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Blog: How much does the Tokyo Game Show really cost?  
by Gamasutra Community [09.29.16]
Blue Volcano Studio founder Brendan Votano breaks down the cost of his recent trip to the Tokyo Game Show for the benefit of first-time visitors.

200M sales expectations to blame for rocky Xbox One launch, says Phil Spencer  
by Chris Kerr [09.29.16]
Phil Spencer, Microsoft's head of Xbox, has offered some fresh insight into what was going on behind the curtain during the Xbox One's infamously rocky launch. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Hi-Rez closes the book on Tribes: Ascend  
by Chris Kerr [09.29.16]
A final patch, dubbed "Parting Gifts" has now been released, marking the end of Tribes' tumultuous four year journey. 
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: The search for meaningful work  
by Gamasutra Community [09.29.16]
In this article, game designer Sande Chen discusses research on work-related motivation, in particular on "perceived meaning," to see how this research applies to the game industry.

Blog: Using ARPU to choose the right genre and market  
by Gamasutra Community [09.29.16]
"Even though ARPU alone can't fully tell the performance of a game, it can reflect the potential of the genre in a particular market to some extent."

Autobiographical Memoir En Code finds game mechanics in daily life  
by Jack Yarwood [09.29.16]
“Your first thought is that you cannot let the player express their decisions, because that doesn't feel autobiographical,” says Alex Camilleri. "That's something I worked on for a long time."
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design

Get a job: Cryptic, Demiurge and more among Gamasutra Job Board listings  
by Staff [09.28.16]
From Cryptic Studios to Skydance Interactive to Demiurge Games, here are just a few of the many great job openings you'll find over on Gamasutra's industry-leading job board!
VR, Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Recruitment

Video: The Physics of Fun -- Vehicles in Saint's Row: The Third 1
by Staff [09.28.16]
Volition's David Bianchi speaks at GDC 2014 about how he (effectively single-handedly) designed and implemented 90+ vehicles in Saint's Row: The Third in roughly six months.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Video, Vault

Function is form: Moon Hunters and art books as game design  
by Katherine Cross [09.28.16]
The Art of Moon Hunters, a book that presents artwork from the Kitfox Games release, is a great extension of the title that a respects a crucial lesson so often forgotten in gaming: function is form. 
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Brian Fargo's lessons learned from making Wasteland 2  
by Alex Wawro [09.28.16]
With inXile aiming to build Wasteland 3, now's a good time to look back at this timeless chat with studio chief Brian Fargo about lessons learned in crowdfunding development of its predecessor.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

How the Olympic spirit brought Nintendo and Sega together  
by Alex Wawro [09.28.16]
"I still have trouble with this concept of this company that was our enemy that we fought tooth and nail against, and now they're buddies," former Sega exec Tom Kalinske notes in a new GI feature.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

At VRDC you'll see how Chernobyl was authentically recreated in VR  
by Staff [09.28.16]
Come out to the Virtual Reality Developers Conference this November and hear the head of Polish studio The Farm 51 share how they authentically recreated the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone in VR. It's nuts!
VR, Art, Design, Production

Now's the time to apply for the AIAS' inaugural 'WomenIn' game dev scholarships  
by Alex Wawro [09.28.16]
The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences reveals its latest scholarship winners and opens a call for applications to its brand-new "WomenIn" scholarship for women seeking careers in game dev.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

All-new GDC Retro Play to debut at GDC 2017, calls for submissions  
by Staff [09.28.16]
Free submissions are open for GDC Retro Play, a brand new area at the 2017 Game Developers Conference that specifically focuses on showcasing retro consoles, computers, games and related memorabilia.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, GDC

UK advertising standards agency is investigating No Man's Sky 6
by Chris Kerr [09.28.16]
"If we judge an ad to be in breach of the UK Advertising Codes, it must be withdrawn or amended and the advertiser must not use the approach again."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Sony is bringing this year's PlayStation Experience to California  
by Chris Kerr [09.28.16]
Sony's uniquely focused PlayStation Experience conference will this year be heading to Anaheim, CA, on December 3.
VR, Console/PC, Business/Marketing

IndieCade expands L.A. festival with 42 new entries  
by Chris Kerr [09.28.16]
Determined to showcase the very best of the indie world, IndieCade organizers have added a heap of new titles to this year's roster.
Console/PC, Indie

Blog: Delivering game releases like a boss 1
by Gamasutra Community [09.28.16]
We all want our employees to be happy, but as producers and founders responsible for making sure the studio stays afloat, how can we deliver our games on time without putting their feet to the fire?
Production, Business/Marketing

Using graphics to express character and theme in Owlboy 2
by Joel Couture [09.28.16]
D-Pad Studios claims that their upcoming title Owlboy is "a love letter to pixel art." The team explains how they used art and animation to express character and theme in the game.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Video

You can now study EA's lost sci-fi shooter Battlefield 2142 3
by Bryant Francis [09.27.16]
If you ever wanted to see how DICE would make a science fiction version of its hit Battlefield series, now's your chance.
Console/PC, Design