A.L.K.E.R. team launched a Kickstarter campaign for open-world game Areal -- but it's been kicked off the funding platform amidst irregularities and accusations.
9 Wii U won players over after E3, market report suggests
image GameSpot Trax, the editorial site's analytics and research arm, suggests its readers have dramatically increased their interest in the Wii U following Nintendo's strong showing.
9 How Ubisoft taught a strategy game studio to be a AAA shooter studio Exclusive
image How does Ubisoft develop a game across as many as 10 different studios? Gamasutra speaks to David Polfeldt, managing director of Massive, developers of The Division, to find out.
22 5 nightmares of a modern game designer
image "The Game Designer is the only person who is completely in charge of the game experience... I want to show you five working issues that Game Designers (well, me) experience like a nightmare in a B-movie."
  Lionsgate bolsters its game division with free-to-play studio deal
image Lionsgate continues to chase game development, announcing this week that it has partnered with -- and invested money in -- the newly-minted Finnish F2P developer Next Games.
1 5 important facts about the mobile game market
image A new poll of over 10,000 app developers puts into numbers just how challenging the game app market has become.
  Q&A: Jonatan Van Hove launches GDC Europe's first innovation showcase
image Van Hove shares his experience as a European indie developer and his inspiration for working to establish the first-ever European Innovative Games Showcase at GDC Europe 2014 this August.
1 Europe's free-to-play crackdown: Hot air or hot topic?
image Attorney Jas Purewal takes a deep look at the European Commission's four key objectives for mobile games, as adopted by Google and, so far, rejected by Apple.
11 6 key points from the 2014 Indie Salary Report Exclusive
image This is the fifth year for the indie developer salary report, in which we survey non-salaried game developers. 2013 was a mixed bag overall, with some salaries up, some down year-on-year.
9 As mobile takes hold, PC Gaming Alliance changes its name
image The PC Gaming Alliance was founded in 2009 with the purpose of advocating the growth and standardization of games on PC. Now, the non-profit’s mission becomes broader.

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1 Killing a horse with text
by Benoit Prezeau
Thoughts about describing the act of killing in a text-based CRPG.
7 The Story These Stories Aren't Telling
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22 Five nightmares of a modern Game Designer
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The Game Designer is the only person who is utterly and completely in charge of the game experience,...
  FULL CIRCLE: Videogame Music & All That Jazz
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Reflections on re-imagining the distinctive soundtrack of a classic videogame
21 Is amiibo Nintendo’s Next Costly Disaster?
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