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How a groin glitch led to the commercial release of Mount Your Friends Exclusive 1
by Mike Rose [07.29.14]
When Daniel Steger created the first prototype for hilarious multiplayer climb-em-up Mount Your Friends, he never planned for the concept to go any further.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Don't Miss: The 2014 Game Developer Salary Survey Exclusive  
by Kris Graft [07.28.14]
Make sure to check out our dedicated page highlighting key stories from Gamasutra's 2014 Game Developer Salary Survey, then download the whole report!
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Are developers actually paying for YouTuber and press coverage? Exclusive 14
by Mike Rose [07.28.14]
Here's what we know: The ethics of paying for YouTuber and press coverage of your game are rather blurred, and become more and more so as revenue share programs and FTC rules come into play.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, YouTube

Game developers speak their minds as part of our 2014 Salary Survey Exclusive 24
by Kris Graft [07.25.14]
As part of Gamasutra's 2014 Game Developer Salary Survey, we asked respondents an open question: "Do you have anything to say about the game industry in 2013?"
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Salary Survey 2014

Strange and mundane come together in Variable State's Virginia Exclusive 1
by Leigh Alexander [07.25.14]
Variable State tells us about Virginia, its in-development narrative game inspired by 1990s TV like Twin Peaks -- character studies, magical realism and what hides beneath the suburban mundane.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Exclusive

Don't Miss: Khris Brown on the secrets of great voice acting Exclusive 4
by Alex Wawro [07.24.14]
Gamasutra speaks to voice director, consultant and game industry veteran Khris Brown to better understand how high-quality voicework in games comes together from a developer perspective.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Audio, Design, Production, Exclusive

Game developer layoffs were up in 2013, according to new survey Exclusive 3
by Kris Graft [07.24.14]
While previous years have seen a downward trend in layoffs, 2013 saw a slight increase, according to Gamasutra's Game Developer Salary Survey 2014.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Salary Survey 2014

Q&A: Keeping up with hit mobile game Kim Kardashian: Hollywood Exclusive 51
by Alex Wawro [07.24.14]
Kim Kardashian has conquered everything from cable TV to bottled water with some stupendous branding tactics. Now, the branding maven can add the iOS App Store to her list of conquests.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

How Ubisoft taught a strategy game studio to be a AAA shooter studio Exclusive 11
by Christian Nutt [07.23.14]
How does Ubisoft develop a game across as many as 10 different studios? Gamasutra speaks to David Polfeldt, managing director of Massive, developers of The Division, to find out.
Console/PC, Production, Exclusive

6 key points from the 2014 Indie Salary Report Exclusive 17
by Kris Graft [07.23.14]
This is the fifth year for the indie developer salary report, in which we survey non-salaried game developers. 2013 was a mixed bag overall, with some salaries up, some down year-on-year.
Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Salary Survey 2014

Don't Miss: The beautifully intricate design of Else Heartbreak Exclusive 3
by Leigh Alexander [07.22.14]
Erik Svedäng and Niklas Åkerblad talk Else Heartbreak, a story-driven game set in the fictional harbor town of Dorisburg: "a strange kind of homemade Grand Theft Auto, without any guns or cars."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Exclusive

Gender wage gap: How the game industry compares to the U.S. average Exclusive 53
by Kris Graft [07.22.14]
The gender pay gap is once again a hot topic in the world of U.S. politics, and in the world of video game development, the issue has reared its head.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Salary Survey 2014

Game Developer Salary Survey 2014: The results are in! Exclusive 65
by Kris Graft [07.22.14]
Gamasutra recently polled over 4,000 game developers worldwide, asking them the question: How much money did you make?
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Salary Survey 2014

Alaska Natives share their stories, culture through commercial games Exclusive  
by Leigh Alexander [07.21.14]
After 20 years in traditional games, Sean Vesce aims to help the Inupiat people of Alaska share their culture and values with the commercial gaming audience through puzzle platformer Never Alone.
Console/PC, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Exclusive, Video

Don't Miss: With new perspective, Cliff Bleszinski plots next move Exclusive 25
by Leigh Alexander [07.18.14]
"You spend those first 18 years struggling to grow up, and then the next 18 years struggling to get back." Leigh Alexander talks to a man who wants to be known for more than chainsaw-equipped assault rifles.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Don't Miss: The ambitious development of The Division Exclusive 9
by Christian Nutt [07.17.14]
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

Q&A: Veteran director Khris Brown on the secrets of great voice acting Exclusive 4
by Alex Wawro [07.16.14]
Gamasutra speaks to voice director, consultant and game industry veteran Khris Brown to better understand how high-quality voicework in games comes together from a developer perspective.
Console/PC, Indie, Audio, Design, Production, Exclusive

Don't Miss: Letting go of control with David OReilly's Mountain Exclusive 39
by Leigh Alexander [07.15.14]
Leigh Alexander investigates why artist David OReilly's Mountain feels like a rebellion against the stressful nature of contemporary Internet culture.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Exclusive

The beautifully intricate dollhouse of Else Heartbreak Exclusive 3
by Leigh Alexander [07.15.14]
Erik Svedäng and Niklas Åkerblad talk Else Heartbreak, a story-driven game set in the fictional harbor town of Dorisburg: "a strange kind of homemade Grand Theft Auto, without any guns or cars."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Exclusive

Don't Miss: The origin story of Divinity: Original Sin Exclusive 7
by Alex Wawro [07.14.14]
"We always wanted to make an old-school PC RPG with multiplayer," says studio 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