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Don't Miss: What does a game designer do, exactly? 8
by Gamasutra Community [05.22.15]
In this timeless blog, designer Liz England takes a run at breaking down the many roles and responsibilities a designer can have in an effort to answer a seemingly ever-present question.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Postmortem: Pac-Man, Iwatani's rhapsody in yellow Exclusive GDMag Exclusive 7
by Toru Iwatani [05.22.15]
35 years ago today, Namco released Pac-Man in Japan and jumpstarted a new age of game development. In this classic 2005 Game Developer Magazine feature, Pac-Man creator Toru Iwatani explains how.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, GD Mag Exclusive, GD Mag

Learning a lot, fast by jamming in VR 1
by Gamasutra Community [05.22.15]
"I cannot remember when in the past I learned so much in just one month. We proved we are capable of doing a 3D and VR game in this young technology."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Tackling mental illness in game design: A Vanishing Point postmortem  
by Gamasutra Community [05.22.15]
A tough task: Representing mental illness with respect and relevance. "Vanishing Point lacked the laser-precise direction to unite its constituent parts into something thematic, relevant, and positive."
Console/PC, Indie, Production

Starting up a game business: Contemplating processes 4
by Gamasutra Community [05.22.15]
A blog about "the dangers of processes, what is important to consider about them and how to avoid pitfalls when using any given methodology."
Smartphone/Tablet, Production

Get a job: Monolith is hiring an experienced Project Manager  
by Staff [05.21.15]
The studio responsible for the award-winning Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor are looking to hire a senior-level project manager to work alongside the team in Kirkland, Washington.
Console/PC, Production, Recruitment

Making a VR game ASAP: Galaxy Grapple, a Gear VR jam postmortem  
by Gamasutra Community [05.21.15]
Quick iterations and gameplay experimentation: A look back at the dev process for a VR game developed under tight constraints for a competition.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production

Core Labs Game Accelerator looking to mentor and fund indie devs  
by Christian Nutt [05.20.15]
Most accelerators aim at pure app startups or at casual, mobile studios -- but the Core Game Accelerator wants to give you money to make a "core" game.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: The first 8 months - going free-to-play 3
by Gamasutra Community [05.20.15]
Experienced console devs go indie, go mobile, make their dream game, get featured by Apple, and decide to go free-to-play. The stats and thoughts behind the journey and decision.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: Eight months of development in two minutes 2
by Gamasutra Community [05.20.15]
A video recap of the development of PlayStation Mobile indie game UFO Dad, along with one handy lesson from the playtesting the developers did.
Console/PC, Indie, Production

Video: John Carmack shares his vision for the future of mobile VR  
by Staff [05.19.15]
Speaking at GDC 2015, Oculus CTO John Carmack offers 90 minutes of actionable VR development advice, technical details, techniques and strategies you can use to amp up the quality of your VR games.
Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: John Romero and Tom Hall recount making Doom 2
by Staff [05.18.15]
Designers John Romero and Tom Hall share their stories of developing id Software's seminal first-person shooter Doom in this classic video postmortem from GDC 2011.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

The tools and tech of All Things Die 6
by Gamasutra Community [05.18.15]
The tech I'm employing / integrating / whatever-ing for my next game, All Things Die, including: Voxelfarm, Popcorn FX, and trueSKY.
Programming, Production

Where in the world did blockbuster educational games go? 30
by Bryant Francis [05.18.15]
From the late 1980's through the 1990's, as console games and computer games remained two very separate markets, a few PC studios regularly sold millions of educational games. So what happened?
Console/PC, Art, Production, Business/Marketing

Developers come clean about the realities of crunch 22
by Alex Wawro [05.15.15]
Kotaku has published a thorough feature aimed at exposing crunch culture to a broader audience that features developers coming clean about how they had to crunch, or why they made others do so.
Console/PC, Indie, Production

The existentialism of independent development 5
by Gamasutra Community [05.15.15]
"We are all free, for better or worse, and that all the events in our life that are under our control occur either because of our actions or inactions. There is no safety net. No divine path set ahead of you."
Indie, Production

Get a job: BioWare is hiring a Quality Analyst  
by Staff [05.14.15]
BioWare's Edmonton office, perhaps best known for its work on the Mass Effect and Dragon Age franchises, seeks a quality analyst to test and measure player experience of the studio's current project.
Console/PC, Production, Recruitment

Don't Miss: An MMO dev reflects on the decade of World of Warcraft 21
by Gamasutra Community [05.14.15]
Raph Koster looks back at the MMO juggernaut: "If anything, itís possibly the biggest game design achievement in all of virtual world history."
Social/Online, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Watch a Republic Commando dev play the game and recount its creation 3
by Alex Wawro [05.14.15]
Heads up: Star Wars: Republic Commando lead programmer Brett Douville has begun livestreaming himself playing the game on his Twitch channel while discussing the ins and outs of its development.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Video

Space Engineers dev offers $100k and full source code to modders 2
by Alex Wawro [05.14.15]
Keen Software House is making a show of supporting modders by releasing source code for its game Space Engineers and setting aside $100k to fund development of mods based on the game or its engine.
Indie, Production