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Xbox, PlayStation Twitch channels compromised  
by Mike Rose [08.15.14]
The official Twitch channels for Xbox, PlayStation and the eSports League (ESL) have had their archived broadcasts removed, following a hack that Twitch believes has occurred at the Gamescom show.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Getting personal with the press, and getting coverage for your game 4
by Gamasutra Community [08.15.14]
"Most developers feel dismayed when they follow the 'presskit and press release formula' only to yield no results. This might shed a light on what individual writers are looking for when you reach out to them."
Indie, Business/Marketing

Gamasutra blogger profile: Howard Tsao 1
by Christian Nutt [08.14.14]
Gamasutra's blog platform is an open and vibrant space to discuss game development -- and to introduce you to its potential, we present the contributions of Guns of Icarus Online dev Howard Tsao.
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

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

Get a job: Amazon Game Studios seeks an Art Director  
by Staff [08.14.14]
The folks at Amazon Game Studios are looking to hire an art director to work with the team at the company's Double Helix studio in Irvine, California.
Console/PC, Art, Production, Recruitment

Blog: implements automated copyright protection, internet explodes 27
by Gamasutra Community [08.14.14]
Attorney Zachary Strebeck on Twitch's decision to mute copyrighted music in hosted videos: "I know that no one likes this and my opinion is unpopular, but that is the way that the law works now."
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: Brian Fargo on the development of Wasteland 2 Exclusive  
by Alex Wawro [08.14.14]
"Itís only been 20 years Iíve been trying to get here," says the veteran developer. "It wouldnít have happened if not for crowdfunding."
Console/PC, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive

Mobile revenue data suggests Europe loves strategy, Asia likes RPGs 3
by Alex Wawro [08.14.14]
Global-minded developers, take note: analytics firm App Annie has put out a special report breaking down which categories of mobile games generate the most revenue in different regions of the world.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Blog: Hiding secrets 1
by Gamasutra Community [08.14.14]
"Figuring out a winning strategy feels, to me, like discovering hidden knowledge. Viewed that way, rich gameplay is just a big pile of secrets, and uncovering them is a delight."
Console/PC, Indie, Design

The true story of how the Xbox Dashboard got all those ads 12
by Gamasutra Community [08.14.14]
"I am one of the people - if not THE person - responsible for ads on the Xbox. But itís a weird story how that came to be, and how I had to actually fight to make it happen. No, really!"
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Report: Movoto maps the most torrented games in America 4
by Alex Wawro [08.14.14]
UPDATE Kansas could be a hotbed of game torrenting, and while most of America is downloading Watch Dogs, the indie affair Garry's Mod may be the most popular torrented game in the biggest state in the country.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

If games were like game stories... 35
by Gamasutra Community [08.14.14]
"Game developers often look to other art forms (movies, books, TV) and try to model game stories after them. How can we merge systems and stories? How can we create systemic stories?"
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Gamasutra's top stories from GDC Europe 2014 Exclusive  
by Alex Wawro [08.14.14]
We've compiled a list of our most popular GDC Europe stories this week, which should give you an easy way to catch up on some of the most interesting learnings to come out of the conference.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, GDC Europe, IGF

What you need to know about YouTube coverage, in 30 seconds 5
by Gamasutra Community [08.14.14]
Everything you need to know about getting your game into the hands of YouTubers, summed up in a convenient and quick list format.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing, YouTube

3 App Store optimization tips: Keywords and images 6
by Gamasutra Community [08.14.14]
"List out the top 10 keywords that you think make sense for your app. Type them into the app store and see what auto populates. Was there a better suggested keyword that might be more relevant?"
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing, Mobile Games

How I Teach Game Design: Broken games and meaningful play 25
by Gamasutra Community [08.14.14]
NYU educator Eric Zimmerman explains an exercise he uses with his game design students -- what you can learn from trying to modify a "broken" game.
Console/PC, Indie

Get a job: Firaxis is hiring a Senior VFX Artist  
by Staff [08.13.14]
The makers of Civilization V are looking to bring on a senior visual effects artist to work alongside the art team in the studio's offices in Baltimore, Maryland.
Console/PC, Art, Recruitment

YoYo Games rolls out an asset store for GameMaker: Studio 4
by Alex Wawro [08.13.14]
GameMaker progenitor YoYo Games has officially opened its GameMaker Marketplace for business after soft-launching a beta version of the asset store in July.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Don't Miss: The grand story of a Street Wars watergun assassin Exclusive 16
by Leigh Alexander [08.13.14]
Leigh Alexander shares her harrowing story of Street Wars, a live, three-week watergun assassination game recently in London -- and what she learned about the delusions games give us about ourselves.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Indie, Design, Exclusive

Coming clean: Accused of plagiarism, an artist explores the creative process 19
by Gamasutra Community [08.13.14]
"I am sorry for not doing my homework to check out pre-existing properties, and that it looks like I was trying to steal from Studio Ghilbi. But hereís what Iím not sorry for: Iím not sorry for any of the work that Iíve done."
Console/PC, Indie, Art