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Don't Miss: Gamasutra's new podcast, Talking Devs - Desert Golfing 1
by Staff [09.30.14]
This is the first in a new podcast series from Gamasutra, called Talking Devs. The pilot episodes sees Bennett Foddy and Douglas Wilson discussing Desert Golfing on mobile.
Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Four hackers indicted for breaking into Valve and Microsoft servers 1
by Christian Nutt [09.30.14]
Besides allegedly stealing Gears of War 3 game code, they also hacked into U.S. Army networks and stole training software for Apache helicopter pilots -- data worth, in total, over $100 million.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Find out how to make games for a YouTube audience, at GDC Next 2014  
by Staff [09.30.14]
GDC Next 2014 featuring ADC has two new talks to announce today: One about the keys to making a a game that goes viral; another about cross-platform games for the web and mobile.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Next, GDC

Fire Hose Games' accelerator program aims to offer indies what they need  
by Christian Nutt [09.30.14]
Indie Megabooth co-founder Eitan Glinert has launched a program to help out small developers: an incubator, modeled after those in the tech world, and located at his Boston-based studio, Fire Hose Games.
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

Has the new Steam clenched the holy grail of digital distribution? 5
by Gamasutra Community [09.30.14]
"I for one cautiously welcome our NewSteam overlords," writes Defender's Quest developer Lars Doucet, in this look at what the new Steam Discovery landscape has wrought.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Is Portal 2 a better brain-training game than brain-training games? 1
by Kris Graft [09.30.14]
A recent study from Florida State psychology researchers pit two kinds of games against one another to see which is actually ďbetterĒ for your brain: "entertainment" games or "brain-training" games.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Serious, Design

52,000 buildings, 60 frames per second 2
by Gamasutra Community [09.30.14]
Solving the problem: "If you don't set hard coded limits, someone will play until they find another one -- memory, CPU, GPU, you name it."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming

On the back of mobile success, InnoGames opens new studio  
by Christian Nutt [09.30.14]
The Hamburg-based studio, best known for making browser games, has an iPad hit -- and now expands to Dusseldorf to beef up its mobile offerings.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Mobile Games

Uncertainty leads to the best horror games, says Resident Evil creator 3
by Mike Rose [09.30.14]
"The horror experience is most scary when the player really isnít sure whether their character is going to live or die." - Shinji Mikami, best known as the creator of the Resident Evil series, discusses what he believes makes horror stories the most tense.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

There is a Tetris sci-fi movie in the works 4
by Mike Rose [09.30.14]
With all the movie adaptations of video games that have popped up over the years, it was only a matter of time before someone tried to turn Tetris into a movie.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Grand Theft Auto music vets found new audio production company  
by Mike Rose [09.30.14]
Craig Conner and Will Morton, previously senior audio designers at Grand Theft Auto studio Rockstar North, have left the company to found their own audio production company.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: What indie developers can learn from The Making of Karateka 1
by Gamasutra Community [09.30.14]
"The parallels in The Making Of Karateka to developing indie games today are uncanny. For me, reading it was an experience of universal truth, validation, and exhilaration at the unfolding story of struggle and success."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production

Blog: Learning games marketing from one of the greats 1
by Gamasutra Community [09.30.14]
"Donít bore your fans. Donít bore potential customers. Donít bore publishers. No one will be bored into buying your game, vision or company."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Beautifully economic art: How 80 Days did it 10
by Gamasutra Community [09.30.14]
How the 80 Days devs generated great-looking art on the cheap: "What art style can we use that's economical, practical, beautiful and expressive? From where can we draw inspiration?"
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Art, Production

Blog: How RPGs got me through my parents' divorce 4
by Gamasutra Community [09.29.14]
"At a time of life when my world was unravelling and shrinking, the game world provided a place of vast exploration."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Wicked Loot is hiring a 3D Artist & Animator  
by Staff [09.29.14]
Wicked Loot is seeking "an experienced lead 3D artist to join the team and help define the artistic vision for our games on PC and mobile."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Art

Don't Miss: The very good reasons for Bennett Foddy's mad Speed Chess Exclusive 4
by Leigh Alexander [09.29.14]
"I hate chess," independent game developer Bennett Foddy tells Gamasutra. "It focuses heavily on three things I am bad at: thinking ahead, book learning, and waiting for a really long time."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Exclusive

This Week in Video Game Criticism: Into the Loot Cave of Destiny  
by Zach Alexander [09.29.14]
This week, our partnership with game criticism site Critical Distance brings us picks from Zach Alexander on topics ranging from the danger of stereotypes to the Loot Cave of Destiny.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Design

The designer's production guide 1
by Gamasutra Community [09.29.14]
How to remove "much of the risk of creating a monster concept that would, ultimately, eat your company, money, and team."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Serious, Design, Production

A dev's view of the White House Game Jam  
by Gamasutra Community [09.29.14]
"By bringing together developers with a variety of roles and from a variety of places, the organizers have enlivened the conversation of what it means to make educational games."
Console/PC, Indie, Production