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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Blog: The 'fast follow' in mobile games is obsolete 8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

GDC Europe 2014 adds fresh talks from Oculus and Telltale Games  
by Staff [07.07.14]
Designers from Telltale Games and Oculus VR join the lineup of speakers exploring the art and business of games at GDC Europe 2014 this August in Cologne.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Europe

5 tips for making a cross-platform game for mobile and PC Exclusive 12
by Mike Rose [07.07.14]
Many studios right now are attempting to build and release games for both mobile and PC platforms, and it's fair to say that many such attempts aren't going off without a hitch.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Video blog: History, slavery, and violence in Assassin's Creed 2
by Gamasutra Community [07.04.14]
A look at "slavery and black life in the 18th Century Atlantic World" and its portrayal in the Assassin's Creed series from college professor Bob Whitaker and historian Jessica W. Luther.
Console/PC, Design

Video: Designing for mystery in Kentucky Route Zero  
by Staff [07.04.14]
As part of the GDC 2014 Independent Games Summit, Cardboard Computer's Jake Elliott speaks briefly about how their development process evolved to focus on creating mystery, rather than puzzles.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Hotline Miami's Jonatan Soderstrom on inspiration, collaboration 1
by Gamasutra Community [07.04.14]
"A lot of the ideas are based on tiny things I see in other people's games, other ideas come from paintings, movies, comics or books that do interesting things I haven't encountered before."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

Can joy be more 'adult' than violence? Exclusive 28
by Leigh Alexander [07.04.14]
"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

How Nintendo created Splatoon for the kid in all of us 9
by Christian Nutt [07.03.14]
"I think everyone kind of remembers being a kid and would be like, 'Great, I'm just going to go crazy.' I think if anyone has something like that still left in them, they'll definitely be able to enjoy this game."
Console/PC, Design, Production

Get a job: Sucker Punch seeks a Lead Mission Designer  
by Staff [07.03.14]
InFamous: Second Son developer Sucker Punch is looking to hire an experienced mission designer to take on a lead role alongside the team in the studio's Bellevue, WA office.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Recruitment

Don't Miss: Breaking the NES - Developing Shovel Knight 18
by Gamasutra Community [07.03.14]
Yacht Club Games programmer David D'Angelo details how breaking but "being aware of the rules... led to the game feeling clear and simple; one of the hallmarks of a great NES game."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design

Blog: Why cheating matters 6
by Gamasutra Community [07.03.14]
"The biggest cause for concern that I see is the fact that we already know how to make fun games... And now that the market is changing, we are forced to reconsider the games weíre so good at creating."
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

Anti-design philosophies: Quantity design 16
by Gamasutra Community [07.03.14]
"Developers are asking us to take time out of our day, focus on their game, learn their rules, and sometimes even pay them money. Those developers owe it to us to give us something of real value."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production

GDC Europe 2014 reveals new talks from Epic Games and Wooga  
by Staff [07.03.14]
Senior talent from Epic Games and Wooga join the lineup of speakers exploring the art and business of making mobile games at GDC Europe 2014 this August in Cologne.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Europe

Stepping beyond the shooter: Developing The Division Exclusive 11
by Christian Nutt [07.03.14]
Speaking to David Polfeldt, developer of Tom Clancy's The Division, it's clear that he has ambitions to do more with his game than present another twitch shooter -- and to do more with storytelling.
Console/PC, Design, Exclusive

Video: Building on an App Store success with Badland  
by Staff [07.02.14]
As part of the GDC 2014 Independent Games Summit, Badland co-creator Johannes Vuorinen shares what he learned developing, launching and maintaining an award-winning mobile game.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Q&A: Double Fine's Anna Kipnis digs into the mechanics of good dialog 1
by GDC Staff [07.02.14]
The Double Fine senior gameplay programmer and experienced public speaker explains her inspiration for pitching an indie-focused talk about dialog system design at GDC Europe 2014.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Audio, Design, Production, GDC Europe

Don't Miss: Shining a light on our women heroes problem Exclusive 134
by Leigh Alexander [07.02.14]
Spurred on by advertising for Rise of the Tomb Raider, Leigh Alexander reflects on the problematic trend of defining women heroes primarily through the trauma they've endured.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Exclusive