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What separates CryEngine from its competition? 12
by Christian Nutt [06.06.14]
Crytek's Carl Jones explains the company's attitude toward engine development and toward the new user base it's gotten thanks to the accessibility of its new $9.90-a-month subscription.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming

The Witness: Modeling epiphany Exclusive 28
by Leigh Alexander [06.06.14]
Leigh Alexander catches up with Jon Blow about The Witness, and asks the enigmatic designer some questions she has always been afraid to ask him.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Exclusive

Locking entities in Unity: Making it work  
by Gamasutra Community [06.05.14]
"The position lock system works. Try it. It's fun. This approach is also applicable to both the rotation and scale data of the Transform component."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming

No more Kinect means Xbox One devs get 10% GPU boost in June SDK 16
by Christian Nutt [06.04.14]
In its June developer kit update for the Xbox One, Microsoft is giving developers more access to GPU bandwidth thanks to the removal of the Kinect from the package, the company has announced.
Console/PC, Programming

GDC Europe 2014 adds major talks from Amazon and Epic Games  
by Staff [06.04.14]
A data-focused design talk from Epic Games and a frank look from Amazon at successful IAP monetization strategies are two of the latest talks added to GDC Europe 2014 this August in Cologne.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Design, Business/Marketing, GDC Europe

Interesting things in Unity 4.5 you probably didn't know about 12
by Gamasutra Community [06.04.14]
"What I want to tell you about are those features and bug fixes buried in the massive Release Notes which you have probably missed but which are indeed very important."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming

Suffering from realness: A tale of two Kanye West games Exclusive 13
by Leigh Alexander [06.03.14]
Leigh Alexander looks at two very different Kanye West video games, and how each approaches his music: Is there room for something to exist on the spectrum between cynicism and humor?
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Exclusive

Reminder: European Innovative Games Showcase submissions close on Friday  
by Staff [06.03.14]
GDC Europe 2014 organizers are still seeking submissions to the inaugural European Innovative Games Showcase at the Cologne, Germany show this August.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, GDC Europe

Unity shader tutorial: Getting that classic CRT look 9
by Gamasutra Community [06.03.14]
A tutorial on how to do a nice-looking CRT shader for a retro 2D game in Unity, complete with code samples and examples of the results.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming

Apple introduces new programming language, Swift 18
by Christian Nutt [06.02.14]
In a surprise move, Apple has introduced a new programming language called Swift. It is compatible with Apple's native Cocoa and CocoaTouch programming APIs.
Smartphone/Tablet, Programming

Apple brings 'Metal' graphics optimization tech to iOS 8 9
by Christian Nutt [06.02.14]
During today's WWDC keynote, Apple announced a new graphics optimization tech, Metal, which optimizes performance on its devices.
Smartphone/Tablet, Programming

Iterating on strategy game AI 3
by Gamasutra Community [06.02.14]
"By using a hybrid system like this, that looks at the past, present, and future, rather than relying entirely on one of those, we are on track to create AI that will challenge players."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming

Watch a Unity developer demo the new UI system for Unity 4.6 15
by Christian Nutt [05.30.14]
The long-awaited upgraded UI system didn't quite make it into the latest 4.5 update, but it's almost ready -- enough to showcase it in a nearly half-hour long demo.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Video

Implementing environmental acoustics in Smash Hit 10
by Gamasutra Community [05.30.14]
"OpenAL and OpenSL cannot be trusted here, because support for environmental effects is missing in most mobile implementations. As in most cases with multi-platform game development, DIY is the way to go."
Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Audio

Challenges and pitfalls of using clustering for gameplay analytics 1
by Gamasutra Community [05.30.14]
"While the challenges of cluster analysis are known from other application areas, in games there is an over-arching goal of optimizing user experience and user engagement in what is fundamentally a creative industry."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Design, Production

Get a job: Volition is hiring a senior programmer  
by Staff [05.29.14]
Like Saints Row? The developer of the franchise has an opening for a senior or principal programmer at its Champaign, Illinois studio.
Console/PC, Programming, Recruitment

Creating a game trailer in Unity 2
by Gamasutra Community [05.29.14]
"As a one-man studio, tasks such as 'create a sexy and compelling video game trailer' can be quite duanting. This post details some unconventional ways of using Unity, and how I crafted a machinima trailer."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Production, Business/Marketing

Kiwi.js aims to be 'the Wordpress of HTML5 game engines' 1
by Mike Rose [05.29.14]
A new open-source mobile-first HTML5 game engine launched today, with support for both WebGL and Canvas rendering, and CocoonJS for boosted performance.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Design

Crytek launches CryEngine subscription service -- only on Steam 17
by Christian Nutt [05.28.14]
Crytek has launched the subscription service for CryEngine today, exclusively via Valve's Steam platform, at a cost of $9.90 a month.
Console/PC, Programming, Production

Get a job: Vicarious Visions is hiring a software engineer  
by Staff [05.28.14]
The developers of Skylanders are looking to hire an experienced software engineer to help create games on both current and last-gen platforms in the company's Albany, NY office.
Console/PC, Programming, Production, Recruitment