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1 The Game Outcomes Project: What great teams do
image The Game Outcomes Project concludes its inaugural series of posts with a summary -- one that lists 40 factors that make for great teams, ordered from most to least relevant.
  Frontier Developments lays off staff as it launches new franchise
image Elite: Dangerous developer Frontier Developments has laid off at least fifteen people as it refocuses development operations from its satellite studio in Halifax to its headquarters in Cambridge.
  We want your Global Game Jam blogs!
image This past weekend, the Global Game Jam took place across over 500 sites around the world. Were you a participant? Blog about your experience and your game!
3 Does your mobile game or website comply with this new California law?
image "The new law requires these services to provide a mechanism by which minors can remove any information or content that they have posted on that service themselves (with a few exceptions)."
  Get a job: Be a UX Designer for Treyarch/Activision
image Activision-owned Treyarch is looking to bring on a user experience designer who can help build compelling, accessible interfaces for its games alongside the team in its Santa Monica, CA studio.
  Video: How Amplitude Studios tackles community-driven development
image At GDC Next 2014, Amplitude Studios' Jeff Spock spoke about how the studio practices open development by involving its fans, as well as the positive and negative lessons learned.
1 Freelancers, contractors, and consultants don't work for free!
image A quick guide to working with outside collaborators: "Doing those 3 things above shows that you are a professional with a low budget, not a disillusioned idea person looking for free or cheap labor."
3 Don't Miss: David Cage's Indigo Prophecy postmortem
image In this classic 2006 Game Developer Magazine article, Indigo Prophecy/Fahrenheit creator David Cage writes candidly about what went right -- and wrong -- during the game's development.
  Patton's final battle: Publicity rights of deceased celebrities in games
image An in-depth blog post from attorney Dan Rogers covering how General George S. Patton's estate has sued a San Francisco-based game developer, and the grounds the legal challenge rests on.
  Learn how to make your game just completely hilarious at GDC 2015
image "Watch William Pugh desperately attempt to deconstruct The Stanley Parable to find an excuse for its success. Be amazed as he lists pre-prepared top tips for making your game funny" at GDC 2015.
5 Postmortem: Space combat and trading sim Starpoint Gemini 2
image Mario Mihokovic, CEO at Croatia's Little Green Men Games, writes about what went right, wrong, and key takeaways from the development of space sim Starpoint Gemini 2.
  GDC 2015 partners with iam8bit to showcase the 'Wheel of Whimsy'
image For the fifth year running, iam8bit will delight GDC attendees with an interactive exhibit on the show floor. This time it's the Wheel of Whimsy, which is tied to four fun live-action minigames.
  This Week in Video Game Criticism: From Formalism to Femmes Fatale
image This week, our partnership with game criticism site Critical Distance brings us picks from Zach Alexander on topics ranging from the continued role of formalism in game studies to a Bayonetta style guide.
4 Blog: A design dilemma in prop behavior
image "This turned in to more of a design rant more than a 'lesson learned' post, but one of my motivations for writing this was to hear from other designers how you approach a design challenge like this."
16 Unity error fix: Timestamps and assets maps out of sync
image One developer encounters a devastating Unity error: "My work of about three weeks was gone. I couldn’t see anything, I couldn’t do anything at all." Here's how to work around it.
  Looking back, looking forward with devs of the Independent Games Festival
image Past Independent Games Festival finalists and winners revisit their time in the IGF, and reflect on where they are now.
21 'If you had to pick one game for aspiring devs to study, what would it be?'
image What game teaches you the lessons you need to know to make games? What game really matters -- and why does it matter? We asked our followers.
  DayZ hits 3 million sales after 13 months in Early Access
image The popular standalone version of DayZ has hit 3 million sales in just over a year -- as the team works to rebuild its engine from the ground up.
  Get a job: Be a Mobile Game Engineer for Sega Networks
image Sega Networks' Three Rings studio is looking for developers with strong backgrounds in mobile and server-side engineering to work on new mobile and live operations games in San Francisco, CA.
  Video: Building Glitch City, a Voltron-like indie dev collective
image At GDC Next 2014, indie developers Asher Vollmer, Teddy Diefenbach, Ben Esposito and other Glitch City members discuss their failures and successes in founding an indie dev collective and workspace.
9 The development and sales of a niche iOS game: Freediving Hunter
image A quick and cost breakdown, and sales/revenue (with promotional costs factored in) for Freediving Hunter, which has been available on the App Store for 8 months.
41 Don't Miss: How to get started in game programming, from Super Meat Boy's coder
image Taking your first steps toward your dream game is an overwhelming feeling. In this classic blog, Super Meat Boy programmer Tommy Refenes offers practical tips for aspiring (and veteran) developers.
15 Numbers in games: What they say about us
image "Clearly I seem to be drawn to games about numbers going up. But the truth of the matter is the numbers in games mean things -- they represent complex systems, whether ecosystems, economies or relationships."
  The rough road of taking HyperBowl from arcade attraction to mobile game
image A 2001 arcade attraction game becomes a modern mobile title -- a fascinating story that includes crashed PCs, difficult data exports, and a move to Unity.
4 Ditch the booth! A DIY game promotion manifesto
image "You don't need a festival or conference or expo to show your creations. Stop waiting for marketplaces to 'solve' discoverability. Reach out to your local and surrounding communities."

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1 The Game Outcomes Project, Part 5: What Great Teams Do
by Paul Tozour
The last in a 5-part series analyzing the results of the Game Outcomes Project survey, which polled...
  The 30-Second Hook
by Muir Freeland
We spent three years making a ten-hour-long game, but we learned that the first 30 seconds is the...
1 My First Global Game Jam
by Hsiao Wei Chen
My first IRL game jam!
  Characteristics of Boards
by Lewis Pulsipher
While we usually think of boards in conjunction with boardgames, many video games also use the...
  Powerful C++ cross-platform game engine.
by Jean-Claude Cottier
Middleware are great tools, but you might also end-up with an amazing engine if you do it yourself....

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Guenther & Associates
Guenther & Associates A CPA Firm that provides Specialized Accounting, Legal and Tax Services to the Video Game Industry.
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.
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.
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
Technicolor Game Services
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Roboto
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Should You Get a Job in Video Games?
image In this career-oriented feature, Paul Wu mulls over the pros and cons of joining the video game industry in its current state.
Don't Be Afraid To Learn
image Industry veteran Karlo Eldic explains why it's important to learn how to use new technology as it's available in order to continue making great games.
Diablo III: Why So Many People Hated It
image Cynthia Zhang outlines the design components that alienated many Diablo III players in the wake of its 2012 launch.
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 GCG’s exclusive industry content is a great tool for those who wish to plan their profession in the game industry.

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