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Apply science to game design in these GDC 2015 design track talks  
by Staff [12.11.14]
Epic explains how neuroscience can influence game design, Jagex reveals player retention data and Riot shares tips on using scientific studies to design better multiplayer games at GDC 2015.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design, GDC

The Top 10 Game Developers of 2014 46
by Staff [12.11.14]
With 2014 coming to a close, it's time for our end of year roundups, starting with perhaps our most important annual list: The Top 10 Game Developers of 2014.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Facebook unveils its game of the year - including mobile hits  
by Christian Nutt [12.09.14]
Though its social game revenues are declining, there are still millions of players using the service to either play games or use it as a recommendation engine on mobile. Here are its 2014 picks.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

SWTOR dev demonstrates why F2P isn't always evil at GDC 2015 2
by Staff [12.09.14]
Damion Schubert, former lead on Star Wars: The Old Republic, will share lessons learned from the MMORPG's remarkably successful conversion from subscription-based to free-to-play during the F2P Summit at GDC 2015.
Social/Online, Design, GDC

Laying 'tractor tracks' in game dev: The good and bad  
by Gamasutra Community [12.08.14]
"Every studio has their own set of tracks that has been cultivated over the years. As mentioned, some of them will be very helpful but a lot of them will get in the way of improving."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Production

Experiments in gamifying the classroom 6
by Gamasutra Community [12.04.14]
"There is no guarantee that all gamification projects will succeed -- students may become too obsessed with rewards and game achievements, teachers may fail to design fun and engaging curriculums."
Social/Online, Design, Student/Education

Call for Blogs: Developers, what are your top games of 2014? 3
by Christian Nutt [12.03.14]
Soon, Gamasutra's editorial staff will begin to publish our picks for the best and most significant games -- but that's only half of the picture. Once again, we're asking you to join in.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious

UK regulator won't uphold parent complaint against F2P kid's game 2
by Alex Wawro [12.03.14]
In an interesting twist, U.K. regulators will not support a parent's complaint against Gameloft that one of its F2P mobile games exploits children by coercing them into making in-app purchases.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

I like Tolkien too, but please, no more fan fiction 59
by Gamasutra Community [12.03.14]
"There are so many ways to create interesting worlds, itís a shame that we stick to the same presets again and again. Besides, arenít we all getting tired of playing the same Tolkien fan fiction game over and over?"
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

How to get better at teaching yourself new skills 9
by Gamasutra Community [12.02.14]
"It's easy to overemphasize the need to consume educational content, but an equally important part of the learning process is to practice the skills that you are trying to learn."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Socializing a new member in a Scrum team 9
by Gamasutra Community [11.27.14]
"Adding a new member to a team can result in conflict. Changing the group dynamic so dramatically, and without the teamís input, conflicts with Agile developmentís tenets of personal choice and team autonomy."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Production

This Week in Video Game Criticism: From Advanced Warfare to Ikea Game Design  
by Zolani Stewart [11.25.14]
This week, our partnership with game criticism site Critical Distance brings us picks from Zolani Stewart on topics ranging from a second look at Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare to game design notes from the Ikea showroom floor.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design

F2P Summit returns to GDC with dev-focused talks from experts  
by Staff [11.25.14]
The field of free-to-play game design is here to stay, and GDC officials will once again host a series of frank talks on the topic from leading experts as part of the F2P Summit at GDC 2015.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, GDC

Get a job: MMORPG-focused Goblinworks is hiring a Programmer  
by Staff [11.24.14]
Tabletop RPG fans with MMO game dev experience, take note: Goblinworks is hiring a programmer to join the team working on a Pathfinder MMORPG in the studio's Redmond, WA office.
Social/Online, Programming, Recruitment

Analysts: 2015 will be the year cloud gaming finally takes off 1
by Alex Wawro [11.24.14]
Analysts believe the recent launches of the PlayStation Now and Nvidia Grid game streaming services will be a one-two punch that catapults "cloud gaming" to mainstream relevance by the end of 2015.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Charting distinctive features in games 1
by Gamasutra Community [11.24.14]
An academic look at how "distinctive features" open up games to study: "Games are as diverse as the humanity that created them. This means that trying to sort games in definite, discrete categories is fruitless."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Design

World of Warcraft: Ten years of change  
by Gamasutra Community [11.24.14]
MMO designer Laralyn Williams reflects: "I immediately knew what I wanted to talk about: the flexibility and responsiveness of the development team."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Why you want cross-functional team members 1
by Gamasutra Community [11.24.14]
"You are hurting the agility of your company or project if you have an over-reliance on the concept specialization and arenít encouraging teams to work collaboratively to spread knowledge and skills."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Production

Ten years of World of Warcraft 17
by Gamasutra Community [11.24.14]
Raph Koster looks back at the MMO juggernaut: "If anything, itís possibly the biggest game design achievement in all of virtual world history."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design

Don't Miss: Is there life after World of Warcraft? 2
by Neils Clark [11.21.14]
Are MMO populations 'tribal', and if so, what's the next tribal shift after World of Warcraft? In this 2007 feature, academics including Henry Jenkins and Edward Castronova discuss the future of online worlds.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design, Business/Marketing