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Four lessons for building a better community 2
by Gamasutra Community [10.17.14]
A look back at a game festival from its organizer, Jaime Woo: "I want to use this space to share four key lessons I learned throughout the process of crafting and shaping Gamercamp."
Social/Online, Indie, Business/Marketing

Obituary: Planetside 2 artist John Roy 1
by Alex Wawro [10.17.14]
Gamasutra has learned that John Roy, a veteran artist at Sony Online Entertainment who worked on projects like Star Wars Galaxies and Planetside 2, has passed away this week.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Art

Reminder: IGF 2015 Main Competition deadline ends on Wednesday!  
by Staff [10.17.14]
Don't miss the IGF deadline! Submissions for the 2015 Independent Games Festival Main Competition entries are due October 22, and Student Showcase Entries are due October 31.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Why ethical free-to-play game design matters Exclusive 108
by Greg Costikyan [10.16.14]
"Consider: Would you rather work for a company that has loyal fans eager to play your game, or a company that assumes games are disposable trash, and players, marks to be fleeced?"
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Exclusive

Blog: In production, trust is stronger than control 2
by Gamasutra Community [10.16.14]
"Making software is hard. Making games is damn near impossible. The things where we usually make mistakes are not the ones that following a processes will solve."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Production

'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 7
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 165
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? Itís 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