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Due Process is the next game backed by Indie Fund 3
by Mike Rose [08.20.14]
Due Process, a team-based tactical shooter from indie studio Giant Enemy Crab, is the next game to be backed by Indie Fund.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Video

Now there are fish playing Street Fighter II on Twitch 1
by Mike Rose [08.20.14]
We've seen plenty of unique livestreams on Twitch this year, including the original "Twitch Plays Pokemon" -- but "Fish Plays Street Fighter" is really something special.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video

How do you innovate with zombies? Dying Light searches for the answer Exclusive 3
by Mike Rose [08.20.14]
I spoke with Maciej Binkowski, lead game designer on Dying Light, about finding innovation in a genre that appears to have already been beaten to death.
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Video

Managing the expectations of 'Earliest Access' Exclusive 1
by Mike Rose [08.15.14]
Some studios have begun to strip the Early Access concept down even closer to its bones. Some call it the "pre-alpha," but Dungeons of Dredmor studio Gaslamp Games has its own name for the concept: "Earliest Access."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Video

Video: An oral history - Former Xbox boss Ed Fries on the early days 1
by Alex Wawro [08.14.14]
Halo 2600 developer and former Xbox exec Ed Fries speaks at length about his history and his work at Microsoft as part of the Computer History Museum's "Oral History" series.
Console/PC, Programming, Design, Production, Video

Video: David Cage explores the challenges of using virtual actors 2
by Staff [08.08.14]
The veteran game maker expounds on the future of games as art in this GDC Europe talk on the visual techniques used to create Quantic Dream's Beyond: Two Souls.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Activision may be resurrecting Sierra next week 6
by Mike Rose [08.08.14]
Activision has hinted that it may be resurrecting its Sierra studio, with a teaser video from the defunct studio.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video

How Gunpoint dev Tom Francis settled on his next commercial game Exclusive  
by Mike Rose [08.07.14]
Gunpoint developer Tom Francis has settled on what his next commercial outing will be, and now he's feeling confident enough to show it off to artists and composers for potential collaboration.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Exclusive, Video

This Time It's Different: Understanding the next-gen transition 1
by Staff [08.06.14]
Video: Industry veteran Don Daglow speaks at GDC Europe 2013 about traps awaiting unwary developers, as well as the treasures to be found in a time of industry-wide hardware transition.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

Video: Designing Assassin's Creed III  
by Staff [08.04.14]
Ubisoft's Steven Masters delivers a design-centric GDC Europe 2013 presentation on a simple topic: how do you approach the practical challenges of designing an Assassin's Creed game?
Console/PC, Design, Production, Video

The challenge-free seascape of Simogo's The Sailor's Dream Exclusive 6
by Leigh Alexander [08.04.14]
Simogo is at it again, teasing a vivid, "challenge-free" seascape in The Sailor's Dream. Simon Flesser talks to Gamasutra about the game's inspirations, and the challenge of knowing what to show.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Design, Exclusive, Video

Video Postmortem: Chasing Aurora, an indie console launch title  
by Staff [08.01.14]
Broken Rules developers Felix Bohatsch and Martin Pichlmair speak at GDC Europe 2013 about the challenges they faced while developing a Wii U launch game: Chasing Aurora.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault

PlayStation's streaming game service enters open beta  
by Mike Rose [07.31.14]
PlayStation Now, Sony's cloud-based streaming service for PlayStation consoles, will launch as an open beta today in the U.S. and Canada, with more than 100 games to rent and stream.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Video

Video: Using the Fox Engine to build Ground Zeroes  
by Staff [07.30.14]
Hideo Kojima and the Kojima Productions staff demonstrate and explain the workflow and development process of Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes on the Fox Engine at GDC 2013.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Video: How to make your games more inclusive and LGBTQ-friendly  
by Staff [07.28.14]
Developers and scholars Zoe Quinn, Samantha Allen, Mattie Brice, Todd Harper and Christine Love offer friendly, practical advice on how you can make your games more inclusive in this GDC 2014 talk.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

Square Enix CTO Yoshihisa Hashimoto leaves company  
by Christian Nutt [07.25.14]
The company names senior tech staffer Remi Driancourt as leader of its Luminous Studio engine development project as it seeks a successor.
Console/PC, Programming, Business/Marketing, Video

Video: The enduring legacy of EA_Spouse  
by Staff [07.25.14]
In this GDC 2013 talk the 'EA_Spouse' herself, Erin Hoffman, looks back on how conversations about work-life balance in the game industry since 2004, and what it all might mean for the future.
Console/PC, Design, Video, Vault

Video: 17 lessons for game developers, from Vlambeer's Rami Ismail 3
by Kris Graft [07.24.14]
In a recent talk at the Gamelab conference in Barcelona, Ismail outlined (around) 17 lessons for game developers, with key takeaways like "Take business seriously" and "Don't take business seriously."
Indie, Design, Business/Marketing, Video

Video: Designing games to be impactful, not escapist entertainment 2
by Staff [07.23.14]
In this GDC 2013 talk, designer Jane McGonigal reminds developers that their games really do affect the lives of their players and gives design advice to ensure those effects are positive.
Console/PC, Serious, Design, Production, Video, Vault

Video: No more scapegoats -- Improving the public image of games 1
by Staff [07.21.14]
In this GDC 2013 panel, professor Ian Bogost joined Epic expat Mike Capps and the IGDA's Daniel Greenberg to argue against public misconceptions about games, and what we can do to counter them.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Video, Vault