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Analysis: Can 'The Curators' solve Steam's discoverability issues? Exclusive 40
by Mike Rose [09.23.14]
Everyone has an opinion on how to "fix" Steam. This week, Valve launched Steam Discovery, whereby you now you put your wallet into the hands of "The Curators."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Future game story: How we can improve games by getting experiential 51
by Gamasutra Community [09.23.14]
"For years, Iíve told friends and colleagues that game stories suck. People nod their heads, then happily play and continue making story-driven games anyway."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

This Week in Video Game Criticism: Do We Overuse the Term 'Interactive'? 1
by Lindsey Joyce [09.22.14]
This week, our partnership with game criticism site Critical Distance brings us picks from Lindsey Joyce on topics ranging from our overzealous use of the term 'interactivity' to whether games can exist sans politics.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Design

With big names signed, Nexon guns for Western players with new division  
by Christian Nutt [09.22.14]
Cliff Bleszinski is on board, and so are many other Western developers. Now, the company formally announces its new publishing division: Nexon XP.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime dev: Timing is everything 3
by Gamasutra Community [09.22.14]
"One of the tasks we find ourselves doing quite frequently is controlling the timing of things (loop an animation for x seconds, randomize AI behavior every y seconds, etc.)."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming

Creating epic-scale games on an indie budget 8
by Gamasutra Community [09.22.14]
"While youíll always face compromises, there is nothing stopping anyone from creating a vast, engaging, and epic-scale game on an indie budget."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

Oculus Connect 2014: Catch up on Gamasutra's coverage!  
by Staff [09.22.14]
Gamasutra was in Hollywood over the weekend for Oculus Connect 2014, where visionaries including Palmer Luckey, John Carmack, and Jesse Schell shared their vision for the future of virtual reality.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie

Blog: User interface iteration magic 6
by Gamasutra Community [09.22.14]
"Archmage Rises is a UI-heavy game, and the interface is core to the entire game experience. Proper software development methodology mandates that we take on the highest priority and risk items first."
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Production

A key ingredient for successful game studios: Positive energy 12
by Gamasutra Community [09.22.14]
"Game development work is inherently and by necessity creative, yet often we don't work in environments conducive to creativity."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Production

After 20 years working with VR, Jesse Schell speaks his mind Exclusive 36
by Christian Nutt [09.22.14]
He started working with VR in 1993, and professionally in 1995. Now he's making prototypes for the Oculus Rift and teaching students how to develop in VR. What does he think of the medium's future?
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, VR

A little advice for game developers from Oculus' Palmer Luckey 2
by Christian Nutt [09.20.14]
We got a few moments with the Oculus VR co-founder at Oculus Connect, and this is what he had to say to game developers: keep trying, and make sure you polish your work.
Console/PC, Indie, Production, VR

Oculus freely distributes DK1 headset schematics, firmware 1
by Christian Nutt [09.19.14]
Today at its Oculus Connect event in Hollywood, the company announced it's made the DK1 available to everyone -- so you can make your own.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, VR

Blog: Why the Creative Europe program wonít improve video games 5
by Gamasutra Community [09.19.14]
"Iím still not sure about how the program is currently designed, and I would like to reflect for a bit about what I think could have been done better and why."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Kickstarter updates terms: 'The creator must complete the project' 15
by Christian Nutt [09.19.14]
The popular crowdfunding site has added some serious new stipulations to its terms of service -- which are designed to ensure backers get what they back.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Business/Marketing

Video: Perfectly pitching your game in three sentences or less 1
by Staff [09.19.14]
Speaking at GDC Europe 2014 earlier this year, Vlambeer co-founder Rami Ismail shared some useful advice on how developers can perfect the art of pitching their game.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Procedural generation: By molecule or mythology 8
by Gamasutra Community [09.19.14]
"This post will help you choose the best 'zoom level' for your game. Itís part post-mortem, part raw idealism, and entirely intended to be just one way to think about design within a procedurally generated system."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Design

Don't Miss: The Gamasutra community's game developer flashcards 8
by Gamasutra Community [09.19.14]
Developers from across Gamasutra's community contributed to this quirky taxonomy of personalities and situations that you're likely to encounter if you spend much time in the game industry.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: When the fun of game development dies 2
by Gamasutra Community [09.19.14]
"What happens when making games is no longer fun for the developer? This is a question all videogame designers and developers have struggled with over the years."
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

What does it mean to be a game dev and a parent? #DevParents 1
by Gamasutra Community [09.19.14]
"We parents should embrace our fate and use the rollercoaster of emotions which is accompanied by parenthood to our advantage to create games only we can come up with."
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production

Making educational games for the younger you 12
by Gamasutra Community [09.19.14]
"During this convergence of opposing chapters in our lives, all of a sudden the boring term Ďeducational gameí doesnít seem to be the big YAWN it used to be."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Design