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With no new major releases, Capcom sees profits drop 1
by Mike Rose [07.31.14]
Capcom's revenues and profits were down during the first quarter of the current fiscal year, mainly due to a lack of major releases from the Japanese publisher.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

The puzzle generation workflow in VR game Darknet 2
by Gamasutra Community [07.31.14]
"Every time the player goes through a level, theyíll have to complete at least a couple of puzzles to win. Thatís why itís so critical to make the puzzles unique and challenging."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design

UK publisher Mastertronic closes Cambridgeshire HQ, lays off 40% of staff  
by Mike Rose [07.31.14]
In the midst of liquidation threats, UK games publisher Mastertronic has been forced to make nearly half of its staff redundant, and close its Cambridgeshire headquarters.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Leaderboards: The original and best social feature 4
by Gamasutra Community [07.31.14]
A look at why leaderboards are so commonly implemented, what they gain you as a developer, and how players react to them.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

PlayStation swings to profits, thanks to strong PS4 performance 1
by Mike Rose [07.31.14]
Sony saw a notable rise in profits during the first quarter of the current fiscal year, as the company's PlayStation business swung back from losses to income.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Gamasutra Explains: The YouTuber Phenomenon Exclusive 15
by Christian Nutt [07.31.14]
What do YouTubers do? Who are they? Why does it matter to you? Gamasutra looked into the phenomenon and created a handy guide so you can get up-to-speed on it.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, YouTube

Puzzle & Dragons' GungHo has great first half: $523 million in profit 2
by Christian Nutt [07.30.14]
The top-ranked Japanese smartphone publisher reveals strong numbers for the first half of 2014, though its second quarter saw a slight year-on-year dip in profit.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Video: Using the Fox Engine to build Ground Zeroes  
by Staff [07.30.14]
Hideo Kojima and the Kojima Productions staff demonstrate and explain the workflow and development process of Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes on the Fox Engine at GDC 2013.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Crytek's Austin studio is no longer making games 5
by Alex Wawro [07.30.14]
The German company withdraws from U.S. game development as it moves Hunt development to Crytek Frankfurt and lays off developers -- but not CryEngine support staff -- at Crytek Austin.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: Who are my game dev heroes? 1
by Gamasutra Community [07.30.14]
"When I think of a game dev hero, I think of a person who I feel has impacted me on a personal level. Someone I aspire to be like or whose work greatly influences my own."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Turtle Rock is looking to hire a Technical Artist  
by Staff [07.30.14]
The developer of Evolve seeks to hire a technical artist to assist with asset production and optimization for PC and contemporary console hardware in their Lake Forest, CA studio.
Console/PC, Art, Production, Recruitment

Crytek sells Homefront IP to Koch Media, development to continue  
by Alex Wawro [07.30.14]
Under the terms of the deal, Homefront: The Revolution development will be picked up by Koch Media's newly-formed Deep Silver Dambuster Studios.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Level design in The Legend of Zelda 61
by Mike Stout [07.30.14]
Can the original Zelda game still have things to teach designers? Mike Stout (Skylanders) dives back into the 1986 classic to see how Miyamoto handled pathing, challenge ramping, and more.
Console/PC, Design

Xbox One gets its first free-to-play MMO  
by Alex Wawro [07.30.14]
Perfect World is planning to launch Cryptic Studios' F2P Neverwinter PC MMORPG on Xbox One later this year in China, then roll it out to consoles in North America and Europe in 2015.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: Making a shoestring-budget game for the Xbox One 6
by Gamasutra Community [07.30.14]
"Iíve been indie for almost nine years now and am still in the red, so Iíve gotten to a point where Iím loathe to spend another penny. Add to that I really had no idea how a game on the Xbox One would sell."
Console/PC, Indie, Production

Microsoft lays out the details of Xbox One's Chinese debut  
by Alex Wawro [07.30.14]
The company plans to launch Xbox One in China with a select slate of launch titles and the promise of more to come from Chinese developers, including Tencent and NetEase.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Japan's console game market is shrinking fast - report 4
by Mike Rose [07.30.14]
According to a new report from the Japanese Computer Entertainment Supplier's Association, Japan's console game market shrunk by a fair margin during 2013, while the country's mobile games market expanded.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

A look at four studies on game preferences by gender 5
by Gamasutra Community [07.30.14]
"There are motivational differences in gamersí preferences for genres... This comes from common perceptions among gamers as well as good number of studies."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

Sony doesn't think EA Access subscription service is good value 10
by Mike Rose [07.30.14]
Sony has explained why the upcoming EA Access subscription service from Electronic Arts is not coming to PlayStation platforms, stating that the scheme is not good value for money.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Using Scrum in indie game development  
by Gamasutra Community [07.30.14]
"At the end of the day, the team is what remains in a company, and it grows up with its experiences. In every case the team should learn a lot, to take the maximum advantage independently from results."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production