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  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.
1 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.
6 Blog: Is Amiibo Nintendo’s next costly disaster?
image This blog post outlines threats and weaknesses in Nintendo's "figure platform" Amiibo that may mean that the company can't capitalize on the potential Skylanders' success implies.
2 Prototyping methodology for Assassin's Creed IV's ship battles
image Lead designer Sébastien Lambottin shares the prototyping methodology which lead to Assassin's Creed IV's naval battles -- what he calls a "prototyping library."
  Apple's quarter sees good performance, solid phone sales
image Apple has strong financial performance for its third quarter as iPhone sales are up slightly year-on-year, while iPad sales are down.
7 Microsoft CEO Nadella sticks by Xbox, citing bigger opportunities
image CEO Satya Nadella plans to continue to back Xbox because of the prominence of games in today's software ecosystem, saying, "gaming is the largest digital life category in a mobile-first, cloud-first world."
  Microsoft ships 11.7 million Xbox consoles in 2014, a modest gain
image Full-year results for the company overall show gains, but pre-price drop Xbox One performance doesn't move the needle for the quarter -- or much for the year.
1 EA sees profits rise on the back of strong packaged game sales
image The company is reporting modest growth in both revenue and profits as sales of packaged games like EA Sports UFC overtake digital for the first time in months.
  Get a job: Petroglyph is looking to hire a Network Programmer
image Programmers with experience in game networking technology, take note: Grey Goo developer Petroglyph Games is hiring a network programmer to work alongside in its Las Vegas studio.
3 Don't Miss: The beautifully intricate design of Else Heartbreak Exclusive
image Erik Svedäng and Niklas Åkerblad talk Else Heartbreak, a story-driven game set in the fictional harbor town of Dorisburg: "a strange kind of homemade Grand Theft Auto, without any guns or cars."
  Nvidia's new Shield tablet is hardwired to stream games to Twitch
image The 8-inch Android device that's being sold as a means of playing both mobile and streamed PC games in the traditional way -- in front of a live audience on Twitch.
2 A clever method for embedding user-generated content in shared images
image "What if we could build our sharing system on an existing social network, like Twitter? Send vehicle designs in tweets so Twitter would provide us with a reliable hosting solution, plus built-in social sharing and virality."
  GameSalad adds cloud features with Together Games acquisition
image Drag-and-drop, template-based game creation tool gets a useful upgrade thanks to the Together Platform, bringing achievements, leaderboards, chat, and multiplayer.
2 Sacked Halo composer settles lawsuit with former employer
image Former Bungie composer Marty O'Donnell has accepted nearly $100,000 to settle his lawsuit against Bungie president Harold Ryan over unpaid benefits after allegedly being fired without cause.
  Surprise -- Amazon Game Studios is making Amazon Fire phone games
image AGS continues to be the leading developer of Amazon platform-exclusive titles, announcing that it is partnering with two mobile studios to launch a pair of games for the Fire smartphone.
15 Will that crowdfunded game ever actually ship?
image A simple set of three rules for developers and backers designed to answer the question "Will that crowdfunded game ever actually ship?" proposed by noted indie Lars Doucet.
  Rovio and Twitch join the speaker lineup for GDC Europe 2014
image European experts from Rovio and Twitch join the lineup of speakers exploring the art and business of games at GDC Europe 2014 this August in Cologne.
8 How to become a graphics programmer in the games industry
image "As we were hiring a new Graphics Programmer at work I had to identify what kind of technical knowledge and skills we would expect from a potential candidate. This post might help you to identify areas to learn about."
48 Gender wage gap: How the game industry compares to the U.S. average Exclusive
image The gender pay gap is once again a hot topic in the world of U.S. politics, and in the world of video game development, the issue has reared its head.
6 Grinding and the burden of optimal play
image "Somehow I had made a game in which you repeat the same task (solving a hacking puzzle) over and over again. How did it come to this?"
58 Game Developer Salary Survey 2014: The results are in! Exclusive
image Gamasutra recently polled over 4,000 game developers worldwide, asking them the question: How much money did you make?
1 Antialiasing procedural shaders in the Unreal Engine
image "When using texture mapping, most modern engines will take care of antialiasing for you. Procedural shaders do not share this luxury and the creator usually has to take care of this."
6 'What are the greatest influences on your work as a creator?'
image When we asked our Twitter followers what influenced them, we were hoping to hear lots of different things, and so we did.
6 Cliff Bleszinski opens up about the future of games
image "Not having an agenda has been tremendously freeing, creatively as well as professionally." - Cliff Bleszinski on his "retirement," now officially ended with the announcement of BlueStreak
  Video: No more scapegoats -- Improving the public image of games
image In this GDC 2013 panel, professor Ian Bogost joined Epic expat Mike Capps and the IGDA's Daniel Greenberg to argue against public misconceptions about games, and what we can do to counter them.

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6 Is amiibo Nintendo’s Next Costly Disaster?
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Results from Game Design Challenge: The Task at Hand
image Game Career Guide's readers put a fun spin on everyday tasks and household chores with creative concepts submitted for our latest Game Design Challenge.
Consider Changing Your Hobby Into Your Job
image Koen Deetman explains how you can turn a dream into a job, giving you an idea of how to start out in the games industry.
Student Postmortem: Entrapment
image Stuart Lilford looks back on Entrapment, a point-and-click adventure game featured in the Adventure Game Studio Bake Sale.

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