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'Nobody wants your cock,' and other highlights from the Rant Apocalypse 19
by Kris Graft [03.20.14]
For the 10th year running, GDC hosted its annual rant session, where people who are involved with video games publicly air their grievances.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, GDC

Practical advice about queer characters in games 9
by Leigh Alexander [03.20.14]
Writers and developers tackle some of the most practical questions game developers have about how to address inclusivity in games, from worries about tokenism to the importance of the challenge.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Design, Production, GDC

The Last Of Us wins top honors at Game Developers Choice Awards 1
by Staff [03.19.14]
Naughty Dog's post-apocalyptic adventure game netted Game Of The Year during the 14th annual GDCAs, which also recognized games like Papers, Please and industry luminaries like Anita Sarkeesian and Ken Kutaragi.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Design, GDC

For women in games, getting to the top is only the beginning 42
by Brandon Sheffield [03.19.14]
In an impassioned talk debunking several myths about women in game development, Elizabeth Sampat, designer at Storm 8, cautioned women against complacence once they make it to the top.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC

Brenda Romero dreams of games and greatness  
by Leigh Alexander [03.19.14]
Brenda Romero received a standing ovation for a heartfelt, passionate talk on how game designers can be inspired by the world's greatest restaurant chefs and pursue, unflinchingly, greatness in games.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Production, GDC

Key quotes from GDC's fiery Indie Soapbox session  
by Simon Parkin [03.19.14]
Selected quotations from a series of six-minute talks delivered during the Indie Soapbox Session delivered at GDC 2014 yesterday.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Art, Design, Production, GDC

Four publishing challenges the game industry isn't ready for Exclusive 2
by Leigh Alexander [03.19.14]
Venture capitalist Mitch Lasky of Benchmark Capital says very few video game executives have a good grip on the revolution of our industry's publishing rules -- he outlines four new challenges.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Digital Publishing, Mobile Games, GDC

Facebook sends 735 million referrals to games every day Exclusive  
by Christian Nutt [03.19.14]
In a statistic released to Gamasutra, Facebook explains how mobile/web connectivity boosts game performance -- as Facebook's Dan Morris touts the power of the platform.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, GDC

Popular game dev tools come to PlayStation 4 with native support 5
by Kris Graft [03.19.14]
Popular game development tools and middleware are coming to PlayStation 4, Sony Computer Entertainment announced Wednesday during the Game Developers Conference.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Production

Blog: By 2020, make the game industry 50/50 39
by Gamasutra Community [03.19.14]
"Many kids want to grow up to be game designers, but it may be a long road for some of these idealistic youngsters, especially girls... In 2013, women represented 13 percent of the industry."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Winning players' attention with game writing  
by Simon Parkin [03.18.14]
A panel of experienced game-writers offered advice on how to hook a player into a gameís story within its first five minutes at GDC today.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Design, GDC

Extrasolar and the perils of reverse-engineering other gamesí success  
by Simon Parkin [03.18.14]
Attempting to reverse-engineer successful games can be a worthwhile exercise, but there are some important things to consider, said Rob Jagnow, creator of Extrasolar.
Social/Online, Indie, Design, GDC

Design for player relationships in free-to-play games, reap the rewards 2
by Leigh Alexander [03.18.14]
Spry Fox's Dan Cook believes you can design for player relationships, and that doing so makes games live longer and keeps userbases steady.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, GDC

Blog: The 3 contracts that every game developer needs 6
by Gamasutra Community [03.18.14]
According to attorney Zachary Strebeck, "These three contracts should be in every game developerís toolkit in order to help the development go smoothly and protect those assets."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Business/Marketing

Unity 5.0 announced, with direct-to-web, plugin-free publishing 28
by Gamasutra Community [03.18.14]
Gamasutra speaks to Unity CEO David Helgason about the latest version of the popular game engine, which adds new lighting and audio features, and WebGL support.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, GDC

'Magical Numbers' in board and card game design  
by Gamasutra Community [03.18.14]
"In the course of designing... I again had occasion to wonder if there is some kind of 'sweet spot' or 'magical number' of pieces and spaces for a board game (or any other kind, for that matter)."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

From AAA to academia: What industry veterans have learned 1
by Leigh Alexander [03.17.14]
Brenda Romero, John Romero, Warren Spector and Richard Lemarchand are all veteran game designers who became educators. On a panel, the four talked about the unique challenges and opportunities.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Serious, Programming, Design, Student/Education, GDC

Wooga forms new studio, explores new spaces, new territories  
by Christian Nutt [03.17.14]
Now that it's made a successful pivot to a mobile-first strategy, with 70 percent of revenue coming from its smartphone games, Wooga is looking to expand its horizons.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, GDC

Google Play Games service levels up with cross-platform multiplayer and more 6
by Christian Nutt [03.17.14]
The SDK's functionality is being upgraded significantly, and lead product manager Greg Hartrell walks Gamasutra through the upgrades.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, GDC

Breaking down the game features that lead to revenue 12
by Gamasutra Community [03.17.14]
A former Zynga and Microsoft producer looks at the monetization stack: "When you pitch a game, you're often asked how you're going to make money. Monetization stack helps you answer that question."
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing