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  Memories of Xbox Live Arcade, from its most successful devs
image "XBLA opened a door that blocked independent and smaller developers from the largest game consumers at the time." - Super Meat Boy dev Tommy Refenes
  Get a job: DreamSail Games seeks an Unreal Programmer
image Multiplayer game developer DreamSail is looking for a new programmer with UE4 coding experience to join the team at DreamSail's New York headquarters and work on a multiplayer flight game.
  Video: Reducing anti-social behavior in games through smart design
image At GDC 2015, psychologist and Player Research games user researcher Ben Lewis-Evans explored how games can be explicitly designed to reduce anti-social behavior by their players.
82 Don't Miss: 'Crunch makes games worse' and more Game Outcomes Project findings
image If you ask anyone in the industry about crunch, you're likely to hear opinions, strongly-held, based on that person's experience. Now, here's some hard data gleaned from the Game Outcomes Project.
  This Week in Video Game Blogging: Fallout 4 and assassin architecture
image This week, our partnership with game criticism site Critical Distance brings us picks on topics ranging from environmental storytelling in Fallout 4 to connecting games to the art disciplines of brutalism and opera.
  PSA: One week left to submit your alternative controller games to ALT.CTRL.GDC!
image Monday, December 7th is the deadline to submit your unique game peripherals, contraptions and novelties that enhance game experience to the ALT.CTRL.GDC showcase at GDC 2016.
  Supercell partners with Apple to use its IAP-selling power for charity
image Mobile game titan Supercell is working with Apple to sell special "(RED)" in-app purchases for its three popular games and donate the proceeds to The Global Fund To Fight AIDS.
8 Analyzing our failed Kickstarter
image "I wasn't prepared for numbers so low that we may actually hold the record for the lowest funding percentage (about 0.3%) for any game project in the history of Kickstarter."
  Nintendo's new Account service is live in Japan
image Nintendo has gone ahead and launched its new Nintendo Account service in Japan this week, outlined back in October as a cross-platform console, PC and mobile service that would help expand Nintendo's audience.
1 Voice interaction and player identity dissonance in games
image "Voice interaction in games is curiously polarizing. Players routinely express frustration with its accuracy, its social awkwardness, its potential for griefing, and its inefficiency."
  Sign up for Gamasutra's new VR and AR newsletter!
image Heads up! Here's a quick note about our new Gamasutra VR and AR newsletter that’s launching this month, featuring curated Gamasutra stories sent straight to your inbox.
5 So you wanna make video games, huh?
image "Lately, I notice that when people tell me that they want to work in video games, I feel a sense of panic on their behalf, like they’re telling me that they’re about to go and do something dangerous or negative."
3 Creating augmented reality archery game, Shadow Shooter
image Masasuke Yasumoto, a professor at the Kanagawa Institute of Technology, created a compelling AR archery experience that uses a real bow with a projector mounted to its front as a controller.
1 Come to GDC 2016 to get hard data on how crunch makes games worse
image With GDC 2016 drawing closer, conference officials are pleased to announce details of two new talks on finding success in the game industry from longtime members Bob Bates and Paul Tozour.
  Korean dev Smilegate sells Crossfire rights for $500 million
image Chinese online game developer The9 Limited has announced that its joint venture Oriental Shiny Star will purchase the rights to Crossfire 2 from Korean studio Smilegate Entertainment.
4 Adobe bids farewell to Flash, announces Animate rebranding
image Adobe has at long last confirmed the death of Flash, announcing plans to rebrand its ageing web animation software as Adobe Animate CC early next year.
  The White House reveals the winners of the National Climate Game Jam
image The winners of the National Climate Game Jam, an event designed to educate people about the effects and causes of climate change, have been revealed.
1 How we made our stop-motion trailer
image "Looking at the finished trailer, I like to think we’ve made something that’s fun to watch and captures the feel of the story and is enough to get people on to the App Store to download the app!"
10 Hope is the message: Breaking free of fear in life and game dev
image Laralyn McWilliams: "Ultimately we have two choices: we can greet our definitely indefinite future with fear, or we can embrace the unknown in all its potential to surprise, challenge and delight us."
  Thanks to a debug-mode hack, you can now freely mess with EarthBound
image Thanks to a new hack, you can muck about with one of the most lauded games of the JRPG genre -- and lay its secrets bare.
1 Call of Duty still on top -- during Black Friday, anyway
image And Sony's doing a good job of staying on top, even with a massive Microsoft deal creating inroads for the system.
  Get a job: Be a Community & Marketing Manager for Shield Break
image AAA veterans have launched the Costa Mesa-based indie venture Shield Break Studios, and they're looking for a communicative type to work as a community manager for their debut game Bierzerkers.
  Video: Turning concepts into production art for Halo 2: Anniversary
image At GDC 2015 earlier this year, Certain Affinity's Michael Pavlovich explains how 3D concept models went from idea to in-game assets in a single day during development of Halo 2: Anniversary.
  Saved from their bankrupt parent company, sim devs form new studio
image Just Flight is evidently the "new company" former Mastertronic MD Andy Payne mentioned would be spun out of the firm last week as Mastertronic sold it off to a new buyer amid bankruptcy proceedings.
  The best games of 2015: We want your picks
image Soon, Gamasutra's editorial staff will begin to publish our picks for the best and most significant games -- but that's only half of the picture. Once again, we're asking you to join in.

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  Ten Lessons Over Ten Years
by James Youngman
Ten valuable tips for beginning game designers, learned over ten years of professional experience.
  Shenmue 3 Kickstarter and the Affect Heuristic
by Jamie Madigan
How do gaming Kickstarters that rely on nostalgia make use of our irrational decision-making?
  The Many Problems of Greenlight
by James Buckle
Thinking of putting a game through Greenlight? Here are some of the problems I've been encountering...
  The (Whole) Making of Toto Temple Deluxe
by Yowan Langlais
Throughout the development process of Toto Temple Deluxe, we published multiple articles...
10 Hope Is The Message
by Laralyn McWillams
In March, 2013, I wrote The Metrics Aren’t The Message here on Gamasutra. The years have brought...

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Clean Cuts Music & Sound Design
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Guenther & Associates
Guenther & Associates A CPA Firm that provides Specialized Accounting, Legal and Tax Services to the Video Game Industry.
LocalizeDirect Want to reach players all over the world? Get expert translations in multiple languages and maximize your game’s global market.
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!

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Results from Game Design Challenge: Passion for Fashion
image Game Career Guide's readers turn fashion into a workable game mechanic in these winning entries for our latest Game Design Challenge.
How to Handle Sprint Planning
image Veteran producer and level designer Brian Applegate explains how game development teams can prioritize their goals by using spring planning effectively.
Solo Indie Dev: What I Wish I Knew Five Months Ago
image James Neally presents a series of crucial tips for budding game designers, offering valuable advice based on first-hand experience.