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GameSalad adds cloud features with Together Games acquisition  
by Christian Nutt [07.22.14]
Drag-and-drop, template-based game creation tool gets a useful upgrade thanks to the Together Platform, bringing achievements, leaderboards, chat, and multiplayer.
Smartphone/Tablet, Programming, Production, Mobile Games

Sacked Halo composer settles lawsuit with former employer 2
by Alex Wawro [07.22.14]
Former Bungie composer Marty O'Donnell has accepted nearly $100,000 to settle his lawsuit against Bungie president Harold Ryan over unpaid benefits after allegedly being fired without cause.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Surprise -- Amazon Game Studios is making Amazon Fire phone games  
by Alex Wawro [07.22.14]
AGS continues to be the leading developer of Amazon platform-exclusive titles, announcing that it is partnering with two mobile studios to launch a pair of games for the Fire smartphone.
Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production

Will that crowdfunded game ever actually ship? 15
by Gamasutra Community [07.22.14]
A simple set of three rules for developers and backers designed to answer the question "Will that crowdfunded game ever actually ship?" proposed by noted indie Lars Doucet.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing

Rovio and Twitch join the speaker lineup for GDC Europe 2014  
by GDC Staff [07.22.14]
European experts from Rovio and Twitch join the lineup of speakers exploring the art and business of games at GDC Europe 2014 this August in Cologne.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Europe

How to become a graphics programmer in the games industry 15
by Gamasutra Community [07.22.14]
"As we were hiring a new Graphics Programmer at work I had to identify what kind of technical knowledge and skills we would expect from a potential candidate. This post might help you to identify areas to learn about."
Console/PC, Programming

Gender wage gap: How the game industry compares to the U.S. average Exclusive 52
by Kris Graft [07.22.14]
The gender pay gap is once again a hot topic in the world of U.S. politics, and in the world of video game development, the issue has reared its head.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Salary Survey 2014

Grinding and the burden of optimal play 10
by Gamasutra Community [07.22.14]
"Somehow I had made a game in which you repeat the same task (solving a hacking puzzle) over and over again. How did it come to this?"
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Game Developer Salary Survey 2014: The results are in! Exclusive 65
by Kris Graft [07.22.14]
Gamasutra recently polled over 4,000 game developers worldwide, asking them the question: How much money did you make?
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Programming, Art, Audio, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, Exclusive, Salary Survey 2014

Antialiasing procedural shaders in the Unreal Engine 1
by Gamasutra Community [07.22.14]
"When using texture mapping, most modern engines will take care of antialiasing for you. Procedural shaders do not share this luxury and the creator usually has to take care of this."
Console/PC, Indie, Programming

'What are the greatest influences on your work as a creator?' 6
by Christian Nutt [07.21.14]
When we asked our Twitter followers what influenced them, we were hoping to hear lots of different things, and so we did.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design

Cliff Bleszinski opens up about the future of games 6
by Christian Nutt [07.21.14]
"Not having an agenda has been tremendously freeing, creatively as well as professionally." - Cliff Bleszinski on his "retirement," now officially ended with the announcement of BlueStreak
Console/PC, Design, Business/Marketing

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

Yahoo takes a step toward mobile analytics with Flurry buy  
by Christian Nutt [07.21.14]
Nothing much will change, says Flurry's president and CEO, as web behemoth scoops up popular mobile analytics and advertising platform.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Developer of cancelled Yogscast game reveals where the money went 21
by Alex Wawro [07.21.14]
Winterkewl Games' lead developer Kris Vale has published a frank accounting of how the indie studio managed to spend nearly half a million dollars in Kickstarter pledges without making a game.
Console/PC, Indie, Production, Business/Marketing

When an artist creates games... 14
by Gamasutra Community [07.21.14]
"We keep talking about video games as art but there’s still this big gap between the video game world and the contemporary art world; we need to fill it. I want more of Pippin Barr feat. Marina Abramović."
Console/PC, Indie, Art, Design

Get a job: Firaxis is hiring a Senior Software Engineer  
by Staff [07.21.14]
The makers of Civilization: Beyond Earth are looking to hire a senior software engineer to help design and implement next-gen systems code from the studio's offices in Baltimore, Maryland.
Console/PC, Programming, Production, Recruitment

Classic Postmortem: Defense of the Ancients (a.k.a. DotA) 7
by Steve Feak, Steve Mescon [07.21.14]
This 2009 look-back at the popular mod (which gave rise to the now-huge MOBA genre) was written by some of its key developers and explores the origins of the phenomenon.
Console/PC, Production

Analyst tries to keep up with Kardashian game 8
by Alex Wawro [07.21.14]
Analysts are lauding Kim Kardashian: Hollywood as a major turning point for Glu Mobile and doubling their expectations of its earning potential in the wake of the freemium app's strong debut.
Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Blog: Why Zenimax v. Oculus matters 3
by Gamasutra Community [07.21.14]
Attorney Dan Rogers takes a look at the fight between Oculus VR and Zenimax, which alleges its code is what made the Rift what it is today -- and how NDAs may lie at the core of the case.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing