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Layoffs hit Sega's London offices  
by Mike Rose [04.09.14]
Sega has confirmed that it has laid off staff at its European branch as part of its ongoing restructuring efforts.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, Recruitment

Enemy Mind: Straying from tradition to feel like a classic 7
by Gamasutra Community [04.09.14]
"Shortly into development, it became clear that 'you can be anything' was such a powerful mechanic that it was disrupting the traditional components of a shmup."
Console/PC, Design

Gearbox explains why Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel isn't next-gen 3
by Mike Rose [04.09.14]
"There are fewer Xbox Ones and PS4s than we sold copies of Borderlands 2." - Gearbox's Randy Pitchford explains why the newly unveiled Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel isn't coming to next-gen.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Blog: Of money, games and trust 10
by Gamasutra Community [04.09.14]
"What IS fair? What is that model to pay for games -- and game devs -- which is intrinsically ethical, honest, and rewarding towards true talent and dedication?"
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

Ryan Payton and the infinite Republique Exclusive  
by Leigh Alexander [04.09.14]
When Ryan Payton began his $500,000 crowdfunding campaign for an episodic, high-end stealth game for iOS, the market for AAA-like games on iOS, let alone episodic ones, hadn't yet been proven.
Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Art, Design, Exclusive

Creating Contactics, a game on a business card 2
by Gamasutra Community [04.09.14]
"I wanted a simple game, which would not take long to learn but dynamic enough to provide different playthroughs. I wanted to prove it was possible."
Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Sony's Shuhei Yoshida to reflect on his career, in conversation with Mark Cerny  
by Christian Nutt [04.08.14]
This Thursday, at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Sony's Worldwide Studios head Shuhei Yoshida will speak to Mark Cerny about his career.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Inside the Fire TV: What's Amazon planning for games? 10
by Christian Nutt [04.08.14]
Amazon's Michael Frazzini and Ian Vogel explain what the company's expectations are for its new device's impact on the game market -- and what they hope to accomplish with internally developed titles.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Sony's redesigned Vita hardware is coming to the U.S. next month 18
by Alex Wawro [04.08.14]
Sony has picked a date to launch its $200 Borderlands 2 Vita bundle in North America, which means that the U.S. will soon have access to the slimmer, lighter, more energy-efficient Vita hardware.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Q&A: Hearthstone heralds new challenges for Blizzard on mobile Exclusive 2
by Alex Wawro [04.08.14]
Gamasutra sat down to chat briefly with Blizzard's Jason Chayes and Bryan Chang about the trials and triumphs they faced while developing and launching Hearthstone for iPad.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Video: Frog Fractions creator finds value in keeping secrets 4
by Alex Wawro [04.08.14]
Jim Crawford, the man behind Twinbeard Studios and the creator of Frog Fractions, shares his thoughts on how and why developers should cultivate a sense of mystery in their games.
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Video

Blog: Valve, Steam, and empowering visual creatives  
by Gamasutra Community [04.08.14]
"I think that a lot of these suggestions could be leveraged to make a stronger product, community, and empower a new generation of creatives."
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design, Business/Marketing

Apogee Software: When the sultans of shareware went retail Exclusive GDMag Exclusive  
by Alexander Antoniades [04.08.14]
In this reprint from the February 1995 issue of Game Developer magazine, editor-at-large Alexander Antoniades describes Apogee Software's attempt to move beyond shareware development.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, GD Mag Exclusive, GD Mag

Epic talks tools, tech and future of UE4 at upcoming U.K. dev day  
by Alex Wawro [04.08.14]
Unreal Engine 4 subscribers can now register for a free ticket to Epic's next Unreal Developer Days event, which will take place next week -- April 17 -- at Staffordshire University in the U.K.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing

Blog: Scaling up analytics in time for Goat Simulator's launch  
by Gamasutra Community [04.08.14]
"We knew Goat Simulator was going to be big. We have had to do a bit of scrambling to keep up with the traffic... I wanted to share some of the principles we used to prepare our service for the onslaught."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming

The respect QA deserves (or: Finding the right people and making them stay) 16
by Gamasutra Community [04.08.14]
"QA is extremely important. So then why is Quality Assurance considered just a stepping stone into the rest of the industry? Why are QA testers generally ridiculously underpaid?"
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Production, Business/Marketing

The first ID@Xbox self-published game launched today 1
by Mike Rose [04.08.14]
Nine months after Microsoft originally unveiled its ID@Xbox self-publishing program for the Xbox One, the first independent game to go through the system launched today.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Blog: Working in the game industry - A job to die for? 51
by Gamasutra Community [04.08.14]
"After worrying that my boyfriend had fallen asleep at the wheel and crashed his car, we agreed on a compromise. He'd work his 20 hours of crunch a week by staying over two nights a week at a cheap hotel."
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Production

The Virtuix Omni treadmill is now available for pre-order 9
by Mike Rose [04.08.14]
As spotted by Eurogamer, the Virtuix Omni VR treadmill, which allows you to control first-person games by walking around on the spot, is now available for pre-order.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing, VR

Blog: 5 tips for showcasing at a game conference 1
by Gamasutra Community [04.08.14]
"Itís imperative to plan ahead and plan well. A three-day showcase can be both fun and tiring! The more prepared you are, the more awesome you look!"
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing