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What to do before you start building a free-to-play game Exclusive 3
by Alex Wawro [03.02.15]
Ethan Levy explores better ways to design F2P games and reminds F2P developers to be as rigorous in their business design as their are about their game design.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, GDC

500 games launched per day on iOS last year (and other digital sales facts) 9
by Kris Graft [03.02.15]
With digital marketplaces becoming increasingly crowded, Mike Rose, of tinyBuild dug into the current state of indie sales expectations for digital platforms.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, GDC

Online community and culture wars: What do we know? Exclusive 4
by Leigh Alexander [03.02.15]
What can we learn from the significant community challenges the gaming community faces? Online gaming veterans Raph Koster, Gordon Walton and Rich Vogel share fascinating sociological lessons.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Serious, Programming, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, GDC

Unreal Engine 4 is now free-to-download for everyone 63
by Christian Nutt [03.02.15]
You'll still pay a royalty on any commercial projects you make, but say goodbye to subscription fees -- the popular engine is now completely free to try.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Business/Marketing, GDC

GDC 2015 coverage begins!  
by Staff [02.27.15]
Click this link to be magically transported to the central location for Gamasutra's GDC coverage -- which is already full of good stuff, and which will be live from the show in San Francisco starting Monday.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Tim Schafer and Nathan Vella host next week's GDC and IGF awards  
by Staff [02.27.15]
Double Fine's Tim Schafer is set to host this year's 15th annual Game Developers Choice Awards at GDC 2015, while Capy's Nathan Vella returns to host the 17th annual Independent Games Festival awards.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Don't miss these standout talks during the eight GDC 2015 Summits  
by Staff [02.27.15]
As everyone prepares for the big show next week, GDC 2015 officials take a moment to highlight some of the most interesting can't-miss Summit sessions at this year's conference.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

New net neutrality rules pass, but expect a fight from ISPs 2
by Christian Nutt [02.26.15]
The FCC has decided in a split vote to enact new rules that regulate the internet -- but service providers aren't happy about the decision and are expected to sue.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Wargaming seeks an AI Engineer  
by Staff [02.26.15]
Wargaming.net is seeking an AI software engineer to work on the company's current and upcoming projects alongside the team in its Chicago, Illinois studio.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Programming, Recruitment

Never Alone leads the 2015 Games for Change award nominees  
by Alex Wawro [02.26.15]
The New York City festival dedicated to celebrating games' positive social impact has announced its list of 2015 award nominees and its "Game Changer" award winner, Tracy Fullerton.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Reminder: On-site registration is available at GDC next week  
by Staff [02.26.15]
If you're interested in attending GDC 2015 and missed your chance to register online, don't worry! You can still register onsite next week.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Treating 'Old Grumpy Designer' Syndrome 26
by Alexandre Mandryka [02.25.15]
In this classic feature, design consultant Alexandre Mandryka examines what happens when game designers have no clear career path, and there's no culture in the studio that helps nurture them.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

These are your GDC 2015 Game Narrative poster session winners  
by Staff [02.25.15]
Organizers of GDC and the Game Narrative Summit are happy to announce the 2015 Student Narrative Analysis Competition winners, who all receive passes to this year's March conference.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, GDC

Learn how roguelike design can level up your game at GDC 2015 1
by Staff [02.25.15]
At GDC 2015 next week, Riot Games VP of Game Design Tom Caldwell will break down what the League of Legends company has learned about roguelike appeal in its game design R&D work.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, GDC

Don't Miss: What game makers can learn from Magic: The Gathering 33
by Will Luton [02.24.15]
In this classic feature, Will Luton deconstructs the original collectible card game, Magic the Gathering, and the important lessons it holds for today's video game designers.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Remember: GDC 2015 online registration closes tomorrow  
by Staff [02.24.15]
With just over a day left until online registration for GDC 2015 ends on February 25th at 11:59 PM PT, conference organizers are encouraging anyone interested in attending to register now.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Learning stenography for programming 18
by Gamasutra Community [02.24.15]
"Stenography is a different way to input text that uses far fewer keystrokes than traditional typing, and at a far greater speed. Personally, I'm mostly interested in the fewer strokes part."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming

7 things I wish someone had told me before my first GDC 7
by Gamasutra Community [02.24.15]
"A lot of this advice makes GDC seem like a bummer. It wasnt for me, and I hope it wont be for you. But it is an exhausting and overwhelming week. You will feel incredible highs and incredible lows."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Business/Marketing

Reminder: Know your GDC Code of Conduct 3
by Staff [02.24.15]
GM of GDC events and all-around Boss Lady Meggan Scavio takes a moment to detail the official code of conduct for GDC and all of its related events.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Business/Marketing, GDC

GDC 2015: Don't miss these standout Summit sessions  
by Staff [02.24.15]
The 2015 Game Developers Conference is next week! Today, show officials are highlighting a few more noteworthy Summit sessions that you should keep on your radar as you prepare for the show.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, GDC