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Blog: How does open-source game development work? 2
by Gamasutra Community [08.19.14]
A quick-and-dirty but informative and interesting interview with the lead developers behind open-source, community-developed game Battle for Wesnoth about how that all works.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Production

Composition in level design: An in-depth examination 9
by Gamasutra Community [08.19.14]
A comprehensive look at what goes into creating first person shooter levels for a sense of visual composition -- and what that means in terms of guiding players to experience your gameplay best.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design

This Week in Video Game Criticism: From Critical Let's Plays to a History of Mobile Games  
by Zolani Stewart [08.18.14]
This week, our partnership with game criticism site Critical Distance brings us picks from Zolani Stewart on topics ranging from the rising tide of Youtube games criticism to a history of mobile games.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Video: Cloned at Birth - The story of Vlambeer's Ridiculous Fishing  
by Staff [08.18.14]
A centerpiece in the debate over the cloning of of games, developer Vlambeer shares the story of its award-winning Ridiculous Fishing -- a game that found success through sheer force of will.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

For developers, the hardest path yields more XP 4
by Gamasutra Community [08.18.14]
"Do not listen to people who are afraid of failure." -- that's the mantra of designer Mark Venturelli, who offers tips on the hard road to becoming a better game designer.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

A new perspective on the dark side of the 'race to the bottom' 24
by Alex Wawro [08.18.14]
One experienced indie developer has published a rant on his company blog that evinces some of the uncomfortable truths of the digital game market -- even as it eviscerates some of its participants.
Indie, Business/Marketing

A guide to submitting to the Unity Asset Store 4
by Gamasutra Community [08.18.14]
From getting your package ready to submitting and updating, this guide to the Unity Asset Store should help you get started with your submissions.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Business/Marketing

How to get your game rated 3
by Gamasutra Community [08.18.14]
Getting your game rated by the ESRB, PEGI, or other ratings orgs can be a surprisingly daunting task. This guide from NinjaBee (A Kingdom for Keflings) should help.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Women writers share their thoughts on sexism in the game industry 31
by Alex Wawro [08.15.14]
A Polygon feature on women writers offers solid insight into what it's like to be a contemporary woman writing for entertainment, with commentary from writers working in the game industry.
Console/PC, Indie, Production

Don't Miss: Digging down to business - Shovel Knight planning and sales 47
by Gamasutra Community [08.15.14]
Yacht Club Games' David D'Angelo shares the success story of Shovel Knight -- from Kickstarter to Steam champion, detailing sales that surprised even the game's team.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Xbox downloadable games can now be sold in retail stores  
by Alex Wawro [08.15.14]
Microsoft has begun selling codes for downloadable Xbox games and content on physical cards at retailers in the U.S. and the United Kingdom, seemingly in an effort to drive sales of digital goods.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Blog: Games for girls? How about games for everyone? 35
by Gamasutra Community [08.15.14]
"I think developers should be making more gender-neutral games, rather than just trying to 'balance out' the many male-targeted games with female-targeted ones."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

Managing the expectations of 'Earliest Access' Exclusive 1
by Mike Rose [08.15.14]
Some studios have begun to strip the Early Access concept down even closer to its bones. Some call it the "pre-alpha," but Dungeons of Dredmor studio Gaslamp Games has its own name for the concept: "Earliest Access."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Video

'Kickstarting a project is a full-time job': The Jotun story 13
by Gamasutra Community [08.15.14]
This indie dev made $40,000 (and counting!) on his first Kickstarter campaign. How? This blog post explains it all.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Was localizing Defender's Quest worth it? 17
by Gamasutra Community [08.15.14]
A comprehensive look at how localizing Defender's Quest into English, German, Czech, Russian, Korean, and Japanese affected its sales. Was it worth it? What did the devs learn? Answers inside.
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

I released a mobile game a month in 2014, and here's my sales data 9
by Gamasutra Community [08.15.14]
"I haven't given up on Amazon and WP8 yet, but I can't strongly recommend releases on those platforms. Google Play and iOS are the platforms that drive mobile sales."
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Reboot Quest: Behind the indie-centric Sierra relaunch Exclusive 5
by Leigh Alexander [08.15.14]
We talk to Bob Loya about how a passionate kernel of game fans within Activision convinced the giant to take a chance on reviving the Sierra label -- and what the future could hold for the initiative.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, GDC Europe

Getting personal with the press, and getting coverage for your game 4
by Gamasutra Community [08.15.14]
"Most developers feel dismayed when they follow the 'presskit and press release formula' only to yield no results. This might shed a light on what individual writers are looking for when you reach out to them."
Indie, Business/Marketing

Gamasutra blogger profile: Howard Tsao 1
by Christian Nutt [08.14.14]
Gamasutra's blog platform is an open and vibrant space to discuss game development -- and to introduce you to its potential, we present the contributions of Guns of Icarus Online dev Howard Tsao.
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: implements automated copyright protection, internet explodes 27
by Gamasutra Community [08.14.14]
Attorney Zachary Strebeck on Twitch's decision to mute copyrighted music in hosted videos: "I know that no one likes this and my opinion is unpopular, but that is the way that the law works now."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing