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Avoiding 'traps' in RPG game mechanic design 19
by Gamasutra Community [09.11.14]
How to avoid making "traps" -- defined as "a mechanic purposefully or accidentally designed to look beneficial to the player but doesn’t provide appropriate benefit."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Blog: Surveying game audio professionals - the results  
by Gamasutra Community [09.11.14]
"Compensation had two definite peaks, one at around $55,000 and one around $110,000. We believe this reflects the premium that top composers and sound designers with the right skills and knowledge can demand."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Audio, Business/Marketing

Design considerations for branching conversation systems in games 15
by Gamasutra Community [09.11.14]
"So you’ve decided that a branching conversation system is the best choice for your game. But how will your system really function? You know your high-level goals, but it’s time to refine."
Console/PC, Design

Get a job: Telltale is hiring a Narrative Tech Engineer  
by Staff [09.10.14]
The folks who made The Wolf Among Us seek an experienced engineer to work on Telltale's suite of content creation tools at its studio in San Rafael, California.
Console/PC, Programming, Recruitment

Blog: Non-player-centric games 17
by Gamasutra Community [09.10.14]
"I believe we need more games that are environmental/world and plot driven -- games where the player character isn’t the hero, nor does the story or world bend for them or wait for them."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Valve offers software, support to tech education program for kids  
by Alex Wawro [09.10.14]
Steam's minder is strengthening ties to iD Tech, a national series of summer camps that teach kids how to make games, by providing students with free access to Valve software and systems.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: Taking stock of Darknet, a VR work-in-progress  
by Gamasutra Community [09.10.14]
"Working alone is a sure way to lose perspective on your work, and I’ve been cloistered on Darknet for months. Over the past week, I was suddenly hit with an avalanche of external feedback."
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Video blog: A deeper look at Wolfenstein: The New Order's Nazi symbology 5
by Gamasutra Community [09.10.14]
Bob Whitaker, Evan Torner and Niclas Heckner discuss Wolfenstein: The New Order. Topics include the game's depiction of Nazi futurism, concentration camps and German language in video games.
Console/PC, Design

The challenges of converting a mobile platformer into a good PC game 7
by Gamasutra Community [09.10.14]
"This journey of converting Shadow Blade from a good mobile game to a respectable PC title has proved to be quite challenging... We are definitely learning a lot in this process and it is quite tough and fun."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Design, Production

Destiny ships $500 million on day one 14
by Mike Rose [09.10.14]
Activision claims this morning that Destiny is the most successful video game franchise launch of all time, as the game shipped more than $500 million to retail stores and first-parties worldwide.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Stealth multiplayer game Monaco sells 1 million 1
by Mike Rose [09.10.14]
Monaco: What's Yours Is Mine, the stealth action game from Pocketwatch games that launched last year, has sold over 1 million copies.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Game Design Deep Dive: The digging mechanic in SteamWorld Dig Exclusive 2
by Olle Håkansson [09.10.14]
Image & Form released SteamWorld Dig in August 2013. Here, the team describes the process it went through in designing the main mechanic of the game, which (as you may have guessed) is the digging.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Exclusive

The Xbox One sold just 23.5K units at launch in Japan 9
by Mike Rose [09.10.14]
The Xbox One launched in Japan last week, and according to sales data from Famitsu, it wasn't exactly the greatest console launch ever.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Report: Microsoft buying Mojang -- for more than $2 billion 46
by Christian Nutt [09.09.14]
The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg say that the Washington-based tech giant has the massively successful Swedish indie in its sights.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Half of all PC players wait for sales before purchasing games 8
by Christian Nutt [09.09.14]
New research from the NPD Group, based on a survey PC and Mac users who actively play games, says a lot of people are doing so -- but often at a discount.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

GameStop makes another move into the mobile market  
by Christian Nutt [09.09.14]
GameStop locations across the country will begin carrying the cellular chain's products in new partnership, as GameStop continues to look to drive mobile sales.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Blizzard seeks a User Interface Artist for Heroes of the Storm  
by Staff [09.09.14]
The Southern California development studio behind the Warcraft series is looking for a UI artist for its upcoming MOBA.
Console/PC, Art, Recruitment

Blog: An open letter to Microsoft about indie games 12
by Gamasutra Community [09.09.14]
"MS led the pack with bringing indies onto consoles in a big way with XBLIG. We’re just hoping that it can continue into the current generation a bit larger that it is so far."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Ensemble expats to make a new strategy game with Stardock's help 1
by Alex Wawro [09.09.14]
Sins of a Solar Empire publisher Stardock Entertainment has cut a deal with the Ensemble Studios expats at BonusXP to publish the Texas-based studio's forthcoming PC strategy title.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

GDC Next adds talks on Skulls of the Shogun and community design  
by Staff [09.09.14]
Skulls of the Shogun programming wizard Borut Pfeifer and veteran community manager Matt Fairchild join the speaker lineup at GDC Next 2014 featuring ADC this November.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Next