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With big names signed, Nexon guns for Western players with new division  
by Christian Nutt [09.22.14]
Cliff Bleszinski is on board, and so are many other Western developers. Now, the company formally announces its new publishing division: Nexon XP.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

A key ingredient for successful game studios: Positive energy 12
by Gamasutra Community [09.22.14]
"Game development work is inherently and by necessity creative, yet often we don't work in environments conducive to creativity."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Production

Kickstarter updates terms: 'The creator must complete the project' 15
by Christian Nutt [09.19.14]
The popular crowdfunding site has added some serious new stipulations to its terms of service -- which are designed to ensure backers get what they back.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Business/Marketing

Video: Perfectly pitching your game in three sentences or less 1
by Staff [09.19.14]
Speaking at GDC Europe 2014 earlier this year, Vlambeer co-founder Rami Ismail shared some useful advice on how developers can perfect the art of pitching their game.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: The Gamasutra community's game developer flashcards 8
by Gamasutra Community [09.19.14]
Developers from across Gamasutra's community contributed to this 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

Studio behind Moshi Monsters craze hit by layoffs, says report  
by Kris Graft [09.19.14]
UK-based Mind Candy, the company behind popular kid-friendly online game Moshi Monsters, saw a number of layoffs, according to a TechCrunch report.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Making educational games for the younger you 6
by Gamasutra Community [09.19.14]
"During this convergence of opposing chapters in our lives, all of a sudden the boring term ‘educational game’ doesn’t seem to be the big YAWN it used to be."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Design

Tips for game artists, from Rockstar's former art director Exclusive 4
by Kris Graft [09.19.14]
Ian Bowden is one of the most experienced artists in video game development, and his work is among the most influential. Here are some tips that helped him in the course of his career.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Design, Exclusive

Japan Game Awards honor Monster Hunter 4, The Last of Us, and other hits  
by Christian Nutt [09.18.14]
Handed out by Japanese trade association CESA at Tokyo Game Show, the Japan Game Awards were given to a number of games, including Grand Theft Auto V and Yo-Kai Watch.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

New interview sheds light on PlayStation Now's past, future  
by Alex Wawro [09.18.14]
Game industry veteran David Perry speaks to Game Informer about how the Sony-Gaikai acquisition came about and what it might mean for how (and where) your games will be distributed in the next decade.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Cliff Bleszinski's game developer flashcards 87
by Staff [09.17.14]
Jazz Jackrabbit creator Cliff Bleszinski cheekily codifies developer behavior into a series of common profiles in this classic Gamasutra feature.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Design, Production

Reminder: 24 hours left to early register for GDC Next 2014  
by Staff [09.17.14]
With just over a day left until early registration for GDC Next featuring ADC ends on September 18, conference organizers are encouraging anyone interested in attending to register now at the discounted rate.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Next

Be careful with kids' privacy - FTC hits developer with hefty penalty  
by Kris Graft [09.17.14]
UPDATE Mobile game developer TinyCo is settling with the U.S.’ Federal Trade Commission after regulators accused the company of improperly collecting children’s personal information.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Unity Pro now free to all PlayStation developers 5
by Kris Graft [09.17.14]
Game engine maker Unity said this morning it would be making the full Unity Pro suite free to all licensed PlayStation developers.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Production

Devs don't market games the way they'd like, says GDC Next survey 2
by Staff [09.16.14]
The results of GDC Next featuring ADC's discoverability survey reveal several fascinating trends in the way that modern game makers handle their marketing and community outreach efforts.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

How to shoot photographs for better 2D in-game art 1
by Gamasutra Community [09.16.14]
"If you’re living in a big city, Beijing, Paris, Prague, you will not be short of museums. These are good places to hunt good antique pictures."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Art

Social games giant Wooga opens new office in Japan  
by Mike Rose [09.16.14]
German social game company Wooga has opened its first overseas office, as it looks to strengthen its local partnerships in Japan.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

20 fun facts about hex grids 23
by Gamasutra Community [09.16.14]
20 "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, Design

Kickstarter launches in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Ireland  
by Christian Nutt [09.15.14]
You can start building your projects now for launch on October 21; for the rest of us, it's time to start backing campaigns in kronor, kroner and euros.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: The fundamental pillars of a good combat system 26
by Sébastien Lambottin [09.15.14]
"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