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  Postmortem: Joel McDonald's Prune
image "Prune is a tiny mobile game about the simple pleasures of growing and cultivating trees. Its a delicate dance to remove that which does not matter in favor of that which does."
  A visual guide for flow and simplicity in games
image "Flow is 'the state in which people are so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter.' And what kind of stinks about simplicity is that there really isnt a practical definition for what simplicity means in games."
1 Kanye West has a video game, and it's a lot different from his wife Kim's
image The rapper, producer, and fashion mogul has just stepped into a new medium, video games -- with a very personal new title he unveiled today.
  Activision has NFL-like ambitions for eSports
image The future of Activision Blizzard is, indeed, all-in for eSports. This is a major direction for the company, and it's part of a bigger strategy than just running tournaments and thereby generating interest and selling more games.
  King's fortunes falter as Candy Crush Saga grows older
image Newly-acquired Activision Blizzard subsidiary King has reported its revenues for its holidayquarter as well as its full 2015 fiscal year, and everything seems to be trending downward.
  Activision Blizzard earnings down, and some painful indicators for 2016
image Skylanders and Guitar Hero didn't do well; Call of Duty sales will be down next year, the company projects; and Destiny isn't hitting in 2016, as previously planned. Oh, and revenues missed their targets.
  Get a job: The Workshop seeks a 3D Animator
image Game development house The Workshop seeks a talented artist, especially someone who has experience in character rigging, to join its animation team and work at its Marina Del Rey, CA studio.
12 Don't Miss: How to make insane, procedural platformer levels
image Cloudberry Kingdom dev Jordan Fisher reveals how he created the algorithmic level design system for the procedurally-generated platformer (and how you can design your own) in this class '12 feature.
  Report: Google is working on a standalone, non-cardboard VR headset
image Google is reportedly developing a standalone virtual reality headset that won't require a PC, console or mobile device to operate, according to anonymous sourcescited by the Wall Street Journal.
  Road to the IGF: League of Geeks' Armello
image "Our initial pitch for the game was 'Kung Fu Panda crossed with Game of Thrones,'" says Ty Carey, League of Geeks cofounder and Armelloart director.
  Quantum Break comes to Windows 10 amid Microsoft's cross-platform push
image Remedy's upcoming Xbox One gameQuantum Breakwill now see a concurrent release on Windows 10, and folks who pre-order the Xbox One version will get a copy of the Windows 10 version for free.
3 Devs weigh in on eSports: Good for the big guys, rough for the small guys
image eSports are clearly a viable business. But for what sorts of companies are they viable? And for how long? GDC's State of the Industry report shows us what game devs think of the matter.
4 How Firewatch builds character through map design
image Everybody's buzzing about Firewatch, but Gamasutra editor Alex Wawro thinks nobody's talking about one of the best bits ofthe game'sdesign: the map.
  Dealing with player feedback
image "Too often do I see game developers, especially new ones, dealing with player feedback in the worst way possible. You will always get bad comments and feedback from players, regardless of how good your game is."
1 How we made a game trailer for $100
image "You read some stuff on the internet and realize you need a compelling trailer or otherwise your hard work might go down the drain. The problem is, you don't have $2,000 to hire a video production team!"
  Weak holiday sales drive Ubisoft to lower its profit expectations
image Ubisoft is lowering its full-year profit expectations in the wake of a weaker-than-expected holiday quarter, which saw sales fallroughly 30 percent year-over-year.
4 Ubisoft takes a year off from releasing Assassin's Creed games
image Ubisoft published a brief blog post today ahead of its latest earnings report to announce that it won't be releasing a major Assassin's Creedgame this year as it is "reexamining" the franchise.
  Twitch's 10 most-watched games of 2015
image Twitch's annual retrospective is now live, and it was quite a year for the video game streaming platform, which saw 1.7 million monthly broadcasters stream 459,366 years worth of video during 2015.
  See Pokemon GO deconstructed at GDC's Smartphone & Tablet Games Summit
image With the2016 Game Developers Conferenceright around the corner,organizers would like to highlight some of the great talks taking place at the conference'sSmartphone & Tablet Games Summit!
  Alt.Ctrl.GDC showcase: OnlySlightly's The Von Neumann Personality Test
image Inspired by personality tests, 1-900 number psychics, and his own experiences with conversion therapy, Matt Hudgins came up with a game that's played via an old-school corded phone and a CRT TV.
  Make your own tools in the Unity editor
image "The Unity editor offers a LOT of tools to make yours, but I will just cover some basics in this post, then it will be up to you to look at the APIs to discover hidden gems."
1 Video game players become less competitive with age, study shows
image A new Quantic Foundry study looking at the gaming motivations of different generations has found that competitive gaming belongs to the young, and strategy games belong to everyone.
2 Blog: Game industry word problems
image "Take your time, crunch the numbers, and make sure you have the personal financial ability to weather a few years of little to no income. It generally takes companies somewhere between 3-5 years to break even."
  Chukong spins out SDKBOX to double down on dev support
image Chukong is turning SDKBOX - an SDK manager that helps devs get to grips with third-party analytics, acquisition, monetisation, and advertising tech- into its own company.
  Hollywood and game industry veterans open new VR studio
image A group of videogame, tech, and movieindustry veteransare making a move on the world of virtual reality withThe Rogue Initiative, a new studio focused on interactive VR experiences.

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  @Play 83: HyperRogue
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  Playing the field: Another look at Internet Gaming Disorder
by Mark Griffiths
Research into online addictions has grown considerably over the last two decades and Internet Gaming...
  Guide to Earning More Press Coverage For Your Game
by Logan Williams
In this guide, I'm going to go over why earning press is so important, how to research similar games...
  The 3 "That's" of Your Game's Look
by Nathan Fouts
Getting the desired player reaction when seeing your game's screenshots and trailer.
  The 5 Extra Coins in Hearthstone
by Stanislav Costiuc
Hearthstone economy is based on multiples of 10 coins, yet sometimes a multiple of 5 is rewarded....

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