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Unity and Google address dev concerns in GDC Next sponsored talks 1
by Staff [10.16.14]
With weeks to go until GDC Next 2014 featuring ADC takes place in L.A., here are a few of the most useful sponsored sessions from major companies that developers should check out.
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Production, Business/Marketing, GDC Next

Things every game trailer should do 33
by Gamasutra Community [10.16.14]
"It is my hope that this article will help indie developers understand what impression their trailers are leaving on viewers and how to make them better."
Console/PC, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Luck-based monetization in free-to-play mobile games 3
by Gamasutra Community [10.16.14]
"The first two things you want to think about are: What kind of rewards should be available? And what are the chances to get these?"
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Design

Alien: Isolation and the evolution of horror simulators 38
by Gamasutra Community [10.16.14]
Amnesia's Thomas Grip tackles the latest Alien game: "I think that horror simulation is the sort of design we want to strive for when making horror games."
Console/PC, Design

Amid GamerGate controversy, ESA speaks out against harassment in game industry 31
by Christian Nutt [10.15.14]
The American trade organization for the game industry -- whose major members include companies such as EA, Epic Games, and Sony -- has spoken out against online harassment campaigns.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Business/Marketing

Chinese deal for Warframe dev goes forward  
by Christian Nutt [10.15.14]
Digital Extremes entered into an agreement with Sumpo Food Holdings in June -- and, today, that deal came closer to going through, with Perfect World getting Warframe console rights out of it.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

Zynga sheds another exec: Barry Cottle exits the building  
by Christian Nutt [10.15.14]
A huge amount of housecleaning has seen major changes in management at the embattled social games company's exec layer -- and another of its big names is now gone.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Business/Marketing

Microsoft offering free Assassin's Creed in Xbox One bundle 1
by Christian Nutt [10.15.14]
What happens when something works? Do it twice. Microsoft announces a new pack-in plan on the back of a likely Madden-driven console sales success.
Console/PC, Business/Marketing

More layoffs strike Lord of the Rings Online studio Turbine 6
by Alex Wawro [10.15.14]
Update Another round of layoffs seems to have swept through The Lord of the Rings Online developer Turbine, which already suffered staff cutbacks earlier in the year.
Social/Online, Business/Marketing

Get a job: Nuclear Division is hiring an Art Director  
by Staff [10.15.14]
The new mobile game company founded by industry veterans (and funded in part by Respawn cofounder Vince Zampella) is looking for someone to lead the art department at its Sherman Oaks studio.
Smartphone/Tablet, Art, Production, Recruitment

Video: Turning your jam game into a polished release  
by Staff [10.15.14]
Indie developers Mattia Traverso and Alan Zucconi got a friend to make a game during their talk at GDC Europe 2014 about how you can go about turning game jam games into releasable titles.
Indie, Production, Video, Vault

Don't Miss: Design wisdom from the man behind Super Mario 3D Land Exclusive 9
by Christian Nutt [10.15.14]
Super Mario 3D Land director Koichi Hayashida reveals how he abandoned much of the series' post-1996 legacy by developing the game as though it were the first 3D Mario title ever made.
Console/PC, Design, Production, Exclusive

400,000 views later, Tobias dev lauds the supportive game industry 4
by Mike Rose [10.15.14]
Earlier this year, a game called Tobias and the Dark Sceptres turned hundreds of thousands of heads, as a relatively unknown developer offered up the game he had been working on for the last 13 years.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing, Video

Puzzle & Dragons dev opens indie game showcase alongside GDC Next  
by Alex Wawro [10.15.14]
GungHo is offering indies a chance to showcase their games during its inaugural Indie Games Live event in L.A. this November, a short distance away from the concurrent GDC Next developer conference.
Indie, Business/Marketing

Team project: The survival guide 2
by Gamasutra Community [10.15.14]
A post "covering some of the main killers of collaborative projects I've seen in the past" from regular game jammer and developer Alex Johansson.
Console/PC, Indie, Production

BAFTA has a new career-boosting program for UK game developers  
by Alex Wawro [10.15.14]
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is launching a training program that offers UK-based game developers an opportunity to study and discuss game design with their peers and a selection of industry luminaries.
Console/PC, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Indie, Design, Business/Marketing

Churn prediction and prevention in high value players 5
by Gamasutra Community [10.15.14]
A review of work done by social games company Wooga to retain players -- either in the game they're already playing, or moving them over to other titles.
Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet, Design, Business/Marketing

This Week in Video Game Criticism: From Sleeping Dogs to Diaspora  
by Zolani Stewart [10.15.14]
This week, our partnership with game criticism site Critical Distance brings us picks from Zolani Stewart on topics ranging from the instrumentality of NPCS to reading Sleeping Dogs as an Asian American.
Console/PC, Indie, Design

Developers of Destiny, AC Unity share lessons learned at GDC 2015  
by Staff [10.15.14]
From the core engine architecture of Destiny to Ubisoft's cinematic storytelling approach to Assassin's Creed Unity, these GDC 2015 sessions will shed light on what it takes to successfully pull off a large-scale studio production.
Console/PC, Design, GDC

Getting the most out of the events you attend 9
by Gamasutra Community [10.15.14]
Planning to attend an expo? Here, one indie developer posts about his experiences applying some lessons he learned from Rami Ismail and Mike Bithell on getting the best out of events.
Console/PC, Indie, Business/Marketing