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For CCP, virtual reality is EVE's next frontier 1
by Christian Nutt [04.10.14]
CCP's goal is "to create virtual worlds more meaningful than real life," and by working closely with Oculus and Sony to shape the future of VR, says exec David Reid, it can get there.
Console/PC, Programming, Business/Marketing

Deploying Unreal Engine 4 to the new Amazon Fire TV 6
by Gamasutra Community [04.10.14]
I got a hold of an Amazon Fire TV this week, and wanted to see what it would take to get Unreal Engine 4 running on the device. Here’s how I went about it and what I learned during the process.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Microconsole

Getting to grips with shaders: A programming primer 7
by Gamasutra Community [04.09.14]
Many developers "wish they could wrap their head around shaders. Shaders always seem to solve a lot of problems, and often are referenced as to the solution to the task at hand."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming

Ryan Payton and the infinite Republique Exclusive  
by Leigh Alexander [04.09.14]
When Ryan Payton began his $500,000 crowdfunding campaign for an episodic, high-end stealth game for iOS, the market for AAA-like games on iOS, let alone episodic ones, hadn't yet been proven.
Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Art, Design, Exclusive

Blog: Scaling up analytics in time for Goat Simulator's launch  
by Gamasutra Community [04.08.14]
"We knew Goat Simulator was going to be big. We have had to do a bit of scrambling to keep up with the traffic... I wanted to share some of the principles we used to prepare our service for the onslaught."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming

Video: #1ReasonToBe panel inspires standing ovation at GDC 2014 3
by GDC Staff [04.07.14]
GDC 2014 saw the triumphant return of one of the conference’s most popular sessions: the #1ReasonToBe panel, a raucous celebration and exploration of gender and alternative voices in games.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Blog: Building for Linux, the smart way 6
by Gamasutra Community [04.07.14]
"I've been exposed to the Unix philosophy, coding practices and general way of things for just under 10 years. I'd like to share some of the less obvious tricks I've put up my sleeve -- this time regarding the build system."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming


GameSpy ceasing all hosted services this May 10
by Christian Nutt [04.03.14]
The once-popular online services provider, now part of Glu Mobile, stopped hosting new games for third parties earlier this year. Now, everything's going down.
Console/PC, Programming, Business/Marketing

Q&A: The retrofuturistic aesthetics of Read Only Memories Exclusive  
by Kris Ligman [04.03.14]
Gamasutra catches up with the developers behind upcoming adventure game Read Only Memories, which recently demoed at San Francisco's Game Developers Conference.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Exclusive, Video, Microconsole

Shipping on time 2
by Gamasutra Community [04.03.14]
"How do we, as obsessive, design happy, feature happy, develop happy engineers actually ship something?" This blog post explains -- in detail.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Production

Blog: Lessons learned from an 8-hour game jam  
by Gamasutra Community [04.03.14]
A quick list of lessons learned creating a Unity platformer in 8 hours for the Rezzed game jam: "honestly, I think in 8 hours we still came up with something great."
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Production, Business/Marketing

The humbling of Epic: A giant turns around Exclusive 39
by Leigh Alexander [04.03.14]
"It's strange to see Epic Games humbled," Leigh Alexander writes, as the company shifts its strategy for Unreal Engine 4. In this Q&A with VP Paul Meegan, she uncovers why those changes are happening.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Exclusive

Blog: The Unity Asset Store and the hidden cost of doing it yourself 25
by Gamasutra Community [03.31.14]
"One of the things that we often forget when developing a game, especially when you are an indie, is that everything has a cost. EVERYTHING."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Production

Threes, clones and cornflakes: A view on 'casual games' Exclusive 46
by Leigh Alexander [03.31.14]
What can we learn from the Threes furore? Leigh Alexander takes the temperature on "casual games" business as usual, the value of brand names, and talks to 2048's 19-year old creator.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Romero awarded Fulbright fellowship for Irish industry work Exclusive 2
by Leigh Alexander [03.28.14]
Brenda Romero has been awarded a Fulbright fellowship to help develop Ireland's game industry -- a project of deep personal value. She may also be the first game dev to receive the prestigious grant.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Design, Exclusive

Blog: How to speak engineer 23
by Gamasutra Community [03.28.14]
"As a non-technical person, how do you begin building a relationship with and speaking to an engineer? How do you go about the creation of a social and professional rapport?"
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Production

Blog: Fast prototyping and iteration in Goat Simulator 7
by Gamasutra Community [03.28.14]
"Initially, Goat Simulator was a way for us to play around in Unreal Engine 3... Luckily, both getting a working prototype up, and finishing the game went extremely fast due to the tools we used."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Production

Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime devlog: Pausing without pausing 12
by Gamasutra Community [03.27.14]
It's easy to implement a simple pause in Unity -- but if you don't want everything to stop, it gets a bit trickier. This programming-focused post shares a good solution.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming

For better or worse: Your guide to Oculus internet arguments Exclusive 42
by Leigh Alexander [03.26.14]
Do you think Facebook's Oculus VR buy is good news or not? Leigh Alexander presents the arguments for and against, so you can have an arsenal to use when you're arguing prematurely on the internet.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, VR