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Techland and Gree deliver new mobile-focused talks at GDC Next  
by Staff [10.21.14]
Techland producer Pawel Rohleder and Gree International director Chris Tabasa share advice on launching mobile dev teams and sustaining mobile games for years after launch at GDC Next 2014 featuring ADC.
Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Next

Google invests half-a-billion dollars in mysterious wearable tech startup 11
by Mike Rose [10.21.14]
Google and other big-name investors have funneled more than half a billion dollars into a relatively unknown startup, whose wearable tech could have applications in video games.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Creating a Wikia alternative for video games in China  
by Brandon Sheffield [10.21.14]
Yang Chen, founder of the portal Joyme.com, talked at GDC China about how he wanted to create a Wikia kind of culture for his company's games, and others.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, GDC China

Tweeting death threat at Valve doesn't work out well for Paranautical Activity developer 32
by Mike Rose [10.21.14]
UPDATE It turns out that tweeting death threats to the co-founder of Valve is really not the best idea for a PC game developer, would you believe.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

This Week in Video Game Criticism: IndieCade and the impact of Alien  
by Kris Ligman [10.20.14]
This week, our partnership with game criticism site Critical Distance brings us picks from Kris Ligman on topics ranging from IndieCade to how Alien: Isolation lives up to a legacy.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: The Resident Evil 4 postmortem 8
by Yoshiaki Hirabayashi [10.20.14]
In this reprint from the October 2005 issue of Game Developer magazine, Resident Evil 4 developer Yoshiaki Hirabayashi writes about the overhauls and challenges which faced one of the franchise's most notable entries.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Chinese developers need to better identify the needs of their players 1
by Brandon Sheffield [10.20.14]
"We serve the customers, that's our common goal," says Jeff Lyndon, president and co-founder of Chinese mobile game publisher iDreamSky, at GDC China today.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing, GDC China, China

Insomniac's engine chief shares tips on leading tech teams at GDC 2015  
by Staff [10.20.14]
Engine director Mike Acton is an expert on the topic, and in his "Great Management of Technical Leads" talk at GDC 2015 he'll lay out the entry-level expectations you need to know about.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Jade Raymond departs Ubisoft after a decade with the company  
by Alex Wawro [10.20.14]
Game industry veteran Jade Raymond has announced plans to depart Ubisoft Toronto after ten years with the company, citing an interest in pursuing new ambitions.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

The 'new-platform' model - an alternate path for indies  
by Brandon Sheffield [10.20.14]
Spry Fox's entire model is built upon investing in new marketplaces, and Road Not Taken would be the first big console push for the company. That meant the game would be a big departure for the company, in multiple ways.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC China

GDC Next speakers share their 'hidden gem' game recommendations  
by Staff [10.20.14]
In the spirit of boosting discoverability for games of all stripes, here are just a few of the "hidden gem" titles that GDC Next featuring ADC speakers suggest you check out.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC Next

Why we chose a free beta instead of Early Access 6
by Gamasutra Community [10.20.14]
"This exercise confirmed our feelings that Early Access really suits a long, drip-feed approach where the evolving nature of the game is fundamental to the way the game is developed and experienced."
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Did 80s computer marketing push women out of video games? 15
by Mike Rose [10.20.14]
A large-scale drop-off in the number of women taking computer science courses occurred in the 80s, and was fueled by computer marketing campaigns that were heavily directed at men.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Steam Early Access game Space Engineers sells 1 million  
by Mike Rose [10.20.14]
Space Engineers, a sandbox space construction game that is currently on Steam Early Access, has sold more than 1 million copies.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

New Hampshire indies team up to build a local game dev incubator  
by Alex Wawro [10.17.14]
A group of New England indie developers are working to open Game Assembly, a co-working space and incubator program for game developers in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Four lessons for building a better community 2
by Gamasutra Community [10.17.14]
A look back at a game festival from its organizer, Jaime Woo: "I want to use this space to share four key lessons I learned throughout the process of crafting and shaping Gamercamp."
Social/Online, Indie, Business/Marketing

Reminder: IGF 2015 Main Competition deadline ends on Wednesday!  
by Staff [10.17.14]
Don't miss the IGF deadline! Submissions for the 2015 Independent Games Festival Main Competition entries are due October 22, and Student Showcase Entries are due October 31.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Indie game analytics 101: Intro to terms 1
by Gamasutra Community [10.17.14]
"Game analytics are vital on both a business and creative perspective. Ill cover the top 5 most important terms and offer insights to allow future conversations or research."
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Smash Bros. sells 705k in two days, boosts U.S. 3DS sales  
by Christian Nutt [10.16.14]
The latest in the popular fighting franchise is off to a strong start in the U.S., as it sells through hundreds of thousands of copies out of the gate.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Apple's latest iPads are minor improvements on last year's models 3
by Alex Wawro [10.16.14]
Apple trotted out a lineup of new devices today, including a slightly-upgraded version of the iPad that is better equipped to run CPU-intensive games.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing