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The Mobile Transition: Why Facebook Developers Are Making the Shift 1
by Christian Nutt [12.03.12]
As companies like King.com and Wooga are finding that their chart-topping Facebook games become smash successes on iOS, Gamasutra talks to them, and to Facebook, about how this shift from PCs to tablets and smartphones is shaking out.
Business/Marketing, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet

Endless Space: When Triple-A Developers Go Indie 8
by Jeff Spock [11.29.12]
The story of how a studio formed by ex-Ubisoft developers decided to take on a niche genre -- 4X strategy games -- and see if it can make its fortunes by listening to its community, including details about the composition of the team, the budget, and more.
Business/Marketing, Indie

Postmortem: McMillen and Himsl's The Binding of Isaac 26
by Edmund McMillen [11.28.12]
How did a game destined for failure become a cult smash? Edmund McMillen (Super Meat Boy) discusses how he added religion to The Legend of Zelda, mixed it with a roguelike, and came out with a surprise hit.
Business/Marketing, Design, Postmortem, Production, Art, Indie

Games from the Trash: The History of the TRS-80 20
by Dale Dobson [11.26.12]
Radio Shack's first computer was an underpowered but accessible and affordable unit -- and as with nearly any platform, quickly became home to games. In this retrospective, Gamasutra pays homage to a system beloved by many but mostly forgotten by everyone else.
Business/Marketing, Design

Waterfall Game Development Done Right 21
by Eric Preisz [11.21.12]
When can Waterfall development work? And is Microsoft Project really useful? GarageGames CEO Eric Preisz tackles the question of when you should leave Agile to the side and go Waterfall -- and explains exactly how his company does it.
Business/Marketing, Production

Third Party Developers Take on the Wii U 2
by Kris Graft, Tom Curtis [11.16.12]
What do developers think of the Wii U as a platform? Gamasutra speaks to the Demiurge (Aliens: Colonial Marines), Ubisoft (ZombiU), THQ (Darksiders II), Straight Right (Mass Effect 3) and more to find out.
Business/Marketing, Interview

Postmortem: State of Play's Lume 3
by Luke Whittaker [11.14.12]
What's the process for building a game out of cardboard? In this unusual postmortem, State of Play creative director Luke Whittaker lays bare the paper and glue creative process behind acclaimed indie game Lume.
Business/Marketing, Design, Postmortem, Production, Art, Indie

7 Ways to Fail at Free-to-Play 29
by Aaron San Filippo [11.13.12]
Working in the free-to-play space on mobile is a real challenge, and building a great business model is an integral part of the process of developing games. Developer Aaron San Filippo talks about the bumps in the road he faced in the transition.
Business/Marketing, Smartphone/Tablet

Game Developer Magazine's Power 50 2
by Gamasutra staff [11.10.12]
Gamasutra and its sister site Game Developer magazine have put together a "Power 50" list of people in the game industry who have stood out for doing work in the last year that is new, different, or better.
Audio, Business/Marketing, Design, Art

The End of the Journey: One Indie Studio's Tale 24
by Tristan Clark [11.06.12]
Many indie developers try their luck in the market, but what does it look like when a studio goes from naive ideals to harsh realities? In this feature, founder Tristan Clark, now of King.com, writes about the origins, games, and fate of Launching Pad Games.
Business/Marketing, Indie, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet