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Perforce integrates P4D with Unity thanks to new open-source tool  
by Christian Nutt [01.27.15]
The popular version control package is now on the Unity store with a new, free, open-source integration tool.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming

Get a job: Monolith Productions seeks a Lead Designer, Narrative  
by Staff [01.27.15]
Award-winning Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor devs are hiring a lead designer for the narrative on its next project -- to take the game's story from conception to execution.
Console/PC, Design, Recruitment

Don't Miss: When AAA developers went indie to make Endless Space 8
by Jeff Spock [01.27.15]
Amplitude, creators of the space-based 4X indie game Endless Space, reflect on the game's journey from conception in a 4th-floor Paris apartment (no elevator) in 2011 to its final 2012 release.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

Unreal Engine 4 arrives on Ouya 3
by Alex Wawro [01.27.15]
Unreal developers, take note -- you can now build Unreal Engine 4 games for the Ouya microconsole thanks to a new branch of the UE4 source code.
Console/PC, Production

Considering renderer back-end architecture 1
by Gamasutra Community [01.27.15]
Rendering is "a very simple process at the very core," writes Timo Heinapurola. "The more complicated part is implementing the different effects and visibility algorithms that drive the back-end rendering process."
Console/PC, Programming

Brenda Romero and David Braben win prime GDCA 2015 awards  
by Staff [01.27.15]
2015 Game Developers Choice Awards organizers have revealed two of its special award winners: the Ambassador Award goes to Brenda Romero, and David Braben has been recognized with the Pioneer Award.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, GDC

Growing a studio in a sustainable way - Q&A with CD Projekt Red Exclusive 1
by Alex Wawro [01.27.15]
Studio co-founder Marcin Iwiński and business development SVP Michal Nowakowski talk about what they've learned in growing CD Projekt Red from a one-game studio to an international powerhouse.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Learn to write better sex, liars and mobile games at GDC 2015  
by Staff [01.27.15]
How to write better sex, liars and mobile games: GDC officials highlight a handful of great narrative-focused GDC 2015 talks.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, GDC

Video blog: The characteristics of game boards  
by Gamasutra Community [01.27.15]
"While we usually think of boards in conjunction with boardgames, many video games also use the equivalent of boards, 'fields of maneuver.'" This video-led post dives right into this rich seam of game design.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Road to the IGF: Alex Beachum's Outer Wilds Exclusive  
by Phill Cameron [01.27.15]
Creative Director Alex Beachum and Producer Sarah Scialli explain the process of taking a USC Masters Thesis project and turning it into one of the most unique games of the year.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Exclusive

The Game Outcomes Project: What great teams do 5
by Gamasutra Community [01.27.15]
The Game Outcomes Project concludes its inaugural series of posts with a summary -- one that lists 40 factors that make for great teams, ordered from most to least relevant.
Console/PC, Production

Frontier Developments lays off staff as it launches new franchise 1
by Alex Wawro [01.26.15]
Elite: Dangerous developer Frontier Developments has laid off at least fifteen people as it refocuses development operations from its satellite studio in Halifax to its headquarters in Cambridge.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

We want your Global Game Jam blogs!  
by Christian Nutt [01.26.15]
This past weekend, the Global Game Jam took place across over 500 sites around the world. Were you a participant? Blog about your experience and your game!
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production

Get a job: Be a UX Designer for Treyarch/Activision  
by Staff [01.26.15]
Activision-owned Treyarch is looking to bring on a user experience designer who can help build compelling, accessible interfaces for its games alongside the team in its Santa Monica, CA studio.
Console/PC, Art, Recruitment

Freelancers, contractors, and consultants don't work for free! 4
by Gamasutra Community [01.26.15]
A quick guide to working with outside collaborators: "Doing those 3 things above shows that you are a professional with a low budget, not a disillusioned idea person looking for free or cheap labor."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: David Cage's Indigo Prophecy postmortem 4
by David Cage [01.26.15]
In this classic 2006 Game Developer Magazine article, Indigo Prophecy/Fahrenheit creator David Cage writes candidly about what went right -- and wrong -- during the game's development.
Console/PC, Design, Production

Patton's final battle: Publicity rights of deceased celebrities in games 3
by Gamasutra Community [01.26.15]
An in-depth blog post from attorney Dan Rogers covering how General George S. Patton's estate has sued a San Francisco-based game developer, and the grounds the legal challenge rests on.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Postmortem: Space combat and trading sim Starpoint Gemini 2 5
by Gamasutra Community [01.26.15]
Mario Mihokovic, CEO at Croatia's Little Green Men Games, writes about what went right, wrong, and key takeaways from the development of space sim Starpoint Gemini 2.
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

This Week in Video Game Criticism: From Formalism to Femmes Fatale  
by Kris Ligman [01.26.15]
This week, our partnership with game criticism site Critical Distance brings us picks from Zach Alexander on topics ranging from the continued role of formalism in game studies to a Bayonetta style guide.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Blog: A design dilemma in prop behavior 4
by Gamasutra Community [01.26.15]
"This turned in to more of a design rant more than a 'lesson learned' post, but one of my motivations for writing this was to hear from other designers how you approach a design challenge like this."
Console/PC, Indie, Design