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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

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

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

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

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

PSA: Twitch may have been hacked, so change your passwords  
by Alex Wawro [03.24.15]
Heads up, game devs: Twitch thinks hackers may have breached its security, so it has reset all passwords and stream keys while disconnecting its users' YouTube and Twitter integrations.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

How Dark Souls' multiplayer mechanics are invading other worlds Exclusive 14
by Alex Wawro [03.24.15]
What is it about how Souls games handle player invasions that made them so compelling? We talk to a few developers to explore why the mechanic is so exciting, and how they put their own spin on it.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design, Exclusive

Unity creates educational resources, makes engine free to teachers  
by Christian Nutt [03.23.15]
Unity 5 can head to high schools complete with a curricular framework for teaching the engine, and standards aimed at integrating with school curricula.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Student/Education

Testing in a Scrum team  
by Gamasutra Community [03.23.15]
"I will discuss what types of testing I think should be done by a Scrum team, and what types could be done by someone outside of the team."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Production

What analyzing 400+ free-to-play games has taught us 7
by Gamasutra Community [03.23.15]
"Of course, games are much more than numbers. What our findings come down to is the importance of iterating before heavily promoting your game."
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

New Chicago summit aims to raise awareness about video game law  
by Alex Wawro [03.20.15]
Two Chicago-based law students are looking to raise awareness among developers about the state of video game law by organizing the first annual Chicago Video Game Law Summit next week.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Cliff Bleszinski's game developer flashcards 89
by Cliff Beszinski [03.20.15]
Boss Key founder and Jazz Jackrabbit creator Cliff Bleszinski cheekily codifies game developer behavior into a series of common profiles in this classic Gamasutra feature.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Design, Production

Don't Miss: Rethinking the trinity of MMO game design 55
by Brian Green [03.19.15]
In this classic feature, designer Brian Green pulls at the MMO trinity -- Tank/Healer/DPS -- to examine whether this pillar of combat design can be pulled apart, modified, or fundamentally changed.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design

Video: Improving romance in games with rivalry and respect  
by Staff [03.18.15]
During the GDC 2014 Narrative Summit, writer Chris Dahlen took to the stage to explore new models of building affinity between your characters that introduce more surprise, tension and challenge.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: Game developer flashcards from Gamasutra readers 8
by Gamasutra Community [03.18.15]
Developers from across Gamasutra's community contributed to this timeless, quirky taxonomy of personalities and situations that you're likely to encounter if you spend much time in the game industry.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: The fundamental pillars of a good combat system 26
by Sébastien Lambottin [03.16.15]
"With the help of other designers, I have decided to gather and formalize what knowledge I can on the fundamental rules in designing a combat system. This article is the result of that exercise."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design