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Learn to write better sex, liars and mobile games at GDC 2015 1
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 3
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 14
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! 1
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! 7
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 5
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

Unity error fix: Timestamps and assets maps out of sync 18
by Gamasutra Community [01.26.15]
One developer encounters a devastating Unity error: "My work of about three weeks was gone. I couldn’t see anything, I couldn’t do anything at all." Here's how to work around it.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming

Looking back, looking forward with devs of the Independent Games Festival  
by Morgan Ramsay [01.26.15]
Past Independent Games Festival finalists and winners revisit their time in the IGF, and reflect on where they are now.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie

'If you had to pick one game for aspiring devs to study, what would it be?' 26
by Christian Nutt [01.23.15]
What game teaches you the lessons you need to know to make games? What game really matters -- and why does it matter? We asked our followers.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

DayZ hits 3 million sales after 13 months in Early Access  
by Christian Nutt [01.23.15]
The popular standalone version of DayZ has hit 3 million sales in just over a year -- as the team works to rebuild its engine from the ground up.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: How to get started in game programming, from Super Meat Boy's coder 41
by Tommy Refenes [01.23.15]
Taking your first steps toward your dream game is an overwhelming feeling. In this classic blog, Super Meat Boy programmer Tommy Refenes offers practical tips for aspiring (and veteran) developers.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming

Numbers in games: What they say about us 19
by Gamasutra Community [01.23.15]
"Clearly I seem to be drawn to games about numbers going up. But the truth of the matter is the numbers in games mean things -- they represent complex systems, whether ecosystems, economies or relationships."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Ditch the booth! A DIY game promotion manifesto 4
by Gamasutra Community [01.23.15]
"You don't need a festival or conference or expo to show your creations. Stop waiting for marketplaces to 'solve' discoverability. Reach out to your local and surrounding communities."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing