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Epic's Tim Sweeney lays out the case for Unreal Engine 4 41
by Christian Nutt [03.21.14]
In this extensive new interview with Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney conducted at GDC, he explains the engine's new pricing structure and the decisions made in developing it.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, GDC

The singularity beckons: A classic Robotron: 2084 postmortem 4
by Mike Rose [03.20.14]
"It was kind of a magical experience. The feeling was amazing when we put it out." - Eugene Jarvis offered GDC goers a delightful postmortem for his 1982 cabinet arcade game Robotron: 2084.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, GDC

Practical advice about queer characters in games 9
by Leigh Alexander [03.20.14]
Writers and developers tackle some of the most practical questions game developers have about how to address inclusivity in games, from worries about tokenism to the importance of the challenge.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Design, Production, GDC

Blog: How we use Unity 6
by Gamasutra Community [03.20.14]
"I get asked a lot about what tools we use and how we lay out our projects. Today I discuss this briefly and would love to hear about the 3rd party tools you recommend and how you make your games in Unity."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming

Brenda Romero dreams of games and greatness  
by Leigh Alexander [03.19.14]
Brenda Romero received a standing ovation for a heartfelt, passionate talk on how game designers can be inspired by the world's greatest restaurant chefs and pursue, unflinchingly, greatness in games.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Production, GDC

Four publishing challenges the game industry isn't ready for Exclusive 2
by Leigh Alexander [03.19.14]
Venture capitalist Mitch Lasky of Benchmark Capital says very few video game executives have a good grip on the revolution of our industry's publishing rules -- he outlines four new challenges.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Digital Publishing, Mobile Games, GDC

After leaving Konami, 'IGA' takes a leap and trusts his fans 2
by Leigh Alexander [03.19.14]
Koji "IGA" Igarashi discusses the risks of going indie in Japan, where few strike out on their own -- and how it's worth it to finally be able to try making the kinds of games he's known for again.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Design

Epic radically changes licensing model for Unreal Engine 61
by Christian Nutt [03.19.14]
Today at GDC, the Epic founder showcased Unreal Engine 4, and noted that it's going to a subscription model -- $19 a month, with devs Epic paying royalties on shipped games.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, GDC

Popular game dev tools come to PlayStation 4 with native support 5
by Kris Graft [03.19.14]
Popular game development tools and middleware are coming to PlayStation 4, Sony Computer Entertainment announced Wednesday during the Game Developers Conference.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Production

Practical techniques for ray tracing in games 6
by Gamasutra Community [03.19.14]
"Techniques which you can use to integrate ray tracing into your game engine. The techniques described are yield a big benefit in visual quality, and in some cases, performance."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art

Flash is dead. Long live OpenFL! 32
by Gamasutra Community [03.19.14]
"I need something open-source, so I don't have to wait for basic features or bugfixes. And shucks, it'd be nice to have the same API as Flash so porting my old code isn't a nightmare... it's called OpenFL!"
Console/PC, Indie, Programming

In-depth on Unity 5's WebGL publishing tech 2
by Christian Nutt [03.18.14]
Vlad Vukicevic, engineering director at Mozilla and Unity senior developer Ralph Hauwert fill us in on the two-year collaboration and the potential of WebGL publishing in Unity 5.0.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Video, GDC

Unity 5.0 announced, with direct-to-web, plugin-free publishing 28
by Gamasutra Community [03.18.14]
Gamasutra speaks to Unity CEO David Helgason about the latest version of the popular game engine, which adds new lighting and audio features, and WebGL support.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, GDC

Sony releases open source game development toolset 1
by Alex Wawro [03.18.14]
Sony announced today that its Authoring Tools Framework software, which helped build games like The Last Of Us, is now available to download and use for free under the Apache 2.0 open source license.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design

From AAA to academia: What industry veterans have learned 1
by Leigh Alexander [03.17.14]
Brenda Romero, John Romero, Warren Spector and Richard Lemarchand are all veteran game designers who became educators. On a panel, the four talked about the unique challenges and opportunities.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Serious, Programming, Design, Student/Education, GDC

Google Play Games service levels up with cross-platform multiplayer and more 6
by Christian Nutt [03.17.14]
The SDK's functionality is being upgraded significantly, and lead product manager Greg Hartrell walks Gamasutra through the upgrades.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, GDC

Making a game to fight cancer - Play to Cure: Genes in Space 1
by Christian Nutt [03.14.14]
Developer Guerilla Tea explains the ups and downs of creating a mobile game that sifts through raw data to help cancer researchers find a cure.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

GDC 2014: Our lecture recommendations for press  
by Simon Carless [03.14.14]
"Both for the benefit of press that might not have spotted them yet, and for those people who want to see some of the 'newsier' (and some of the worthwhile and less news-y) talks at the show."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Crytek goes mobile: The challenge of developing The Collectables 1
by Christian Nutt [03.14.14]
Going from developing Ryse to developing on the iPad -- Crytek's Hungary studio has made a huge pivot. Its head Kristoffer Waardahl tells Gamasutra all about the challenges.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Road to the Student IGF: John Gottschalk on Westerado  
by John Polson [03.13.14]
While still in school these students convinced Adult Swim Games to host their game, a Legend of Zelda meets Cowboyana Western adventure which emphasizes player agency and "gun-versations."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Video, IGF