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Freelancers, contractors, and consultants don't work for free! 7
by Gamasutra Community [01.26.15]
A quick guide to working with outside collaborators: "Doing those 3 things above shows that you are a professional with a low budget, not a disillusioned idea person looking for free or cheap labor."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Business/Marketing

Patton's final battle: Publicity rights of deceased celebrities in games 3
by Gamasutra Community [01.26.15]
An in-depth blog post from attorney Dan Rogers covering how General George S. Patton's estate has sued a San Francisco-based game developer, and the grounds the legal challenge rests on.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Unity error fix: Timestamps and assets maps out of sync 18
by Gamasutra Community [01.26.15]
One developer encounters a devastating Unity error: "My work of about three weeks was gone. I couldnít see anything, I couldnít do anything at all." Here's how to work around it.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming

Numbers in games: What they say about us 19
by Gamasutra Community [01.23.15]
"Clearly I seem to be drawn to games about numbers going up. But the truth of the matter is the numbers in games mean things -- they represent complex systems, whether ecosystems, economies or relationships."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Get community management tips from MMO experts at GDC 2015  
by Staff [01.23.15]
At GDC 2015, veteran online game developers Raph Koster, Richard Vogel and Gordon Walton will team up to discuss smart, effective community management practices.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing, GDC

Don't Miss: 20 fun facts about hex grids 23
by Gamasutra Community [01.22.15]
One game developer shares twenty "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, Audio, Design

Elder Scrolls Online goes free-to-play: Was Zenimax stupid...like a fox? 10
by Gamasutra Community [01.22.15]
I'm beginning to think that repeated initial use of subscription with later conversion to an F2P option is not a failure of publishers to come to grips with reality.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Video: 'Reclaiming my soul' or 'Why I quit making F2P social games'  
by Staff [01.20.15]
Experienced game maker Caryl Shaw (EA, Kixeye, Ngmoco, Telltale Games) shares what she's learned in transitioning back and forth between AAA and F2P development in this GDC Next 2014 talk.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Production, Video, Vault

Reminder: Just over 24 hours left to register early for GDC 2015 1
by Staff [01.20.15]
With just over a day left until early registration for GDC 2015 ends on January 21, conference organizers are encouraging anyone interested in attending to register now at the discounted rate.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Blog: Think twice about using incentivized video ads 7
by Gamasutra Community [01.20.15]
Crossy Roads made $1 million through Unity Ads' incentivized video ads, but don't assume, "Gamers love incentivized video ads! They want us to give them more!"
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

The free-to-play opportunity in VR 5
by Gamasutra Community [01.20.15]
If a developer is in the privileged position to have investment allowing them to run in the red for a few years, focusing on free-to-play games is an interesting strategic bet.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Overcoming Impostor's Syndrome 37
by Gamasutra Community [01.19.15]
"You realize that you donít deserve to be here. You do not belong. You see amazing, talented people with more experience and talent, and you know you arenít qualified to work in their industry."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Production

As the game market floods, are publishers back in style? 9
by Kris Graft [01.19.15]
Some data from a recent Game Developers Conference State of the Industry survey has got me thinking about trends in self-publishing.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

'Has making games gotten easier or harder as you get older? Why?' 7
by Alex Wawro [01.16.15]
As the game industry matures, developers must balance the demands of their careers with the realities of growing older. Gamasutra asks its Twitter followers whether things get easier -- or harder.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

GDC poll suggests most game developers still rely on self-funding  
by Staff [01.16.15]
Big VC windfalls and crowdfunding successes make the headlines, but the majority of developers still fund their work using either their companyís existing warchest or their own personal funds.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Alt.Ctrl.GDC alternative input exhibit reveals GDC game lineup  
by Staff [01.16.15]
Out of over 100 submissions, Game Developers Conference 2015 organizers have chosen 15 teams for the return of alt.ctrl.GDC, an on-site exhibit of alternative control schemes and games.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

10 quotes every game developer should remember 12
by Alex Wawro [01.15.15]
From Carmack to Wallick to the makers of Monument Valley, here are ten nuggets of timeless advice from game developers across the industry.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

A new, free, simple press kit tool: Differently 10
by Gamasutra Community [01.14.15]
A free alternative to Vlambeer's presskit() arises, thanks to one developer's different needs, and with a different approach to how it was developed. It's available now.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Business/Marketing

Unit tests vs. functional tests: Round 1 2
by Gamasutra Community [01.14.15]
"Long story short Ė I made the initial set of tests pass, but when I ran the code in Tamy (my game engine editor) on the sample assets I had, it broke spectacularly."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming

This Week in Video Game Criticism: Ludocentricism and the 'Age of Games'  
by Mark Filipowich [01.13.15]
This week, our partnership with game criticism site Critical Distance brings us picks from Mark Filipowich on topics ranging from the 'ludocentrism' of games discourse to a different take on Eric Zimmerman's 'Ludic Century.'
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing