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Blog: Is 'better' always better? 9
by Gamasutra Community [07.28.14]
"We as game developers are constantly trying to make the best game we can. The problem is that sometimes people forget about the 'we can' part in 'the best game we can.'"
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production

Why game testers should be integrated into development teams 7
by Gamasutra Community [07.28.14]
"Why should almost all game testers be integrated into the development teams, and part of the development process? The short answer is 'complexity' and 'combinatorial explosion.'"
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Production

Don't Miss: The 2014 Game Developer Salary Survey Exclusive  
by Kris Graft [07.28.14]
Make sure to check out our dedicated page highlighting key stories from Gamasutra's 2014 Game Developer Salary Survey, then download the whole report!
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Get a job: Crystal Dynamics is hiring a Producer  
by Staff [07.25.14]
The developer of the Tomb Raider reboot is looking to hire a producer with project management experience on the developer side to work on AAA projects in its Redwood City, CA office.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Recruitment

The new boss of EVE Online is CCP's own Andie Nordgren 2
by Alex Wawro [07.25.14]
In her new role, Nordgren expects to expand the game's third-party developer support and smoothly transition the game from a dev cycle of infrequent, big expansions to smaller and faster updates.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Production

A new dawn: Choosing a new game project 4
by Gamasutra Community [07.25.14]
"I always found it easy to come up with new game ideas... So here are some thoughts on how I try to figure out if prototyping a game idea or even nurturing it into a full-grown game is worth my time."
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production

Game developers speak their minds as part of our 2014 Salary Survey Exclusive 24
by Kris Graft [07.25.14]
As part of Gamasutra's 2014 Game Developer Salary Survey, we asked respondents an open question: "Do you have anything to say about the game industry in 2013?"
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Salary Survey 2014

Get a job: Obsidian is hiring a Visual Effects Artist  
by Staff [07.24.14]
Handy with Maya and 3ds Max? Irvine, CA-based Obisidian Entertainment is looking to hire a visual effects artist to work with the designers and art director of an upcoming MMORPG.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Art, Production, Recruitment

Don't Miss: Khris Brown on the secrets of great voice acting Exclusive 4
by Alex Wawro [07.24.14]
Gamasutra speaks to voice director, consultant and game industry veteran Khris Brown to better understand how high-quality voicework in games comes together from a developer perspective.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Audio, Design, Production, Exclusive

Differences between software testing and game testing 8
by Gamasutra Community [07.24.14]
A senior QA engineer at King (Candy Crush Saga) with a background in software testing and mobile phone QA takes a look at the differences between the two worlds.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Production

Game developer layoffs were up in 2013, according to new survey Exclusive 3
by Kris Graft [07.24.14]
While previous years have seen a downward trend in layoffs, 2013 saw a slight increase, according to Gamasutra's Game Developer Salary Survey 2014.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Salary Survey 2014

Video: Designing games to be impactful, not escapist entertainment 2
by Staff [07.23.14]
In this GDC 2013 talk, designer Jane McGonigal reminds developers that their games really do affect the lives of their players and gives design advice to ensure those effects are positive.
Console/PC, Serious, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Get a job: Turbine is hiring a Mobile Software Engineer  
by Staff [07.23.14]
The house responsible for Lord of the Rings Online and the Infinite Crisis MOBA needs a software engineer to work on mobile projects in its Needham, Massachusetts office.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Programming, Production, Recruitment

How Ubisoft taught a strategy game studio to be a AAA shooter studio Exclusive 11
by Christian Nutt [07.23.14]
How does Ubisoft develop a game across as many as 10 different studios? Gamasutra speaks to David Polfeldt, managing director of Massive, developers of The Division, to find out.
Console/PC, Production, Exclusive

Q&A: Jonatan Van Hove launches GDC Europe's first innovation showcase  
by GDC Staff [07.23.14]
Van Hove shares his experience as a European indie developer and his inspiration for working to establish the first-ever European Innovative Games Showcase at GDC Europe 2014 this August.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, GDC Europe

6 key points from the 2014 Indie Salary Report Exclusive 17
by Kris Graft [07.23.14]
This is the fifth year for the indie developer salary report, in which we survey non-salaried game developers. 2013 was a mixed bag overall, with some salaries up, some down year-on-year.
Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Salary Survey 2014

GameSalad adds cloud features with Together Games acquisition  
by Christian Nutt [07.22.14]
Drag-and-drop, template-based game creation tool gets a useful upgrade thanks to the Together Platform, bringing achievements, leaderboards, chat, and multiplayer.
Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Production, Mobile Games

Surprise -- Amazon Game Studios is making Amazon Fire phone games  
by Alex Wawro [07.22.14]
AGS continues to be the leading developer of Amazon platform-exclusive titles, announcing that it is partnering with two mobile studios to launch a pair of games for the Fire smartphone.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production

Rovio and Twitch join the speaker lineup for GDC Europe 2014  
by GDC Staff [07.22.14]
European experts from Rovio and Twitch join the lineup of speakers exploring the art and business of games at GDC Europe 2014 this August in Cologne.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Europe

Gender wage gap: How the game industry compares to the U.S. average Exclusive 52
by Kris Graft [07.22.14]
The gender pay gap is once again a hot topic in the world of U.S. politics, and in the world of video game development, the issue has reared its head.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Salary Survey 2014