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Blog: A look at my Google Play and iOS sales, early 2014 edition 1
by Gamasutra Community [04.23.14]
"The sales data shows that my plan for making lots of little games quickly for multiple platforms should work as long as I keep up a steady stream of quality releases."
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Blog: Long-term retention - How to keep players playing 3
by Gamasutra Community [04.23.14]
"To heighten the likelihood of engaging a player long term, the game needs to create a vision for the player. Visualize the goal, what the player can become, and what awesome features are ahead."
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Design

No more excuses: Apple now labels apps with IAP on App Store charts 11
by Alex Wawro [04.22.14]
Today's iOS update adds a new labeling system to the App Store charts and lists to highlight games and other apps that offer in-app purchases.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

The best part about King's expansion into Japan are the TV ads  
by Alex Wawro [04.22.14]
Candy Crush Saga developer King has opened an office in Tokyo, Japan in order to localize King games for the lucrative Japanese mobile market.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Video

10 insightful playtest questions 5
by Gamasutra Community [04.22.14]
"Playtests are always a valuable way to evaluate the state of your game, but it's important to observe the right signs and ask the right questions in order to get objective and worthwhile feedback."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

3 tips for organizing internal hackathons  
by Gamasutra Community [04.22.14]
"Before organizing a hackathon, think about the goals you hope to accomplish, as well as the strategies and logistics that will resonate well within your company culture."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production

Think you don't have the resources for user testing? Think again 2
by Gamasutra Community [04.22.14]
"User testing is critical, especially when you donít have resources to spare. The long-term benefits far outweigh the short-term costs, and if you do it right, you'll make a better game."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Production

An evolutionary algorithm in action: Darwin's Nightmare 1
by Gamasutra Community [04.22.14]
"In this game, all enemy craft designs are obtained by varying a unique genotype: whenever a new ship appears on the screen, digital DNA is recombined to create a new type."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Design

Improving freemium design: A Cardinal Quest II analysis  
by Gamasutra Community [04.21.14]
Independent game and monetization designer Ben Sipe takes a close look at turn-based hack-'n'-slash adventure Cardinal Quest II, a free-to-play game from developer randomnine.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Reflections on an indie failure: A StarLicker postmortem 10
by Gamasutra Community [04.21.14]
"StarLicker was an unsuccessful game in almost every way imaginable. We made a lot of mistakes on this project, but through this process, our skill as game developers improved dramatically."
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Book review: OpenGL Development Cookbook  
by Gamasutra Community [04.21.14]
We have very advanced books like GPU Pro, and books for beginners like OpenGL SuperBible. It is great to see a book that is something between those two extremes.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming

RockYou's new strategy: Rescue games that other publishers don't want 3
by Christian Nutt [04.18.14]
RockYou is taking over Digital Chocolate and Playdom titles in two separate deals that bring 3 to 4 million players -- and some of the games' developers -- into its direct purview.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

'What's the best game dev educational resource you've ever used?' Exclusive 2
by Staff [04.18.14]
There's a lot of great educational resources out there that can help you refine your game development skills -- the trouble is knowing where to look.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Blog: How DevOps can impact the experience of free-to-play games  
by Gamasutra Community [04.18.14]
"There are a host of technical issues that can -- and will -- undermine the player experience, even in the best-designed games."
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Production, Business/Marketing

Reminder: GDC Europe 2014 call for talks ends Monday  
by GDC Staff [04.18.14]
Don't miss the April 21 deadline to submit proposals for talks, roundtables and panel sessions at GDC Europe 2014, which will be held in Cologne, Germany August 11-13.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Europe

Monetization analysis: Crytek's The Collectables 2
by Gamasutra Community [04.18.14]
"On the face of it, one would expect The Collectables to make a big splash on the iOS marketplace. Yet the game has failed to crack the top 200 grossing for iPhone or iPad in the US."
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

How did the App Store's first 'Indie Game Showcase' affect game sales? Exclusive 6
by John Polson [04.18.14]
Six of the developers chosen by Device 6 creator Simogo for the App Store's first Indie Game Showcase share their promotional sales data and reflect on its impact.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Rebranding beta testing with Baldurís Gate: Enhanced Edition  
by Gamasutra Community [04.18.14]
"A massive repository of bug fixes and new features, a hungry community waiting for a patch, and limited time and resources for testing. How do you make sure the patch is stable before releasing it?"
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: Should we fight piracy? 37
by Gamasutra Community [04.18.14]
"In my opinion, the most important message would be 'outsmart piracy in every way possible to make their system unstable and meaningless.'"
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Banner Saga, CandySwipe devs resolve trademark disputes with King 6
by Alex Wawro [04.17.14]
Stoic Studios and Albert Ransom claim to have reached an agreement with Candy Crush Saga maker King whereby their games may coexist without further trademark litigation.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing