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Blog: Why don't developers buy and sell intellectual property, much like other assets?  
by Gamasutra Community [05.26.15]
"It makes sense to have multiple IPs all generating revenue. So why are we stuck in the consensus that only publishers are allowed to be in the business of buying and selling IP? Especially when anyone can."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Blog: Core players and energy mechanics - they don't mix 4
by Gamasutra Community [05.26.15]
"Our ambition was (and is) to make THE shooter on mobile. And we went after free-to-play. And we botched it. We botched the energy mechanic... by using it at all."
Smartphone/Tablet, Design

Can you analyze your smartphone game's potential success, up-front?  
by Gamasutra Community [05.26.15]
A quick method to estimate how much potential for success your game has: By crawling the data, and analyzing the success of similar competitors.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Making the whimsical Monster Mingle: 2D art process and more 1
by Gamasutra Community [05.25.15]
Mingling monster parts and exploring a "world full of surprises" -- the art process for creating good-looking, kid-friendly characters and populating a world full of them.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Audio, Design

Video: Using a real-time feedback system to make better games  
by Staff [05.25.15]
Unknown Worlds' Hugh Jeremy explains how and why building a real-time sentiment feedback system into its open-world undersea exploration game Subnautica helped the studio make a better game.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Video, Vault

Our strange journey: Industry vets go from premium mobile to Steam hopeful 5
by Gamasutra Community [05.25.15]
"So what did we learn together here? Donít be afraid to ask for what you want, as long as youíre being honest and arenít being greedy. Sometimes even if you donít think it can happen, life can surprise you."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet

Don't Miss: What does a game designer do, exactly? 8
by Gamasutra Community [05.22.15]
In this timeless blog, designer Liz England takes a run at breaking down the many roles and responsibilities a designer can have in an effort to answer a seemingly ever-present question.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Video: Designing an immersive user interface for Hearthstone 2
by Staff [05.22.15]
Hearthstone senior UI designer Derek Sakamoto breaks down Blizzard's approach to UI design at GDC 2015, in the process shedding light on how you can best craft a great UI for your own game.
Smartphone/Tablet, Art, Design, Video, Vault

Laid-off Zynga devs get a fresh start at a fantasy sports company  
by Alex Wawro [05.22.15]
A former Zynga employee tells Re/code that roughly 38 of the 42 devs who lost their jobs when Zynga shuttered its Orlando studio this month have gone on to join fantasy sports game company Fanduel.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Point-and-click in the age of touch: Interface design for adventure games 1
by Gamasutra Community [05.22.15]
"Create something new nobody has seen before that ultimately fits your game! Seriously! I'd like to encourage that! There should be more adventure games with innovative and new interfaces."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Starting up a game business: Contemplating processes 4
by Gamasutra Community [05.22.15]
A blog about "the dangers of processes, what is important to consider about them and how to avoid pitfalls when using any given methodology."
Smartphone/Tablet, Production

How to use Photoshop Layer Styles: An advanced guide for game illustrators 9
by Gamasutra Community [05.22.15]
"If you're like many Photoshop users, you might not use Layer Styles much. Or maybe you think that they're only good for cheesy bevel and drop shadow effects. Actually, Layer Styles can be very powerful."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Art

How to manage a 2D art team  
by Gamasutra Community [05.21.15]
"Here I have some tips to share of how to manage an art team. We do outsourcing work, and I think if your art team is a developerís internal team, it doesnít make much difference."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art

The 'strange attractor' in video game design 15
by Gamasutra Community [05.21.15]
"Before gameplay, mechanics, monetization, or any other key design consideration, a new video game design needs to consider the most important aspect of all: a good concept."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

Come to GDC Europe for tips on soft-launching your next mobile game  
by Staff [05.21.15]
GDC Europe 2015 is months away, and conference organizers are highlighting two can't-miss sessions on the process of soft-launching your iOS game and the trick to coding adaptive clothing systems for open-world games.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing, GDC Europe

Making a VR game ASAP: Galaxy Grapple, a Gear VR jam postmortem  
by Gamasutra Community [05.21.15]
Quick iterations and gameplay experimentation: A look back at the dev process for a VR game developed under tight constraints for a competition.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production

Armor for dummies, and/or game developers 43
by Gamasutra Community [05.21.15]
A crash course in realistic armor design, since "some game character designers, not having to deal with physical items or the dangers of real battle, don't quite grasp some of the basics of functional armor design."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art

Core Labs Game Accelerator looking to mentor and fund indie devs  
by Christian Nutt [05.20.15]
Most accelerators aim at pure app startups or at casual, mobile studios -- but the Core Game Accelerator wants to give you money to make a "core" game.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: 'Roguelikes' - Getting to the heart of the it-genre 23
by Christian Nutt [05.20.15]
Over the last few years, the roguelike has become the it-genre in games. In this classic 2014 feature, Gamasutra spoke to developers at Klei, Spry Fox and more to get to the heart of its appeal.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Design

Velvet Sundown studio snapped up by British chat app company  
by Alex Wawro [05.20.15]
Velvet Sundown maker Tribe Studios has been acquired by British mobile messaging app company Palringo for an undisclosed sum, with the stated goal of porting Tribe's Dramagame engine tech to mobile.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing