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  A peek at the metal: Metro dev talks PS4 vs. Xbox One performance
image "We may push 40 per cent more pixels per frame on PS4, but it's not 40 per cent better as a result... your own eyes can tell you that."
1 Video: A Lucasfilm Games postmortem, told by those who lived it
image This GDC 2014 postmortem featuring six of Lucasfilm Games' earliest employees asks the questions: "What mix of creative and business forces shaped this studio?" and "Could it be duplicated today?"
  Get a job: WB Games / Monolith seeks a senior software engineer
image The Washington-based studio working on Shadow of Mordor is looking for an engineer to help plot the future of its graphics technologies.
  Wage gauge: Industry salary stats from the 2014 Game Career Guide Exclusive
image In this edition you'll find lots of great data aimed at preparing you for a career in game development, including the results of Gamasutra's most recent industry-wide salary survey.
7 Don't Miss: Composition in level design - An in-depth examination
image A comprehensive look at what goes into creating first person shooter levels for a sense of visual composition -- and what that means in terms of guiding players to experience your gameplay best.
7 Blog: On the brink of a nervous breakdown
image A developer discovers the game he's been slaving over -- which he thought was original -- has similarities to other titles. In this post, he confronts his feelings on finding out.
  How the Jagged Alliance 2 developers dealt with '90s gun culture
image An interesting excerpt from game industry veteran Darius Kazemi's book on Jagged Alliance 2 elucidates how the game drew upon -- and later shied away from -- contemporary gun culture.
  GOG moves to diversify its lineup by adding DRM-free films
image has long billed itself as a digital distribution platform for DRM-free PC games, and now it's expanding that remit to encompass DRM-free movies as well.
  Enjoyment and self-determination in winning video games
image How challenging is too challenging, and how challenging is just right? Researchers work to determine whether players like winning more than they like struggling to win.
  Reminder: GDC 2015 call for submissions closes tomorrow!
image The call for proposals for Main Conference talks, roundtables and panel sessions for the 2015 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, CA ends tomorrow (8/28). Don't miss the deadline!
7 Designing achievements: How good should I be at my own game?
image "As a game maker, I wouldn't feel comfortable releasing a game that I could not beat, but does the same hold true for achievements?"
4 All I needed to know (about games) I learned from Dungeons & Dragons
image A lecture from designer and educator Lewis Pulsipher that showcases how Dungeons & Dragons contains the seeds of wisdom for designing games -- and challenges much of today's triple-A conventional wisdom.
7 Game Design Deep Dive: Amnesia's 'Sanity Meter' Exclusive
image Amnesia: The Dark Descent's "sanity meter" feature was born out of darkness. Creative director Thomas Grip explains the evolution of the meter's design.
1 Call of Duty audio boss Adam Levenson joins SomaTone as COO
image SomaTone Interactive, a music and sound design company that provides hundreds of developers with audio for games, has hired industry veteran Adam Levenson as its new chief operating officer.
2 Half of UK devs plan to make games for next-gen consoles, new survey suggests
image While the majority of game developers in the UK are currently building games for mobile platforms, a new survey suggests that a boost to next-gen console development may be on the cards.
3 Blog: Quick thoughts on the 'sprint' in Mario, Meat Boy
image "Re-playing these platformer made me realize that platformers are some of the most open gameplay experiences available; rarely are designer-imposed limitations placed on the player."
1 The perils, opportunities, and responsibilities of Steam Early Access
image Prominent Steam Early Access developers weigh in on the state of the service -- how it helps them make games, but how its reputation is beginning to hurt them, too.
3 Nintendo hopes to reel in fans with Mario Kart 8 crossover DLC
image Nintendo brings in Zelda's Link and Animal Crossing characters, as well as robust additions to the game, to further entice its fans.
3 The West Bank has its first game developer
image "I truly believe that Palestinians are very innovative and out-of-the-box thinkers. Its something that is required in our day-to-day life, and Im certain that, when given the chance, this makes our games different."
  Tablet game revenue to triple by 2019, report finds
image Juniper Research expects revenues from tablet games to jump from $3.6 billion this year to $13.3 billion five years from now.
21 Don't Miss: Dirty Game Development Tricks Exclusive
image From the archives of Game Developer Magazine come 9 from-the-trenches stories of designers, artists and programmers using unorthodox tricks to circumvent sticky development problems.
  Get a job: Cloud Imperium Games seeks a Technical Animator
image One of the studios working on Chris Roberts' crowdfunded space sim Star Citizen needs a technical animator to work alongside the rest of the Cloud Imperium team in Santa Monica, CA.
3 There's a patent battle brewing between Capcom and Koei Tecmo
image The two Japanese game companies are gearing up for a legal battle over a 2002 Capcom technology patent that governs how game makers can distribute new content to people who own their games.
17 Cheap beer and the psychology of PlayStation Now pricing
image A look at why Sony's PlayStation Now pricing seems baffling: "For just two more dollars you can get the game for 7 days -- that's 164 additional hours. So why even have a 4 hour option that nobody is going to pick?"
1 Designing and developing a location-based mobile RPG
image "While playing in the car, the game layers real-world data including weather, time of day, and everything you pass on the road -- like streets, schools, buildings, parks, lakes and popular locations -- on top of the fantasy world."

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1 They Shout Louder
by Robert Fearon
The future of videogames is not in the hands of the mob that shouts the loudest. A look at the past,...
  Improving Kingdom Rush Frontiers
by Carlos Contreras Peinado
Some improvements to the great game: Kingdom Rush Frontiers
  How I Teach game Design. (Lesson 3: Games and Rules )
by Eric Zimmerman
A series about what and how I teach. In this lesson: understanding the uses and limits of framing...
  The Four Ways To Make Money In The Irish Games Industry
by Shane O\'Brien
Having recently finished up college, I naturally wanted to get a job in the industry without having...
6 I'm Reaching My Limit
by Benjamin Quintero
Can I just buy my games please?

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Game Career Guide Salary Survey 2014
image In the annual Game Career Guide for 2014, you'll find the results of Gamasutra's most recent industry-wide salary survey, which offers useful learnings to indie and AAA developers alike.
Download the 2014 Game Career Guide Now!
image Looking to advance your career in the video game industry? The free annual Game Career Guide for 2014 is now available!
Results from Game Design Challenge: Fun for the Whole Family
image Game Career Guide's readers transform M-rated games into family-friendly fare as part of our latest Game Design Challenge. Read on for our top picks.
Annual Game Career Guide
The annual Game Career Guide 2014 is now available. Whether you are a newbie in the industry or an expert, the GCGs exclusive industry content is a great tool for those who wish to plan their profession in the game industry.