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Big studio creativity: Lionhead Incubation to share experiments  
by Christian Nutt [09.23.14]
Since 2008, Lionhead Studios hasn't released anything but Fable games. That might change, as it moves concretely to foster more inventiveness through a new initiative.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video

Oculus VR's Luckey: VR's a hard sell, but triple-A dev is coming  
by Christian Nutt [09.23.14]
"I don't think they understand why it's relevant to them yet. A lot of people, even if they know what VR is, see it as this tool to go in your basement and play Halo."
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, VR

Jason Rohrer's 'agonizing' new real-money game, Cordial Minuet  
by Christian Nutt [09.23.14]
"The drama and emotional anguish is magnified tremendously when there's something real at stake."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Don't Miss: 20 fun facts about hex grids 21
by Gamasutra Community [09.23.14]
20 "of the interesting (and obscure) facts we uncover in our quest to know everything we can about grids and their use in games."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Design

Blog: On Steam curation - What I think it changes 5
by Gamasutra Community [09.23.14]
Mike Bithell (Thomas Was Alone, Volume) shares his thoughts on Steam's new discoverability and curation systems: "Make no mistake. This new system is not a meritocracy."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Blizzard cans development of ambitious Titan MMO 11
by Kris Graft [09.23.14]
with the cancellation of the seven-year MMO project Titan, the World of Warcraft developer has shown a new level of willingness to cut its losses.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Blog: Google Play's new address policy - Bad for indie devs, bad for Android 26
by Gamasutra Community [09.23.14]
"At the end of this month, all of us will be required to provide a physical address, which will be publicly visible in the detail page for every app we publish."
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Blog: The gender gap in VR 34
by Gamasutra Community [09.23.14]
"Frankly, Iím worried that VR is turning into a 'guy space,' where women are made to feel less welcome. Thatís not okay! I want to share the joys of VR with everyone, and so I don't want anyone to feel excluded."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, VR

Raph Koster, Octodad devs join GDC Next speaker lineup  
by Staff [09.23.14]
Octodad: Dadliest Catch developers Phil Tibitoski and John Murphy join the speaker lineup at GDC Next 2014 featuring ADC this November alongside game industry veteran Raph Koster.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, GDC Next

Analysis: Can 'The Curators' solve Steam's discoverability issues? Exclusive 26
by Mike Rose [09.23.14]
Everyone has an opinion on how to "fix" Steam. This week, Valve launched Steam Discovery, whereby you now you put your wallet into the hands of "The Curators."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Future game story: How we can improve games by getting experiential 34
by Gamasutra Community [09.23.14]
"For years, Iíve told friends and colleagues that game stories suck. People nod their heads, then happily play and continue making story-driven games anyway."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

In 10 months, the price of the Xbox One in the UK has dropped by $160  
by Mike Rose [09.23.14]
It would appear that the Xbox One has received another price cut in the UK, meaning the console is now £100 ($164) cheaper than it originally started out.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Mobile UI and game design: Screens vs. flows 6
by Gamasutra Community [09.23.14]
"While many of the larger mobile game studios such as Zynga or GREE routinely design UI/UX by flows, many mobile application designers are still designing individual screens by feature."
Smartphone/Tablet, Art, Design

Game design analysis: Silent Hills playable teaser P.T. 2
by Gamasutra Community [09.23.14]
A blog that tackles how the "playable teaser" from Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro makes players feel uneasy -- and where it draws its influences.
Console/PC, Design

Q&A: Making music with former Bungie composer Marty O'Donnell Exclusive 1
by Alex Wawro [09.23.14]
Gamasutra speaks with former Bungie composer Marty O'Donnell to learn more about how he works, and to shed some light on how audio production on a AAA production like Destiny works.
Console/PC, Audio, Exclusive

Final Fantasy XV director: Game must be amazing or 'it's meaningless' 4
by Christian Nutt [09.22.14]
"Before I joined Square Enix, I always looked at Final Fantasy games as the benchmark for game consoles. Each new game showed what was possible on video game hardware."
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

Steam Discovery: The curation tools we've been yearning for are finally here 21
by Mike Rose, Alex Wawro [09.22.14]
Valve today announced a move for its Steam platform that the vast majority of PC game devs have been waiting a very long time for -- Steam Discovery, an update to the store that introduces new curation options.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Video: A crash course in design-related analytics  
by Staff [09.22.14]
Information is now everywhere. If you work for a large company or a publisher, someone is going to come to you with analytics, and you need to be able to understand them in order make proper use of them.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault, GDC, GDC Europe

Sony PlayStation VR headset Project Morpheus '85 percent' ready 1
by Christian Nutt [09.22.14]
Oculus has made some great strides toward release, and it seems like Sony is making similar progress, according to Shuhei Yoshida, its president of Worldwide Studios.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, VR

Get a job: Respawn Entertainment is hiring software engineers  
by Staff [09.22.14]
The Titanfall is seeking software engineers at the mid and senior levels with experience in C/C++ fluency.
Console/PC, Programming, Recruitment