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Team project: The survival guide 2
by Gamasutra Community [10.15.14]
A post "covering some of the main killers of collaborative projects I've seen in the past" from regular game jammer and developer Alex Johansson.
Console/PC, Indie, Production

Blog: Crowdsourced translations can work: Here's how 1
by Gamasutra Community [10.15.14]
"The flow of work can go a lot smoother when partnering with some trustworthy power users. They will be able to provide extra localization feedback to your products if they are highly engaged."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Production, Business/Marketing

Catching up with Amazon Game Studios, as it announces four games 5
by Christian Nutt [10.14.14]
Gamasutra speaks to Amazon's Ian Vogel about the studio's ongoing "experiments" in games, as it announces four new ones -- and its "commitment" to the space, and becoming a "cultural powerhouse."
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Porting a PC adventure game to mobile: Struggles with resolution issues  
by Gamasutra Community [10.14.14]
"We cannot just stretch the game scene to fit the device screen, as this will distort the aspect ratio. Game ports with graphics having distorted aspect ratios always look horrible."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Production

Call for participation: The Game Outcomes Project needs your help!  
by Gamasutra Community [10.13.14]
"Currently, there’s little or no actual data on how different factors such as crunch/overtime, production methodologies, or team size impact the success or failure of projects in the game industry. We hope to change that!"
Console/PC, Production

Video: One hour, ten great European indie game design talks  
by Staff [10.13.14]
Watch the first-ever GDC Europe Innovative Games Showcase, a curated exhibition of innovative or experimental games, with 10 microtalks from indie developers about new approaches to design.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Blog: Unity - King of the web, teacher of children, betrayer of men 21
by Gamasutra Community [10.13.14]
"Bottom line? Unity is an amazingly versatile piece of software whether you are building a prototype or a triple-A title. But it has a rather spotty history when it comes to new deployment platforms."
Console/PC, Indie, Serious, Programming, Production, Business/Marketing

Why I quit the PhD program at MIT to start a game studio 1
by Gamasutra Community [10.13.14]
"We’ve come a long way since the early days of staying up all night to play over instant messenger, but our philosophy remains the same: build the game that WE want to play."
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Leap Motion launches IndieCade-backed game jam with $75,000 in prizes  
by Christian Nutt [10.10.14]
The winning teams will get a $5,000 cash prize and a slot to exhibit at IndieCade East 2015, with $2,500 in travel expenses also covered.
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Here's one way to retain developers between projects: Lab Time Exclusive  
by Alex Wawro, Mike Rose [10.10.14]
German social/mobile game publisher Wooga maintains 'Lab Time' for developers who are between projects, allowing them to work on side projects while they wait to snag a spot on another project.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Production, Exclusive

New report looks inside Ubisoft's little-known 'interproject' 22
by Alex Wawro [10.09.14]
Laying off development staff between projects is a woefully common practice in the game industry, but Kotaku has found that Ubisoft Montreal's efforts to keep talent on the payroll can have its own downsides.
Console/PC, Production

Video: Sid Meier encourages developers to be ready for failure 1
by Alex Wawro [10.09.14]
XCOM: Enemy Unknown designer Jake Solomon speaks with Firaxis cofounder Sid Meier about the veteran game developer's career and his philosophy of game design.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Video

Don't Miss: Why we can't prove when Super Mario Bros. came out Exclusive 57
by Frank Cifaldi [10.08.14]
Super Mario Bros. is one of video game history's greatest touchstones. And yet, we don't know exactly when the game came out -- many people can't even agree on the year it was released.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Bioshock Infinite, Plague Inc among first batch of GDC 2015 talks  
by Staff [10.08.14]
Sessions on Bioshock Infinite, Steam porting and the state of the industry strike a balance between exploring the art and business of making video games at GDC 2015.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Audio, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Blog: Writing a game design doc your team can actually use 15
by Gamasutra Community [10.07.14]
*Claps hands together loudly* "Alrighty, who wants to read my 30-page game design document that I spent the last two days writing?!" ... Yeah, I don’t either.
Indie, Design, Production

GitHub bundles UE4, other dev tools into a free pack for students 2
by Alex Wawro [10.07.14]
If you can prove you're a student, the folks at GitHub will grant you free access to a suite of development tools and services that small-scale game makers might find useful.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

Don't Miss: Monolith's No One Lives Forever postmortem 4
by Craig Hubbard [10.06.14]
The studio that just launched Shadow of Mordor has a long history, and in this Game Developer postmortem Craig Hubbard explains how Monolith built one of its most beloved titles.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

How to work efficiently: Pomodoro/timeboxing on multiple projects 4
by Gamasutra Community [10.06.14]
"have been working independently for eight-ish years now, and one of the most popular suggestions for how to help yourself have a bit more discipline is Pomodoro Technique, sometimes called 'timeboxing.'"
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Production

Metrocide, or how I rolled my own cyberpunk dystopia 6
by Gamasutra Community [10.06.14]
"I'd always wanted to code a play-ground for emergent behavior, and having done it now I can both see why people love games that do it, and why most game developers try to avoid it as much as possible."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

Video Postmortem: The making of Prince of Persia 2
by Staff [10.03.14]
25 years ago this month, Jordan Mechner released his seminal game Prince of Persia for the Apple II. In this postmortem talk from GDC 2011, he explains exactly how he did it.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Video, Vault