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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Chinese Room's melancholy and refreshing Rapture Exclusive 7
by Leigh Alexander [07.02.14]
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

Panoramical asks: Why can't music software be a game? Exclusive 4
by Mike Rose [07.01.14]
For David Kanaga, the composer behind games like Proteus, DYAD, and the upcoming Panoramical, some of his favorite games aren't games at all.
Console/PC, Indie, Audio, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Video

Don't Miss: Telling human stories of the Great War with Valiant Hearts Exclusive 14
by Alex Wawro [06.30.14]
Two lead developers on Ubisoft Montpellier's Valiant Hearts explain why they made a cartoonish adventure game inspired by soldier's letters and other somber artifacts of the First World War.
Console/PC, Production, Exclusive

Perfect World wants your next F2P game on its new Arc platform Exclusive 1
by Alex Wawro [06.27.14]
As more big players enter the free-to-play market, Perfect World launches a Steam-like F2P games platform in order to keep its players from straying. Now it needs fresh content to feed the machine.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Designing a real-life Escape the Room experience Exclusive 6
by Mike Rose [06.27.14]
The chances are that you've tried your hand at an Escape the Room video game challenges before. You may not have experienced one of the many real life Escape the Room games that have been popping up around the world.
Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Press vs. YouTuber: Ryan Letourneau talks video, Metacritic, ethics Exclusive 3
by Mike Rose [06.27.14]
Gamasutra's Mike Rose sits down with YouTuber Ryan Letourneau to discuss where the scene is headed, how it compares to the traditional press, and where YouTubers should stand on topics like ethics.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, YouTube

Respawn's new COO on the future of triple-A and publisher relations Exclusive  
by Christian Nutt [06.26.14]
Gamasutra speaks with new Respawn Entertainment COO Dusty Welch about the future of the triple-A space and why having an incredibly close relationship with EA is an essential advantage.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Don't Miss: Meet the developer who spent 13 years making his childhood game Exclusive 10
by Mike Rose [06.25.14]
When Adam Butcher was 14 years old, he had a vision for a video game that he wanted to make. It was a little bulky in scope, sure, but it was the game he wanted to play, and he had the tools to make it.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Let's revisit Final Fantasy X! Anyone? Exclusive 59
by Leigh Alexander [06.25.14]
Games remember who we were when we played them. Leigh Alexander revisits Final Fantasy X -- and puzzles over the lost heyday of big Japanese roleplaying games.
Console/PC, Art, Design, Exclusive

Ushering in the new era of Sonic the Hedgehog Exclusive 17
by Christian Nutt [06.25.14]
Gamasutra speaks to Sega of America producer Stephen Frost about Sonic Boom and Sega's new, centralized management of the IP -- and what it means for the beloved franchise.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Building a game around AR: The story of Outsiders Exclusive  
by Mike Rose [06.24.14]
Despite repeated attempts at making augmented reality video games part of the mainstream, the genre refuses to take off. Now one studio is looking to take it to a whole new level.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Video