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GDC Europe 2014 adds Below, Assassin's Creed talks  
by GDC Staff [07.10.14]
Designers from Capybara Games and Ubisoft join the lineup of speakers exploring the art and business of games at GDC Europe 2014 this August in Cologne.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Europe

Are badges really all that? 24
by Gamasutra Community [07.10.14]
"Badges are cool if they make the player look at the game another way and encourage exploration. But badges are not so cool if they're for lots of repetitive actions (like clicking a button) or paying money into the game."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Q&A: The latest on PlayStation dev relations, with Sony's Adam Boyes Exclusive 1
by Kris Graft [07.10.14]
Sony has emphasized a commitment to make players happy -- but in order to get there, PlayStation needs to keep developers happy. We talk to SCEA's VP of developer relations, Adam Boyes.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

The best bits from Cliff Bleszinski's Reddit chat 17
by Christian Nutt [07.09.14]
Today, Cliff Bleszinski took to Reddit for an "ask me anything" session, and shared his perspective on the industry and the thinking behind his plans for his new studio and new game, BlueStreak.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Microsoft offers Xbox 360 owners $75 to upgrade to Xbox One 6
by Christian Nutt [07.09.14]
Some Xbox Live users across the U.S., Canada, and the UK are getting an offer via their 360 consoles for a $75 promo code -- if they upgrade.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Curse lands $16 million for game VoIP and community services  
by Christian Nutt [07.09.14]
Its community services power Kerbal Space Program, and its Curse Voice technology allows players to communicate securely, picking up 1 million users in open beta.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Video: Vlambeer's experience developing Nuclear Throne in public 2
by Staff [07.09.14]
Vlambeer cofounders Jan Willem Nijman and Rami Ismail took the stage during the GDC 2014 Independent Games Summit to talk about what they'd learned from livestreaming development of Nuclear Throne.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Get a job: Amazon Game Studios is hiring a Graphics Engineer  
by Staff [07.09.14]
The folks at Amazon Game Studios are looking to hire a software engineer to work as a graphics specialist on a rendering team at the studio's Irvine, CA offices.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Art, Production, Recruitment

Don't Miss: Can joy be more 'adult' than violence? Exclusive 28
by Leigh Alexander [07.09.14]
"Adult content" rules commercial games -- but repetitive, blistering violence gets dull. Honeyslug's Ricky Haggett and Funomena's Robin Hunicke look at joy, as an alternative quality of mature games.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Exclusive

Blog: Gameplay and the balance cult 11
by Gamasutra Community [07.09.14]
"There is, in my view, a very valuable aspect to imbalance; furthermore, balance is not as easily quantifiable as you might think -- as there are often multivariate levels that contribute to balance."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Microsoft says it hasn't abandoned retail Xbox One dev kit plans 7
by Alex Wawro [07.09.14]
UPDATE Microsoft says statements made today by an Xbox representative that the company has "no plans" to make retail Xbox One units capable of functioning as development kits are inaccurate.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

GameStop CEO: 'We'd be foolish to tell developers how to develop games'  
by Alex Wawro [07.09.14]
Speaking to Time, GameStop CEO Paul Raines claims the chain wants to secure better exclusive content from game makers by offering its money and its powers of distribution -- not its creative input.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

How to make an effective game trailer with no experience or budget 11
by Gamasutra Community [07.09.14]
"A trailer can be your calling card. Putting together a nice-looking trailer can help showing the features of a game, without the need of having the game finished."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

How Tearaway's emphasis on imperfection made the game more personal 1
by Mike Rose [07.09.14]
Rex Crowle, lead creator on Media Molecule's Tearaway, says that by highlighting the imperfections of papercraft, he and his team were able to make a more personal game.
Console/PC, Art, Design

Game devs flock to VR as Steam Box interest wanes, says GDC Europe survey 8
by GDC Staff [07.09.14]
Respondents to this year's GDC Europe State of the Industry survey report that VR is the most interesting emerging market, as interest in Steam Boxes and Android consoles falls away.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production, GDC Europe

Lessons learned from a year of developing a Unity plugin 4
by Gamasutra Community [07.09.14]
The maker of the plugin Grids reflects: "We gained a few hundred customers. It’s been an exciting year of ups and downs. Here are some of the things that surprised me."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

How the big, expensive decisions were made for the PlayStation 4 4
by Mike Rose [07.09.14]
When Andrew House was appointed president and group CEO of the PlayStation brand, he suddenly found himself with a whole boatload of tricky financial decisions to make about the upcoming PlayStation 4.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: Why I made the crappiest game I could think of to motivate myself 14
by Gamasutra Community [07.09.14]
"I have a floor to stand on now -- even if that floor is subterranean, it's certainly better than just aimlessly floating through the void waiting for that 'perfect spot' to land on."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production

Divinity: Original Sin is the game Larian Studios waited 15 years to make Exclusive 7
by Alex Wawro [07.09.14]
"We always wanted to make an old-school PC RPG with multiplayer," says Larian founder Swen Vincke. "We never managed to sell it to a publisher in the past; every time we proposed, it was refused."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Lorne Lanning on the return of Oddworld - and the mid-tier indie 2
by Christian Nutt [07.08.14]
Digital distribution and self publishing enables experienced teams become self-sustaining -- and the Oddworld creator shares his story of finding his way back.
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing