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  5 takeaways from Gabe Newell's Reddit Q&A on paid mods
image Some choice quotes from Newell's Reddit Q&A that help shed light on what Valve hopes to achieve by allowing modders to sell their work -- and how it fits into the company's long-term goals for Steam.
2 How to tune a simulation game
image "The 'brute force' approach would be to just make up some tuning values, and play the game a bunch of times and tweak. So we turned to the game designer's best friend: Microsoft Excel."
  This Week in Video Game Criticism: From the storytelling of Bloodborne to the mechanics of Tarot
image This week, our partnership with game criticism site Critical Distance brings us picks from Riley MacLeod on topics ranging from the storytelling of Bloodborne to the closure mechanics of Tarot.
2 How-to: Beautiful abstract graphics, really quick
image "A lot of praises has been made about the graphics in our Ludum Dare game Star Driller Ultra. How did we make such beautiful graphics in a short amount of time? Itís a lot easier than you think."
3 Make it work: A PAX postmortem
image A detailed look back at what it takes to put on a multi-game booth at PAX -- complete with everything that happened and the costs of it all.
1 Apple Watch: The birth of micro-gaming
image "Due to the small screen size and platform limitations, games on the Apple Watch will need to be reimagined to fit in a new gaming category: Micro-Gaming."
23 Are players less skilled than they were 20 years ago?
image Data on player death in an indie game: "We have learned that PC gamers play far better than smartphone casual gamers. Not only that, casual gamers are terrible players!"
3 The GameStopping of the local retro game retailer
image GameStop's recent moves into the retro video game market could cause major shifts for small independent retro game retailers.
1 You can get U.S. government grant money for your educational game
image ďEight years ago, our programís portfolio didnít include a single educational-themed game or project. Today, about half of those projects are educational games.Ē
  Video: VR game design for indies
image As part of the GDC 2015 Independent Games Summit, a panel of indie developers with VR development experience try and shed some light on the idiosyncracies of making VR games.
56 In defense of Valve's new Steam Workshop storefronts
image "Iím currently working on a mod right now. I plan to release my mod for free once itís done. But as a creator, itís also nice to know that there may be an option to make some income off of future projects."
  Obituary: Artist Francis Tsai
image Artist who worked on games such as Myst III and the Tomb Raider franchise succumbs to ALS after a five-year struggle.
5 Tears in rain: Remembering the Blade Runner game
image "There wasnít anything quite like Blade Runner back when it launched in 1997. Worse yet, there still isnít. The game deserves to be influential but remains virtually unknown."
  Lasting connections: Enduring games, enduring relationships
image "The game wants you to connect with the players around the table. That's why we gather for board games, right? These connections don't define us, but they are the finite moments of life."
13 No, MS-DOS games weren't widescreen: Tips on correcting aspect ratio
image "Let us all agree that next time we present a screenshot of game from the '80s and early '90s, we should at least keep 4:3 images as 4:3 images!"
5 We're not even sure how we got through Steam Greenlight
image "So: we were most likely not anywhere close to the top 100 during a periodic batch. How, then, did we get Greenlit? We have a few possible theories."
5 Peter Molyneux: Talking to the press too early can be your undoing
image Peter Molyneux, discussing his techniques for iterative development at Reboot Develop, says that talking to the press about your current idea of what your game will be can be a mistake.
32 Beyond the Pentakill: The future of competitive game design
image "I argue that people being jerks to each other is not a property intrinsic to competition, but rather due to the way we are framing the competition."
  Marvel vs. Telltale: Adventure studio to make games based on Marvel IP
image The prolific and license-happy developer of The Walking Dead has signed a deal with the ascendent comic book and Hollywood IP factory.
2 Is Nintendo courting an eSports audience with Splatoon?
image "Splatoon allows for adaptive playstyles, the game has elements of a sport, and with all the thought weíve put into the things we've mentioned so far, I think it will appeal to eSports players.
  Xbox business shows decline in Microsoft's latest results
image Lower prices for the Xbox One and lower sales overall for its consoles means that Xbox revenues are down 24 percent, and hardware sales are down 20 percent.
27 You started playing a story-based video game, and then this happened...
image "Once you start letting some random, sentient entity (e.g. a human) poke around within the confines of the narrative framework of your video game, things often get broken."
7 Smash Bros.' Sakurai speaks out against the 'DLC scam'
image "These days, the 'DLC scam' has become quite the epidemic, charging customers extra money to complete what was essentially an unfinished product."
  Get a job: Be a Systems Designer for Sucker Punch
image InFamous: Second Son creator Sucker Punch is looking to bring on a systems designer to work on building out features alongside the game design team in the studio's Bellevue, WA office.
2 The PSP is dead, and developers are still releasing games for it
image Sony discontinued its PlayStation Portable last summer, but that isn't stopping Victor Ireland's Gaijinworks from releasing two new (to North America) PSP games -- potentially in physical UMD form.

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  I hate my popular game: Star Driller Ultra post-mortem
by Taro Omiya
In less than a week of submission, my third Ludum Dare entry, Star Driller Ultra has 76 votes,...
  @Play 81: On Rogue's Item Identification System
by John Harris
The least copied aspect of Rogue is its ingenious item identification system. The system's origins...
  The Hobbyist Coder #3 : 2D platformers pathfinding - part 1/2
by Yoann Pignole
On this third episode of the "hobbyst coder", I would like to share my approach to 2d platformer...
  PR Monitoring - Q1 2015
by Thomas Bidaux
In an attempt to go further with the media monitor analysis, I will change the rhythm to a quarterly...
56 In Defense of Valve's New Steam Workshop Storefronts
by Erik Waananen
A modder shares his thoughts on the recent controversy surrounding Valve's announcement to provide...

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Clean Cuts Music & Sound Design
Clean Cuts Music & Sound Design Clean Cuts is an award winning audio facility with over 25 years of experience in original music composition, custom sound design, audio implementation, and voice over casting. We have 14 audio suites, 16 sound designers, and staff 3 full-time composers.
SomaTone Interactive Inc.
SomaTone Interactive Inc. SomaTone Interactive (STi) is the leading provider of premium music, sound design, voice-over, and audio integration services for gaming and interactive entertainment companies. With over 1000 games to our credit over our 10 year history, including top s
Guenther & Associates
Guenther & Associates A CPA Firm that provides Specialized Accounting, Legal and Tax Services to the Video Game Industry.
Zvky Design Studio
Zvky Design Studio Zvky Design Studio, is a next-gen entertainment design firm based in the "silicon valley of India". We are a "Quality First" studio where we focus our passion, energy and skills to deliver exemplary next-gen art for all platforms.
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