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When a successful Kickstarter campaign doesn't lead to a successful game 28
by Gamasutra Community [04.04.14]
"I'm incredibly fortunate to be where I'm at right now... [but] Contract Work barely sold any copies, received mixed reviews (at best) and I'm back in the cubes instead of being the next indie gaming success story."
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Nintendo is hiring a Product Development Analyst  
by Alex Wawro [04.03.14]
Nintendo of America is looking to hire a product development analyst who will work alongside the team in the company's Redmond, WA office to produce game evaluations and analysis.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Recruitment

Epic releases Unreal Engine 4.1 preview with Linux, SteamOS support 9
by Alex Wawro [04.03.14]
Epic launched a preview build of the upcoming Unreal Engine 4.1 update for engine subscribers which includes support for Linux, SteamOS, and a bevy of minor improvements.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Shipping on time 2
by Gamasutra Community [04.03.14]
"How do we, as obsessive, design happy, feature happy, develop happy engineers actually ship something?" This blog post explains -- in detail.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Production

3D video startup raises millions to make movies for Oculus Rift  
by Alex Wawro [04.03.14]
Jaunt, a startup company that began life as a developer of tools to capture and display video in 360 degrees, has raised $6.8 million to tackle the challenge of developing movies for virtual reality.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Production

Blog: Lessons learned from an 8-hour game jam  
by Gamasutra Community [04.03.14]
A quick list of lessons learned creating a Unity platformer in 8 hours for the Rezzed game jam: "honestly, I think in 8 hours we still came up with something great."
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Production, Business/Marketing

The humbling of Epic: A giant turns around Exclusive 39
by Leigh Alexander [04.03.14]
"It's strange to see Epic Games humbled," Leigh Alexander writes, as the company shifts its strategy for Unreal Engine 4. In this Q&A with VP Paul Meegan, she uncovers why those changes are happening.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Exclusive

Developers react: Amazon launches Fire TV Android microconsole Exclusive 12
by Alex Wawro [04.02.14]
Gamasutra caught up with some developers making games for Amazon's Fire TV Android-based microconsole to learn more about why they decided to throw their lot in with the retail giant.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

The Behemoth launches indie-friendly QA lab and funding program 2
by Alex Wawro [04.02.14]
Battleblock Theater developer The Behemoth is launching two new non-game projects aimed at supporting indies -- The Research Centaur game testing lab and the Gold Egg Project funding program.
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Xbox One to Windows Phone: Microsoft's new universal apps run on both  
by Alex Wawro [04.02.14]
Microsoft announced today that its Visual Studio 2013 IDE has, among other updates, been improved to allow developers to create apps that can be easily cross-ported to Xbox One and Windows devices.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production

Diversity, communication, and Animal Crossing: New Leaf Exclusive 1
by Christian Nutt [04.02.14]
Aya Kyogoku, co-director, and Katsuya Eguchi, producer, sit down and discuss the development of Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and how fostering a diverse, communicative team leads to the best results.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Exclusive

Blog: Why 'worse' is better for Early Access games 4
by Gamasutra Community [04.01.14]
What's driving the popularity of Early Access games like DayZ and Rust over more polished or complete competition?
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

A house divided: Siblings compete in public game dev contest 2
by Alex Wawro [03.31.14]
Chris and Ryan Campbell are brothers, coders and aspiring indie game developers. To stay motivated during development they've started a public sibling rivalry -- The One Year Game Dev Duel.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: The Unity Asset Store and the hidden cost of doing it yourself 25
by Gamasutra Community [03.31.14]
"One of the things that we often forget when developing a game, especially when you are an indie, is that everything has a cost. EVERYTHING."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Production

Blog: Getting creative when porting from PC to touch  
by Gamasutra Community [03.31.14]
There's a big difference between using a mouse for an interface, and a finger on a phone -- and when your game requires direct manipulation of in-game objects, that's a pretty big leap.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Art, Design, Production

Threes, clones and cornflakes: A view on 'casual games' Exclusive 44
by Leigh Alexander [03.31.14]
What can we learn from the Threes furore? Leigh Alexander takes the temperature on "casual games" business as usual, the value of brand names, and talks to 2048's 19-year old creator.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Blog: How to speak engineer 23
by Gamasutra Community [03.28.14]
"As a non-technical person, how do you begin building a relationship with and speaking to an engineer? How do you go about the creation of a social and professional rapport?"
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Production

Blog: Fast prototyping and iteration in Goat Simulator 7
by Gamasutra Community [03.28.14]
"Initially, Goat Simulator was a way for us to play around in Unreal Engine 3... Luckily, both getting a working prototype up, and finishing the game went extremely fast due to the tools we used."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Production

Understanding Threes: Developers release design archives 4
by Christian Nutt [03.27.14]
The developers of popular iOS and Android puzzler Threes are conflicted about copies of their game -- and clearly spell that out, alongside a new archive of development materials.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production