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'Speak up against the harassment of women' 284
by Kris Graft [10.16.14]
Feminist game critic Anita Sarkeesian, in a front page article in The New York Times, insisted that those in the video game industry publicly denounce harassment of women in games.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Luck-based monetization in free-to-play mobile games 3
by Gamasutra Community [10.16.14]
"The first two things you want to think about are: What kind of rewards should be available? And what are the chances to get these?"
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Design

Amid GamerGate controversy, ESA speaks out against harassment in game industry 31
by Christian Nutt [10.15.14]
The American trade organization for the game industry -- whose major members include companies such as EA, Epic Games, and Sony -- has spoken out against online harassment campaigns.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Zynga sheds another exec: Barry Cottle exits the building  
by Christian Nutt [10.15.14]
A huge amount of housecleaning has seen major changes in management at the embattled social games company's exec layer -- and another of its big names is now gone.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

More layoffs strike Lord of the Rings Online studio Turbine 6
by Alex Wawro [10.15.14]
Update Another round of layoffs seems to have swept through The Lord of the Rings Online developer Turbine, which already suffered staff cutbacks earlier in the year.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

BAFTA has a new career-boosting program for UK game developers  
by Alex Wawro [10.15.14]
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is launching a training program that offers UK-based game developers an opportunity to study and discuss game design with their peers and a selection of industry luminaries.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

Churn prediction and prevention in high value players 5
by Gamasutra Community [10.15.14]
A review of work done by social games company Wooga to retain players -- either in the game they're already playing, or moving them over to other titles.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

Feminist game critic Anita Sarkeesian cancels talk following death threats 162
by Kris Graft [10.15.14]
Yet another high-profile, violent threat against a woman in video games has made national headlines.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie

Blog: Crowdsourced translations can work: Here's how 1
by Gamasutra Community [10.15.14]
"The flow of work can go a lot smoother when partnering with some trustworthy power users. They will be able to provide extra localization feedback to your products if they are highly engaged."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Production, Business/Marketing

Robin Hunicke joins UC Santa Cruz's game program as an instructor  
by Christian Nutt [10.14.14]
The Games and Playable Media program picks up the Journey producer and co-author of the influential MDA framework as an Associate Professor of Art & Game Design.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Business/Marketing

Humble Bundle branches out to a new game platform: your browser  
by Alex Wawro [10.14.14]
The folks at Humble have dropped their latest bundle on a new platform: your browser. The organization has partnered with software firm Mozilla, which continues to push browsers as a game platform.
Social/Online, Indie, Business/Marketing

GDC Next speakers address a few failings of modern game design 1
by Staff [10.14.14]
Telltale Games' Caryl Shaw and developer Ara Shirinian will share lessons learned from their time in licensed and free-to-play game development at GDC Next 2014 featuring ADC.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, GDC Next

Video: One hour, ten great European indie game design talks  
by Staff [10.13.14]
Watch the first-ever GDC Europe Innovative Games Showcase, a curated exhibition of innovative or experimental games, with 10 microtalks from indie developers about new approaches to design.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Video, Vault

No more fire & ice: Rethinking RPG magic 34
by Gamasutra Community [10.13.14]
"Offhand can you think of any RPG where the first offensive spell you learn is NOT 'Fireball' or something similar? Its disturbingly difficult."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Maintaining quality of life as a game developer, entrepreneur, and parent 8
by Gamasutra Community [10.13.14]
"According to the IGDA Developer Satisfaction Survey, 70% of respondents do not have children. Are we sacrificing too much of our family life for our passions and careers as game developers!?"
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Business/Marketing

Here's one way to retain developers between projects: Lab Time Exclusive  
by Alex Wawro, Mike Rose [10.10.14]
German social/mobile game publisher Wooga maintains 'Lab Time' for developers who are between projects, allowing them to work on side projects while they wait to snag a spot on another project.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Production, Exclusive

GDC Next debuts talks on audio for indies, social gameplay design  
by Staff [10.09.14]
Uken Games' Owen Lawson and Hexany Audio creative director Richard Ludlow are coming to GDC Next this year to share tips on designing social gameplay and crafting great audio on an indie budget.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Audio, Design, Business/Marketing, GDC Next

'Nobody in this industry knows what they're doing' (and that's not always a bad thing) 4
by Kris Graft [10.09.14]
When it comes to video game design, you can have 20 years of experience, but still have a lot to learn.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Design

Game creation for the masses: What's next for Twine Exclusive 2
by Leigh Alexander [10.09.14]
As Twine's version 2.0 enters beta, creator Chris Klimas reflects on the game creation tool whose role and impact he could never have anticipated -- and how many more potential creators remain to be reached.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Design, Exclusive

Another veteran-staffed startup nets $1.55M to make mobile games  
by Alex Wawro [10.08.14]
There's a new competitor in the free-to-play mobile game-making market: Cloudcade, a startup that just raised $1.55 million in funding from venture capital firm IDG Capital to produce its first game.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing