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New Unity CEO Riccitiello takes to forums to soothe devs' fears 1
by Christian Nutt [10.23.14]
The new CEO waded into the discussion to offer his views on how he views the company and address the concerns of Unity developers who weren't too keen on the announcement.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Google now embeds information about games in search results  
by Christian Nutt [10.23.14]
The dominant search company has expanded its "Knowledge Graph" program to serve up info on games from a simple search.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Business/Marketing

ESA awards $90K in game dev scholarships to promote diversity 4
by Alex Wawro [10.23.14]
This week $90,000 in scholarships was awarded to 30 students pursuing degrees related to game development by the charitable arm of the Entertainment Software Association.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Gamasutra's Talking Devs podcast on Shadow of Mordor 3
by Mike Rose [10.23.14]
Gamasutra's Mike Rose grabs two British developers -- Thomas Was Alone and Volume creator Mike Bithell, plus Gun Monkeys and Privates dev Dan Marshall -- to talk about Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

On that incredible demo from the maker of Papers, Please... Exclusive 5
by Mike Rose [10.23.14]
Papers, Please developer Lucas Pope released an early build of his next game this week, and spoke to Gamasutra about the genesis of its remarkable mechanics and '1-bit' visual style.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Exclusive

Optimizing for mobile VR: Taking Darknet from Oculus Rift to Gear VR 2
by Gamasutra Community [10.23.14]
"Months later, Darknet is indeed hitting 60fps on the phone. The game is fully playable, and I thought it might be nice to share some details about how I sped things up."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, VR

Learn to make multiplatform games and protect your IP at GDC Next  
by Staff [10.23.14]
Attorney Mona Ibrahim explains how to avoid IP lawsuits and Owlchemy Labs CEO Alex Schwartz reveals everything you need to know about multiplatform development at GDC Next 2014 featuring ADC.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Next

The power of audience development for indies 4
by Gamasutra Community [10.23.14]
"The earlier you start your marketing planning, the better off youíll be. This blog post focuses on the benefits of community and audience development programs."
Indie, Business/Marketing

Blog: Lessons learned while pitching my game company to investors 1
by Gamasutra Community [10.23.14]
"Hopefully what Iíve written here will prove helpful to those of you looking to get through your first pitch. Itís worth the effort!"
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Blog: Batch processing for indies 2
by Gamasutra Community [10.23.14]
"Batch processing means doing a lot of similar things all at once. People don't bake one cookie at a time, instead they make all the batter at once and get a lot of cookies created."
Indie, Production

Infinifactory and the next generation of the 'Minecraft genre' Exclusive 6
by Mike Rose [10.23.14]
Gamasutra speaks with Zach Barth about Infinifactory, and how he's attempting to build the next-generation for the block-building genre.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Exclusive

Kinect for Windows SDK updated: Devs can now sell apps through Windows Store 1
by Christian Nutt [10.22.14]
A new, free SDK brings updated functionality to the device, including the ability to launch apps on the Windows Store -- alongside an adapter to use an Xbox One Kinect with the PC.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Business/Marketing

An introduction to cross-game promotions  
by Gamasutra Community [10.22.14]
"The allure of cross game promotions and where they are at their best is providing sales to each series involved while giving fans something extra for their appreciation."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

What's next for Unity and its new CEO? Co-founder David Helgason explains 46
by Christian Nutt [10.22.14]
Today, Unity announced that co-founder and CEO David Helgason would be stepping down, to be replaced by EA veteran John Riccitiello. Gamasutra speaks to Helgason about his new role and the company's future.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: Why everything and nothing is killing the game industry 2
by Staff [10.22.14]
Game industry veteran Ste Curran gives an impassioned presentation about the unending litany of potentially fatal threats to the game industry during GDC Europe 2014.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, Video

Don't Miss: The Super Meat Boy postmortem 45
by Edmund McMillen, Tommy Refenes [10.22.14]
Edmund McMillen and Tommy Refenes candidly discuss the development process of smash indie hit Super Meat Boy, diving into the punishing process that led to the remarkably successful retro revitalization.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Shield Break Studios is hiring a Senior Engineer  
by Staff [10.22.14]
Orange County startup Shield Break Studios is looking for a senior engineer with strong C++ skills to work on its debut title, the multiplayer melee combat game Bierzerkers.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Recruitment

Implementing music and sound effects in Unity  
by Gamasutra Community [10.22.14]
On coding audio support in a simple smartphone game in Unity: "Thankfully, a simple audio system that just works isn't too terribly hard to implement in a small project."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Audio

Helgason steps down as Unity CEO, and John Riccitiello steps up 35
by Alex Wawro [10.22.14]
Unity founder David Helgason has stepped down from his position as CEO. His replacement is none other than Unity Technologies board member John Riccitiello -- former CEO of Electronic Arts.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Developing games with random number generators 2
by Gamasutra Community [10.22.14]
"Random numbers are a surprisingly interesting area of programming. Though at first they may seem very simple, they are actually quite challenging to both create and work with."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming