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  Leaderboards: The original and best social feature
image A look at why leaderboards are so commonly implemented, what they gain you as a developer, and how players react to them.
  Sony swings to profits, thanks to strong PS4 performance
image Sony saw a notable rise in profits during the first quarter of the current fiscal year, as the company's PlayStation business swung back from losses to income.
  Gamasutra Explains: The YouTuber Phenomenon Exclusive
image What do YouTubers do? Who are they? Why does it matter to you? Gamasutra looked into the phenomenon and created a handy guide so you can get up-to-speed on it.
  Glu revenues up, and thanks to Kardashian, it's raising guidance
image Still, the company makes a loss for the quarter -- though it expects "record" performance for next quarter. It's also picked up Racing Rivals dev Cie Games.
1 Puzzle & Dragons' GungHo has great first half: $523 million in profit
image The top-ranked Japanese smartphone publisher reveals strong numbers for the first half of 2014, though its second quarter saw a slight year-on-year dip in profit.
  Video: Using the Fox Engine to build Ground Zeroes
image Hideo Kojima and the Kojima Productions staff demonstrate and explain the workflow and development process of Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes on the Fox Engine at GDC 2013.
2 Crytek's Austin studio is no longer making games
image The German company withdraws from U.S. game development as it moves Hunt development to Crytek Frankfurt and lays off developers -- but not CryEngine support staff -- at Crytek Austin.
1 Blog: Who are my game dev heroes?
image "When I think of a game dev hero, I think of a person who I feel has impacted me on a personal level. Someone I aspire to be like or whose work greatly influences my own."
  Get a job: Turtle Rock is looking to hire a Technical Artist
image The developer of Evolve seeks to hire a technical artist to assist with asset production and optimization for PC and contemporary console hardware in their Lake Forest, CA studio.
  Crytek sells Homefront IP to Koch Media, development to continue
image Under the terms of the deal, Homefront: The Revolution development will be picked up by Koch Media's newly-formed Deep Silver Dambuster Studios.
59 Don't Miss: Level design in The Legend of Zelda
image Can the original Zelda game still have things to teach designers? Mike Stout (Skylanders) dives back into the 1986 classic to see how Miyamoto handled pathing, challenge ramping, and more.
  Xbox One gets its first free-to-play MMO
image Perfect World is planning to launch Cryptic Studios' F2P Neverwinter PC MMORPG on Xbox One later this year in China, then roll it out to consoles in North America and Europe in 2015.
6 Blog: Making a shoestring-budget game for the Xbox One
image "Iíve been indie for almost nine years now and am still in the red, so Iíve gotten to a point where Iím loathe to spend another penny. Add to that I really had no idea how a game on the Xbox One would sell."
  Microsoft lays out the details of Xbox One's Chinese debut
image The company plans to launch Xbox One in China with a select slate of launch titles and the promise of more to come from Chinese developers, including Tencent and NetEase.
3 Game about HIV shows how playing and learning go hand-in-hand
image A new study, based around an iPad game that teaches about the risks of HIV, has found that video games can be used in "new and exciting ways" to teach young kids real-world knowledge.
4 Japan's console game market is shrinking fast - report
image According to a new report from the Japanese Computer Entertainment Supplier's Association, Japan's console game market shrunk by a fair margin during 2013, while the country's mobile games market expanded.
5 A look at four studies on game preferences by gender
image "There are motivational differences in gamersí preferences for genres... This comes from common perceptions among gamers as well as good number of studies."
  Juicebox Games making 'mid-core' mobile games with $2.5M investment
image A free-to-play mobile studio headed up by ex-Zynga staffers today revealed that it raised $2.54 million in funding to create "mid-core" games aimed at men aged 18-35.
10 Sony doesn't think EA Access subscription service is good value
image Sony has explained why the upcoming EA Access subscription service from Electronic Arts is not coming to PlayStation platforms, stating that the scheme is not good value for money.
  Using Scrum in indie game development
image "At the end of the day, the team is what remains in a company, and it grows up with its experiences. In every case the team should learn a lot, to take the maximum advantage independently from results."
18 Blog: Why I'm no longer participating in game jams
image "I started feeling like game jams have become a forced frame for creativity, a required activity for those interested in making games. It's like we collectively started saying 'You wanna make games? Do jams.'"
3 Touch Love: Ledoliel and the world of Devine Lu Linvega Exclusive
image Leigh Alexander spends time with Ledoliel, an often-intimate, often-violent alien negotiation app -- and looks into the distinctive world of its multidisciplinary creator, Devine Lu Linvega.
14 More losses for Nintendo, despite Mario Kart 8 success
image Nintendo continued to see decreased profits and notable losses during the last three months, despite the launches of big name titles like Mario Kart 8 and Tomodachi Life.
5 Why Animal Crossing and Nintendo need diversity
image "We have a broad age range, a broad range of experiences. It helps different topics get brought up that might not have been on a team that isnít as diverse." - Aya Kyogoku, Animal Crossing co-director
3 20 million viewers stream Dota 2 championships
image While it's not as popular as League of Legends with audiences, millions still flock to see how the players of Valve's MOBA game stack up.

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  Flea Sounds
by Mike Hanson
One man game creator Mike Hanson breaks down a bit of the process behind his sound and music.
1 Variety Is the Spice of... Game Development
by Michael Hicks
An article about burnout, the creative process, love and the video game industry.
  Baby Steps and Giant Leaps: Motivating Players with Achievements
by Zac Zidik
This post describes two types of achievements that can inspire people to play your games and keep...
  Game Screenshots that sell on the Apple App Store
by Alexandru Bleau
An overview of what to pay attention to when making screenshots for the App Store so they help sell...
1 From DK1 to DK2: What to expect
by Sergio Hidalgo
With the brand new Oculus Rift DK2 now getting in the hands of developers, it's useful to know what...

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Unconventional Tips for Improving your Programming Skills
image Feeling tired and overworked while programming? Livio De La Cruz has some unorthodox suggestions on how you can shake out your stress and improve your skills.
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.

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