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  Nvidia offers AndroidWorks middleware for all Android devs
image Regardless of whether or not the device you're targeting includes an Nvidia Tegra chip, you can use the company's new suite of tools.
5 Four-step puzzle design
image "Good puzzle design gives a player that moment of epiphany, where suddenly all is clear, and the following satisfaction when your put your solution in place, and it works!" How do you achieve it? Here's a guide.
  Texas slashes government incentives for video games and film
image As the two industries clash over who gets what, a lack of compromise and heightened scrutiny from politicians means that the latest subsidies are looking very lean by previous standards.
  Get a job: Sucker Punch is hiring a Concept Artist
image InFamous: Second Son studio Sucker Punch is after a full-time artist to work on crafting inspirational concepts and screenshot paint-overs to guide the team in the studio's Bellevue, WA office.
  Video: Designing cities for high-speed traversal in Sunset Overdrive
image At GDC 2015, Insomniac Games' Liz England deconstructs the design of Sunset Overdrive and the two scrapped cities that Insomniac built before arriving at the game's iconic Sunset City setting.
2 Turning a national election's results - and Twitter - into a game
image When you plug Twitter data from the UK's national elections into a game, what do you get? These devs experimented with turning results into realtime parliamentary fisticuffs.
  GameStop sees profits rise as it moves beyond retail games
image The retailer continues to expand beyond its core remit of selling physical copies of games to embrace digital distribution and test out physical storefronts dedicated to merchandise other than games.
1 The Qun demands it: The evolution of the barbarous other in Dragon Age
image Elizabeth Sampat looks at the evolution of the treatment of the Qunari race across the Dragon Age franchise -- and how that ties into the fantasy genre's history and future.
4 2K sticks by BioShock as the franchise tops 25M copies sold
image T2 chief Strauss Zelnick seems bullish about the future of 2K's BioShock franchise, which he claims has sold over 25M to date -- 11M of which were copies of Irrational Games' swan song Infinite.
7 Don't Miss: Our 30th anniversary retrospective of Gradius
image Remember Gradius? Konami's stand-out 2D shooter franchise was released 30 years ago today, and in this feature Hardcore Gaming 101's Kurt Kalata takes us on a stroll through its releases.
8 Konami looks to the future, and it's not the future longtime fans want
image Konami's statement to the press today -- meant to soothe console fans -- was a smokescreen, but if you strain your eyes, you can see the signs of a shifting industry writ large.
  ESA aims to invite up to 5k members of the public to E3 this year
image E3 is just a few weeks away, and this year it seems the industry trade fair will be a bit more crowded as select exhibitors will be allowed to issue thousands of invitations to their fans.
  What mobile game developers need to know about Japan
image "Jumping into a growing mobile game market like Japan only makes business sense if you can afford the high CPI , and if you’re able to market in ways that are culturally relevant to the players."
2 Composing adaptive music for video games using Elias
image A how-to guide: "I immediately fell in love with its intuitive interface and powerful features. I was able to turn a linear composition into an adaptive score ready for a video game in less than an hour."
  Exploring games from the creator's perspective
image Tools for taking a critical eye to games: "An analysis can be broad or focused. It can take a little or a lot of time. But in any case, it should answer your questions, your needs."
1 How Sunburn! became a game about dragging your pals to their deaths
image Worst-case scenario: your spaceship is gone, your crew is scattered, and there’s no hope for rescue. Your only option: Grab your crew and fly into the sun, so at least you don’t die alone.
3 Moral Code: Learning from 'Lawful Good' in roleplaying games
image Paladin and columnist Katherine Cross examines morality mechanics and alignment in roleplaying games.
2 The buying habits of hardcore PvP gamers
image Developers of MMO Das Tal surveyed their likely players -- and found out about platform and purchasing-style preferences. Useful info for those targeting a very core audience.
  10 things you should know about artists
image An experienced industry artist compiles a short and readable a list of important things about how artists work, with help from her peers -- essential reading for collaborators from other disciplines.
8 The facts and figures behind Fingle dev Game Oven, and its closure
image From critically acclaimed to closing up shop: Dutch developer Game Oven achieved international notoriety for games like Fingle and Bounden, but called it quits. Here's the whole story.
1 Report: Apple buys augmented reality SDK startup Metaio
image The startup produced an SDK available for a variety of platforms -- and now Apple seems to have dived into the tech, as legal documents confirm that it's been snapped up by the tech giant.
  Google updates its Cast SDK, for streaming games to TVs
image You can use the device as a dedicated game controller, use the full horsepower of Android and iOS devices on Chromecast -- and the SDK now handles multiplayer games better, too.
  With Google I/O on, updates to the Android OS and tools are here
image The biggest mobile platform in the world gets a boost as the search giant holds its annual conference in San Francisco. Here's the relevant link to see the latest OS preview and more.
  Get a job: Be a Game Designer at Bohemia Interactive
image The studio responsible for Arma 3 and DayZ is looking for game designers to join the team in its Orlando, Florida office to work on projects for military and industrial customers.
  Video: What playing poker taught me about designing game AI
image At GDC 2015 Intrinsic Algorithm's Dave Mark shares a newfound love of poker, some of the logic required in playing the game, and how it relates to AI problems that developers face on a daily basis.

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1 The Qun Demands It: The Evolution of the Barbarous Other
by Elizabeth Sampat
A brief history of racist tropes in high fantasy, and how Bioware gets it right.
  The Greater Internet Fuckwad Theory: A social identity approach
by Wai Yen Tang
An academic alternative to the Greater Internet Fuckwad Theory and how such alternative can offer...
  Getting/Making Game Music that Fits - Comparative Music Series - Sci vs fi
by Harry Mack
Tips for new audio designers composing video game music out of their comfort zone. Useful for...
  Design 101: The Structure of Fun
by Dan Felder
How one simple structure supports thousands of excellent games.
  How to Beat Out Your Mobile Game’s Competitors with Competitive Analysis
by Jovan Johnson
Want your mobile game to stand out amongst other apps? Competitive analysis can help you better...

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Exis, LLC
Exis, LLC XCOM, CIV, Bioshock Infinite, World of Tanks, the list goes on.Top publishers and defense contractors count on Exis to deliver their assets. Why not join them, and get the best art possible for your projects?
Agni Interactive, Inc
Agni Interactive, Inc Agni Interactive is a creative content development company focusing on bringing our clients’ creative vision to life through concept art/pre-production, production art services, mobile game design and development services. Our clients include DeNA, Storm8
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
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.
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.
Roboto Roboto is a young art production studio with AAA game development in its DNA. We are dedicated to creating excellent art quality and providing a reliable service at competitive rates

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The Game Design Process
image Online game development coach Game Design Ed outlines his personal game design process, including a detailed look at every step and decision along the way.
Results from Game Design Challenge: Bust A Move
image Game Career Guide's readers tackle character movement in this month's Game Design Challenge, presenting inventive concepts built around difficult traversal.
Postmortem: Reverie
image Rowan McDonald looks back on the collaborative student project Reverie, a narrative-focused first-person adventure game powered by the Oculus Rift.