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Some invaluable 2D tools from the Unity Asset Store 6
by Gamasutra Community [09.17.14]
"It helps to have good tools. And to call Unity a 'good tool' would be a ridiculous understatement. But like everything else, it's got limitations.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Production

Don't Miss: A postmortem look at the making of Elite 4
by Staff [09.16.14]
To mark the 30th anniversary of Elite's release, watch co-creator David Braben explain the genesis of the genre-defining space sim that stood against industry demands for arcade games.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production

Blog: A.I. Lessons: The cost of memories 20
by Gamasutra Community [09.16.14]
"At this rate a year in-game would take about 2000 megabytes or 2 gigabytes and 50 years in-game would take about 100 gigabytes. This is just for about 7 characters."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design

20 fun facts about hex grids 23
by Gamasutra Community [09.16.14]
20 "of the interesting (and obscure) facts we uncover in our quest to know everything we can about grids and their use in games."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Design

Get a job: Turbine is hiring a Senior Mobile Engineer  
by Staff [09.15.14]
The house responsible for Lord of the Rings Online and the Infinite Crisis MOBA needs a senior software engineer to work on mobile projects in its Needham, Massachusetts office.
Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Recruitment

Get a job: Idol Minds is hiring a Lead Programmer  
by Staff [09.12.14]
The house that built Pain and Coolboarders 3 is looking for a senior programmer to lead the engineering efforts on a mobile/console project in development at the Louisville, CO studio.
Console/PC, Programming, Recruitment

Get a job: Heavy Iron Studios seeks a Gameplay/Engine Programmer  
by Staff [09.11.14]
L.A.-based Heavy Iron Studios (Disney Infinity for Wii U) is hiring an experienced coder to work on graphics programming, extending its game engine and tuning gameplay features.
Console/PC, Programming, Recruitment

Get a job: Telltale is hiring a Narrative Tech Engineer  
by Staff [09.10.14]
The folks who made The Wolf Among Us seek an experienced engineer to work on Telltale's suite of content creation tools at its studio in San Rafael, California.
Console/PC, Programming, Recruitment

The challenges of converting a mobile platformer into a good PC game 7
by Gamasutra Community [09.10.14]
"This journey of converting Shadow Blade from a good mobile game to a respectable PC title has proved to be quite challenging... We are definitely learning a lot in this process and it is quite tough and fun."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Design, Production

Achieving high-speed, precise, 2D gameworld interaction in Velocity 2X 6
by Gamasutra Community [09.09.14]
Interaction with a high-speed, 2D world -- how do you achieve it, and make it feel right? The Velocity 2X developers share their secrets.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design

Get a job: Runic Games is hiring a Gameplay Programmer  
by Staff [09.08.14]
Runic Games, the creator of the Torchlight franchise, is looking for a gameplay programmer to join the Seattle, Washington-based studio and help build a new IP.
Console/PC, Programming, Recruitment

You should crack open my game 8
by Gamasutra Community [09.08.14]
"It's been suggested to me several times that I should do something to encrypt playerdata.xml, which contains all of the player's unlocks, high scores, and stats. I don't agree, though."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design

GDC 2015 reveals new Summits and opens call for papers  
by Staff [09.08.14]
The GDC 2015 call for lectures and panels for topic-specific Summits focused on eSports, indie games, community management, free-to-play, narrative, mobile, and education ends 10/3.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Game feel tips: More on smooth movement 4
by Gamasutra Community [09.08.14]
A demo to illustrate what it means to have "good movement feel" in a game -- "itís just too hard to make your case about game feel with just words or a video - you just have to make it playable to get your point across."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Design

Get a job: Retro Studios seeks a Tools Engineer  
by Staff [09.05.14]
Nintendo-owned developer Retro Studios (Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze) is looking to hire a multi-talented programmer to serve as a Tools Engineer at its Austin, TX studio.
Console/PC, Programming, Production, Recruitment

Video: A Broken Sword postmortem from creator Charles Cecil  
by Staff [09.05.14]
Game industry veteran Charles Cecil speaks about his work writing and directing Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars, the award-winning 1996 adventure that raised the bar for storytelling in games.
Console/PC, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Challenges of porting to Gear VR 3
by Gamasutra Community [09.05.14]
In collaboration with Oculus, Samsung is launching a device that turns a phone into a VR headset. But how easy is it to port a PC-based game to the device? This post details one dev's process for doing it.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming

Blog: Putting your ghost in a shell 4
by Gamasutra Community [09.05.14]
A tale of how a programmer leaves fingerprints on a game long past the time they're still working on the code base.
Console/PC, Programming

Don't Miss: The SCUMM Diary: Stories of a seminal game engine Exclusive 12
by Staff, Mike Bevan [09.04.14]
SCUMM might "just" be a game engine -- but it's an engine that elicits emotions nearly as strong as the games that it powers. Here, SCUMM architect Aric Wilmunder shares stories from its development.
Console/PC, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Exclusive

Q&A: Carmack reveals the challenges of mobile VR game development Exclusive 17
by Alex Wawro [09.04.14]
Gamasutra speaks to Oculus CTO John Carmack to learn more about how Oculus' new Mobile SDK works and what it means for developers who are currently making -- or thinking about making -- VR games.
Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Design, Production, Exclusive