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Unity focuses on small teams doing big things at its GDC event 1
by Christian Nutt [03.03.15]
Unity's GDC press conference was geared toward not just showcasing Unity 5, but marrying the company's longtime message of democratized development with a focus on how damn good Unity games can look.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, GDC

The successor to OpenGL has a name: Vulkan  
by Alex Wawro [03.03.15]
It's the next generation of OpenGL, and like OpenGL it will be an open standard; unlike OpenGL (with its OpenGL ES variant) Vulkan will natively support mobile platforms.
Console/PC, Programming

Unity 5 released with upgrades, full-featured free version 57
by Christian Nutt [03.03.15]
This morning, Unity released the latest version of its engine, which it announced a year ago -- and Gamasutra talks to CEO John Riccitiello about the competition, and his plans for the company.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Business/Marketing

Online community and culture wars: What do we know? Exclusive 4
by Leigh Alexander [03.02.15]
What can we learn from the significant community challenges the gaming community faces? Online gaming veterans Raph Koster, Gordon Walton and Rich Vogel share fascinating sociological lessons.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Serious, Programming, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, GDC

Reactive game dev: How Serious Sam 4 became The Talos Principle Exclusive  
by Alex Wawro [03.02.15]
Croteam kicks off the GDC 2015 Independent Games Summit with a talk on how the Serious Sam studio taught itself a new way to make games as it embarked on its first puzzle game: The Talos Principle.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design, Production, Exclusive, GDC

Unreal Engine 4 is now free-to-download for everyone 63
by Christian Nutt [03.02.15]
You'll still pay a royalty on any commercial projects you make, but say goodbye to subscription fees -- the popular engine is now completely free to try.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Business/Marketing, GDC

Double Fine's 'heartfelt and personal' Hack 'n' Slash: A postmortem 5
by Brandon Dillon [03.02.15]
Project lead Brandon Dillon walks us through what went right and wrong during development of Double Fine's Hack 'n' Slash, an open-world exploration game about hacking and reverse engineering.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

GDC 2015 coverage begins!  
by Staff [02.27.15]
Click this link to be magically transported to the central location for Gamasutra's GDC coverage -- which is already full of good stuff, and which will be live from the show in San Francisco starting Monday.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Don't miss these standout talks during the eight GDC 2015 Summits  
by Staff [02.27.15]
As everyone prepares for the big show next week, GDC 2015 officials take a moment to highlight some of the most interesting can't-miss Summit sessions at this year's conference.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Water interaction model for boats in video games 13
by Jacques Kerner [02.27.15]
Avalanche Studios senior software engineer Jacques Kerner (Just Cause 3) walks us through coding "a simplified model that captures the important features of a boat" in this meaty programming article.
Console/PC, Programming

Get a job: Wargaming seeks an AI Engineer  
by Staff [02.26.15]
Wargaming.net is seeking an AI software engineer to work on the company's current and upcoming projects alongside the team in its Chicago, Illinois studio.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Programming, Recruitment

New DeepMind AI learns to play Atari 2600 games at human levels  
by Alex Wawro [02.26.15]
A team of researchers at Google DeepMind claims to have developed an articial agent capable of learning to play (from scratch) 49 different Atari 2600 games at skill levels comparable to human beings.
Console/PC, Programming, Video

Circling in Unity with RotateAround 2
by Gamasutra Community [02.25.15]
"I wanted enemies to circle the players, and not just in a predictable flat y=? plane. No, instead they should fly all sorts of curved paths above and below their targets." Here's how!
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming

Getting to know the business of Dota 2's indie Announcer Packs 3
by Phill Cameron [02.25.15]
We talk to Supergiant, Galactic Cafe and Hidden Path about what it takes to make a Dota 2 announcer, and how successful it's been.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Business/Marketing

Remember: GDC 2015 online registration closes tomorrow  
by Staff [02.24.15]
With just over a day left until online registration for GDC 2015 ends on February 25th at 11:59 PM PT, conference organizers are encouraging anyone interested in attending to register now.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Learning stenography for programming 18
by Gamasutra Community [02.24.15]
"Stenography is a different way to input text that uses far fewer keystrokes than traditional typing, and at a far greater speed. Personally, I'm mostly interested in the fewer strokes part."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming

Goat Simulator's wild ride to success: A 'strange' postmortem 7
by Gamasutra Community [02.23.15]
"We’ve discarded a large part of game development practices that are usually fundamental to how you make games. We’ve made a game in a way we never thought we would, and it actually worked."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Road to the IGF: McClure and Brough's Become a Great Artist in Just 10 Seconds  
by Kris Graft [02.20.15]
Become a Great Artist in Just 10 Seconds is about chaos, confusion, and creation. Creators Michael Brough and Andi McClure tell us a bit about making the game, as part of our Road to the IGF series.
Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Video, IGF

Don't Miss: The history of Civilization 1
by Benj Edwards [02.20.15]
This classic 2007 feature follows the career of industry icon Sid Meier as he established himself and created the influential turn-based strategy epic Civilization.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production

The power of free: The tools we use 13
by Gamasutra Community [02.20.15]
A look inside a one indie developer's pipeline, peppered with free programs that still let you get the game-development job done.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Production, Business/Marketing