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Postmortem: The Zelda-inspired indie game Shipwreck 7
by Gamasutra Community [07.10.14]
"Ultimately Shipwreck was a good experience. I managed (barely) to hang on for a year and see the game out."
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Tax breaks still a sore spot for many devs, GDC Europe survey says  
by GDC Staff [07.10.14]
Domestic tax incentives for the video game industry remain a controversial topic among European developers responding to the GDC Europe 2014 State of the Industry survey.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Europe

Blog: Selling overhead to fans with crowdfunding  
by Gamasutra Community [07.10.14]
"The point is that there are now plenty of opportunities for an end user to not only buy into games that have yet to be finished, but to purchase the stuff that would otherwise end up on the cutting room floor."
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

GDC Europe 2014 adds Below, Assassin's Creed talks  
by GDC Staff [07.10.14]
Designers from Capybara Games and Ubisoft join the lineup of speakers exploring the art and business of games at GDC Europe 2014 this August in Cologne.
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Europe

The best bits from Cliff Bleszinski's Reddit chat 17
by Christian Nutt [07.09.14]
Today, Cliff Bleszinski took to Reddit for an "ask me anything" session, and shared his perspective on the industry and the thinking behind his plans for his new studio and new game, BlueStreak.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: Vlambeer's experience developing Nuclear Throne in public 2
by Staff [07.09.14]
Vlambeer cofounders Jan Willem Nijman and Rami Ismail took the stage during the GDC 2014 Independent Games Summit to talk about what they'd learned from livestreaming development of Nuclear Throne.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Get a job: Amazon Game Studios is hiring a Graphics Engineer  
by Staff [07.09.14]
The folks at Amazon Game Studios are looking to hire a software engineer to work as a graphics specialist on a rendering team at the studio's Irvine, CA offices.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Art, Production, Recruitment

Microsoft says it hasn't abandoned retail Xbox One dev kit plans 7
by Alex Wawro [07.09.14]
UPDATE Microsoft says statements made today by an Xbox representative that the company has "no plans" to make retail Xbox One units capable of functioning as development kits are inaccurate.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Game devs flock to VR as Steam Box interest wanes, says GDC Europe survey 8
by GDC Staff [07.09.14]
Respondents to this year's GDC Europe State of the Industry survey report that VR is the most interesting emerging market, as interest in Steam Boxes and Android consoles falls away.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production, GDC Europe

Blog: Why I made the crappiest game I could think of to motivate myself 14
by Gamasutra Community [07.09.14]
"I have a floor to stand on now -- even if that floor is subterranean, it's certainly better than just aimlessly floating through the void waiting for that 'perfect spot' to land on."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production

Divinity: Original Sin is the game Larian Studios waited 15 years to make Exclusive 7
by Alex Wawro [07.09.14]
"We always wanted to make an old-school PC RPG with multiplayer," says Larian founder Swen Vincke. "We never managed to sell it to a publisher in the past; every time we proposed, it was refused."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Lorne Lanning on the return of Oddworld - and the mid-tier indie 2
by Christian Nutt [07.08.14]
Digital distribution and self publishing enables experienced teams become self-sustaining -- and the Oddworld creator shares his story of finding his way back.
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

The creators of Borderlands are making a MOBA-inspired FPS  
by Alex Wawro [07.08.14]
Gearbox Software has taken the wraps off its next major project: Battleborn, a first-person shooter with MOBA-like design that -- unlike the next Borderlands game -- is coming to PS4 and Xbox One.
Console/PC, Design, Production

Cliff Bleszinski teaming up with Nexon to build a F2P PC shooter 3
by Alex Wawro [07.08.14]
Industry veteran Cliff Bleszinski has launched his new studio, Boss Key Productions, and announced its first project in partnership with Nexon: a free-to-play PC shooter currently known as Blue Streak.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Production, Business/Marketing

GDC Europe State of the Industry: PC and mobile reign, crowdfunding heats up 1
by GDC Staff [07.08.14]
Organizers of GDC Europe 2014 have released the results of the second annual European State of the Industry Survey, which reveals trends around regional development hubs, tax incentives and platform preferences.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Europe

Video: Diverse voices sharing countless ideas in GDC 2012 Microtalks 1
by Staff [07.07.14]
Industry veterans like Amy Hennig, Cliff Bleszinski, and Richard Lemarchand give great, rapid-fire presentations on the theme of "Playing for Time" during the Microtalks session at GDC 2012.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Get a job: Volition is hiring a Senior Audio Designer  
by Staff [07.07.14]
Audio experts, take note: Deep Silver Volition, known for the Saints Row franchise, is seeking a senior audio designer to join them in their Champaign, Illinois offices.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Audio, Design, Production, Recruitment

Don't Miss: How paid YouTuber coverage boosted Guns of Icarus Online 40
by Gamasutra Community [07.07.14]
The charts and graphs in this Guns of Icarus Online postmortem help explain how sponsored YouTube videos, Steam deals and player support can drive a game's success.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

ID@Xbox: One developer's experience 3
by Gamasutra Community [07.07.14]
"The ID@Xbox program is still in its infancy and, as such, has experienced some growing pains... The individuals weíve worked closest with have been helpful, friendly and proactive."
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: The 'fast follow' in mobile games is obsolete 8
by Gamasutra Community [07.07.14]
"The strategy is relatively self-explanatory: hit games are cloned ASAP in an attempt to steal away players (and profits). Letís investigate into the reasons why itís in trouble."
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production, Business/Marketing