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Postmortem: Touchscreen ninja action game Shadow Blade 7
by Gamasutra Community [04.14.14]
"The main design goal for Shadow Blade was to create a platformer for mobile devices that would embrace touch controls as much as possible."
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Gearbox is seeking a Graphics Programmer  
by Staff [04.11.14]
The developer of Borderlands 2 is looking to hire an experienced rendering programmer to work alongside the team in the Plano, TX studio on projects in development.
Console/PC, Art, Production, Recruitment

Blog: Living creatively 2
by Gamasutra Community [04.11.14]
"However, despite this looming pit of financial restrictions, we're feeling happy. We're doing something we love and to be this way is in our blood."
Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

All the boring bits of paperwork you have to do as an indie developer 7
by Gamasutra Community [04.11.14]
"Sadly, once in a while, the fun and games turns to drudgery and you have to do paperwork. Here’s a quick guide to the paperwork you can expect, and how to do it as quickly as possible."
Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Harmonix is making a musical F2P mobile game: Record Run  
by Alex Wawro [04.11.14]
The developer of Rock Band is trying its hand at building a mobile, free-to-play endless runner that can procedurally generate gameplay based on your personal music collection.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production

Upcoming documentary depicts development of That Dragon, Cancer 1
by Alex Wawro [04.11.14]
Filmmakers David Osit & Malika Zouhali-Worrall are currently working on Thank You For Playing, a documentary about the development of the Green family's autobiographical game That Dragon, Cancer.
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Video

Blog: How to get the best our of your external QA team 2
by Gamasutra Community [04.11.14]
"We had different sorts of clients, ranging from the biggest players to the small indie studios. All of them made common mistakes -- some of which are easily avoided."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Production, Business/Marketing

Making Oculus-powered VR game RS Racing 2
by Gamasutra Community [04.11.14]
"The RS Racer concept was born, and we created the main idea of a racing game that utilized four-player, networked Oculus Rifts together to form a timed-lap-based game."
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Production, VR

Blog: You Can Keep Your Rift On 2
by Gamasutra Community [04.11.14]
"Our first idea to explore this was a first-person shooter game, in which players could upgrade their weapons by taking off various items of clothing."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

How long does it take to make an indie game? Tower of Guns dev breaks it down 19
by Gamasutra Community [04.11.14]
I'll spare you the boring story of how a creative-person-with-an-aversion-to-formality got addicted to time tracking, but I can tell you that Tower of Guns took precisely 3,850 hours and 5 minutes to develop.
Console/PC, Indie, Production

Get a job: Linden Lab is looking to hire a Lead Engineer  
by Staff [04.10.14]
Second Life developer Linden Lab seeks a lead engineer to join the team in San Francisco working on the company's mobile game Blocksworld.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Production, Recruitment

A veteran producer's tips for working with a licensor 7
by Gamasutra Community [04.10.14]
What you are buying with the license may be obvious to you, but not everyone on your team may have the same idea. And when it comes to your project goals, being of one mind is always important.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Production

Feature boards: What's next for agile development? 5
by Gamasutra Community [04.10.14]
A Feature Board serves the team. It shows them the state of each feature on a daily basis and leads to conversations that are necessary for a cross-discipline game team.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production

Get a job: CCP is hiring a Visual Effects Artist  
by Staff [04.09.14]
EVE Online developer CCP Games is looking to hire a visual effects artist to work on its science-fiction MMORPG alongside the team headquartered in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Art, Production, Recruitment

Sony confirms Last Of Us Remastered is coming for PlayStation 4 1
by Alex Wawro [04.09.14]
Sony announced today that an enhanced version of Naughty Dog's PlayStation 3 game The Last Of Us will be available for PlayStation 4 this summer, roughly a year after the original game's release.
Console/PC, Production, Business/Marketing

Kabam expands European presence with new Berlin office  
by Alex Wawro [04.09.14]
Free-to-play game publisher/developer Kabam has opened a new office in Berlin in an effort to expand its European presence.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

Reimagining the audio of kids' games, rediscovering a passion for game dev 2
by Gamasutra Community [04.09.14]
"The game became a labor of love for my own kids, to help them learn math, listening skills, to have a positive early experience with technology and, more even more than that, to simply make them happy."
Smartphone/Tablet, Audio, Design, Production

Creating Contactics, a game on a business card  
by Gamasutra Community [04.09.14]
"I wanted a simple game, which would not take long to learn but dynamic enough to provide different playthroughs. I wanted to prove it was possible."
Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Q&A: Hearthstone heralds new challenges for Blizzard on mobile Exclusive 2
by Alex Wawro [04.08.14]
Gamasutra sat down to chat briefly with Blizzard's Jason Chayes and Bryan Chang about the trials and triumphs they faced while developing and launching Hearthstone for iPad.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Apogee Software: When the sultans of shareware went retail Exclusive GDMag Exclusive  
by Alexander Antoniades [04.08.14]
In this reprint from the February 1995 issue of Game Developer magazine, editor-at-large Alexander Antoniades describes Apogee Software's attempt to move beyond shareware development.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, GD Mag Exclusive