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  Anna Sweet is the latest Valve employee to join Oculus
image The longtime Valve frontwoman has recently joined Oculus (alongside Google's Mary Lou Jepsen) and will be serving as the VR company's head of developer strategy going forward.
  Bethesda breaks down why Skyrim modders ought to be paid
image Bethesda Softworks has published a lengthy explanation of why it agreed to let Skyrim be the guinea pig for the (aborted) launch of Valve's premium mod storefronts.
6 Valve changes its mind, removes all paid Skyrim mods from Steam
image Valve has (at least temporarily) removed all paid Skyrim mods from Steam in conjunction with Bethesda and will issue refunds to anyone who purchased a Skyrim mod.
  Video: Brian Moriarty's classic postmortem of Loom
image At GDC 2015 Loom creator Brian Moriarty delivered a Classic Game Postmortem on the game's intriguing development, its unique innovations and its lasting impact on the industry.
  Co-productions: A new potential model for game development
image The co-CEO if Quantic Dream outlines a relatively unexplored path for game companies to mitigate the risks of game development and share in the rewards: co-production, especially across different regions.
1 Obituary: Dolphin emulator contributor Rachel Bryk
image Rachel Bryk, best known for her contributions to the development of the Dolphin emulator, passed away last week at the age of 23.
  Get a job: Twisted Pixel seeks an experienced Systems Engineer
image 'Splosion Man creator Twisted Pixel Games is aiming to bring on a senior (or at least mid-level) engineer to work on developing game dev tools and systems at its studio in Austin, Texas.
  Konami scraps Kojima and del Toro's Silent Hills project
image Konami has confirmed plans to scrap development of its upcoming Hideo Kojima-Guillermo del Toro collaboration Silent Hills and pull its innovative demo/announcement P.T. from the PlayStation Network.
  Square Enix's key to crowdfunding: Focus on your core audience
image Wave after wave of Kickstarter announcements has exhausted the press, says Square Enix Collective lead Phil Elliott, so don't PR blast your next campaign -- focus on your fans and influencers instead.
32 Don't Miss: The Skyrim mod that was also a job application Exclusive
image In 2013, there was only one studio in the whole world Alexander Velicky wanted to work for -- so he put thousands of hours of game dev work into a single mod for one of their games.
1 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."
5 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.
3 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."
27 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!"
4 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.
62 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."
16 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!"

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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...
62 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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