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Postmortem: Stardock Entertainment and Ironclad Games' Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion 2
by Chris Bray, Blair Fraser [10.09.12]
The story of the development of the expansion to the acclaimed strategy game -- including tips on distributed co-development across two studios, why you should do a public beta, and what happens when irreplaceable staff has to be replaced.
Business/Marketing, Design, Postmortem, Production

The State of the Vita, 2012 7
by Eric Caoili [10.04.12]
Sony won't cut the price of its new handheld in 2012, which many worry could stall its chances of success. With a few big games left in the year and some promising 2013 titles, as well as new indie-friendly programs, can the system pull through?
Business/Marketing

Peter Molyneux: Everything's Changing 16
by Christian Nutt [09.28.12]
Former Lionhead boss Peter Molyneux spills the beans on his inspirations and discusses what's going on with the evolution of the triple-A console industry he abandoned when he left his post as Microsoft's European creative director.
Business/Marketing, Design, Interview

Memorial: Composer Ryu Umemoto 10
by Audun Sorlie [09.25.12]
Though not very well known in the West, Ryu Umemoto (a composer for shmup creator Cave, among others) was a beloved member of the Japanese game industry who tragically died at the young age of 37 just last year -- and in this article, journalist and friend Audun Sorlie explores his life and work.
Audio, Business/Marketing

Game Developer Flashcards: The Gamasutra Community Edition 7
by Gamasutra staff [09.24.12]
Epic's Cliff Bleszinski offered up a set of flashcards representing types of developers and the arguments they make -- and Gamasutra's community responded with a set of its own, and we here present the best and most interesting examples.
Business/Marketing

Can Film-Inspired Project Financing Work for Games? 9
by Yann Suquet [09.20.12]
In this extensively-researched piece, former Ubisoft associate producer, who has a masters in corporate finance, takes a long hard look at precisely how films are funded and pulls apart the question of whether the same could work for games.
Business/Marketing

Inafune's Onward March to Independence 3
by Christian Nutt [09.18.12]
The former Capcom R&D head keeps Gamasutra abreast of his latest attitudes and approaches to running independent development from his Comcept studio -- as he works on Soul Sacrifice for the PlayStation Vita.
Business/Marketing, Design, Interview

Kickstarter for the Average Indie 10
by Keith Burgun [09.12.12]
Much has been made of the major success of companies like Double Fine and inXile have found with Kickstarter -- but what can an average small team with a solid idea expect? Dinofarm Games developer Keith Burgun recounts a tale of two Kickstarters: one failed, one successful.
Business/Marketing, Indie

What Publishers Want: 10 Tips for Getting Your Game Funded 11
by John Young [09.11.12]
In such a competitive landscape, how does a developer possibly stand out when trying to land a deal a game publisher? Perfect World's VP of business development John Young shares what he looks for in a pitch.
Business/Marketing

How DICE Does It 6
by Christian Nutt [09.10.12]
Karl Magnus Troedsson, general manager at DICE in Stockholm speaks about what the team has learned over the years of creating the successful Battlefield franchise and how that then is fed from the creative core of the studio out to other developers, and about building studio culture and fostering innovation.
Business/Marketing, Interview