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How a groin glitch led to the commercial release of Mount Your Friends Exclusive  
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

GDC Europe adds talks from Fireproof Studios and Chris Roberts  
by GDC Staff [07.29.14]
Fireproof cofounder Barry Meade and game industry veteran Chris Roberts 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, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Europe

Blog: Game-jamming in Taiwan 3
by Gamasutra Community [07.29.14]
A story about fostering a tight-knit video game development community -- and throwing game jams -- in Taiwan.
Indie, Design, Production

Duet, Mushroom 11 among this year's PAX 10 indie finalists  
by Alex Wawro [07.28.14]
It's that time again -- the organizers of the 2014 Penny Arcade Expo have once again selected ten indie games to be showcased in free booth space at the annual show in August.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Blog: Is 'better' always better? 6
by Gamasutra Community [07.28.14]
"We as game developers are constantly trying to make the best game we can. The problem is that sometimes people forget about the 'we can' part in 'the best game we can.'"
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production

Inafune advising new $15M investment fund for indie game startups  
by Alex Wawro [07.28.14]
VC neophyte Inflexion Point Capital is looking to make its mark on the game business by investing up to $15 million in promising game startups, especially Japanese mobile game makers.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

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

Introduction to steering behaviors for AI 1
by Gamasutra Community [07.28.14]
"'What is this entity thinking?' I was always fascinated with this question, and I loved how some triple-A game AIs were able to avoid obstacles... So I began to learn everything about complex AI."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming

This Week in Video Game Criticism: Kim Kardashian Ruins Everything 9
by Kris Ligman [07.28.14]
This week, our partnership with game criticism site Critical Distance brings us picks from Kris Ligman on topics ranging from the success of Kim Kardashian: Hollywood to how we talk about HipHopGamer.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

Why I made a game engine (in HTML5) 13
by Gamasutra Community [07.28.14]
"I was most excited about creating my own game engine because I wanted to know everything that was going on under the hood."
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming

Are developers actually paying for YouTuber and press coverage? Exclusive 13
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

'Who are your game dev heroes?' 39
by Christian Nutt [07.25.14]
Games inspire us to make games, but so do the people behind them. Here are inspirational developers, as selected by our Twitter followers.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Kuju launches equity crowdfunding effort for UK game studio startups  
by Christian Nutt [07.25.14]
UK-based independent studio (Art Academy, Zumba series) is booting up a £300,000 ($509,415) fund to back a "portfolio of studios" and help them find success.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Overcoming Impostor's Syndrome 35
by Gamasutra Community [07.25.14]
"You realize that you donít deserve to be here. You do not belong. You see amazing, talented people with more experience and talent, and you know you arenít qualified to work in their industry."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Business/Marketing

A new dawn: Choosing a new game project 4
by Gamasutra Community [07.25.14]
"I always found it easy to come up with new game ideas... So here are some thoughts on how I try to figure out if prototyping a game idea or even nurturing it into a full-grown game is worth my time."
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production

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

Blog: Killing a horse with text 9
by Gamasutra Community [07.25.14]
"In a regular game with graphics I would only have the troll hit the horse with a club or something... But in a text game, I have to describe the action to create a vision in the mind of the player."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

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

Banner Saga dev says Apple is frustrated with race to the bottom 13
by Christian Nutt [07.24.14]
"Apple is frustrated, along with everybody else, about the mentality that's gone rampant in mobile app markets, where people don't want to pay anything." - The Banner Saga developer John Watson
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

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