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Reinventing the wheel: Why we made our own engine 6
by Gamasutra Community [08.22.14]
"After some months of development and close to finishing the game, the engine is very modular, allows to be easily extended, and revisiting an old method does not mean opening Pandora’s box thanks to the thorough API design."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming

Evolution of MMO maps: Moving bases 2
by Gamasutra Community [08.22.14]
"Astro Lords: Oort Cloud allows players to constantly move their bases. This blog outlines the opportunities and challenges it creates for game design, and the consequences it has on processing power and hardware needs."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Design

GDC board members share advice for pitching a GDC 2015 talk  
by GDC Staff [08.21.14]
The GDC 2015 call for submissions closes next Thursday, August 28th, and to help you better prepare we've got some advice on pitching talks from a few members of the GDC advisory board.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Oculus added to Facebook's bug bounty program  
by Christian Nutt [08.20.14]
Facebook pays people bounties to report bugs with the site -- and has now added Oculus, which it acquired in March -- to the program.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming

Get a job: Cloud Imperium Games is hiring a Gameplay Programmer  
by Staff [08.20.14]
One of the studios behind Chris Roberts' Star Citizen is hiring a gameplay programmer to work on the massively crowdfunded title.
Console/PC, Programming, Recruitment

Download the 2014 Game Career Guide now! Exclusive  
by Staff [08.20.14]
Looking to advance your career in the video game industry? The free annual Game Career Guide is out now, and will help industry newcomers and veterans alike.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Student/Education, annual Career Guide

Don't Miss: BlitWorks reveals how it ports games like Fez Exclusive 3
by Alex Wawro [08.20.14]
We catch up with one of the cofounders of BlitWorks, the port house responsible for the PSN versions of Spelunky, Fez and Jet Set Radio, to learn more about how the company does business.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Production, Exclusive

Unity rolls out version 4.6, open-source initiative, Unity Cloud Build 11
by Christian Nutt [08.20.14]
Today at its Unite conference in Seattle, Unity announced new initiatives and new features for its engine, and we have the details, with comments from CEO David Helgason.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming

GDC GM Meggan Scavio calls for speaker diversity at GDC 2015 2
by GDC Staff [08.19.14]
Game Developers Conference general manager Meggan Scavio explains her plans to expand the diversity of the community interacting at the 28th annual GDC next March.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Designing a 2D jump 8
by Gamasutra Community [08.19.14]
The design (and a bit of the math) behind 2D jumps -- what makes them feel good and how you can implement them in your game, as taught by the classics.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design

Blog: How does open-source game development work? 2
by Gamasutra Community [08.19.14]
A quick-and-dirty but informative and interesting interview with the lead developers behind open-source, community-developed game Battle for Wesnoth about how that all works.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Production

Video: Cloned at Birth - The story of Vlambeer's Ridiculous Fishing  
by Staff [08.18.14]
A centerpiece in the debate over the cloning of of games, developer Vlambeer shares the story of its award-winning Ridiculous Fishing -- a game that found success through sheer force of will.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

A guide to submitting to the Unity Asset Store 4
by Gamasutra Community [08.18.14]
From getting your package ready to submitting and updating, this guide to the Unity Asset Store should help you get started with your submissions.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Retro Studios is hiring a Tools Engineer  
by Staff [08.15.14]
Austin, Texas-based, Nintendo-owned developer Retro Studios (Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze) is seeking a Tools Engineer.
Console/PC, Programming, Recruitment

Reboot Quest: Behind the indie-centric Sierra relaunch Exclusive 4
by Leigh Alexander [08.15.14]
We talk to Bob Loya about how a passionate kernel of game fans within Activision convinced the giant to take a chance on reviving the Sierra label -- and what the future could hold for the initiative.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, GDC Europe

Video: An oral history - Former Xbox boss Ed Fries on the early days 1
by Alex Wawro [08.14.14]
Halo 2600 developer and former Xbox exec Ed Fries speaks at length about his history and his work at Microsoft as part of the Computer History Museum's "Oral History" series.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production, Video

Gamasutra's top stories from GDC Europe 2014 Exclusive  
by Alex Wawro [08.14.14]
We've compiled a list of our most popular GDC Europe stories this week, which should give you an easy way to catch up on some of the most interesting learnings to come out of the conference.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, GDC Europe, IGF

Blog: How I accidentally gave away my game for free 20
by Gamasutra Community [08.13.14]
"I forgot to switch out the test code before I submitted the game. As a result, you can open my game, tap on Restore Purchases, and then BOOM, you just snatched a $1.99 game for free."
Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Business/Marketing

Porting PC to mobile using SDL 2
by Gamasutra Community [08.12.14]
"We chose SDL to replace the engine innards because it saved us the trouble of writing all the low-level code ourselves, yet SDL itself was sufficiently low-level that we could plug it in our engine. This worked admirably well."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming

Independent AAA: Ninja Theory's new path to survive, thrive in new age 18
by Leigh Alexander [08.12.14]
Ninja Theory co-founder Tameem Antoniades opens up about the incredible struggles the studio has faced versus the AAA industry machine -- and his hopes for a new path forward for "independent AAA" games.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Europe