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After six years, PlayStation's virtual world is closing its doors 10
by Kris Graft [09.26.14]
Sony confirmed today that its avatar-driven virtual world PlayStation Home would be shutting its doors in North America on March 31, 2015.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Art-style iteration: Frustrating, but worth it in the end 10
by Mike Rose [09.26.14]
Heather Chandler of game studio Elephant Mouse discusses how her team iterated on the art style of mobile game Robots Need Love Too.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Design

Getting that game design idea out of your head and into production 1
by Mike Rose [09.26.14]
Industry veteran William Anderson answers the question "How do I get one of my idea or concepts into development?" in depth.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

GDC Next reveals talks on the business of launching your next game  
by Staff [09.25.14]
Execution Labs cofounder Keith Katz and Pug Pharm Productions CEO Steve Bocska will deliver cutting-edge business and marketing talks at GDC Next 2014 featuring ADC this November.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Blog: Game Analytics 101 - Should I deal with this? How do I start? 9
by Gamasutra Community [09.25.14]
"I hear a lot of talk from game developers about becoming “data driven” and incorporating analytics into their business models, but the people I talk to generally can’t describe what that means in terms of their company."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Art of video games may influence art of war with new project 1
by Kris Graft [09.25.14]
A new program from the U.S.-based think tank Atlantic Council is looking towards video games in order to inform what real war might look like in the future.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Design

How to shoot photos to make better, cheaper 2D game assets 2
by Gamasutra Community [09.25.14]
"It’s quite important to know what wonderful sites, museums, mansions and castles your city have, what things are in display. And you should be quite familiar with the blocks around your home/office."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Art

USA Today's answer for better reader engagement? More games  
by Kris Graft [09.24.14]
USA Today is best known as a source for news, but that’s not keeping the Gannett-owned publication from exploring new ways to engage its website's visitors
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: 20 fun facts about hex grids 23
by Gamasutra Community [09.23.14]
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

Blizzard cans development of ambitious Titan MMO 23
by Kris Graft [09.23.14]
with the cancellation of the seven-year MMO project Titan, the World of Warcraft developer has shown a new level of willingness to cut its losses.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

This Week in Video Game Criticism: Do We Overuse the Term 'Interactive'? 1
by Lindsey Joyce [09.22.14]
This week, our partnership with game criticism site Critical Distance brings us picks from Lindsey Joyce on topics ranging from our overzealous use of the term 'interactivity' to whether games can exist sans politics.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Design

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 12
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