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  Blog: What indie developers can learn from The Making of Karateka
image "The parallels in The Making Of Karateka to developing indie games today are uncanny. For me, reading it was an experience of universal truth, validation, and exhilaration at the unfolding story of struggle and success."
  Blog: Learning games marketing from one of the greats
image "Donít bore your fans. Donít bore potential customers. Donít bore publishers. No one will be bored into buying your game, vision or company."
3 Beautifully economic art: How 80 Days did it
image How the 80 Days devs generated great-looking art on the cheap: "What art style can we use that's economical, practical, beautiful and expressive? From where can we draw inspiration?"
2 Blog: How RPGs got me through my parents' divorce
image "At a time of life when my world was unravelling and shrinking, the game world provided a place of vast exploration."
  Get a job: Wicked Loot is hiring a 3D Artist & Animator
image Wicked Loot is seeking "an experienced lead 3D artist to join the team and help define the artistic vision for our games on PC and mobile."
3 Don't Miss: The very good reasons for Bennett Foddy's mad Speed Chess Exclusive
image "I hate chess," independent game developer Bennett Foddy tells Gamasutra. "It focuses heavily on three things I am bad at: thinking ahead, book learning, and waiting for a really long time."
  This Week in Video Game Criticism: Into the Loot Cave of Destiny
image This week, our partnership with game criticism site Critical Distance brings us picks from Zach Alexander on topics ranging from the danger of stereotypes to the Loot Cave of Destiny.
1 The designer's production guide
image How to remove "much of the risk of creating a monster concept that would, ultimately, eat your company, money, and team."
  A dev's view of the White House Game Jam
image "By bringing together developers with a variety of roles and from a variety of places, the organizers have enlivened the conversation of what it means to make educational games."
13 So they made you a lead. Now what?
image Double Fine's Oliver Franzke on leading a team: "What to do after you get promoted into a leadership position should be a trivial question to answer, but in my experience the opposite is true."
6 Analysis: Clash of Clans vs. Boom Beach - The habit
image "The lower retention numbers of Boom Beach definitely go in line with that research and it is really hard to believe there is no one at Supercell taking notes."
  Nintendo's ex-indie head Dan Adelman reveals his next move
image Dan Adelman, formerly the guy behind Nintendo's connections with indie devs, has revealed that he's working on PlayStation-exclusive Axiom Verge.
1 Blog: Emotional parameters
image "I was wondering how feasible it might be to have a whole new group of more abstracted parameters that reflected things like how the player felt."
20 Blog: No fun
image "As a player, I want games to engage my personality, not just my reflexes or wits. As a player, I want games to change me as any form of art does. As a player, I don't want to have fun every single time I play."
11 The story behind Gear VR, and why Oculus wants to go mobile Exclusive
image Oculus' partnership with Samsung for Gear VR means that mobile is a priority for the company -- and it has John Carmack on board. We sit down with Oculus VP of mobile, Max Cohen, to find out more.
3 Devs share a little more data on Steam Discovery
image Developers are beginning to share more data on the effects of the new Steam Discovery system, including its curation elements. What effect is it having on their visits?
  Get a job: Fun Bits Interactive is hiring a Senior Engine Programmer
image Want to take on the challenge of leading development of a console game engine? Seattle-based Fun Bits Interactive (Escape Plan) is hiring.
4 Don't Miss: Tips for game artists, from Rockstar's former art director
image Ian Bowden is one of the most experienced artists in video game development, and his work is among the most influential. Here are some tips that helped him in the course of his career.
  Video: Beyond Spreadsheets - Generating operational impact with analytics
image While dashboards and KPI reporting are obligatory -- yet certainly helpful -- standards to track the performance of your game, they are bound to only look in the past.
3 Blog: Has another developer stolen your app? Use this DMCA template
image "There are no app police, and anything goes in the wild wild west of apps. Even with Appleís review process and team in place, many pieces of stolen content end up on the store."
  $55 million for toy cars? Smartphone toy co Anki picks up major funding
image Anki has a $150 remote-controlled toy car set called Drive, which works with iOS, on the market; funding will help the company expand its offerings.
10 After six years, PlayStation's virtual world is closing its doors
image Sony confirmed today that its avatar-driven virtual world PlayStation Home would be shutting its doors in North America on March 31, 2015.
4 Blog: How to name a game in 5 steps
image "It took us almost 4 years to name our game. The process had me adding the US Patent and Trademark Search to my browser bar, and murmuring awful name ideas like 'Savant Horizon' in my sleep."
25 Are the new Steam Discovery tools having any effect on game sales? Exclusive
image Earlier this week, Valve made one of the biggest changes to its Steam platform ever, with game recommendations based on a variety of factors, including "Steam Curators."
6 Blog: Quality in games
image "It is by no means trivial to try to maximize the value of the stakeholders who matter. But it is something you need to think about when you are making a high quality, high value game."

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3 Damsels in Distress: Do we need Mario to stop saving Peach?
by Robert Zak
The Damsel in Distress trope in videogames has come under scrutiny, and it's right that we question...
  52,000 buildings, 60 frames per second
by James Hicks
James explains how Ascent: The Space Game's new colony engine can handle giant cities without...
  You Donít Have to Build Alone
by James Cox
When making games, you seldom do it alone. Even if you are the only one actually working on the game...
3 Beautifully Economic Art
by Joseph Humfrey
Pixel art isn't the only option if you want to find a style that won't break the bank, and be...
  Brave NewSteam World
by Lars Doucet
NewSteam is upon us. Tails will be fatter, launches will be harder. Some good, some bad, net...

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ADIA Entertainment Ltd.
ADIA Entertainment Ltd. Adia Digital Art is one of China's biggest digital art production companies, and one of the main go-to outsource solutions in Asia for game developers world-wide.
Zvky Design Studio
Zvky Design Studio Zvky Design Studio is an young entertainment design firm specializing in concept art and other art production services. Our artists have worked on many AAA title games from top studios.
Game Design Studio, The
Game Design Studio, The Need help in game or level design? The Game Design Studio is home of Pascal Luban, freelance game designer with 17+ years of experience, Lead Level designer on the multiplayer versions of both Splinter Cell - Pandora Tomorrow and Chaos Theory.
Technicolor Game Services
Technicolor Game Services
Forge Studios
Forge Studios Forge Studios is an outsourcing production services studio founded by an experienced team of professionals. Our team has worked on a variety of projects providing high quality in-game content as well as engine integration, workflow setup, art direction.
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.
Principle Audio
Principle Audio Principle Audio - young and ambitious outsourcing company, sound design for games. We are engaged in casual, social games, games for iOS, Android. Some of our projects: Cut the Rope: Time Travel, Tap the Frog, Mirrors of Albion, Starborn Wandereres.
AXION STUDIOS Ltd. We are located in Hong Kong and providing the best Digital Art with guaranteed quality services for the game industry around the world.

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Results from Game Design Challenge: Poetry in Motion
image Game Career Guide's readers wax poetic with prose-inspired game concepts submitted for our latest Game Design Challenge.
Understanding High and Low Level Game Design
image Josh Bycer helps designers see both the forest and the trees in this feature focused on high and low level game design.
Annual Game Career Guide
The annual Game Career Guide 2014 is now available. Whether you are a newbie in the industry or an expert, the GCGís exclusive industry content is a great tool for those who wish to plan their profession in the game industry.