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Crazy glitches in triple-A games, and how you might fix them 8
by Gamasutra Community [04.03.15]
A host of triple-A glitches, arranged in categories: rendering and complex technology plugins, programming AI and physics, and networking -- with some potential fixes.
Console/PC, Programming

Experiments in creating systems for storytelling 6
by Gamasutra Community [04.03.15]
"If you can represent something in that format, you can design and implement a game out of it. And if you can represent anything in that format, you can make a game out of anything."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design

Technical postmortem: Bringing Octodad to life  
by Gamasutra Community [04.03.15]
From character modeling to dealing with deploying on multiple platforms, this exhaustive technical postmortem gives you a look at what it took to make Dadliest Catch.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming

The butterfly effect, or: Fighting floating-point problems 7
by Gamasutra Community [04.03.15]
"As long as the initial starting positions of all the parts were the same then the contraption should always run exactly the same. This is where the floating point problem came into play."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming

Get a job: Sony is looking to hire a Senior Mo-Cap Animator  
by Staff [04.02.15]
SCEA's Los Angeles outpost is in need of an experienced hand to lead motion capture efforts and "create compelling and consistent performances for all major characters" of an upcoming game.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Recruitment

Building a server for an indie MOBA/MMORPG 7
by Gamasutra Community [04.02.15]
"Servers are another tool in our tool-set; we can mount a server for big data storage and use external server for real-time. Let's explore the kind of servers you can choose nowadays."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming

Squeezing more juice out of your game 3
by Gamasutra Community [04.02.15]
"There is a part of game feel that is amusing to work on, and that yields great results as soon as your core gameplay is rock solid. This is what, since the rise of casual gaming, we call game juice."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Design

The misconception of core teams 2
by Gamasutra Community [04.02.15]
Build a core tech team? "I could be wrong, but personally the answer is probably a resounding no from me. Not because it wouldn't be nice, but because most small businesses can't justify the convenience."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming

Protecting against the top 5 hacking risks to mobile games 4
by Gamasutra Community [04.02.15]
Rennie Allen, security colutions architect at Arxan Technologies, writes about the common vulnerabilities in mobile games -- and how to protect against them.
Smartphone/Tablet, Programming

Automated transparent development: Keeping your fans updated all the time 7
by Gamasutra Community [04.02.15]
How to keep your community in the loop -- automatically. "It consists of four things: Public to-do list, automated progress tracker, nightly build server, and in-game crash logger + remote server listener."
Indie, Programming, Business/Marketing

Video: Warren Robinett's postmortem of his classic game Adventure 3
by Staff [04.01.15]
Veteran game maker Warren Robinett takes the stage at GDC 2015 to deliver a thorough, engaging postmortem on the creation of his hit 1979 game Adventure for the Atari 2600 console.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Benchmarking HTML5 performance on consoles, phones, and browsers 2
by Gamasutra Community [03.31.15]
"Is HTML5 capable of branching out into our living rooms? To sit alongside Master Chief, Mario, and Sonic, providing gameplay snacks whilst that latest patch for your favorite game is downloading?"
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming

Remaking Gabriel Knight: A 20th-anniversary postmortem  
by Katie Hallahan [03.31.15]
This in-depth postmortem tackles the new remake of Gabriel Knight: "we wanted to make sure we did it right -- that this game got the love, attention and hard work it richly deserved."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Be a Software Engineer for Shield Break Studios  
by Staff [03.30.15]
California's Costa Mesa-based indie outfit Shield Break Studios is looking for an engineer skilled in C++ to help with server development of their inaugural game Bierzerkers.
Indie, Programming, Recruitment

Call for Blogs: MOBAs, from design to business, and onward 5
by Christian Nutt [03.30.15]
The MOBA genre has blossomed into forms both PC and mobile, and influenced the design of other genres -- and their business models. We want to know how and why.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Recreating inFamous: Second Son's neon run-effect in Unity 10
by Gamasutra Community [03.30.15]
"I was stunned by the effects the Sucker Punch team made in inFamous: Second Son. I wanted to mimic the particle effect from neon run power in Unity3D but to be scalable also for mobiles."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming

The History of Captain Forever Exclusive 10
by Farbs [03.30.15]
Veteran indie games developer Farbs details the checkered history of his Captain Forever series of games.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Production, Exclusive

One Life Left vs. Gamasutra GDC Podcast #4: Who in the world is 'Richard Lemarchand'?  
by Staff [03.27.15]
Relive GDC 2015 through the magic of podcasting! Special guests include IGDA's Kate Edwards, Harmonix creative director Matt Boch, and an impromptu appearance by a man named Richard Lemarchand.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Podcast, GDC

10 can't-miss video postmortems from the GDC Vault  
by Alex Wawro [03.27.15]
From Steamworld Dig to Shenmue, this collection of video postmortems covers a variety of games. What they have in common is that they're free to watch, and can't-miss viewing.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Vault

Get a job: Sony Santa Monica seeks a Senior Programmer  
by Staff [03.26.15]
Sony's Santa Monica branch is looking for an experienced programmer to code graphics and engine tech alongside the God of War team.
Console/PC, Programming, Recruitment