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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

Casual casino game studio Idle Gaming acquired by GSN Games  
by Christian Nutt [03.30.15]
Casino games are still hot in the casual industry, real-money transactions or not, as this latest purchase proves.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Call for Blogs: MOBAs, from design to business, and onward 1
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 5
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

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

How analytics and ads can work together in your game  
by Gamasutra Community [03.27.15]
"With data-driven models, you can see exactly what source is bringing consumers in, which source they’re passing over, which source finally drives them to buy."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

How to implement in-game player feedback forms 1
by Gamasutra Community [03.27.15]
"As developers we need to make it as frictionless as possible for players to communicate feedback to us - otherwise most won't bother. This is the beauty of this system."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

GDC Europe 2015 call for papers ends soon!  
by Staff [03.27.15]
Game makers, take note: The call for submissions to present lectures and panel sessions at the 2015 Game Developers Conference Europe closes Monday, March 30.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, GDC, GDC Europe

Free-to-play: What about player skill? 9
by Gamasutra Community [03.27.15]
"Those 'near misses' keep the player feeling like they can beat the level, they just need to play a few more times or convert. With higher player skill, this becomes much more difficult to achieve."
Smartphone/Tablet, Design

5 best practices for cost-efficient user acquisition 1
by Gamasutra Community [03.27.15]
"Building and executing a cost-efficient user acquisition strategy is a cornerstone of mobile game monetization." Here are "the best — and most economical — ways to attract new players."
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Zynga faces revived fraud lawsuit: Did its execs lie to investors?  
by Christian Nutt [03.26.15]
In a ruling in San Francisco, U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White ruled that shareholders can pursue claims alleging that its execs took advantage of investors.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

User experience insights: Criminal Case 4
by Gamasutra Community [03.26.15]
How could the popular casual title's UX be improved? This post by a Gameloft UX designer takes a critical look at the hit, and offers suggestions for making it better.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Art, Design

You can now make games for Facebook's mobile Messenger platform  
by Phill Cameron [03.26.15]
Facebook has announced and launched an in-messenger app platform at F8, allowing developers to create apps and games for its standalone Messenger mobile app -- a la LINE or WeChat.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Thinking about people: Designing games for social simulation 4
by Gamasutra Community [03.26.15]
Mitu Khandaker-Kokoris (Redshirt) comprehensive look at the elements that are essential to a good social simulation, and how those things have worked in existing games, both AAA and indie.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

One Life Left vs. Gamasutra GDC Podcast #3: Talkin' Butt Sniffin' Pugs and more  
by Staff [03.25.15]
Revisit GDC 2015 with our guests including Mike Bithell (Volume) Cliff Harris (Positech), Christy Marx (Zynga), Drew Murray (Insomniac) and a chat about Butt Sniffin' Pugs.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Podcast, GDC

Facebook F8: New services for devs, including ads, in-game gifts, analytics  
by Christian Nutt [03.25.15]
Today in San Francisco Facebook kicked off its annual conference, F8, and announced a swath of new features. Here's a collection of those relevant to game devs.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Business/Marketing

The Blizzard cloning lawsuits are a symptom of a bigger problem with mobile 14
by Gamasutra Community [03.25.15]
Attorney Zachary Strebeck takes a look at the Heroes Charge and Soul Clash lawsuits, and diagnoses a "lack of innovation and an eagerness to copy the work of others."
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

From snakes to threads: Modularity with logic and graphics 1
by Gamasutra Community [03.25.15]
"Keeping logic and graphics separate might perhaps look like an elaborate exercise of style at a first glance, but really pays back during the development stages, because of its modularity and flexibility."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming

Unity 5: Making the most of updating - Lighting and shaders 3
by Gamasutra Community [03.25.15]
"Unity's new Standard Shader is meant to handle most of the materials you'll need, and it certainly lives up to that for us." Here's how you use it -- script included.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming

Analytics event collection and storage with Apache Flume NG  
by Gamasutra Community [03.25.15]
"In this post we cover the consumer side of that story focusing on how we process and store analytics events represented in JSON in Amazon’s Simple Queue Service (SQS) using Apache Flume NG."
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming