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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

This Week in Video Game Criticism: The Limits of Games with Stories  
by Kris Ligman [03.16.15]
This week, our partnership with game criticism site Critical Distance brings us picks from Kris Ligman on topics ranging from the limits of games with stories to the psychological effects of game violence.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Serious, Design, Production

10 seminal game postmortems every developer should read Exclusive 3
by Alex Wawro [03.13.15]
A few timeless game postmortems, written by pioneering designers like Warren Spector and Dr. Ray Muzyka, that detail the trials and triumphs of developing games like Deus Ex and System Shock 2.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Exclusive

150 books for game devs 11
by Gamasutra Community [03.13.15]
"We have been building a big list of books about video games. It features more than 150 books dealing with the history of videogames, biographies, Game Design, Serious Games, videogames studies & analysis..."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Design, Business/Marketing

GDC 2015 and the battle for headlines: An analysis  
by Gamasutra Community [03.12.15]
A media analysis that shows what kind of coverage GDC got as compared to other industry events -- and whether it was Unreal Engine or Unity that got the most play during the show.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Business/Marketing

One Life Left vs. Gamasutra GDC Podcast #2: Pork platters and 80 Days  
by Staff [03.12.15]
Guests from Inkle, Unity, Failbetter, and Other Ocean joined Gamasutra and UK radio pros One Life Left for the official GDC 2015 podcast. Topics include: Pork, golf, text game renaissances, and more.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Design, Business/Marketing, Podcast, GDC

GDC Europe 2015 officials announce dates and call for papers  
by Staff [03.11.15]
GDC organizers have put out the call for submissions to present lectures and panels sessions at the 2015 Game Developers Conference Europe, which will run August 3-4 in Cologne, Germany.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC Europe

Six simple steps to nailing your post-GDC follow-ups  
by Gamasutra Community [03.11.15]
"Like many others you probably feel as if the show went wonderfully and you are on top of the world. We're going to walk you through how you deal with putting yourself in the best position to do just that."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Business/Marketing

Into the Pixel calls for submissions to its latest exhibition  
by Alex Wawro [03.11.15]
Video game artists are invited to submit pieces to the exhibition, now in its 12th year, which showcases production and concept art at industry events.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art

Don't Miss: Unorthodox tips for improving your programming skills 36
by Gamasutra Community [03.10.15]
There are "plenty of good resources out there that teach the technical skills"; this post concentrates on "the more personal lessons that you often only learn through experience or trial and error."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming

This Week in Video Game Criticism: From This War of Mine to highlights from GDC  
by Cameron Kunzelman [03.10.15]
This week, our partnership with game criticism site Critical Distance brings us picks from Cameron Kunzelman on topics ranging from This War of Mine to highlights from this year's Game Developers Conference.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Design

Understanding your Kickstarter liabilities 5
by Gamasutra Community [03.10.15]
The legal issues surrounding failed Kickstarter projects are largely untested waters, but if recent lawsuits are any indication, then those venturing into this crowdfunding sea may be subjecting themselves to more risk than they realize.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing