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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

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

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

Don't Miss: The Chinese Room's melancholy and refreshing Rapture Exclusive 7
by Leigh Alexander [07.08.14]
Leigh Alexander visits The Chinese Room to see Everybody's Gone to the Rapture -- a uniquel melancholy and distinctly English apocalypse, created by a team with a refreshing attitude to sustainability.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Exclusive

The creators of Borderlands are making a MOBA-inspired FPS  
by Alex Wawro [07.08.14]
Gearbox Software has taken the wraps off its next major project: Battleborn, a first-person shooter with MOBA-like design that -- unlike the next Borderlands game -- is coming to PS4 and Xbox One.
Console/PC, Design, Production

Blog: Unknown answers 2
by Gamasutra Community [07.08.14]
Sometimes games are the most fun when the game designer doesn't pretend to have all the answers, and instead lets players figure it all out.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

The dos and don'ts of designing VR games 6
by Mike Rose [07.08.14]
nDreams' Patrick O'Luanaigh discusses the many dos and don'ts of VR game design that his company has discovered through its experiments with the Oculus Rift and Sony's Morpheus.
Console/PC, Programming, Audio, Design

Developing for procedural dynamism in Unity  
by Gamasutra Community [07.08.14]
The development process for starting a fully dynamic voxel-based toybox tank game in Unity, and all of the technical challenges that have arisen so far.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Design

GDC Europe State of the Industry: PC and mobile reign, crowdfunding heats up 1
by GDC Staff [07.08.14]
Organizers of GDC Europe 2014 have released the results of the second annual European State of the Industry Survey, which reveals trends around regional development hubs, tax incentives and platform preferences.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Europe

There is nothing to 'do' in OReilly's Mountain - and that's a good thing Exclusive 39
by Leigh Alexander [07.08.14]
Artist David OReilly's Mountain feels like a rebellion against everything that's been bothering me.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Exclusive

Video: Diverse voices sharing countless ideas in GDC 2012 Microtalks 1
by Staff [07.07.14]
Industry veterans like Amy Hennig, Cliff Bleszinski, and Richard Lemarchand give great, rapid-fire presentations on the theme of "Playing for Time" during the Microtalks session at GDC 2012.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Get a job: Volition is hiring a Senior Audio Designer  
by Staff [07.07.14]
Audio experts, take note: Deep Silver Volition, known for the Saints Row franchise, is seeking a senior audio designer to join them in their Champaign, Illinois offices.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Audio, Design, Production, Recruitment

This Week in Video Game Criticism: From Rapture to No Man's Land  
by Kris Ligman [07.07.14]
This week, our partnership with game criticism site Critical Distance brings us picks from Kris Ligman on topics ranging from Valiant Hearts' treatment of World War I to the one type of blood you still don't see in video games.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Design

Don't Miss: How paid YouTuber coverage boosted Guns of Icarus Online 39
by Gamasutra Community [07.07.14]
The charts and graphs in this Guns of Icarus Online postmortem help explain how sponsored YouTube videos, Steam deals and player support can drive a game's success.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Oculus VR has its own developer event 1
by Kris Graft [07.07.14]
In an effort to directly foster its relationship with creators, Oculus VR said today it would host a new developer-centric event this year.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Business/Marketing

Blog: The 'fast follow' in mobile games is obsolete 8
by Gamasutra Community [07.07.14]
"The strategy is relatively self-explanatory: hit games are cloned ASAP in an attempt to steal away players (and profits). Letís investigate into the reasons why itís in trouble."
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: The journey of an aspiring creative director 2
by Gamasutra Community [07.07.14]
Trent Polack tells the story of how he went from outsider to creative director in five years. "As far as I'm concerned it's the team you work with and the energy you share that makes for the best jobs and the best games."
Console/PC, Indie, Design